Baroque Bistro

May 5, 2010 § 3 Comments

Over the weekend, after a mediocre visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay, the companion and I unexpectedly stumbled onto an excellent French restaurant at The Rocks for lunch. It’s a place called Baroque, right at the entrance to the markets. It’s got everything you would ask for in a swish restaurant. The view, the ambience, the food, the wine, and most surprising of all, the excellent price. We didn’t have high hopes, as the last French restaurant we went to, La Guillotine, was disappointing to say the least. However, imagine our pleasant surprise when the most amazing and indulgent lunch was served, topped with refreshing French wine and the most wonderful entree I had ever eaten.

For starters, we had boudin of snapper and Crystal Bay prawns, terrine of skate, cured scallop, green olives, arugula. Don’t ask me what the last one was, but it’s seafood and it was perfect. For mains, I had a ocean trout with prawn bisque, and the companion had a special rainbow trout. Whole. It may not sound like much, but at the end of all that food, we were too full to have any of the delicious looking desserts and pastries on the menu. We spent another hour digesting our meal over the rest of the wine. It was fantastic. Even the companion, who is French and historically demanding and fussy about French food in Sydney, was so pleased he gave them the biggest tip I had ever seen him give. In fact, it might be the only tip I had ever seen him give.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I’m so going back there again soon.

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Fratelli Fresh

November 9, 2009 § Leave a comment

When I was travelling last year one of the things I really missed about Australia was the enormous variety of food it had from various cultures around the world. Ever since I’ve been back I’ve been gorging myself at familiar places but also trying out new spots. As you all know I love to eat so I have decided that every once in a good while I am going to review some of the great food that Sydney offers. My last food review was Prague in Kings Cross.

Over the weekend a friend brought me along to have breakfast at this fantastic establishment in Danks Street, Waterloo – Cafe Sopra at Fratelli Fresh. The last time I went out for breakfast was yumcha at Marigold, so this was quite a refreshing change. It is basically a warehouse which sells produce downstairs and houses a cosy little cafe upstairs. As we walked up the steel stairs, I gaped at the amazing assortment of Italian vinegars, jams, wines and cakes around me.

It is not a large cafe, and probably only has 10 – 15 tables max. The menu is very inventive, and everything on it seemed mouth-watering. My dear friend, who had been keeping this place a secret from me, highly recommended the Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad With Pancetta And Poached Egg. Oh my, it was one of the best things I had ever tasted. You would think something like this was made out of secret ingredients in secret ways, but if you check out their website you will find a lot of their recipes available for anyone interested to recreate the awesome eating goodness. Plus, they also give free cooking classes, though it looks like you have to book heavily in advance. I might find myself there. Now that’s service, huh?

Prague!

October 23, 2009 § 1 Comment

Recently I had been feeling nostalgic for lands long forgotten. I mean I miss travelling, and had been reminiscing about all the cities I visited last year. Lately, my body has been craving for Czech food. Ever since I left Prague back in February this year, I realized one of the best things about it was the delicious food. It was good, plentiful, and cheap. For those who don’t know, Czech food consists mainly of pork, duck, bread dumplings and sauerkraut. Note to vegetarians: don’t go to a Czech restaurant if you are adverse to meat.

A few weeks ago I read an article that suggested that one should try Prague in Kings Cross, should one ever feel the nostalgia for Czech-related morsels too much to bear. So last night, finally, I checked it out. Or should I say, CZECH-ED it out. Yes, ha ha, I am rather funny.

The minute I sat down at the table and glanced through the menu, I knew I wanted to try every single dish on it. Golden roasted young duck or succulent pork neck? Tasty pork knuckles or grilled meat skewers? Sauerkraut or sauerkraut? So many decisions, and after some quick minutes of pondering, the companion and I agreed that the Traditional Bohemian Party Dish, which had a bit of everything, would satisfy all cravings. At least for the night. Another note: bring at least one eating companion who likes meat equally as much, and, you will then truly and surely enjoy yourself.

Since I’m not much of a food reviewer, I shall say one thing. YUM. Everything was YUM. Wine was YUM, and even strange beer mixed with Coke was YUM. I would also point out that service was excellent, with ‘authentic’ Eastern European waitresses to serve your dining needs. It was a great night, and it was one of the best Thursday nights I’ve had in ages. And that’s saying a lot. So, folks, CZECH IT OUT. Ok, I’ll stop saying that.

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