Bridge St Garage, Sydney CBD

Latin American restaurants seem to be popping up all over the place lately, and after checking out the menu at Argentine-born chef Oscar Gorosito’s Bridge St Garage, I was keen to visit. As I only managed to get there during a workday lunch, I wasn’t able to sample as much of the menu as I would like, but the food I tried was impressive enough for me to plan another visit. After much deliberation, I eventually went for the soft shell crab salad which is probably one of the most appealing salads I’ve ever seen.

Soft Shell Crab Salad - Delicate soft shell crab on a bed of mixed leaves, capsicum, BBQ corn and fresh lime wedges

Soft Shell Crab Salad – Delicate soft shell crab on a bed of mixed leaves, capsicum, BBQ corn and fresh lime wedges

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Kingston & Co., Chatswood

One of the newer restaurants to pop up at Westfield Chatswood is Kingston & Co., which offers quite an extensive range of food choices in a lovely garden bistro-like setting. The outdoor area was already packed by the time we arrived on a Friday night, so we settled for a comfortable booth inside and ordered a few starters to share, beginning with cheesy ham and potato balls. The creamy potato mash mixed with ham and cheese, encased in a crisp crumb is the very definition of comfort food.

Crispy ham & cheese potato melts, aioli

Crispy ham & cheese potato melts, aioli

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La Capannina, Milsons Point

The family behind La Capannina previously ran a fantastic Italian restaurant in North Sydney before they set up at Milsons Point, round the corner from the train station and with gorgeous views overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. My family will follow good food anywhere, so once we found out where they had moved to, we were quick to visit and have since returned a number of times. On this particular Saturday evening, I began with the entree special of tuna carpaccio.

Yellow fin tuna carpaccio with pink salt and coriander

Yellow fin tuna carpaccio with pink salt and coriander

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Via Alta, Willoughby

As mentioned previously on this blog, High St Bistro in Willoughby was taken over by Alessandro Pavoni’s team and has recently been re-branded as Via Alta with the menu being largely ‘Italianised’. It seems that the people of the North Shore have been quick to welcome this updated edition, as it is almost impossible to get a booking on a Saturday evening without calling days ahead and when we did eventually manage a late table on a Sunday night, the place was packed. Having checked out the menu prior to turning up, I had already picked out the crostini with lardo and truffle honey to start.

Crostini - lardo - truffle honey

Crostini – lardo – truffle honey

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Recipe Roadtest: Donna Hay’s Carrot Cake

One of my family’s birthday traditions is for my sister and I to bake any cake requested by the birthday boy/girl. For my mum’s birthday over the weekend, she asked for carrot cake and just about every person I told instantly questioned whether I would be adding walnuts. Another friend insisted that the Donna Hay carrot cake recipe came out perfectly every time. Not a huge carrot cake fan myself, I bowed to the advice of these enthusiasts and attempted the Donna Hay recipe and made sure we had plenty of walnuts at home.

Carrot cake

Carrot cake

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Mordeo Bistro and Bar, Sydney CBD

The Deutsche Bank building is one of the most striking office blocks in the city, with the glass elevators shooting up the interior of the heavy glassed walls, reminiscent of those found in the chocolate factory of Roald Dahl’s imagination. The food court located within is a cool haven from the bustling streets, a huge, airy space dominated by long, rectangular water features. I had first eaten at Mordeo Bistro and Bar during a work lunch and was so pleased with my meal, I dragged my boyfriend along at the next possible opportunity. I was fascinated by the jamon and pineapple cocktail (I’m a sucker for unusual combinations) and that impression was not lessened on the drink’s arrival.

Jamon & Chargrilled Pineapple Sazerac - Jamon Prosciutto & Pedro Ximenez Butter infused Hennessey V.S.O.P. Cognac, chargrilled pineapple syrup & a dash of bitters served with a Jamon & Sage Sugar Crisp

Jamon & Chargrilled Pineapple Sazerac – Jamon Prosciutto & Pedro Ximenez Butter infused Hennessey V.S.O.P. Cognac, chargrilled pineapple syrup & a dash of bitters served with a Jamon & Sage Sugar Crisp

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Recipe Roadtest: Nigella Lawson’s American Breakfast Pancakes

I have a confession to make: I don’t really like pancakes. They’ve always seemed to me to be rather plain and not particularly appetising unless you trick them up with extra embellishments. This weekend, we experimented with Nigella Lawson’s recipe for American breakfast pancakes, which she describes as thick, spongy and perfect with maple syrup and streaky bacon. While I didn’t go so far as to have bacon with mine, I did throw in chocolate chips, banana slices, blueberries and maple syrup.

Nigella's American Pancakes with chocolate chips, banana, blueberries and maple syrup

Nigella’s American Pancakes with chocolate chips, banana, blueberries and maple syrup

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