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Icebergs

4 Aug

A trip to Bondi wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the iconic Icebergs.

And with that view – it’s not hard to see why.

I was thrilled when the waiter presented me with a vegetarian menu with vegan options, brilliant!

I wasn’t starving (okay, whilst waiting at the bar for our table I snacked on polenta chips with aioli and mixed olives but shhh) so I just ordered the spaghetti with olive oil, chilli, garlic and basil.

Spaghetti

It was lucky I wasn’t starving because the food took quite a while to come out.

That being said I enjoyed my spaghetti.

I also shared the special with Mum which was a truffle, mushroom and bocconcini (I think…I can’t remember exactly which cheese it was!) frittata which was really delicious.

Frittata

I also want to point out how exceptional the service was.

Our waiter went to extra efforts to make sure we were always happy and at the end called our taxi, walked us out to the cab, opened the door from us and sent us off with a wave and a smile – now that’s customer service.

Great for a long, boozy lunch or an elegant dinner. Just make sure you book!

Vegetarian options: 10/10
Food: 7.5/10
Decor/interior: 9/10
Service: 9/10

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Bill’s

4 Aug

Bills is a breakfast institution in Sydney and it’s not hard to see why.

There was a wait for breakfast at 10.30 in the morning! Okay, it was a Saturday, but still, being told to wait 20 minutes just to get a table with about 30 other people waiting for breakfast is crazy!

Once we were in and the food was served all was forgotten.

The pancakes were to die for. Not exaggerating when I say they were probably the best pancakes I have ever had.

For $17.50 the ricotta hotcakes were served with with fresh banana and honeycomb butter and I asked for some strawberries on the side.

Ricotta Hotcakes w/ strawberries

Rumour has it the pancake mix is made and thrown out 3 times with the next batch used as the mix to be served.

Again, crazy. But that’s Sydney dining for you.

I also had the Sunrise Drink: orange juice, banana, yoghurt and berries, very tasty.

My sister ordered the sweet corn fritters with roast tomato and spinach – minus the bacon with a side of scrambled eggs.

Fritters

The fritters were tasty but the scrambled eggs – oh my god. Soft, fluffy and creamy. Beautiful.

It is pricey for breakfast – but as you can tell by my review, if you are looking to indulge in the most important meal of the day look no further.

Looking forward to my next visit to Sydney just so I can have some of those amazing hotcakes again!

Vegetarian options: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Decor/interior: 8/10
Service: 7/10

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Quay

25 Jul

So I headed to Sydney the other weekend and boy oh boy, the food sure is good up north!

I managed to visit some pretty awesome restaurants whilst I was there, including the best restaurant in Australia according to the San Pellegrino 100 Best Restaurants in the World list.

When a restaurant receives such an honour, I’m not going to lie, you go into the meal with a helmet on your head to protect it from being blown away.

Lame pun, I know, but you know what I mean.

Anyway so as I’ve said before, you can never expect too many vegetarian options when eating fine dining. But usually there are a few entrees, sides and maybe a main if you’re lucky.

At Quay, you can either pick from the degustation menu (which can be done vegetarian, but at $220 a head felt a tad excessive) or you select the 3 course or 4 course menu option, which involves picking a dish from each course.

One of the three choices of bread available

3 course didn’t include dessert so naturally I went for the 4 course delight.

There was a vegetarian option in each course which made it handy to order.

We were all given a gorgeous tasting at the start. I can’t remember what mine had in it (sorry!) but I do remember it being delicious…

Taster

For my starter I had the “Salad of pickled rhubarb, endive, beetroot, purple carrot, rosa radish, kohlrabi, sheeps milk curd, pomegranate molasses, violets” phew! Don’t feel alone if you don’t know what half of the ingredients are I am listing, just trust me that they taste damn good!

First Course

Tangy, mild, sweet and creamy – it was just gorgeous!

For the next course I was given the “Organic heirloom carrots, cumin, fennel & celery seeds, comté-infused curd, almonds, amaranth.”

Second Course

The carrot puree was to die for. It was lighter than air and complimented every flavour alongside it whilst melting in my mouth.

My main was the “Roasted new season chestnuts, grain, nut & seed risotto, truffle cream.”

Main Course

It wasn’t exactly what I expected as I was preparing for a creamy, heavy risotto a la Tutto Benne in Melbourne.

Instead the flavour was extremely nutty, obviously due to the chestnuts, and it was gritty.

This, let me make it clear, does not mean I didn’t enjoy it any less! I had never had such a risotto and I really enjoyed it.

Now for dessert. I ordered the famous “Guava & custard apple snow egg.”

Dessert!

My mouth salivates just thinking of it! It was unlike any dessert I’d ever had. I enjoyed it immensely. I have to stop talking about it. I want it now!

Dessert

So all in all, I didn’t need my helmet (afterall, it’s impossible for your mind to ACTUALLY be blown from eating food) but this doesn’t mean I didn’t absolutely love everything I was served.

The staff were attentive and friendly and the views of the harbour were phenomenal.

It is costly. So casually heading to Quay for lunch might be a stretch.

It is well worth a special birthday or event!

Vegetarian options: 4/10
Food: 9/10
Decor/interior: 9/10
Service: 8/10

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