Sunday, 31 August 2014

John Smith Cafe

Yesterday I went out for brunch with a girlfriend of mine to celebrate her teensy tad late birthday. She asked me to choose the spot and I decided for a hot new favourite in the inner west, John Smith. Co-owned by 3 guys in the coffee industry (two black sheep and sourdough panini bakery).

John Smith looks like a standard cafe. Nothing special from outside, you'd certainly stroll right by if you were looking for a cool and hip cafe. But you'd be missing out. Inside they serve up the most ridiculously delicious eggs benedict with braised pull pork, Brewtown's cronuts and amazing coffee. They had great selection of music listening to tracks from Guardians of Galaxy Awesome Mix vol. 1, we grazed our way through brunch, catching up, sharing stories and laughing until it hurts.
All in all, we are becoming a fan of this place and we'll be back again! ;)

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Cho Cho San

I am very excited to inform you that I have found a great new Japanese Izakaya. Brought to you by restaurateurs Sam Christie and Jonathan Barthelmess, the brainchild behind Longrain and The Apollo. Also joined by young head chef, Nicholas Wong (ex-Ester, Bodega, Billy Kwong and Rockpool). We just had our dinner there and the food is earth-rockingly brilliant!
 
Kicking off with beef tataki with wild rice and ginger dressing from the raw bar
 Toasted crab bun (my personal favourite!) and pork katsu steam bun
 
Silken tofu in tomato dashi
Calamari with lime ponzu from the hibachi grill
 Enoki mushroom with spring onions infused in truffle oil. The mushrooms were delicate, flavourful and they're oh so aromatic!
 Big and juicy grilled king prawns and deep fried prawn heads
 
Their soy glazed Wagyu beef is indescribably excellent
 
There's nothing more comforting than a steamed yuzu pudding on a cold night
If you love matcha green tea soft serve you're gonna love it here

Every dish was perfect and and we could not fault anything. Overall, we couldn't recommend Cho Cho San highly enough! If you are ever vaguely in the area, please promise me you'll go?

http://chochosan.com.au/ 
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