Smoking Gun Bagels in Woolloomooloo specialises in Montreal style bagels. Their bagels are individually hand rolled, boiled in water that has been sweetened with honey, before being baked in a woodfire oven.
Man how the rain gets me down! It’s just so easy to take one look out the window at the pouring rain and hopping straight back into bed and ordering a pizza delivered! Pepperoni, thin crust and a garlic bread pls. But this weekend I thought, nay, we shall venture out and head to month old Smoking Gun Bagels in Woolloomooloo!
Le menu. Located about a block away from Flour and Stone and in the old Toby’s Estate premises, Smoking Gun Bagels specialises in Montreal style bagels. Their bagels are individually hand rolled, boiled in water that has been sweetened with honey- a defining characteristic of this style- before being baked in a woodfire oven.
Noods likes his usual brekkie staple of bacon and eggs and chooses a poppyseed bagel for the Hands Off Snakey ($12)- woodfired bacon with gribiche aka herbed egg salad. The bacon is deliciously smoky with crispy edges and the gribiche surprisingly packs a punch of flavour with a strong hit of white pepper, chives and dill.
I’ve gone for the lighter route and order the Not So Salmon ($15) on the All Dressed bagel that has an addictive crunchy combo of sesame seeds, poppyseeds, carraway seeds, wattle seeds, garlic, onion and salt. The bagel is slathered in tangy Pepe Saya cream cheese and layered with flakes of hot smoked trout, spears of pickles, capers, red onion, dill and pops of briny trout caviar.
And because I wanted something sweet, we also ordered the Queen P ($9) for dessert! I opted for a plain bagel which was then schmeared with peanut butter, macadamia and wattleseed crumbs and a sprinkle of salted macadamia brittle. This was crunchalicious and pretty damn filling!
PS40, a cocktail and soda bar in Sydney CBD, provides the syrups for the sodas. There’s an intriguing Smoked Lemonade, Wattle Cola or Bush Tonic for $5.
There’s a couple of tables inside, or if you’re lucky you can sit at the bigger tables outside on the footpath. They do a roaring trade for takeaway bagels, either as is or with toppings and also stock gluten free vegan donuts from Nútie Donuts. I’ll be back to try the Yid Life Crisis ($14) with woodfired chicken, charred avocado, kaffir lime and mountain pepper and super keen to see the chef special bagel where a different chef will come in and do their bagel creation each month!
Smoking Gun Bagels
129 Cathedral Street,
Mon – Fri: 7am – 3pm
Sat: 8am – 3pm
Sun: 8am – 3pm
Helmed by Dan Pepperell (ex 10 William St), Restaurant Hubert has quickly become one of Sydney’s hottest restaurants in town with an amazing fit out and an even more incredible menu.
Woohoo so birthday month continues with dinner at Restaurant Hubert! Helmed by Dan Pepperell (ex 10 William St), Restaurant Hubert has quickly become one of Sydney’s hottest restaurants in town and it’s not hard to see why! I’d made the booking a month ago back when they were still accepting reservations for groups smaller than 6 and scored the coveted booth table, overlooking the baby grand piano in the main dining room. The fitout of Hubert is like nothing I’ve seen in Sydney! After making our way from street level down a flight of stairs, we pass cabinets filled with hundreds of tiny liqueur bottles before entering the reception area, warmly lit by flickering candles and lamps strategically placed around the room.
So before we start, I’d just like to apologise for the upcoming photos. You see, Restaurant Hubert has the perfect lighting for romantic dates but not so great for people who want to take pics but refuse to use flash aaaand the power went out about midway through our meal so I made do with the candlelight!
And I don’t normally talk about bread but Hubert’s complimentary bread is all kinds of wonderful, with delightfully fluffy innards and a crisp crust. They will happily bring you another basket as soon as they see you’ve demolished the last piece!
The Malakoff ($14) is a must order, it’s a ball of deep fried gruyere cheese with a schmear of Dijon mustard and a couple of slices of dill pickles to cleanse the palate. AND IT IS THE BOMB YO! Seriously though, how can you go wrong with deep fried cheese??? There was no way I was sharing this baby and made sure Noods had one too. After I finished stabbing into the golden crust and devouring every last gooey cheesy strand, I eagerly looked at his plate with the intention of stealing more cheese only to find he was doing the same and staring at my empty plate 😛
The Duck liver parfait ($18) is equally as impressive, the slab of parfait with a layer of maple syrup jelly is rich, creamy and oh so decadent and definitely worth getting another basket of bread to slather it on!
