Miss Lilly’s Kitchen

WEBSITE x Northern Beaches Market + Bondi Farmer’s Market

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When you take a bite, you will surely not be disappointed. As correctly stated, Miss Lilly approaches her savoury pies and rolls with ‘no-nonsense’. Beautiful created, perfectly mixed and measured but at the same time almost homely.

Miss Lily uses local produce, free-range and pasture-fed, with a killing range of fillings everyone can enjoy.

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RATE: 4/5

Federal Coffee Palace

350 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Whilst on the hunt looking for a brunch cafe, we stumbled upon this place after a not-so-quick stop at H&M. Federal Coffee Palace is located under the elegant, grand arches of Melbourne’s GPO.

We sat outside nearby the warmers, whilst being attended to by the friendly staffs. They had an array of choices, which is not too different from other cafes. Their coffee though was perfect! Nothing too fancy, but was an easy fill before the long day ahead.

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Hers: Grilled Vegetable Melt – with romanesco sauce and Tasmanian brie

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His: Belt Burger $12 – Turkish bun with bacon, tomato relish, fired egg and iceberg lettuce

RATE: 2/5

Knafeh Bakery

A Jerusalem street-food inspired bakery is just what Sydney needs! Amongst the trendy cafes and restaurants, another is added in a form of a shipping container that moves location.

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It’s a neat concept, especially since it is run by a Palestinian family which makes it feel more homely and let me tell you their service was on top! Knafeh is a Middle Eastern dessert, cheese to be more exact, that is ten topped with crushed pistachios and sugar syrup. To me it was like a large creme brûlée. The highlight of this night was the family feel of the place, sitting around a bon fire and eating under the stars. Oh and the fact that each baker was bearded, was definitely a sight! If you haven’t seen my Instagram, one went all out on my camera haha.

I’ll link a youtube video below of our experience.

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RATE: 4/5

House of Crabs

The Norfolk Hotel, Level 1, 305 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016

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A very spontaneous night indeed, went with two work mates after a long day of work to get some food in our bellies! I haven’t heard of this place and was so glad that I got introduced to this establishment, because I’ll be bringing my boyfriend the next time!

Service: 

The service wasn’t exceptional or anything, firstly because it’s a very casual place to eat at so you see the waiters with denim jeans on and a black top with their logo. Though, our waitress was very lively! Thumbs up for her. She gave us a brief run down on the menu and gave us her recommendations on which items we should try out, since there was just only three of us. Very helpful, because we ended up choosing items that were recommended by her. Other than that, bar service was a bit slow. For example I asked for two shots took a while and when I went back to pay, the guy at the bar CLEARLY saw I was standing there for a good 2 or so minute and finally came up to me…

Interior: 

As you can see at the top, the interior will remind you of a eatery you’ll see in USA. Red and white seats and white covered tables! There was so much light I couldn’t believe it was still so dim haha. So you’ll see a lot of my pictures very blurry of the night. The crazy interior really showed that the restaurant was laid-back and was a place to just stuff your face with crabs. Numerous seats and tables, so it’s perfect for big groups and there was some areas for two/three people. It’s actually located on top of a pub/hotel so you have to walk up the stairs to get there, and as it’s just on the second level it wasn’t a very large establishment at all.

Menu:

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Laminated menu, why maybe because it’s menu only contained a few items which makes the whole selection process that much quicker, but I also think it’s because the eating experience is very messy. It leans more on the expensive side, because the portions you’ll get are quite large! Mostly seafood, from crabs, to prawns, mussels, salads and fried chicken!

Orders:

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BBQ Octopus Taco $6 – beautifully dressed with jalapeno salsa verde

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Fried School Prawns $14 – I think this was the one I found very spicy, but it was soo good as well! It was dressed with thousand island salsa and chipotle mayo. The prawns reminded my a lot like fried dried fish.

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Snow Crab $38 and King Crab $45 – the crabs came in two separate plastic bags and you can choose out of 4 sauces for each crab. 

Positives: 

The food was all fresh to eat, a lively place so you can wind down and chill out stuffing your face after work. The location is close by to Central Station so not much of a trek. The service was efficient and you don’t wait too long for your orders to come out. Pricing was average, on which I mean that the price matched up to my expectation on the items so it was well worth it. You also get plastic gloves (which we forgot to use haha) and utensils to use to scrape the meat out of the crabs. So all in all, it’s a very fun place to eat fresh seafood and get messy!

Negatives: 

The biggest downside for me, is that I found the music way too loud. I already have a soft voice, and to have loud music playing over I had to notch my voice close to a shout just to be heard. The lighting is a bit too dim, I find that a bit problematic specifically for this restaurant because you end up with so many things on the table in the end and you might pick up the wrong thing. So basically, the music volume was the only issue.

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The end result!

RATE: 4/5

Three Blue Ducks

 143 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW 2024

A lovely restaurant close-by to one of Sydney’s famous beaches, Bronte. It’s located right in front of a bus stop, so it’s convient for people getting of and on to the bus. Me and my partner drove about 45 minutes to this restaurant for lunch. It was a while ago, so correct me if I’m wrong about the names of each of the pictures taken.

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When you enter, though it may look like a casual cafe it actually caters like a fine-dining restaurant. Their menu prices depicts it as well. But you get what you pay for, because you will be served with fresh produced food that is ideally themed for lunch and breakfast times.

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Mine: This glazed shirt rib was heavenly, I remember the fork easily sliced through the meat and it melted effortlessly in my mouth. It’s combined with lemongrass, ginger, green mango, mint and cucumber salad. $31

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His: Remember when I said “fresh”, this was! It’s a crispy skinned mulloway with corn puree on the side, mixed grains topped with lemon and parsley. For those who want a light meal. $28

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For dessert, we tried their honey (really thick) and I forgot this muffen-like thing! haha

For people who likes quick, light, fresh meals, you should surely visit this.

RATE: 3/5

The Tuckshop

Shop 1/78 Glenhaven Road, NSW, Australia 

After seeing pictures of this newly established cafe, their mouth-watering burgers, thin chips and cute coffee cups that says a warm message that includes your name, I decided that I needed to check this place out!

You won’t find a place like this near The Hills area, I think this cafe and take-away shop actually dominates the “hipster” cafe scene in the Western suburbs of Sydney. Most cafes are actually located near the city, so finding one out west is rare. A genius idea by ex-Parramatta Eels player Nathan Hindmarsh and co-partners Ricky Row, Mike Ico and Matthew Stone.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/the-hills/nathan-hindmarsh-opening-new-tuck-shop-cafe-in-glenhaven/story-fngr8i1f-1226815094056 

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You can never go wrong with an All-Day breakfast menu! If you’re like me who wakes up late, you’ll love what they’ll offer for breakfast. Their menu pricing is low-mid range.

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Their layout is unique and small, with only a few tables outside, and one large table inside. The location is perfect as it’s located next to a park and field. With one register, I can imagine that on busy days their would be a long line.

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Not so smooth green smoothie $7 – Kale, Spinach, Berries, Banana, Mint & Coconut Water

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Mine: The Lot $16 – Beef patty, bacon, egg, cheese, beetroot relish, tomato, lettuce with smokey house bbq sauce.

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His: Down South Burger $15 – Southern fried chicken burger, corn and avo salsa, slaw & franks hot sauce – I was going to order this but I saw the hot sauce and was like nope haha.

They all are served with old bay seasoned chips… oh the chips were so nicely seasoned! The burgers were delicious! I heard that their The Cheesy burger is the house favourite, so I’m going to go back and try that out. If you’re looking for a quick food fix, this place is perfect. Their menu has a variety of items to choose from and the price range is not too high.

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Remember earlier when I said they had that cute messages, I went back and ordered myself a skim cappuccino and did not regret it. It was strong, but it was so smooth that I could hardly taste the caffeine.

RATE: 4/5

Happy Inn

401 High Street Penrith

A Chinese restaurant which I heard from a mate, exceeded most other restaurants in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Surrounded by other eateries, you’ll see that this restaurant blends in quite well. You see a large ‘Happy Inn’ sign and when you enter, on the left is the take-away part of the restaurant and on the right you will be led to the restaurant.

The hosts were nice, dressed in black and white standard waiter uniform and Chinese-styled interior.

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Prices ranged from $15 (the small sized plates are enough for two!)

The food that came out were tasty, not oily like most Chinese restaurants that I have been to. The delivery of the food that came out was really quick as well, about 3 minutes each. I don’t know about you, but I like restaurants that don’t have waiters hovering about which gives me the privacy of my meal. Though, it can be a bad thing when you’re trying to catch their attention.

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Three story prawns $7 – I legit thought it was ‘three story’, the fried crunch when you bite into it!

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Sliced Pork with Pine Nuts $16.50 – the pine nuts did not have an impact on the sliced pork, compared to the surrounding fired grated Choi Sum leaves.

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Deep Fried Duck with Mushroom Sauce $19 – nothing special in my opinion, the mushroom sauce was mediocre.

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Chicken and Pineapple fried-rice $9.80

Hearing that this place was different… hmmm I don’t think so. Yes, they have a wide array of items in their menu, it was lively inside as it could fit about 120 people, but besides that they don’t seem to stand out. Maybe I should try their suggested items but for now I’m going to give…

RATE: 2/5