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Thursday, 28 May 2015

JOHNNY'S WINDOW - DARLINGHURST, SYDNEY

Johnny's Window
5A/1 Kings Cross Rd
Darlinghurst, Sydney

There aren't many cafes in Sydney where you can enjoy your coffee or meal with an uninterrupted view of Sydney’s iconic Centrepoint Tower and Johnny’s Window is one of them.

It also happens to be just the perfect distance away from the busy roads of Kings Cross, thus making Johnny's Window truly is a hidden little treasure.

Though small in size, Johnny's Window doesn't fall short on anything. From award winning coffee to scrumptious food, Johnny's Window is very impressive.

The name may suggest that the venue caters for take away only, not at all.

There are a few tables out the front and the atmosphere is very pleasant (plus that interrupted view of Centrepoint Tower is just breathtaking), so its perfect for a sit down meal.





















Upon arrival, we started off with a couple of coffees. It's a ritual we just don't seem to stop - or want to stop for that matter.

They serve award winning Gabrielle coffee here and it certainly tastes great, and is also extremely smooth and with a rich crema.

We enjoyed a flat white and a macchiato - our coffee's of choice for almost every day and no different today.




We were then presented with three very impressive dishes.

First was a breakfast platter fit for a king, complete with eggs, toast, bacon, chorizo and avocado - simply awesome.

The chorizo was perfectly cooked and the bacon had just the right amount of crispiness to it.

The avocado was great - just the right amount of ripeness (we don't like avocados that are too ripe).

Next was a bacon and egg roll that was just as tasty. The bun was soft and fresh, and the avocado filling gave it a real creamy texture.

Finally, if you like a high protein meal, then the blueberry chia pudding with vanilla bean yoghurt is the perfect choice for you. Johnny makes each jar of pudding himself, fresh every day. The chia seeds are blended with almond milk, coconut and blueberries the night before, with the yoghurt and fruit added the next morning. It's a really smooth and creamy combination.











Johnny's window caters very well for vegetarians too - so don't panic if you're not into meat or even if you want a break from it!

The spinach tomato and egg tart is perfectly cooked and all encased in a lovely flaky filo pastry.

The breakfast bake with spinach and ricotta is quite unique and the filo pastry makes it more like a pie than a frittata.

Its definitely worth a try.











Okay, so now it was time for something sweet.

We'd heard this place is famous for its cronuts and scrolls and boy are those rumour right!

The cronut we had was topped with Nutella and it was just divine.

The cinnamon scroll was perfectly baked and so moist. We wanted to try the raspberry and ricotta muffins too but we just couldn't fit anything else in.











Johnny's Window is open 6 days a week from early morning to late afternoon. There is an emphasis on quality food, good service and of course a friendly chat. We enjoyed meeting owner Johnny Karakitsos who chatted to us about his passion for good coffee and delicious food - which is clear here.

The Counts, who are now doing reviews for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Johnny's Window. Special thanks to owner Johnny Karakitsos for arranging this visit.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

MOO GOURMET BURGERS - NEWTOWN, SYDNEY

Moo Gourmet Burgers
232 King St
Newtown, Sydney

I'm sure there is no need to introduce Moo Gourmet Burgers to you if you're in Sydney.

It's open in four locations across the city and today we visited their Newtown restaurant.

It's a very vibrant space with a modern look but decorated in such a way that gives it a traditional 'milk bar' feel.

There's a very cool couch in the middle of the store with bright leather lounges and funky cushions - perfect for kicking back with your friends and Moo Burgers.

As soon as we walked in we noticed some very impressive artwork on the wall. All customers can contribute to the artwork and crayons are provided by the staff.

Unfortunately for us, art was never our forte, so we were happy to just stay as admirers.


We both love a burger and this place has 20 of them on offer so picking one wasn't going to be easy. All moo Gourmet burgers are made with produce that is ethically farmed and sustainable (which for me personally is very important) and there are quite a few vegetarian options too.

We thought we would start with a milkshake. We had the Just Nuts Milkshake with caramel, chocolate syrup, crushed nuts, topped with a snickers bar - a combination that is just short of sinful.

We also had the Strawberries and Cream Milkshake with malt and whipped cream. The fresh strawberries gave it a very refreshing taste.

They definitely don't hold back on the ice cream and milk here, both milkshakes were very creamy.


