Bespoke and designer cakes @Vanoir

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We had the honour of attending the official opening of Vanoir in Paddington, newly opened thanks to award winning cupcake and couture luxury cake designer, Orlando Sanpo. Sanpo, founder of Black Velvet Sydney and Creative Director of this new store,  Vanoir Sydney, has opened a new store with bespoke cakes, cupcakes and more to impress your guests and tastebuds.

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Situated in a beautiful townhouse at the Paddington five ways, it has stylish interiors and is the perfect addition to the area.

Upon entry, we breathtakingly admired all the sweet treats, almost too beautiful to eat. But, Orlando was encouraging us to try. We are glad we did!

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Marg Simonovska, Orlando’s friend introduced us to the story behind the business and to Orlando. Previously a jewellery designer, his passion for design is clear and this has transformed through to his production of amazing cakes, or as one could call it – edible art! He demonstrated the process behind his work, showing how a design goes from paper to the cake. He certainly creates masterpieces and comes with a wealth of experience through his studies, travels to the USA and UK and his cakes also have French patisserie technique.

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There was beautiful array of cakes, and smaller treats such as cake pops, eclairs and cupcakes. Orlando’s new creation is a lychee flavoured cupcake which was outstanding. The cake is so fluffy, flavoursome and topped with a deliciously creamy icing. We highly recommend trying some of these!

Pop in for a bite to take away with a tea or coffee or order a bespoke cake for any event and you will not be disappointed.

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We wish Orlando and Vanoir all the success that it deserves.

Thanks to Samantha at the PRHUB for the invitation to the event.

Vanoir: 219 Glenmore Road, Paddington, NSW, 2021

https://vanoir.com.au/

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Authentic Vietnamese @ I Love Pho

I love Pho is not only the name of the restaurant we visited but a true statement of our feelings towards it. Situated in the heart of Crows Nest is this Gem of a Vietnamese restaurant, serving up tasty traditional cuisine.

23468222_10159636713430008_1534279370_oThe restaurant also has a traditional aesthetic look and feel which also reflects the style of food. With bamboo lining the walls and Vietnamese themed art, it feels welcoming and genuine. The service was prompt and super friendly and our waiter was extremely charismatic. Upon looking at the menu it was nice to see this restaurant is involved with a charity that helps the children of Vietnam, with 50c from every meal going towards building schools in regional areas. It is wonderful and is inspiring to see that this restaurant gives back.

The menu items sport a list of Vietnamese favourites with an emphasis on flavour. For starters, we couldn’t go past their amazing spring rolls with a crispy rice paper shell filled with a flavoursome pork filling. We also tried the warm freshly steamed rice paper rolls too. The sugarcane prawns are another good option. There is a nice subtle sweetness from the prawn paste and the sugarcane, which itself also edible and provides some texture.

A new addition to the menu are the signature bao bun with crispy pork. Highly recommend as an entree choice.

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Bun Xeo is always on the hit list, Especially the roast duck variety of this crispy Vietnamese pancake/crepe which stems from the French colonial influence. This was a great version of this dish with a crepe that was nice and crisp, and this is not always the case when we have ordered this dish at other places. Plenty of filling beansprouts and roast duck, as well as mint and salad on the side and also comes with a sweet and sour sauce for added flavour.

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This was a return visit, on the initial visit we had Pho on our mind, the rich flavour of Hoi’an style broth brewed for 24 hours and it certainly hit the mark. This time I had another delicious soup on my mind. A soup with a bit of spice, the Bun bo hue. The Bun bo hue was on point the soup having done its time to develop rich flavour and had a nice amount of spice. This soup is not only tasty, it was also quite filling with plenty of meat and noodles.

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The vermicelli bowl which came with BBQ pork skewers and a flavour packed marinated pork was also a generous serve. The pork this time had a lot more flavour than most, probably one of our favourites.

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I love Pho is a great Vietnamese restaurant serving quality traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The food is reasonably priced, the servings are large and the service friendly. Well worth a visit and we will be back.

Thank you to Ompty for the invitation to dine and to the restaurant for its hospitality.

http://ilovepho.com.au/

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I Love Pho Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Candyland @Bello the Shelter

The food here is like you’re in Willy Wonka’s Factory, Candyland or a fantasy fit for unicorns. Splashes of colour, lollies and Oreos, you’re in magical place, worlds away from the shopping centre you’re actually at.

