Tacos El Gordo was featured on an episode of Tasty: Friend in Town and was also highly rated on Yelp. I was looking forward to some authentic Mexican food since the US is closer to Mexico and they seem to have more Mexican food available. Tacos El Gordo is located near the Wynn hotel.
We were not prepared for the amount of people lining up outside and inside the crowded store. I have never seen this many people at a taco shop before! There was someone at the door directing customers to which line they can join. They have lines based on which protein you wanted e.g. carne asada (steak), al pastor (pork), lengue (beef tongue) etc. Then you can choose how you want your meat. e.g. tacos, quesadillas, vampiros, sopes, mulas, tostadas etc. We had to Google what some of these things were.
It is best to come with multiple people so you can stand in different lines and try different proteins. Be prepared to wait at least 20-30 minutes.
Yardbird came up on Yelp as one of their most popular and highly rated restaurants. Their chicken and waffles dish sounded amazing but was also really pricey ($36 USD which is about $45 CAD). Since I love fried chicken I had to try it.
They have a bar/lounge area on one side and another more brightly lit dining room. We made a reservation for brunch at 10am (when they open) and were promptly seated. Yardbird is located inside the Venetian. It still surprises me that there are people gambling in the morning… or maybe they never went home?
My first trip to Europe was to London! Flat Iron came up a few times in my food search and they’re known for their simple menu featuring the flat iron steak for £11 (or about $18.75). They have various locations across London and we went to the one in Soho. We arrived at about 6:15pm and waited about 30 minutes. They always have a line up so be prepared to wait!
They give you a small cleaver for a knife which was pretty cute! Made me feel dangerous >=)
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.
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.