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Kazbah On Darling Review: Balmain Breakfast Food Safari Moroccan Style.

I just love the occasional catch up with friends for breakfast on weekends. This Saturday was just one of those perfect starts to the weekend with Mrs E, whom I believe is a ‘Au Natural’ Food Blogger arranged for a Breakfast Food Safari at ‘Kazbah’ in Balmain. ( One of my all time favourite suburbs in Sydney – so quaint and so close to Adriano Zumbos…*sigh* Oh to wake up each morning and have a macaroon….)

Anyways, I was just so excited to wake up that morning knowing we were going to Balmain and to sample the Morrocan/North African food for breakfast. I had been intrigued to go ever since I had read on ‘Not-Quite-Nigella’s blog for the Breakfast Banquet Menu  ($20 pp to stuff you full of breakfast!) The amount of food seen on her blog was just insane… I was full just feasting on it with my eyes on the screen!

Kazbah's table decor - use of large white paper and some happy crayons. Keeps the diners happy and creative! Noticed that most people have drawn flowers for some reason on their tables... Interesting!

Kazbah's table decor - use of large white paper and some happy crayons. Keeps the diners happy and creative! Noticed that most people have drawn flowers for some reason on their tables... Interesting!

We arrive at 10.30am on a Saturday morning arriving to a bright and happily filled restaurant. There was a buzz in the air. I was excited for this Moroccan breakfast feast and the light and airy atmosphere of the decor only added to my excitement! As dining with Mrs. Tealily who is an extraordinary gifted photographer (www.tealilyphotography.com) she comments on the beautiful natural lighting that streams over us from the sky light on the roof. Perfect for food photography bloggers I say! :)

We pick up our menus and scan for the food. ( I had a peek on their menu online and sort of decided what I wanted to pick – thanks Lorraine @ Not-Quite-Nigella for the heads up!)

I order the freshly squeezed juices for both myself and the Hubby. I wanted to ‘clean’ my palate for the lamb tagine which was on the list of food to be ordered…. The pineapple, lime and ginger was very ‘zingy’ and had no trouble waking up my taste buds! Hubby’s Watermelon and ginger juice was sweeter than mine, although I examined the ‘freshly squeezed’ juice and discovered there was no sign of ‘fresh froth’ from the watermelon juice. We then assumed perhaps it was ‘pre squeezed’… Oh well.. it was minor, especially when the food we spied on the tables arriving next to us looked amazing!

Mrs. E arrives and we order. As you can see from the pictures below, we had a ball… Delicious!

Mrs. E slurpping her delicious Lemon and Rose water frappe ~ if only I knew, I would have ordered one of these beauties...although my fresh pineapple with lime and ginger wasn't too bad either :) This frappe reminds me of a frozen turkish delight!
A bird's eye view of the Lamb Targine. A change from an egg benedict.

A bird's eye view of the Lamb Targine. A change from an Eggs Benedict.

FrenchAlthough it wasn't the most 'Moroccon' dish on the menu, it was what captured my attention first...Mmmmm thick eggy bread with lots of goodies on top....French Toast, Bacon, Glazed Baby Figs, Double Cream, Apple Cinnamon Syrup

Although it wasn't the most 'Moroccan' dish on the menu, it was what captured my attention first...Mmmmm thick eggy bread with lots of goodies on top....French Toast, Bacon, Glazed Baby Figs, Double Cream, Apple Cinnamon Syrup

Lamb Tagine ~ a very moreish breakfast dish. Consists of: Lamb Mince, Sucuk, Spinach, Roast Capsicum, Roast Tomato, Caramelised Onion, Feta, Eggs, Turkish Toast, Lebanese Bread

Lamb Tagine ~ a very moreish breakfast dish. Consists of: Lamb Mince, Sucuk, Spinach, Roast Capsicum, Roast Tomato, Caramelised Onion, Feta, Eggs, Turkish Toast, Lebanese Bread

This was probably my favourite dish order of the morning... it belonged to Mrs. E who organised our Food Safari Brekkie at Kazbah. She is a veteran and knew the menu inside out. Delicious warm rice pudding with pear and cinnamon and crunchy hazlenuts.  I must order this on my next visit!

This was probably my favourite dish order of the morning... it belonged to Mrs. E who organised our Food Safari Brekkie at Kazbah. She is a veteran and knew the menu inside out. Delicious warm rice pudding with pear and cinnamon and crunchy hazelnuts. I must order this on my next visit!

