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Churrasco in Coogee

Reviews August 26, 2012


I’ve only ever had the opportunity to have Brazilian barbecue once before in the city and unfortunately it wasn’t the most fantastic experience.

Admittedly, it was a cheap deal, but the meat was tough and flavourless and the sides were nothing to write home about. My opinion on churras, however has done a complete 180 since visiting Churrasco in Coogee and I cannot wait to go back!!

For $44.00 a head for the quantity and absolute quality of the food, Churrasco in Coogee is a great deal.

This price includes unlimited meat and the wide selection of side dishes included on the menu so you can eat until you are absolutely stuffed to the brim (which I pretty much guarantee will happen). The food is just so delicious and perfectly cooked that you will eat and eat and eat until.. well you get to that ‘I just might die from food explosion’ stage. Don’t be like me. It’s probably not a good idea to get that far. Haha.


Love the seating – this setting would be great for parties!

Upon arriving, we notice everyone has a small circular tag on each place setting. “Yes, Please!” keeps the food a’comin, whereas “No thanks” brings the feast to a temporary halt (which becomes neccessary!)


Side sauces to accompany all the delicious meat. The meat was all so flavoursome that we actually did not need the sauces very much at all, which was a shame as they sounded great.


Minas Colada ($16)
The Brazilian version of the Pina Colada. Coconut cream, pineapple and gold cachaca.


Watermelon Daiquiri ($16)
Brazilian daiquiri infused with cachaca, lime and watermelon. I got a virgin version of this – it was delicious and super refreshing.


Virgin Strawberry Mohito ($16)


Not sure which drink this was – I believe it was a lychee and strawberry mocktail?


Chicken sausages, pork chorizo and chicken thigh in brazilian sauce


Honey soy chicken thigh – this was one of my favourites of the night. The honey soy flavour was perfectly complemented by the smokiness that penetrated all of the BBQed meats from the night. Sooooooooo good!


Chicken wrapped in bacon.


One of my fave side dishes of the night: roasted potatoes in a creamy sauce.


DEEP FRIED BANANA. Need I say any more? I heard someone saying this was like a banana doughnut – couldn’t come up with a better description!


Yes, those are vegetables. /shock horror


Super cute little delicious cheesy bread puff of amazingness.


Parmesan beef.


The dish I was waiting for aaaall night and it was so worth it. Beef ribs – absolutely fantastic. I was getting soo full at this point but so glad I tried it – the meat was unbelievably tender and had so much flavour. You have to try this!


Grilled pineapple – super sweet and sour at the same time. Nice and cleansing to help clear out all that meatiness, but I could barely eat more than a bite by this stage!


Pork belly. I didn’t try this, but it was apparently amazingly crackly!

Now, onto desserts! Since this restaurant specialised in amazing BBQed meat, we were quite pleasantly surprised at the very high quality of the desserts offered at Churrasco Sydney! They were all quite a generous serve that could easily be shared between two (especially after such a huge meal!) and well priced at $10.50 a pop.


Banoffi Tart ($10.50)
Dulce du Leche, fresh banana with creme chantilly and chocolate sauce. I tried a tiny sliver of this (not exactly sure how I fitted it in!). It’s hard to go past a classic like banoffi tart and they did a great job of this. If I had more room, I would have enjoyed gobbling this one up!


Churros ($10.50)
With dulce du leche and Vanilla Ice Cream.
These were absolutely superb! My dinner date was Chilean, and her mum makes fantastic home made churros – and she said these were on par with her mum’s. Pretty high stakes! I didn’t have as much experience with churros as her, but still loved the crispy exterior and the pillowy warm insides, all drizzled with the sweet dulce du leche. The vanilla ice-cream was a welcome addition to help cut through the sweetness of the caramel.


BBQ Bananas ($10.50)
Served with ice-cream and baileys/butterscotch sauce. I didn’t try this one but it looked sublime!

A few more shots from the night:

Was lovely to meet Lola from Figs and Brie (big fan of her blog!)


As well as sugarpuffi, food_religion and many more!

The $44 menu at Churrasco Sydney includes the following:

Beef
Rump cap rubbed with rock salt
Baby beef with Churrasco BBQ sauce
Sirloin crusted with pepper & spices
Beef ribs that have been cooked for 8 hours
Beef with parmesan sauce
Beef with mild chilli sauce
Beef with mushroom and bacon sauce

Chicken
Chicken thigh wrapped in bacon
Chicken thigh in Brazilian sauce
Chicken drumsticks in honey/soy sauce
Chicken wings marinated in chilli
Chicken hearts
Chicken sausages

Lamb
Lamb rump marinated in lemon and oregano
Lamb shoulder with chimmichurri

Pork
Pork belly with sea salt and fresh lime
Pork leg with green chilli sauce and fresh herbs
Ham glazed with orange & seeded mustard
Pork chorizo

Side dishes
Roasted potatoes
BBQ Cheese
Cheese bread (AMAZING)
BBQ Zucchini
BBQ Capsicum
Slow roasted eggplant
Creamy Parmesan Polenta
Churrasco Salad
Iceberg Lettuce salad
Rocket & Parmesan salad w/ Balsamic
Tomato & Palmito Salad
BBQ Pineapple
Fried Banana (absolutely fantastic – tasted like a cinnamony doughnut with banana inside.)

