Sunday, August 24, 2014

Milkwood Bakery, Berry

Despite its sleepy village vibe Berry has built a nice little reputation for itself for some delicious baked goods. The Famous Berry Donut Van is probably top of the list for Berry must eats but coming in at a close second would be the Berry Sourdough Cafe. Unfortunately for me I had to race through Berry and didn't have enough time to have lunch at the cafe but luckily Milkwood Bakery serves a great selection of their sourdough breads, cakes, pastries and coffee for takeaway!

The great thing about getting takeaway is you're able to stock up on more goodies and hit the road with your loot! There's much to ogle at and the staff are very sweet in recommending each and every item that might suit your taste.

I definitely couldn't leave without something warm and while I had my eyes on the mouthwatering selection of pies I opted for a delicious beef and pork sausage roll plus a quiche. Milkwood is the perfect mini rest stop in Berry where you can grab some wholesome baked goods that really hit the spot.

It's 100% recommended for you to meander the streets of Berry and not hastily drive through without a second glance. It's also 100% recommended to drop by the bakery (if you don't have a chance to actually dine in the cafe) and pick up as many goodies as you think you can handle!

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Milkwood Bakery
109 Queen St
Berry NSW 2535

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brewtown Newtown, Newtown

Brewtown Newtown has been absolutely killing it since opening in December 2013. While locals were disappointed when beloved Berkelouw Books closed, it didn't take much time for the masses to take note of this shiny new cafe when it opened just off King St. Set up by the kickass team at Gnome in Surry Hills I certainly had high hopes for their newest venture. Living not too far away I was really lucky to consider this place one of my locals and I reaped the rewards of their deeply intense, rich and strong coffee every morning before work.

House made pastrami and sauerkraut sandwich with gruyere and dijon mustard on rye $14

While Brewtown is known for their boutique coffee, the food also draws much applaud for their paddock to plate approach. Definitely a little fancier than your usual cafe options, there's a lot of unique and tasty dishes to try. On this particular occasion it was hard not to go past the show-stopping pastrami sandwich. Mammoth in proportions, the sandwich was definitely rich in flavour with a very distinct tang from the sauerkraut but about three quarters of the way full it felt as if your stomach was about to explode!

Meatball, tomato, basil sauce and mozzarella baguette $15

Not too dissimilar to the pastrami sandwich comes the meatball baguette which is quite similar to the Gnome rendition. A hearty lunch option, it definitely fills the spot on a hungry afternoon.

Absolutely terrible of me not to have any photos of their famed and utterly delicious cronuts brewnuts (as they're now referred). Snapped up lightning quick, Brewtown's brewnuts are some of my favourite available in Sydney but you really do have to be fast and buy them early in the morning before they sell out. My favourite time at Brewtown is 8am on a weekday morning because it's blissfully quiet and I can freely ogle the desserts on display. On the weekend, definitely expect queues unless you go for a late lunch when it's quietened down.

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Brewtown Newtown
6-8 O'Connell St
Newtown NSW

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ananas Bar and Brasserie, The Rocks

Part of the Urban Purveyor Group which includes the likes of Sake, Lowenbrau and Bavarian Bier Cafe, I was longing to dine at Ananas for a quite some time. Neatly tucked within the Argyle complex, Ananas is a French bistro-style restaurant with attached bar and oyster bar. Ananas comes highly recommended from many of my friends, particularly for their steaks, so I couldn't wait to have dinner there! I had an early dinner booking at 6pm so the dining areas were quiet and lovely. The ambience is very Parisian and casual but nice. Great for small groups, couples or larger groups in the curtain partitioned rooms, Ananas is a very cute lunch or dinner option.

I've heard mixed reviews of the service at Ananas but I can certainly say my experience was positive. Attentive but not overbearing, the waitress who attended to my table throughout the night was lovely.

Pacific oysters served with red wine and eschallot, chardonnay and cucumber vinegar and spicy marie rose $4 each

Oysters are one of those delicacies I absolutely love. Served on ice and there's nothing better! There's an oyster bar at Ananas so you'd expect the oysters to be fresh and bountiful which is everything you could want.

Steak Frites - Cape Grim pasture fed fillet 240g served with bernaise $45

A good steak frites is a simple but delicious dish. A perfectly cooked medium-rare steak with a mountain of super crispy fries is one of those type of dishes I could eat each night for dinner and finish with a satisfying grin. The steak was perfectly pink in the center as I love it so there definitely no complaints. While the steak doesn't top the list of my all-time-favourite steak (Prime, I'm looking at you!) the steak was very good and definitely one I'd recommend if you're looking for a good steak in the CBD.

Pan-roasted pork cutlet served with caramelised apples, artichoke, tarragon vinaigrette $38

The best thing about the pork dish was definitely the crackling. The pork was succulent and well seasoned but if I'd put this dish up against the steak, I'd definitely vote for the steak.

Snickers revolution $18

I think Ananas really shines in their desserts which are absolutely delectable! The Snickers revolution is particularly noteworthy as a combination of classic flavours presented in a deconstructed, unique way. The delicious mix of chocolate and peanut flavours were made much more interesting with the different textures from chopped peanuts, smooth ice cream, tempered chocolate and chocolate crumbs. Definitely worth a visit at any time either in the restaurant or bar. 

I had a really lovely dinner at Ananas. I find the atmosphere nice but still relatively casual. I love the styling of Ananas from the crisp white bubble plates to the subtle and not-so-subtle uses of pineapples everywhere. Dinner was great but above anything else I froth over that dessert!

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Ananas Bar and Brasserie
18 Argyle St
The Rocks NSW 2000