Looking almost like a 'Salmon Alien' with tentacles, this was the Feta Potato Cake, Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche, Red Wine Onion Marmalade

Looking almost like a 'Salmon Alien' with tentacles, this was the Feta Potato Cake, Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche, Red Wine Onion Marmalade

Post food arriving at the table and food papparrazzi, the plate swapping frenzy began! Sharing is caring!

Post food arriving at the table and food paparazzi, the plate swapping frenzy began! Sharing is caring!

Mrs. Tealily working her photo giftings ~ love her work and the film camera too! Heart 'old skool' film!

Mrs. Tealily working her photo giftings ~ love her work and the film camera too! Heart 'old skool' film!

I have always loved Balmain. I truely would move here just to be closer to Adriano Zumbos… as I am sure I had mentioned endlessly before.
Balmain is a beautiful quaint suburb in Sydney, filled with cute little houses that line the quiet picturesque streets…best still, the quality of fashion boutiques, cafes, restaurants and eatery joints… is a Food/Fashion blogger haven! (Sure parking is a bit of a pain..but we had a funny incident with that too…where our parking meter was confused with a ‘pokie machine’ and instead of sucking our money from us, it decided to replenish our coin compartment…) Thank you God for making Balmain Council so generous towards us and for the ‘free breakfast’ we had at Kazbah! ;)
Now with sampling Kazbah, I can add an extra ‘ tick ‘ next to ‘Why we should move to Balmain’ in my ‘dream section’ on my brain.
In the meantime, I will just continue to pray and just make sure we plan our weeks with a bit of Balmain added here and there! ;)

Be sure to make a visit to Kazbah. Or grab a group of 8 people or more and get the $20 pp Breakfast Feast. Book in advance and make sure you go earlier to avoid the ‘peak traffic’ ( both on the road and in the restaurant) As I was advised it gets busy and waits can be long.

Kazbah on Darling
379 Darling Street
Balmain, NSW 2041
Sydney – Australia
PO Box 289
Balmain NSW 2041
Sydney – Australia

Phone: [02] 9555 7067
Fax: [02] 9810 5355

Website: http://www.kazbah.com.au

Our Opening Hours:
Breakfast – Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays – 9:00am – 3:00pm
Lunch – Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays- 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Dinner – Wednesday to Saturday – 6:30pm – Late

Pilu Kiosk Review – Suckling Pig on Sonoma Bread Sandwiches/Panini’s with the gorgeous ocean view.

With my Aunt Carol, Uncle Ray and my little cousin Ian visiting from Hong Kong, I wanted to take them to a place for lunch where you can soak up as much of this beautiful weather we have been having in Sydney lately plus a place where we can take our Monday at a slow and leisurely pace…..

Beautiful ocean views of Freshwater Beach from Pilu Kiosk

Beautiful ocean views of Freshwater Beach from Pilu Kiosk

So with this in mind, it wasn’t very hard to decide that we should head down to Freshwater Beach ( one of my favourite beaches for a dip in Summer) but always a favourite even to just come and look out at the wide ocean, take in the warm salty sea air and to soak up as much sun for a fix of Vitamin E ( or whatever vitamin you get from the sun…!! Just make sure you have sun screen on!)

Freshwater Beach is already an ‘A-class’ beach in my books – but what makes it even more inviting is that one of the best Sydney restaurants, Pilu is also situated right on beach front.

With raving reviews of the high caliber of food created by Chef and owner, Giovanni Pilu ( his first restaurant was at Cala Luna where he introduced Sydney to Sardinian specialties like oven roasted suckling pig and linguine bottarga.)

Both my Husband and I have yet to try the actual restaurant ( we tried to book it once for Valentines Day, to our disappointment it was completely booked out!) Even my parents have sampled lunch there once with my Uncle visiting from Hong Kong and that they kept raving on about how delicious the suckling pig was for days!

So when I heard that Giovanni had opened up a smaller (and more affordable) cafe next door to Pilu – conveniently named ‘Pilu Kiosk’, I knew I had to get down there to sample the fare and I love how I could also turn up without needing to book! :)

We arrive at Pilu Kiosk at around 1.00pm on a Monday and found parking super easy as there was ample parking spots at the beach. ( We had a Warringah Council sticker which meant it was free! Yay!)

The little sitting area on the front deck of Pilu Kiosk.

