2018. It has been another whirlwind of a year! I started a new job (again), […]
2018. It has been another whirlwind of a year! I started a new job (again), there was a Kygo concert, the complete and utter obsession with Terrace House, and an epic food trip to Hong Kong where I ate my body weight in bbq goose, egg tarts and buttery pineapple buns.
My hair finally went aqua/green/turquoise, I ate a looooot of barbecue, I didn’t get any new ink but for the first time ever I have joined a gym but that’s thanks to the crippling pain of a pinched nerve. I gave up coffee just to see if I could do it for a month and ended up continuing it for the rest of the year with occasional ‘lapses’ when I needed to be social.
There has been a very large increase in the amount of bubble tea drunk (Coco is life but Song Tea has my heart), as well as many a Scarlet prawn(s) consumed and this year’s guilty pleasure was Shin ramen with copious amounts of plastic cheese. There were less burgers, ramen and unagi this year but more croissants, Costco pizza and generally a lot of eggs.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have a safe and awesome NYE, thank you for following me and here’s to a delicious 2019!
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have a safe and delicious day!
Sydney’s hottest restaurant is Bistecca, featuring Florence’s famous T-bone steak as their own main but with plenty of delicious side dishes
MEEEEEEAT! Sydney’s hottest restaurant is Bistecca, featuring Florence’s famous T-bone steak and is located off Dalley St and around the corner from the horror that is the light rail construction on George St.
Make your way down a slightly shady looking staircase which opens up to the bar area where you’ll wait if your entire group haven’t arrived yet. Reservations are only for groups of 6 or more and generally if you aren’t there before 6.30pm you’ll have to wait about an hour and a half for a table. Luckily the bar does serve snacks like olives, cured meats and cheeses and while there’s no pressure to order a drink while you’re waiting, the menu is actually quite reasonably priced (though I’d skip their poor attempt at a bellini and stick with the wines).
When we were finally led through the bar to the secret entrance of the restaurant we were momentarily confused when we were told to surrender our mobile phones. You don’t have to of course but it’s to encourage customers to enjoy their meals and engage with each other so with a shrug we deposit our phones into the cushioned drawer which is then locked and we’re given a key in case we need to access them during the meal.
While we peruse the menu, focaccia bread arrives and a candle is lit and placed on our table but this is not just any ordinary candle, it’s a candle made of beef drippings! Wait a bit for the candle to melt before tearing off some focaccia and dipping into the puddle of rich beef fat.
We’d missed out on the first seating and didn’t want to fill up on snacks while waiting so by the time we were shown to our table we were ravenous and our eyes gleamed when we were asked how many grams we wanted our steak to be. There is only one type available, the Bistecca alla Fiorentina which is $13 per 100 grams and staff recommend about 300g per person so the 4 of us we decide to get 1.5kg as the steak does include bone.
Our waiter delivers the verdict to the open kitchen and we watch as they hack away at a giant slab of meat to cut our steaks to order. The steaks are then presented to us for inspection and the weight and cost is scribbled on our paper table cloth before they’re whisked away to sizzle on the woodfire grill.
Oh helloooo! Our t-bones are a perfect medium rare with delicious charred edges and sliced and reassembled for ease of eating. It’s incredible juicy, tender and our table is silenced as we gleefully give in to our carnivore happiness and eye each other over who gets to gnaw at the bone.
While there is only one main available, there’s a whole bunch of sides that we couldn’t resist ordering. If I’m eating a steak then I will always need a carb so we had to order the potato mash ($10) which was nice and fluffy and so easily dispatched into my carb loving stomach.
I’m not sure what I was expecting with the Asparagus, cured yolk, prosciutto ($12) but I was a little underwhelmed at the row of asparagus all lined up and showered with grated cured egg yolk. I didn’t taste any prosciutto but maybe the asparagus spear that I nabbed was missing this? It was fine but well, it just didn’t do anything for me.
The Brussels sprouts ($15) however, are a bloody revelation, the outer leaves are crisp and charred with a tender center and works well with dabs of the sour cream and shavings of pecorino.
I somehow don’t have a photo but surprisingly I really liked the cavolo nero ($11) the most out of all the sides, maybe because it was loaded with confit garlic cream and I can never have too much garlic haha and it definitely helped with the meat sweats.
We were pretty damn full but when there was a mention of tiramisu ($15) we perked up and agreed to share one. It’s thankfully light and creamy and just sweet enough to hit all the right notes.
