Sweet Jesus hails from Toronto and their Metrotown location is their first in BC. There was a lot of hype when they first opened in Toronto and they have since expanded across Ontario and into Alberta and now BC. Their Metrotown store is located near Superstore. Sweet Jesus is known for their soft serve cones that are smothered in a variety of toppings. With names like Rocky Road Rage and Hella Nutella, there will be something for your sweet tooth here. I came last month when they were doing a buy one get one 50% off deal.Continue reading →
Minami is the sister restaurant of Miku, which is well known for their aburi sushi and ocean views due to their location next to Canada Place. Minami is located in Yaletown and although there’s no view, the menu is similar. I was here as part of a Bachelorette party and super excited for some aburi sushi!Continue reading →
The Hot Chocolate Festival has been on for a few weeks now and will be ending in 4 days on Feb. 14th but I’m still going to blog about it. When I first saw the hot chocolate from Soirette, I did think it looked gimmicky but since I worked nearby anyway, I decided to pay them a visit with my coworker. Soirette is located near Coal Harbour and it is a bit out of the way to get to but the 19 Pender bus does pass by their store. They mainly specialize in macarons but for the hot chocolate festival, they’ve come up with 2 special drinks.
We came for the Dazzling Mermaid to see what all the fuss was about. This pretty drink was a wild blueberry cheesecake and butterfly pea white hot chocolate and it comes with a cute little seashell macaron! I really enjoyed the whipped cream with the addition of sprinkles and candy bits. The mermaid tail is a piece of chocolate as well but I let my coworker have it so I didn’t try it. The drink itself tastes like liquid cheesecake and the butterfly pea makes the drink blue.
What I enjoyed more was actually the Mining for Vibranium drink. This was a coconut ash and black sesame dark hot chocolate. I like dark chocolate more and I love black sesame so I thought this was the best of both worlds. The hot chocolate was not too sweet and tasted more like a hot chocolate than the Dazzling Mermaid. I loved the chocolate and black sesame rim as well. The Vibranium inspired truffle was equally delicious and smooth with the same black sesame and dark chocolate flavours as the drink. I would get this again if I could!
I haven’t been to Soirette in a few years and noticed that they changed the layout of their store. They no longer have any seating inside and they seem to have expanded their baking area in the back. There is a small bench outside if you want to have your drinks there.
I didn’t really peg Water St. Cafe as a brunch destination but turns out I was wrong. We were having brunch here to start off a Bachelorette party and they let us have their private room upstairs for “free” since no one else had booked it. Usually they would have to enforce a set menu on us if we wanted to book the room.Continue reading →
Yomie’s Rice x Yogurt opened up a few months ago but I haven’t gotten around to writing about it. They had insanely long line ups and I wasn’t about to join them but luckily my boyfriend and his friends went and he brought one back for me to try.
As their name states, this is literally a purple rice and yogurt drink. It tasted exactly as described. The purple rice was nice and chewy and you will feel quite full after. The yogurt consistency wasn’t thick and it wasn’t too sweet or tart. I’m not really a fan of this type of yogurt though so I wasn’t that impressed and I don’t understand why so many people were lining up for it! It wasn’t bad, just not for me.
Line ups have since died down at Yomie’s and they’re probably the only place that sells a rice and yogurt drink in Sydney so it’s worth a try if you’re curious.
Haven Specialty Coffee is a well known cafe right beside Central Station, just steps away from the exit towards Elizabeth Street. There is currently some construction going on outside for the light rail. It’s a very convenient spot to grab brunch if you don’t want to walk too far.
I was in a French Toast kind of mood so I ordered the Miso French Toast with seasonal fresh fruit, ginger rhubarb, tofu cream, miso butter, and red beans on brioche bread. After reading the description again, I don’t recall any red beans in my dish… I thought everything tasted a bit too carmelized, aka burnt so it wasn’t a pleasant flavour. The bread was not as soft and fluffy as I expected either. Furthermore, I also didn’t like the way they cooked the fruit. I didn’t feel like the elements in the dish went well together so unfortunately this dish was a miss for me. I was looking for something a bit sweeter and the flavour profile here was more burnt/acidic so it didn’t work for me.
I would come back to try their other dishes though since they consistently get good reviews. The service was also excellent!
Fika is a new cafe in the Chippendale area next to Central Park Mall. The cafe space is really pretty with tons of colourful flowers near the entrance when you walk in. The flowers really set the mood for this cafe! The walls are a bluish grey hue and there are floor to ceiling windows which provide a lot of light. I’ve never been to their original location before but I’ve seen plenty of photos of their matcha/black sesame Totoro swiss roll and chiffon cakes! These are also available at Fika as well.Continue reading →
Happy New Year! I’m back in Vancouver now but still catching up on some Sydney posts. Lil Miss Collins has a location in Westfield Burwood as well as an outdoor location in Parramatta just a block down and around the corner from Westfield. It will be hot if you plan to visit in the summer though. It felt very quaint and rustic there, kind of like you’re just sitting in someone’s backyard.
I stopped by for some Barnhouse Avo. This was their version of avo toast which featured toasted activated charcoal sourdough (so trendy!) with heirloom tomatoes, avocado, beetroot hummus, kale and feta topped with a poached egg, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, mixed herbs and zaatar spices. The heirloom tomatoes and avocados had a zesty flavour to them and the beetroot hummus was delicious and brought a pop of colour to the plate. I discovered beetroot hummus this year and I can’t get enough of it! I like it so much more than regular hummus.
It is avo toast at the end of the day so I’m not going to rave about it but they do have other yummy menu items like their Nutella Waffles or Phoenician Kafta Bowl.
It was another sunny day in Sydney and I was off to explore Mosman and Balmoral Beach. I don’t really go to the north shore that often since I live in Lidcombe. Of course this outing would involve brunch, specifically at The Mews Mosman. I’m really going to miss the beautiful Australian cafes and brunches when I leave. :( They have a lot of outdoor seating and they were still quite busy at 2pm.
On this occasion I was feeling a bit healthier and wanted something vegetarian although the Ricotta Hotcake was a very tempting choice. The Grilled Halloumi Stack came with spiced eggplant, heirloom tomato, cucumber, tomato relish, coriander, crispy quinoa, grilled halloumi, green balsamic, poached egg and sourdough toast. I actually really like eggplant now although I used to hate it due to the mushy texture but I’ve found ways to accept it into my life. I like it deep fried, grilled or served with some sort of spicy sauce. In this instance, the spiced eggplant was delightful and I enjoyed the array of different veggies.
There were two pieces of grilled halloumi here and they gave the dish some texture as they were quite chewy. The halloumi also added some saltiness to the dish to balance it out and the tomato relish was creamy and tangy. At first I didn’t know what it was as it kind of looked like pureed squash. Also after reading the menu description again as I’m writing this, I don’t think I noticed any crispy quinoa?
Sydney seems to have an abundance of Japanese inspired cafes which is great because they’re right up my alley. Cafe Kentaro is situated on Bourke Street in Surry Hills, just down the road from Bourke Street Bakery. You may have heard of Cafe Kentaro’s sister restaurant, Cafe Oratnek, which is in Redfern. I had tried to go to Cafe Oratnek once but was faced with a long line up so didn’t end up trying it. I had seen photos of Cafe Kentaro’s omurice and was determined to try it. Thankfully, no line ups this time!
There were a plethora of other amazing dishes on the menu like their signature katsu sandwich, natto pasta linguine, matcha french toast and chicken doria that would warrant a repeat visit. In addition, they also have a selection of matcha desserts like the matcha mille feuille, matcha lamington and matcha brownie that got me all excited inside.
The Kentaro Style Omurice features tomato fried rice, peas, bacon, cheese, creamy egg omelette and a dark miso mushroom gravy. It was garnished with some salad leaves, green onion and a sprinkle of cheese. After I tried the miso mushroom gravy, I get kept going back for more. It had such an interesting depth of flavour to it. The tomato fried rice was interspersed with bits of savoury bacon and cheese that elevated every bite. The egg was creamy as advertised and went so well with the mushroom gravy. There are a few different types of mushrooms here and it’s not just a mushroom flavoured gravy. Everything was just delicious! I didn’t end up trying omurice when I was in Japan but with a dish like this, I probably don’t need to.