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Bello the shelter is located at the entrance to Westfield Burwood and is a large cafe with quaint homely style theming and sizeable booths and space for plenty of people to enjoy all day breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. It was super busy when we there, buzzing with excited diners.

The owners are extremely passionate about their business, working hard for over 20 years to keep this a thriving cafe, adapting to the customers and current food climate. They are really hospitable and welcome us to experience their wonderful cafe.

A group foodies joined together on this occasion, ordering a range of the favourites to share. We began with some beautiful coloured lattes, the rose flavour – a hot pink cup of goodness, that tasted exactly like Rose! Accompanying this was a fluro purple taro latte. They have plenty more flavours on offer, so make sure you ask – they’re secret!

Then come the two drinks that anyone will jump with excitement at. The Candy land milkshake: a bubblegum milkshake topped with fairy floss, lollypops, sugar straps, gummy lollies and more to make your dreams a reality.

The second one, a chocolate version with Oreos, brownies, chocolate wafers and cream, you cannot come without ordering one of these.

Another beautiful dish is the Organic Granola with Seasonal fruits, poached pear, served with fruit and organic honeycomb, complete with small jars of syrup, milk and coloured cereal.

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For a savory selection, we went with the Egyptian style “Basturma Omelette” – free range eggs with olives and fresh tomatoes and a side of sourdough.

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There’s some other interesting options, which we didn’t have but worth a try are the “Salmon macarons” or a brioche French toast with matcha, dulce de leche and gold leaf. With the flowerpot, filled with waffle chunks, pannacotta, chocolate “soil” and strawberries”, you will be in absolute heaven!

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Whilst we picked some of the super interesting options, they do have your typical foods like benedict, Bacon and egg rolls, avocado on toast and more.

From the lunch menu we couldn’t go past the “Season” – the charcoal bun with a grass-fed angus beef patty, with double hi-melt American cheese, roasted capsicum, beetroot balsamic, bacon, oak lettuce, tomato and secret sauce.

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They also have a burger called “Viral” that is crumbed and deep fried with pickles, jalepenos, salsa and sour cream, this is not for the faint hearted and sure to go crazy with the insta crowds.

In addition to this, the menu has a range of other burgers, ribs, hanging skewers, steak and schnitzels as well as salads.

A great café to take a break from shopping but it’s also a destination café that is certainly worth specifically travelling to. Food to suit any market and there are quality inventive dishes but also regular menu choices if you’re not as adventurous. We certainly plan a plan to revisit.

Thanks to Chew Crew Media for the invitation to dine and to the restaurant for their hospitality.

Bello The Shelter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Newly opened at Tramsheds @Mama’s Buoi

We visited the newly opened Mama’s Buoi at the Tramsheds dining precinct. The Tramsheds were once the location of the Harold Park Harness Racing. This venue and the quality of its restaurants is in stark contrast to the sausage sandwiches, VB and Vodka Cruisers that were served up in it’s past life.

Tramsheds hosts a range of cafes and restaurants and we visited the new Mama’s Buoi which has a cool modern set up, with an open kitchen and bar. There is plenty of colour splashed around the restaurant and some fluorescents which pop in contrast to the black steel beams and warehouse setting of the Tramsheds.

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The Mama’s Buoi brand is known for serving consistent high quality Vietnamese cuisine. A menu inspired by the founder Bao Hoang’s mum, there are a range of foods to share amongst friends. The food director comes with a wealth of experience and has designed a high quality menu and they serve their Vietnamese food at five different locations. Having visited their Surry Hills, Crows Nest and now Tramsheds location, we can attest to the fabulous food they have on offer.

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The drinks list is also tops with Mama’s Buoi always impressing with great cocktails. The frozen cocktails were on the cards, the innovative frozen kambucha was refreshing and was well suited to the food being served and great for warm days ahead.

This visit involved a banquet menu allowing us to sample a range of items on the menu, which is the intention of the restaurant. The entrees were all very enticing with some popular Vietnamese bites including; duck pancakes, salt and pepper squid, roast pork belly and our favourite entree on the list being the crispy Coconut prawns coated with coconut strips for added texture and crunch.

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The mains included a the wok tossed seafood and Mama’s beef stir fry, both having nicely balanced flavours. The home style chicken curry had delicate flavours and the chicken was ridiculously tender. The smokey eggplant was super tasty and is a good vegetarian option. The crab fried rice, something a little more special than your usual fried rice.

