Got a hankering for some meat? Check out Eastside Grill in Chippendale which features the Japanese Binchotan charcoal grill!
I’m always on the lookout for new steak joints, (I am carnivore, hear me roar) and when the magic words of bone marrow appeared on the menu at the newly opened Eastside Grill, I ended up visiting twice on consecutive weekends with Isaac and Raff. Located on Level 1 of The Old Rum Store (opposite Bistro Gavroche), Eastside Grill is a meatlovers paradise featuring the Japanese Binchotan charcoal grill.
We smell the buttery scent of the Roasted Bone Marrow ($23) before it even hits the table. Helloooo delicious! It’s perfectly roasted so the marrow is jelly-like and still scoopable from the bones. It doesn’t come with any bread but we had leftover bread from the complimentary bread basket which we used to mop up every last bit. It’s rich and buttery and I loved the medley of mushrooms on top.
The Prime Beef Tartare ($19) with a cured quail egg and rye croutons arrives on the most beautiful plate. Isn’t that the most gorgeous plate you’ve ever seen? But anyways the tartare was ace, balanced and well seasoned but could probs have done with a few more croutons.
The 200g Ranger’s Valley Black Angus Beef NY Striploin – Grain-Fed for a Minimum of 270 Days ($42) is one sexy piece of meat. It’s a perfect medium rare, juicy and beautifully grilled thanks to the Binchotan.
The Grilled Peach & Hand-Pulled Stracciatella ($19) isn’t quite what we were expecting, I guess I thought it’d be more a salad with fat peach wedges and a giant splodge of stracciatella cheese but hey it was still plenty tasty with the pecans and rocket pesto and does provide some relief from the richness of the steak.
The Truffled Mac n’ Cheese ($12) is off the chain insane- super cheesy and intense with truffle oil and gotta love that blanket of toasted breadcrumbs!
We were incredibly full but the Green Tea Tiramisu ($16) called to us! It’s a surprisingly light dessert with layers of matcha soaked sponge alternating with freshly whipped cream.
Level 1, The Old Rum Store
2-10 Kensington Street
Lunch Thursday – Saturday 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Dinner Monday – Wednesday 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Dinner Thursday – Saturday 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Love hommus, baba ganoush and garlic toum dip with flatbreads? Then look no further than Emma’s Snack Bar in Enmore!
Ever get a craving for something and you just cannot stop thinking about it and you become so obsessed with consuming it that you start creating spreadsheets to schedule people’s availabilities for dinner? That is exactly how I’ve been feeling the past couple of weeks in my desire to eat flatbreads and dips and grilled meats and drink beer which is how some workmates and I find ourselves trudging though the rain to get to Emma’s Snack Bar in Enmore.
DIP ALL THE THINGS! Between our group of 5, we ordered the wondrously smooth Hummus ($10), the smokey Baba ghanoush ($12) and the Garlic dip ($10) which packed one helluva garlic punch to the face! I was originally going to order 4 serves of flatbread ($3) but was suggested that 2 baskets was more than enough and they were right lol they’re super generous servings of the flatbread!
And I forgot to take separate photos of the Fried Cauliflower ($15) which was fricken amazing! Seriously guys I could’ve eaten 2 plates of the stuff! There was a light tahini dressing which was just incredible! Another highlight was the Fried Potato ($12) with garlic and coriander which were bite sized cubes of deliciousness- crisp and golden on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside.
We absolutely had to get the Haloumi ($16), thickly sliced and grilled to squeaky perfection with mint and sumac.
The Falafel ($12/6 pieces) are freshly fried, crunchalicious balls of ground chickpeas and spices. Eat them on its own or wrap in some flatbread with some dip!
The Arak Flamed Garlic Prawns ($19) are plump, juicy, specimens. Deshelled and with a squeeze of lemon, the prawns disappear in seconds.
Moving onto the more substantial share plate is the Moorish Chicken ($20), chicken in spices, wrapped in flatbread and then grilled for that crazy addictive smoky flavour. The chicken is incredibly juicy but we’re starting to struggle with the amount of food we’ve ordered haha
Last but not least is the Kafta ($18), 3 skewers of minced lamb and spices and then grilled. Again, eat on it’s own or wrap in some flatbread and away you go! We were too full for the desserts like the Pistachio Halva ($8) or the Kanefe ($12) but am definitely keep to return!
Emma’s Snack Bar
59 Liberty St
Tues – Sat: 5.30pm – 10pm
Finally checking out the burgers at Easeys in Collingwood, as well as the fried chicken sandwich, the hot wings and the glorious mac n cheese tater tots.
I’ve been following JimmysBurgers for a while now. I mean anyone who eats as many burgers as he does is just fricken awesome! He brought Guilty burgers to Sydney in May 2016 and Easeys in Collingwood has long been on my must visit Melbs list.
So it was off to Collingwood we go, spotting the Beyonce mural first and then to the impressive sight of train carriages perched on the rooftop!
We make our way inside where theres a handful of booth seating and tables against the wall and then up the flight of stairs to get to the main dining area inside the trains.
There’s also seating in between the trains.
We start with the Sriracha Hot Wings ($12) which has a fair amount of spice and a good dunk into the creamy blue cheese sauce brought the fires of mordor to a more manageable level.
The Easey Cheesy ($11) is a good size, not too big that we’re rolling around on the floor dying and not too small that we need to order more food. The patty is sufficiently juicy and the cheese is melty perfection buuuut if I was to be completely honest I have to say I love the burgs at Guilty more. But I would defs still smash one of these babies the next time I’m back in Melbs!
The Chicken Sandwich #1 ($12) is the first of four sandwiches being released this month. It’s got weetbix encrusted fried chicken, crispy streaky bacon, cheese, lettuce, pickles and Richmond sauce. Everything just freaking worked! The chicken had the perfect crunchalicious batter and the Richmond sauce is tangy and delicious.
The Mac n Cheese Tots ($11) are insane. The mac n cheese is perfect, it’s creamy and super cheesy with a salty pretzel crumble. The tater tots buried underneath are golden, still impressively crisp and fluffy on the inside even by the time we’d made it halfway! This proved to be our downfall though and I was much too full to try the desserts!
3/48 Easey St,
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
Bedford St in Collingwood has got you covered for all your fried chicken needs. Try the Fried Chicken & Waffles ($18) or order the Pancakes ($18) with whipped butter, bacon & maple syrup aaaaand a side of fried chicken ($5) because YOLO
So it was our wedding anniversary over the weekend and the boy and I decided to escape to Melbourne for the weekend. We usually bar hop and eat craploads and this time was no different- there was amazing burgers at Easey’s, insane barbecue at Bluebonnet BBQ, schmancy dinner at Heston aaaand this calorific meal at Bedford St in Collingwood!
I couldn’t decide between the Fried Chicken & Waffles ($18) or the Blueberry Pancakes ($17) soooo followed what @Jimmysburgers did and ordered the Pancakes ($18) with whipped butter, bacon & maple syrup aaaaand a side of fried chicken ($5) because YOLO.
I mean, just look at it! Plate sized pancakes that were niiice and fluffeh with a pat of butter beginning it’s melty journey to pancake perfection. The streaky bacon was super crispy and the large thigh piece of fried chicken has a lightly spiced golden batter bathed in a crazy addictive, slightly spicy sauce.
This was our last meal on our Melbourne trip so I might’ve broken Noods haha he only wanted something light and simple and ordered the Grilled cheese & truffle mayo ($11) and tomato soup ($4). The toastie was awesome, we loved how thick the slices of bread were and the generous schmear of truffle mayo melding with the stretchy cheese.
I was beyond devastated to find out that they had sold out of all their pies so made do with a donut, a large specimen dusted in plenty of cinnamon sugar. Oh and an apple juice for the nutrients because, health.
11-13 Johnston St,
Mon – Tues: 8am – 5pm
Weds: 8am – 10pm
Thurs – Sat: 8am – 11pm
Sun: 9am – 11am
Bibo Wine Bar in Double Bay is the perfect place for a lazy long lunch with plenty of snacks and matching wines. The whipped bone marrow butter and steak tartare is a must order!
I will go pretty much anywhere for bone marrow. I know it’s easy to make yada yada yada but honestly I just ain’t got time for that. So whenever I see bone marrow on IG I will bookmark it and add it to my MUST EAT NOW list which is where Bibo Wine Bar in Double Bay comes in. Head chef Jose Silva (ex-Guillaume) is at the helm in the kitchen after a stint at Sweet Belem, land of amazing Portuguese custard tarts.
We start with the Smoked mackerel pâté ($10) because mackerel is my favourite fish in all the lands. (Or should that be sea…) and it does not disappoint. It’s the perfect starter with a good amount of salt against the naturally oily fish and sets the tastebuds in a frenzy.
The Steak tartare ($22) is as pretty as a picture, with paper thin slices of radish, parsley and slivers of cornichons dotting the tartare. The hand sliced potato crisps were perfect vessels and sturdy enough for spooning generous amounts of the tartare onto.
I am beyond excited about the arrival of the Bone marrow butter ($18). The perfectly clean bone holds the creamy whipped bone marrow butter with a smattering of breadcrumbs and chives, ready to be slathered onto the toasted baguette slices.
I was too slow in capturing the fire-y presentation of the Flambé chorizo ($14.50) because well, I was busy gazing into the flames to react quick enough haha my bad! Gotta love a meal with a show 😛 The sausage was pretty damn tasty too, freakishly juicy and perfect with a light schemer of mustard.
I absolutely loved the Octopus ($32) which was ridiculously tender and had the perfect char grilled smokiness. The potatoes were good but I think I would’ve loved them in mashed form but das just me.
The Brussels sprouts ($19) are a surprise hit with crisp, charred leaves tossed with carrot, garlic and a surprisingly zingy buttermilk dressing.
I was too full to order dessert other than the Portuguese tarts but Manny sent us this dessert on the house (Thaaaanks!) It was absolutely perfect for this weather, the cucumber granita was super refreshing with the rubble of dehydrated raspberry, white peach and lime chantilly.
The Sweet Belem Portuguese tart ($6) is perfect and just as amazing as I remember. The shells are buttery and crisp and the egg custard filling is sweet and smooth. I could probably eat 3 in a row. Easily.
We’d realised our parking was about to expire so got the 2nd tart takeaway and lolol look look it’s a swan!
I particularly loved the wine menu with the short 3 word descriptive tasting notes but sommelier Louella Mathews is always at hand to suggest a good pairing with the food you’ve ordered. If you can, try and sit at the window so you can gaze out onto the street and watch the fluffeh dogs pass by!
bibo wine bar
7 Bay Street, Double Bay
Wed & Thurs: 5.30pm – midnight
Fri & Sat: 12pm–midnight
Sun: 12pm – 5pm