Umi Sushi & Udon (Shop TR10 Darling Quarter, 1 Harbour St, Sydney). Nasu Dengaku! YEAH BABY! Now that’s what I’m talking about! I loooove eggplant which alot of people find surprising thanks to my texture issues but I love eggplant BECAUSE it’s squishy! Whack on some miso paste and grill until slightly charry and the eggplant turns into freaking awesome on a plate!
Oh look it’s Monday again. Did you guys have a good weekend? I spent mine at the mac store seeing if I could get my poor laptop fixed but to no avail ugh but luckily I managed to get some pics off the hard drive and found some places I haven’t blogged yet.
Late last year I was at the new Darling Quarter area with the lovely Anna and oh boy isn’t that area all pretty now! Loving the ping pong tables and crazy playground for children of all ages! In the mood for some Japanese, we decided to hit Umi Sushi & Udon (Shop TR10 Darling Quarter, 1 Harbour St, Sydney) where I started off with my all time favourite Sapporo beer and nabbed a plate of salmon sashimi ($7) from the train. I’ve eaten at their Capitol Theater location quite a few times so was keen to see how the DQ measured up.
I spy with my little eye something that looks like deliciousness! Crispy Salmon Skin ($5.80) is amazing, crispy and salty and so freaking moorish, it is the perfect beer snack!
Decided to go with the Udon ($7.50) with an additional Onsen Egg ($1.50) and well, generally my mind doesn’t go kaboom when eating udon noodles in miso soup but it was piping hot with clean flavours and a perfectly gooey egg. The noodles had a pleasingly chewy bite and a spoonful of fried tempura bits and seaweed fills my stomach with happiness.
Anna has opted for the Salmon and Avocado Salad ($10.80) and holy moly it was one ginormous salad! As expected the salmon was fresh as can be, and packed with creamy avo slices the salad looked to be pretty damn filling.
Last but not least, Nasu Dengaku ($7.80). YEAH BABY! Now that’s what I’m talking about! I loooove eggplant which alot of people find surprising thanks to my texture issues but I love eggplant BECAUSE it’s squishy! Whack on some miso paste and grill until slightly charry and the eggplant turns into freaking awesome on a plate!
Will definitely be back for the eggplant and I reckon some plum umeshi one weeknight will be on the cards soon 😛
Woohoo there’s a new steak joint in the hood! Black Angus Grill & Bar (312 Church St, Parramatta) is the newest kid on the street with Halloumi skewers, Kobe Wagyu Rump and Ribeye on the bone and sugar coma inducing Banoffee pie!
Well hello there, it’s been a while since I’ve done a knife photo! And what a shiny knife it is, because woohoo there’s a new steak joint in the hood! Black Angus Grill & Bar (312 Church St, Parramatta) is the newest kid on the street so the boy and I rocked up over the weekend and sat outside to enjoy some Vitamin D with our lunch.
We received a complimentary bread roll complete with a knife stabbed into him and it was pretty damn good with the warm, crusty exterior protecting airy pillow soft innards and made all the more better when schmeared in butter. Oh and my latest <3 is the strawberry & lime Kopparberg cider ($8) and not just because it's pink :P
Haloumi skewers ($15) are impressively fat buggers, 3 skewers of ginormous cubes of squishy squeaky haloumi is pretty generous and are topped with a dollop of pesto and a pile of rocket.
My protein of choice was the 300g Kobe Wagyu Rump ($35) and I chose the jacket potato over the mash or fries option mainly because I loooove sour cream. I couldn’t resist the mushroom sauce ($2.50) but weirdly tasted like the Ikea sauce on the meatballs? But still good! I was undecided in ordering the steak basted or unbasted and I reckon I should’ve totally ordered it unbasted because as delicious as that hunk of meat was and cooked to a perfect medium rare, the flavour was kinda drowned out by the bbq sauce. But definitely worth a revisit.
Noods has his eyes set on the 500g OP Ribeye on the bone ($38) choosing chips and mustard butter ($2.50). One look at that mustard ‘butter’ and we were like hmm what’s up with that… We were kinda thinking a mustard butter would be more I dunno, solid? Solid it was not. Neither was it very mustard-y. But the ribeye was freaking amazeballs, charry edges and an incredible flavour that only meat on the bone can taste.
Aaaand of course I always look at the desserts on the menu first and the Banoffee Pie ($9) was definitely on my hit list. Pretty impressive looking huh? Under that cloud of freshly whipped cream lay a buttery biscuit base, slices of banana and HOLY MOLY about an inch thick of rich caramel! I swear my heart skipped a beat after all that sugar! Mega sugar high for the rest of the arvo! Will definitely have to come back and try the ribs and the burgers next time haha it’s all happening in the hood!
I have been dying to go to Berta (17-19 Alberta St, Sydney) for a while now where word on the street is that their Wednesday Sagra dinners are pretty awesome. So after stalking the website and seeing which ingredient tickled my fancy I booked the boy and I in for the Parmigiano dinner ($55 for 4 courses).
I have been dying to go to Berta (17-19 Alberta St, Sydney) for a while now where word on the street is that their Tuesday Sagra dinners are pretty awesome. So after stalking the website and seeing which ingredient tickled my fancy I booked the boy and I in for the Parmigiano dinner ($55p/p for 4 courses).
Board of spectacularly delicious nibbles! Frico (parmesan crisp), Torta Frita (fried wafer stick), gorgeously transparent slices of lardo, ribbons of baby pink prosciutto, a hunk of naturally matured 24month old pecorino, blob of sweet mustard pears and a pile of slightly tart balsamic pickled eschallots. This entree board was freaking awesome, the board was to share between the two of us and we managed to demolish it in seconds.
Oh and then the Wet Polenta with Porcini and Truffle Mushroom arrived when we were about halfway thru the board. Normally I hate polenta. Hate it with the passion of a thousand suns. But woah this polenta was actually quite tasty! I know I’ve always had issues with the texture of polenta and how it’s weirdly grainy but Berta’s was surprisingly creamy and with an almost velvety texture of pureed potato and the slices of mushrooms were fought over because mushrooms are awesome no matter what.
I pretty much love all kinds of pasta and the Casconcelli Pasta was no exception. 3 fat pasta bows was stuffed with pear nubbins and creamy ricotta and bathed happily in sage and parmesan butter with just a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to cut the richness. It was incredible and I pretty much scraped the bowl clean and would have guiltily licked it had I been alone..
I was really looking forward to the Slow Roasted Scotch Fillet with Fennel, Chicory and Potatoes however I was not expecting the scotch fillet to have a crumbed parmesan crust. It kinda felt like eating a panko crumbed tonkatsu or a schnitzel? It was tasty, but I would’ve preferred the steak minus the outer layer as it was a perfect medium rare and incredibly tender and awesome with the roasted fennel. There was a side of chicory and potatoes but I uh totally forgot to take a photo..
Custard, Figs, Hazelnuts, Honey. And then there was dessert. Dessert is always my most favourite part of the meal however I just wasn’t a fan of this, mainly because figs are one of my all time least favourite fruits in the world but mainly because there was a scattering of rosemary which killed all the other flavours and all I could taste was the damn rosemary. I mean, I like rosemary on lamb but herbs and/or flowers in my desserts just doesn’t play well with me. What I could taste of the parmesan custard was interesting, more of a savoury custard with sweet notes coming from the dabs of honey and richness from the hazelnuts.
Berta is a tad hard to spot, the entrance is a tiny little door next to Cafe Cre Asion but once thru the doors, step past the bar and into the cosy restaurant where this crazy psychedelic wall attempts to brighten up the laneway. I thought $55 for the 4 courses was pretty reasonable, the awesome entree platter was pretty smashing and I’d definitely come back for a giant bowl of Casconcelli. Aaand just a quick update, the lake in my garage has disappeared and the pump has been fixed so hopefully I won’t need a canoe just yet but thanks everyone for the emails!
The Carrington Hotel (565 Bourke Street, Surry Hills), every Tuesday from 6-10pm there is a special pintxos menu at an incredible $3 each. It is awesome. Go now.
You know what word I can’t pronounce? Pintxos. No matter how many times I hear it I just cannot for the life of me say it right! We were at The Carrington Hotel (565 Bourke Street, Surry Hills) where every Tuesday from 6-10pm there is a special pintxos menu at an incredible $3 each. In the end it didn’t matter how to pronounce pintxos (Helen: “it’s just PIN-chos!”) because we x ALL the y… ie, we ordered ALL the foods! Two of everything from the specials menu ($3 each) and 2 of everything from the normal pintxos menu (at normal price) and holy moly it was a lot of food.
Paella Ball with Calamari ($3). Tee hee so cute no? The deep fried tentacles waving about in the air? Just me? It was hard splitting the 2 balls (that sounds dirty but truly I’m not even trying) for 3 people and it was all a matter of who could finish chewing first to grab the left over piece. And oh how glorious it was, biting into the crumbed outer layer of the fried paella ball and into the rice innards.
The Chargrilled Skirt Steak Skewer ($3) was slightly on the chewy side but my jaws need a mastication workout every now and then. The meat was incredibly flavourful, bags of flavour indeed it was.
The Manchego and Rosemary Tortilla ($3) is loved by all, and c’mon what’s not to love? Who’s not friends with potato? Me and potato are BFF‘s in whatever shape or form it wants! The tortilla was just so satisfying, flat slices of potato layered with buttery Manchego cheese ohhh baby why so delicious!
Smoked Eggplant & White Anchovy Tostada ($3). I kinda wished there were more anchovies on the tostada, cos I mean, look at that singular anchovy staring at me/you/us. It taunts us! Lying there all sexy looking. The eggplant was smoky as promised and I would’ve happily eaten it with a spoon. With anchovies to wash it all down 😛
Classic Beef Cheek Slider ($3), Calamari Slider ($6), Meatball Slider ($6). Woah! That was one platter of awesome! With pillow soft buns my fav of the lot was the calamari slider packed full of crispy batter coated tentacles. The beef cheek slider was rich and filling and while I loved the sauce in the meatball slider there was a certain spice I had a bit of an issue with.. thyme? Is that you?
Kingfish Pastrami on Rye ($4). I um don’t seem to remember eating the kingfish but I do remember really liking the coleslaw uhhh doo di doo
Maybe I don’t remember the Kingfish because of what came next: the Chicken Liver Parfait & Pear Chutney ($4) is by far my favourite of the lot, the parfait is smooth and creamy and just unbelievably tasty. I’d totes come back and order 10 of them next time. And not share.
Tomato Bread and Iberico ($4.50) is the last of the pintxos onslaught and well, you can’t go wrong with Iberico ham mmm
Stuffed beyond belief we had to share a dessert between us, the Carrington Mess was our pick especially when we hear the magical key words of ‘brown sugar meringue’. Shards of crazy awesome meringue make friends with berry compote and jelly and topped with a tart passionfruit sorbet. Not too sweet and not too rich, it is the perfect dessert to end our epic eating.