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Little Hunter, Melbourne

I love going to Melbourne for a short trip, whether it is for work or a long weekend getaway. I was in Melbourne for work during my Sydney trip and I have heard so much about Little Hunter that I had to go and check it out myself. Gavin Baker (ex sous chef at Fat Duck, London) and Pete Evans (chef and host / judge on My Kitchen Rules) head this lovely establishment which is located in the basement of 195 Little Collins Street.

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I had perused the menu before coming and knew exactly what I wanted. We started with the in-house baked herd bread which was served with chicken skin butter – yes you heard me right, chicken skin butter! It was incredibly delicious, the bread was warm and soft and slathered with the butter was just AMAZING! I wanted to lick the little bowl on my own!

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My dining companions and I couldn’t go past the pork crackling topped with paprika and white cheddar which was served with apple sauce ($6). My goodness – these were so addictive that I couldn’t stop eating them. The pork crackle were light, airy and crispy and I absolutely loved the paprika and white cheddar.

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The cured kingfish with seasoned roe, roasted peppers and bay oil ($14) was a hit. ‘The Mother’ absolutely loved it – he said it was extremely light and the flavours were wonderful.

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My aunt couldn’t go past the fish, Chatham Island Blue Cod which was served with sea grasses, leeks, and brown butter ($39). The fish was pan fried which was deliciously crispy and the fish itself was wonderful.

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The rest of us, the three of us, couldn’t go past the wood-roasted pork served with kale, cider vinegar and fresh sausage ($38). Oh my, more crackles! The pork meat was tender, and I loved the cider vinegar, it really gave it a nice kick. I couldn’t help but steal some of ‘The Mother’s’ crackle as well!

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We ordered a couple of sides, fresh vegetables, olive oil, butter, and lemon peel ($9).

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I absolutely loved the roasted yams with gremolata ($7) – it was incredibly tender and absolutely delicious.

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The little hunter fries with fry sauce ($6) was also a hit!

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We were stuffed but couldn’t help but order dessert. Thought we would share the licorice ice cream, milk crumbs, bee pollen and candied citrus ($12). I have never had licorice ice cream and oh my, this was fantastic! It was different but in a good way and not too sweet. The milk crumbs and candied citrus was a wonderful complement.

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Service was excellent and food came relatively quickly. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food and would definitely be back for more. I love Melbourne and its fantastic restaurants.

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Little Hunter

195 Little Hunter Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Ph: +61 3 9654 0090

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Hurricane’s Bar and Grill, Top Ryde

This place requires no introduction at all. This is the third Hurricanes restaurant and it is probably the fanciest and biggest one thus far! It is located in the Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, outside in the new area call ‘La Strada’. I have dined at both the Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour restaurant, so when Hurricane’s opened at Top Ryde, we were all keen to try the new branch. The crowds clearly haven’t diminished; it is still as busy as ever. We had reservations at 6pm (it was the only time that they could fit us in!) and by about 7.30pm the place was packed and people queuing and waiting to get in.

The bar is bigger than that of Darling Harbour, the place looks a little fancier but the food is still as good as the other two branches.

We started with the complimentary bread, warm with crusty exterior and soft, fluffy on the inside.

Eaten with my new love of butter brand – luprak! It was delicious, I had to refrain from eating too much bread as I was looking forward to the ribs!

The moment of truth – THREE FULL RACKS of pork ribs ($36 each)!!!! There were 6 of us, so half a rack each.

It was humongous! The ribs were so juicy, and tender – they were finger licking good!

We also got a serving of Mediterranean Salad ($19.00) with kalamata olives, feta cheese, capsicum and our Mediterranean dressing. Chunks of feta cheese, the dressing was scrumptiously good!

I was stuffed, top button of jeans undone, and could not fit any desserts in! I still think it is one of the best pork ribs in Sydney! Although, Cafe Ish’s beef ribs are superbly tender, and succulent and will give Hurricane’s a run for its money. The sauce is just too addictive, I could definitely drink it by the bowl – or maybe not?

Thanks O for the lovely meal! Top Ryde is a whole lot closer for the family than either Bondi or Darlinghurst. Top Ryde Shopping Centre reopened in 2010, it’s not a place I go visit often, but with all the new eateries at ‘La Strada’, and the not-so-new opened cinemas, that’s a good enough reason for me to go back!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Hurricane’s Bar and Grill

Top Ryde Shopping Centre

Corner of Devlin Street and Blaxland Road

Ryde 2112

Ph: +61 2 9130 7101

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Dinner with the Uni Gang at Mad Cow, Sydney

It has been a while since I caught up with my uni friends. I caught up with most of them at the beginning of the year in India, for a friend’s wedding but have not seen them since I got back about three weeks ago. Our dear friend, C, managed to get all of us together for the evening – very rare – and he only had to book us two weeks in advance!

I went to Mad Cow about two years ago, when it first opened and haven’t been back since. To be honest, I can’t remember what the food was like so was more than happy to give it another go.

We managed to leave a bit early and had a drink at the Ivy Bar – I used to think this place was quite pretentious, however, it wasn’t so bad that evening. It was relatively full of men and women in suits having a casual mid-week drink, like us. We caught up over a couple of beverages before heading into the steakhouse.

It was very quiet when we arrived, we were the first diners. We were seated to our booth, all the seatings are booth like except for a couple of small tables near the glass window. I am not usually a fan of booths, only because the person stuck at the end always struggle to get out when he or she needs to go to the bathroom! Minor detail but an important one I think!

Anyway, we were presented with a menu, and shortly after we were presented with a bread basket consisting of soy and linseed and white bread. We sat there perusing the menu, trying to decide whether or not we wanted 2 or 3 courses. I was hungry, but not sure if I could do a 3 course meal!

Both T and I started with the grilled white scallops, coriander, black fungi, bean shoot, ginger black bean vinaigrette. It was definitely well presented! Did it taste as good as it looked, better! The scallops are cooked to absolute perfection and the asian salad was tangy and delicious. I thought it was a little on the expensive side, but it was good.

C1, had the signature beef tartare, served with crusty sourdough and fries. It was a generous serving, enough for a main course I would say. I had a taste of this, the beef, moist and full of flavourful. C demolished this and absolutely loved it!

C2 and J, had the gazpacho with white anchovies. Gazpacho is a cold Spanish tomato-based raw vegetable soup. I had a little taste of this and it was good but I do prefer my soup warm! Both C2 and J seemed to have enjoyed it though.

For mains, J, T and I had the slow roasted pork belly, king brown mushrooms, white scallop, apple and jicama. I thought about a steak, but I had the minute steak earlier that week that I really couldn’t eat two slabs of meat in a week! That would be a little of an over kill for me. The crispy pork skin was absolutely divine. Unfortunately, the pork meat wasn’t as tender and succulent as I have hoped. It was a little hard and dry for my liking. I am not sure if it’s just my batch, but both J and T thought it was good. The mushrooms and salads were a great compliment. The sauce was outstanding; it was a shame that we didn’t have more of it!

Both C1 and C2 had the steak, from memory they both had the wagyu sirloin (rangers valley, 400 day grain fed, marble score 7+), 200g. It was a generous serving. I didn’t have any of this, but it did look good. C1 demolished it, I am not sure how he could after the signature beef tartare! C2 managed to eat ¾ of it, which was a good effort.

We were all too full for dessert, and besides, nothing on the dessert menu really ‘grabbed’ me! C1, however, had the pavlova, strawberries, passion fruit. I am not a huge fan of pavlova but had a mouthful to taste. It was sickly sweet! Definitely not for me, however, C1 enjoyed it.

As we sat there drinking tea and/or coffee, we were presented with some petite fours, mini churros with caramel sauce. OMG, they were fantastically awesome! The churros were fried, but soft on the inside, warm and dipped in caramel sauce, they were simply outstanding! They were seriously good!

It was great catching up with friends; it’s definitely been a while. I am sure that this won’t be the last time!

It was good meal but I was a little disappointed with my pork belly! I think my fellow diners enjoyed their meal and would agree with me that they weren’t totally and utterly blown away by Mad Cow. Nothing really stood out in my opinion, maybe the churros!  I think the company was by far the best thing that night!

I have missed you guys terribly! Good to be back! Thanks C1 for organising and getting all of us together!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Mad Cow

330 George Street

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9240 3000

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