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Saturday, 9 April 2016

It was time for a refresh! Sir and M'lady have moved websites!

Sir and M'lady Dine Out thank you so much for your support over the years our blog has grown. We are proud to say that we have moved to a new website to give you, the reader, a better experience. It will also allow the restaurants we review to have better exposure. Please check out www.sirandmladydineout.com for our new site, and for any new blog posts.

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

ANDIAMO - SUMMER HILL SYDNEY

Andiamo Trattoria
29 - 31 Lackey St
Summer Hill Sydney

What strikes you as you see Andiamo is just how big this place is.

There is inside and outside seating and they can fit 110.

Andiamo is deep and cavernous and the atmosphere is friendly, homey and comfortable.

There are two sections - where you sit in the restaurant and the other side (inside as well) caters for Pizza's.

An impressive hand-made wood fire oven cooks these delicious pizza's. It was very busy and you can either eat in or pick-up and take-away. You can chose a wine with your meal or BYO.

Sir and Mlady sat outside as it was a very pleasant evening.










Sir started the meal with an Italian beer - a Birra Moretti. This is a light golden coloured lager with a perfectly balanced, delicate malty flavour which was easy to drink. Mlady started and stayed with a GSM from Kurtz family in the Barossa Valley.





















Our first entrée was Polpette - to us this is Nonna's homemade Italian meatballs.

How good were these!

They were light and tasty and were in a lovely, thick and rich home made tomato sauce.

You can sometimes associate meatballs with being quite filling and heavy but these meatballs were the opposite - very light and oh so fluffy. 

We loved them!

From the "Specials Board" we had the figs wrapped in prosciutto with Gorgonzola and a balsamic glaze.

This had wonderful flavours and textures that were quite striking and they all complimented one another.

No one ingredient overpowered the other, which made this a very tasty entrée.


The pizza we tried was the Salsiccia - Italian sausage, bocconcini and fresh basil. Seriously - fresh basil has such a lovely aroma that it is almost hypnotic and combined with this very tasty sausage and bocconcini and lets not forget the wonderful pastry that holds all this goodness together - this pizza ticked all the boxes.

Spaghetti Marinara was our next main. This consisted of calamari, prawns, octopus, mussels, garlic and chilli served in a Napoletana sauce. Both being huge fans of seafood - combined with - spaghetti - this was such a flavoursome dish. The seafood was tender and coated in a yummy Napoletana sauce - we thoroughly enjoyed this. It also had a bite to it - nice!

Sir loves lamb so we tried the Tuscan slow roasted lamb with a lemon style base.

A lovely Tuscan salad partnered this.

The lamb was marinated for 24 hours and slow cooked for a minimum of 8 hours.

This was a big meal and great to share.

It was tender and Sir really loved the flavours.

A fresh vibrant salad went well with the dish too.










For dessert we had the home-made Tiramisu served with Espresso and we also had panna cotta topped with strawberries. These desserts were delicious! The were light fluffy and oh so very yummy. Combining the espresso with the Tiramisu enhanced the coffeeness (is there such a word?) even more.

To complete our really lovely meal we indulged in one of of favourite Italian liqueurs - limoncello. Seriously - how good is this! We love it!

Andiamo has in its name - trattoria del popolo - or casual Italian restaurant of the people.

It truly is this, and more. It's a vibrant lively place with great food and service in very relaxed and pleasant surroundings.

Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Andiamo. Thanks to France, Kevin and Antonio for looking after us on the night.

A very big thank you to Joe and Val for inviting us and for sharing their time and vision with us and to France for his time as well.

 Andiamo Trattoria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Friday, 25 March 2016

SOCIAL HIDEOUT PARRAMATTA, SYDNEY

Social Hideout
2a/20 Victoria Rd
Parramatta Sydney

Social Hideout is not actually located right on Victoria Road, so you may miss it if you're on the main road. In fact, a lane next to Coles takes you to down Social Hideout.

It's a beautiful oasis with indoor seating as well as plenty of undercover outdoor seating too. Social Hideout seats 70 - 85 and they serve breakfast til 2.30pm. They also have an extensive lunch menu here too.

Mlady went with the Baroness to have lunch and we sat inside. The atmosphere is casual and the staff are friendly.






















Social Hideout specialises in "cold
compressed juices and Mlady had to try this. She chose -The Zing - orange, carrot, ginger and turmeric. Mlady is a fan of ginger and not just the chocolate coated type. She gravitates to beverages that have ginger in them.

This drink was good. Cool, refreshing and very satisfying. The ginger was not at all overpowering - as it can sometimes be. The colour was so vibrant. Presentation too was appealing - arriving in what looked like a large jam jar with a handle which is very popular nowadays.

The Baroness chose the Bula Banana - banana, dates, granola, honey and yoghurt. Baroness commented - "that's lovely". Crushed fresh banana with a nice sweetness to it. Again presentation was appealing. These drinks were good.






















We tried the Avocado Smash - poached eggs, cherry truss tomatoes, fetta, lemon, basil and sourdough.

This was such a good dish! Fresh and so very appetising.

The tomatoes were lovely and sweet. Great taste and such wonderful combinations.

The gooey poached egg - nice. Also the colour - so visually appealing.

Thoroughly enjoyed this.

Next we tried the Bad Boy Burger - crumbed chicken, tomato, bacon, aioli, crunchy chips on a milk bun. We knew this was going to be "something". Sure enough - this burger had the WOW factor. This took you back to when you were a child and had a burger from your local "milk bar". It ticked all the boxes. The bun was soft and made it easy to eat the burger. Some buns can be a bit hard making eating difficult as the goodies fall out everywhere. This tasted so good and had such visual appeal. Loved the chips too. "Hamburger & chips" - how good is that!

Our last dish was the Chicken and Avocado salad - grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, avocado, Spanish onion, cucumber and house-made honey mustard dressing. Another visually appealing dish. Fresh vibrancy of colour, good crunch with the Spanish onion, lovely generous chunks of grilled chicken which was also nice and tender and nice fresh flavours.




















The food here at the charming oasis of Social Hideout is so good! You won't forget it.

Their menu has a really wide variety on offer - so there is definitely something for everyone.

The servings are also very generous in size too - they certainly don't skimp here so you won't leave hungry.

Social Hideout is a must visit for great food in a really nice environment.

Mlady and the Baroness dined as guests of Social Hideout. Thanks to Nader for chatting and taking care of us. Also thank you to Sindy for looking after us. Special thanks to Claire McPherson of CPM Online Marketing Solutions for arranging our visit.







 Social Hideout Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

PLAYA TAKERIA - DARLINGHURST, SYDNEY

Playa Takeria
132 Darlinghurst Rd
Darlinghurst, Sydney

There’s a little piece of Taco heaven in Sydney’s hip suburb of Darlinghurst and it’s called Playa Takeria. Situated on Darlinghurst road., not far from the iconic Coca-Cola sign, Playa Takeria is bringing a slice of the Caribbean right to the heart of Sydney.

The space is colourful (you could even say tropical) and oozes Mexican cantina atmosphere with bar stool seating inside and also a few tables outside, perfect for al fresco dining during the warm summer evenings.

Some of the stools inside are situated right on the window overlooking the street, a great spot to just sit and watch the world go by as you eat or drink.

The colourful feel of the restaurant is enhanced by a huge mural of Freda Kahlo done by Argentinean artist Skullavera. It’s quite striking.





















We started our Mexican culinary trip with a couple of Margaritas and Playa Takeria have quite a few you can choose from.

Count J, always more adventurous chose the Jalapeno Margerita whilst Count N decided to be a bit more conservative and opted for the seemingly milder Mango one.

Both drinks were full of flavour, strong and to our surprise, the Mango Margarita was actually quite spicy.

We were quite impressed with the rimming salt as well, an authentic version according to staff, right from the coastline of Playa del Carmen. It really added something to both drinks.

Now, If you’re like us and can’t quite decide what to have at a Mexican place, if you’re always tossing up between the nachos and the guacamole, the burrito or the taco, then fear no more folks because here at Playa Takeria they have a degustation menu, so you don’t have to think about a thing. We chose that and were told to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.

First  to arrive was some guacamole followed by cobs of corn. The guacamole was really fresh and loaded with zesty ingredients like coriander and lime. We scooped it up in no time with the fresh tortilla chips. The corn, or Elote De Barrio III as its formally called, was a mouth-watering combination of corn, cheese and mayonnaise. Sinking our teeth into it was so good.

We then enjoyed some ceviche.

A bright and light dish with lovely citrus aromas complementing the fish.

It was obvious the fish was prepared well, as you would expect, raw fish with the opaque appearance and firmed texture of cooked fish (the chef certainly knows what he’s doing).

So after three dishes, it was time for a short break from the food but of course more Margaritas. Hoping for something milder Count N went for a passionfruit one and Count J chose the classic. We weren’t disappointed.


Next, a selection of Tacos arrived, five different ones to be exact, all presently beautifully on a lovely platter. There was one for every mood. A delicious fish taco with guacamole and salsa, a hearty chicken taco with coriander and adobo sauce, a famous pork taco with pineapple, a slow cooked lamb taco with salsa verde and a beautiful Mexican truffle taco with haloumi.



All Tacos were fresh and delicious. Count N especially enjoyed the pork and pineapple taco, a combination we haven’t seen many times before whilst Count J, normally a fanatic carnivore, couldn’t get enough of the Mexican truffle (and the haloumi).

We finished up with a lovely set of fluffy churros for dessert. They were served with a decadent caramel dipping sauce which we couldn’t get enough of. The sauce was surprisingly delicious and we say surprising for two reasons. Firstly it was caramel and not chocolate and secondly, it was cold (but still totally delicious). The answer? Well according to staff, Dipping your Churros  in cold caramel sauce is the Mexican way to enjoy Churros.


Playa Takeria is the perfect choice for your next Mexican adventure. With an authentic cantina atmosphere, friendly staff and reasonable prices, it sure to satisfy your Mexican hunger. We're told that Timeout Magazine has said Playa have the best burritos in town (we just couldn’t fit any more food in) and on Monday’s they're only $10 each. Be sure to check it out.

But don’t worry, if you don’t like feel like leaving the house and you live in the Eastern Suburbs, Playa Takeria can deliver a little piece of Mexico right to your door as well. ‘Andale Ariba’.

The Counts, who review for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Playa Takeria. Special thanks to Ricardo and Pamela for arranging this visit.


Playa Takeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato