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Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Cafe Oratnek
4 Pitt St
Redfern, Sydney

A beautiful old terrace house in the middle of Redfern is the setting for this lovely eatery we visited for lunch. It has a leafy outdoor seating area with lavender-fringed gardens stocked with fresh herbs.

It was a beautiful day and although very new, the place was full of people. Inside, the décor was rustic and charming with rough cement walls and simple wooden tables.

We were greeted by the General Manager Daryl Russell, who showed us to our table and explained the dishes on the menu. The selection was very interesting and Japanese influenced, with some hot dishes, salads and “sandwiches” which were more substantial than you might expect.

Oratnek’s head chef Kenny Takayama is a former head chef of Bill’s at Darlinghurst , so we were eager to test the water here at his very own place.

The katsu pork fillet sandwich was a popular choice.

However, we decided on the Japanese fried chicken with house kimuchi and mayo. Who doesn't like fried chicken!

It was in fact a soft roll stuffed with delicious crispy chicken and the kimuchi  (a pickled cabbage slaw) was a very tasty addition.

To drink, Dame K ordered the homemade ginger beer with rhubarb and Dame M had the homemade lemonade. They were really fresh and not too sweet.

We both liked the look and sound of the spicy pork-stuffed chicken wings so we eagerly ordered these.

The lovely golden wings arrived served with crispy chips and a tangy and rich chunky chilli jam dipping sauce. 

The wings were wonderful and the unique pork filling was so moist and very tasty. 

As well as all these goodies we also had the miso bbq boneless beef short rib san choy bow.

The beef rib meat was so tender and deliciously marinated and it just fell apart as we scooped it on to the lettuce cups with piles of fresh salad and coriander dip.

It was a pleasure getting our hands dirty as we tucked into these!

 A few serviettes later we were ready for something sweet.

The use of green tea (matcha) has been gaining popularity in the dining scene and it was a feature of the desserts on offer here.

We chose a matcha lamington and a matcha cream puff to go with a good coffee and a pot of tea.

Both desserts were impressive. The lamington cake was very soft and moist inside and the cream puff was made with a choux style pastry and homemade sweet matcha filling. Light and delicious!

Café Oratnek is open every day for breakfast and lunch. Its not surprising this place is so popular even though it’s not in a high traffic area. Patrons obviously know about it and seek it out. These Dames are planning to go back to sample the lovely brekky menu in the near future.

Those Dames, who review for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Cafe Oratnek.  Big thanks to both Daryl and Kenny for their hospitality.

 Cafe Oratnek Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Max Brenner
Westpoint Shopping Centre
17 Patrick St
Blacktown, Sydney

Mlady popped in to Max Brenner at Blacktown Westpoint. This isn't a completely unusual event either. The whole Max Brenner chain is of course synonymous with - chocolate.

Even though it was a warm day she decided to still have a (skim) hot chocolate - how healthy. How good is their hot chocolate!!!

As hard as it was for her to refrain from indulging in the wonderful desserts and their decadent solid squares of chocolate - she decided to wait till next time!

 Max Brenner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 23 November 2015


Passion Tree
T67 The Interchange
436 Victoria Ave
Chatswood, Sydney

Light and bright, pink and white…..Passion Tree looks as sweet as its menu. With an industrial theme of concrete floors and exposed ceiling ducting, the décor is modern with lots of bright lights and coloured cushions. As you walk through the arched doorway the counter full of colourful cakes and macarons looks tempting and delicious.

An array of scattered white chairs hanging upside down from the ceiling were a fun, effective and very quirky touch.

 Jerry, behind the counter, explained the menu and the specials on offer. We started with a latte and a passionfruit soda. The coffee was good and the soda, which comes in different flavour choices, had a nice tang.

We decided to go for the chocolate fondue. Molten milk and dark chocolate bowls arrived surrounded by goodies to dip – strawberries, banana, cake, waffle pieces, macarons and marshmallows! It was a really good combination and we both loved it.

Dame D was keen to try the strawberry tower, so we ordered it together with the watermelon bingsoo. Both impressive to look at, there is even a competition for the best photo which is open until Christmas Day.

The strawberry tower was a thing of beauty – berry sorbet embellished with sliced fruit and whipped cream. It was a shame to destroy it but it was well worth it! A really refreshing dish. The watermelon bingsoo was as good as the picture too. Melon balls covering watermelon sorbet with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Yum! We noticed people passing by actually stopping to point at this treat and call others over for a look! As an indulgence it was a healthy one so we proudly gave it the thumbs up.


The final dish we just HAD to try was the waffles with caramel popcorn and cream. Wow.

It arrived in all it’s glory and the waffles were crispy and drizzled with syrup.

We barely had any room left for this but somehow it was too good to stop eating.

There are lots of interesting items on the menu here and lots of specials. You can also order cakes to take home which look amazing.

If you are in the mood for a sweet treat or you haven’t tried a bingsoo, Passion Tree certainly is worth a visit.

The station is close by so its easy to get to and a great place for a meeting point. We had a fun experience and felt quite spoilt after our sugar hit!

Those Dames, who review for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Passion Tree. Big thanks to Jerry for all his help. Special thanks to Gaby Mavridis of Sydney Public Relations for the invitation.

Passion Tree Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Saturday, 21 November 2015


Zilver Restaurant
Shop 6010/11 Westfield Bondi Junction
500 Oxford St
Bondi Junction, Sydney

Zilver restaurant has been drawing crowds at it’s Haymarket location for a long time now. Now the Zilver Group has expanded and opened this big and beautiful place at Westfield Bondi. It’s in the more glamorous part of the centre, away from the busier shops, so it doesn’t really feel like you are in a shopping centre. There is a lounge area outside the restaurant which is perfect for a pre-dinner drink.

We walked in past a sea of floral tributes, to an impressive bar area covered with glasses. Instinctively, we took one and went in to check out the venue. It’s such a big space with floor to ceiling glass at the back, overlooking Bondi Junction, with a private dining area which can be curtained off from the crowd. A steady stream of people arrived in dressy attire – owners, media, celebrities and politicians and the place soon filled up.

Plates of food were circulating and we tried some delicious spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce.

Then a particular favourite of Dame M's came by – little Peking duck pancakes. Soooo good! Crispy skin duck on the inside with hoisin sauce and shallots in soft wrapping! Apparently the other guests loved them too as they quickly disappeared.

Other tasty delights included deep fried calamari and some particularly awesome salt and pepper squid with a deliciously salty garlic crust. Yum!

The prawn hargow were succulent and delicious and the skewers with marinated beef and shitake mushrooms were also super tasty as well.

We also both loved the beautifully crispy honey prawns. Dame M thought everything was so delicious and Dame J eagerly agreed.

Our attention was requested for the arrival of the Chinese dragon and we gathered outside to watch the colourful cultural display of music and dancing. A lettuce was passed among the restaurant owners as a symbol of wealth and new beginnings. This was followed inside by some speeches by owners and celebrities while traditional cakes were offered to guests. The celebrations also included a short slideshow on the Zilver group and the cutting of a suckling pig (cooked, of course!)

So Zilver at Bondi Junction opened with a bang and we would have to say the food was exceptionally good. It’s open for yum cha during the day and again in the evening for a la carte. We both agreed we would be back to enjoy more of their delicious goodies.

Those Dames, who review for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Zilver. Big thanks to Zoe O'Sullivan of Sibling Agency for this invitation.

Zilver Bondi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato