Barlow and Co, Earlwood, Sydney South West

✦ Small local takeaway (limited seats are available) serving slow cooked meats

✦ Meat is cooked fresh daily and menu items are available until sold out on the day

✦ Run by locals with prices very reasonable for feeding a small family

✦ Delicious, fresh and tasty

Pulled pork burger - $10 - pulled pork shoulder, coleslaw, picked radish, pork scratchings, milk bun. Burger is awesome, pulled pork is slow cooked and literally in soft shreds. Crackling adds an extra crunch and from memory I think I also had bacon in there which added to the flavour further!

Brisket burger - $10 - ironbark smoked brisket, slaw, smokey BBQ sauce, milk bun. Again the meat is cooked to perfection but the standout is that smokey BBQ sauce! So aromatic it gets your tastebuds dancing!

Barlow & Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Belles Hot Chicken, Tramsheds, Glebe, Sydney inner West

✦ Went for lunch at Tramsheds, a hip new area in Glebe near Harold Park

✦ Very parent friendly area with accessible parking, pram access, multiple dining venues as well as a very modern parents room

✦ We had Belles hot chicken (as well as Gelato Messina from outside after, hehe)

✦ Service is quick and attentive

✦ Chicken good but not great - could do with more spices

✦ We also ordered the chicken and waffles ($20) not pictured below which is only available on weekends. The chicken wings in this was more succulent and the waffles delicious.

✦ Worth going with a group and ordering a feast of chicken and sides

Roast yam salad and chicken tenders hot level of spice - $19 - Yam salad was seasoned with dill. Chicken we chose was tenders which was a tad dry after deep frying. Hot level of spiciness is only mid range and was already pretty chili. Though didn't have much taste other than that.

There was also a Masterchef contestant running a dessert making class there - anyone guess who it is??

Belles Hot Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Aqua dining, Milsons Point, Sydney North

✦ Amazing views of Sydney harbour and right next to Luna Park if you want to visit there also. It is a pain to find parking nearby however so be prepared.

✦ On weekends they offer a 3 course menu for $75 per person - pretty much everyone gets this as it is great value.

✦ Service is fantastic and overall a great place to have a long lunch or for a fancy-ish meal.

Complimentary sourdough

Amuse bouche #1

Amuse bouche #2

Tagliolini, scallop, Tuscan cabbage

Quail, blueberry, macadamia, foie gras 

Beef short rib with mushroom and parsnip - slow cooked beef ribs - yummm

Lamb neck, confit Jerusalem artichoke, chestnut - a bit gamey for my liking but tasting nonetheless

We added a side of crispy rosemary roast potatoes - $9 - cannot go wrong

Salted caramel parfait, bitter orange sorbet

Pearl barley ice cream, coffee crumble, caramel - first time I've seen and tasted pearly barley flavour - very subtle but definitive in taste. Contrasted well with the coffee flavours

Aqua Dining Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Yayoi Garden Japanese Restaurant, Sydney CBD, Sydney

✦ Located in they Sydney CBD, this is a fancy-ish Japanese restaurant - somewhere you might want to eat for a nice evening out or for a date with your partner (note this one which I visited is the Bridge Street location 'Yayoi Garden')

✦ Service is attentive but is does get busy so try to make a booking

✦ Decor is classy and laid back, with the feeling of being in a Zen garden

✦ Dishes slightly on the pricey side but worth it in terms of taste, portion sizes are average

✦ A few dishes you don't see in a typical Japanese restaurant which are worth trying
Clean and relaxed table setting

Soft shell crab fritter with garden salad - $20 - I wanted more!

Prawn spring roll with sweet mayo - $12 - crispy pastry and fresh prawn flesh

Premium wagyu sukiyaki with mushrooms and udon - $33 and the recommendation of our waitress. Very nice

Unagi Hitsumabushi - $23 - a dish not normally seen in Japanese restaurants with unagi rice and a dashi broth served separately. The waitress noted to try it both without the broth first and with the broth after and see which you prefer. I much prefer the broth and it changes the whole dynamic of the dish and adds an additional element of flavour.

After adding the broth

YAYOI Garden Japanese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rising sun workshop, Newtown, Sydney inner

Given the prevalence of social media and the time poor nature of almost everybody these days, I have decided to make my blog posts more 'snackable'. Essentially this means the posts going forward will be shorter - summarised with a few key dot points. Please provide feedback below if you like or dislike this approach - thanks for reading!