The little sitting area on the front deck of Pilu Kiosk.

The cafe/kiosk was super cute in size – I had a feeling that I had just rocked up at my friend’s nearby beach house with simple design of an outdoor oversized porch dotted with a few small tables and chairs.
The layout is pretty ‘cosy’ – most people who was sitting were in pairs ( plus their puppy) as the size of the table and seating was not really catered for large parties or group of fives like us, however we were more than happy to do ‘take out’ and re-locate to more spacious settings at a picnic table/gazebo on the grass facing the beach.

pilu menu

Their chalk board menu was scribbled with some delicious delights… but my eye went straight for the ‘suckling pig panini’s served on some yummy Sonoma breads. ( Yum!)
What also caught my attention was the Salt & Pepper Calamari with chips and aioli ( Mmmm…) Honestly, I do not think our beach side lunch would be complete without a bit of greasy chips and fried seafood to complement our ‘healthier option’ of the panini’s….

As I was ordering the savories…. my eyes darted towards the sweets that was displayed directly above the panini’s…. ‘Nutella Tarts’ Without much thought I order two. ( One for my little cousin Ian and one for my Hubby and I to share….well kinda as I found out later I would want more than half!)

Delicious, buttery and chocolatey/Nutella tart pastry........Mmmm.

Delicious, buttery and chocolatey/Nutella tart pastry........Mmmm.

Pulling apart the warm Nutella tart...with the chocolately goodness oozing out....

Pulling apart the warm Nutella tart...with the chocolately goodness oozing out....

The suckling pork sandwich was perfectly moist with the wholegrain mayonaise and fresh butter lettuce all held together with the chewy and crunching sensation of the Sonoma grain breads. ‘CCCCcccrunch!!!…Chew! Chew! Chew! Smile’ was the eating order as my Hubby and I share our moreish Pork Panini. Feeling that one sandwich was properly a fail decision of under ordering, I run back up to order a ‘Roast Vegie Panini’ which the Hubby turned out loving even more than the pork with the generous antipasto filling of artichokes, eggplant and capsicum. Yum!

Suckling pig sandwich ~ delciously moist and crunchy with the Sonoma bread.

Suckling pig sandwich ~ delciously moist and crunchy with the Sonoma bread.

The only slight let down of this lunch was the overtly salty Calamari – while it seemed like the thing to order near the ocean, I expected this to be done exceptionally well, yet it turned out to be most disappointing when at first bite I thought I had fell face down into a pile of salt. Getting my Uncle and even my little cousin, Ian to sample – everyone had agreed that it was way too salty to be palatable.
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Thankfully, the manager did take it back ( at first reluctantly) and made me a new batch with no added salt. ( Apparently I was supposed to know to ask them not to add salt…(???) Great – accuse the customer for not wanting to eat super salty calamari… ) Surprised at how the manager would appeared a little annoyed that I took it back, she was quick to make me a new batch and suggested I sprinkle my own salt on, which ironically the salt she gave me in a separate container blew away not long after I had settled it back down on our picnic table. Oh well ~ who needs the added sodium intake anyways??

After a very enjoyable lunch, it was just about sitting back and enjoying the view. Watching my little cousin Ian, happy and playing by rolling around in the grass was a beautiful sight. Complete freedom and unquestionable joy as he just giggled each time he rolled and stood up dizzy. I love that pure and simple joy. Reminds me that we should all attain this more – simple joy and a sense of freedom to roll around in the grass after lunch… if you want to! :)
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Today was a beautiful day spent at a gorgeous place enjoying good food with the people I love – this day will definitely stand out with the many which I will cherish forever.

Love
Eve x

ps) Thought I would mention this place has a brekky menu too – and with a view like Freshwater Beach, it would be an ideal breakfast meeting place anytime of the week! They have freshly baked muffins which is always a winner! x

Verdict:

Atmosphere: With a gorgeous ocean view and laid back locals – this is a perfect ‘chillaxing’ place. BYO picnic rug during Spring/Summer for your own ‘private seating’ on the grass lawn outside.

Outstanding: Pork sandwich and the Nutella tart! I could easily eat 3! :)

Parking: Ample! Meter parking but free if you have the Warringah Council sticker.
Bring your puppy ~ it is pet friendly with water bowls for your four legged friends!

Tip: BYO picnic rug and swimmers + towel for a quick dip!

Address: ‘On the Beach’,
Moore Road, Harbord NSW 2096
Telephone: (02) 9938 3331
Fax: (02) 9939 1355

D’ough Expresso Cafe – Special offer to all ‘Eve Loves’ readers! $2.00 Coffee or tea :)

Hello ‘Lovelies’ :)

Just came back with my hot ‘T2′ English Breakfast and Raisin Toast at D’ough Expresso Cafe at The Galleria Victoria.

The very lovely people at ‘D’ough’ at The Galleria Victoria has a special offer to all the ‘Eve Loves’ Readers – that if you mention the blog ‘www.eveloves.com’ when you order your lovely coffee from Shaun and receive your coffee for $2.00!

So if you are in the area of Town Hall, The Galleria Victoria or just about Sydney – be sure to drop in to say ‘Hi’ and grab your favourite coffee or tea for $2.00! ( You will also get the added smile which comes from the staff there which is so infectious! :) )

Enjoy ~ and spread the word!

Love
Eve xx

D’ough Expresso Cafe

Lower Level – The Galleria Victoria

Sydney

George Street or Pitt Street entry.

Café Giulia Review – A delightful discovery for a Happy Saturday breakfast / brunch delight.

Cafe Giulia
On a gorgeous Saturday morning like today ( and after a beautiful ‘sleep in’ ) it was time for Hubby and I to trek off for our ‘Breakfast Food Safari’

Today’s destination is ‘Café Giulia’ at Chippendale. I have read so many positive reviews about this ‘renovated butcher shop turned cafe’ on the corner of Abercrombie Street and have wanted to visit ever since, but because it doesn’t open on Mondays, Saturdays is the only day to go!

I was warned to head over early as this place serves some of Sydney’s top breakfast fare as recommended by The Sydney Morning Herald, Time Out Magazine and rates very high on www.eatablilty.com, that it gets packed out quite early.

Selection of sweets and cakes to tempt you while you order from their extensive blackboard menu. Just make sure you are lining up against this... its the rule! :)

We arrive at a little after 12pm and as we stepped into what appeared to be a small cafe – was really quite spacious and packed inside. We were surprised at the amount of people here already and the lively buzz and energy was really exciting with happy weekend people and staff carrying around the food up along the narrow cafe. The huge blackboard menu that immediately grabbed my attention on entry, was scribbled ‘choc-a-block’ with choices and my eyes could not make out what was written as I was scurried along by the waitresses carrying around dishes which looked AMAZING and kindly, yet abruptly asking us to ‘step aside’ as to keep the traffic of people moving. Although it was slightly chaotic inside with people looking for seats, ordering along the counter forming an orderly queue to staff walking around with plates serving – it seemed somewhat controlled with the professional and friendly staff helping us locate a table.

The kitchen bench where everything coming out looks so delicious! Impressive logistics too!

The kitchen bench where everything coming out looks so delicious! Impressive logistics too!

Love the artwork on the wall available for purchase at Cafe Giulia.

Love the artwork on the wall available for purchase at Cafe Giulia.

Thankfully, apart from the huge blackboard that first catches my attention, I also managed to spot a familiar face inside the cafe near the window. It was my friend ‘Chezza’ whom I haven’t seen since a wedding we have both attended of a mutual friend. We have been meaning to catch up for the longest time and it was here on our ‘random Food Safari Breakfast’ that I should see her and her friend at a table! I say, ‘Thankfully’ – because as the cafe was packed to the brim with people and with no free table in sight – we were able to share the table with Chezza and her friend David. It was truly a ‘divine appointment’! :) God’s timing is hilarious and most awesome – especially today!

After getting over how ‘random’ our meeting was ( as if we had planned to do breakfast together the entire time!) Chezza and I get up to inspect the gigantic blackboard menu while David and Hubby chats away and minds the table. ( Later we were to laugh at how people in Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore – people would use packets of tissues to ‘reserve’ seats at tables. Packets of ‘Tempo’ tissues would mean a sign of authority while in Australia, items of clothing on seats would be the same thing….although if you did that in Asia, you would most likely be missing your jacket or have people take your table in a blink of an eye!)

So, as I was saying, Chezza and I queue up along the counter as instructed by the staff – as if we were to stand anywhere to look at the menu, we would be mowed over by the efficient staff with their hot plates of food and coffee, as well as be blocking the herd of people flowing in from the entrance and spotting for a seat before they can order. That is the system – stick to it! :)

Love this crammed up blackboard filled with delicious decisions...... oh and the cute random octopus drawing in the middle :)

Love this crammed up blackboard filled with delicious decisions...... oh and the cute random octopus drawing in the middle :)

Our eyes scanning the endless scribbles on the menu – I was determined to order something that would satisfy this long awaited visit. Brain ticking, tummy rumbling, noise of people around us buzzing, coffee machine churning, bacon sizzling and the breakfast smoke aroma rising and happily soaking into our clothes and hair as I tried my best to concentrate to decide….

‘What would you like honey?’ asked the staff at the counter. I was seriously impressed with her calm composure as she waited for my order while a mile long queue was behind me. *Ok – so it wasn’t a mile long, but you get the idea…* ‘Take your time….’ she assures me as stumble my words of ‘Haloumi …

Spinach and feta omelette with toasted sourdough. This one was HUGE! Good for sharing!

Spinach and feta omelette with toasted sourdough. This one was HUGE! Good for sharing!

‘ I want something with haloumi… ‘ ‘Can I have the Kefte with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, haloumi and mint…and the French toast with extra side of bacon please’ I ordered. ‘And two mochas – one skim and one regular.’
Phew! I ordered under pressure ( not because I was hurried…but because there was SO much to choose from and so much I wanted to try!) and I walk back to my table looking forward to our food.

Delicious Kefte with Scrambled eggs and tomatos and chunks of haloumi on sourdough toast. This was delicious and definetly for huge appetites or for sharing!

Delicious Kefte with Scrambled eggs and tomatos and chunks of haloumi on sourdough toast. This was delicious and definetly for huge appetites or for sharing!

This dish was so delicious! The ‘Kefte’ was minced lamb with herbs and made the perfect compliments to the fluffy scrambled eggs packed with grilled tomatoes and my all time favourite cheese – halomui and I happily bite into chunks of it burrowed within my tasty eggs. I could go on forever! The sour dough toast soaks up all the flavours from the egg and the kefte just have a party in my mouth! This is a ‘Happy Meal’ for breakfast on a plate!

As we all giggle about how delicious all our breakfast choices is – the French Toast with bananas, cream and a side of bacon ( an extra $4 was worth it!) – comes with maple syrup for your pouring pleasure in a recycled ‘San Pellergino’ glass bottle. (Loves it!) This dish wowed the Hubby as he LOVES french toasts – and the sight of this dish just brings a smile to his face from ear to ear. He digs in and lovingly cuts some off for me and places it on my plate – and can I say that this combination of banana, soft pillowly french toast drenched in maple syrup with bacon and a smear of cream is worth the queue for a table on a packed weekend here alone! :)

Maple French toast with grilled banana and side of bacon and cream on side. This was SOOO delicious!

Maple French toast with grilled banana and side of bacon and cream on side. This was SOOO delicious!

Mmmmm.... maple syrup and bacon on french toast.... pillowy bread and soft grilled bananas drenched in maple syrup with the saltiness of bacon and dash of cream. So naughty yet nnnnice!

Mmmmm.... maple syrup and bacon on french toast.... pillowy bread and soft grilled bananas drenched in maple syrup with the saltiness of bacon and dash of cream. So naughty yet nnnnice!

I really can't get enough of this french toast... Mmmmm to the max! :)
Strong and hot coffee brought out the same time as the meal ~ perfect! :)

Strong and hot coffee brought out the same time as the meal ~ perfect! :)

While waiting for our food to arrive – our creative brains went into overdrive ( possibly from the excitement as we wait for our yummy breakfast and that we had just happily bump into old friends for a random breakfast catch up!) Our funny conversation with Chezza and David started when we talked about bacon with french toast and how much we all love our bacon. ‘Bacon completes the meal!’ David exclaimed. And so went our silly conversations to saying how there should be such ice cream flavours with bacon chips in it, such as,  ‘Apple crumble with bacon chips…or Wasabi ice cream with dried beef jerky…’ Mmmm…bacon chips with ice cream… hehehe!

After our silliness, we suss out what we each ordered… Chezza ordered the Spinach and fetta omelette with a Pineapple Apple Ginger & Mint juice. (Mmm… fresh juices.) I was contemplating why I didn’t order a fresh juice….David: Field mushrooms with scrambled eggs and tomatoes plus a Watermelon juice with mint. Mmmmm!

Scrambled eggs with tomato and spanish onions with a side of field mushrooms.

Scrambled eggs with tomato and spanish onions with a side of field mushrooms.

Freshly squeezed juice - watermelon and mint.

Freshly squeezed juice - watermelon and mint. An old butcher shop now turned into a cosy 'diner' cafe ~ best kept secret ( or not) in Sydney.

An old butcher shop now turned into a cosy 'diner' cafe ~ best kept secret ( or not) in Sydney.

An old butcher shop now turned into a cosy 'diner' cafe ~ best kept secret ( or not) in Sydney.

After today’s visit – we were so impressed that Hubby and I are bound to be back to sample more of it’s delicious goodies! It reminded us alot of this diner we visited while in New York last year – loved the simplicity, ‘no fuss’ attitude of this place and the food served within the chaos and still manage to have happy smiling people enjoying their food – hopefully means this establishment will stay for many more years to come!

Love

Eve x

Cafe Giulia Take Away Menu can be viewed here: http://www.cafegiulia.com/storage/caf__giulia_take_away_menu.pdf

Cafe Giulia

92 Abercrombie St
Chippendale

Ph: 9698 4424
Fax: 02 9698 1415

Hours
Tue to Fri

6.30am to 4pm
Sat & Sun
8am to 3pm

Closed Mondays and long weekends.

Be sure to check their website for special ‘dinner evenings’

Sonoma Bread Cafe @ Glebe – Tasty sourdough sandwiches + Singles Origin coffee makes a good Monday.

It is once again Monday.

My ‘day off’ and I was on a mission to soak up as much as I could today with my favouritest person in the world – My Hubby. :)

Delicious and lazy sleep in til 10am. ( I adore sleep in’s – although on days like today, I did wished the hands on the clock would just stay still while I slept, so that I would be able to enjoy more of the day without needing to get out of bed too early…)

Feeling refreshed and charged up for another beautiful week ahead – I review the ‘to do list’ in my head as I brushed my teeth and got ready.

As I had to run a few errands today and had to be in Glebe, I decided that we should do lunch there…but where?

I remembered about a yummy bakery for their highly reviewed breads at a bakery named ‘ Sonoma’  Sonoma is a artisian bakery using only the freshest ingredients and supplies to top restaurants in Sydney such as: Tetsuya’s, Aria,
Quay, Est, Pier and Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Sonomo Bread ~ a tiny yet cozy spot for a sandwich and coffee at Glebe. High ornate ceilings, glass windows, no fuss.

Sonomo Bread ~ a tiny yet cozy spot for a sandwich and coffee at Glebe. High ornate ceilings, glass windows, no fuss.

sonoma entrance

Their main bakery and branch was situated right next to our church in Waterloo, on Young St, but I also remembered they had a cafe branch at Glebe. So  as soon as I recalled our tasty visit to Brasserie Bread last Monday, I was up for more artisian sourdough. ( What is it with Monday and artisian sourdough breads I wonder?) Just can’t get enough I thought!

We arrive at  our destination at Sonoma Cafe at about 1.30pm and by then most of the sandwiches which are pre-made in the glass cabinet was gone. Thankfully, our choice of the chicken on rye sourdough with butter lettuce leaves and corned beef, mustard mayonaise and butter lettuce leaves on sourdough (forget what bread it was exactly) was still available. We were asked if we wanted them toasted – I asked our friendly ‘waiter’ which way he preferred to eat them for maximum ‘eating pleasure’ and he replied ‘ Toast for sure!’ and hence we settled on toast!  Mmmm. Crunchy.

I must admit though, as lovely as the bread of this cafe sound, I was a bit dissapointed that they did not use ‘real’ chicken breast for their sandwich fillings and instead used what I suspect is ‘bought’ chicken cold meats. Also forgetting that the butter lettuce leaves were so fresh and tender, that when the lovely toasted ‘sambos’ arrived to our table – they were cooked through and was soggy. ( I always wondered why no body would offer to place fresh crunchy  lettuce back inside your sandwich AFTER it was toasted and not before. Hmm.)

Chicken and sourdough sandwich.

Chicken and sourdough sandwich.

Chicken and sourdough.

Chicken and sourdough.

Regardless of the cooked lettuce – I still enjoyed the modest looking sourdough sandwich that was just so lovely and crunchy with the warmed moist filling of the chicken and mayonaise oozing through the ‘holes’ in the bread. The texture of the bread was crunchy from the sandwich press which it was toasted on but lovely and ‘chewy’ and goes well with the chicken… even if it was not a poached organic chicken breast as I would have preferred.

Corned beef on sour dough.

Corned beef on sour dough.

After enjoying my half of the chicken sandwich, I reach out for the other half of the corned beef sambo from my Hubby’s plate and sink my teeth into another crunchy bread delight. The corned beef slices blended with the mustardy mayonaise and lettuce was a satisfying combination. A simple and tasty lunch- no fuss and gave the bread space to shine through ( yet I think I would prefer the sandwiches at Brasserie Bread a bit more for their generous fillings)

Serving Single Origins coffee at Sonoma.

Serving Single Origins coffee at Sonoma.

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Our Single Origin’s coffee wasn’t too bad either – I would have preferred mine a tad hotter if I could… ( I love my coffee HOT!) However, given the relaxed setting in a cute (but cozy) cafe with high ceilings, friendly staff, laid back locals walking in for their sourdough fixes and muesli packed in brown paper bags ( I saw an elderly gentleman stock up 2 bags of the honey toasted oat and muesli..must be good!)  and with my back resting against the glass window, The Hubby happily snapping away on his camera – I was happy with my simple lunch and sip the rest of my coffee and watched the world go by on a lazy Monday on Glebe Point Road.

Walking out, I realised that right next door was another cafe that I had once visited and loved and vowed to return…but forgot! So with this in mind, the next time I am in Glebe -the name skips my memory right now, but it is right next door to Sonoma….. ( oh dear, early memory loss it NOT good :P)

Hope sourdough helps with the memory!

What are your favourite topping or filling for sourdough breads?

Currently my favourite is the Lynwood Jam of Raspberry and Rhubarb purchased at Brasserie Breads.

Love for you to share!

Sonoma Bakery Cafe 215 Glebe Point Rd,
Phone 02 9660 2116,

Opening hours 8am – 4pm Seven days.

http://sonoma.com.au/

Brasserie Bread Review: I fell in love at Brasserie Bread…

love Mondays.

I love Mondays especially when I wake up to see the blue tinge of the sky and sunlight streaming from the ‘sneak’ of my bedroom window. ‘It is going to be a brilliant day…’ I thought as I thank God for another day and lift myself out of bed.

Today was ‘Food Safari Day’ with my beautiful hubby, week… hmm almost lost count. Where are we…? Oh yes, ‘Food Safari Day – Week # 8 ( My, goodness, time flies when you are having fun and eating well! heheh)

So our Food Safari Day Week 8 destination is: Brasserie Bread at Banksmeadow, Sydney.

I have been reading raves and reviews of this place for a while now – and was especially drawn to this place post reading ‘Not-Quiet-Nigella’ (Lovely Lorraine’s blog -www.notquietnigella.com) and sealed the deal when I saw the SMH review of their ‘sour dough pancakes’. Who can resist?!

So braving the oversized cargo trucks on Botany Road, we arrive at this warehouse styled bakery/cafe. I now understand what a few bloggers were saying when they said this place was a little ‘middle-of-nowhere’, as it was! Just as well we had our GPS and gave us enough warning before reaching our destination – as any sudden stop on Botany Road would mean having a truck up the bumper…not good. ( Parking tip: I suggest parking on the opposite side, on the ‘golf course’ kerb or in one of the side streets and walk. Watch out for the trucks when crossing the road…its a bit nuts during the week at lunch)

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Arriving inside and away from the chaos of ‘trucks’ – the buzz and ‘tranquility’ aroma of the freshly baked breads and coffee immediately welcomes us and I found myself glancing immediately at the glass cabinet filled with delicious looking pastries. (Mental note: Must come back and buy some to take home – I had my eye on the sweetly glaceed  ‘Coffee eclairs’)

The set up is ‘order at counter’ style – so scan the open space cafe for a free table prior to ordering, as you get asked where you are seated. I park my eyes on a table near the large windows ( remembering Lorraine’s comment of ‘food bloggers’ loves to sit near natural lighting for the food..;))

The menu is simple and un-cluttered, yet still the task of deciding between the ‘Tasmanian Smoked Trout w/ Cucumber Salad on Rye bread’ and their Specials Of The Day ‘ Cajun chicken burger on brioche with rocket and cheddar’ was very difficult…so we order both. (Easy!)

