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Sydney | Posse - Part 2

Turramurra’s Hidey Hole

December 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Replay Espresso

It wasn’t long ago that the only coffee to be found on the North Shore of Sydney came from Nespresso tins in the pantry or, at best, the local bakery. But fresh, funky little cafés like Replay Espresso in Turramurra are changing all that.

 

Tucked away just off the Pacific Highway, next to Turramurra train station, Replay is the answer to the coffee lovers suburban wonderings of where to find a decent brew. The delicately made Gabriel Coffee is a welcome relief from the mediocre, milky blends that you regularly find once you’re more than 10km’s outside of the inner suburbs.

Replay Coffee

Offering a great range of food from paninis and pastries to healthy salads, there’s something for everyone’s culinary alter ego. Luke Avenue Cookies and Kiki Luscious Cakes have your sweet tooth covered while Oregano Bakery and Brasserie Bread add the element of class to this poky café that most lack.

 

The smiling young waitress recommended the BLT, and didn’t miss the mark. The just crunchy bacon, fresh rocket and tomato were the simple satisfaction tailor made for a Friday afternoon. And there’s something about eating off a wooden chopping board that makes you think: ‘I just became that little bit more in touch with my inner Surry Hills.’

Replay Bircher

With the day’s assorted newspapers sitting just under the funky communal H2O tap, there aren’t many boxes left unchecked on the modern rustic café’s list of must haves.

It’s no wonder there’s rarely a seat left unfilled. Fear not though, Beat the Q’s availability and Replay’s highway vicinity mean that you’ll be in and out with your caffeine fix in a jiffy if your schedule demands it.

The sexiest all-day breakfast you’ll ever eat

November 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

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It’s no secret that Newtown eateries can whip together a mean brekkie. Ryan Auberson-Walsh fesses up as to why Hoochie Mamma Cafe is the perfect amount of naughty. 

Strategically positioned opposite the Sydney University Village, Hoochie’s ample space (with over 100 seats) serves the bustling student population very well come lunchtime.

Featuring the likes of an ocean trout salad garnished with heirloom tomato and horseradish, you’ll struggle to choose something from the impressive menu. It, along with incredibly an rich classic Caesar, are definitely at the top of Sydney’s salad options. But as tasty and creamy as some of the salads, pastas (one can never say no to the prawn linguini) and sandwiches are, Hoochie is all about the ultimate breakfast.

Dished out between 7am and 3 in the afternoon, anyone from uni students to all night partiers (though we could suggest they’re one and the same) can roll out of bed and still chow down effortlessly crisp bacon or toasted muesli.

Standouts on the menu include the lumberjack omelette (chorizo, mushrooms and fetta), sweet corn fritters (bacon, baby spinach, avocado and tomato relish) and the Big Hoochie (2 eggs, bacon, mushrooms, roast tomato, hash browns and pork sausage).

Chocolate berry muffins. Source

Chocolate berry muffins. Source

Yet vegetarians should not despair – around half the choices are suitably overloaded with fruits and frijoles instead of being crammed with meat. Give the ricotta hotcakes (topped with sour cherries, vanilla bean mascarpone and toasted almonds) or brekkie bruschetta (ricotta, field mushrooms, roast tomato, avocado and parsley) a whirl – both are plated to perfection, and just as magnificent in your stomach as on your plate.

Fully-licensed, anyone up for continuing a potential bender-breakfast can sip on a wine, beer or cider. Though we strongly encourage you to choose a hot coffee – they’re ideal to have with one of the daily baked muffins that in the past have ranged from fig, walnut and mascarpone to boysenberry and white chocolate.

Be a little wicked and treat yourself.

Eat like an Italian at Bertoni

November 20, 2014 at 5:09 pm
Carbonara. Image by Paula F Machado

Carbonara. Image by Paula F Machado

Typically Italian from the food to the facade, Bertoni’s Farrer Place restaurant is one of the greatest city spots for easy pasta. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

We’ve mentioned before that we love Bertoni’s restaurateur talent – their original Balmain venture a dear friend whenever we want to opt for some hearty Italian. But we’re yet to introduce you to their most recent establishment that’s opened up on the northern end of the Sydney CBD.

Sitting underneath a busy office tower on the corner of Bent and Phillip Streets, the pasta palace has been given a rustic Bertoni branding. With glossy white tiles covering the walls contrasted against elegant black wooden bench tops, the décor is subtle and not overpowering, leaving the quality and colours of the food to stand out.