✦ Rising sun workshop is a quirky half motorcycle workshop, half Japanese ramen house situated smack in the middle of Newtown

✦ They are well known for their breakfast ramen below which is definitely a different take on your run of the mill breakfast cafes!

✦ The other dish we ordered was also ramen but a lunchtime ramen.

✦ Open for lunch and dinner, a worthy place to check out if you haven't been before

Breakfast ramen - $17 - buttered toast broth (yes it actually tastes like toast!), grill tomato, bacon, egg

The light ramen - $19 -  a more flavoursome ramen I thought than the breakfast ramen.

Broth: holmbrae chicken and super dashi double down.
Tarè: River salt, ocean salt, smoked salt, ginger, apple, onion
Toppings: kurobuta belly, greens, shroom, bamboo, egg, green onion, nori

Rising Sun Workshop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Spago, Beverly Hills, Sydney South West

I love to blog about Spago because it is really one of my favourite local Italian restaurants. The prices are decent, the service is quick and the taste is exceptional.

I highly recommend if you are in the neighborhood to try this place out!

My all time favourite dish is squid ink spaghetti with blue swimmer crab meat and chili. Such a flavoursome combination of ingredients. I'm salivating as I write this. So much crab meat as well!

Second favourite is the lobster risotto - rich lobster infused risotto and a fresh lobster tail sitting on top. Oh so moreish.

Spago Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I'm Angus, Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD

Darling harbour I think is generally a bit of a tourist trap but there are a few deals to be had if you go at the right times. On week nights there is a happy hour special between 5pm and 630pm I think where you can get 2 courses for $32 from a select choice of menu items.

We went for this on a Friday night and it wasn't too bad - felt like a holiday in your town!

Grilled Baby Octopus Shallots, bean shoots & fried onion, with chilli, soy dressing - A nice light Asian style salad to get the taste buds salivating

Soft Shell Crabs Tempura battered, nam jim dipping sauce - In the words of Manu - where is the sauce! The crab needed a bit more sauce.

Grilled Barramundi with sautéed wild mushrooms and spinach - lovely fresh barramundi, crispy skin, mushrooms and spinach were the perfect accompaniment.

Top Cut Sirloin and Prawn Served with garlic butter and creamy mash - Note that the menu explicitly says "PRAWN" so expect 1 prawn as per below. Big in size, but would have been good to have one or two more. Steak cooked to perfection with the taste of the jot grill lingering.

I'm Angus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Golden Sands Yum Cha, Hurstville, Sydney South

A new Yum Cha restaurant in Hurstville to rival the well-established Sunny Harbour Seafood restaurant. Located right on the main road of Forest Road, Golden Sands sits on the first floor of a newly built set of apartment blocks. 

The decor is nice and well laid out although there is a bit of a feel of claustraphobia as one side of the windows face an apartment wall. The queues are long with any Chinese Yum Cha restauratn on the weekends, but we went early and so managed to get a seat stragith away.

The service was good, and the dishes tasty. Not much more you can ask for a decent Yum Cha feast. 

Fried Chinese donut (Yau tao) with Cheung Fun outside - lovely and crispy in the inside.

Chicken and vegetables in bean curd

Bean curd wrapped sticky rice

Custard bun with flowing egg custard inside - not many restaurants offer these so these are a must order whenever you see it. The filling is so rich with egg yolk it is literally intoxicating.

Check out the gooey goodness!

Golden Sands Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hogs breath cafe, Brighton Le Sands, Sydney south

Bright sunny day at Brighton Le Sands beach down towards the South of Sydney. Sure the area probably isn't as nice as the Northern beaches or the Eastern suburbs, but it is a nice beach nonetheless, and an area where some restaurants are popping up on the strip by the sand.

Joining Hurricanes ribs (see prior post here) is Hogs Breath cafe which just opened a few months ago. Situated right next to Hurricanes, it has 2 floors, one on the beach front and one above which a pretty decent view. 

The top level of Hogs is more of a bar area but still has tables and seating.

Crumbed mushrooms with aioli - lightly crumbed button mushrooms with a nice crisp finish

150gm steak with curly fries, corn and vegies - a somewhat healthy option. The steak was well -done and so a bit dry, but tasted pretty good with the spice rub.

Steak sandwich with curly fries - steak was tender with a combo of the usual toppings of lettuce, onion, tomato and beetroot.

Caramel sundae - old school dessert favourite

All washed down with a Fat Yak

Hog's Australia's Steakhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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