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
Cafe Rumah is a sweet addition to the Surry Hills cafe scene, pumping out delicious kaya madeleines and Malay fusion sandwiches.
I fricken love kaya toast. I’ve seen the mothership occasionally make kaya from scratch, stirring the coconut milk, eggs and sugar for hours until it turns into a fragrant, caramelised jam that we would then slather onto thickly buttered bread. Cafe Rumah opened in February, up on the quieter end of Surry Hills (opp Bar H and next door to Wild Rover) with a Malaysian fusion menu and I excitedly stalked their Instagram account when I saw their menu had Kopitiam Kaya Toast ($7) with Onsen Eggs ($4).
Mmm check out those slabs of butter! That’s the way it should be! Sadly Rumah don’t do the traditional kopi coffees or teh tariks but my piccolo was pretty tops and fyi Rumah sources their beans from Cabrito Coffee Traders.
Breakfast of champions! Side note: I know everyone says that you’re meant to dip the kaya toast into the onsen eggs but I’ve never been keen on the idea of mixing egg yolk with sweet jams so I usually eat the middle section of the toast, saving the crusts to dip into the eggs with a dash of soy sauce and white pepper. Surely I’m not alone in this, is it just me guys???
On another visit we arrived after 11.30am and ordered the Asian Cuban ($14) from the the list of sandwiches on the lunch menu. It’s a pretty filling sammich with slices of fatty 5 spice roast pork, grilled luncheon meat, pickles and mustard and toasted until the swiss cheese is nicely melted.
The Bak Kwa French Toast ($14) is a Saturday special, fluffy French toast holds candied five spice bacon, squiggles of kewpie mayo and a lightly fried egg with a perfectly gooey centre. It’s rich, slightly on the heavy side but oh so satisfying and perfect after a late night out on the town 😛
For beverages, Noods orders the Green Bliss juice ($8) which is a healthy and refreshing mix of cucumber, greens, apple, mint and ginger. I opt for the Malaysian classic, the Milo Dinosaur ($6) which is an icy glass of milo, topped with a generous amount of milo powder on top.
There’s a 15mins wait when you order the Kaya Madeleines ($6/3 or $8/5) as they’re baked to order but they’re well worth the wait! These shell shaped buttery cakes have that signature bump and there’s a bit of kaya piped into em. I think I’d be happy having the madeleines plain and with the kaya on the side to dip?
The baked goods rotate each day, on the weekend there was steamed tapioca kuih covered in shredded coconut and also a fluffy pandan chiffon cake.
Seating in Cafe Rumah is spread out in two rooms, with clothing displayed in the larger dining room. Up the flight of stairs is 15sheets, a premium men’s boutique store stocking small independent labels from across the US and UK and is the second outlet for owner Riszal Nawawi.
Service at Cafe Rumah is warm and efficient, and with a menu price range within the $10-$15 mark, it’s firmly on my revisit list. Especially for that kaya toast. Mmm kaya 😛
71 – 73 Campbell Street,
Mon – Fri: 7:30am – 4pm
Sat: 8am – 4pm
Ex Nomad chef Nathan Sasi has opened Mercado in Ash St and is loosely based on Spanish and Moorish cuisine. Must orders are the smoked Wagyu tongue in brioche and the incredible foie gras parfait
You know when you see something on Instagram and you just immediately know that you need it in your life? That’s totally how I felt when I saw all the pics of Nathan Sasi’s newly opened Mercado, located on Ash St just around the corner from Ash St Cellar and Felix.
The Smoked Wagyu tongue in brioche ($14) is a must order. I normally have issues with tongue (especially when it’s sliced lengthways and still looks like a tongue…) but this gourmet toastie is next level. The entire surface area of the pork fat brioche has been perfectly toasted to ensure max tastiness and the gruyere cheese is at the optimal melty stage, melding with the slices of smokey tongue and pickled green tomato.