Upon entry you’re greeted by friendly staff smiles and the cheeky odour of pastries splayed out in the counter display. The welcoming smell of brewing coffee (we all know Italians can whip together the greatest coffee) punctuates the nostrils and the aromas of the open kitchen waft throughout the restaurant.

Marinara. Photo by Paula F Machado

Marinara. Photo by Paula F Machado

Separated by a sleek shelving unit dotted with vino bottles and glasses, patrons can see, hear and smell their orders being freshly prepared – the one sense it leaves you without is taste, but the intimate atmosphere of the lunch crowds puts you at ease while you wait with anticipation for your dish (Take note, they’ll be staying open later for dinner very soon).

And what dishes they are! Prosciutto paninis and the famous favourite, the wonderfully cheesy lasagne burger, are all on the menu. It’s also worth trying the Pasta Bertoni for a delightful blend of baked pasta with smoked ham, salami, peas, mozzarella and Napoli sauce.

You’ve got to give it to them – as much as your Italian pals insist their mother makes the best pasta, Bertoni certainly sets a new benchmark.

 

Sweets just a Flour and Stone’s throw from Sydney

November 20, 2014 at 10:39 am
Old Fashioned Vanilla Cake. Image by Sihan Lee

Old Fashioned Vanilla Cake. Image by Sihan Lee

Sadly not everyone loves a good slice of cake or chocolate tart, but Ryan Auberson-Walsh thinks that even carbophobes can’t resist a cheeky nibble at Flour and Stone.

Strawberry honey & rosemary brulee.

That is just one of the many amazing sweet options on today’s daily menu at Flour and Stone, a quaint Woolloomooloo cafe providing the best of Sydney’s baking.

Sitting countertop beside the brulee are berry pavlovas, hazelnut torte, salted caramel and chocolate tarts, old fashioned vanilla cake, and chocolate, raspberry and buttermilk cakes. We could go on…

At the helm is master baker Nadine Ingram who has garnered skills from experience at Le Gavroche, Bourke St Bakery and London’s the Ivy, every morsel of food from the sandwiches to her famous lemon drizzle cake is exquisite. From preparation to plate, her work is utterly perfect – and delicious doesn’t even begin to describe it all.

Pulling all sorts of sugary things out of the oven isn’t the end of the story. Today’s menu also consists of asparagus, mint and pea galettes, chicken, leek and tarragon pies and zucchini, chilli and gruyere buns – among many other wholesome goods.

Image by Sihan Lee

Image by Sihan Lee

But her signature sweets are what keep locals flocking back, with her trademark pannacotta lamingtons, rustic cookies and hand-iced gingerbread (there’s enough cute cutouts of monkeys, foxes, pencils and cat to break the internet) often selling out before the city crowds can ready themselves for a lunchtime feast.

Nibbled upon with the accompaniment of finely brewed Alchemy coffee and Rabbit Hole tea, Ingram’s delectables are highly praised citywide, and if you’re not 100 per cent sold on throwing your sugar-free diet out the window just yet, we think it best you swing by the inner-city café and just try not to purchase anything. Best of luck – You’ll have ordered a takeaway tart as soon as the incredible smells wafting from the countertop hit you in the face.

 

Binge eat through Balmain

November 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm
The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

The Cottage Bar & Kitchen. Source

Sitting proudly along Balmain’s blossoming tree-lined streets are a generous number of dining spots pouring some of Sydney’s best coffee, and plating up tender treats for their patrons.

Many among them are already local institutions, but we think it’s time the word got out for people far and wide to swing on by, enjoy a cuppa and chow down for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any naughty snacking in between. We’ve done the intense work (if you call eating your way through two suburbs a life-ruiner), and come up with our favourite dining order – but that doesn’t mean you can’t commit to a future return for any other mealtime munching. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Copo load of this joint

November 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm
House smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraiche, herbs and toast

House smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraîche, herbs and toast. Image by Eileen Kha

We have finally tracked down a Sydney brunch spot worth taking your mother-in-law to. A round of applause to Copo Cafe & Diner in Drummoyne. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Tuck in at Sydney’s Takara

October 31, 2014 at 10:44 am
Chicken or fish? Takara's lunch bento.

Chicken or fish? Takara’s lunch bento.

We Sydneysiders are truly blessed when it comes to experiencing the best of Asia – it’s on our doorstep after all. But choosing lunch isn’t that easy. Enter Takara. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh


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