Thursday, 21 August 2014

Brewtown, Newtown - Sydney

Brewnuts.
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Elvis Burger from Brewtown

Do I get your attention now? I know how much love and adoration the brewnuts (just another name of cronuts, you guys) from Brewtown have received, but actually, the gorgeous café is much more than those pastry hybrid. But if you stumbled upon this page and want to go straight to the brewnuts, feel free to skip to the very last part of the post.

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If you're planning to eat in, arrive early or really late or otherwise, prepare to wait for a table. Every single spot in this rustic and elegant café fills up easily, especially on weekends. We went there for a Saturday brunch but only had to wait about 15 mins for a table for two.

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Interior

The interior is super appealing. Dimly lighted to create a warm and romantic ambiance, accentuated with wooden furnitures and related colours. Naked brick walls and exposed pipes; this place screams trendy. Communal tables are available (yes, there is one with that Instagram-famous beehive pattern), but that day we were seated on a small table further inside.

Do something productive while you wait for your table. And by saying productive, I mean spy all those brewnuts flying to the counter!

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Brewnuts stalking

We started with warm cups of our favourites. My hot chocolate was perfect and adequately chocolatey, and the mocha was also rather adored by my date of the day.

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Hot chocolate (fore) and mocha (back)

While choosing the menu, we spied some polenta and corned beef dishes being served, and if I had not heard about the Elvis burger, I would've picked one of them. Talking about serving, the service  was excellent. Our waiters were really friendly and efficient albeit being busy, some even equipped with really good sense of humours.

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Serving like a boss

I reckon the banana bread here is often overlooked and people would go straight to the more popular items. Make no mistake, the toasted banana bread was also served brilliantly. A thick slab of fragrant banana bread with crispy edges, flanked with cinnamon butter and tangy hone and lime mascarpone.

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Toasted homemade banana bread with cinnamon butter, honey & lime mascarpone - $6

It was moist, fluffy, and had perfect level of sweetness. The unique butter brought more alluring aroma out, and the mascarpone was such a perfect companion.

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Spreading the butter

I went straight to the heavier package, the Elvis burger. Imagine everything's good about burger, and multiply it by two. Maybe three.

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Elvis burger (savoury brewnut, beef, bacon, gruyere w/hand cut chips & house relish) - $16.5

Everything just worked. The savoury brewnut might be a wee bit oily but it was easily ignored by the great flavours of perfectly cooked patty, bacon, and melty gruyere cheese. The relish was rather zingy, which was good as it prevented the whole bite to be too heavy. The fat, thick chips were soggy and definitely moreish.

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Obligatory innards shot

Choosing which brewnuts to take away was easy, it was an 'one of each please' kind of situation. We got the whole gang: jam (dusted with icing sugar), chocolate crumble, glazed, and cinnamon. Among them, my favourite was the chocolate crumble, as the chocolate wasn't too sweet and I love the texture play. The jam would probably be my second choice, although the jam was a tad too sweet for me. The glazed one was good, but I found the cinnamon one to be rather plain.

My biggest problem with them is about the amount of oil. They were amazingly crispy and the layers couldn't be more obvious and beautiful, but I reckon they'll be even better if somehow they're delivered to our hands in a drier state.

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Brewnuts ($4.5 ea) - jam, chocolate crumble, cinnamon sugar, glazed

I might have complained a bit about those brewnuts there, but as I am writing this I am actually craving for them. What kind of sorcery is this?

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Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000


Rating: 3.5/5 (Really worth the try)
Really great brewnut burger, wide ranges of menu and drinks, service is impeccable and very friendly, ambiance is nice and comfy but prepare to wait for a table, especially on weekends. Sweet brewnuts were good but a tad too oily for me.







Address:

BREWTOWN

6 - 8 O'Connell Street
Newtown, NSW 2042

Phone: (02) 9519 2920

Website: Brewtown
Facebook: Brewtown Newtown

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Domino's Pulled Pork Range

I mean, who doesn't like pulled pork, right?
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Domino's Pulled Pork Range

Me, personally, got weak on my knees whenever pulled pork is around.

Plus, who won't be happy finding three, not one, boxes of pizza in their front door just after having a really nerve-wrecking day?

So Domino's has been generous enough to let me experience their newest range, the ones that involve slow-cooked pulled pork. Three were sampled: Hickory BBQ Pulled Pork, Pulled Pork Meatlovers, and Chilli Lime Pulled Pork.

The Chilli Lime Pulled Pork was the first one I took a slice of, and became my favourite quickly. There was something different about this one, in a good way. There were scattered hints of fragrant and unique spices, giving the pizza fresh lift and exciting bite. And no, it wasn't anything near spicy. For me, at least.

