On the end of Spice Alley in Chippendale is Monkey’s Corner, the new joint by the Poernomo brothers. Go on the weekend for the rice bowls!
So I’ve always loved Spice Alley in Chippendale but have always thought something was missing. Specifically, a bar. Last year the Poernomo brothers (of Masterchef and Koi Dessert Bar fame) opened Monkey’s Corner on the end of Spice Alley, just across from Koi. The menu is short and sweet, the idea being grazing on snacks and getting some more substantial dishes later to go with your drinks.
Rice bowls are only available on the weekends which seems a shame because I would kill to have a rice bowl for supper during the week. Or lunch. Or a snack… ANYWAYS. A must order is the Spicy trout belly rice bowl ($14). I didn’t want to spend $45 on the Uni rice bowl but instead opted for the additional uni ($15), four beautifully briny petals placed ever so delicately on top. It had the perfect spice level for me and I thought the amount of fatty trout was pretty generous.
The Soy braised pork belly rice bowl ($18) is the perfect comfort food. Fat slices of pork belly with layers of quivering gelatinous fat oh baby oh baby! The fluffy rice underneath was perfect for soaking up all the juices though I kinda wished the egg yolk was more gooey.
Those that know me will know I have issues with ox tongue. Flavour wise I don’t mind it but I hate when it’s sliced lengthways and still looks, well, like a tongue 😛 Luckily I’d seen on IG prior what the Ox tongue ($15) looked like so I was fine ordering it.
The ox tongue has been slow cooked, sliced thinly and is then drizzled with beef fat. That’s right, beef fat! And yes it was glorious! It did get a bit rich but thankfully the lime and the smattering of chives helped cut through the richness.
The Kingfish Collar ($16) is an absolute must order but not one for people who have issues with bones. I reckon half the fun of eating the kingfish collar is carefully excavating out the delicate flesh and working for your meal 😛 I loved the crisp, blowtorched skin and the rubble of shichimi and furikake seasoning.
There’s a couple of desserts on the menu or you could bounce next door and press up against the glass display featuring cakes in all the colours of the rainbow.
40 Kensington St,
Tues – Fri: 5pm – 11pm
Sat: 12pm – 11pm
Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Not my top9 but what 2017 was to me: making new friends, losing old ones, […]
Not my top9 but what 2017 was to me: making new friends, losing old ones, finding new restaurants but returning to old favourites.
There were new jobs (yep plural), many memes, swims at the beach and a whole bunch of songs that hit me in the feels.
There was less dancing this year but more quality hangs over pasta and wine. There was a trip to Europe (and Malaysia, Japan and Melbourne) and realising exactly how small Sydney is.
There were many burgers eaten this year (71 to be exact), fried chicken and scones, too.
My hair colour stayed relatively the same for once, a new dinosaur tattoo was added to the collection and I realised how important my friends are to me.
I didn’t bake as much as I would have liked this year and I sure as hell didn’t cook at all. And while IG never shows the entire truth, I’ve actually been eating healthier (though a little more exercise would probably help my cholesterol).
Goodbye 2017, I’m really looking forward to 2018. I hope you guys have an awesome year!
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you guys have an awesome day filled with heaps of […]
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you guys have an awesome day filled with heaps of food and <3
Fried chicken and streaky bacon stuffed into a croissant? Check out Tomislav Martinovic’s latest menu offering at Everyday Espresso in Redfern!
Guys! There’s only 15 sleeps until Christmas! Seriously where on earth did the time go? It’s now a race to buy Xmas pressies, stock up on wrapping paper and debate about doing the yearly gingerbread men bake. One thing I’ll make the time for though, is eating fried chicken! Everyday Espresso opened up 2 weeks ago just across the street from Redfern station and is serving up cracking food with chef Tomislav Martinovic consulting on the menu.
The Coops Benny ($16.90) is like eggs benedict on crack. There’s a generous amount of golden buttermilk fried chicken, which are bloody awesome- crisp batter and incredibly juicy meat. Tbh I’d be perfectly happy with a whole bucket of that chicken and settle down to netflix and chill. There’s also streaky bacon, a fried egg and a river of yuzu hollandaise which cuts through the richness, all stuffed inside a Brasserie Bread croissant.
The Mushroom Love ($15.90) toastie is one mother fricken amazing toastie, thanks probably in part to the magic that is buttered brioche! The toastie contains a forest of sliced mushrooms, a light schmear of truffle paste and is blanketed in oozy, gooey triple cheese.