The Foie gras parfait ($29) is absolutely swoon-worthy. The parfait is incredibly rich but with a super light texture that just melts on the tongue. This parfait has got to be the best I’ve ever eaten and I had to force myself to push the plate over to Raff when I started eating past the halfway mark because that’s one friendship point I don’t want to cross 😛
Nathan sends out the Buffalo milk ricotta ($16) on the house and it is amazing, the ricotta is ridiculously light and fluffy. It’s roll your eyes to the heavens delicious with the sweet truffle honey and savoury oregano combo and best slathered inch thick onto the grilled house made bread. It reminds us of the goats cheese churros at Nomad buuuut so much tastier 😛
The Fish and chips ($12) is exactly my kind of whimsy- the potato chips are earth shatteringly crisp and we gleefully dunk them into the house cured fish roe dip.
The Ortiz anchovy tart ($14) is a delightful snack, I think I imagined the tart would be round but nay they are rectangle in nature. The tart is buttery and crisp and holds up well against the sweet roasted bull horn peppers, pickled onions and salty anchovy fillet.
Ribbons of ruby red Wagyu cecina ($22) are dotted with sweet wood fired beets and blanketed in curls of salty queso garrotxa cheese. Dat sweet and salty combo was on point!
Oops sorry for this blur blur photo haha I was just too excited to dig into the Truffle mortadella ($19)! Each fold of mortadella was delicately soft and with that heady unmistakable fragrance of truffle. Oh and a plate of pickled guindillas peppers arrived on the side which were awesome, sweet and sour and just mildly spicy.
We decided to share the Spit roasted David Blackmore wagyu beef blade ($52) and we couldn’t help but coo upon its arrival. With beautifully caramelised edges and a perfect blushing pink centre, the wagyu was everything I had hoped for and more! Super tender, ridiculously juicy and just so fricken tasty <3 Sidenote: looks like the menu has changed since we visited and there’s now a Wagyu beef shortrib instead of the beef blade which sounds amazing.
Oh and we ordered a side of Dripping potatoes ($16) because, carbs. The potatoes are gloriously crunchy with fluffy innards and just begging to be smothered in the roasted garlic creme fraiche.
I would’ve loved to order some cheese from the cheese trolley as Mercardo make some of the cheeses in house but alas! Too full! Instead, Raff and I chose to share the Fat from Heaven ($16) so we wouldn’t completely miss out on ending dinner on a sweet note. The flan is deliriously smooth with the perfect amount of richness.
Mercado mills their own flour to make their bread, check out this contraption that sits at the front of the open kitchen!
I love Mercado’s push to try and make as much as possible in house, from the charcuterie to the breads and even their own vinegars and dressings. I can’t wait to return for the cheese trolley and the beef rib!
4 Ash St,
Mon – Thurs: noon – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Fri: noon – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm
Sat: 5pm – 11pm
Bar Brosé in Darlinghurst, is brought to us by the team at ACME with Analiese Gregory at the helm in the kitchen. Be sure to order the spaghetti carbonara, the late night sandwich and the incredible potato dessert!
Bar Brosé has recently opened in Darlinghurst by the team that brought us ACME (Andy Emerson, Cam Fairbairn, Mitch Orr and Ed Loveday) with Analiese Gregory at the helm in the kitchen. And boy, is it amazing! Situated on the old The Passage site, Bar Brosé is perfect if you’re looking for a quick wine and a few snacks or, for a group such as us, an opportunity to eat our way through as much of the menu as possible 😛
On our first visit, we saw online that Bar Brosé opened at 3pm on a Sunday so we rocked up one arvo only to find that it’s a limited snack menu until 6pm 😕 We decided to order pretty much everything on the snack menu and come back another time for the full menu which I’ve combined into this post later on. We start with the Late night sandwich ($14), which smells buttery and absolutely amazing. The sammich has slices of aged Christmas ham glazed with pineapple and mustard, a schmear of nduja and gloriously melty comte cheese. We split the sandwich in quarters to share (in squares haha right Eric :P) but next time I’d def getting one just for myself! It is the perfect toastie- sweet and salty and loaded with cheese <3
The Weekly Terrine ($16) was a beautiful layering of pigs head studded with prunes and a jumble of pickled rhubarb, mushrooms and onion for some acidity. And how cute is the plate!
The 16 month Comte with onions and apples cooked in whey and housemade poppyseed lavosh ($18) doesn’t seem to be on the menu anymore but oh boy how I love the creamy nuttiness of Comte with the gentle sweetness of the jam! Perfect with a glass of white!
I had doubts when Sarah requested the Iceberg salad ($10) but when I saw that overload of buttery breadcrumbs I was sold! There was a creamy dressing that we thought had notes of yuzu and if all iceberg lettuce tasted like this I would be definitely be a salad convert.
The Warm mushroom salad with a tamari vinaigrette ($10) blows us away, it’s just so fricken tasty with such an incredible depth of flavour in the sauce. I wouldn’t have minded some rice to soak up all that tasty goodness but instead we mop it up with some bread.
To round off our snacks we order the Buffalo yogurt sorbet with maraschino cherries and meringue ($12). The sorbet is delightfully refreshing and sweet and I absolutely adore the torched meringue which reminds me of campfire marshmallows.
And then the following week we return so we can try the rest of the menu. We start with the Comté gougères ($6 each) which are fricken massive- they’re about the size of your fist BUT they are definitely not for sharing. Trust me. One bite into this incredibly light pastry with crisp golden edges and surprisingly fluffy innards and you will fall head over heels in cheesy love.
We couldn’t resist ordering the Blooming onion ($10)- a whole onion cut to resemble a flower. It’s battered and deep-fried for crunchalicious nirvana. Dunking a leaf into the creamy fermented habanero-spiked soy and tofu emulsion will make all your tastebuds dance with joy.
The Spaghetti carbonara ($20) was so amazing that after one bite we immediately ordered a second serve. It’s a bit on the small size but it is pretty rich considering the sauce is egg yolk (no cream allowed!) and we exclaim in delight at each crispy bit of pan-fried guanciale. Argh SO GOOD!
And because we love our carbs we also ordered two serves of the Potato gnocchi, lap cheong, chilli, kombu butter ($20). The gnocchi was impressively pillow light and after hating lap cheong for approximately 90% of my life until recently, I tried to hoard the curls of Chinese sausage to savour slowly one bite at a time.
The Poulet au Vin Jaune d’Australie ($30/half chicken) is another one where I wished I had a bowl of rice to soak up that sauce! Man what was in that sauce?! It was buttery and savoury, packed full of umami and was just lip smackingly tasty. Each and every piece of the chicken was super tender and juicy and oh man those shards of chicken skin was the bomb.
We’re ready for desserts and then the kitchen sends out the Wild fennel ice cream with fernet chocolate and walnut cake ($12) on the house. I wasn’t sure if I liked the fernet chocolate which tasted a lil bitter but we’re intrigued by the ice cream which was so incredibly smooth and with an unmistakable fennel flavour.
And the dessert that is fast becoming the talk of the town: Crisp potato, brown butter mousse, salted caramel ($12). It is unlike anything I’ve ever had and it is exactly the dessert that I never knew I needed in my life! From the super crisp, paper thin slices of potato, to the brown butter mousse that had me roll my eyes to the heavens and the swirls of rich salted caramel, it soon became a battle between spoons as we fought to ensure equal rights for our share of the dessert.
Pretty much everything at Bar Brosé is awesome but my picks are definitely for that late night sandwich, the gougères, the carbonara and the potato dessert! The wines list is pretty banging and affordable and the staff are super friendly and down to earth which ticks all the boxes for me!
231a Victoria St,
Weds – Thurs: 5pm – 12AM
Fri – Sat: 5pm – 1.30am
Sun: 3pm – 11pm
Shortstop Coffee & Donuts has finally opened it’s store in Barangaroo in Sydney! The Earl Grey & Rose cake donut and the Maple Walnut & Brown Butter raised donut are my faves and definite must orders.
I fricken love donuts. I mean, I didn’t get a donut tattoo for nothing 😛 Oh and then there was that time where I planned a trip to eat all of Melbourne’s best donuts in the space of 9 hours and pretty much went into a sugar coma but it was so worth it because I got to try the famous Shortstop Coffee & Donuts and oh wow this is a really long sentence but anywhos GUESS WHO HAS OPENED IN SYDNEY?!
