The Stinking Bishops has got you covered for all your cheese needs with cheese boards, cheese toasties and glorious mac & cheese!
So over the weekend the boy and I went to Holey Moley for a round of putt putt (where I completely kicked his ass) and we found ourselves outside The Stinking Bishops, ogling the cheese displayed in the fridge. Surprisingly for someone who’s this cheese obsessed I can’t believe it’s taken me 3 whole years to visit! But hey let’s not dwell.
We start with the Organic chicken liver pate ($20). It is perfect- rich, creamy, ridiculously smooth and the spoonfuls of apple puree and tumble of ginger and tamarind jelly helps to brighten the palette.
The French onion mac & cheese ($26) is one giant mountain of insanity.
LOOK AT IT! My gut is twisting just looking at this haha the creamy mac & cheese is buried under a pile of caramelised onions, scamorza (Italian cow’s milk cheese) and gruyere. It is incredibly cheesy and is every lactose intolerant persons simultaneous dream and nightmare.
There’s a Smoked Wagyu ‘Mr Crispy’ sandwich ($13) on the menu but we choose the Mushroom ‘Mr Crispy’ sandwich ($11).
The sammich is stuffed with juicy field and enoki mushrooms, melty taleggio cheese and a generous schmear of garlic and thyme mayo. The side salad was a welcome addition to cut through the richness of the toastie, especially the florets of pickled cauliflower!
And of course we had to get some cheese! 3 cheeses will set you back $29 and comes with muscatels, a slice of fig and walnut, quince paste and a bowl full of bread, lavosh and crackers. We get a buttery Brie Fermier, the creamy Domaine de Bresse mild blue and the unctuously ripe Epoisses de Bourgogne, in all its gooey, oozy glory.
The Stinking Bishops
5/63-71 Enmore Rd,
Lunch: Fri – Sun: 12pm – 3:30pm
Dinner: Tues – Thurs: 5pm – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 5.30pm – 10pm
4 Ounces Burger Co in Alexandria sources their produce from within a 300-kilometre radius of Sydney and the latest burger joint to hit the burger scene.
Do we need another burger joint in Sydney? I say the more the merrier, especially if they’re sustainability focused! 4 Ounces Burger Co has set up shop in the old Henley’s Wholefoods in Alexandria and run by head chef Rory Donnelley (ex-Cafe del Mar) and his childhood friend Mitch Coleman. With the majority of their produce sourced from within a 300-kilometre radius of Sydney and hip hop tunes pumping, 4 Ounces is definitely a welcome addition to the burger scene.
The Common ($10) is the classic cheeseburger with 4 Ounces ‘special blend’ pattie (beef sourced from Hereford Red, Orange), slices of Westmont pickles, gloriously melty American cheese, mustard, ketchup and onion on a milk bun which comes from The Bread and Butter Project. For a tenner it’s pretty damn awesome!
You guys totally knew I’d get the Ol’ Dirty ($19) right? I mean, cmon, DONUTS FOR THE BUNS?! Hell yeah! And Donut Papi to boot! There’s two 4 Ounce ‘special blend’ patties, melty American cheese, slices of Westmont pickles, rashers of maple bacon, and a good amount of house sauce all sitting a-pretty between the donuts which surprisingly held up against all that juiciness. And oh how I do love a good sweet and salty combo!
On another visit, Noods chooses the Ghostface ($16) with 4 ounce ‘special blend’ pattie, American cheese, chilli Westmont pickle, hot sauce, jalapeño aioli, lettuce, tomato and onion on a milk bun. We’re not sure if our spice tolerance has improved but we didn’t find this burger spicy at all. The pickles were zingy but yeah could probs do with more hot sauce!
4 Ounces do a pretty kickass chicken burger with the Birdman ($17) and the organic, free-range chicken is sourced from Feather and Bone. The batter on the southern fried chicken is spot on, golden and crisp and encasing perfectly juicy chicken. There’s slices of American cheese, Westmont pickles, lettuce, tomato, a lil hot sauce with the house sauce and housed in a milk bun.
