Wok Chow – Concord


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The Majors Bay Road restaurant strip, for the most part has ticked every general cuisine one could desire. Thai, Lebanese, Italian, French but the one thing we didn’t have for the longest time was Chinese. Until now…


Wok Chow opened up almost one month ago in a space occupied by a former deli and a revolving door of failed restaurants, here’s hoping the script is a little different this time around.

Wok Chow is a collaboration between Red Lantern’s Mark Jensen and head chef, Lee from Da Lin in North East China. One thing for sure, Wok Chow is not your local Chinese. There’s no sign of a honey chicken or Mongolian Lamb, instead there is an emphasis on clean flavours without the stodgy over powering sauces.


Madre and I stopped by for a quick bite to eat on a Friday for lunch. Whenever we eat together we tend to be quite restrained so this will be a short and sweet one.


We started with the ‘Chilli Chicken Dumplings’ – w/ red vinegar and ginger sauce (4 pieces) $8. It’s pretty nice knowing that I don’t have to go too far for dumplings now, as Wok Chow have a number of different options. These were tasty but the chilli was fairly mute and understated, I could have done with more heat.

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Mum and I then shared the ‘Singapore Noodles’ – w/ Pork & Prawn wok tossed with curry powder, capsicum & bean sprouts. $17. Whilst we enjoyed this we couldn’t help but feel it was a little dry, so much so we added most of the sauce from our second main to the noodles. The prawns were plump and flavoursome and we loved the crunchy vegetables and the perfectly seasoned egg tossed into the noodles.

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Lastly we shared the ‘Oven roasted Hoi Sin & Black vinegar Marinated Pork’ w/ Chinese broccoli, red peppers & onions with steamed rice. $27. This was a heavenly concoction with a potent sweet and sour sticky sauce, which we happily used to toss in the Singapore noodles. If I were to nit-pick it would be that the pork was slightly chewy.

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This was more of an introduction to this new local restaurant, so it was hard to get an impression just from what we ordered. It will be interesting to see how Wok Chow settles in the Concord dining scene.


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Tuckshop – Glenhaven


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For months, Bianca and I  have been trying to plan a day that we could venture to our old neighbourhood back in the hills and finally, last Friday was that day! The reason for our little trip down memory lane was to check out the popular ‘Tuckshop Cafe’ “where it’s not city and you couldn’t care less.”  


I don’t know why, but I imagined Tuckshop to be a large cafe with heaps of outdoor seating and some sort of grass area, in reality, it’s the furthest thing from that and that’s not a bad thing! Set in a small ‘town-like’ shopping mall, fronting the street. I think the size is perfect considering they pride themselves in good quality takeaway food.


The menu is geared towards more portable items but it is quite diverse and offers something for those that are looking for some hearty dude food to beautifully light salads, so… por qué no los dos!

_MG_7678First up was the famous ‘Cheeseburger’ – Beef patty, pickles, cheese, onions, mustard and ketchup with old bay seasoned chips $12 I think it was safe to say that I kept nodding my head and mumbling “mhm, mhm” after every bite. The soft brioche bun was deliciously good and the american cheese just made everything ten times better. With even the perfect amount of ketchup and mustard. Patty to bun ratio was top-notch, so it’s no wonder the cheeseburger at Tuckshop is at the top of every foodies list. It definitely got Bianc’s tick of approval and she is pedantic about her burgers.



Just look at that cheese and mustard combo.. Ahhh!!

For some extremely odd reason I had a craving for a salad that day which never happens,  so we also shared the ‘Cous Cous and blood orange salad’ -with pearl cous cous, pumpkin, orange, labneh, tomato, cucumber, herbs, flat bread, and dukkah $11.  Bianca didn’t seem to be blown away but I was in love! The salad had a great punch to it from the citrus and the herbs. As well as an array of contrasting textures from the pearl cous cous to the pumpkin and so on. The addition of the tortilla’s down the bottom with the dukkah was ingenious(for two reasons). Why eat it as a salad when you can roll it up and turn it into a veggie taco? And considering it is takeaway, you want something that is relatively easy to eat. That dukkah by the way. Damn! This is a must order.


We were originally going to order the pork roll but I felt like something I don’t have often so the ‘Brisket Roll’ w/ smoked brisket, bbq sauce, slaw and fried onions $11 was calling my name and just like everything else it did not disappoint. While it was extremely messy and slightly awkward to eat, the flavours were impeccable. The brisket was tender and succulent, and the barbecue sauce enhanced that great smoky flavour. The crunchiness of the slaw was a great combination with the soft roll.



Cheap and extremely tasty takeaway food without the hustle and bustle of the inner west food scene. I was worried that I’d hype this up too much, but I was in no way disappointed!

Until next time!

Alex Squadrito

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Chiswick – Woollahra


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Because I am amazing at suggestions, I decided for Bianc’s birthday we should go to the beautiful and iconic Chiswick Restaurant’ in Woollahra. With a 2 hour seating from 6-8 we arrived a little after 6 and the restaurant was in full swing, with staff frolicking around crazily in order to keep up with the eager customers.



To start off our feast we decided to have some “nibbles”. The first being the ‘Prawn popcorn’, spiced mayonnaise, lemon $16An absolute winner. The crunch of the juicy prawn was heightened by the golden batter that enveloped the little morsel and the spicy mayonnaise left a tingle on the tongue but wasn’t overbearing at all. A great way to get the appetite going.


TheOregano, garlic, wood fired bread’ $7 was very small and is really only enough for two people. We should’ve gotten another, as there were seven of us and everyone was not able to try it. The flavours were there. The dough itself was perfectly cooked  and nice and crispy which is always a bonus.

IMG_8007The ‘Snow Crab Slider, lettuce, kewpie, gherkins’ at $10 each is a bit of a stretch so as they were placed at the table we had high expectations. As you might have noticed from previous posts, I am not a big fan of fish so I was slightly anxious trying the crab slider but it was undeniably addictive. While I did find that it had quite a fishy taste (obviously?) It wasn’t overpowering and didn’t make me feel as though I was eating something that I know I don’t enjoy. They could have benefited with a bit more of the kewpie mayo as they were a little on the dry side.

IMG_8011Of course as soon as the mains came out, they dimmed the lights making it impossible to not use a flash of some sort! Anyway, the first of the mains was the ‘Mushroom Ravioli’, asparagus, cornichon $32I didn’t get to try this one but the pasta looked fresh with some really vibrant veggies to match. Not being a fan of mushrooms (I’m picky I know) I feel as though this would’ve had an interesting texture, similar to a puree. Something I will definitely have to try next time.

IMG_8042I’ve been to Chiswick a few times and the ‘Battered flathead fillets, chips, tartare sauce’ $31 has always been ordered and enjoyed at the table. I think a lot of people tend to avoid fish and chips (well me anyway) because I find them to be too sickly and oily after a couple of bites but not these ones. I could go back again and again for these golden beauties. The flat-head itself, was extremely soft and just melted in your mouth.

IMG_8038‘Handcut Chips’, black garlic aioli $9 Not much to say about these, simply because they were enjoyed by everyone. The black garlic aioli had a distinct smoky flavour that complimented the seasoning of the chips so well making them ridiculously moreish. So in saying that, I could easily stuff my face with a whole plate.

IMG_8034Now we come to the reason why most people come to Chiswick, besides wanting to be seen of course… ‘Wood roasted Moran family lamb’, artichoke, Hawkesbury broccoli $75. So…this was good. I’ve had it before and I enjoyed it. Obviously it’s a great dish to have as a shared meal but in saying that I was slightly under whelmed. After being spoilt from having Mum and Nonno’s delicious lamb, it’s hard to compare this to their’s. Yes it fell straight of the bone, but I just felt like it lacked something. Everyone on the table had to repeatedly add seasoning.

IMG_8015The ‘Roast pork belly’, toasted barley, shallot dressing $36 on the other hand was by far the stand out of the night. In fact we demolished this before the lamb even came out, so it is possible that we were just too impressed by the pork that we then were under whelmed by anything that followed. The thin layer of crackling on the top added that layer of texture to the rich pork belly that instantly won me over. I would go again and again to Chiswick JUST for the pork belly. A must order!


As some of the family got coffees, we were given some complimentary Orange and dark chocolate, very nice, so I thought it deserved a photo!


We were tempted by the dessert options but we had a delicious albeit slightly melted ‘Gelato Messina’ ice-cream cake at home waiting for us. Bianc, nuts for anything peanut butter related chose ‘The Block’, a smorgasbord collection of peanut butter tastes and textures.

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It’s pretty obvious that Chiswick is a fantastic restaurant and while the food is great, it is also a social hub in which people wish to be seen (fair enough). We did find that it was ridiculously noisy, and came almost to the point where I couldn’t even hear the person next to me without leaning right in, so be aware, if you’re looking for an intimate dinner for deep and meaningful conversations, this is probably not the ideal place.


So happy birthday B! you’re another year older, may you continue to grow old and fat with me,

Love from your favourite brother



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Beautiful Burgers – Glebe. When comics and burgers collide….


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So my relationship with burgers sometimes borders on the inappropriate, so much so, my good friend and co-worker Mark (Job Dun) has christened me Scarf Juice after a burger spillage incident in Glebe many years ago. He still hasn’t let me live it down.


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So when Mark told me about a recent burger addition to the Glebe dining scene I knew I had to have a looksie. This is ‘Beautiful Burgers’ second location in Sydney, the other being not too far away in Chippendale. Fitted out in prominent green colours, it is a rather small shop with limited seating. Enough for perhaps 10 or so people. It wasn’t particularly busy the Friday lunch time we visited but there was a steady stream of people placing takeaway orders. I loved the diner photographs on the wall – giving it a bit of old world charm.


The menu is a bit of a mish mash of burgers ranging from traditional beef burgers to chicken, kangaroo, eggplant and tofu. Really a burger for everybody. There did seem to be some emphasis towards ‘health’, whilst it wasn’t stated anywhere, any burger joint with Acai Bowls and power shakes is definitely saying something. And I’m all for it, I hate the fact most people deem hamburgers unhealthy – it’s all about quality of ingredients and of course moderation. So shush ya’ll.


Job Dun and I were clearly on the same wavelength, with both of us opting for the ‘Yankee’ – beef or chicken (we went beef), iceberg lettuce, mayo, tomato, bacon, cheese, dill pickle, ketchup and mustard. $13.50. This was a behemoth of a burger, almost the size of my head. I don’t think the photo’s do it justice. With a soft flour dusted roll, packed with a thick minced beef patty. I must have had a blinder on when I ordered because I didn’t actually realise it came with bacon so that was a nice little surprise. The beef mince on its own was incredibly tasty and moist, always a common issues with burgers. Having a premium top quality patty does more than half the work for you. I’ve never been one for large amounts of mustard on burgers but I think I may be a convert now. Looks wise it’s sort of the opposite of a beautiful burger, taste wise it’s on point.




We also shared a serving of ‘Chips’ $4.00. They do offer hash browns which I found interesting but couldn’t go past the classic. These were crispy on the outside and nice and fluffy on the inside, in other words pretty darn good chippies.


Pretty solid recommendation from me here, if you like your burgers check this place out.




For those that enjoy a bit of nerd in your life, I whole heartedly recommend checking out Mark’s comic ‘Job Dun’. You can purchase it online from:



As well as in store at the following locations:

Sydney – The Comic Shop

Melbourne – All Star Comics

Brisbane – Ace Comics and Games

Adelaide – Pulp Fiction Comics

Canberra – Impact Comics

Because surely we’re sick of superheroes in ridiculous costumes? Who wouldn’t want an overweight anti-hero roaming the streets?




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*Urbanspoon link for Chippendale store*

The Butcher’s Block – Wahroonga


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I’m an adventurous man when it comes to food, I’ll travel pretty much anywhere if I’ve heard good things, so my trip to ‘The Butcher’s Block’ was no exception.




About a 45 minute drive from the Inner West on a bustling cafe strip lies, The Butcher’s Block. I went on a Wednesday for lunch with some close friends from uni and I was gobsmacked at how busy it was! Upon our arrival we had requested a table on the outside terrace (I like my natural light okay, plus it does my photos justice!). Anyway, we were turned down as there was no “available” tables… Liieeees! I saw a few, but I wasn’t going to cause a fuss, plus it turns out the table we had been given inside was right next to my mate Sonia Kruger… I’m a big brother fan (shameful I know) so I was a little starstruck.


For those that have heard of The Butcher’s Block, it might have been about their famous Waffle Burger. This was pretty much the only reason why I went there and as I frantically scoured the menu I was told that they no longer serve them. Literally heart-broken. Shame on you Butcher’s Block!

It took me a while to decide what I wanted so I’ll leave myself till last. Gillian and “Girl Alex” as she is graciously called at uni thanks to my presence (mwuahaha) ordered the Pulled pork Quesadillas’ – with tomato, capsicum and black bean salsa with Chips. A rather lacklustre meal agreed by all. The actual tortilla was nice and fluffy with a crisp bite that added some  texture but it’s contents were disappointing to say the least. The pulled pork was flavourless, and needed some refining in terms of seasoning and the chips were extremely dry, and undercooked. The dish could’ve possibly been saved with a nice subtle sauce.


Bronte, or Bronson as myself and Girl Alex know her by, ordered the winner of the day. ‘Wagyu beef burger’ – with American jack cheese, bacon and crispy onion rings. I believe this is what would have been on the Waffle Burger sans waffle and it was bloody delicious! The patty was wonderfully juicy with a nice soft bun, so the contrast of texture between that and the onion rings was ear shatteringly good (heh, see what I did there). When this first came out, Bronson noticed a hair in her food, but the staff were more than accommodating, quickly removing it and making a new one in an extremely fast manner. So customer service is A-OK! Again though, the chips were a let down so they were left alone. Not even a plethora of salt could save them which is upsetting.


In an attempt to satisfy my broken heart, I ordered the Pulled pork burger’ – with crackling and Sweet potato chipsI knew this one would be a hard one to write about because there was both good and bad things about it. So let me break it down. Sweet potato chips, great. Definitely a lot better than the regular chips that my friends unfortunately were stuck with so they ended up picking from mine, add some tomato sauce and they were almost at perfection. The addition of the crackling…amazing. Something that The Butcher’s Block was able to do perfectly was create a dish that had contrasting textures that worked great with the dish as a whole. The pulled pork, unfortunately was the let down. I believe it was prepared differently than the pulled pork form the Quesadilla because my one had a more smokey, BBQ flavour, but still was lacking even when combined with all the other ingredients. Perhaps the burger needed more sauce? But in saying that, it was still a relatively enjoyable meal!


Sitting us (or me especially) next to a window of cakes is generally not a good idea so, knowing it was going to be a long day I decided to get a muffin for the road!



The muffin was a Gluten free blueberry and coconut muffin and it was actually really good! I’ve never really had anything gluten-free before, so I was a little confused by the texture of the muffin. The inside seemed raw but I believe that was due to ingredients used.

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So… an interesting experience.

If the butcher’s block gets those waffle burgers back, I’ll be there in a heart beat, but until then… I can wait.

Until next time!

Alex Squadrito

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Pizzeria Italiana – South Wentworthville


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Growing up, most of our exposure to food was typically 80% Italian. I cannot recall a single meal without the obligatory loaf of bread, both Nonno’s homemade wine, pasta on Sunday nights with the family. Sometimes Nonno would even let us pick our favourite pasta to cook that night – mine was always penne or spaghetti.

As we got older we got more experimental with our food, mum would regularly make curries, stir-fry’s and Roasts and when we would eat out we’d try to avoid Italian. This is especially the case the last 10 years or so. Why pay for something that is most likely never going to be as good as Nonna or Nonno’s.

Nevertheless, sometimes you just feel a little nostalgic and want some of those familiar tastes and smells and despite my badgering growing up, no-one has ever bought me my own pizza oven. Which is why we made the trek out to South Wentworthville late one Friday night.

‘Pizzeria Italiana’ is just a few minutes’ drive off the Cumberland highway exit on the M4, a typical old school pizzeria, one you used to be able to find in many pizzeria’s along the Norton Street strip back in Leichhardt’s hey days.

We all decided to start with a ‘Bruschetta Pizza’ (small) – Fresh chopped tomatoes, onion and basil. $12.00. Great punchy flavours, perfectly seasoned. Sometimes a bruschetta can be hit and miss depending on the quality of tomatoes but these were beautiful. The only letdown was in the actual base, the drippings from the tomato mixture made the base quite soft and soggy.


We then shared a serving of ‘Rice Croquets’ (4 in a serving) $16.00. While these were tasty, we felt they could have benefited from an accompanying sauce, a tomato based dipping sauce would have went nicely.


For myself, now I can honestly say it’s been more than four years since I have ordered a pizza eating out but sometimes you just get that hankering. I also went for a half and half, one half ‘Pepperoni’ – mozzarella, tomato, pepperoni, capsicum and olives. $15 for a large. The other half ‘Santa Maria’ – mozzarella, tomato, chilli paste, fresh chilli, hot salami, olives, anchovies. $15. I don’t mind some spice but some may balk at the heat factor, just getting a whiff and taking a glance it looks fiery. Besides mum, the others found it a little too hot. I’ve always gravitated towards pepperoni and I enjoyed this rendition. I did find an olive pip on the pizza which can be dangerous for those that tend to just delve right in.


Alex always a fan of schnitty decided to get the ‘Chicken Schniztel’ with salad. $19.90. We’re pretty adamant that our mum makes some of the best schnitz around, so our standards are pretty high. But Alex was pretty impressed with his meal.


Dad being a big lover of seafood went with a half and half pizza. One half ‘Marinara’ – mozzarella, tomato, prawns, clams and calamari. $15 for a large. The other half being ‘Aussie’ – mozzarella, tomato, bacon, egg and onion. $15. Dad enjoyed his pizza hybrid, always being a sucker for egg on a pizza, harkening back to his days working in my Nonno’s Norton street pizzeria back in the day.


Our older brother John went with a combo meal, opting for ‘Fettuccine Boscaiola’ and ‘Chicken Schnitzel’ $24.90. Snagging a bite, the fettuccine was perfectly cooked al dente and the flavours were typical of a traditional boscaiola.


Mum decided to go for a special of the day, my memory is a little hazy here but it was a white fish with pesto, she then committed the cardinal sin and smothered it in parmesan.


We were all pretty stuffed at this point but owners Lenny and Maria insisted we order dessert. How could we argue? We decided on the traditional ‘Tiramisu’ $9.90. Always a weakness in our family, this one did not disappoint, we loved the addition of the chocolate cigar, giving it some differing texture. It disappeared fairly quickly, John seemed to have snaffled this one up and very quietly polished it off.


We also shared the ‘Mixed Berry Panna Cotta’, two ‘Cannoli’ $3.50each and ‘Ricotta filled turnovers’. We were struggling at this point but I made it a point to try each, the Panna cotta was silky and moreish, it was slightly on the wobbly wobbly side, as if it didn’t have enough gelatine but this is nit-picking. I liked the idea of the dual cannoli meaning you get the best of both worlds – chocolate and vanilla in one. Being a chocolate gal, I have to say I was surprised I kept going back for the vanilla side. Very dangerous! Lastly the ricotta ‘turnovers’, these reminded me very much of a cinnamon doughnut and doughnuts are virtually my Achilles heel. Unfortunately, Maria told us, they will no longer offer these.




All in all a fairly rustic and unassuming, casual place. Great for a night out with the family, with no airs just good pizza and smashing desserts.


Photos by Alex


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Three Williams 2.0


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As Three Wiliams quickly becomes an iconic household name in any foodie family, they surprise us yet again by creating a new spring menu that is perfect as the days start to get warmer.

I shouldn’t have to explain Three Williams to anyone because if you haven’t been yet, you clearly have no life…or maybe you do and I should just shut up and keep eating my salty, caramel popcorn as I type this (It’s called food research).


Upon our arrival we were greeted with a beautifully vibrant Lime and Raspberry seasonal house made soda $12 A strikingly fizzy and refreshing drink that was the perfect way to cool us down on this exceptionally sunny day.


I then heated myself right back up with a skim mocha. The perfect pick me up before our meals were brought to the table. The coffee was good, still doesn’t compare to my regular cafe spot in the CBD but it’s definitely up there and did indeed wake me up.


The first dish to hit the tables was the ‘Sautéed Wild mushrooms’, marinated ricotta, truffle balsamic and parmesan on toast $17. Firstly, I’ll say that I have never been able to eat mushrooms. The texture, taste and smell turn me off instantly, but as this was placed in front of me all I could smell was the strong truffle balsamic that left me salivating. The ricotta was decadent and smooth and created a distinct texture once eaten with the crusty bread. I did try a mushroom and they were actually quite pleasant. No funky taste, smell or texture here folks!


The second dish was the beautifully presented ‘Pan baked Eggs’ with spicy beans, cucumber salsa and feta, $16.  A surprisingly refreshing and light dish, no doubt thanks to the cucumber salsa which seems to just lift all the flavours and create a perfectly balanced breakfast meal.


Next up was my favourite savoury dish of the day. The Corn fritters, bacon, Nuremberg sausages, tomato and capsicum salsa, crushed roasted potato and sour cream $18. Yes, it was heavy, and fattening and clearly very bad for you but this was a big breakfast like no other. The tomato and capsicum salsa on those crisp corn fritters was probably the most amazing thing I had eaten in a while. Add in those roasted potatoes and ding, ding ding, we have a winner! Each element complimented the next almost too perfectly. This definitely is a must-order!


One of the sides to accompany our dishes was the Crispy School Prawns $8. I’ve never actually had a prawn with the head and tail still intact and it was, to my surprise…delicious! Perhaps a little too salty, but the side of aioli helped to overcome that.


As well as the Lime and Raspberry soda, we were also brought the ‘Super smoothie’ – kale, apricot, apple, LSA, banana, ginger and cinnamon (also dairy free) $8. As soon as you bring your glass to your mouth you automatically get the powerful aroma of the cinnamon envelop your taste buds. The smoothie is thick but it doesn’t feel like you’re drinking something that’s really good for you…which is great because who wants something that’s healthy, right? Not me! This was also a winner amongst everyone at the table.


And finally, the coveted Narnies arrived at the table. The first being the ‘Herb rubbed free range Roast Duck’ – with roast pears, rocket, apple balsamic and aioli $16. The duck was moist and had quite a distinct flavour that contrasted well with the sweet flavours from the roast pear and apple balsamic. Definitely an ingenious idea. On a side note, it was completely impossible to eat unless you’re using your hands! Having to share it with a few people made it very difficult to enjoy in it’s full glory.


All I’m going to say about the Beer battered chips $7 is that they were the best chips I have ever eaten in Sydney. That is all.


The second Narnie to arrive was the Wild mushrooms, baby spinach, truffle balsamic, stracchino cheese sauce and parmesan $15 As I mentioned earlier, mushrooms are not my favourite food item but again I gave it a try, interesting flavours. They again had that gorgeous truffle balsamic and that cheese sauce was the perfect accompaniment to the baby spinach. I clearly preferred the roast duck, but this is a biased opinion, only because I don’t like mushrooms. Sorry!




Thanks Chef’s!

 Crunchy Brioche French Toast with caramel bananas, hazelnuts and melted Belgium chocolate $16 Gosh, just re reading the name of it gets me excited! I’m pretty sure I was there for about 10 minutes taking photos of this beaut in all different angles and positions. While I don’t think this is as flavoursome and iconic as their traditional brioche French toast, it’s definitely a rich and ultimately dangerous treat that is best shared with another person.

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When I saw Homemade lime and coconut cake $6 on the menu I’m pretty sure I had nervous pee. I’m a cake man, always have been. This was (in my opinion) a hundred times better than the french toast! As I took a bite, an explosion of citrus enveloped my taste buds quickly followed by a refreshing kick from the coconut. The cake was almost perfectly moist with a nice crispy outer layer.

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Well, Three Williams…you clearly have not disappointed with your new spring menu. I’ll definitely be back to try some different cakes and to get that big breakfast that I am now officially obsessed with!

…And if you don’t know where the cafe is follow the yellow brick road! (Elizabeth street) until you find this golden encrusted into the matte grey wall and you know you’ve arrived.


Until next time!

Alex Squadrito


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*For Food’s Sake were invited to Three Williams by Wasamedia, all opinions however are independent and our own.

Bowery Lane – Sydney CBD


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Working in the city centre has always seemed like a nightmare to me, people everywhere, dealing with the argy bargy folk that are either on a mission and nearly knock you over. Or the kind that stop mid walk and you nearly knock over. Which is why I count my lucky stars I work in Surry Hills, were I’m blessed with both my personal space and some awesome café’s.

I do however, get a little bit of food envy when I hear about recent openings in the city – power lunches are a bit of a mystery to me. I only get half an hour at work to scoff my food, have a chit chat and race back to my desk so I’m always a little envious of those milling around at lunchtimes. Which is why I devote most of my Fridays (my day off) to food related adventures, coincidentally always in or around the city.

Bowery Lane was on my ever growing list of places to visit, I was drawn to its New York inspired menu consisting of Bagels, Boston Beans and Burgers. Opening initially just for breakfast and lunch, Bowery Lane recently expanded to dinner services on the 9th of September.

Walking into Bowery Lane you instantly feel transported to a swanky NYC eatery, with exposed rendered concrete walls, wooden floors, prominent black furnishings and snug booth seating. Not overly stylised but with a clear chic, industrial vibe.



Plonking ourselves down on the large communal table we settled in along with 15 or so other Sydney Food Bloggers for what was going be a ginormous meat fest. First up, from the ‘snacks’ portion of the menu, were the ‘Char Grilled Lamb Ribs’ – w/ chimmi churri & rocket. $14. Delectably soft and easily pulling away from the bone, these were one of the highlights of the night. I generally dislike most things on the bone, predominately because I’m lazy but these were tasty little morsels. We all liked the addition of the chimmi churri adding that punchy herby flavour hit.


Next were the ‘Manchego Croquettes’ – w/smoked chilli aioli’ $14.  Always a sucker for an arancini or croquette (general gist is fried cheesy goodness). The first bite was an instant hit of the smoked aioli, which I enjoyed. The aioli was quite strong  so it was a little hard to discern any manchego flavour but these were still delicious with and without the smoked chilli aioli.


Being a big big fan of hamburgers, what could be better than full grown burgers?  Baby burgers!! I’ve gotten into the trap of thinking ordering trio’s of sliders totally cancels each other out and equal one regular sized burger. I like that illusion and will blissfully continue living in my happy place. A sight to behold for any food lover, boards full of sliders were then brought out to the large table. With trays of both ‘Yamba Prawn Sliders’ – w/ iceberg & fennel slaw. $16 and the ‘Rare Tuna Sliders’ – w/guacamole and pickled cucumber. $16. It was unanimous amongst the FFS’akers that the prawn slider was the favourite with the tuna slider having a pleasant taste but unusual mouth feel.


Moving along to ‘entrées’, we then had the ‘Master Kobe Wagyu’ – 9+ inside skirt w/chermoula, lemon. $16. Another standout dish, the wagyu was a perfect ‘medium rare- medium’ and benefited from the forceful kick of the chermoula – a marinade consisting of herbs, oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin and salt.


We then sampled the ‘Jamon Serrano’ – w/ buffalo mozzarella, witlof rocket and shaved pear. $19. A really strong dish, having a bite with every element, the flavours balanced out nicely.


The last dish from the ‘entrée’ portion of the menu was the ‘House Smoked Hickory Salmon’ – w/puffed wild rice, bottarga salad and burnet’ $17. Perhaps after all the heavy hitting flavours we had tried prior, this was a rather subtle dish that may have flown under the radar for many. I’m not the greatest fan of seafood anyways, so this didn’t do much for me.


Vegetarians avert your eyes.

On to the shared plates. Between the table, one each of the four ‘shared plates’ were placed on the table, as we all did a  bit of to-ing and fro-ing swapping dishes back and forth. We happened upon the ‘Pork Collar & Scratchings’ – w/ apple, parsley & fennel salad and spiced pear chutney. $46. Juicy and tender, the apple and fennel salad added some much needed texture as the pork was very soft. And the crackling? Who doesn’t love crackling!


We then sampled the ‘Whole BBQ Organic Chicken’ – w/ lentil & grains & smoked yoghurt. $48. The chicken was succulent and moist, I did enjoy the creamy addition of the grains, lentils and yoghurt tying it all together.


Next was the ‘1KG Braised Wagyu Short Rib’ – w/ horseradish cream & roasted garlic $58. This was the shared dish I was probably most looking forward to, having a little bit of an obsession with all things slow cooked these days. Falling straight off the bone, these short ribs did not disappoint, getting a little too caught up in all the eating I didn’t try it with the horseradish so can’t comment on the cohesiveness of the dish, all I know was that short rib was dee-lish…


The last of the shared plates was my pick of the bunch, the ‘Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder’ – w/ lemon garlic dressing & watercress. $55. A really well executed slow cooked lamb. I really could not fault any of the shared dishes, they were all equally delicious and would easily feed 3-4 people.


My penultimate favourite of the night was the ‘Tempura Soft Shell Crab Burger’ – w/Asian slaw and miso mayonnaise. $22. Off the main menu, several were brought to the table for us to divide and share. Prior to Bowery Lane I had never had a fried soft shell crab, let alone one in a burger. Boy had I been missing out. Yes, while I’m not that keen on loads of seafood, generally battering it and throwing it in the deep fryer works miracles. One of the stand outs on the whole menu.


And because we had hardly eaten anything all night……. We were given the option of ordering our own mains. We were told this earlier in the night so purposely left a little space in the tum tum, for myself I had my eyes on one thing and one thing only…the Cheeseburger! Devastation, is probably the word I’d use when we found out they were no longer available. I sucked it up because… well really, I think we’d all eaten enough at this point.  Vanessa opted for the ‘Pork Cotoletta’ – slaw, garlic aioli, lemon and sea salt. $27. Fancy talk for Schnitty and this was a good one, was a tad oily so it became incredibly heavy after a few bites but the flavour was there. We passed tipping point about 2 dishes earlier so we had a few bites and had our mains boxed. Alex and I shared the ‘Duck Ragu’ –w/pappadelle, chilli pancetta & parsley $26. I kind of blurted this one out when I was asked for a main, it’s a complete 180* from anything I would ordinarily order. Pasta was perfectly al dente, the duck was soft and plentiful and melted in your mouth but ultimately I found the ragu itself quite thin and a little bland.

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We also couldn’t resist the ‘Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake’ $7. We opted to get ours with skim milk because everyone knows when you add skim milk to anything you can totally add more chocolate and ice-cream. I’m a peanut butter fan from way back and loved the strong peanut butter flavour, I just wished it was a little thicker.


Sadly we’ve all been cursed with a massive sweet tooth and despite being full to the brim we shared two desserts between us. The first being the ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ – w/vanilla bean ice-cream & macerated berries. One for those wanting to end a meal on a lighter note.  It was quite a refreshing way to end the evening. The very last dish of the night was the ‘Jar of Cookies & Cream’ – w/honeycomb, vanilla & dark chocolate. Our preferred dessert of the night, we loved the addition of the chocolate cookie crumbs. A much more decadent way to end a meal.



We were pretty impressed with the food and venue and will now make it our mission to come back for that elusive cheeseburger.


Photos by Alex


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*For Food’s Sake were invited to Bowery Lane by Wasamedia, all opinions however are independent and our own.

Provence by Antoine – Mortlake


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I was clearly in a French mood when I decided to visit both ‘Antoine’s Grill’ and chef and owner Anthony Moscovitzs latest venture, ‘Provence by Antoine’ in the same weekend.


Provence happened to be on my weekend walk route so I watched its relatively quick development from a former tapas restaurant into what is now an airy, open planned, provincial suburban cafe/restaurant. I loved the vibrant yellow running through the restaurant which contrasted nicely with the brown hues of the wooden chairs and floors. It felt homely and chic at the same time. Covered outdoor seating is also available but on the day we went it was both raining and freezing. So we nestled comfortably indoors. Staff were very friendly and were happy to make any changes we requested with our meals.




Accompanying me today was Madre and second mum ‘Mumma Cool’. Naturally a round of coffees were ordered, we loved the addition of the token marshmallow with the ‘Skim Mochas’ $4. Always a nice touch. The actual breakfast menu isn’t particularly vast but it has your standard breakfast suspects, as well as having a small kiddies section which parents will appreciate.

Madre decided to go with the ‘Eggs Benedict’ – smoked salmon & poached eggs with lemon & lime hollandaise sauce & toast. $18.50. Mum always gets her hollandaise on the side but never eats it, why she doesn’t leave it off entirely I never know – she’s special. I will sometimes sneak a try but I was too caught up in conversation so completely forgot. Never the less Madre enjoyed her breakfast.


Mumma Cool happened to get my second choice that day the ‘Croque Madame’ – Classic toasted bacon & cheese, topped with cheese béchamel and fried eggs. $15.50. To this day, I’ve yet to try this French classic, so I may have to go back. It was quite stunning when it was brought out and mumma cool really enjoyed it. My only gripe is the egg(s) plural, making any one that orders one think there may be more than one egg on the dish if they aren’t familiar with a Croque Madame.


I wanted to get a general scope of the breakfast offerings from ‘Provence’ so went with the ‘Le Provencal breakfast’ – Crispy herbed tomato, Eggs (any style – I went with poached), pork & fennel sausage, cured streaky bacon, mushroom ragout, potato gratin & toast. $18.50. I’d go out on a limb and say this will no doubt become their signature breakfast dish. It was pretty much a knockout. The eggs were perfectly poached, I loved the crispy element on the tomato adding some interesting textural elements, looking back, the tomato was actually one of my most favourite aspects on the plate and I can usually take or leave tomatoes. The mushroom ragout was another interesting take on the standard mushies for brekky. All other aspects were equally delicious, any complaints were relatively minor, the bacon tasted like regular run of the mill bacon, I did not pick up on any differential flavours, besides…isn’t all bacon cured? Blonde moment?


I have to say, I’m pretty chuffed Provence by Antoine isn’t too far away from me, I am keen to check out their lunch and dinner offerings.



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Bills – Surry Hills


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Deciding on where to eat for lunch when you’re not entirely hungry can be a bit of a tricky one,  knowing I felt like something sweet, myself and Michael went to Bills to of course ….. get the ricotta hotcakes, what else?


Simple menu and simple restaurant layout, it’s safe to say I’m very excited about the new Bills opening in Bondi! It’s funny watching all the hotcakes and fritters (‘classics’) leaving the kitchen.


Michael decided to order something that I would never even consider. The ‘Yellow fish curry’ – spiced pumpkin, peanuts, brown rice and cucumber relish $26. An interesting array of flavours that all went well together. The fish had a bit of crunch to it which was quite nice as it contrasted well with the soft spiced pumpkin. The actual flavour of the curry was not overpowering at all, a mild dish that was surprisingly really really tasty!


The Ricotta hotcakes’ –  banana and honeycomb butter $20 sorta speak for themselves don’t they? It’s what everyone thinks about when they think of Bills. Rich and moreish, the honeycomb butter was definitely the stand out, it was such a shame there was only a small pat. Make sure you have a bite of the hotcake with the banana, helps to balance out all of the unique flavours!


Just a quick post this time round. Until next time!



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