Sunday, September 29, 2013

Luna Park, Milsons Point

Recently we have been thinking about exploring our home town, Sydney. So we started off by heading to one of our favourite places, the Luna Park in Milsons Point. It was beautiful...and we can never get sick of staring at the Ferris Wheel at sunset time, there's something magical about it :)

Hope you all enjoyed this video!!!!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Batch Burgers & Espresso

There's something fascinating about the traditional American diner style, the New-York themed café and its giant sized burgers. With half of the area inside "Batch Burgers & Espresso" being occupied by the kitchen and constant sizzling aroma crawling to the street outside, the friendly waitress showed us our high bar seats right in front of our chefs for the night.

The menus were almost like they were stamped onto the tables, displaying their impressive list of burgers with familiar names such as Brooklyn and the Miami, and as well as a whole range of side dishes. The workers smiled and greeted their customers, occasionally having a small chat about foot ball and Saturday night drinks. Multiple numbers of takeaway bags filled up the kitchen tables, lining up and shuffling in the speed of light. The chunky mince patties flashed right before our eyes, accompanied by a whole bunch of fries dancing in the frying spots. It was hot, and certainly appealing for a Saturday night dinner along with lively American Hip Hop beats on the background.

Snacks - Chilli Fries $7.00

We had never thought fries could come in this form, where it's covered by small and chopped up pieces of mince along with cheese and spicy sauce. The mixture turned out surprisingly zesty, and every mouthful was full of flavours. Bun loved it, so there goes 3/4 of the bowl. I would certainly recommend this, and it's probably more enjoyable when shared with someone.

Burgers - Spicy Mexican $14.00

While we sat there, I think we heard about 3 others ordering this same burger, so it got to be GOOD! This humongous burger contained chilli mince, smoked cheddar, tomato, Spanish onion, Jalapenos & sour cream with hot taco sauce, so it was an absolute masterpiece I must say. The burger was so big that I found it very difficult to fit into the bite of my little mouth, so I had to slice it apart and watched the precious cheese and mince fell and splat on the plate. The buns has done a good job trying to hold each layer properly in place, despite the obvious observation that the chunky mince patty wanted to shoot out desperately. The Mexican flavour has immersed into this burger perfectly in every single way, and it was just so satisfying to chomp it all down and enjoy that flame left in your mouth.

Very unfortunately, I was way too full after 3/4 way of the burger, and I felt so sad to leave that very little piece behind. We laughed at the mess that I have made on my plate, with bits of cheese and mince tangled together and looked as if they'd come alive in any minute and start wiggling. We were satisfied, more than 200%.

This place will be awesome to come with a bunch of friends to have a quick catch up before heading down to the town for a big night, and you can even start your pre-drinks here if you want. I imagined this place will probably be in a totally different atmosphere if you come for breakfast or lunch, and we have to say the breakfast menu looks pretty welcoming! (NEXT TIME!! ho hum)

2/3A Broughton Street, Kirribilli NSW

Phone number:
02 9929 8883

Opening time:
7days 7am - 10pm

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Chur Burger

"Does this place sound familiar to you?" One day Bun asked me randomly. "Hummm..." I hesitated as I desperately searched inside the memory storage inside my brain with less than 1mb of space left. DING-DING! That's where Assiette use to be? I started remembering us driving pass by that little restaurant every weekend or so, with the label of "Chur Burger".

So here we were, trying out Chur Burger on a lively Saturday night at Surry Hills. When we got there, the place was full of people, young and old, male and female, casual and semi-formal, families and singles. The diners had one thing in common, as they all loved that vibrant atmosphere where it felt more like a party than a dinner at the restaurant. We ended up picking a seat near the windows, so that we can tease the people outside with our hungry faces.

Milo Milkshake $8.00

Bun loves Milo, and as well as milkshake. The combination certainly satisfied his craving. Before I watched him gulping down that large amount of liquid in less than a few minutes, I managed to sneak a few sips of its sweetness. Mmm...quite gooooood.

Sides - Chips with chilli salt $5.00

Our little bad habit of "can't survive without some fried food" got to us, so we ended up grabbing a bowl of chips with chilli salt. It was funny how we both strangely thought the chips flavours reminded us of those chilli "Kettle" chips. They were hot and fresh, but may be a little too salty.

Burgers $10.00
Top: Grilled beef cheese, tomato jam, mustard mayo, pickle.
Bottom: Grilled lamb, mint sauce, feta, red onion, aioli.

Want to know the biggest difference between the 2? While the beef burger with that melting cheese created that exploding juiciness in the bites, the lamb burger remained consistently dry except for the swirling bits of sauce. Bun didn't like pickles so those were taken out from the beef burger, thus making it even more perfect =3= While I find myself becoming more and more lagged to eat the last bits and pieces, I realised I liked the lamb much more than the feta. In the end, we both managed to finish the burgers as their portion was quite reasonable (not super big)!

In addition, it was both fun and weird to sit next to the window, with people stared at your face while you turn into a perfect advertisement for whatever you were eating. I remembered we were quite distracted as we saw a bunch of people dressed up as fairies, people going on Buck's night, bored-looking dog walkers etc etc. Yes, we should really sit at the middle of the room and just concentrate on our food?!

48 Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW

Phone number:
02 9212 7979

Opening time:
Mon 11.30am - 5pm
Tue - Sat 11.30am - 10pm

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lord of the fries

The moment we walked into this small takeaway shop, we were overwhelmed by the size of the crowd. Yes, this was "Lord of the fries"! They were fresh and not frozen, with less fat, skin on, and cooked in quality oil. Started as a food truck venture in Melbourne all the way back in 2004, they have then arrived at one of Sydney's busiest street, George Street, just a little while ago.

Before we even visited here, I had my eyes locked on the "French Canadian" deluxe sauce. The sound of shredded CHEESE and hot GRAVY was just too hard to resist, we could almost picture it with drools coming out of our mouth.

Large fries $6.95 + French Canadian sauce $2.50 (Shredded cheese + hot gravy) Total $9.45

When we finally got it...well...I don't know. Shall I say it was a little disappointing? The fries didn't taste that special to me, it was like something in between hot chips and hot wedges. Not too crunchy and yet not too soggy, and we didn't taste much of the skins. As much as we loved the magnificent sauce combination, this box with a price tag of $9.45 in total could still be quite overpriced in comparison.

Every time we walk pass by, there was still a line outside waiting for the freshly made fries. With people smiling and laughing everywhere, we still believe a lot of them indeed loved the fries. However, we just can't really see ourselves going there over and over again just for the fries. Perhaps we can try something else next time??

537 George Street, Sydney

Opening time:
10am - late

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