That’s right, Shortstop Coffee & Donuts has set up shop in Barangaroo, just around the corner from Belle’s and the donuts are just as amazing as they were in Melbourne! The shop has a bit more seating than the Melb store plus you can always get takeaway and walk to the Reserve and eat by the water. The donut offerings for the day are displayed at the front and are between the $4-$5 range and will rotate in flavours each month.
Let’s start with my favourite donut: the Maple Walnut & Brown Butter raised donut ($5). The donut is so pillowy soft and fluffy but oh man do you know how amazing brown butter is?? Now imagine it in the form of icing! And studded with crushed maple roasted walnuts! Argh so good! It’s not too rich or oily and I’m pretty sure I could eat 3 in one sitting. This donut is not for sharing 😛
I’m not the biggest matcha lover in all the lands so this Triple Matcha cake donut ($5) was perfect for me as it wasn’t too bitter but I can see why other people would want a stronger matcha flavour. The donut had a fair amount of matcha and the icing was a white chocolate and matcha glaze that was a touch sweet but still pretty delicious.
Next in the cake donut range is the Red Velvet cake donut ($4.50), the deep red colour comes from the use of beetroot juice. It’s a tasty donut but I did wish there was less of the dark chocolate glaze and more of the cream cheese icing as it did overpower the flavour and I love me some cream cheese icing on a red velvet! The donut itself was great though, rich and moist and good for that chocolately fix.
The Earl Grey & Rose cake donut ($4.50) is my fave of the cake donuts, and quite possibly my second favourite out of all the donuts at Shortstop! The donut itself is slightly denser compared to the raised donuts but still pretty fluffy. The rose water with rose petal icing is the perfect amount of sweetness and considering I absolutely HATE earl grey AND rose, it’s surprising that I really like this donut haha 😛 There’s a touch of lemon myrtle and the earl grey flavour isn’t too overpowering against the light fragrance of the rose. I dunno, I feel like this donut is just so perfectly balanced compared to other donuts out there which are just overloaded with sugar.
Moving onto the filled donuts, the Boston Cream filled donut ($5) is a glorious flashback to childhood years of grabbing a custard filled chocolate iced donut at the school canteen for lunch instead of um proper food (haha HI MUM!) Short Stop’s version is decidedly more adult with a filling of vanilla crème pâtissière using Heilala Vanilla and topped with an incredibly smooth 85% Callebaut dark chocolate icing.
The Rhubarb Vanilla Brûlée filled donut ($5) is incredible, the Brûlée caramel layer is impressively crisp and the donut is filled with a creamy vanilla filling with tender rhubarb. I liked that the filling wasn’t too sugary because the brûlée layer more than made up for it in sweetness.
I loooved the Apple Pie filled donut ($5)! The sticky caramel sauce had the perfect buttery balance and had me grinning in glee. The filling is an apple compote and vanilla bean cream and topped with a spiced crumble that had me thinking about Christmas and how everything smells like cinnamon and oh boy can you believe we’re already at the end of April???
And lastly onto the crullers! The New Orleans Iced Coffee cruller ($4) is a wonder, crisp on the outside and super light and airy on the inside. The flavour is pretty damn amazing with a rich coffee flavour that is intense and oh so satisfying.
The Australian Honey & Sea Salt cruller ($4) is obviously one for the sweet & salty lovers with a glaze made of local honey and organic milk, and then sprinkled with fine flakes of sea salt. The salt on this cruller was the perfect end to my donut consumption!
Shortstop Coffee & Donuts is pretty fricken amazing. The donuts are made fresh each day in small batches to ensure optimum donut tastiness and I foresee the majority of my next paycheck going towards my increasing consumption of donuts 😛
Shortstop Coffee & Donuts
Shop 3, 23 Barangaroo Avenue,
Mon – Fri: 7:30 am – 4:30pm
Sat – Sun: 9:30am – 3:30pm