Alpha Restaurant, Sydney

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Alpha Restaurant, Sydney
It’s always a struggle to find a place that’s suitable for group dining that’s relatively inexpensive, especially in Sydney CBD. Having travelled around Greece and the Greek islands, I’ve noticed that Greek cuisine is catered for meals best shared amongst a group. The dining space and ambience of Alpha Restaurant, Sydney, exudes a corporate vibe during weekdays and a more relaxed space for their Sunday lunches. I love the large stone walls and the high ceiling which reminds me of Athens. Since this place has opened it’s doors, I’ve been twice, each time I had Yia Yia’s Table menu #1 ($55pp) and #2 ($65pp). Yia Yia is grandmother in Greek and she sure puts up a good spread! The below is items from Yia Yia’s Table menu #2 which has a few extra dishes than #1. 
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Pita bread
Taramosalata, white cod’s roe dip
Melitzanosalata, smoked eggplant dip
Warm pita bread drizzled in lemon olive oil, smeared with lashings of creamy and slightly briny taramasolata which was addictive to consume. The melitzanosalata was more like a relish rather than a dip with smokey strips of tangy eggplant. 

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The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach

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The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach
Sunshine happiness and breakfast by the beach with a group of fabulous people whom I love spending time with :) The Boathouse has two lovely locations, Balmoral Beach and Palm Beach. And that morning, we were at the Balmoral beach location to celebrate Missklicious' birthday along with a surprise engagement!! I was and still am absolutely overjoyed for  Missklicious & Mr B :D 
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Croissant french toast - mascarpone, berries, macadamia buckwheat crumble, maple syrup $19
I was quite keen on the Boathouse banana bread with whipped ricotta and honeycomb but it was already sold out quite early on in the morning which made me want it even more haha. So I settled for the most amazing french toast I have ever eaten in my life! The buttery croissant french toast was crisp on the outside and flakey soft on the inside. The drizzling of maple syrup completed the dish and the crunchy, nutty macadamia buckwheat crumble was so addictive - must find out where I can buy some for my morning museli :) This ultimate sweet treat breakfast plate is sure to put a smile on your dial and keep you grinning for the rest of the day!
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Banana smoothie $7
Caramel milkshake $7
Huge servings of deliciously thick banana and honey smoothie, just what I wanted that morning. Also tried some of the boy’s caramel milkshake which was divine :) Everyone seemed pleased with their choices of freshly squeezed orange juice, berry smoothies and coffees.

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TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Late last year, the boy and I made our first trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and it was such an eye opener. We were only there for a few days but the shopping malls were incredible! The Christmas displays were still up and they were so beautiful and extravagant. There was even a carousel inside Pavilion shopping mall!! Even more amazing was inside Times Square shopping mall was a roller coaster that you could ride on O_O 
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TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, Pavilion shopping mall, Kuala Lumpur
Vanilla Bourbon Tea and Kaya macaron 4RM ($1.40aud)
Grand Wedding Tea, Passionfruit and Coconut macaron 4RM
Infused with their signature teas, the macarons at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique are an absolute delight to devour. The flavours were so intense and possibly the best macarons I’ve had in a while now! The vanilla bourbon macaron was made from one of TWG Tea’s signature red tea blends from South Africa. The kaya, coconut jam paired perfectly with the vanilla in the the tea blend macaron shells. The Grand wedding tea and passionfruit macaron was equally intense in flavour but the kaya macaron was the clear favourite. 
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Dessert trolley!

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Swine & Co, Sydney

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Swine & Co, Sydney CBD
Double date dinners with my best friend usually involve steak as he’s allergic to crustaceans and doesn’t like seafood.. so when I heard that Swine & Co had taken over the space where Bavarian Bier Cafe used to be on O’Connell street, it was an easy decision given it was so close to his workplace. Walking past the bar, we headed down the stairs, past the 'pleased to meat you' sign (I love puns!) into the dimly lit dining space. It felt like we had just gone through initiation into a secret underground society filled with delicious smells from the open kitchen. I even spied a suckling pig rotating on the rotisserie as we were shown to our table. Upon being seated, we were given a complimentary bread basket which was freaking amazing! I don’t know if it was because we were starving but even after our food had arrived, we continued to polish off all the offerings in the bread basket. There was rye, sourdough, flat bread and grissini. Loved their lightly salted house-baked grissini; we even fought over the last one haha. 
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Complimentary amuse bouche 
These were devoured instantly :D little cubic globules of fatty, melt in your mouth tuna tartare atop a quail egg yolk and truffle shavings on a mini toast.
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Black pudding, Harvey Bay scallops, foie gras, lime caviar and quinoa $22
Crisp pig’s tail, pine puree, grapes, pickled mushrooms and pistachio $19
Never been a huge fan of black pudding but this was actually quite nice with the seared scallops. The pig’s tail was served flat and was like a super thin crispy crackling. Really enjoyed this with the earthy pine nut puree.  

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