Prepare for a seafood bonanza at Cirrus Dining in Barangaroo.
It was the mothership’s birthday at the end of the year and we celebrated at newly opened Cirrus Dining on the end of the Barangaroo development for a seafood feast!
We start with the Smoked Ocean Trout Parfait ($24). The fish fin shaped wedge of silky smooth parfait is creamy and perfect against the pops of briny roe and easily slathered onto rounds of crisp baguette.
Roasted Tiger Prawns with Fenugreek Milk ($28) are split in half and lightly roasted leaving the flesh still juicy and tender with a hint of smokiness. Noods mournfully watches as we happily suck out every last bit from the shells.
I freaking love marron so absolutely had to get the Grilled W.A. Marron with Lemonade Fruit and Sea Lettuce ($42). The meat is sweet and delicate and Noods is happy with his more expensive prawn substitute 😛
The Moreton Bay Bugs ($30) have an irresistible house made XO sauce that we scrape every last drop of and smother onto the bug meat that’s carefully pried out of its shell.
The Whole Flathead + Chips ($38) is impressive, the flathead has been completely deboned while still retaining the shape. The flesh flakes easily and we fight over the crispy panko crumbed edges and dunk the golden fries into the creamy aioli.
And last but not least, the Queensland Mud Crab with Green Garlic and Tarragon! (Market price $140/kg, crab came to $140). This baby is finger licking delicious! I appreciated that the crab was cut up and the claws smashed for ease of access to the juicy crab meat but Papa Choc was devastated to flip over the hat and find the carapace completely scrubbed clean!
Sadly we’re much too full for dessert but I am keen to return for the 500g whopper Grilled Rangers Valley Rib Eye with Kombu Butter!
10/23 Barangaroo Avenue,
7 days: 12pm – 10pm
The Danks Street Produce Merchants opened up in Waterloo on the old Fratelli Fresh site and features Mezzanino, an Italian restaurant which serves up piattini small-style dishes on a marble-topped trolley.
The Danks Street Produce Merchants opened up in Waterloo on the old Fratelli Fresh site and I’ve been peachy keen to visit. It’s pretty damn impressive walking through all the fresh produce which is sourced from Flemington Markets daily. There’s also the Free Range Butcher, The One That Got Away fishmonger, Sami’s Souk Middle Eastern groceries and Dank Street Cheese Affineurs for the rest of your grocery shopping needs.
Feeling mighty peckish, we head upstairs to Mezzanino, an Italian restaurant which showcases piattini small-style dishes on a marble-topped trolley. Our waiter explained that the piattini were priced $8-$14 each. Simply point at what you’d like to order and the kitchen will cook you a fresh one to eat!
It was just a lil too easy pointing at all the dishes that looked good and before I knew it our table was filled! I couldn’t resist the antipasto plate with ribbons of prosciutto, thickly sliced salami, honey drenched sun dried tomato, olives, artichoke and a wedge of focaccia.
I loooove gravlax! The raw salmon is cured in a salt, sugar and dill mixture and the flavour of the salmon is delicate and just perfect for this warm weather. I initially had misgivings about getting this because it looked so dull but it’s just the blue plate lol
See? Much nicer lookin’ on a white plate 😛
The Pizzette is delightfully cheesy, with a nice crisp base and a puffy crust. I chortle at the size- it’s the perfect portion for me cos I always get full after 2 normal slices of pizza haha
We marvel at the meatballs which are freakishly soft and juicy and use the focaccia to mop up the rich tomato sauce.
We also ordered the Blue swimmer crab risotto ($27) off the ala carte menu. Noods loved this which was a surprise because he’s not really a risotto fan but each grain had a good bite to it and there were generous amounts of crab meat buried within.
Aaaand some refreshing lemon sorbet to end the meal because holy crap Sydney, this summer has been a scorcher!
The piattini will rotate throughout the year depending on the seasonal produce available. I can’t wait to return to Mezzanino and try the rest of their pastas!
Level 1 Danks St Produce Merchants,
3 Danks St,
7 days: 11am – 4pm
Looking to smash a burger? Here’s a list of my favourite burgers in Sydney!
So I was going to do my usual round-up of my fave eats of the year and I was looking at my photos and daaaamn I ate a lot of burgers haha so I’ve decided to do a list of all the burgers in Sydney! I’m not gonna rate or score them, but pretty much every burger listed below I would happily eat. Ready? OKAY!
