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Monday, 27 July 2015

CUCKOO CALLAY - NEWTOWN, SYDNEY

Cuckoo Callay
Newtown Railway Station
Shop 324B Erskineville Rd.
Newtown, Sydney

Cuckoo Callay was once the new kid on the block in Newtown, but now it's become one of the go-to places.

It's gained a reputation for highly innovative drinks and food that ends up being heavily photographed as a result.

It's not a massive space but they use the inside and outside areas very well, with tables and benches well positioned to fit plenty of people in without having them on top of each other.

The whole place has a relaxed, friendly vibe to it and it is anything but beige.

We've visited Cuckoo Callay quite a few times before, but always seize the opportunity to revisit this lovely and memorable place.





















The coffee at Cuckoo Callay is certainly impressive.

So many people stop here for the coffee alone and they do a roaring trade in take aways as well as those people sitting in.

For us, it was our first coffee of the day - such an important ritual - and it was - aaahh - lovely!









Often it's Mlady heading towards the burgers by choice, but this time Sir lead the charge.

The Wildly Boaring Burger was anything but boring - but it was boar!

It had a delicious wild boar pattie - yes wild boar - you really should try it!

Boar is really from the pig family so if you like pork you'll probably like boar - although it often has a slightly stronger flavour. Interestingly, boar is actually leaner than pork too - so this is kind of a healthy burger - at least that's what Sir wanted to believe!

It was made from Cajun spiced pulled wild boar with a tangy bacon relish and molten Manchego all inside a brioche bun.

It was a big burger with prominent flavours. It looked great and tasted just as good.

M'lady chose the colourfully named - Purple Rain.

She loves the song so trying a dish comprising beetroot cured salmon, organic quinoa, chargrilled broccolini, sugar snap peas, avocado, kale, chilli, feta, toasted almonds and all topped with a 63 degree egg wasn't difficult. It was a great dish with fresh flavours and great yolk!

Despite plenty of great coffee, Cuckoo Callay offers some absolutely amazing drinks that tease the taste buds just by reading them on the menu. Sir chose the peanut butter and jelly milkshake. It was so indulgent and also so delicious. Treat yourself!  




Dessert is something you have to try here - and they're usually unusual, impressive and they make most people stare at your table.

We chose the strangely and uniquely named "Ya Bacon Me Crazy".

This was a very large buttermilk waffle as the base topped with dollops of caramel and cinnamon ice cream, surrounded with plenty of Black Forrest Smokehouse maple bacon.

It was then drizzled with maple syrup and speared with a giant rasher of chocolate coated bourbon bacon.

It had a huge wow factor to it and everyone nearby was asking what it was.

The taste was just as great too. It was a great mix of flavours that may sound weird at first but which worked so well together. We loved this!

Cuckoo Callay is one of the cutest places around. It has a great feel and it's somewhere to get some great food and drinks - and some very unusual things as well. They even have a kids menu and a dogs menu!

Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Cuckoo Callay. Special thanks to Tyson, Vincent and Cinzia for looking after us - and to the lovely owners Ibby and Ella for inviting us.
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SOUL ORIGIN - HORNSBY, SYDNEY

Soul Origin
K108 Westfield Hornsby
236 Pacific Highway
Hornsby, Sydney

Soul Origin is a chain of cafe/fresh food places spreading across Sydney like wildfire lately. They always seem to have plenty of customers too.

Their food is always viewable and the colours certainly attract attention. The food looks nice and fresh - and you can even see more of it being prepared in the open plan kitchens behind the counters as well.

This place, inside Westfield Hornsby and in front of Coles, has a very open plan feel to it. There are also plenty of larger tables for sharing or for bigger groups.


















Breakfast, or in reality a quick brunch on the run in this case, was the order of the day this time. Sadly there wasn't sufficient time in the diary to linger for a leisurely brunch - which for us is more of a Sunday thing (and this was a Saturday).

The salmon Benny met the necessary requirements for a quick bite. It was ready-made and of course had smoked salmon in it! It was simple, quick, tasty and very affordable at just under $7.00.



















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Friday, 24 July 2015

WOK CHOW - CONCORD, SYDNEY

Wok Chow
92 Majors Bay Rd
Concord, Sydney

The area has predominantly Italian and Greek eating houses, so this modern Asian jewel in the crown of Concord is one you must treat yourself to. On approach, you are immediately drawn in by the upbeat feel of the place with its heated outdoor area and stylish decor. We were greeted at the door and shown through the open dining room to a cosy booth table. The place has a great vibe, decorated in warm Asian murals and black contrasts with a vibrantly lit and funky cocktail bar.

The menu looks great and there is a tempting specials board. Owner Phil explained the dishes we were interested in, the specials and their ingredients in some detail.

Johnny at the bar suggested we try the cocktail of the day, which was a raspberry martini.  That sounded too good to pass up and it was truly delectable.


Although the choice was tough, we decided on the Pork and Prawn Dumplings and Chow Fan Noodles to start with.

The dumplings were very tasty and came served in a light soy sauce.

The delicious Chow Fan Noodles were rolled rice noodle topped with a slightly sweet sesame sauce.

We loved them both.


Then our mains arrived.

Our first main was the lovely Salt and Pepper king prawns. We were advised that these are a very popular dish at Wok Chow and we could easily see why.

They were so crispy on the outside and yet stayed succulent and tender inside.

They were quite a treat.


The Peking Duck Breast Pancakes did not disappoint either. This was a great share dish which you assemble yourself from the generous serving of crispy-skinned duck, shallots, cucumber and hoisin sauce. So delicious.

We witnessed the golden house-cooked duck coming out of the oven and being sliced for this dish so we know it isn’t outsourced!












The Black Pepper and Garlic Beef in a hot pot was simply melt-in-the-mouth and full of flavor. We loved this dish! Now although we don’t get too excited about fried rice, Phil persuaded us to give it a try. It was wonderful stuff and it tasted very different. We realised it had less oil and plenty of fresh herbs, making it an exceptional fried rice. In fact, the freshness of the ingredients really shone through in all the food.

As we just couldn’t manage dessert,  we ordered a lovely cappuccino.  The staff are very accommodating here and go out of their way to give the diners what they want. Specialty teas on offer can be blended to your individual taste, a sort of mix and match option.

With a little notice, Phil and his team can even put on a special banquet for your group if you crave a certain something and it’s not on the menu. (Think mud crab or salt and pepper lobster!)



At the end of the evening we were very happy and both agreed we would be back for more. It’s a top quality stylish eatery with a lot to offer.

Even the staff come back and dine here when they are not working, which says a lot. Fully licensed but also BYO wine if you prefer, Wok Chow seats around 40 inside and the same outside. It's open from 5pm until late every day and also do a popular take away trade too.

Newsflash: Wok Chow hosts a Mingles Night (singles and friends) every Tuesday evening with $10 cocktails and $5 wines to help break the ice! Other theme nights are also regularly featured.

BBQ and Hot Pot tables are also available for groups of 6 or more when booked in advance.


Those Dames, who are now doing reviews for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Wok Chow. Thanks to owner Phil together with Maggie and Johnny for their warm and welcoming service and thanks also to head chef Jian Li and his team who make the kitchen sparkle. Special thanks also to Jo Lincoln from  redesignIT for arranging this visit.


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RAMEN ZUNDO - SYDNEY CBD

Ramen Zundo
Shop 1030 World Square
644 George St
Sydney CBD

Ramen Zundo is the hugely popular provider of a variety of tasty and hearty meals inside one of the many laneways that form part of World Square in the CBD.

A lot of places in the area are popular, but this one almost always has a long queue snaking its way out the entrance and into the bustling laneway outside.

Ramen Zundo does serve take away and churns through plenty of meals this way, but they also have inside and outside seating at their restaurant as well. Service is efficient and fast so don't let the queue scare you.




















In case you didn't know, Ramen is a hearty, rich noodle soup that is usually made from a meat based broth. Pork is very commonly used and this was the order for today. Whilst it comes in the one bowl for those dining in, you get the base and the broth is separate bowls for take away. You then simply add the broth when you're ready to eat. It's a big meal for a big appetite and perfect for a cold day.



You end up with a big bowl of steaming soup filled with noodles, cabbage and several slices of meat (pork in this case).

It's certainly not something to get unless you're quite hungry as it's big.

Because this place is so popular it's very busy.

If you're planning to go on a weekday at lunch time you are probably best advised to get there either early or late - otherwise join the queue which does move pretty quickly.

It's worth visiting though. The Ramen is delicious and people travel to get it.



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