I have heard wonderful things about this place, the pastries, the pies and many more. For fans of Nadine Ingram’s cookie Couture gingerbread, the not so new news is that she has opened flour and stone in the old Sweet Inifinty space (which has now moved to the Strand) which is in Woolloomooloo.
Upon entering Flour and Stone, you are instantly greeted by smiling faces and the smell of delicious baked goods. I was tormented by the various cakes and cookies, I really wanted one of each.
We were hungry, so started with the slow braised lamb, potato and rosemary pie. Now as most of you know, I am not a huge fan of lamb, but this lamb pie was incredible. Tender, succulent lamb with no smell or after taste. It was seriously good,
Uncle ordered the leek and gruyere tart and OH MY GOODNESS! The pastry was incredible, the soft creamy filling of leek and gruyere melted in your mouth. It was seriously tasty and I couldn’t help but buy one for the next day and seriously, I can definitely eat one right now. The tart was just A M A Z I NG!
We were full. But I did manage to buy a couple of things. One being the large ‘fine apple tart’ – thin crispy crust topped with finely sliced apples which is caramelised. It does tastes even better than it looks. Unfortunately, I had to share this with ‘The Mother’ and it did not satisfy my apple tart cravings!
The famous cookie couture – hand iced gingerbread, monkey shaped and it was good! I forgot how good they were.
Flour and stone serves many delicious goodies – cakes, scones, gluten free cookies, cookies, slabs of nougat, cheesecake and many savoury tarts including caramelised onion and goats cheese tarts and sandwiches.
They serve coffee alchemy coffee and pots of rabbit hole tea brewed in brown betty tea pots.
Came back a week later, E was craving for their old fashioned vanilla cake – how good can it be I thought? OMG! It could definitely be my favourite – soft, fluffy, melted in my mouth. Wanted to buy the whole cake but I knew that would be dangerous!
I love the croissant here too, soft, buttery, flakey – oh my. Absolutely scrumptious!
This could be my new favourite bakery. You can check out their full list of products here.
*note, they are not open during the Christmas break, re open on the 9th January 2012 from memory.
GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10
Flour and Stone
53 Riley Street
Ph: +61 2 8068 8818
It certainly has been a very long time since my last visit to Otto. It used to be one of my ex colleagues favourite dining place. He would visit here at least twice a week with his clients or investors or friends. I didn’t go that often, but I did manage to go a couple of times and enjoyed it.
Otto can be found on Cowper Wharf, Woolloomooloo. It’s not a place I go dining very often, they have a couple of restaurants there now. Otto serves Modern Italian cuisine, and the head chef behind this restaurant is Richard Ptacnik, who worked as Sous Chef whilst James Kidman was there.
I was meeting a fellow food lover,K, who currently resides in Hong Kong but was in Melbourne for work and decided that he should do a short trip to Sydney. We started with tagliolini con scampi, capesante e zucchini ($30 / $40) to share. Fresh egg spaghettini with baby scallops, scampi, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, shellfish brood, bottarga and baby basil. The pasta was al dente, the seafood were fresh and cooked to perfection. I love the strong tomato flavours, it was rich, bold and quite tasty.
For mains, I opt for peace spada in crosta di finocchio, carciofi e pancetta ($42) – fennel crusted swordfish with zucchini puree, salad of globe artichoke, shaved fennel, capers, watercress and crispy pancetta. The fish was nicely cooked, it was firm but yet tender. I loved the zucchini puree, all the elements really complemented together, but it didn’t really leave me with a WOW factor.
K couldn’t go past the pancia di mail con purea di pastinaca, pancetta, melee e noci ($40), pork tenderloin wrapped in pancetta with parsnip puree, black pudding, crispy pig’s ear and apple, prune and walnut salsa. Cooked medium rare, the pork tenderloin was tender, the black pudding and parsnip puree a wonderful complement. I love pork and black pudding, but unfortunately, we were both a little underwhelmed. It was nice but nothing spectacular we thought.
I was getting full by this stage, so thought we would share dessert. Gelantina di lampoon ($19), raspberry jelly with caramelised white chocolate mousse, fresh berries, hazelnut praline, roasted white chocolate, cocoa twigs and baby parsley. It was just too pretty to eat and it did taste as good as it looked, better in fact! Probably the highlight for the both of us. It wasn’t rich, quite the opposite really, it was quite light and refreshing. The caramelised white chocolate mousse was divine, all the combination worked, although I would have been happy with a little more hazelnut praline!
Service was good, it was a gorgeous evening, so perfect to eat outdoors. Unfortunately, the food was a little underwhelming, especially the mains. The pasta was a wonderful start, but the dessert was just amazing! I don’t remember being underwhelmed previously but from memory, previous visits have left me stumbling out of the restaurant drunk… so that could be why! Whoops!
Regardless, it was lovely to catch up with K, I look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong soon!
GA’s rating: 6 / 10
Shop 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Rd
Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
Ph: +61 2 9368 7488
Another great post from my Uncle, he recently went to The Tilbury and enjoyed it. His photos are amazing as always!
I think I’m a late bloomer. I really didn’t discover food beyond my usual until the last two years. I’m one of those that sticks to the tried and tested… and also someone who values the limited space in my stomach. This is also why it annoys me when I come away from a meal feeling rather disappointed. Good news, folks! This post is all good. Oh wait, did I give that away too soon? hehe. I’ve been asking GA for tips on where to go for breakfast – perks of being friends with her. And so when I had the chance to spend the afternoon with Lala, Boo Radley and TT, I wanted to make sure that lunch was good! I missed out on their outing to Orto‘s last week (which Lala liked, a lot)…all I had was pictures of how pretty the scotch eggs was and how full they were. Argggghhh.
Anyways, fast forward to a week after their Orto’s outing (again, inspired by GA’s visit), I made a lunch booking for us at The Tilbury. TT had the day off and I took half a day of annual leave to run around to get some errands done.
The menu is simple and uncomplicated. It wasn’t hard for me to decide what I wanted. We had some sourdough and olive oil. Lala loves her bread… she did say that she prefers butter to oil with the bread. I agree. Iggy’s bread has made us ‘bread snobs’ too. Thankfully, the bread was crusty and full of flavour.
Lala went for the figs and prosciutto. Lala really enjoyed the fresh figs!
TT had the Alaskan crab with wet polenta. TT was initially sceptical of the ‘wet polenta’ but she finished it too!
And I ordered the confit of pork belly! Oh yes. A post on GA won’t be complete without some piggy. For the record, I usually order the worse of the lot. Not this time! All our entrees were delightful. My confit was perfect. The fat on the belly was nicely render. Melt in the mouth! The entrees did take some time to land, but it was worth the wait.
For mains, we had (1) barrumundi with scallops: fish was really well cooked and the scallops were nicely seared with red and yellow beets.
(2) saffron gnocchi (I just had to google the correct spelling for this): vibrant colours from the saffron and pillow-y soft gnocchi. Cooked to perfection and the way gnocchi should be (for me at least).
(3) Spaghetti with Alaskan King Crab: pedestrian perhaps to some…but it came with a generous amount of crab. The pasta was a tad undercooked. Flavours were faultless though.
And of course, no meal is complete without spuds. Fancy ones: rosemary and garlic kipfler (had to google this as well). Lala said “no” to fries and the potatoes. Good thing she did… cos it was a very sizeable amount even when shared amongst 3 of us.
Took quite a long time to get the mains. We were in a hurry and it was probably my fault for not telling the kitchen we needed to go at a certain time. But we also didn’t know service would be slightly slower than what we were used to. A table of four that arrived 10 minutes after us got their entrees at the same time as we did and got their mains 10 minutes before we did as well – this is inspite of my request for an expedited service of our mains.
All in all, a very good dining experience. Friendly, fresh and tasty (had to google this, having a shocker with spelling today) food, unrushed service (slightly slow to land our orders onto our table – but that’s forgiveable) and uncomplicated flavours!
Didn’t get a chance to sample the desserts, but hey, that’s reason to go back again. The only thing I’d change: is to make sure I have a clear schedule after lunch… for a nice afternoon nap.
18 Nicholson St
Ph: + 61 2 9368 1955
Churrasco, a Brazilian style bbq restaurant where cooked meats are continuously brought to your table and offered to you until you are sick and before you know you know it, you are in a food coma! I have been to Braza Churrascaria before and loved it.
The cost for this all you can eat is $35 per person and includes all the BBQ meat you can eat, rice, potatoes and beans with unlimited accompaniments such as chimichurri, vinaigrette, and farofa. I love the flipping coaster, Green being keep the food coming, and Red meaning STOP I’m full. I loved it so much that I had to take one home!
The potato salad reminded me a little of a potato and bacon bake and were creamy and moorish. The rice had a garlicky flavour, but the beans, I loved were wonderful and incredibly flavoursome.
Salads are $10.50 each and we ordered two servings of it. The girls thought we should at least have some sort of greens to balance the consumption of meat! Two servings of Churrasco Salad, mixed lettuce, tomatoes, capsicum, Spanish onion, cucumbers and Churrasco dressing – YUM!
One of the things I love about Brazilian style BBQ is meat on skewers. Unfortunately with Churrasco, not all the meat were on skewers, they were served on plates. However, sausages, chorizo, and chicken hearts! Not for the faint heart, but I love the chicken hearts! Tiny, succulent, tender and dipped in chimichurri sauce, it was oh so yummy!
A wide range of meats were on offer, eye fillet, sirloin, rump cap, scotch fillet and cooked ham. Yes, I had one of each! The meats were seasoned with salt only and eaten with chimichurri sauce, vinaigrette and farofa were wonderful. Most of the meat were medium rare, juicy and magnificently luscious. I really enjoyed the eye fillet and scotch fillet best.
However, my favourite was definitely the pork belly (surprise surprise!). Deliciously succulent and crispy on the outside, it seriously was wonderful!
And the bbq pineapple for dessert, which was sprinkled with cinnamon and then charcoaled until smoky. It was sweet, wonderful and no one could stop at just one.
B wanted dessert, bbq bananas ($9.50), which was served with ice cream and baileys and butterscotch sauce. It was a generous serving of dessert. The tender bananas with its skin were bbq’ed and the butterscotch sauce was heavenly! I couldn’t help but scrape all the bailey and butterscotch sauce – YUM!
The service is polite and friendly. The bar menu offers some delicious drinks with Brazilian twists on the classics. The boys couldn’t help but order a couple of glasses of Brazilian Mojitos.
The food at Churrasco were beautiful cooked. I was a little disappointed that not all the meat were on skewers though and the variety I thought weren’t as astounding as in Braza Churrascaria. It was definitely a fun way to eat, however, it is not great for vegetarians though. So many meat options and not enough vegetables. Be prepared to stuff yourself silly, I certainly did! Thank goodness I wore my fat pants; otherwise I don’t think I could have eaten as much as I did!
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
60 – 70 William Street
Ph: +61 2 9360 6070
I was craving a hot dog for some strange reason and could only think off Harry’s Café de Wheels. I haven’t been here for a while now, this used to be my late night snack place during uni days after a big night out. Totally drunk off your face, nothing goes down better than a chili con carne hot dog or a meat pie with the lot (with mash potatoes and peas) both from Harry’s. This place opens till late – like 2.30 – 3 am in the morning, pending on which day, so there is plenty of time to drop by for a snack before going home!
I wasn’t drunk that evening, but oddly, was craving for a good hot dog. So I got my brother to drive me here and whilst the parking absolutely sucked, the hot dog was well worth it!
I ordered the hot dog with mashed peas – not quite sure why I didn’t go for the mash potatoes or both. The guy behind the counter asked what sauce I wanted, I couldn’t decide so asked for tomato / chili and mustard and my gawd… it was the perfect combination! The hot dog was HUGE! I struggled to get the whole thing in my mouth but I managed… surprisingly! Even my brother was utterly shocked! The frankfruit was soft and tender. It was absolutely perfect, just what I wanted.
My brother, F, ordered the chili con carne hot dog and if you thought mine was huge, his was even bigger! It had everything! The hot dog came with onions, con carne, chili, tomato sauce AND mustard! Not quite sure how he managed to put all that in his mouth but he did. It was also good! The chili con carne made it even spicier which was nice, but was way too much for me.
A beer would have gone nicely, but alas, no beer.
Hot dogs is not their only specialty, they also have pies, pasties and sweets! Opened at 6 different locations, it is seriously one of the best hangover cure!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
Harry’s Café de Wheels
Corner Cowper Wharf Roadway and Brougham Road
Woollomooloo NSW 2011
Ph: +61 2 9357 3074