Come for the burgs, stay for the tunez. New burger creations specials every week.
113 Reservoir St, Surry Hills
Fat, juicy patties and gotta love that trademark branding on the buns.
Shop 15 / 425 Bourke St, Surry Hills
The Blame Canada burger is my unicorn burger! It’s roll your eyes to the heavens delicious, ridiculously saucy and has the added bonus of poutine fries shoved in.
52 Phillip Street, Sydney
The food truck is parked outside Bella Vista Hotel, enjoy your juicy burg in the courtyard with a beverage or two.
13-15 Lexington Dr, Bella Vista
Ahhh the Baoger, the hybrid Taiwanese bao crossed with a burger surprisingly works and is in my top 5 fave burgers. The bao buns holds up against the juicy fillings and you just GOTTA add in a hashbrown for that crunch!
Hudson Ballroom, 53-55 Liverpool St, Sydney
Bovine and Swine
Technically they call this a sandwich but well, I reckon the brisket sandwich makes the list! If you haven’t had the brisket here before you just haven’t lived! Oh and order the beef short rib and share between 3!
92 Enmore Rd, Newtown
The burger of the month is guaranteed to be one cray cray concoction with many forms of animals stuffed into a burger.
65 Holt St, Surry Hills
Many sneer at this chain of burgs but well it’s good for a quick feed and the patties are made in house daily with beef sourced from Cape Grim Tasmania.
Shop 11.06, World Square 644 George Street, Sydney
This burg shop has mighty stiff competition, located across from BL Burgers and just up the road from Guilty. But the bacon here is da bomb!
80 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Burgers by Josh popped up at various locations in 2016 and have now set up permanent digs at the Annandale Hotel.
Annandale Hotel, 17 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
Butter’s fried chicken is off the chain but you gotta try their burg with a generous slather of dashi butter! Check out the sneaker display too.
6 Hunt St, Surry Hills
Josh is pumping out classic milkbar burgs, crispy fries and ice cold milkshakes.
105 Regent St, Redfern
As well as wood smoked chicken, Chicken & Sons also does pretty damn tasty burgs and all come with a side of golden fries.
228 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
Chur is Kiwi slang for delicious, my fave is the grilled beef with blue cheese and onion rings.
48 Albion St, Surry Hills
The cheese burg is simple but tasty, I particularly like the steamed and then grilled bun.
169 Dolphin St, Coogee
Originally a month long popup, this joint hit the big time with their burger of the week crazy concoctions and had Sydney in a frenzy with their Pokemon burgers.
Sir John Young Hotel, 557 George St, Sydney
Go for The Bronx burg with a grilled beef pattie, double cheese, pickles and bacon.
124 Walker St, North Sydney
Surprisingly a massive hit with me, sheets of crispy rice replace the burger buns and I absolutely loved the miso salmon sushi burger!
The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
Guilty’s Rowdy Double Jeopardy burg is my second fave cheeseburg in Sydney with crisp bacon and a spicy kick from the jalapenos. It’s not massive so I could probably eat a burger a day and not feel like dying 😛
248 Palmer St, Darlinghurst
Ok technically this guy shouldn’t be in the list because Hoost have stopped brunch service and not selling this burger but daaaamn it was good! Look at that river of molten smoked cheese!
98 Fitzroy St, Surry Hills
The steak frites and the fried cheese Malakoff at Hubert make me weak at the knees but little known fact, they also have one smashingly delicious burger on the menu!
15 Bligh Street, Sydney
Jacks burgs are on the small side so they’re good for a snack if you’re in the Newtown area, I particularly love the crinkle cut fries!
170 Missenden Road, Newtown
Ahhhh Juicy Lucy is my number one favourite chicken burger in Sydney! I looked at my uber eats history and basically I averaged one burger a week haha oops but the batter is always so crispy and the chicken is extremely juicy, suh good!
232A Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
The fried chicken sandwich on a donut bun is pretty killer, love the slaw.
195 Gloucester St, The Rocks
Cheeseburgers can be a lil squishy but the smoked bacon is amazing and you gotta get the mash and gravy for your fries! The fried chicken burg from their CBD location is a winner too.
6 Mary Street, Newtown
The Truffe! Each week I wait to see if the Truffe Burger is making the rotation because their truffle aioli is friggen bomb!
315 Parramatta Rd, Haberfield
I have yet to try the fish or the chicken burgs here because I can never resist the cheeseburger! I mean look at it! How it calls to me! Along with a side of brisket kthnxbai.
