Sorry for the lack of post. As most of you know, we have been traveling, Helsinki and Prague – we ate really well and will post them in the up coming weeks. My trip to Sydney was short but sweet. Caught up with a few people and ate at some new restaurants. I was catching up with the lovely M, and she suggested Moon Park.
Moon Park is a newish Korean Restaurant opened in Redfern – the suburb has a lot of new restaurants lately! The chefs behind Moon Park is ex Claude’s chefs Ben Sears and Eun Hee An. The menu is broken into little and large dishes which are meant for sharing. There is also a four-course tasting menu but we both opt for a la carte. We started with these light crackers, which was deliciously light and melted in your mouth. It really was hard not to eat all of it on your own.
We didn’t have any anju (little dishes) and went straight to the plates. Started with whipped tofu, carrot, shiitake and buckwheat (AUD15). Not what I expected (but then again I wasn’t sure what to expect) – the row of carrots, topped with shiitake crisps which were on top of creamy whipped tofu. It was refreshingly light and absolutely delicious.
Next the imjasutang – royal summer chicken, pine nut, mushroom, date and pickled rose. (AUD17) I was told that imjasutang is usually a soup, however, this dish was soup free – the chicken was at room temperature, and the date really gave the dish that extra sweetness. I never had chicken and date combo before and I have to say, it worked well. This was another light and refreshing dish, perfect for that hot weather.
I’m still undecided about tarakjuk – braised oxtail, tendon, kkaenip kimchi and king’s congee (AUD18) The congee was in puree form but not that watery. I loved the braised oxtail and tendon, just not quite sure about the congee.
Last but not least for the mains, on a roll, bulgogi beef, kimchi and pickled onion (AUD15). We had the kimchi on the side as it has shrimp in it. I have to admit, this was pretty damn tasty. I love bulgogi beef, and it was tender. The pickled onion was a wonderful complement and who doesn’t like fries?
For dessert, we opt for patbingsu, soy flour donuts, strawberry, fig leaf shaved milk, red bean and omija (AUD13). Not too sweet and the donuts – delicious.
We wanted to order the shrimp brined fried chicken, soy and syrup, unfortunately, due to my seafood (well Dragon’s) allergy we couldn’t order this. Pity, as it looked excellent and I am pretty sure every table ordered one!
Service was friendly and polite. Food not your typical Korean food but still very good. I found out later on that my cousin is a part owner, unfortunately he wasn’t working the night we went. Congrats cousin – restaurant is pretty awesome and tasty. Will definitely be keen to try their other dishes and the little dishes also.
It’s always lovely catching up with friends, I have missed you dear friend! Looking forward to our girls trip next year!!!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
34 Redfern Street, Level 1, 34b
Ph: +61 2 9690 0111
Hello from Prague! Sorry for the lack of post. We are on a family holiday in Helsinki and Prague. I have never been to either countries so am very excited to be here! ‘The Mother’ went on a boys trip – the trip of their life – dog sledding and absolutely loved it! Hopefully he will be a guest post and he can share with you all about his trip and adventures.
Anyway, more on Helsinki and Prague later on. On my recent trip to Sydney, I was catching up with my favourite uncle, thesuzchef, M and ramenraff and thesuzchef suggested Three Williams and what an awesome suggestion it was! There has been a lot of vibe about this place and believe it! I love this cafe, the space!!! the food and of course the kids corner where kids can draw and play.
The menu is pretty awesome too, I couldn’t go past the Narnie – a sandwich made from naan bread and opt for the beef brisket. The beef was outstanding, melt in your mouth tender and full of flavour. Even Dragon couldn’t help but have some – actually i am pretty sure she had one large slab! The slaw was a wonderful complement – it definitely wouldn’t have minded another.
Ramenraff and uncle couldn’t go past the bacon and egg roll – look at that egg!!!!
Thesuzchef and E had the french toast with nuts, blueberry and yogurt. This looked fantastic and my diners companions said it was superb. Unfortunately i couldn’t try any as there were LOTS OF NUTS!
M had the avocado with beans on toast with a slab of hash brown! I had some of the avocado and it was fresh, creamy and oh so wonderful.
There’s so much love about this place and i can see why! I fell in love with this cafe also. The chips – which we ordered first and did not take a picture off was outstanding! Crispy and moist and it was so hard to stop at one.
We also had some soda water, pineapple juice and mint and my goodness it was refreshing and delicious – definitely perfect for summer! Service was friendly and polite and did i mention how much I love the space?!?!?!?
Thanks for organizing S, have really missed you guys!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
613a Elizabeth St
Ph: +61 2 9698 1111
I really enjoyed my first visit to Kepos. Even though my zucchini fritters were on the salty side, I still really enjoyed it and have wanted to come back to try more of their menu.
It was a Sunday and we went after the lunch time rush, at 2pm and even then, we waited for a good 30 minutes before seated. Any longer, I would have walked away but I am glad that I did wait a bit longer as the food was absolutely fantastic!
The apple and cherry cooler strawberry rosewater fizz was absolutely refreshing.
So was the pomegranate virgin mojito – I have to say, it is my favourite drink here.
I couldn’t go past the falafel, hummus, tabouleh, mint, schiacciata bread ($16) – oh my, exceptionally tasty! The falafel were deep fried, very herby and crisp on the outside and deliciously moist inside. The tabouleh was a wonderful complement that I wanted more.
My brother really enjoyed the steak sandwich, caramelised onion jam, wilted spinach, aioli, and roasted tomatoes ($19). He said that the steak was tender and cooked to perfection.
The wagyu beef burger, pickled eggplant, walnuts, watercress, harissa ($18) was also wonderful. Tender wagyu beef, the pickled eggplant was a wonderful complement.
Once we ordered, food came out relatively quickly! It is the waiting for a table that took a while. We also got some desserts to take away, the brownies were deliciously chocolate-y and moist.
Hoping to come back one more time before we head back to try their other dishes, but the falafel were pretty darn tasty that I actually want some more!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
96 Kepos Street
Ph: +61 2 9319 3919
I was sad when I learnt that Josh, owner of Cafe Ish was closing his café in Surry Hills. Thankfully, he wasn’t leaving the industry, he was just relocating. He wanted to do something simpler, no dinners and a lot more ‘fun’ and this is what he has done with the Milk Bar by Café Ish.
The Milk Bar by Café Ish can be found on the busy street of Regents Street in Redfern, on the other side of Redfern Station. I first thought that the café was a lot bigger than his previous Surry Hills café, but was informed that it was the same size, only one level. It’s a lot more spacious, open kitchen, there is an arcade game which I didn’t get to play but will definitely give it a wizz next time I am there.
and there is also a pretty cool juke box!
The menu is a lot simpler – thank goodness the soft shell crab omelette is still on the menu! I would be devastated if he took it off! There are three different types of burgers – cheeseburger simple one is only $5 but can be double or triple sized! Then there is the bacon cheeseburger which again can be double or triple sized and the Hawaiian burger or you can make your own burger. There are also chicken wings, and breakfast dishes such as bacon and egg roll, bake eggs, porridge and salads.
I couldn’t go past Ai’s freaking awesome chicken wings ($13) basket of free range fried chicken wings with a choice of vinegar and shallots sauce, hot sauce or crab sauce. The chicken wings were definitely freaking awesome – crispy and deliciously moist on the inside and the hot sauce – frigging hot! I was told that the crab sauce was to die for! Will definitely have to try that next time.
S had the cheeseburger ($5) – beef pattie, cheese, pickles, ketchup, grilled onions. I didn’t have any of this but was told that it was more than just ‘good’. It was simple but delicious. Size was also perfect – no messing about, it was a good simple cheeseburger!
We also ordered some fries to share which was served with tomato sauce or mayo ($4)
House salads – choice of three – classic, Japanese, Italian (all for $5) and we opt for the Italian – rocket, tomato, balsamic and parmesan. I couldn’t just eat the chicken wings without salad – it felt wrong!
R was there also, and he ordered the chocolate milkshake – it was thick and deliciously chocolate-y (yes, I couldn’t help but have a sip). I personally wouldn’t be able to finish it all and was very impressed that he finished it after demolishing a cheeseburger and chicken wings – yes he ate both!
