I don’t think Rosebud was around when we were living in Rozelle, it has been such a long time since we moved out, I don’t even remember what was here previously. I was catching up with two of my favourite girls, A and S. Rosebud is very spacious, spacious open plan and outdoor dining area. Daily specials are written on the large black chalkboard neatly and everything sounded wonderful. The restaurant was busy when we got there, even on a weekday. Mothers, couples, and diners eating and sipping coffee.
The menu seems to have Middle Eastern influence, haloumi, dukkah, as well as the typical cafe items such as french toasts, big breakfasts, and many more. The coffee is excellent, and it is from one of my favourite coffee roasters in Sydney, Single Origin. Apparently, the ‘Rosebud’ blend is only available at the Rosebud restaurant in Rozelle…. of course.
My chai latte – deliciously creamy and smooth. Should definitely have gotten a large!
Both A and S couldn’t go past the angel hair pasta with spanner crab, olive oil, chili, garlic and rocket ($22). Al dente pasta, lots of flavour, lots of garlic and had a very nice spicy kick at the end. Think it was a little too spicy for S but I didn’t mind it so much.
I opt for the poached ocean trout salad ($19) served with red radish, asparagus, spinach and topped with ricotta. It was healthy and refreshing but I had serious food envy!!!
The sticky date pudding with butterscotch and ice cream ($10) was delightful and exactly what we all needed, especially me, after the healthy meal! I love sticky date pudding and who can say no to butterscotch?
Service warm and friendly, food wasn’t too bad. I noticed diners having wagyu burger and fish and chips and they looked fantastic! Again, serious food envy!
It was wonderful catching up with both A and S – and no doubt I will see you both very shortly!
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
654 Darling St
La Grande Bouffe used to be our local weekend brunch spot. ‘The Mother’ and I and three other friends used to live in Rozelle and it was one hell of a party house!
I was catching up with a dear friend, A and thought of this little cute French bistro which is situated on the corner of Darling and Denison Street in Rozelle. Chef Robert Hodgson is the man behind this cafe, trained in the UK and has worked at Merrony’s and the Boathouse and as Head Chef at Bayswater Brasserie. The café was relatively empty when we rocked up, but the place did fill up rather quickly by lunch time.
They serve breakfast until 11.30am, and A and I made sure we were there just in time for it. I couldn’t go pass the smoked salmon with potato cake, poached eggs and onion jam ($16.50) – the perfectly poached eggs which oozed with yolk, the sweet onion jam on top of the creamy, smooth potato cake which was then generously draped with smoked salmon. It was absolutely delicious!
A opted for the La Bouffe Big Breakfast – eggs, mushrooms, tomato, bacon, Toulouse sausage and potato rosti ($16). The potato rosti looked AMAZING and it certainly was – crusty on the outside, moist on the inside, it was excellent. It was a BIG breakfast and one that A thoroughly enjoyed.
The large coffee served in a bowl was BIG and excellent. It was definitely a great way to start the day.
Food was wonderful and service polite. I have truly missed this place, it brought back many memories of our lazy weekend brunches here.
I haven’t had dinner here for a while now, but I do remember that it was excellent. They have a dinner special from Tuesday to Saturday night (Friday and Saturday night, must arrive at 6.30pm and out by 8pm), 3 courses for $60 per person which is not too shabby at all.
Definitely keen to come back for dinner, however, will be back for brunch with the gang to reminisize about the past!
After brunch, A and I thought we would go to Victoire, formally at Balmain. I don’t come here very often, but when I do – I indulge! I love the scent of freshly baked pastries, tarts, cakes and breads – its just irresistible and every time I am in there, I can’ help but purchase something.
I bought an éclair for ‘The Mother’ – I know how much he LOVES eclairs, and a chocolate croissant for me. The éclair was just to die for! Filled with custard and topped with chocolate. I had a bite and that was all I was allowed *sigh*. ‘The Mother’ demolished this whilst drinking his tea and refused to give me another bite.
The chocolate croissant was fantastic – as good as those in Paris. It was crunchy on the outside but yet fluffy on the inside. It had the perfect amount of chocolate in it. I have had this when its warm and fresh from the oven, and it was just superb!
Thank goodness Victoire is not walking distant for me. I would be there every single morning for their fresh bread and croissants!
La Grande Bouffe
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
758 Darling Street
Ph: +61 2 9818 4333
660 Darling Street
Ph: +61 2 9818 5529