Cafe Isar, Alexandria, Sydney

>> December 18, 2014

Guest blogger edition

For me, Saturdays are best spent either sleeping in recovering from a big Friday, or waking up early to a delicious breakfast and making the most of the rest of the day. This particular Saturday, we opted for the latter and dropped by the low-key cafe Isar in Alexandria.

The good thing about a quiet cafe is that you don't have to line up for a table, you can take your time to enjoy your food and its easy to find parking. We literally were able to park right in front of the cafe and got a table in moments. There is a bit of a One Piece theme at the cafe with a shelf of figurines and a few odd one piece references around the place. For those that don't know, One Piece is a famous Japanese manga series that is still continuing on now.



The Chorizo -A simple but tasty omlette of bacon, chorizo and egg with toasted tortilla wrap.


The Hippy - The vegetarian version of the big breakfast. Egg, toast, mushroom, hash brown, tomatoes, baked beans and avocado. Again, so simple yet so satisfying.




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Ipoh town, Sydney CBD, Sydney

>> December 16, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Following the success of Ipoh on York, it seems this Malaysian eatery is expanding its offerings in the Sydney CBD with Ipoh Town. Ipoh Town is located in the food court within Grosvenor Place. A bit hard to find, but you can access it via George or Harrington street.

The food court itself is quite nice, air-conditioned and enclosed, but with a glass ceiling to let in the natural light. Plenty of seats and quick table clearing by the cleaners there means you don't need to wait too long for a table. There are a few other eateries in the food court, but judging by the line for Ipoh town, it was clear that most people came here for this.

Service is quick and efficient despite the long queue as there are 3 counters to deal with the large number of orders.



Beef laksa- rich coconut based laksa soup with slices of beef. The soup itself is not too spicy which is perfect for me, but you can also sambal sauce if you want to spice it up a bit.


Chicken laksa -same soup base as the beef laksa, but with chicken pieces instead of beef (duh!). The chicken itself was not just breast meat which meant it was quite tender.


For both laksas, there is two types of noodles (some places just have the rice noodles only).


A great addition to the CBD lunch scene - especially for those working near the north of the city.


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Fratelli Fresh, Sydney CBD, Sydney

>> December 11, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Cafe sopra at Fratelli Fresh has been around for a long time, but is not that easy to find unless you know what you are looking for, or if someone takes you there. It is located in a tiny doorway which leads to some steps that take you down into the dark downstairs restaurant. The lighting is perfect for a romantic dinner for 2 but not great for photos >_<.

The staff is attentive and very friendly and we were seated in no time. Good thing too because even thought it was a week night, the place got packed!

We were pretty starving so we may have ordered a tad too much, but we managed to scoff it all down.

Arincini balls with parmesan cheese- $18 - First up - classic arincini balls. Deep fried balls of risotto rice, crumbed and crunchy on the outside and gooey and soft on the inside.  Delicious cheese flavours emanate throughout the balls but it is quite a lot for just two people.


Potato, pork sausage and rosemary pizza - $24 - the pizza here is authentic. Thin puffy pizza base cooked in a wood fired oven. You can actually see the oven when you walk in and if you sit at the bar tables, watch the chef make the pizzas. This one is one of my favourites. A simple combination of tried and tested flavours of potato and rosemary combined with pieces of pork sausage. 


Lemon, chili and panagratto linguine -$22 - Another very simple dish but executed so well here. Just a few ingredients and well cooked pasta. The taste is subtle, of lemon and chilli and herbs but so scrumptious. The panagratto is like a crunchy bread crumb topping which provides the extra texture to the dish. I've tried making this at home and it just isn't quite the same (although it was pretty yum nonetheless!).




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