Just opened on Thursday, this place is giving McDonalds a run for its money in terms of burgers and I can see this place being extremely popular! If you do visit this weekend, be gentle / patient – the first weekend is always the hardest! Josh is definitely great and imaginative with his food, and if you have to wait, the food is definitely worth waiting for! No doubt we will be returning and I will definitely be having the freaking awesome chicken wings again this time with crab sauce and perhaps a cheeseburger too!
There are also cakes and lollies available for purchase, the coffee is good and there are three different types of milkshake – chocolate, from memory raspberry and miso caramel which sounds interesting!
Surry Hills may have lost Café Ish but Redfern has definitely gained a wonderful Milk Bar!
16th July – Came back again on the weekend as I was craving the awesome chicken wings!
This time though, I had it with the crab sauce, which is the same as the sauce on the soft shell crab omelette and oh my… it was absolutely delicious! Loved it that we had to get TWO serving! Ok there were three of us, my brother and sis-in-law and we can ALL EAT!
Also got a side of Japanese salad – pickled daikon, carrot, cabbage and wasabi mayo – YUM!
F, my brother, couldn’t go past the bacon cheese burger and fries. He loved the burger – one of the nicest he has had for a while!
and of course, the soft shell crab omelette is still there and as good as ever! Thank goodness its still on the menu!
Get your burger fix and the awesome chicken wings! oh YEAH!
GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10
Milk Bar by Café Ish
1 / 105 Regents Street
Opened just three weeks ago, Fernside Coffee Shoppe can be found in Surry Hills / Redfern, on the corner of Crown and Cleveland Street. Abe and Arthur are the gents behind this cute little place, open kitchen, with a couple of tables at the front and back.
The menu is quite simple, cafe standard of eggs, bacon and muesli which is available all day, and lunch features pre-made sandwiches and salads which are made to order. We were told that there are going to be new items on the menu, but they wouldn’t say what!
The coffee here is superb, they use campos coffee. It was too hot for me to have coffee, but B, had her special, a short black, with a dash of milk and a bit of chocolate on top. Not quite sure where she got this from, but its her ‘special’ coffee!
B couldn’t go past the bircher muesli ($8), served with yogurt and berry compote. Generous serving, we were told the bircher muesli is actually from Farmer Jo (one of my fav brand of muesli!). It was so good that I had to go back a couple of days later and have the bircher myself!
I opt for the bacon and egg roll with tomato, baby and relish ($7) which was served with focaccia bread. You can add haloumi for an extra $3. The bacon and egg roll was good but incredibly messy – a little hard to eat with hands, but it was simple, had that ‘homemade’ feel to it and absolutely tasty!
Cute little cafe, it does get extremely busy on weekends, so come early to beat the rush. The owners are super duper friendly, they seem to know everyone who drops by and if they haven’t met you before, they will make the effort to sit, stand and chat.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
401b Cleveland Street,
Ph: +61 4 3153 5251
I don’t venture out to Redfern very often. I was catching up with M for dinner one Friday evening, and thought we would get out of our ‘local’ areas. She suggested The Eathouse, which is a block down from Baffi & Mo. It’s an American style diner, with a slick curved bar that leads to the open kitchen. It is not a big restaurant, quite cozy and seating area is big enough to fit ten or so tables.
It was a very busy Friday evening, we arrived at about 7.30pm and took the last seats available which were by the window – bar style. If we wanted at able, it would be a 45 mins wait! It was a rather warm evening and were more than happy to sit by the window. It was busy and buzzing with lots of people queuing for a table.
The menu is written on a board which is hung on a wall – I think this was the only menu in the restaurant!
We were both famished! Started with deep fried white bait with aioli – it had me at ‘aioli’. The white bait was a little soggy for our liking, it didn’t have that ‘crunch’ but drenched in aioli it was very satisfying! It was good, but wasn’t the best deep fried white bait I have had.
We also shared the duck liver pate with sweet and sour onions. We both love duck liver pate! The duck liver pate was deliciously creamy and tasty, and the sweet and sour onions were a great complement. Unfortunately, M doesn’t like sweet and sour onions, so more for me! Eaten with crunchy crust and moist bread it was awesomely good! Have to admit though, Porteno’s duck liver pate is still slightly better!
We were getting a tad full by this stage, I think our eyes were bigger than our stomach. M opted for the pan fried barramundi with kipler chips and zucchini herb salad. The zucchini herb salad was amazing – thinly cut zucchini with parsley and dressing, it was refreshing and absolutely delicious. The fish was a pan fried, a little bland for my liking but still very simple and nice. The kipler chips I didn’t have but M demolished this – she loves potatoes!
No guessing what I had! As soon as I saw it on the menu I knew I had to have it! Crispy caramel pork with radish pear and watercress. Three words, OH MY GOD! Delicious pork goodness served in a bowl tossed with water cress. Cut into bite size, the crispy caramel pork was just incredible, slightly sweet with a slitter of fat. It was a little gooey from the caramel but it was seriously tender and seriously succulent. I was full but couldn’t help but eat more and more, each mouthful was better than the next! The next thing I knew, the bowl was empty! Gone! I couldn’t help but demolished the whole thing – clean! If no one was looking, I would have probably licked the bowl too!
I was stuffed! Think M looked at me in awe as she saw how empty my bowl was! Don’t think she finished her main, however, it was crispy caramel pork M, crispy caramel pork! We were both stuffed, and as much as we wanted to share the banana split, we just couldn’t. With Christmas coming up and all the eating, we thought we should refrain, and I am glad that we did.
The Eathouse is only open for dinner now, they had previously opened for lunch but wanted to concentrate on just dinner. When we left a few hours later, the place was still buzzing. People were still queuing to get in for a late night snack. The service was friendly albeit a little bit slow at times, however still a delight. Will definitely be back to try the banana split.
As always, it was great catching up with M. Never a dull moment or conversation, and I look forward to our next catch up!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
306 Chalmers Street
Ph: +61 2 8084 9479 (no reservations)
I have heard and read about this café but never really knew where it was, until one weekend, when ‘The Mother’ and I stumbled across it whilst in Redfern.
Baffi (Italian for ‘moustache’) and Mo (Australian for ‘moustache’) is a small and cozy café, but you won’t miss it as there will be a large group of people outside, loitering, waiting to be seated. We arrived at about 11.45am and it was packed! We had to wait a good 20 minutes before we were seated to our table.
Started with skim flat white, which was smooth and could taste the strong flavour of the beans which was just fantastic.
‘The Mother’ ordered something simple. I thought he would have ordered the potato hash stack but didn’t. He ordered the poached eggs with oven roasted tomatoes with sour dough toast. I didn’t have any of this, however, he was rather unimpressed. He said the food was lukewarm, not just the eggs, but everything, the tomatoes and the toast and thought it was quite ordinary!
I opted for the grilled asparagus with prosciutto, rocked, poached egg and topped with shaved parmesan and truffle oil – hmhmhm prosciutto and truffle oil. I too didn’t get the potato hash stack. Whilst perusing the menu I noticed other diners ordering this dish and saw how big it was and just couldn’t stomach it and opted for something lighter.
The grilled asparagus, poached egg was served on a mountain of rocket. The prosciutto was thinly sliced; it was a little salty just the way I like it. The poached egg oozed with yolk, and the combination of the saltiness and bitterness was just deliciously yummy. Unfortunately I couldn’t taste the truffle oil, which was a shame.
It was good, but I don’t know if it’s anything to rave about. My dish was also lukewarm, but I think with a salad, it doesn’t have to be too hot. However, it would have been nicer if the poached egg was slightly warmer.
We may have ordered the wrong dish, I have read that their signature dish is Eggs Baffi with roasted mushrooms, feta, spinach and hollandaise, and of course the potato hash stack. I am more than happy to go back to give the signature dish ago, you never know, we could have just ordered wrongly that day.
I do love the open kitchen and the waiters were all friendly, calm and tentative, considering how busy the café was!
GA’s ratings: 6 / 10
Baffi and Mo
94 Redfern Street
Ph: +61 2 8065 3294