There’s never a contest between normal fries if the option for Loaded Fries ($10) is ever on the menu. 4 Ounces version is a pretty generous serve, the basket of golden fries are loaded with jalapeno aioli, chilli pickles, crispy maple bacon bits, hot sauce and smothered in liquid cheese.
4 Ounces Burger Co
38 Mitchell Road,
Tues – Sat: 12pm – 12am
Sun: 12pm – 10pm
For a feast worthy of kings, check out Ferah Cafe and Restaurant in Newtown for the Turkish Breakfast Banquet!
So I saw @crunchytiger post about the Banquet Turkish Breakfast For Two ($42.50) at Ferah Cafe and Restaurant in Newtown and I freaked the hell out because look at it! It’s BEYOOOOTIFUL! So much fricken food but all relatively healthy! Huzzah for health so that we may continue eating burgers and fries and mash and gravy 😛
But first, tea! The top teapot holds Turkish tea and the bottom teapot is hot water, so you can adjust the strength of your tea to your liking. Oh and sugar cubes for those with a sweet tooth.
YASSSS GAWD! A giant board arrives first, piled with slices of watermelon, rockmelon, cucumber, tomatoes, Turkish white cheese, kasar (traditional Turkish cheddar cheese) and lil saucers of marinated olives, jams (sour cherry and strawberry), cream & honey, tahin-pekmez (tahini mixed with grape molasses) and butter.
Then steaming hot bowls of Menemen- Turkish style scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions and chilli, a bowl of fried egg studded with Sucuk (Turkish sausage), and a basket of fluffeh Turkish bread.
And finally the pastry board with Sigara boregi- Turkish cigar shaped pastry, made with feta cheese and phyllo dough. Definitely a feast worthy of kings!
Mjolner is a new viking themed bar and restaurant in Redfern with incredible food, order the bone marrow, beef short rib and the snapper!
“So there’s this place which is viking themed and you drink beer out of a horn.” Um hell yeah! That’s literally all it took to convince Noods, Kiren and Syl to visit Mjolner (mythical name of Thor’s hammer) in Redfern.
We descend down the stairs and make our way through the dark, cavernous rooms, past the wall of meat ageing in the locker.
We’re welcomed with a traditional Viking toast, a complimentary serving of house made mead. It’s smooth, fruity and sweet and so delicious I immediately order another shot of it.
The boys want to drink their beer in horns so a round of bottled beers are ordered before our waiter arrives to explain the technique of drinking out of the horn (sideways just fyi lol)
We start off with this must order- Roasted Bone Marrow ($20) with meat powder and watercress. We scoopsies the quivering, gelatinous globules and pile onto the warm bread. We unanimously agree that it was a good thing we didn’t have to share!
Then there’s the tender and delicious smoky Charred Octopus Tenticles ($20) with curls of kholrabi and a puddle of squid ink sauce.
The Whole Snapper ($35) is a beauty, the fish is plump and flakes easily away. The flavours are fresh and clean and I feel incredibly virtuous haha #cleaneating
The Short Rib ($45) with celtuce and juniper is bloody impressive and is my fave of the night. It’s super tender with a good amount of fat ribboned throughout so it just melts in your mouth.
The special of the night was the Pork Loin ($60) which was just so beautifully presented. I mean look at them fat slices of juicy pork, each crowned with glorious crackling! Definitely value for money!
On the vegetable front we go for the Cauliflower ($18) which was roasted and doused in the most incredible burnt butter sauce. Seriously, bathe me in that sauce please!
We also added some sides of Pan roasted green beans ($14) with hazelnut sherry and garlic.
And Roasted carrots ($12) with carraway and yoghurt dressing. I was a bit disappointed by the portions of the vegetables at those prices. They were all delicious but I guess I was expecting whole baby carrots so when this bowl came out I was like, did someone give us a half eaten bowl?