3 Dalley St
Lunch Wednesday to Friday 12pm-3pm
Dinner Monday to Saturday 6pm-10pm
Monday and Tuesday 4pm-2am
Wednesday to Friday 12pm-2am
OUT Restaurant in Shibuya, Tokyo is a tiny 13 seater minimalist restaurant that only serves one dish with one wine and only plays music from one artist
A restaurant that serves only one dish, one wine and only plays one artist’s music? Welcome to OUT Restaurant in Shibuya, Tokyo, a tiny 13 seater minimalist restaurant that is perfect for the indecisive diner but especially suited for Japan where specialty shops and restaurants are highly valued.
Sometime last year, the boy and I had just landed in Tokyo and dropped off our luggage before setting out to meet Yas. Jetlagged and getting horribly lost, we finally arrived at OUT and settled at the u-shaped dining table to the sweet tunes of Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog.
Like most places in Japan, there’s a ticket machine in the corner to order your food- ‘The Set’ (¥4,000/AU$50.30) comes with 150 grams of fresh pasta, five grams of fresh truffle, and a glass of wine, or you can get the pasta separately (¥2,900/AU$36.50). If you have any problems with the ticket machine or have any questions, the staff are more than happy to explain.
We watch as the chef dunks portions of fresh tagliatelle into boiling water before draining and twirling onto our plates with a slick of butter and a touch of parmesan.
And then the glass cloche displaying the truffles in the centre of the room is ceremoniously lifted aaaaand then it’s time to rain truffles!
The heady fragrance of truffles fills the room with every whisper thin shave and I can’t help but silently urge the truffle bearer for a never ending shower of truffles onto my pasta. The dish is simplistic yes, but it’s just so delicious- the pasta is spot on al dente with a perfect bite to it, the truffles are delicate in flavour but the incredible aroma has me in raptures.
2 Chome−7−14, Vort Aoyama
Tues – Sat: 6pm – 12am
Sun: 6 – 10pm
Indulge at Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie, Paris with super juicy duck, rich foie gras and garlic butter snails
I’ve always thought food in France would be super rich, full of butter and utterly indulgent. It was our first time to Paris and in need of sustenance after a day at the Lourve (much art, daaaaarling), we googled best duck in Paris and managed to snare a table without a booking at Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie.
I have got to mention the absolutely lovely service we received, I’d been warned about the brusque nature of basically the entire population of France but wherever we went everyone was so nice and polite! We had zero problems with communication and were smilingly handed an English menu with no problems. We absolutely loved our first meal here that we ended up visiting again on our last day so don’t @ me with the amount of food in this post!
Noods had his heart set on the Bourgogne snails (6 for €13.80/AUD$22.43) which were tender meaty morsels absolutely drenched in garlic butter. He did almost have a Pretty Woman moment using the escargot tool but luckily no slippery little suckers were flung across the room 😛
The onion soup (€9.50/AUD$15.45) was like drinking a bowl of happiness, it was laden with what felt like the lives of hundreds of onions cooked till tender and then layered with bread and then there’s the magic that is melted cheese.
The roasted duck with balsamic sauce (€17/AUD$27.60) was a beauty, ridiculously juicy and fork tender with a perfect baby pink center. The skin was gloriously crisp and I carefully set it aside to savour slowly. Oh and not forgetting the oh so buttery mash!
The menu had listed a range of foie gras dishes and not wanting to miss out I end up ordering 3 of the 4. When the foie gras carpaccio with honey balsamic sauce and sea salt (€19/AUD$30.90) arrived at our table we were thinking oh crap this serve is friggen massive! I mean we finished it but it was definitely a struggle with all the rich food we’d ordered and consumed the past couple of days! The ribbons of creamy foie gras was served cold and while it did come with a serve of bread I instead relished placing a piece on my tongue and letting it slowly dissolve… be still my heart.
Oh boy. The pan seared foie gras with gingerbread (€17/AUD$27.60) made my heart skip a beat or two and not just because of my rapidly increasing cholesterol! The lobe of foie gras had a great sear to it so there was a great textural contrast of crisp to creamy. I wasn’t too keen on the gingerbread because that’s always a dessert to me but I loved the pineapple which I think was roasted/grilled and provided a relief from the richness.
Foie gras ravioli with a truffle sauce (€19/AUD$30.90) was just mind blowing, the truffle cream sauce though! My god is this what heaven tastes like? Incredibly rich and and oh so creamy the truffle flavour was just amazing and you bet I mopped up each last drop of the sauce with bread! The pasta itself was just so silky and tender and beneath their folds held nuggets of foie gras. Technically the foie gras wasn’t really the star of this dish but to me it felt like a perfect marriage. Of rich and more rich hahaha
Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie
34 Rue Montmartre,
75001 Paris, France
Mon–Thu: 6:00 AM–11:00 PM
Fri–Sat: 6:00 AM–Midnight