Much food, So Sydney.

by - 11:11:00 PM

A whole week in Sydney means : Much weight gained, much money lost. 
Having a cousin who has a car, and is the pickiest foodie I know, translates to a whole week of eating at the best places. Extending my 3 day Sydney food trip to a week has proved to be great fun, despite unproductive. 

Here are some of the places we visited :

#1 Messinas 
Voted best ice-cream in Australia, it definitely did not disappoint. 
In fact, it was so good that we had it almost every day. 

A long line is formed outside almost every Messina outlet we have been. More specifically, Bondi, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.

My favourite was definitely their special - "So wrong its right" 
which was a cream cheese and caramel gelato smashed with white chocolate potato chips smothered in caramel sauce. Precisely so wrong its right.

$4.5 / scoop at Darlinghurst, $4 / scoop everywhere else. 

Sean liked it so much he had 3 scoops every time we visited. 

Though I should warn you about being adventurous on trying out their special flavours. My cousin Nathan had the "Budaboopi" which was a rockmelon sorbet with crispy prosciutto with prosciutto flavoured jellies. 

Although I do understand that rockmelon and prosciutto is a unique play of two very different ingredients, red lights should be flashing if there is cured meat flavoured jellies in your dessert, all the more if you don't even like cured meat in the first place !

#2 Porteno
358 Cleveland St, Surry Hills. 

Our first meal in Sydney was an Argentinian restaurant tucked in a cosy corner in Surry Hills. 

We had to wait a whole hour before we could snag a table at 9.30pm on a Saturday night. Talk about being packed to the brim. 

Lengua En Escabeche $10
Pickled Veal Tongue

Repollitos De Brusela Frito $16
Crispy Friend Brussel Sprouts with Lentils and Mint. 

Flores De Zapallitos $26
Housemade Fetta & Provolone filled Zucchini Flowers with Grilled Asparagus, Romesco Sauce & Rocket.

Entrana $42
Kobe cuisine Wagyu Beef outside Skirt grilled over charcoal 

Other dishes we had - 
Morcilla $12 
Blood sausage with Red Peppers in Garlic
Chanchito A La Cruz $46
8 hour wood fired pig 

Almost every dish left us wanting for more. It is amazing how they make things I never liked (e.g. Brussel sprouts) taste so delicious. I reckon the 8hour wood fired pig, veal tongue and wagyu are the must-have dishes. 

#3 Hurricane's Grill

Possibly the most famous place to have a whole rack of ribs in Australia. Almost everyone who has been to Sydney would tell you you need to try it. I've visited Hurricanes numerous times and I've always loved it. Apart from their scrumptious ribs, they also hire waiters with toned arms. Doesn't help either that they have heavy plates and flexed biceps come with every dish wink*. However, much to our disappointment, the ribs didn't taste up to their standards that day. 

Full rack pork rib $44.90

Half rack lamb ribs $31.90 

#4 Sydney Fish Market
 Another place where tourists and seagulls flock. 

If you are a fellow seafood lover, you are gonna love this place. The scallop sashimi is to die for. Their wide array of raw and cooked seafood will leave you wanting to get everything. 

Note, seagulls are not your friends. They are vicious enemies who come to steal, kill and destroy. They don't wait to be fed so be very careful, young one. 

#5 Home Thai
299 Sussex Street, Sydney

Casual thai food run. 

Panang Curry with Salmon $16.90
Panang curry paste with coconut milk, served with salmon.

Pad Thai $12.50 

Stir Fried Crispy Pork Belly with Pik Khing Sauce $15.50

We also had 
Banana Flower Salad with Prawns $15.90 
Recommended : Banana flower salad for something refreshing followed by some salmon curry and stir fried pork belly.

#6 Baroque Bistro Sydney
88 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

Brunch after visiting our cousin working at The Rocks market. 

Croque Madame $22

Baked Eggs $15 - $20

Salade Nicoise small $24.5
Seared yellow fin tuna, baby cos, tomato, black olives, green beans

Chicken liver parfait $15.5
Pear chutney, char-grilled baguette

I reckon the dishes were rather average at Baroque Bistro but the chicken liver parfait was delectable. Coming in a little jar, the portion of the parfait was really generous although too little of the baguette. 