We still couldn't decide which burger to have so we thought we'd buy some time by ordering some sides. Hot Chips, Onion rings and Sweet Potato Chips accompanied by two homemade sauces, an aioli and a beetroot relish. The onion rings were beer battered and very tasty. The sweet potato chips were thick cut and full of flavour. The hot chips were perfectly cooked and had just the right amount of crunch to them. We were also very impressed with the home made sauces, especially the beetroot relish, it wasn't too sweet which is perfect.


And then, the moment we were waiting for, our burgers arrived. The Big Moo and a Wagyu beef burger.

The Big Moo is exactly that, BIG.  Its the ultimate Aussie burger complete with beef, cheese, bacon, egg, beetroot and pineapple. The homemade mayonnaise is very creamy.

The Wagyu Beef Burger was just as impressive. The melting Tasmanian Brie and caramelised onions oozing over the perfectly seasoned and cooked beef patty was just mouthwatering.




















After all this, we were still determined to have dessert.

Sadly we had to make the hard decision to settle with sharing one as there was no way we could fit in a dessert each.

It wasn't hard to choose one, we went with the Moo Split.

With whipped cream, two bananas and pieces of snickers bar on top, the finale to this dinner was just grand.

Moo Gourmet Burgers is nothing short of impressive. The staff are friendly, the food is so delicious and the atmosphere is really uplifting.

Moo Gourmet Burgers in Newtown is open 7 days a week.

The Counts, who are now doing reviews for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Moo Gourmet Burgers. Special thanks to Moo Owner Adam Gerondis for arranging this visit.










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Monday, 25 May 2015

SAMBAL - NORTH RYDE, SYDNEY

Sambal
The Park, 285-297 Lane Cove Rd
North Ryde, Sydney

Sambal is a Malaysian restaurant on a busy strip on Lane Cove Rd and whilst it is probably seen by many it's a hard place to stop. However, it is well secluded from the hustle and bustle that goes on outside it's doors and offers both indoor seating and a pleasant courtyard to dine in. We dropped by to see what their food was like on a cold Saturday night - and so the warm indoors was of course our choice.

We started with an old favourite - Loh Bak. The serving was two rolls of tasty lean shredded pork seasoned with 5 spice powder and leek then wrapped into rolls with bean curd sheets and deep fried. It's like a pork sausage roll but much leaner with a much thinner outer layer. These were very tasty and the dipping sauce went well - even though they were great without it too.


We tend to grab some satay chicken skewers at most Malaysian restaurants - and this was no exception. They were thin and tender and came with a very tasty chunky peanut satay sauce slathered on top.

Then we moved on to the Choon Piah. These delicious traditional nonya spring rolls were filled with pork, crab meat, onions, cabbage and water chestnuts. They were then deep fried and served with dipping sauce. Very nice! 

Then it was time for the mains - and a bit more spice. First up was the Kapitan chicken curry - a milder dish made from freshly blended herbs cooked with chicken pieces and coconut milk and served with a dash of lime juice. We really liked the flavours of this. Then we had another old favourite, beef rendang. It was bite size pieces of beef cooked in curry spices till dry and topped with fried shredded coconut. It was rich, hearty and packed with beef and plenty of taste too. 

We ordered a few rices to soak up the sauces - some Nasi Lemak (or coconut) rice and some good old plain rice. The Nasi Lemak proved more popular than its simpler rival on this occasion!

A huge plate of Penang char kway teao also arrived and was also used as both a side dish and another main course in its own right. This is such a great dish and so versatile - packed with chicken, sprouts and noodles in a tangy sauce.

Seafood didn't go missing either with a deep bowl of Assam prawns. This is prawns sauteed in a rich and thick tamarind sauce.

There were a surprisingly high number of big juicy prawns in the dish.

The surprise packet was the Tau Eu Bak. It was big tender braised pork pieces and tofu cooked in dark and light soya sauce, garlic and hard boiled egg.


Then the finale - dessert. We had several servings of the house specialty - their sago pudding. These tasty sago pearls arrived in a bowl bathing in coconut milk and covered with gula melaka syrup. It was delicious.

We also grabbed several servings of assorted nonya kuehs - their home made treats. We were delighted to find that two used pandan as a base whilst the third was made from a type of sweet potato. They were certainly worth trying.












Sambal was a surprise. It's not easy to get to but worth finding.

Their food was fresh, tasty and packed with rich flavours. Service was fast and friendly and on a fine day or summer evening it would also be lovely to dine al fresco there.

Sir and Mlady's visit to Sambal was supported by the Malaysian Kitchen Programme.



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