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Saturday, 30 August 2014

AUSTRALIAN BREWERY - ROUSE HILL, SYDNEY

Australian Brewery
350 Annangrove Rd
Rouse Hill, Sydney

Despite its busy Annangrove Rd address the Australian Brewery is a bit tucked away down a long driveway but this hasn't stopped huge numbers of people finding it! It's a big place that provides a wide range of drinks including the tasty brews made there. However most people seem to go there for a meal as well.

We were invited there to have a guided tour of the brewery facilities, sample a few of there ales and grab a bite to eat.

There are so many different areas there. A large front area, a more intimate lounge bar area with live music and pizza, an inviting outside area with a pit fire to sit around and various other spaces. It's clearly very popular for groups but also great for families. They even had an 18+ area.

The brewery part of the premises is understandably off limits to the public, but the folks here have cleverly put a glass wall in so you can see through at all the shiny vats fermenting the different pilseners, ales and lagers. We went in and had the different stages and temperatures of the brewing process explained to us and how it was transferred from one vat to another. Extremely interesting. The brewing business here has grown significantly and they now send brews far and wide - even exporting to Japan.








We sampled a few drinks as well. Mlady had the dark lager, her preference, and it was extremely tasty with no bitter aftertaste.

I had the Pale Ale, also my beer of choice, and found it extremely good - and the next few were just as nice!!!

There are of course more options than just these two available but we stuck to our favourites.


Of course if your sipping a few brews in the lounge bar a few pizza's go oh so well. We started with a capsicum pizza which was freshly made in the oven in the same room! It arrived nicely presented on an elongated wooden board. It had a lovely thin crisp base and plenty of topping. The next pizza was a tasty pancetta one. Our final pizza was a Margherita - an old favourite of ours and an almost certain choice every time. All the pizza's were very tasty!


The Australian Brewery is a great all-rounder. They can handle big functions down to just a couple visiting. Take the time to visit - it's well worth it. Their brews are very tasty as well - so it's easy to see why they're expanding! Service was fast and friendly as well. 

Sir and Mlady were guests of the Australian Brewery. Special thanks to Andrew Beck, Mark and Andrew for taking the time to show us around and for looking after us on our visit. Thanks also to Jonas 'Roy' Tobias from Men at Work Comms for arranging our visit. 











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Friday, 29 August 2014

CASA RISTORANTE ITALIANO - KING ST WHARF, SYDNEY

Casa Ristorante Italiano
42-48 The Promenade
King St Wharf
Sydney

The views here are amazing! The new Casa Ristorante Italiano sits right on King St Wharf looking out across the water towards the Maritime Museum and Darling Harbour. These are million dollar views - and it seems the folks just down the wharf at Barangaroo agree.

Casa is a large place, seating up to 250 guests. However it is cleverly set out in different sections so they can cater for the many without seeming crowded. It's understandably going to be popular for groups and functions - its location helps but the tasty food actually makes this happen. They've kept parts of the previous menu but added to it cleverly.

The red white and green glasses above the bar mirrored the Italian flag.






















We started with one of our favourites when eating Italian - arancini. This version of the traditional fried risotto balls were stuffed with pumpkin and smoked mozzarella and came resting on dollops of chilli mayonnaise. They looked great and tasted just as good.

I had a rum based creation from the bar to start with which was delicious and Mlady had a glass of Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon.





















The Olive E Capperi is a great starter to nibble on - and we kept grazing on them throughout dinner.

The dish was nicely presented in a cute cast iron pan filled with young olives and capers marinated with chilli, garlic and sage.

A few slices of bread were more than a garnish but we predominantly stuck to the lovely olives.

Our next (third) starter was another great version of an old favourite - fiori di zucca.

These crisp battered zucchini flowers were stuffed with goats milk fetta, black olives, semi-dried tomatoes and served with chilli jam.

The crisp batter on the outside and the gooey filling inside went so well together. The added tang of the black olives, semi-dried tomatoes and chilli jam capped it all off so well.

I'm a sucker for a good pork belly dish and this was a lovely combination and cooked so well. .

The crispy pork belly came with truffle mash, seared scallops and cabbage and was finished with an apple mousse and cider reduction.

The meat was extremely tender and the crackling was deliciously crisp with the side of scallops and the sauces combining perfectly.

The wood fired pizza oven has pride of place at Casa and they deliver great pizzas from it.

We tried a Genovese pizza - made with citrus infused prawns, creamy pesto, fior di latte mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, pancetta and walnuts.