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For dessert we had the opportunity to try something amazing, with an old favourite: the creme brulee getting a Vietnamese twist. The Vietnamese coffee creme brûlée impressed all. diners. It was a great dessert, channelling the Vietnamese coffee which is always a favourite with the beautiful texture of the brûlée to pay homage to the French.

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It was another enjoyable visit to Mama’s Buoi in a great new location. It features attentive service and food on par with the other Mama’s Buoi restaurant’s. Make sure you pop by, grab a bite to eat and enjoy one of their frozen cocktails. You will love it as much as we did!

Thank you to Wasamedia for the invitation to dine and to Mama’s Buoi for the hospitality.

http://www.mamasbuoi.com.au/

Mama's Buoi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hipster vibes @Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco

The Merivale group have a long list of quality hospitality venues including some great bars and restaurants. The Merivale Group has been expanding into the suburbs of late and purchased the “Tenno” Tennyson Hotel in Mascot. This is your typical local pub, with many regulars having beers and watching the footy. However, make your way out the back and find the previously occupied drive through bottle shop, which Merivale have turned into a cool restaurant/ bar called Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco. The set up inside is the same, however there is a fresh hipster paint job, disco balls, some cool 90’s hip hop tunes and a bar where the old service counter used to be.

 There is a fun vibe to this place the wait staff are friendly, helpful and fit the hipster vibe. The beer fridges are still there and are self service and reasonably priced. Pick your drink, take it to the counter where they add it to your tab and mark it off and you’re ready to drink. The walk in refrigerator which once stocked cartons of beer remains and is now a walk in wine fridge which is an additional element of cool, literally. Grab a ski jacked from the wall hooks if you need one. There is also a creative cocktail list with some interesting and tasty concoctions.

 The food is rustic Italian fare, which is in contrast to the fit out, but it is quality food and it totally works. The meatloaf was a tasty starter, served with peppers and pickles. A classic pasta dish we shared was the gnoccheti, shell type pasta with some beautifully braised lamb, some crispy rosemary which added texture and a flavour that we love.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the glazed porchetta and scallion, which was deliciously sweet and smokey. We topped this off with a robust side of the polenta, with corn and chervil.

Whoever would have thought an old drive through bottle shop in Mascot would work as a location for a restaurant. A great addition in an area not spoilt for choice. It is a little pricy for the area, but totally worth it for the one of the more fun dining experiences on offer in Sydney at the moment. We understand it is a pop up so get in there soon!

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Mr. Liquor Dirty Italian Disco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Art of Dining @Westfield Hornsby

Art of Dining, held at Westfield Hornsby, is an annual festival celebrating food, drink and entertainment.

This year’s Art of Dining was a wonderful community event where people of all ages gathered together for an enjoyable afternoon, with musical acts who performed on the main stage and engaged the crowd with dancing – one act even encouraged kids to get on stage to play the bongo drums!

There was also a jumping castle, which all the kids loved of course.

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Outside the Dining Precinct at Westfield Hornsby, there were a number of stalls set up, offering a range of different delicious cuisines.

We were lucky enough to have sampled what Joyful House had to offer at the Eat.Drink.Westfield event back in August and so we made a bee-line straight for their stall to get a yum cha fix. We had plenty of tasty morsels, such as salt and pepper chicken wings, spring rolls, mixed dumplings, fried won tons and pork buns.

We also couldn’t resist the bite sized mango pancakes being served up by Westfield Hornsby favourite, the House of Canton.

For the adultsShores were serving up the perfect combination of oysters and a glass of champagne. Craft beers and cocktails were also available from the bar. It was very enjoyable taking in the entertainment and performances on the main stage whist sipping on an Aperol Spritz.

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Food trucks are so in fashion these days and they were certainly popular with the crowds at this event.

Inbocca were selling pizzas, lasagne cubes and arancini, whilst The Wienery had a variety of mouth-watering bites, including bacon wrapped hot dogs – definitely a popular choice.

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We tried the Egyptian food from El Qahirah, which has introduced us to the wonders that this cuisine has to offer.

One of our favourite meals of the day was an Egyptian street food dish; a bowl of rice and lentils, topped with a middle eastern spiced tomato sauce, macaroni, chickpeas and fried onions with a magic ‘Dukkah’ flavouring of vinegar, spices and chilli. This dish, called Koshary (meaning Cairo), is the National dish of Egypt and we can certainly see why! Wow!

They also have flatbread pouches filled with the works for a healthy option!

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Alexander’s Bakery make a variety of Macedonian filled pastries. The Burek, with a range of sweet and savoury fillings (our pick being the spinach and ricotta and the smokey pulled pork) was delicious! These were selling out super-fast with the crowds and we highly recommend trying some.

One must finish their dining experience with dessert… and that we did with some beautiful little patisserie foods from Love One More Bite. Their tarts were not only visually appealing, but also extremely tasty. Our favourites were the unicorn and the special skull feature, perfect for Halloween.

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The food was on point and the entertainment provided ambiance whilst dining, with a range of acts including Malaika Green, Mi-kaisha, Phil Maxwell and The Modern Glitch.

The skill displayed by the face painters from Kozi and Pinky Entertainment was very impressive with children queueing up for face art. But, who said it only has to be for children? It was Halloween, so we decided to line up for some painted faces too! The line moved quickly and there was no cost involved for shoppers. Our “Day of the Dead” faces are testament to their amazing skills!

This annual event certainly brought people together – watch out for its return next year. We cannot wait to see what Westfield Hornsby puts together next year, this event is definitely not to be missed!

Waterfront Drinks and Japanese Tapas @Hicksons Izakaya

 

Hicksons Izakaya is situated in the perfect location for a relaxing evening, right on the water in Walsh Bay, surrounded by boats. The area, once an industrial wharf area, but these days a cultural hub with multiple theatres and this restaurant would be perfect to dine at before a show. Though they also have lunch specials, in particular bento boxes if you’re out of the office for your meal. This Izakaya restaurant has classic and modern styling, with a number of tables and bar seating that are harbour facing. The kitchen is open, allowing you to watch Chef Hiro and his staff in action. He was also lovely to talk to and learn from, and he’s been a chef all his life.

In Japanese, Izakaya is typically designed for you to share some plates of food and enjoy some beverages at the same time. This place fits that bill perfectly with a range of tasty food on offer, to be paired with their quality drinks list which includes; a range of Japanese beer including Sapporo on tap, Sake, Japanese Whisky and of course wine, as well as some non alcoholic beverages.

The menu contains a number of flavoursome tapas with some creative flavour combinations, delicately prepared sashimi, sushi, salads, larger bites and bento boxes which contain a bit of everything.

The oysters and the seared scallops were both presented in their shell, combining zesty citrus flavours, ponzu and with a little bit of honey. The honey paired with shellfish was some what of a revelation, however Chef Hiro says it is a delicate balancing act to respect the seafood and not to overpower the dish. These items paired nicely with the Sapporo draft beer and a glass of prosecco.

One of the most popularly ordered Japanese meals is the teriyaki chicken, which is always a solid choice. The Hicksons Izakaya offering tender chicken with a nice teriyaki sauce in a perfect tapas option. The sashimi platter was a great fresh and healthy option with salmon, tuna and king fish. I commented on how fresh it tasted, and this was marinated allowing for it to be soft and tender. This was nicely presented, as is the Japanese way. We also also shared a generous portion of the  seasoned soba noodle salad, and really enjoyed this accompanying the meal. This amount of food was perfect to share between the two.

If you’re popping by on a weekday lunch, or want a bit of everything, we recommend the bento boxes, which looked amazing.

When we saw chocolate sushi on the dessert menu we were intrigued and had to give it a try. When this dish arrived we were wowed by its Instagram appeal and on top of this, its incredible taste. The centre contains a choclate flake and strawberry rolled in sushi rice dusted in cocoa powder and drizzled with chocolate sauce. This is an absolute must order and we’ve never had this before, we’ll certainly be keen to have this again! At this time, a Japanese whisky was the perfect accompaniment, the Hibiki Hamony and it’s delicate flavours providing a nice contrast.

There were moments we felt like a light band was in the corner, we were bopping away to the soft tunes, but this simply was the “acoustic hits”, which was an absolutely perfect compilation for the venue and made for lovely ambience.

This Japanese Izakaya restaurant, on the wharf at Walsh bay, with a great atmosphere and food. The staff are friendly and welcoming, providing excellent service all round. Chef Hiro serving up quality traditional Japanese meals and adds his creativity to the menu by combining unique flavours that work.

www.hicksonsizakaya.com.au
Hicksons Izakaya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Explore Indian cuisine in Harris Park, part 2@Taste Tours

We continue our cultural food tour of Harris Park guided by Waji. Taste food tours is a social enterprise bringing cultures together through food. Taste Tours also helps to support refugees through training and running tours and by helping with tuition. The first part of the tour introduced us to western Indian street food breakfasts and sweets at Chatkazz, we were shown key cooking ingredients at an Indian Supermarket and Introduced to souther Indian homestlye cooking at Versha’s. 

To break up the tour and give our belly a rest we headed to a shop called Parramatta India Fashion. This also provided a cultural element, with the shop selling traditional Indian outfits and jewellery. They have some intricate outfits for special occasions and traditional outfits to be worn everyday. 

Moving on, Taj Bhavan vegetarian restaurant is a big bright restaurant, set in a renovated  cottage. This location served up a favourite bombay street food snack called pani puri, which is a crisp hollow pocket that you fill with raita(mint yogurt) and chutney. Bang this little pocket in your mouth then be hit by the flavour explosion. We also shared the raj kachori, pretty much a super sized Pani puri, nicely presented too. 

The tour then moved to a bargain gem called The Spice of Life. This North Indian restaurant impressed us even before stepping foot inside, this was due to the free food on offer to the needy and their incredibly cheap lunch buffet advertisement. Once inside, we do a walk by of the buffet and check out all of the cricket memorabilia adorning the walls. Once seated the much anticipated naan arrives at the table, as does a goat curry a dish that will always appear on our order if it is available. This version is very nice, the meat is tender with good flavour. We were also introduced to another dish that many of us had not come across, the Malai Kofta. Bobbing in a thick and creamy korma style sauce were these flavoursome cottage cheese and cashew nut dumplings. This is a dish we will be looking for in the future.

To fininsh we return to the vicinity of the ChatKazz cafe, a couple of doors up they have a dessert shop selling all kinds of Kulfi(Indian Icecream) some hit and miss. Feeling adventurous a few of us went with the betel nut flavour, which smelt and tasted like insence and channeled the smell of a massage. Others who chose safe seemed to enjoyed their kulfi. A great spot to start and finish, not far from Harris Park train station

Another great experience put together by Taste tours. Be prepared for a good range of food from many regions of India, with a little bit of history and culture thrown in. This will allow you to settle and prepare for the next bite to eat. A great taste of Harris park and good preparation for a return visit. Check out the below link for all of the great tours offered by Taste tours. There are also links to other taste tours we have attended.

www.tastetours.com.au

https://aroundtheclockfoodie.com/2017/09/22/cultural-delights-tour-of-cabramatta-taste-tours/

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Explore Indian cuisine in Harris Park, part 1@Taste Tours

We are touring again with Taste food tours and this time there is plenty of flavour and spice and a taste of Indian cuisine. We did a tour of Harris Park which is a hot bed for Indian restaurants in Sydney. Our tour is guided by Waji, an international student from Singapore with Indian heritage. Waji shares her stories of of her Indian background and the cusine throughout the tour. It is a Cultural tour, so it is not all about food, you are learning through the experience. That said, your stomach and tastebuds will be thanking you, as the majority of it is about the food. India has over a hundred dialects and many regions, with this tour giving you a sample of each region’s cuisine, you will soon figure out there is more to Indian Cusine than butter and naan.

Taste Tour seeks to connect cultures and provide you with an authentic multicultural experience. Throughout the tour you are provided with a little bit of history about Harris Park and the Indian influence, which goes back over a 100 years, with the Brits first bringing Indians to Australia as workers, coming up the Parramatta river by steamboat. It was also pointed out that there was plenty of history in the area with acknowledgement of the traditional owners and informing that Governor Phillip launched experiment farm, freeing convicts to farm the land. The history of the area is evident through the architecture and with many restaurants taking up residence in renovated cottages.

The tour starts at Chatkazz Cafe at 10:30am and there is already a line. Chatkazz serves  Western Indian vegetarian street food from the Gujarati region. What a delicious start to the morning, much better than plain old oats or toast. If this is a typical Indian breakfast, I am up for adoption. We sample the Jalebi, a vibrant orange sweet indian style pretzel served for breafast. The khaman dhokla, a light, airey, savoury sponge that was perfect for soaking up the mint and tamarind sauce. The pick of the bunch was a serving of fried sago fritters called sabudana vada and of course it was served with sides of chutney. It wouldn’t be right to not have a cup of chai. This version was quite potent, with a few cubes of sugar needed to sweeten the brew.

Next, we check out an Indian supermarket where we are introduced to one of the most important cooking ingredients, the curry leaf and Garam Masal with Waji providing some cooking tips. We are given time to wander and purchase some goodies with a plethora of spice, chutney and other goodies on offer.

Chatkazz also has an Indian sweet shop, we obligingly pay a visit. Waji arranges a tasting with each morsel increasing in sweetness. Many of the sweets we try have a fudge like texture and are made with condensed milk and cashews as a base. There are a range of flavours including saffron and rosewater, which you don’t come across too often.

Then, only a short walk to Versha’s, a lovely little restaurant, named after the owner whose passion for food inspired her to open the restaurant. One of our favourite Indian options is the Dosa which is a chickpea flower pancake, paper thin and with a little crunch which usually has a filling. In this instance, there was no filling but we did have a Coconut chutney which had a good amount of spice. We were also introduced to a Southern Indian Breakfast staple Idli, this fluffy cloud like rice cake is the Indian answer to Bao, its sponge like texture perfect for soaking up sauce. This was served with a tasty sambar sauce and a little of the coconut chutney, a nice vegetarian combination.

We love what Taste Tours represents, they are a great way to experience multicultural Sydney, expolore a new area guided by thise in the know and try new types of food. Read about some of the other tours we have joined below, check out the Taste tours link and expand your horizons by booking a tour.

www.tastetours.com.au

https://aroundtheclockfoodie.com/2017/09/22/cultural-delights-tour-of-cabramatta-taste-tours/

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Beachside dining @Beach house Avalon

It was going to be a sunny Sunday, Kurt was wanting to go for a surf and I wanted to check out Palm Beach. We were also extremely keen to check out the newly renovated Beach House Avalon, on Avalon Beach. After doing our sight seeing we headed to the surf club at the Southern end of Avalon Beach, the Beach House easily recognisable by the fresh pink trendy signage out front.

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Whilst there’s a kiosk downstairs, make sure you head to the restaurant upstairs to dine in a perfect setting. As we reach the top of the stairs, we take in the stylish new renovation, with pastel pink and green walls, which suit the beachside location. You can see the chefs busily working their magic in the kitchen and also the bar staff concocting some amazing cocktails. You instantly are awestruck by the spectacular uninterrupted views of the beautiful Avalon beach, certainly a relaxing way to spend your dining experience. We were so close to the shoreline we could have thrown a line in to catch lunch.

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We are shown to our table by the window by the lovely Alisha, so personable, knowledgeable and passionate about the restaurant. This attitude totally makes it a pleasure to visit. We were given the menus, offered a drink as we scope the reasonably priced menu, which contains a list of appealing freshly prepared dishes with Japanese fusion elements. With most items on the menu under $25, you certainly aren’t paying for the views, which is hard to find these days.

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Before we decide on food, we couldn’t pass up the amazing cocktails, a little different than the usual with lovely combinations on offer. The Lotus martini was amazing, with a beautiful passion fruit flavour. They also looked after us having a designated driver on this visit, by preparing a virgin ginger mojito, a nice beach side drink. The cocktails are also reasonably priced, making the beachhouse the perfect venue to enjoy some drinks with a view.

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After much deliberation over all the great food options, we decided on a number of items to share including the grilled watermelon and tiger prawns with a Japanese touch in pickled daikon and ponzu dressing, a really refreshing way to start our lunch. Another great dish was the raw salmon with wasabi crème fraichè, ginger, toast, soy and ginger. The salmon had been beautifully flavoured and was extremely fresh. These items are perfect for this beachside location.

It was pretty hard to go past the green pea and cauliflower croquettes with nori crumb, pickled radish, they had a nice crisp crumb and were served with tasty yuzu aioli. The inside was so creamy with nice crispy bits of cauliflower inside. We are also suckers for anything truffle, so the ricotta and shitake dumplings with truffle oil, watercress and hazelnuts were a no brainer. Large round dumplings and a flavoursome topping.

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This amount of items were very apt to share between us.

 Whilst we were quite full, we had also seen the Beachhouse Avalon version of a choc top on the menu. In addition, it was Kurt’s birthday, so the choc top had to be done. This was a choc top on steroids, the waffle cone was huge, filled with chocolate mousse, cashew prailine, raspberry and vanilla ice cream.

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The Beachhouse Avalon met all our expectations and they’ve done the perfect job of the fit out, staffing and the menu variety is excellent and completely fitting for the location . This venue suits many occasions, from the weekend lunch to the afternoon catch up. Thoroughly recommended to add to your list of places to visit.

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Thanks to Ryan from Trish Nicol Agency for the invitation and the restaurant for their hospitality.

http://www.beachhouseavalon.com.au/

Beach house Avalon

Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach NSW 2107