For dessert we shared the Mascarpone parfait ($15) with macadamia, charred lemon and plum sauce which was deliciously creamy and had the perfect balance of sweetness.
And the Cheese selection ($35) because, cheese. Unfortch by then it was getting late and we were being urged to finish up our meal so I never did get to find out what the cheeses were other than ‘hard, soft and a blue’. Side note: look! Babeh carrots!
While the food was incredible, the service can be a bit hit and miss which is a shame. On a round of beers we’d ordered, they didn’t bother telling us they were actually out, and instead just served us a different beer from their list (Nice varied boutique list tho btw). For the next round, wanting to try their other beers, and not being a big fan of our previous choice, we unknowingly ordered the same beer that was given to us. Wondering why it tasted the same, we queried this, but was told they had actually run out of our previous order, and refused to swap out the beer or cancel it from our bill even though we didn’t drink it, putting a damper on such a great night. Ah wells.
A weekend away at the Hunter Valley! Staying at Crown Plaza Hunter Valley and eating and drinking my way around the region.
I love the Hunter Valley. Every year the boy and I escape for the weekend to get our cheese and wine fix and bring a trunk full of deliciousness back to Sydney! So one bright and early morning we head off from Sydney for the 2 hour drive to the Hunter and check in at the Crown Plaza Hunter Valley.
It was a tad chilly that morning but oh man how inviting does that pool look!
The breakfast buffet ($38pp) at Redsalt is pretty damn impressive, there’s the egg station where you can customise your omelettes, the pancake machine station (where I always end up googling how much it would cost to have one of these babies at home), the hot food station with bacon, sausages and hash browns, the coffee and juice station, and of course there’s fruits, cheese, cereals, breads and fresh pastries.
I’m a fan of chardonnays and so a visit to Scarborough (179 Gillards Road, Pokolbin) is always a winner, especially the free cheese platter!
Cafe Enzo (Broke Rd & Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin) has the fricken best scones I’ve ever had. The scones are ginormous, with a nice light crust, buttery crumb and are just oh so fluffeh.
We sign up for the Lovedale Bus Tour ($55pp) which runs every Saturday, starting at 12.30pm at the Lovedale Bar with a tasty platter of pulled pork sliders, prawns, fish and chips and of course a refreshing glass of your choice from the taps. We head to the Lovedale brewery for a tour of the beer making facilities and get a walkthrough of the bottling and canning process.
And then hopping on the bright yellow double decker bus to hit a couple of wineries in the area- Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Cockfighters Ghost Wines welcome our group and with some very nice discounts 😛
For the months of May and June, some of Lovedale’s best chefs and winemakers are joining forces for the Lovedale Pie and Wine pairing. We were in need of sustenance before heading out for a big day of wine tasting so went downstairs to the Lovedale Bar & Restaurant for the beef shin pie with mashed potatoes and green beans and paired with a Lovedale Brewery Lager. The pie was pretty damn tasty tho with incredibly flaky pastry and tender meat, tho purists will say it’s more of a pot pie than a proper pie lol /stares at Noods.
One of my absolute Must Dos in the Hunter Valley is visiting all the cheese stores! First stop is Binnorie Dairy (Tuscany Wine Estate, Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin), which is a must visit if only just to get their flagship cheese, the international Gold Medal Winner marinated fetta.
And then onto Hunter Valley Cheese Factory (447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, next door to McGuigan’s Winery) where I can never resist the neon green waxed cheddar or their grape vine ash brie.
Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop (2144 Broke Rd, Pokolbin) has 2 locations, the main one is at the Roche Estate Complex (2144 Broke Road, Pokolbin) but for some reason we prefer heading to the Pokolbin Village location (Shop 3, 2188 Broke Road, Pokolbin). It’s less frenetic at this store and the staff are super lovely and there’s cheese tastings which always pleases my soul.
My favourite restaurant is EXP (1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin) who use fresh, local produce from the Hunter region. The food is always incredibly presented and so very delicious and the matching wines from Oakvale winery is always great.
ChocolateSuze stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Hunter Valley as a guest.