Wow. It looked amazing and tasted soooo good. It was a complex pizza but it all went together very well.













Mlady was in a pasta kind of mood so she chose the Aragosta & Granchio Ravioli (Lobster and Crab Ravioli).

This was described as the chefs homemade ravioli filled with lobster and crab and finished with a shellfish butter sauce.

She loved every mouthful of it - she even used the bread from the olives to soak up the sauce! Oink.






















Dessert time had finally arrived - an essential part of every meal!

I wanted something quite sweet so I chose the warm chocolate tart. It was served with strawberries, pistachio, salted caramel and ice cream.

It was a warm chocolate tart that was runny and rich with everything combining nicely. It certainly hit the spot.

Mlady continued her love of tiramisu with the Classic Tiramisu.

It was silky soft and oh so smooth.

The chocolate soil was crunchy and melted in her mouth and it was a unique addition to a classic dessert. It clearly tasted pretty good as well because she was very reluctant to share any of it - but I eventually did get a mouthful.


Casa is a lovely venue in a lovely location. The food is certainly a highlight - presented well and with interesting and tasty combinations. Service is personal and personable. It ticks all the boxes.

Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Casa Ristorante Italiano and The Platinum Group. Special thanks to Daniela, Hannah and Kai for looking after us so capably and nicely on our visit. A big thanks also to Sacha for arranging our visit.



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Thursday, 28 August 2014

ZIGI'S ART WINE CHEESE BAR - CHIPPENDALE, SYDNEY

Displaying OX - new art 28 aug 14.jpgZigi's Art Wine Cheese Bar
86 Abercrombie St
Chippendale, Sydney

The name says it all. This is a very diverse place! First of all you have Zigi Ozeri, the live wire host and owner. Not surprisingly he matches the place - quirky, lively and fun! Even though it's called an Art Wine Cheese Bar it has great food as well with an Ausraeli theme - but adding "Restaurant" may make the name just to long.


The people at the table next to us were there on on a cheese journey. They were having five different cheeses - each matched with a different wine - and they were loving it. Another group were in the front bar for drinks. Others were there for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles while some were there to dine for the night, like us. Later on even more people arrived for a night cap. Zigi's is diverse.



One of the specialties of the house is the handmade labne cheese sprinkled with za'ater, drizzled with olive oil and served with pita.

This was so smooth and so tasty.

We love labne and this was certainly one of the best we've had. The za'ater and olive oil added even more complexity and a bit of texture. Fortunately there was plenty of it too. Yum.



Next was something seafood - but with a twist.

The falafel prawns were served with an amba relish and a paprika emulsion. The falafel enveloped and went nicely with the prawns. The crisp outer and soft texture inside was a delight.

The amba relish - a mango based sauce that is often served with falafel - that the prawns rested on, was also delicious.



















The seared scallops with chorizo soil was another tasty and unique dish.

The white chorizo soil was surprisingly subtle, going very well with the scallops without overpowering their delicate flavour.

The scallops were perfectly cooked too, with a light hand in the kitchen ensuring they were served "just right".



















The wow dish of the night in terms of appearance would have undoubtedly been the beetroot mille feuille.

It looked simply spectacular with its splashes of different colours and joyously it all tasted just as good as well.

It came with feta mousse, basil chips and a dotted drizzle of citrus vinaigrette.


It would almost be a sin to visit Zigi's and not have some cheese! We had a selection chosen by the enigmatic Zigi himself and they were all amazing. The cheese list here is impressively long and diverse like the venue! The cheeses come from everywhere and in all textures and flavours. It's a cheese lovers heaven! The giant sheet of hand made lavosh that comes with the cheese looked spectacular and went so well.




The venue is quite large, but separated into many different areas. You enter into the bar area from the side street, but this leads through one way into the dining area while the other way takes you into the massive kitchen that is also used for regular cooking classes. Upstairs is a private dining room and also where the art is displayed. And of course you can't go to Ziggi's without noticing the man himself. He's everywhere and such a character!

Zigi





Zigi's Art Wine Cheese Bar has so much. You can drink there, eat there (they specialise in Ausraeli food), learn to cook, go on a cheese journey, look at local art upstairs (and buy it - Zigi is a strong supporter of the arts community), see films and attend food, wine and music events.

There's always something happening, and always something different to look forward to! The quality of the food and drinks were worth the visit alone!


The cooking school details are here: https://www.facebook.com/ZIGISCookingSchool

Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Ziggi's Art Wine Cheese Bar. Special thanks to Zigi Ozeri for arranging our visit and for being such dynamic host.


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