Sauces (to dip your meats in – although they’re almost not necessary due to the intensely flavourful meats!)
Chimmichurri
Herbs and spices blended with garlic
Tomato salsa with olive oil and vinegar
Green chilli sauce

My fave dishes of the night that I highly recommend include the beef ribs, the honey soy chicken thigh and scotch fillet (didn’t get a good shot of this.. but sooo tender!). Fave side dishes were the marinated barbecued eggplant, baked potatoes, the DEEP FRIED BANANA (SO GOOD!), cheesy bread puffs and of course the grilled pineapple. As for dessert, who could go past those dreamy churros??

If you love endless perfectly cooked meats with delicious side dishes, are looking for a fun date night, or a great place for a birthday – Churrasco Sydney is for you! As well as their main menu, Churrasco Sydney also have a fantastic selection of cocktails and desserts and are very accomodating at making their cocktails into mocktails if you’re driving or don’t drink – super handy!

Cookingcrusade.com dined as a guest of SweatyBetty PR.

Churrasco Sydney
240 Coogee Bay Road
Coogee, NSW

Phone: 02 9665 6535

Click here to see the Churrasco Sydney website. (Unfortunately it is currently being updated, but you are able to see the addresses of all locations, make a reservation, make an enquiry and like them on Facebook).

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Peace and love! x
Christine

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Dinner by Heston

Reviews July 30, 2012

On my recent two week holiday to Italy, I was lucky enough to have a day trip to London. I didn’t have much time at all, but I couldn’t resist booking a table for lunch for myself at Dinner by Heston. After all the rave reviews and its recent appointment at number 9 on the top 50 restaurants in the world for 2012, who could say no to a quick lunch there after visiting Oxford Road for some touristy shopping? Not me, that’s for sure!

So, extremely sleep deprived from the looong flight and stopover from Hong Kong from Sydney, I marched (albeit, slightly woozily) towards the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park.

I was seated with an absolutely gorgeous view of Hyde Park and ordered myself a watermelon cucumber mocktail.



Red Cumber, £6.50
It was a lovely cooling and refreshing pick me up.

Dinner by Heston has a set lunch menu for the very reasonable price of £32.

But I was interested in sampling some of the other menu items this time around. But this is a great budget option for those wanting to sample Heston’s delights.


Munching on delicious sourdough and salted butter while perusing the menu. The creamy, salted butter was the perfect temperature to spread on the tasty sourdough.


Broth of Lamb (c.1730) £14.50
Slow cooked hen’s egg, celery, radish, turnip & veal sweetbreads
From The Complete Practical Cook by Charles Carter (1730)
The star of this dish for me was definitely the veal sweetbreads – warm and crisp with a delicious meatiness that adds a real substance to the dish. It is followed closely by the gorgeously slow cooked hen’s egg (these are a real fave of mine!) which adds a rich silky flavour to the broth which is well complemented by the crispness of the vegetables.


Special of the day – Beef Royal £32.00
Braised beef short rib with carrots and (i think?) pureed parsnips
This was deliciously rich and tender and full of flavour and just melted in your mouth.


Triple Cooked Chips (side dish) £4.50
Of course I couldn’t resist ordering some of Heston’s famous triple cooked chips!


Ice-cream made at your table! 


He poured in a vanilla creme anglais and within seconds.. it was icecream! Just like magic!!!


Scooping that creamy ice cream into cones.


Dipping the cone into different flavours.


The final product!


Final touch to the meal – a complimentary milk chocolate ganache with a biscuitty accompaniment – gave the meal a sweet finish!


Staff hard at work!

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at Dinner by Heston – Heston has done a fantastic job creating an exciting new menu with some old favourites available – a must visit for his many fans. I particularly liked how affordable it was for a restaurant of its ranking, giving everyone no excuse not to give this one a try! Stunning views of Hyde Park, beautiful ambience and of course, wonderful service from the staff. I would love to return again someday… 

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Eastern City Chinese Restaurant

Reviews October 24, 2011

Do you guys have a family favourite Chinese restaurant? I think everyone has one. Its kind of a tradition, isn’t it?

I’ve been going to the Golden Singapura since I was knee high to a grass hopper. A family fave, we still occasionally frequent this place, although I have to admit, less frequently in the recent years, mostly because my Mum is less of a fan of takeaway foods these days. (She’s become a staunch vegan in the last year or so.)

Ever since I started dating my fiance, we discovered a new place close to his family’s home which has quickly become a favourite. Even though it’s not close to his place or mine, whenever we visit his family, we love visiting this place!

I still remember the first time I ever visited Eastern City Chinese restaurant – we were with some friends from Mike’s church who frequently there and after that first time, we were hooked. We had many Sunday night dinners which quickly through the years turned into countless family and birthday dinners.

Oh Eastern City Chinese restaurant, I heart you!

Here are some recent pics of a yummy dinner there recently 🙂 Pics are a teensy bit dark, sorry bout that peeps!

Honey chicken

Peking Style Beef Strips – Amazing! We order this every time we come..

Mike’s brother’s fave, Mongolian Lamb

Salt and pepper tofu

The chef always makes these amazing little carrot carvings with the dishes – so much detail!!

Who could forget dessert?
Deep fried ice cream with caramel sauce

Vanilla Ice Cream with Lychees

My absolute fave dishes have to be:
Peking style beef strips
Sweet and sour fish
Pan fried snake beans (we generally ask for these without pork, but they do come with them by default)

Eastern City Chinese restaurant is located at:
7 Hillcrest Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120
Phone number: (02) 9875 1411

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They’re also a stone’s throw from the Pennant Hills Train Station if you’re traveling by public transport and as a side note, they also do takeaway! 🙂

If you’re in the area, definitely give this one a try!

xoxo
Christine

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Bilsons

Reviews July 21, 2011

I know. This post is waaay overdue. I actually went to Bilsons eight months ago. but I feel like it would be a waste of the pics and the dinner if I didn’t at least blog about what was a truly fabulous dinner! Since Tony Bilson taught Tetsuya Wakuda how to cook, my friends and I heavily anticipated Bilson’s restaurant as we figured that his food would be nothing short of epic, and, I’m happy to say that we were right!

note:
I’m still learning my way around my camera (esp. eight months ago!) so pls. forgive me for the less than stellar pics 🙂

We arrived at Bilson’s on a Saturday night that we had booked in advance. After we were seated, it wasn’t long before the magic began 🙂

We started with some fancy cheese sticks to start;
fancy cheese sticks
Then came sourdough with salted butter
sourdough
Honestly is there anything better than fresh bread (especially sourdough) with butter? mmm.

My alternate amuse bouche (cos of the no eating shellfish/pork thing)
amuse bouche
The regular amuse bouche, pea and ham soup

Gazpacho soup that was separated and reintegrated at the table. haha. reintegrated. whenever i see that word, it makes me think of a sci fi for some reason..

One of the best dishes of the night, olive oil cured salmon with goats’ cheese, basil seeds and volcanic salt. the salmon was meltingly tender and the sauces had a wonderful flavour. my friends and i agreed that the sauces were what made the food at Bilsons so special.


Another winner – crispy skinned fish with the most amazing buttery sauce in the world + lobster foam

Mine came without the lobster foam. My friends and I (somewhat) shamefully (are you meant to do this at fancy restaurants?) mopped up the amazing sauce with the sourdough… It was so good that there was no room for regret.

Then came the lamb.. anyone who knows me probably realises that i have a love affair with all things lamb related.. this was the deboned rack of lamb with pureed garlic, aubergine parmiggiana, hollowed out cucumber with a tomato salad and a red wine reduction. getting so full at this point, but the lamb was velvety tender, mm.

A quick shot of a mint/peach palate cleanser that was fruity and refreshing before dessert

Our dessert, the petit sucre (“little sugar” in French) was peach themed.
Dessert was chocolate sauce with pureed peach, with a grilled peach slice, dehydrated peach slice, lavender marshmallow, chocolate mousse and a crispy chocolate square. This was lovely with the peach flavours. The mousse tasted almost like a brownie; it was quite dense and very chocolatey. The crispy chocolate square was amazing – i have no idea how they made it but it tasted wonderfully caramelised so that it was almost smokey.. and the lavender marshmallow also gave this dessert a hint of freshness, just lovely 🙂

The petit fours, little almond cakes and chocolate orange macarons (which reminded me strongly of jaffas. but in a really really delicious way!)

I was excited cos I got to wear my new dress for the first time 🙂

Summary:
Bilsons was a lovely night out for dinner. Gorgeous food, beautiful service lovely setting – what more can you ask for? (Well, except maybe for a discount. Haha.) I would definitely recommend it for a romantic dinner or out with some friends for a special occasion. I really enjoyed my time here and would love to go again sometime soon.

You can grab three different kinds of degustation at Bilsons;
Petit menu (7 courses) @ $145 AUD per person [$215 AUD with matching wines]
Grand menu (9 courses) @ $195 AUD per person [$290 AUD with matching wines]
These both come with vegetarian degustation as an option as well. Also, my friends shared the matching wines between them and each got a half glass of wine (which was a pretty decent amount) with each course. Bilsons were more than happy to accomodate them for this.
Ultimate degustation menu (15 courses!!) @ $280 AUD per person [or $395 AUD with matching wines]

Hope y’all are surviving this weather!

Peace and love!!
xx
Christine

Bilsons: 27 O’Connell Street Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8214 0496
Open Tue-Thu,Sat 6pm-10pm; Fri 12pm-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm
Click here for the Bilsons website
Click here for the Bilsons eatability link

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Megalong Valley Tea Rooms

Reviews March 11, 2011
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