Noods has chosen off the more healthier side of the menu with the Soba Omelette ($15.90). And it’s still pretty damn tasty! There’s a fluffeh three egg omelette, a jumble of green soba noodles tangled with enoki mushrooms and crisp sheets of nori, fried shallots and drizzled with a light soy dressing. Perfect summer food!
Shop 6, 159 Redfern Street,
Mon – Fri: 6am – 3.30pm
Sat: 6am – 3pm
Sun: 7am – 3pm
Pinbone’s Mike Eggert and Jemma Whiteman (with Berri Eggert at front of house) are back with Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco, a 6 month popup at the Tennyson Hotel in Mascot.
Hi guys. If I said to you ‘hey what do you think about eating in an old liquor shop drive thru?’ You’d probably think I was nuts hey? Buuut that’s exactly what I’m about to tell ya! Pinbone’s Mike Eggert and Jemma Whiteman (with Berri Eggert at front of house) are back with Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco, a 6 month popup at the Tennyson Hotel in Mascot.
If you’ve ever been the type who prefers looking at labels of wines rather than staring blankly at a menu listing names, you’ll love it here. Check out the shelves stacked full of wines or have a sticky beak walk in the walk in fridge which is festooned with a giant shiny disco ball.
We start with the Chicken liver parfait ($15) which is wondrously creamy, rich and a pleasing shade of baby pink. It’s a perfect balance of salty and sweet with the caramelised onions and the finely chopped chives. Interestingly the parfait doesn’t come with bread ($5) so we order 2 serves for the table which also comes with a tub of the most delicious whipped butter.
The kitchen sends out the ‘Ndjua ($8) on the house and we gleefully schmear the spicy salami spread onto wodges of warm bread.
The Beef tongue ($16) with a rubble of porcini and tomato is ridiculously soft. Almost… eerily so. For some reason I’ve always been creeped out by tongue, I’m generally fine with most other organs (except… eyeballs)
The Gnocchetti with braised lamb and rosemary ($24) is a must order! I savoured each curl of the ridged gnochetti with mouthfuls of tender lamb against the crunch of the fried bread crumbs. I’m pretty sure I can quite easily have eaten this bowl by myself haha I shall return to test this theory.
The Pappardelle with green vegetable ragu ($23) is a wonder, the ribbons of pasta are silky and perfect against the bright green sauce which according to LTL is a mix of spinach, Cavolo nero, parsley and basil.
While the Porchetta with charred scallion ($28) sadly does not have the envisioned edge of crackle, it brings a smile to Eric’s face who exclaims it tastes just like Christmas ham! And it does! It’s beautifully tender, slightly smoky and a sweetness from the honey and maple syrup that hits all the right boxes.
The 1kg rib-eye ($100) is a beauty! Look at all that meeeeat! The rib eye is a perfect medium rare with a beautiful edge of creamy fat. It’s got a great smoky flavour and Noods takes great delight at gnawing away at the bone. It’s served with bowls of spicy romesco, horseradish cream and mustard and while we’re not too sure what to make of the hunk of parmesan we stab away at the cheese, whittling it down to mere crumbs.
Greenery! The menu said the Woodfired asparagus with pistachio ($11) was meant to come with taleggio sauce but I’m not sure we got much of it but anywhos I loved the fat raisins!
The White beans ($10) with paper thin slices of crisp zucchini and pangrattato crumbs are a hit with the table. There was just something so comforting about this dish!
And then onto desserts, one of everything please! The Strawberry swirl soft serve with peanut brittle ($8) has us reminiscing about Macca’s strawberry sundae haha we kinda wish we had some fries to dip into it 😛
The Hazelnut tiramisu ($11) is everything I’d hoped and more. I’ve been having way too many substandard tiramisu’s lately but Pinbone nails it. Layers of creamy mascarpone, ladyfinger sponge biscuits and a slick of rich hazelnut paste on the bottom meant we scraped the bowl clean.
Mr Italian’s Dirty Italian Disco by Pinbone
Tennyson Hotel Bottle Shop
952 Botany Road, Mascot, Sydney
Enter the bottle shop via High Street
Trading hours (kitchen closes one hour before closing time)
Wednesday – Friday: 6pm – 12am
Saturday: 6pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm