The Smoothie Co.

The Smoothie Co. is a pop-up bar that you can find at events in Sydney. I came across this cute little bar, during my visit to The Finders Keepers markets a few days ago and we were currently on a hunt for a healthy smoothie/drink option. They were where the other foodie stalls were and had fresh vegetables and fruits on their tables.

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E wanted to get a smoothie, but instead he got a bowl haha. He couldn’t even finish it because it was so much! I had a taste of it as well, and the consistency wasn’t too thick and not too creamy.

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Lean Machine Acai Bowl $12 – Acai, banana, avocado, organic cacao coconut protein, organic almond milk and yummy toppings!

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Clean Green Smoothie $9 – Kale, avocado, green super-foods powder, banana, organic agave, coconut water, ice

When I had a sip of mine, it was delicious! It looked healthy and when drinking it I felt proud of myself that I stayed away from the other sweet drinks. I absolutely love how the consistency came out to be, there blends are perfect! I actually wanted to try the Salted Caramel smoothie…. maybe next time.

RATE: 4/5

Brooklyn Social

17 Randle St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

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Before heading to a social event yesterday night, I wanted to go out for lunch with the boyfriend but he arrived so late that it turned into dinner instead! I’ve previously seen pictures of this eatery and really wanted to check it out. 

Service: 

The service is what you’d expect from a laid-back, chill location like this. When we first entered, we thought it was not open yet because I thought that the service staff were customers. They looked like people who were just waiting at the bar haha. But when I asked if they were open, they said yes and a guy showed us to our seats and asked us in a very “chill” way what we wanted. Water was brought out for us and poured *thumbs up*. It didn’t take too long for our food to come out, and I’m very impatient so another thumbs up for them.

Interior: 

I think they were trying to recreate an American-style pub, with not so comfortable seatings and small tables. Oh I found it very cute how on the table there was ketchup and mustard! Very dim inside, but it was also spacious. I think on some nights they have a DJ playing so people can have enough space to dance about. The bar is on one side, tables in-between  and the other end was an outdoor smoking area.

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The funniest thing happened at the start, we were sooo lost because we couldn’t find the place. We were where the gps was showing us, but when we got there it was like it vanished! We looked about again and discovered that it’s entrance was covered by big, thick black fly screens (I think that’s what they are called?).

Menu:

The menu was interesting, it featured American diner food like burgers, fries, waffles, mac and cheese foodies and other cheesy, fatty fills haha.

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I was very surprised to find that the menu items, were not pricey for me. Like the average price, from what I can remember  was about $14 or less. Their ribs was close to $30! They had a unique range of gins, imported beer and wines.

Orders:

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His: Brooklyn Special $12 – meat, cheese, dill pickles, onions and the pub’s home sauce.

Hers: The Lucky Cow (I’m still a vegan, so I got myself a vegan burger) $12 – chickpea, sesame burger, tomato, capsicum, salsa and citrus onions. 

Entree: Mac and Cheese Balls $6 – 5 juicy balls *drool*

Positives:

I really like the ambience the venue gave, it was relaxed from the start. I could eat without having to worry whether I talked to out or ate to messy haha. The music in the background played some awesome American tunes, that blended perfectly with the pub’s theme. Oh and I could hear what my boyfriend was saying, don’t you hate eating at places when music plays way too loud?

Negatives:

I guess the burgers was nothing remarkable, maybe cause it’s pub food, but honestly it was kinda a disappointment. I think it’s only good food if I was a bit tipsy and was hungry. The started off excited when the burgers came out, but towards the end I found it bland, that me and my boyfriend didn’t finish it off (left the buns out too). Though the Mac and Cheese Balls were a different story, when it entered my mouth, I felt like I was in cheese heaven.

Maybe, they can change their entrance too? I guess it’s different, but a pub shouldn’t be difficult to find.

RATE: 3/5

Venue 505

280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2016

This place is not a restaurant but a music venue that showcases many local talents everyday of the week. The first time I went there, I wasn’t welcomed with a big sign saying ‘Venue 505’ but instead the name of the place was written on the wall of the building, the place is quite easy to walk past. When you enter you will see that it is not a large room and it is filled with two booths, heavily painted wall, assortment of couches and chairs and a candle on every table. It is a very comfortable and ‘chill’ setting, with easy-listening music.

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The pictures I took is really dark, I really need to get a camera!

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Their menu was preety cute, brown burnt paper on a clipboard. But some of the menus had pages missing, which was frustrating. The food offered was not really extensive, just basic with share plates and small portions of food items. Though their beverage list was  a different story, offering a wide selection of beverages. When we ordered the food, we ordered it from a small bar at the back and they gave us a cute hulk toy as a means to identify us, I found that very different.

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The table ‘number’

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The bar at the back

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Home made chicken liver parfait $15 – chicken parfait of mederia, cognac, port and orange served with homemade citrus chutney and crisp flat bread.

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Aubergine Parmigiana $16.50 – I loved the oven roasted aubergines, combined with the homemade tomato sauce! The sauce was mixed with fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella and served with turkish bread.

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505 Ice Cream Sundae $12 – Their sundae was delicious! If only they served it in a bigger cup, its cream vanilla ice cream is served with homemade honeycomb, honey roasted mixed nuts and butterscotch sauce

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Sweet potato fries $8 – Sorry this photo does not give it any justice, but this was soooo yummy and fattening haha. The fries are served with a tasty garlic aioli.

The price in this venue was from a range of $6 – $26 for the food items, which is not at all expensive. The food in my opinion were much similar to small pub feeds but with a bit more sophistication. If you ever visit, I recommend trying their sundae!

RATE: 3/5 

The Russells Wine Bar

The Russell Hotel, 143A George St, The Rocks NSW 2000

For me and my partner’s 3rd year anniversary, we randomly chose this place to dine after a fantastic night tour! Located at a highly visited area, The Rocks, The Russells Wine Bar displays Australian wines, beers and local seasonal produce for their menu.

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It was really windy last night, so the bar provided a warm, calm shelter from the cold weather outside. It was like stepping into a modern, classy bar which contained a medium amount of chairs and tables, low to high with very friendly and casual staff. The food service was prompt as  each dish was not heavily packed with ingredients on medium sized plates. I did not order any alcohol that night, so I can’t give you a review on that area but from what I saw on their wine/beverage list it heavily concentrates on Australian beverages.

We sat on the high tables near the bar, from what I can see and feel, I think it is a great place to wind down or have a intimate conversation as the music did not overpower peoples’ voices which also sets a serene feel to the place.

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A simple layout of their menus

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Kosciuszko Pale Ale (Jindabyne, NSW) $6.5 – A light feel, sweet which kind of reminds of ciders.

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Hand Cut Chips $8 – This fresh item was very filling compared to the other food items ordered. It was nicely dressed with oil, good amount of salt on it and it still had the skin of potato on it. The garlic aioli was a great combination for the chips.

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Grilled Lamb $ 18 – With tapenade, atichokes and roast lemon aioli… this photo does not give it any justice. The meat was finely cooked, I remember the knife easily cutting it with the juice of the meat oozing out of it. Dressed with roast lemon aioli, it not only gave it great flavour but also helped combine all the ingredients together. Beautifully presented.

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Truffle Salami $14 – I found the candied walnuts too sweet for my liking and it just kept sticking on my tooth, but it was a great mix for the rest of the ingredients as it helped add dimension to the items. The salami was thinly sliced, which did not overpower the other ingredients but still added a different dimension. It was all fresh and the watercress and manchego cheese, was a great addition giving the dish varying types of flavouring.

RATE 3/5