A-Team’s Kitchen

4/52 Rooty Hill Road North, Rooty Hill NSW

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Located along Weston Lane, you’ll find ample parking and it’s less than a 3 minute walk from Rooty Hill station. I believe A-Team’s Kitchen has been at the current location for 2+ years, however have re-branded and re-named the restaurant. I liked the relaxed feel, simple interior reminiscent of food eateries in the Philippines.

Specialising in authentic Filipino meals, desserts and has a coffee-maker for coffee lovers! I would have loved to taste their own version/creation of taho. The mass-produced taho lacked in sweetness and freshness. Though can’t complain, it melds well after a heavy feed. You will find all the classics here, from rice meals, main dishes and BBQ meat sticks! It was glossing in oil and surprisingly it didn’t taste oily at all, it was sweet and tender. Just scroll through the glorious food below, try not to drool.

Averagely priced, it has positioned itself as an ultimate food stop, when you’re craving for that comfort food! I highly recommend their turon, it was amazing! Sweet whilst being soft inside and it’s a decent size. A-Team’s Kitchen is the type of restaurant you’d come back to again and again.

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Jambo Jambo African Restaurant

93 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW

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Jambo Jambo is an Ethiopian restaurant, serving cuisines that are normally served in Ethiopia. Don’t be fooled with the size of the place, because it actually goes all the way back, accomodating to small-large groups comfortably. The interior was beautifully lavished with colour, quite entertaining actually, seeing works I believe was from Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.

The menu is filled with meat and vegetarian options, meat such as lamb, beef, goat and chicken. There’s actually quite a bit of items that are spicy or hot, which I think really makes their dishes come alive. We ordered the Jambo Course, which allowed us to choose up to 3 dishes, comes with a mixed entree and dessert afterwards. I found this super interesting and enjoyable, got to use our hands to break off chapati and fill it with our chosen meats! I highly recommend you ordering this, which is perfect for 2 people.

Service was quick, efficient, explained what items we had and I recommend you asking the team for recommendations if it’s your first time. The owner came out and kindly checked up on all the customers dinning, which I found was lovely. I’d love to come back, maybe with a larger group next time!

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Potts Point Hotel

33-35 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point NSW

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A local pub in Potts Point, that I believe has undergone a recent renovation. The interior looks classy, with the timeless leather booths, dark-moody palette but at the same time there’s plenty of sunshine flooding in.

We booked ahead, because who knows, it might get busy. Stepped into the hotel, a was greeted with a lazy, laid-back atmosphere. It was great! Can eat in peace, people watch, enjoy our company. The service was quick, we didn’t have to wait long for our orders to be made and then be served.

I ordered the $21 crispy pork belly, which looked as juicy and tender as the picture below. The crisp, was not too firm and dry, just the right comfortable balance. It was accompanied with a watercress, radicchio, grapes and pecan salad, which complimented tastefully with the pork belly. I wonder what the sauce was, just because it was the perfect pairing! The other dish was the rump steak which, first off gives you a generous amount, was average in taste. Nothing too special, though is a great feed when you want something easy for your stomach. On the side, the mac and cheese was ordered, a bit runny and I forgot the other. I think it was toasted bread, which E found was a bit burnt. I love pickles, so the ones that were served was delish!

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Mr. Cafe

Shop 11/418 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041

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Visited during a bright lit day, it was a refreshing start. With plentiful street parking, Mr. Cafe is located comfortably in a quiet suburb, with ample open indoor and outdoor seating. The staff are friendly, prompt and I can say the same thing when the food came out. Coffee was strong but beautifully roasted.

I got what I heard was popular from their menu, which was the ricotta filled cinnamon doughnuts. It was tastefully topped with honey, ginger and peach crumbs and half a peach on the side. The dough was sugary and soft and with the fillings, it gave another hit of sweetness. Ordered another plate of sandwich, separating chicken, avocado and eggs. I definitely would come back!

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Three Williams

613A Elizabeth St, Redfern NSW 2016

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Set inside a warehouse interior, this refreshing cafe was a sure welcome to kick start the day ahead. The minimalistic space is so wide, that you can stretch your legs comfortable and take your time enjoying the food.

A health conscious ‘all day’ menu, with a cheeky cocktails menu which I didn’t get to try, its kitchen runs from 7am to 3pm. I ordered a regular almond milk latte, it was beautifully roasted as well as the vegan bowl. The creamy blend of roasted pumpkin, pumpkin hummus, shredded kale and the crunch of the roasted hazelnut was superb. The prices are what you expect to find in Sydney cafes, and the quality that was served made it Got seated quickly, meals got delivered quickly and got the day started off in the right direction!

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Billy Kwong

1/28 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011

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 I have heard of this name previously, and since I was in the area it was perfect timing to drop by! Just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross station, you will find yourself submerged in the upbeat and cosy feel of this Chinese restaurant.

I love open kitchen concepts, it brings entertainment to your table as well as excitement. Billy Kwong uses this in its layout flawlessly, where E and I sat at the bar watching the chefs do their magic, whilst sipping through their delicious drinks menu. The price point is normal, from $17 upwards to $48, and the dishes came out timely. Friendly staff and made you feel welcome.

We were treated to flavoursome dishes, that highlights the mixture of Australian and Chinese ingredients. The main notes I experienced were the peppery, salty, sour and sweet notes in each dish and I wished I had a larger stomach to keep going through their menu! Their wontons were to die for and their spicy omelette was soft, crisp and heavenly. The pictures I took are a bit dim, so it doesn’t fully capture the presentation but it isn’t short of amazing. I almost forgot… their green matcha gelato is the best I’ve tasted, two scoopes was not enough!

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Millone’s | Ristorante & Bar

43 Old Northern Rd, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

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Independently owned, Millone’s is a Mediterranean and Italian inspired restaurant that caters to large and small groups. Open 7 days a week, we were efficiently ushered to our table since we had pre-booked. From the outside it would look like any other building in the area, but once stepping inside you will instantly be welcomed by wooden browns and open spaces.

My parents are regulars, since it caters to my mother who can only eat gluten-free meals. But it was E and I’s first time, and I was definitely excited when the pizzas came out! Our table was bursting with fresh products and enticing colours that made want to jump into it already. Their menu meals ranging from about $14.90 onwards, a bit more pricey for gluten-free, you can choose from pizzas, hot pots, pastas, risottos and so on.

What can I say about their service? Quick and was efficient in clearing our tables. The foods came out timely, though do not expect them catching your eye any time soon. Since the floor space was quite large and can get loud, I think it would be a bit difficult calling.

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RATE: 3/5