I have gone past the days of obsessing over beautiful La Duree interiors . Couldn't agree more with the reviews that Baroque's macarons are one of the best in Sydney.

#7 Black Star Pastry
277, Australia Street, Newtown.

Located in New Town just outside Sydney, this pastry store was our top destination to satisfy our sweet tooth.

The highlight of our dining experience was definitely Black Star Pastry's signature :  
Strawberry Watermelon Cake with Rose Scented Cream.
I've always been a fan of rose flavoured desserts, so what can go wrong with a large chunk of watermelon wedged between rose scented cream ? 

Also ordered : 
Zen cake and Amedei Chocolate and Hazelnut Torte.

#8 Brewtown
6-8 O'Connell Street, Newtown. 

Stumbled upon this cafe as we were strolling through Newtown. They serve cornuts there so we figured, why not ? 

The Cronuts didn't appeal to me. Possibly because I was bloated from all the desserts I had earlier. More reviews on Urbanspoon suggests that their brunch menu is fairly popular.

#9 Tosung Firewood BBQ
17-35 Parramatta Rd, Homebush.

Highlight of it all ? Korean BBQ with smoked duck. I have yet been to a Korean BBQ restaurant that serves BBQ duck so I was pretty stoked. Worth the 30 minute drive ! 

#10 Menya Mappen
Shop 11, 537 - 551, George Street, Sydney.

Casual lunch before a whole day of shopping and was really pleased to have found a gem in the city. This place is incredibly cheap, explaining why it is filled to the brim by office workers around the area.  

With the add ons of takoyaki, fried sweet potato and an egg, my whole meal summed up to only $9.60 ! In fact, if I take out all my add-ons, ramen only was $5.60. Please, if they had Menya Mappen in Uni, I assure you that the line will be out the door. Impressed that with such a low price, they didn't compromise on the authentic Japanese taste. 

#11 Arisun 
Chinatown, 1 Dixon Street, Sydney

Cheese chicken at 10pm anyone ? 
Only one picture because we dived straight into eating. 
At $30 a bowl, it seems a little pricey but the portion was really generous. Pleased that their spicy chicken underneath all the cheese was really spicy. My other cousins who don't handle hot food well though, weren't so. 

#12 Devon Cafe
76 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills.

One of my cousin's favourite cafe spots. 

Bacon pancakes. 
It is true guys, bacon goes well with everything. Even bananas and ice cream. 

What we came for : Wagyu steak sandwich
Highly recommended by my cousin who frequents the cafe, it truly was delicious although the meat was a little chewy on that day. 

Good coffee, amazing food, beautiful interior and friendly staff sums up our whole experience at Devon Cafe. 

#13 Ms G's
155 Victoria Street, Potts Point.

A unique Asian fusion restaurant that brings out the best of the Asian cuisine. Unlike what the name suggests (M.S.G), the food served didn't leave me with a dry mouth.

Good Morning Vietnam
Cocktail in a bubble tea cup really does intrigue me.

Mini banh mi $6 each
Crisp pork belly or chicken katsu

Kingfish tostada, green papaya, guacamole, red nahm jim $18

Not pictured : 
Nasi Goreng Hitam $19
Squid ink fried rice, chorizo, sunny side egg
DIY Sang Choy Bao $29
Sichuan Chilli Lamb, smoked egg plant nahm prik 
Bo Ssam $35
Crispy pork hock, apple kimchi, 5 flavour sauce, lettuce, herbs

Ms G's had a really modern vibe from the fusion of their dishes down to the interior of the whole restaurant. That being said,  the neon pink entrance and four floors of dining area with graffitis splashed across the walls didn't go unnoticed. 

That sums up all the amazing food I devoured in Sydney. Hopefully this list is helpful in your plans for a future Sydney food trip ! As for me, its time to hit the gym and officially start on some grass eating. 

Till next time. 

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