The Prime beef tartare ($23) is a generous mound of hand cut Wagyu topside mixed with egg yolk, chives, capers and nubbins of cornichons. I loved the mountain of thinly cut french fries but wished they were thicker so we could scoop up the tartare.
We decide to share the Bavette Steak ($42) for our mains and hot damn! This 350g grilled Rangers Valley flank has got to be one of the best steaks I’ve had in Sydney! So incredibly tender with a perfect medium rare center and that disc of Bordelaise butter? Be still my beating heart!
Oh and because I love my carbs I had to get a side of Pommes Anna ($12), super crispy potato slices layered in a rich beurre blanc sauce.
The desserts menu is short and sweet, we decide we’re too full for anything rich like the Creme Caramel ($18) or the Religieuse au chocolat ($14) and instead choose the Melon en surprise ($22) which quite honestly does surprise me, considering how much I hate coconut in my desserts! The Santa Claus melon is filled with a refreshing young coconut sorbet, melon balls, sorrel jelly and tiny pops of finger lime making it the perfect dessert to wrap up this epic dinner.
I loved the fitout of Restaurant Hubert, the seamless service and the amazing food and am looking forward to returning for the burger on the bar menu!
15 Bligh St,
Mon – Sat: 5pm – 1am
Helmed by chef Shannon Bennett, Vue de monde lived up to its hype from impeccable service and amazing food in our 10 course degustation.
Have you ever had such an incredible meal at a restaurant that you don’t even know how to convey the words on how amazing the experience was? That’s exactly how I feel when thinking about the lunch the boy and I had at Vue de monde when we went to Melbourne for my birthday. It starts from from the moment we were greeted in the lobby of the Rialto building to the impressive walk through the wine cellar. Then there’s the amazing view from our table, the impeccable service that was friendly and down-to-earth and every single incredible dish that we received in the 10 course degustation. Ready for some pics? Let’s go!
We start with some snacks, first up is this Chiko Roll made with fermented barley, charred cabbage, shallots, carrots and roasted buckwheat mayo. All it’s missing is a drizzle of tomato sauce and it’s the schmancy version of the milkbar from yesteryear.
A glistening Moonlight Flat Rusty Wire oyster is briny and zingy with the green grape granita.
The next lot of snacks is a trio: ribbons of buttery Wagyu beef; a beef tendon puff with celery root and prawn powder; and a mug of beef broth that warms the soul.
Vue de monde makes their butter in house and a trolley is wheeled over with an original Miele butter churner. The butter has been aged for a month we’re told, and has such an incredibly rich flavour, almost tasting like brie or camembert!
I couldn’t help but slather the butter inch thick onto the slices of warm bread!
Next up, morsels of lightly seared King George whiting and a fat mussel lurk in the charred orange sauce along with quandong and a sprinkle of microherbs.
AND THEN THIS! My fave course was this plump marron tail with a sheath of translucent squid, a dusting of seaweed powder AND A DOLLOP OF CHICKEN EMULSION! Everything about this dish was just so fricken tasty I greedily stared at Noods’ plate hoping he’d give up his marron haha but no dice. We were encouraged to use our hands and no cutlery was provided and yep that chicken emulsion was just finger lickin good!
Next up is the Marron Snag haha a homage to the Aussie snag sizzle 😛 I loved the interactive element to this course with the sausages arriving sizzling on a grill, warm brioche buns and condiments of caramelised onions and seaweed mustard served on the side. The sausages are a revelation, consisting of marron, scallop, chicken and seaweed- it’s no wonder we are blown away by the flavour packed into the sausage!
Cook me mah dinner!
The palate cleanser is a classic from Vue de monde with fresh herbs and flowers sourced from their garden at Burnham Beeches. Liquid nitrogen was poured at the table and we were instructed to carefully grind everything into a powder.
And then a quenelle of lemon myrtle sorbet is added and makes for the most refreshing palate cleanser ever!
