Cafe Sydney, Circular Quay

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Cafe Sydney, Circular Quay
Tomato, buffalo mozzarella, pesto, aged balsamic, extra virgin oil $26
With the warmer weather approaching, rooftop dining with an exquisite view of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House is just what’s called for! Earlier this year I dined at Cafe Sydney atop Customs House in Circular Quay so the menu may have changed since but I imagine it would still be just as good. The heirloom tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad was a simple and elegant way to start the meal. 
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House-smoked ocean trout, soft quail egg, asparagus, roe $26
I loved how the roe was styled so it was pouring out of the soft boiled quail eggs. Each pop of the roe was a delight to eat with the house-smoked ocean trout on the charred crostini drizzled in olive oil. 
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Seared scallop, red pepper, cacciatore, romesco, sourdough crumb $27
Plump, pan-seared scallops with crispy pancetta. I was a bit stumped that for that price it only came with three scallops! 

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Table for 10 pop-up, OzHarvest

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Table for 10, OzHarvest
Celebrating 10 years with Table for 10, this year in collaboration with Good Food Month, OzHarvest have set up a pop-up restaurant in their beautifully decorated warehouse. With dinners cooked by various top chefs including Mat Lindsay (Ester), Hamish Ingham (Bar H), Hanz Gueco (Café Paci), Daniel Pepperell (10 William St), Sunil Shrestha (Tokonoma), and many more, feast yourselves on a nourishing and feel-good three-course meal with matched wines. OzHarvest is the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia and it was at this dinner where I had learned of the term ‘food rescue’. 

We started off with some warm homemade flatbreads (made by Alex Flevill who is part of their Nourish Program which helps train youth in hospitality) served with food rescued labneh which went well with a chilled glass of the Eden Valley riesling. All the wines were kindly donated by Handpicked Wines and non-alcoholic beverages were donated by Vittoria Coffee - Santa Vittoria still & sparkling mineral water, Chinotta, Limonata, Aranciata, Aranciata rosa, tea and coffee. And with support from Virgin Mobile, by using the hashtag #mealforameal, OzHarvest can deliver a real meal to someone in need. 
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Salmon dolma, cress
Tempura fried dolmas enveloping a salmon mousse topped with ruby pomegranate jewels on a simple radish and watercress salad. 
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Spring pea falafel, preserved lime, hummus, almond dukka 
Margaret River chardonnay

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Pub Life Kitchen, Ultimo

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Pub Life Kitchen, Lord Wolseley Hotel - Ultimo
They say you never forget your first and it has been a while since I’ve had a taste of utter delight. When Pub Life Kitchen in Surry Hills had shut their doors, no doubt there was a cry of woe from their fans. Thankfully, they’ve setup inside the Lord Wolseley Hotel in Ultimo, a short walk from Darling Harbour/Powerhouse Museum/Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre. To celebrate this joyful occasion, we keen beans went to gorge ourselves in burgers. 
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Fries w/ bone marrow gravy $8
Cheesy polenta chips w/ jalapeno mayo $8
Crispy hot batons of glorious potato fries in an enamel white bucket and a sauce pot of bone marrow gravy. I was excited by the thought of melty bone marrow in the gravy but it was less gelatinous than I thought it would be. Mmm fluffy polenta chips but go easy on the jalapeno mayo as it has quite a kick to it. 

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Hai Au Lang Nuong, Canley Vale

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Hai Au Lang Nuong, Canley Vale
Vietnamese food consists of a lot more variety than beef pho, rice paper rolls and pork rolls that we’re familiar with. On a quest to search for traditional Vietnamese food, we travelled to South West Sydney, to Canley Vale where the aromatic smells lead us to a restaurant with brightly coloured LED lights plastered on the outside. Hai Au Lang Nuong is spacious and great for large groups. The unique charm of the mismatching Asian-inspired decorated restaurant even has it’s own koi pond, a family friendly indoor jungle gym for kids and open mic karaoke on the second floor! 
Marinated beef wrapped in betel leaf - Bo La Lop Nuong Than $30
Tightly wrapped cigars of marinated lemongrass and black pepper beef enveloped in a betel leaf served on skewers of five. I love how we were given a small charcoal pot to grill our skewers over and the fragrance of the charred betel leaf and beef made us salivate. 
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Roast suckling pig (I forget the price)
We couldn’t resist ordering the suckling pig given there were only limited portions for the day. Marinated in five spice, the bite sized pieces of succulent roast suckling pig was delicious when eaten with the pickled vegetables and dipped into the fish sauce. 

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