Delicado Foods and Wines, McMahons Point

Forgive me if this review is slightly lacking in detail; I was somewhat distracted as my wonderful boyfriend proposed to me only an hour before I sat down to this meal! We came across Delicado by accident, really. After the proposal (I said yes!), my now fiance suggested we go out somewhere to celebrate and I couldn’t think of anywhere to go, so we decided to drive to Milsons Point and pick a place there. In my flustered state, I missed the turnoff and we ended up in McMahons Point instead, which worked out quite well as I spotted Delicado Food and Wines driving down Blues Point Road. We begin with some deliciously moreish strips of lightly spiced pork crackling, which are the perfect bar snack.

Penny’s Pork crackling, mix of spicy and mild

Penny’s Pork crackling, mix of spicy and mild

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Tokkuri Sake Wine Bar, Cammeray

An izakaya is a Japanese drinking establishment that also serves food. While Tokkuri in Cammeray boasts an impressive drinks list, with over 40 sakes on their menu, their selection of food is just as notable. This local izakaya has been around for a few years now, and I love the sleek, dark interior which is dominated by the bar and open kitchen, with colourfulΒ patterned futon mattresses stacked on long benches for seating. One of my favourite dishes is the kingfish jalapeno, which really packs a chilli punch that isΒ matched perfectly with the coolness of the kingfish and cirtus yuzu.

Kingfish Jalapeno - fresh kingfish with jalapeno, coriander and yuzu-soy

Kingfish Jalapeno – fresh kingfish with jalapeno, coriander and yuzu-soy

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Bavarian Bier Cafe, Chatswood

Pork crackling is a food that I adore, but I do hesitate before ordering it because too often, to get the amazing crunchy crackling, you have to put up with overly fatty or chewy pork belly. I had no such misgivings when ordering the roasted pork roll at the Chatswood branch of the Bavarian Bier Cafe, having already tried it during a work lunch at the city Bavarian. My eyes lit up when the thin slices of roast pork, bordered with golden-brown crackling, encased in a soft brioche bun and topped with lime aioli and fried onions arrived at our table.

Roasted Pork Roll - crackling, spiced apple slaw, baby cress, lime aioli

Roasted Pork Roll – crackling, spiced apple slaw, baby cress, lime aioli

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