Moving onto the heavier end of the dego is the strikingly presented crushed Yukon Gold potatoes, buttery and comforting and topped with a mountain of Yarra Valley trout roe and a puddle of black shellfish sauce as dark as the night. I loved popping each bauble of roe between my teeth for that briny burst!
The next course was kangaroo and it is lightly seared at the table on bincho white charcoal.
The red kangaroo loin does look a bit on the too rare side (for me) but flipping it over shows that the quick sear has actually cooked the kangaroo to a perfect pink centre with a caramelised edge.
Then comes the super tender braised veal loin with pickled, raw and scorched cabbage. It looked like such a simple dish but the flavour of that veal was amazing!
I absolutely loved this last course of Aged Milla’s farm duck breast with leek and fermented truffle, the duck was so tender and juicy but the skin! Oh my! How did they get that skin so perfectly crisp?!
And now onto desserts starting with this cute as a button quince sorbet in a cone of crisp parsnip!
Aaaand we were sent out a platter of petit fours!
Petit Fours- eucalyptus ice pops, ‘fairy bread’, macadamia cookies and lamingtons.
And then Vue de monde’s signature Valrhona chocolate soufflé arrives…
With a spoonful of vanilla crème anglaise liquid nitrogen! That soufflé will be the death of me, it was the lightest, fluffiest soufflé I’ve ever had!
AND THEN… THE CHEESE TROLLEY! I’d been eyeing the trolley all lunch and made sure to save some space because cheese makes my world go round!
Mmm cheese how I love thee… Noods was too full by this stage so I pretty much singlehandedly finished this haha
And some wattleseed caramels to finish!
Check out this amazing view from the 55th floor!
We even got some goodies to take home! I absolutely loved Vue de monde, yes it’s exxy but it’s definitely worth it for a special occasion!
Vue de monde
Level 55, Rialto
525 Collins Street,
Lunch: Thursday – Sunday: from 12pm
Dinner: Daily from 6pm
Watch out Sydney there’s another burger player in town, Guilty in Darlinghurst is cranking out some pretty tasty burgers like the Rowdy Double Jeopardy
You would think with so many burger joints popping up in Sydney that I’d be sick of burgers by now but nay this is not the case when it comes to the newly opened Guilty in Darlinghurst. Run by Jimmy Hurslton, (owner of Easy’s in Melbourne) and eater of all the burgers in all the lands, Guilty is located in the old Civilian site in the Republic 2 courtyard.
The Rowdy Double Jeopardy ($17) is Sydney’s version of Easey’s Rowdy Double and is pretty damn awesome! There’s juicy double patties with melty American cheese, pickled jalapenos and uber crispy bacon. The patties were so fricken juicy it was insane! LOVE LOVE LOVE! The pickled jalapenos provided the perfect acidity so the burger didn’t feel overly greasy but man how I do love crispy bacon!
The Kecksburger ($10) is their classic cheeseburger with pickles, crisp lettuce and tomato slices. I love Guilty’s patties, they’re just so flavoursome and had a great texture with caramelised edges. I’m usually not a fan of salad in my burgers but it’s a great burger for lunch as it’s not too heavy and I don’t succumb to a burger coma.
The Double Kecksburger is much more my jam though, the meat to bread ratio works better with the double patties and that beautifully perfectly melted cheese.
Guilty isn’t all about the burgers, there’s also Eli’s Ruby ($10), Guilty’s take on the Reuben sandwich with layers of thinly sliced slow cooked pastrami, a layer of kale kraut, swiss cheese and house made seeded mustard mayonnaise on rye bread. There’s slices of pickles in there but I kinda wished it came as a whole pickle and on the side?
There’s a Chili Dog ($10) on offer too but we opt for the Mack Dawg ($10), a double smoked pork dog with a generous serve of rich 5 cheese mac & cheese and a handful of pretzel pieces for that salty crunch.
And you can’t have a burger without some form of fried carb right? There’s Chips ($5) and Chilli Chips ($10) but my heart has zeroed in on the tater tots. I fricken love tater tots! More places need to have tater tots! The Tots To Life ($8) are golden tater tots covered in cheese sauce, bacon bits and caramelised onions and it is the perfect bar snack to go along with their beers (they’ve even got Melbourne Bitters on tap!).
For dessert there’s the Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich ($10) but I’m can’t resist the Banana Split ($10) with mountains of whipped cream, rich fudge and maraschino cherries.
It gets a little chilly at night in the courtyard so be sure to rug up! I’ll see you soon Guilty!
105/46-50 Burton Street,
Mon – Sun: 11am – 10pm
MEEEEEEATTT! From deliriously tender brisket, smokey chicken and crispy lamb ribs, Bluebonnet Barbecue in North Fitzroy, has got you covered for all your barbecue needs!
MEEEEEEEAT! Sorry for the late post this week guys but I took a quick trip to Melbourne on the weekend and ate way too much as usual 😛 We started with a trip to Bluebonnet Barbecue to get my iron levels up and well, it’s just been too long between briskets 😛 Bluebonnet Barbecue were previously located in Collingword but after a fire they did a pop up at Carlton and are now based in North Fitzroy at the North Fitzroy Star.
The two dining rooms face out into the courtyard area where the smoker takes centre stage. Whenever anyone goes outside and tends to the fire, all eyes are immediately drawn when the lid is opened and out wafts that tantalising smoky scent <3
Pile o chooks fresh from the smoker!
Ahhh this brings back memories of Texas! On each table there’s bottles of housemade barbecue sauce, hot sauce and the classic roll of paper towel because barbecue is meat to be eaten wit yo hands!
The Rangers Valley Black Onyx Brisket (100g/$13) is a must order. I mean, JUST LOOK AT IT! Isn’t it beautiful?! Look at those fatty striations, that tender, juicy meat! The brisket didn’t have much of a bark on the slices we had but it was still pretty damn tasty. The St Louis Pork Ribs ($12/100g) were fall off the bone tender but it was the Crispy Lamb Ribs ($11/100g) that hold the keys to my slowly beating heart with an amazing smokiness and the perfect creamy fat to juicy meat ratio.
I was curious to see Porter Braised Beef Cheek ($11/100g) on the menu and while it doesn’t look too impressive on the platter (teehee it literally looks like a meatball), the beef cheek is freakishly tender and falls apart as I attempt to divvy it up. The Oak Smoked Chicken ($10/quarter) is a winner too- the skin is crisp, almost like chicken crackling, protecting tender, beautifully smoky meat. We also ordered the daily House Made Sausage ($12/link) and I’m really sorry but I have absolutely terrible memory and all I remember is that it was pork and it was super meaty and juicy.
We also ordered some sides- the Cheesymite Cornbread Waffles ($7) surprisingly worked for me, I do love me some cornbread and the best thing was the drizzle of melted butter on top! There wasn’t a heavy Vegemite flavour which I was worried about, but I guess with Cheesymite it’s more mellow? Whatever, there was a nice salty balance and I loved the crisp waffled edges whilst still retaining fluffy innards. I would’ve loved a pot of more melted butter but now I’m just being fat.
The Apple, Kohlrabi & Coriander Slaw ($7) was perfect to cut through the richness and prevent us from getting the meat sweats. It was light and refreshing and made me feel somewhat healthy. I always try and give grits a chance so ordered the Jalapeno Cheese Grits ($8) but to be honest after one or two forkfuls I’m still meh about it, I’m just really not a fan of polenta unless it’s been deep fried 😛
One last shot of the platter of awesome! I think the only thing that was missing was slices of white bread and a pile o pickles (there’s deep fried Mc Clures’ pickles available as a side tho!) but mmm that meat was on point!
Aaaand then I couldn’t resist dessert, especially with the recommendation of the Smoked Banana and Salted Caramel Donuts ($10)! After eating so many donuts this past month (damn you Shortstop!), I had high expectations from Bluebonnet and luckily they did not disappoint. There was a bit of a wait for them to arrive but I didn’t mind because they were freshly fried to order, rolled in cinnamon sugar and man, each donut was just so incredibly light! And the filling! Smoked banana is something I would not have thought would work but oh boy I just could not get enough of that filling, please make a pie out of it guys!!!
I’m planning a return trip to Melbs asap just so I can eat more delicious meats from Bluebonnet haha stay tuned for more Melbs eats
North Fitzroy Star
32 St Georges Rd South,
Mon – Fri: 5pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm