October 1, Quick Updates.

OMG. I’m so bad at commitment.

Okay, I’ve said it time and time again – but for real though. For real, for realz. I’m back. I’m currently on mid-semester break for uni and Eddy and I took a quick getaway to Melbourne for our two year anniversary (hoorah!). I’ll have a whole other spiel for all the foodie adventures we got up to in our three days there.

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This week I’m back to routine and back to studying. It’s the final week of our break and being that I did nothing during the first week, I’m really trying to crack down and beat some books this week. I’ve got a lot of assignments coming up so it is possible I won’t be doing eventful things in order to document. We’ll just have to see.

With grace,

Kat.

June 21, part 2. Ristretto & Co.

Tucked away in a tiny lane way like shop is the wonderful world of Ristretto &  Co. Listed in Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Cafe Guide 2013, I knew I had to check it out, early this year. I was blown away from my first encounter and I haven’t stopped coming back since! I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever been disappointed with this place.

The food standard is terrific. It really goes to show that you don’t need to be  super fancy to produce good food – because they cook right from a tiny nook in the wall as a kitchen. Today in particular we were eating from the breakfast menu because we had arrived there at around 11.

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Between the six of us we didn’t have that large of a spread in variety. I guess we’re not very original or we share the same taste in breakky. I was a little bit disappointed that we didn’t get to dine from the lunch menu because I am absolutely head over heels in love with their pizza.

The menu is a selection of jazzed up breakfast items, lunch paninis, pastas and salads to name a few – most, if not all of which – having an Italian influence. They offer a great range of coffee, tea, fresh orange juice and iced tea. It’s always great to find a local joint with more than decent coffee.

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As always, the food did not disappoint. Eddy and I have never come on a Saturday morning before and we found that it was rather busy. We ended up having to wait a bit over an hour for our food leaving just enough time to head to Eddy’s soccer game on time. We didn’t really mind the wait because we were in good company and the staff were courteous about it.

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Overall: Rate it. I come back every week so it should be a fair indication that I am absolutely in love with this hidden gem.
Notable Mentions: I love that they are so into the World Game. They are open for all the Australia and Italy matches! Lunch menu is absolutely amazing, so definitely give it a go.
Price: $
Location: Northumberland Street, Liverpool. The restaurant itself is decked out in a mismatched chairs, wooden tables and big jugs. It really achieves a cosy, rustic cafe look without over doing it and looking tacky. I should be sure to take more photos next time.

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June 21, Two Months.

It was inevitable. In the midst of swapping between phones, I couldn’t keep up with this blog. I knew I wouldn’t last long! I usually take photos on my phone and upload straight from the Word Press App, but I had a bunch of phone problems and I was swapping between a total of 4 phones in the time I was gone. But I’m back.

And hopefully for good. I plan to keep using this blog to document my life and also continue with my Urbanspoon reviews. Judging by how much I actually eat out, it would be a waste not to review it. #sponsorme. I’m always keen to find great food and I’m always spending time in great company.

I’m in my finals week and once my holidays start – bar all the time I intend to spend working and replenishing my diminished savings – I plan to go on a bunch of Winter adventures that I can not wait to post!

Until next time,
Kat X

April 1, James’ Bistro.

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We keep winding up in Fairfield! But how could we resist – with what Fairfield is transforming to become! James’ Bistro, opened up at the Crescent Hotel, offers $10 gourmet burgers for lunch and dinner and an a la carte menu for weekend dining. Unfortunately yet to try the a la carte option because of uni and other commitments at the end of the week!

Menu selection is pretty good for a ten buck menu. Haven’t noticed any vego burger options but I’m sure the workers are more than happy to help you out! Service is great: friendly and helpful as it should be – but the wait for food is pretty long considering we were one of the only tables in there. Good for a quick, casual feed. Thoroughly enjoyable. Wouldn’t say it’s the best but it’s bang for your buck if you’re in the area already.

Location: The Crescent Hotel, Fairfield.
Cost: $
Notable Mentions: Miss Piggy burger is divine! I’ve had to order it twice out of the three times I’ve been there in the last fortnight. Sides are mostly generous – good value for money!

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April 1st, James’ Bistro.

