Happy New Year! The Fatlittleboy’s officially shifting to Sydney, Australia come February so the highlights of my past 2 weeks spent there should be a good sampling of the sort of things you can hope to expect in 2011. Enjoy!
Coogee Yeeros – 204-206 Arden St., Coogee Beach, NSW
Just check out that cake stand!
On an unseasonably blustery day smack in the middle of summer, a cup of smooth, rich Hot Chocolate is all you need to feel warmed to your fingertips and in need of a good snooze.
Mars Bar Cheesecake was the waitress’ exuberant recommendation. Yes, those are actual candy bar slivers on top.
Lemon Meringue Pie, who can resist such a massive crown of meringue. It looks a million times bigger with it in front of you and a fork in hand.
Apple Crumble, served a la mode.
Triple Chocolate Mud Cake, all warm and oozy.
Chish & Fips, will definitely visit for that name alone if nothing else.
Garlo’s Pies, this chain opens till late so you can have a pie – or six – after a day at the beach or a night out partying.
Moo, the cow demands I eat it.
The lanes along Sydney beaches like Coogee and Bondi are just filled with rows upon rows of cafés and restaurants; it would probably take years to try them all.
Cafés, Pubs & Bar Bites
Lotus – 50 Glebe Road, The Junction, NSW
Brownie with Pistachio Ice Cream and most of the desserts I encountered throughout my trip came as truly huge portions, something I can definitely get used to. The wonderful dark chocolate fudge sauce had a touch of salt to make it pop while the brownie was robust, dense and moist. A teeny disappointment came only in the pistachio ice cream as its flavour was very subdued and it just seemed creamy above all else. Still, it was a more than adequate foil for the beautiful brownie.
The Pumphouse – 17 Pier Street, Darling Harbour, NSW
The Pumphouse Burger ($24) served with onion rings and aioli is a mammoth burger constructed of a solid 220g patty, gruyere, pancetta, confit onions and beetroot chutney. It would have been terrific if it were not underseasoned. Kumara fries were also sadly unavailable that day but the regular thick-cut ones were good too.
Pumphouse Thunderbolt Strong Ale ($7.50) is a must try as you can’t get it anywhere else. Sweet and fruity, it is mellow and of medium strength.
Asian Food, Aussie Style
Emerald Gardens – Wests New Lambton, 88 Hobart Road, New Lambton, NSW
Mongolian Lamb, it’s so tender and possesses ovinity rendered imperceptible by a gorgeous marinade that it tastes closer to beef.
Ginger Beef, served sizzling on a hot plate rather than simply stir fried with greens.
Special Fried Rice, as close as one can get to my favourite yang chow “flied lice” down under. Yum!