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Chilli Lime Pulled Pork - pulled pork, crunchy Vietnamese slaw, mushrooms, red onion, baby spinach on crème fraiche with mozzarella & a chilli lime drizzle

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The Hickory BBQ Pulled Pork was accepted very dearly by the family members. It was a tasty treat with hint of sweetness from the sauce that actually went nicely with the generously given pulled pork.

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Hickory BBQ Pulled Pork - pulled pork, red onion & capsicum topped with mozzarella & Hickory BBQ sauce

The Pulled Pork Meatlovers was a great spin on the classic and (probably) everybody's favourite. The pulled pork on these pizzas may not be as tender or aromatic as the one you get from Papi Chulo, but hey, it is more than decent. And I can never say no to pizza.

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Pulled Pork Meatlovers - pulled pork, ground beef, rasher bacon, Italian sausage & mozzarella on BBQ Sauce

I am not responsible for any random, midnight cravings of pizza after you read this post. But if you need someone to share the pizzas with, I'm forever available.

Just sayin'.

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Disclaimer: Irene's Getting Fat! receives Domino's Pulled Pork range courtesy from Domino's Australia (thank you!). However, all opinions based on my personal taste.







INFO:

Order online at Domino's

Phone: 1300 DOMINOS


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Monday, 18 August 2014

Original Meatball Company, Sydney CBD

'Eat Balls!' they say.
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Your wish is my command, I say.

The hashtag #amazeballs is brought to a whole new level here. Original Meatball Company branch in Sydney is only 5-week old, but they sure knows what they're doing with them balls. Heh.

Originated in the city that never sleeps, the owners Jay Lyon (musician & model) and Dominic Lopresti (CEO of Gelatissimo) bring OMC downunder, to many people's delight. I missed the first day of opening due to the threat of hours of queuing, but finally made my way here courtesy of Carlii Lyon and Dominic from OMC.

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Sir, yes, sir!

The place is not big, I'm warning you. But it's arranged nicely with trendy ambiance. The word 'ball' is repeated and scattered almost everywhere, especially on the caps of the crew. A few stools are available for dining-in, but mind you, they got filled up really quickly, especially at peak hours. Many opted for take-away that day, but we took a place facing the open kitchen. It was amazing watching the crew producing all the buns, fries, salads, etc. They moved so quickly and efficiently.

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Counter & seating

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Interior

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Open kitchen action

There are so many variations of the dishes on the menu, it's hard to decide on one so quickly. I finally went with the store manager's favourite, the Pesto Prima Donna while my lunch date chose Swedish Ja. We both took the offer to include fries (both rosemary and sea salt) and a bottle of chosen drink.

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Our balls meals

My Pesto Prima Donna smelled amazing. The rustic white bun was soft yet didn't go soggy from all the wet ingredients. The chicken balls themselves were tasty enough, and satisfaction was amplified by the pesto, nicely dressed rocket leaves, and that stretchy mozzarella. Especially that stretchy mozzarella.

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Pesto Prima Donna - chicken balls with pesto, aioli, mozzarella, dressed rocket leaves, served on rustic white ($11.9)

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Those balls!

And apparently the pork & veal balls in Swedish Ja were even better. I enjoyed the meaty scent and flavour more, and the combination worked really well with the jam, gravy, and mustard. And that cheese, of course.

For both that we tried that day, the balls were nicely portioned, I reckon. I didn't end up eating plain bread/bun without a bite of the balls.

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Swedish Ja - pork & veal balls with lingonberry jam, mushroom gravy, sweet mustard, Swiss cheese, served on soft brioche ($12.9)

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Close up on Swedish Ja

The fries were as addictive as fries can be. They were thin but had heavenly crispy edges. I preferred the rosemary ones due to its brownie points from specks of the aromatic herbs.

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Sea salt fries - comes as a deal or $3.5 alone

What if you don't like balls in bun, you ask? Worry not. The healthier side of you can opt for balls on salad, or maybe balls in your chosen gravy.

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And here are some more pictures of the open kitchen action. Next time, definitely, I'm getting that amazing-looking poutine. And I'm not planning on sharing.

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Production line

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Fries poutine (with ragu and parmesan cream sauce)

Last words: eat balls!

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Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000


Rating: 3.5/5 (Really worth the try)
Really good balls with many variations, quick and friendly service, place can be cramped in peak hours, price is reasonable.


Irene's Getting Fat! and guest tried Original Meatball Company courtesy of Original Meatball Company (Carlii Lyon & Dominic). Thank you very much! However, all opinions are purely based on my personal taste.







Address:

ORIGINAL MEATBALL COMPANY

56-58 York St 
Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 8213 0213

Web: Original Meatball Company
Facebook: Original Meatball Company

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