Kirribilli Seafoods has fantastic food and friendly, warm service. The guys remembered us and stopped to give us a personal experience which made us feel instantly welcome. The BBQ special isn’t cheap, but the octopus is tender and the calamari is buttery. The best seafood this side of the bridge for sure. If you want takeaway, they offer picnic blankets to patrons so you can enjoy your fish and chips under the bridge.
Shuk is a fabulous little cafe and bakery in Bondi, (accessible by bus if you’re using public transport). The coffee is delightful and the food is a hit of all flavours Middle Eastern, like lamb in a hummus bowl, or a classic shakshuka. Definitely recommend if you’re in the area for a bite to eat.
Look, I don’t mean to slam these guys so hard so I lifted my rating from a Poor to an Average. You’ll understand why when I tell you: we paid $7 for a thimble of milkshake. I was really hankering for a chocolate milkshake, and it came to me in what could only be described as a water glass, a mere cup, that cost us $7. That’s $14 for two.
When faced with an act of disappointment such as this, you try to find justification. The milk was excellent full cream, the chocolate was old fashioned and whatever else went into it was probably high quality goodness. I did want more. Especially when we all know milkshakes give about an inch, a head of froth. My partner had salted caramel and honestly it just tasted like sweet milk.
Please serve them in a taller glass and maybe Mrs Underwood can contend with Daisy’s down the road.
All in all, an overpriced sadshake.
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Flower Child is a stunning cafe- the perfect brunch aesthetic right above Hawker Lane in Chatswood. Hanging plants, strong coffee and instagrammable foods make for a fantastic brunch experience. Doesn’t get five stars, however, because the ambient brunch bubble is popped by the queues of people to get in and the sheer volume of customers. Also, the food is beautiful and delicious, but it’s also overpriced and not particularly value for money. Go for the gram.
The Murray Rose Pool, or Redleaf, is a nice harbour pool which gets you out of the hustle and bustle of the city. By way of facilities, there’s a small cafe at the pool, bathrooms and a shower. There’s ample shade as well, however, the ground around the trees isn’t particular comfortable or soft- it’s just dirt and sticks. I’ve also found the beach can be quite polluted as well, especially after the rains. It’s also close to several local schools, so when school’s out in the summer, the beach gets with schoolkids. Pick when you go, and you’ll have a relaxing escape.
This cafe was such a gem to find along Darling Street in Balmain. Sift through the alfresco cafe culture and go for something a little different- Turkish flavours for a simple brunch. I had the Turkish breakfast board, with sujuk, eggs, ricotta, olives and a blueberry compote. A truly flavoursome breakfast, each element in perfect harmony. I was taken back to my recent trip to Morocco, a place that celebrates the very same flavours. A little pricey, but that’s brunch in Balmain.
Scenic World, Katoomba is a classic tourist activity in the Blue Mountains. I recommend it to visitors because it showcases Australia’s natural and social histories, amongst a beautiful ecological park. The funicular railway is very fun; so steep and not for the faint of heart! The cable ways give you stunning views of the valley and the walkway at the bottom of the forest provides information on the local history and geography of the area.
This activity is, however, rather pricey and the queues can be quite disheartening. The whole experience is very well set up, but you need to figure out your motivation is for being there. If you want to experience natural beauty, then take a walking track from Echo Point. There are other, less expensive and time draining ways to experience the Blue Mountains. I support local businesses, however this feels like are tourist trap.
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