22-23 Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly
PLK is my happy place, burgs always comes with a mountain of fries and I would like to swim in their gravy.
Lord Wolseley Hotel, 265 Bulwara Road, Ultimo
I usually get the lamb ribs here but the Old School cheeseburger gets the thumbs up.
88 George Street, Sydney
Before the influx of burgs in Syd there was the Rockpool burg. With Gruyere cheese and a brioche bun it’s not a bad burg but I prefer American cheeseburgers now.
66 Hunter St, Sydney
The Double Stack is good but I love the Miss Elizabeth with truffle mayo! Oh and do yourself a favour and get a milkshake aka a frozen custard.
Westfield Chatswood, 357/1 Anderson St, Chatswood
The Ebi prawn burger is crazy good but I’m also swayed by the signature Ume burger with wagyu mince sauce.
478 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Dan Hong’s cheeseburger was so famed and delicious that it survived the closure of Lotus and is available at The Fish Shop.
22 Challis Ave, Potts Point
$10 burgs on Mon and Tues is a winner with the locals, the fried chicken burger is a winner too.
115 Regent St, Chippendale
My fave burger out west, The Tuckshops cheeseburg hits all the right notes and the fries are crazy addictive.
78 Glenhaven Rd, Glenhaven
Popular with the after work crowd, I always lol when the burg arrives with a giant pickle stabbed in the middle.
6/17-51 Foveaux St, Surry Hills
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all having a fabulous day filled with delicious eats […]
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all having a fabulous day filled with delicious eats and spending time with your loved ones!
Big Poppa’s in Darlinghurst is a welcome addition to the Sydney late night dining scene, with dinner and drinks served til 3am every day and a whole separate menu for cheese!
Thanks to Casino Mike there’s now been a dearth of places open in the wee hours of the night if you’re wanting a good feed with somewhere to actually sit and not just on the kerb chowing down on a kebab. Enter: Big Poppa’s, named after The Notorious B.I.G. track of the same name. Owned by Lewis Jaffrey (ex-Baxter Inn) and Jared Merlino (ex-Lobo Plantation) and headed up by Liam O’Driscoll (ex- Pendolino) in the kitchen, Big Poppa’s is a welcome addition to the Sydney late night dining scene, with dinner and drinks served til 3am every day and even a whole separate menu for cheese!
The food is Italian with about half of the menu featuring cheese so of course Bianca and I start with the Burrata ($21), fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The entire pouch of cheese is mozzarella cheese you guys! And filled with stracciatella and cream! What’s not to love??? Stab the burrata open and watch with delight as the innards smother the heirloom tomatoes, fig vino cotto and toasted farro in cheesy goodness. Heh and notice Biggie Small’s face staring at ya on the wine glass?
The Hand-cut pappardelle ($26) is a mother fricken dream, I absolutely love any place that will come over and grate as much parmigiano-reggiano as you please 😀
This is pure comfort food and it feels just so good for the soul! The silky ribbons of pasta hold tender nubbins of lamb shoulder ragu and I just really, really rate this pasta. It is happiness in a bowl!
On another visit with the Sparro’s, we order the Baked eggplant ($27) which is one helluva cheesy hit, there’s taleggio, mozzarella di bufala, parmigiano-reggiano and pecorino stuffed in that baby. Possibly too much cheese if that’s such a thing 😛 The roasted cherry tomatoes and tiny basil leaves attempt to lift the richness of the dish but well, there’s 4 types of cheese they’re doing battle with!
The Flat iron steak tagliata ($36) was hands down amazing, it’s simple but oh so delicious. The steak was grilled to a perfect medium rare and had just the right amount of seasoning on it. There’s also a nice lil salad of rocket, pickled eschallots, Montasio cheese and lemon but well, all eyes are on that steak! It’s juicy, tender and so damn fine it blew my mind.
Aaaand instead of getting dessert we select a few cheeses from the incredible cheese menu- Comte, Gouda and Penny Bu. Cheese averages $10-$12 each and comes with grapes, honey, crispbread and sourdough. (P.S Dear Santa, Comte is my favourite cheese in all the lands, Love Suze)
Head downstairs and you’ll find cosy booths where you can continue on with more beverages or make your way through the rest of the cheeses available 😀
96 Oxford St,
Trading hours: 7 days – 5pm – 3am