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Reuben Hills – Sydney

Reuben Hills Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I love Sunday brekkie/brunch, and keen to find a good place in Sydney for a Sunday brunch I came across reviews for Reuben Hills. About a 15 minute walk from our hotel to Surry Hills, we found this quirky little place with quite a queue outside. We only had to wait 15-20 minutes for our table.

The waiter was really helpful. I wanted a non dairy based milkshake and he veered me towards the lychee, lime and coconut flavour because it was based on coconut sorbet. I loved the shake. The coffee was also very good quality.

For my brunch I chose soft baked eggs with jamon, spinach, ranchero and rye bread. This was a lovely if little spicy brunch, and it was nice to have the bread to mop up the little bowl of ranchero and egg.

Soft baked eggs

My companion chose achiote pork n beans with soft fried egg, tortilla chips and chimmi churri. This was mildly spicy, full flavoured, and the textures worked well.

Pork n beans

Yes – Reuben Hills was a great choice for brunch. I wish I lived in Sydney so that I could work my way through their menu.

A quirky cafe with fun wait staff, not your average menu, and great coffee. Yes it works.

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Glebe – Sydney

The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This restaurant is in a lovely location on Blackwattle Bay in Sydney with a view of the Anzac Bridge. We arrived by taxi, but if you want to make a more dramatic entrance, you can arrive by water taxi. Greeted by friendly faces from the moment we walked in, the service was impeccable and the wait staff very knowledgeable about the dishes.

The menu changes daily, and fish/seafood is their speciality.

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I had trouble choosing from the menu as the options all sounded so delicious, but in the end I went for a selection of oysters:

oysters

The selection included (clockwise from the lemon) Hastings River, Merimbula Lake, Port Stephen’s Rock, Wallis Lake, Wapengo River and Blackman Bay. My favourite was the Merimbula Lake, but they were all delicious and perfectly presented.

My companion chose seared Hiramasa kingfish with saffron, red peppers, almonds and chorizo. Again, a delicious, well executed dish. Every flavour in the dish was there for a reason and the freshness of the kingfish was apparent.

Kingfish

The restaurant’s speciality is snapper pie, and I saw lots of them being served to other tables. The pie looked very tempting, but is a large portion probably better shared. I ended up choosing the Bass Groper and my companion chose the Blue eye Trevalla served with peas, pancetta, spanner crab and lettuce.

Blue eye Trevalla

Bass groper

We also had a side of brussels sprouts with a slow cooked egg and bacon cream.

Brussels

The main dishes were excellent. My groper was fresh, good quality and tasty, with the beautiful herbs and vegetables complementing the dish perfectly. My companion’s Blue eye Trevalla was equally delicious, and the sprouts were also sumptuous, a very interesting way to serve them.

The restaurant also serves an array of unique cocktails such as this Bourbon and cinnamon based drink.

Bourbon cocktail

I loved the Mescal with spiced pear vodka:

Mescal

Dessert for both of us consisted of Pistachio Cannoli with rhubarb ripple ice cream and salted caramel. A beautifully well presented dessert, just the right amount, and a perfect finish to a fabulous meal.

Pitachio cannoli

Coffee was presented with some little chocolate tart petit fours which were very yummy.

Chocolate caramel tarts

So will I go back to the Boathouse ? Yes absolutely, it is a first class restaurant. I struggled to think of a time when I had been served a better fish dish, and the only comparable meal that I could think of was at Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant in Padstow. I can’t wait to return – everything was top class- the service, the environment, the ambience and most of all the quality of ingredients, I had a fabulous evening at the Boathouse.

Basq – Currambine

 

Basq Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Basq is a popular restaurant with the locals. It is very close to the cinema at Currambine, so ideal for pre or post cinema dining. I came here on the recommendation of a friend, and I like the large airy floorspace, and clean design of this restaurant.

The menu has appetisers, tapas and larger plates. We decided to go for the tapas.

We chose a ‘plank’ containing cured meats, terrine, pickles and bread.  It was okay. To be honest $24 for this amount of food was a bit of a rip off, especially when the only real skill here is in the creation of the terrine, and terrines are not expensive or difficult to make (see my recipe).

Cured meat plank

Cured meat plank

We also chose Nachos with guacamole, basq chicken and spiced beans. The Nachos were lovely, and the chicken and bean sauce very tasty. Probably my favourite dish of the evening, but again, a bit overpriced at $16.

Nachos and basq chicken

Nachos and basq chicken

Next came Spanish spiced garlic prawns. Five large prawns with a tomato and garlic sauce and some crusty bread. Yes this was nice but it didn’t blow me away. It tasted like something that I have made myself at home on many occasions.

Spanish spiced garlic prawns

Spanish spiced garlic prawns

We also chose a house cured salmon dressed with a salad containing radish, citrus fruits and fennel.

House cured salmon

House cured salmon

The desserts were lovely, we chose sticky date pudding and bitter chocolate cake. The bitter chocolate cake came with salted caramel sauce, and the sticky date pudding came with a toffee sauce – both were quite large servings.

Sticky Date Pudding

Sticky Date Pudding

Bitter chocolate cake

Bitter chocolate cake

Basq serves nice food, the desserts are the pick of the menu. It was quite expensive though, for food that I thought was just ‘nice’. When I have had tapas at other restaurants, there has usually been a few standout dishes that have blown me away, but none of the above dishes did that for me. Maybe I could have chosen better dishes, but if I am eating out I want to taste flavours that surprise me and quality of ingredients that impresses me, I don’t want to pay a fortune for something that I could have made myself. Of the mains, the salmon was probably the best dish, but the others were just average, and I am not sure that I will be rushing back to Basq.

Mamak – Goulburn Street Sydney

If you are ever in Sydney I highly recommend a visit to Mamak. I noticed it because every night there was a huge queue of people outside, and let’s be honest if a restaurant attracts a queue then it has to be a good one. As you queue up you can watch the chefs making fresh roti, which keeps you entertained while you wait.

Mamak Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

It’s a fairly big restaurant, cafe style, we queued for about 20 minutes before we secured a table. The food didn’t disappoint – it reminded me so much of the food that I have eaten in Malaysia.

We chose four classic dishes. The chicken satay was tender and delicious and as authentic as you will get anywhere.

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

The roti bawang – roti filled with onion, was fresh off the griddle and tasted delicious. It was served with two curry dips and a sambal. We also used it to mop up our main curry dish.

Roti Bawang

Roti Bawang

The nasi goreng – again a classic very well executed – Malaysain special fried rice, good enough to be eaten as a dish on it’s own.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

We also had Kari Ayam – the classic Malay chicken curry with potatoes. Another well-executed, authentic, flavoursome dish.

Kari Ayam

Kari Ayam

I really really like this place and I would happily queue up again for  table. The food is relatively cheap and very tasty – well worth it. I would have liked to try a dessert roti – yes they make rotis with banana or coconut/pandan, but I was too full from the main course. Maybe next time.

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