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Chu Bakery, Highgate

Chu Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

After the disappointment of Mrs S, we headed off to Chu bakery for a nice cake to take home for afternoon tea.

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It’s a small-ish takeaway bakery on William Street just opposite Hyde Park, and being a Sunday afternoon, I didin’t imagine that they would have a fully stocked cabinet, but it was lovely to see some exquisite options in there.

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Their signature choux puffs were available in raspberry and lychee flavour and matcha green tea and yuzu. Beautiful eclairs in burnt honey and praline flavours, and wonderful slices of vanilla and orange, and chocolate mousse.

The doughnuts also looked incredibly good. Salted caramel, boston cream with chocolate, cinnamon, and lemon. Then also a wonderful array of savouries and toasties.

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We were there for the cakes though, and after much deliberation I chose a burnt honey cream eclair. The choux pastry was perfect with a generous filling of honey cream and a beautiful glossy chocolate ganache icing. Total yum.

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My partner chose the vanilla and orange slice. A layer of moist orange and almond cake with a beautiful marmalde-y flavour, topped with a light and creamy vanilla mousse. Again the verdict was yum.

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If you are ever in Highgate, pop into Chu. It’s a little expensive but very very worth it.

Mrs S, Highgate

Mrs S Highgate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’ve heard so much about Mrs S, and now that a new branch has opened up in Beaufort Street, I thought it might be worth a try for Sunday brunch.

As you walk in, it’s a typically quirky cafe with wooden chairs and tables, rough brick walls, and menus pegged to children’s reading books.

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I liked the idea of a house made iced tea, but unfortunately the Earl Grey version was unavailable. I tried the Persian Love instead. this was very heavy on the hibiscus and a little fruity. Sugar syrup was supplied and I added about half of the syrup.

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The menu had some options that caught my eye like the cornbread with eggs and bacon, and the meatballs, but I went for the pulled pork bagel with caramelized white onion, avocado, poached egg, green leaves and hollandaise.

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This is how it arrived with the poached egg and hollandaise on top, which made it impractical to eat in the usual way with hands, so I tucked in with my knife and fork. The first few mouthfuls were okay, but the overpowering star anise flavour on the pork was too much. The poached egg was very nicely done, but the avocado was almost non existent – just a mere smear on the top bun, and the onion was likewise with just a few pieces on the bottom bun. The pork however, was very generous. I would have much preferred less pork, a nice scoop of caramelised onions, and a few fresh slices of avocado, with the egg on the side. Unfortunately the filling made the bagel quite soggy, which is a shame because it looked like it was originally a quality bagel, and a smear of mayo or butter would have kept this from happening. Being so pork-heavy and strongly spiced with anise, I became bored with it and couldn’t finish the plate – so this is how I left it :

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All in all, a bit of a waste of $22.50. Maybe there are other dishes that Mrs S does well, but the pulled pork bagel is not one of them, and I probably won’t waste my money there again.

Source Foods, Highgate

Source Foods Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Source Foods is a cafe and deli that know what they are doing. Everything about the ambience, the menu, the coffee, displays a real love and knowledge of food. One of the most popular breakfast/brunch spots along Beaufort Street, it is located at the City end of Beaufort on the junction of Brisbane Street.

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Stylishly decorated, the cafe has a long list of juices and smoothies, the odd special, some beautiful looking cakes and bagels in the cold cabinet, and informative tasting notes on the house blend coffee and available single origins.

The menu sources the best local produce and includes items such as breakfast burger, coconut and passion fruit pannacotta with stone fruits, feta and spring onion scrampled eggs, nasi goreng, vegan feast (chick pea & black bean falafel, smoked field mushrooms, charred asparagus, butternut hummus, smooth avocado, rocket, vegan feta & smashed hazelnuts), pan fried brussel sprouts with broad beans, cress, pesto, artichoke and confit tomato, and they seem to cater for all dietary needs while still keeping the food interesting and appetising.

My companion said that his coffee was in the top three that he has tasted in the world. High praise indeed considering that the number one coffee is in Chicago (Ipsento, in case you are interested on N Western Avenue).20171105_091623

I ordered a monkey business style protein smoothie with banana, almond milk, peanut butter and protein powder. They even double checked the type of protein powder that I wanted in case of allergies ! It tasted beautifully smooth, not powdery at all, and not sickly like some peanut butter smoothies can be. Yummy indeed.

