Sunday, September 1, 2013

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, Sydney

So across the past couple of months, I haven't been consistent with my blogposts. Work got pretty crazy at one point and after working 6 days a week for a couple of months, I felt pretty burnt every Sunday. Anyhow that is all over now. I assume most of you guys are similar to me in the sense that we all have insanely busy schedules from time to time. During this period it is hard to avoid eating out day after day or at worse, meal after meal. 

I hate stressing out about not knowing where to eat sometimes. So to help out, here are some suggestions starting off with the most important meal of the day. Breakfast. 

Kepos Street Kitchen, Redfern

Tucked away on the corner of the quiet streets of Redfern is this hip cafe. Unfortunately for breakfast, you can't book so you will need to either arrive early to avoid the queues or queue up for approximately 30 minutes. Given you have the spare time, it is also a place to fuel up if you are picking or dropping someone off at the airport as it is only minutes away.

Soft baked eggs and tomato shakshuka, coriander and sourdough -  $15

dad's favourite breaky: falafel, hummus, labneh, dukkah, egg and tomato salad  - $16
Normally baked eggs are my favourite dish at most cafes but the dad's favourite breaky was even better. The falafel covered in quinoa was like a healthy version of a hash brown. The quinoa on the outside was extra crunchy and the falafel on the inside was soft and warm. I could eat this for breakfast every day of the week especially since quinoa is good for you right? Sadly the tomatoes in the baked eggs made it too sour for my liking and the eggs weren't runny enough. It's okay though because my dad's favourite breaky still had eggs! I was still winning. 

Pho Toan Thang Restaurant, Flemington

Pho Toan Thang Restaurant

As some of you guys know, you will find me around Strathfield quite often and Pho Toan Thang in Flemington is right next door. This is probably the most popular pho place in Flemington. There is always a line every time I walk past but luckily, the lines aren't too horrendous (about a 5 to 10 minute wait).  

Combination rice with grilled pork - approx $10

Special beef combination, large - approx $10

When it comes to lunch and no matter how cold or hot the day is, there is always be a small spot in my heart for a bowl of comfort. I don't know what it is about pho but it simply so comforting. When you aren't feeling 100% or when your sinuses aren't working, a bowl of pho always seems to fix everything up. Would you agree? And the best thing about pho is that it is ridiculously cheap for it's serving so you never have to worry about making a dent to your bank account. 

Mary's, Newtown

One of the places that keeps flooding my instagram feed is Mary's so I had to check out what all the fuss was about. I went on a Thursday night for dinner and the lines weren't too bad. At 7 pm, there was no line to get in and the wait for a table was about 15 to 20 minutes. Has anyone been on a Friday or Saturday night? I am curious to find out what the lines are like. 

Left: Cheese burgers and fries - $14
Top right: Potato and gravy - $5
bottom right: Cheese burger 

Fried Chicken, half - $14

As soon as I had the first bite of my cheeseburger, ohemgee, I thought I had died and gone to burger heaven. It was so freaking delicious! I also loved the way they packaged their burgers even if it does remind me of fast food. Close your eyes and now imagine.. first your teeth sink into the soft bun then immediately comes a juicy beef pattie covered in melted cheese and finally getting a bit of the pickle as your top and bottom teeth meet. Deliciousness. This was probably one the best cheeseburgers I have had.

To top it off, both the mash and the fried chicken were also just as scrumptious. The truffle mash was dangerously addictive. It doesn't matter how full you are. If it is in front of you, you are going to pick at it. So good. The fried chicken was surprisingly moist. The skin wasn't as crunchy as korean fried chicken but it had a good kick to it and the chicken itself was very tender. Also another must get dish.

Adriano Zumbo Dessert Train, The Star

How could one go wrong with desserts by Zumbo especially his salted caramel macarons. Unfortunately, this is another place with queues but lines usually mean it is good right? The queues are about 20 minutes for a spot at the bar.

Lamington ice cream cake - approx $6

Blue cheese and date soft serve - $3

Jaffa chocolate tart - approx $6

Pistachio creme au caramel - approx $6

The soft serve flavour of the day was blue cheese and date. What on earth. I dislike cheese with a passion, especially blue cheese but DC loves his cheese. With quite a bit of force from DC, I ended up trying some and zomgosh, it tasted nothing like blue cheese and date!?! It was actually really good. The words good/delicious/yummy and cheese never fit into any of my sentences. I don't even know what it tasted like, I just recall it being really good. I would definitely come back just to find out what the rest of the daily flavours are.

Soooo that's a wrap guys! Hopefully this post will help give you some ideas on where to eat next and cheers to the end of another weekend!

Kepos Street Kitchen on Urbanspoon Pho Toan Thang on Urbanspoon Mary's on Urbanspoon

Adriano Zumbo P√Ętissier on Urbanspoon

Gotta go eat!! 


  1. I love this post! that cheeseburger looks amazing :9

  2. Love the burgers and fried chicken at Mary's. The mashed potato is also amazing!

  3. You just reminded me of Kepos St Kitchen, I must check that place out. I really like shakshuka but don't eat it often.

  4. what did you think of the chicken at mary's? Noticed there was no comment!

    1. I've updated it, thanks for pointing it out. I loved it! The chicken was so moist and there was a kick in the skin as well.

  5. im glad to hear that although working 6 days a week, you still had time to consume so much good food!

  6. I love the Zumbo dessert train! Their soft serve is incredible, I'd love to try the blue cheese.

  7. What a great range of food! I'd happily eat all of it! :D

  8. I love the look of that falafel at Kepos St, I must go check it out

  9. If you're offering I'll take a slice of the jaffa tart, thanks :)

  10. hehe I go to Pho Toan too!! Cheap and cheerful :) that looks like a huge pot of shakshouka!

  11. Dear Shan Shan,

    I think Pho Toan Thang takes the prize for Sydney's best fried rice with salted fish and chicken.

  12. I usually go to a different pho restaurant in flemo but I am keen to try pho toan next time!

  13. must go eat soon again.... and same here... so busy with work. less blogging. but still eat as much :P

  14. I have yet to try Mary's still!!!haha!

    But I totally agree with you on pho, it just makes you feel so at peace sometimes after eating it ... and omg,that place is AMAZING! :D :D :D

    - Cassie

  15. Wah so much food! Looks like Zumbo has expanded his menu on his train :D

  16. I'll take one of everything please. #greedy

  17. great post! you went to all the yummy places! yummmmmm