i am susan thye. aka chocolatesuze. sydney, australia. gemini. married to noods. this is a food and lifestyle blog. i like cheeseburgers, cake and fried chicken.
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2 August 2015, 21:22
So originally I was going to do a burgers of USA post but well, Eggslut in Los Angeles totally deserves a post of its own because yo look at dat Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich ($6)!!! It’s been 3 weeks since I consumed it and it still calls to me in my dreams!
Seriously, how can a burger be so beautiful, just oh so attractive? The toasty warm brioche bun holds the crispylicious curls of hardwood smoked bacon, the melty cheddar cheese draped over the medium egg that will spill forth a river of yolk-y goodness and a slightly spicy chipotle ketchup brings everything all together in delicious harmony.
Innards shot because when something is that delicious you just want to share every single angle possible with the world. Seriously though? Best damn breakfast burger I’ve ever had.
I may have blushed when ordering the Slut ($9) but you’ll have absolutely no regrets once you take one bite of the coddled egg which is layered on top of an impossibly smooth potato purée and served with slices of crisp baguette.
Oh. My. Freaking. God. I may have just weeped with joy at this incredible flavour combination and seriously considered ordering a second round after my tastebuds went into a frenzy after that first bite.
I thought about getting the Fairfax Sandwich ($7) which is stuffed with scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo but thought I should try a non egg sandwich and ordered the Gaucho Sandwich ($11) instead. While the combination of the juicy seared wagyu tri-tip steak, chimichurri, red onions, arugula (rocket) and an over medium egg tasted perfectly fine, my stomach mourned that it could not fit in another bae roll.
Eggslut started off as a food truck before setting down roots in the Grand Central Market and apparently queues for Eggslut can be pretty insane but since we were still on Sydney time (and never really adjusted during the whole trip lol) we arrived around 3pm with only a 5min wait and easily grabbed a stool at the bar. The area is a bit dodgy but if you visit LA, Eggslut is definitely a must do!
Stall D-1, Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, California
7 days: 8am – 4pm
26 July 2015, 23:07
Located in Chinatown just opposite Arisun is Masu Izakaya, a cosy Japanese Izakaya that pumps out charcoal grilled yakitori skewers with a focus on chicken and all of its parts. But first, my only decently lit photo of the night is the Little Neck Clams ($15). Cooked in sake, the clams are small but tender and the serving is super generous in size.
I can never resist Nasu Dengaku ($15.80) whenever I see it and Masu Izakaya’s did not disappoint. The eggplant was topped with homemade miso paste that was salty and sweet and grilled until the glorious point that is caramelisation.
I had high hopes for Salmon Skin Tempura ($7.50) but the tempura batter on each piece was on the thick side and while it was delightfully crunchy, the flavour of the salmon skin was unfortunately lost.
Noods ordered the Chicken Neck ($3.50/skewer) and said he liked the flavour but found them a tad chewy and kinda wanted a dipping sauce of some sort. He also ordered the Chicken Hearts ($3/skewer) which he described as bouncy lol and the Chicken Liver ($3/skewer) which were creamy and tender but unfortch thanks to my mad skills I may have forgotten to take a photo of either. Oops.
The Wagyu Beef ($7.50/skewer) was amazing, super juicy and oh so tender with a roll-your-eyes-to-the-heavens fattylicious flavour thanks to the insane marbling. We ordered a second round before we had even finished out first skewers and they were just as perfect.
If you know me at all you’ll know I have a weakness for corn so of course we ordered the Corn with butter on hot plate ($9.80) hehe I know it seems like such a simple dish but man the smell of the butter melting on the corn with the bacon bits sizzling is just the most delicious smell in the world!
There’s not many seats downstairs but not to worry there’s a whole level upstairs and you can ogle at all the sake bottles on display as you make your way up. The weather lately has put me in hibernation mode but I’ll be back to try Masu Izakaya’s hotpots and more of the grilled skewers!
Shop B1, 35-39 Liverpool Street
Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 11.30pm
Sat and Sun: 5pm – late
21 July 2015, 08:09
Winter is well and truly here. I hate the cold, it feels like my soul just shrivels up and goes into hibernation the moment the first cold snap hits! But when we heard that the newly opened The Local Mbassy served baked eggs we made the trek over to Ultimo near Wentworth Park and just down the road from the Sydney Fish Markets. Isaac went for the Shakshuka ($17) which was jam packed full of baked beans, bacon and poached eggs in a sweet paprika sauce. There was a loooot of beans lol and plenty of toasted bread to dunk into.
Since all day breakfast was offered, I opted for the Full English Breakfast ($18) because I was super hungry haha and the Local Mbassy’s did not disappoint. It came with my eggs of choice which were poached and had perfectly gooey centres, fat sausages, double smoked crispy bacon, grilled cherry tomatoes on the vine, mushrooms, a pile of wilted spinach, in-house baked beans and a golden hash brown (even though the the menu said potato rosti). Try as I might, I just could not finish this and mourned my fail stomach.
Leen’s Spanish Open Omelette ($16.50) was massive! It was a super generous serving with crispy edges and fluffy innards and stuffed with chorizo, spanish onion, red capsicum, grilled tomatoes and fresh rocket and shavings of parmesan cheese scattered on top.
The Red Velvet Pancakes ($15.50) arrive and we take a moment to gaze at its triple stacked beauty. The pancakes weren’t as fluffy as I thought they’d be, more of a hotcakes style but they tasted like summer with the fresh strawberries and blueberries. The pancakes could’ve used a bit more chocolatey flavour and I would have preferred ice cream instead of cream but they were a nice light dessert to end the meal with.
I loved the interior with exposed beams, hanging lightbulbs and bicycle gear stools. The service was ace and I’ll have to re-visit soon and try their extensive lunch menu!
310 Wattle St,
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4.30pm
Sat: 8am – 4.30pm
Sun: 8.30am – 4.30pm