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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.

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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

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/

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