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For breakfast my companion chose the pulled pork quesadilla with chipotle beans, cheddar, rocket, chilli mayo and onion jam. It was a lunch special, but they very accommodatingly allowed it as a breakfast item. The last mouthful was as good as the first and everything about it was beautifully prepared and delicious.

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I chose the miso hot-smoked salmon, with roasted kipfler potato, chorizo, torched eggplant hummus, asparagus, herbs & soft fried egg. Again a wonderfully constructed dish where nothing on the plate was out of place. Also a nicely sized portion. The torched eggplant hummus was smoky and delicious, and the salmon was plentiful, good quality and very very tasty.

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It took all of our strength not to have something to takeaway from the cold cabinet afterwards – it all looked so appealing.

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It was a wonderful meal, and we were serenaded by 80’s music, which had us tapping our feet. Source is definitely a favourite with the locals and now looks like it is a new favourite with us. A big thumbs up and a nicely full belly.

P’tite Ardoise Bistro – Highgate

P'tite Ardoise Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I have been intending to eat at P’tite Ardoise for a while now – it always scores highly on Urbanspoon/Zomato, so I was delighted to finally get a booking (booking is not easy – they only seem to answer the phone in the afternoons).

I arrived early for my booking and was surprised to find the restaurant already very busy. The tables are very close together, so they pack quite a few people in. It has a quirky ambience, is a little old-fashioned, and the waiters are all French, speaking fluent Franglais to the diners “Bonsoir, can I get you a drink?”.

On first view of the menu, I wasn’t impressed, just three choices of starter, main and dessert, until I discovered the ‘menu du jour’ on the other side. I had been looking at the ‘classics’ menu.

The waitress brought lovely fresh bread in a basket – baguettes, olive bread, bread with grains, and I loved that they served it with a trio of butter, olive oil and tapenade. I cannot eat much dairy and I prefer olive oil to butter with my bread.

Olive bread

Olive bread

I chose the rillettes de tours to start – similar to a rustic pate, but not as smooth as pate – pork belly with sauternes jelly and crispy bread. The bread was so crispy that it was extremely hard, and made my hard palate sore trying to crunch through it. The dish was served with an apple chutney, a raspberry jelly and some dill pickles. The pork was extremely tasty, but the overly hard bread was a let down – I would have loved some softer toast, then it would have been perfect.

Rillettes de tour

Rillettes de tour

My companion chose the scallops and Merguez sausage with celeriac puree and calvados jus. He thoroughly enjoyed the dish and it looked fabulous.

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Other choices of starter included pumpkin soup, terrine of the day, and thinly sliced peppered beef with prawns and celeriac remoulade. It did occur to me that this would not be a great restaurant choice for the vegetarian diner.

For the main I chose snapper with manjimup truffle and potato macaire and port jus.

Snapper

Snapper

The snapper was lovely – perfectly cooked, but I didn’t really enjoy the potato macaire, it was quite dry in texture and I didn’t really detect the truffle flavour. We were also served a dish of vegetables which were nicely cooked but fairly plain.

Vegetables

Vegetables

My companion chose slow-cooked beef cheek with mashed potato, bacon, mushroom and red wine jus. He really enjoyed it and said that it was perfect winter food.

Beef cheek

Beef cheek

Other choices of main included casserole of the day, lamb shank and ratatouille crepes.

The portion sizes were quite huge and we didn’t feel that we had room for a dessert. If we had opted for dessert, we could have chosen from floating islands, chestnut meringue, plum clafoutis, trio of mini desserts or assorted truffles and nougat. All of them sound lovely but after two huge courses and two rounds of bread, we were finished.

So would I rush back to P’tite Ardoise ? The food was definitely tasty, I think my companion chose better dishes than me, the service was a little haphazard, and the tables felt cramped. The whole restaurant was quite noisy and lively and is a fun place to be, however, I don’t think it quite lived up to the hype. It was very good, but didn’t blow my mind.

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