While waiting for the food, Hubby goes and wanders at the ‘deli’ section and samples some of the olive oils and jams on offer near the entry. ( I tried to ignore the fact that a little girl and her brother had just picked up some of the sample breads and *gasp!* double dipped in the olive oil…. (Mental note: Go for the jam instead… ;) ) Hubby brings back some of the ‘Lynwood Jam’ sample on a piece of moist and chewy sour dough square – and I am sold! ( Mental note: Buy some jam on the way out. Delish!)

Food arrives shortly and my eyes could already tell it would be delicious – ( funny how your eyes can ‘taste’ first!)

Prior to any food ‘dig ins’ we give thanks for the food and I hurried The Hubby along to quickly take photos of the food – so that we can start eating! ( The thing with blogging, is the wait between the food arriving to the table to having it ‘snapped’ , ‘food -porned’ before we can eat… ah, such is the task, but someone’s gotta do it… just make sure it’s fast shot! hehhe)

I couldn’t wait any longer -  after the 2nd photo of my Tassie salmon and cucumber salad, I ignore The Hubby and start cutting into my dish. The thick ribbons of the cucumber, glistening from the dressing of what I assume is olive oil and lemon is layered over the gorgeous smoked salmon which draped over a thin piece of chocolate brown rye bread. The combination was perfect as the refreshing cucumber would balance the saltiness of the salmon along with the soft chewiness of the rye. I was in heaven ~ and enjoy and savour each bite

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Most tasty smoked salmon + cucumber + rye combination sensation!

Hubby’s ‘Cajun chicken burger with cheddar and rocket’ was looking very tasty as well. The bread which I assume is a brioche, sat happily on top of a beautifully grilled piece of Cajun spiced chicken. I could see that it was tender, from the way that Hubby did not struggle to cut through the meat and the pillowy brioche bread ( oozing with the melted cheddar and garnished of sweet onion relish…) The smile on Hubby’s face also depicted this was a ‘Food order success’ , considering that he made an ‘ill choice’ of order at the previous cafe we were at on Saturday morning.

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Cajun Chicken Burger with rocket, sweet onion relish and cheddar

We both dive in between the two dishes – with each mouthful we commented that we did not want either dishes to finish. As we were on our last bite for both – I glance over at the menu and suggested that we should order another dish to satisfy our tummies that was craving for more ‘BB’ goodness… after all, I needed to go to the counter again and make an order of coffees. ‘BB’ serves one of our favourite blends of coffees – ‘Allpress’, so with the coffee task in mind, I make my walk to the counter more ‘fruitful’ and order more food!  ;) We decided to finish our meal with ‘desert’ and go with the ‘Sourdough pancakes, with berries and honeycomb butter’ Mmmm. I had to confirm with our friendly waitress at the counter whether my decision was right… as I was also tempted to go with the ‘Special Of The Day’ :Prosciutto and Gruyere cheese omelette… She said the pancakes is her favourite. I was sold.

Not long afterward, we were treated with a plate that looked as good as it tasted! The Sourdough Pancakes!

Hubby was still snapping away, as I did not hold back and slice through the chewy and ‘crunchy on the side’ pancakes, drizzled with the plump berries and dollop of honeycomb cream butter…. ‘Keep shooting’ I said ‘ and I would eat the whole plate!’ hehehe

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Hubby and I was so pleased that we ordered this dish as it was the best way to finish our ‘BB’ experience – along with our hot ‘Allpress’ mocha to perfection.  Ah ~ life is good. B-’bb’liss!

What made our BB experience more special was the friendly service at the cafe and meeting Mei from BB. Our lovely waitress, Chervon was more than helpful with suggesting the best tasting dishes and took her time to explain to me the breads and jams to take home. I was sold on the ‘grainy sour dough’ and the Lynwood Jam ( Raspberry and Rhubarb – lovely sweet with a tartness from the rhubarb’…can’t wait for brekkie tomorrow with my sour dough toast!)

We will defiantly make our trip back to this beautiful bakery/cafe very soon and suggest anyone visiting Sydney ( even for a few hours) to make a trip to this place ( approx. 5 minutes away from the Airport by taxi) It is worth the trip!

Love

Eve xx
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Brasserie Breads

1737 Botany Rd

Banksmeadows, New South Wales 2019
(02) 9666 6845

Open Weekdays 7am-3pm, Weekends 8am-2pm

www.brasseriebread.com.au

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