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We keep winding up in Fairfield! But how could we resist – with what Fairfield is transforming to become! James’ Bistro, opened up at the Crescent Hotel, the bistro offers $10 gourmet burgers for lunch and dinner and an a la carte menu for weekend dining. Unfortunately yet to try the a la carte option because of uni and other commitments at the end of the week!

Menu selection is pretty good for a ten buck menu. Haven’t noticed any vego burger options but I’m sure the workers are more than happy to help you out! Service is great: friendly and helpful as it should be. Good for a quick, casual feed. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Location: The Crescent Hotel, Fairfield.
Cost: $
Notable Mentions: Miss Piggy burger is divine! I’ve had to order it twice out of the four times I’ve been there in the last fortnight. Sides are also generous – great value for money!

March 30, The Summer House.

It’s my birthday! Oh, the joys of entering my twenties. Some would say I’m in the early days of my prime. I sure as hell don’t feel ready! I don’t even know how to drive! Regardless, Eddy and I decided to give the Summer House a stab. Located inside Fairfield RSL (wedged in between the renowned La Tratt and oriental themed Pho @ Fairfield), it offers a nice selection of Western food.

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The decor perfectly captures every essence of “Summer”. I wouldn’t say the restaurant is absolutely fancy pants, it definitely has a casual sophistication vibe to it – but it is beautifully presented and very relaxed. It is tidy, spacious and the chairs were an absolute delight to nestle in. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly and promptly seated. Our waitress sat down our menus and poured our water glasses, offering us drinks. Through out the night our water was consistently filled – though the waiters didn’t really engage with us so much as we would usually find in other restaurants.

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Unlike next door at Pho @ Fairfield, they don’t offer the Complimentary Drinks of the RSL, so we were charged for our soft drinks. At $3.50 for a fairly large glass – it was hardly an issue. To start we ordered a Mushroom Tart to share.

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I regret nothing of it. It might actually be the highlight of my night. The mushrooms were sauteed to perfection and the pastry crispy and flaky like it should be. Everything just works. I couldn’t fault it.

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For our mains, I ordered a pepper crusted scotch and he had spicy meatball spaghetti. They did not disappoint. (Currently waiting for the photo that you can see him capturing). It was good to see my steak medium rare as requested. The mash was creamy and soft, the vegetables well cooked (albeit beans; a tad over done). Eddy has a habit of heading straight to the pepper mill on arrival of any dish when we eat out. When he did tonight, I quickly refused the gesture. Look at all the pepper! You can understand where the name derived. To be fair, most of my pepper ended up scraped off and into the glaze. Still delicious.

Eddy’s pasta was also great. Great to see a menu item described as “spicy” to actually be spicy in flavour – none of the half-hearted-take-it-easy spice. The pork and veal meatballs were well cooked (though we were expecting something of the “mozzarella centre”… The meatballs did have a cavity inside of them but we just couldn’t find the mozzarella – maybe as a result of our own negligence) and the spaghetti sauce well flavoured. Judging by how quickly he demolished his main, I’d say he was pretty satisfied.

To finish, we were tossing up between chocolate fondant and a macaron sandwich. When it came out and we had eaten it, I don’t know why we were even considering not getting it. We concluded that we make chocolate molten cake all the time and it was time to try something new – and boy, was I glad we did! The macarons (strawberry and salted caramel) were wedged alternatively with vanilla bean ice cream. The tower sat proudly upon some creme anglaise. Sweet, sweet heaven sent perfection. I would honestly just go back for the dessert alone. I feel like I’m at a loss for words because I keep wanting to describe everything as perfect! But that’s just it – it was a flawless experience.

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Overall: A really good experience. I couldn’t fault it. Everything was well presented, atmosphere/ambience was great. Service was average, but made up by with how fast the food came out and of course, the quality of it. Would definitely return – for one thing or another. Would recommend and bring friends!
Notable: They offer mid-week specials, where Monday-Thursday a three course meal is only $39/person! I didn’t fully look into it though. Also membership is necessary for entry (unless you’re from outside of the area) like any other RSL club!
Location: Just beyond the pokies within Fairfield RSL.
Cost: $$

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