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Monday, 25 August 2014


Bastille Dining and Terrace
105 Victoria Rd
Drummoyne, Sydney

This is such an interesting and diverse place. It's a deceptively large venue spread out over several distinct areas and seating around 100 people comfortably.

We started our evening in the casual terrace area with a few drinks. Mlady had a champagne and orange juice and I had a nice glass Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2013. It was such a lovely area and so nicely decorated. Just inside from this is a lovely private lounge area

Uniquely, Bastille also offers a pick up service (within a range). The unique aspect is that one of the cars that does pick ups is a Porsche!

How cool is that? It's all part of the fun funky experience they want everyone to have.

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of beef tartare - so the fact that it was on the menu was certainly appealing! It's something I always have in Paris - almost a tradition.

This version was simply delicious.

The beef was so tender and the flavours of the entire dish combined beautifully. It also looked so great as well.

Mlady will almost always order arancici if it's on the menu - and it was here!

The arancini had a smokey taste - smoked cheese we think - which was quite subtle and pleasant.

They were beautifully crisp on the outside and the rich sauce they rested on went so well.

Mlady didn't want to share any of these!

We both love salt and pepper squid to either share or have solo as an entree. It's an old faithful we know - but so nice if done well.

This was so appetisingly presented, spread out across the plate with an appealing garnish and drizzle.

The squid was nice and crispy on the outside and soft and tender inside.

One of the house specialities is the eye-fillet steak - and it's easy to see why as soon as it reaches the table.

The meat was beautifully cooked - medium rare, as ordered - and melted in my mouth and it was delicious.

Another glass of the Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2013 went nicely.

Mlady had another of Bastille's specialities - Bastille chicken. It's a lightly crumbed and fried tender piece of chicken - like a schnitzel - nicely presented on a board with a tasty side serving of arabiata sauce.

A light squeeze of lemon on it and it disappeared very quickly despite its huge size.

She accompanied it with a lovely glass of La Mura Nero d'A Vola 2012 from Noto in Sicily.

We both agreed on a few side dishes that would work with either of our main courses. The hand cut chips were crisp on the outside and fluffy inside. They were delicious - but we knew this already from the earlier reactions from the people at the table next to us!

A serving of broccolini added a bit of colour to both our plates and it was lightly done and very tasty.

We both love creme brulee but I got in quickly and chose this dessert after it was again recommended by a nearby table.

It was an extremely generous serving and a very tasty brulee as well.

It had a nice texture that was not runny at all and a lovely crust of toffee on top.

Mlady chose the mousse fondant for dessert - she was clearly in need of something chocolate finish to her meal.

Her comment - OMG a must have. It certainly looked impressive too with a great combination of chocolate that held form nicely not melting or dissolving as some do.

A lovely Gewurztraminer paired nicely with dessert.

Bastille Dining and Terrace is a lovely place to have a drink, snack or meal. It has young passionate staff who make you feel welcome and wanted. The food is impressive and it's a great addition to the Drummoyne and Sydney dining scene.

Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Bastille Dining and Terrace and its owner Daniel. Thanks also to Chris and Nicolas for looking after us so well on our visit.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014


Vicinity Dining and Bar
90-96 Bourke Rd (Cnr Collins St)
Alexandria, Sydney

Vicinity Dining have added to their lunch and dinner options with a new breakfast menu designed by Renae Smith, a well known contestant on Masterchef in their 2014 season.

It's a big place but set out in several sections to avoid a cavernous feel - and there's outside seating as well.

There's a heavy emphasis on healthy fresh food but the choices are all packed with flavour. If you prefer gluten free, vegan or vegetarian then there are plenty of choices for you - but also plenty of other options as well!

I was at a Media Launch and I was joined by the Duke for breakfast - who's always great company and loves a healthy meal!

Probably my favourite dish of the day was the salmon stack. It looked spectacular and tasted just as great.

It was creme fraiche and very tasty smoked salmon piled high on sourdough and topped with capers and lemon myrtle salt.

The combination went so well together and it was a fresh and tangy start to the day.

The Vicinity take on French toast looked so colourful.

It had scattered half slices of toast garnished with fresh fruit. I have to confess to being a French toast fan and this light and fruity combination was great.

Their super bircher was also impressive (see middle picture above) but due to space limitations (my stomach space that is) I didn't get to try it.

Vicinity are using some quality and tasty ingredients supplied by the likes of The Protein Bread Company (the Duke already lives on and swears by this stuff) - founder Anna Hopkins was there, Charlies Balls (tasty healthy guilt free treats) - founder Charlie de Haas was there too, CoYo (makers of tasty coconut milk yoghurt) - Abe Hanara was there representing them, and of course Pepe Saya - who doesn't love their butter! The emphasis on fresh and quality shines through and it's tasty food. 

Anna Hopkins, Charlie de Haas
and Abe Hanara
Renae Smith

Of course if you're desperately seeking a bacon and egg roll for you're starter then you won't be disappointed either.

This was delicious with maple bacon and the good dollop of house made tomato relish was another nice addition.

Another unique dish was the African baked beans.

They came in their own little copper saucepan - I grabbed one of these quickly and couldn't bring myself to share it.

There was so much food, and so many choices, it was a difficult exercise to know where to start or which ones to try. We did try to taste everything - but failed!

The big breakfast is exactly that - big! It has such a great range of different components as well - with eggs (of course), bacon, haloumi, mushrooms, tomatoes and onion jam. I grazed on this and sampled some of the eggs, mushrooms and haloumi. I wish I had saved more room to try a few other things from this plate!

Breakfast at Vicinity is certainly impressive.

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