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#tbt to when I had the prettiest brunch and it couldn’t fit on one plate.

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Kokomos

I know I am late to the game. Kokomos have been open for a few months now but I have never gotten around to trying it until last night. I had heard that it was ‘pricey but tasty’ so when we spotted their island banquet option, it was a good excuse to try it out.

Island banquet 8 most popular dishes ($49.00) you can add a key lime pie to the banquet and at $1.00 pp, why wouldn’t you?

Salt and vinegar taro chips. The taste of vinegar isn’t too strong; nice and crispy but there were more interesting things to eat.

Mullaway ceviche coconut, ginger, cherry tomato, Thai basil, tostadas.

Fried chicken bun bread and butter pickles, hot sauce. Succulent crispy hot chicken with all the right trimmings. I was really sad when I finished the bun and had none left.

Prawn toast lime and sweet corn, smoked chilli mayo.

Lamb ribs sweet and sour glaze, puffed wheat. This was so tender and had a really nice glaze.

Udon noodles seared beef rump cap, egg yolk, crispy eschalot, kombu butter. I might be biased because I really love udon noodles, but this dish with its egg yolk creaminess reminded me of a creamy pasta dish without the heaviness. So delicious!

Iceberg salad pickled red onion, sunflower seeds, creme fraiche, dill. I thought it sounded boring because it had iceberg lettuce, but surprisingly this dish works!

Smoked beef rib molasses glaze, puffed rice, roast eggplant puree. Another really tender protein.

Rotisserie Huli Huli chicken lemon butter gravy. I loved the flavours of this chicken; the meat was juicy and the lemon butter provides just the right amount of tangy flavours.

Dishes were coming thick and fast, it was almost a shuffle game to fit everything on the table. Just as we adjusted plates and cups to move out of the way for one dish, another dish would appear almost straight away. We were served all the savoury dishes within the hour, but I would have liked a slower pace.

We really enjoyed everything and it was hard to choose a favourite but the pick of the night would have been between the fried chicken bun or the lamb ribs, but the udon noodles were a close second.Key lime pie – this was a pretty decent serve per person and I did enjoy the unusual green colour. The base by itself wasn’t very nice but the pie with cream altogether had a nice balance of sweetness, creaminess and tart flavours.Added on top Yes, my greedy eyes couldn’t help but order a few more items that weren’t included in the banquet.

Lobster lollipops kombu, sesame bonito mayo ($18.00 4 pcs). This was disappointing and fell really flat. You couldn’t really tell it was lobster and as tasty as the mayo was, it didn’t save this dish at all. I wouldn’t bother ordering this again.Pecan pie burnt butter ice cream ($10.00). I didn’t think this was sweet enough and instead, I was getting bursts of salty flavours. The ice cream reminded me of a creme brulee with the torched sugar crust. I would not order this again.It was a shame that the extras we ordered were a disappointment but if you stick with the Island banquet and it has those dishes, you can’t go wrong.

The staff were friendly and attentive, although there was some confusion with the dishes as one of us had dietary requirements but it was eventually clarified. I can imagine this place getting loud as the nightlife and bar begins to take over, but on a weekday we were not rushed, could talk comfortably and enjoyed our food.

Venue: Kokomo’s

Address: 1 Genge St, Canberra ACT 2601

Phone(02) 6171 2092

Yes, I ate there last night and wrote this post quickly out of spite because TimmyC didn’t think I could get it done.

Pickle Rick

I’M PICKLE RICK!

I spent the morning learning the craft of pickling and making chutneys with a dear friend at @cornersmith . I can’t eat my wares for another 3 months so I bought some of theirs to eat for now. So so good 🤤

#rickandmorty #pickles #pickling #sydney #birthdaygift

Vic’s Meat Market

Many moons ago, TimmyC and I experienced David Blackmore steak and we fell in love. Ever since that delicious introduction, we have been on the hunt to find it again (Chifley’s bar and grill have sadly changed their menu).
Knowing that we were going to be in Sydney for a long weekend, we went to book seats at the Wagyu bar located at Vic’s Meat Market. Unfortunately, they were closed for refurbishment but they asked us if we would like to come in for an early trial. We of course, jumped at the chance.
We were greeted by Matt, a former chef turned butcher, who was going to be cooking these delectable delights. The bar was all set up with beautiful salads to share as well as individually portioned potato salad and crunchy slaw. We all fell in love with the potato salad but was sad to learn it was not reproducible in our kitchen as they use brisket drippings *drool*. Even though I am thrilled at the idea of steak, it did not dampen my appreciation for the freshness and tastiness of these salads. Tomato and basil has long been one of my favourite pairings and I almost ate the whole plate myself. Fennel salad provided a tasty crunch and palette cleansing between steaks. They even threw some vine ripened tomatoes into the smoker which gave off a rich tomato explosion as they burst in your mouth.
Off we went on our glorious steak adventure. We first started out with a pasture fed scotch fillet; seasoned and cooked perfectly, we were eager to see how the calibre would be lifted as we went onto subsequent steaks.
Grain fed 270 days black angus T-bone – they let me nibbled around the bone and I was in heaven.
The T-bone steak is on the left hand side of the plate.
David Blackmore rump steak. Now we were getting serious. There was a notable difference between the taste and quality of meat. It was hard to not eat the whole plate, whilst knowing there was still more to come.
David Blackmore sirloin. If you don’t have teeth, don’t worry, this steak will just melt in your mouth. Again, this was another step up in quality and taste. This was sooooooooooo good, I’m starting to salivate just remembering this steak.
David Blackmore scotch fillet 9+ marble score. There was another elevation of quality and taste but nearly as noticeable as the other two leaps. This was borderline too rich (if there is such a thing) and needed either rice or salad to accompany it. So delectable, but you didn’t need much to feel satisfied.
The staff are so passionate and knowledgeable on what they love to do and this resonates with the quality of produce they have in stock (including Canberra’s own Pialligo bacon). Walking through the butchery, everything is so wonderfully displayed, I’d buy one of everything if I lived in the area. If you’re not confident in the kitchen, it’s nice to know you can get them to cook for you next door.
I hope the Wagyu bar is not too far away from opening. If you’re a keen carnivore, I definitely recommend you go and check it out.
Today, Vic’s Meat Market is launching their new Smokehouse and Grill menu to the public and hope to show off their large custom smoker to coincide with their third birthday. All weekend they will have free live music, giveaways and meat fry ups. I am super keen to return to try their ribs, brisket and a dish called ‘burnt ends’. Omg I love the crispy parts!
Venue: Vic’s Meat market
Address: Sydney Fish Market, 50-60 Bank street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Opening hours:
Butcher
Mon-Fri 7am – 4pm
Sat-Sun 7am – 5pm
Smokehouse and Grill
Mon-Sun 10am – 4pm

Grounds of the City

With an optimistic approach, I didn’t think The Grounds of the City would be that busy as it was brunch time on a weekday but as we turned the corner at The Galeries, TimmyC and I were faced with a large crowd. Luckily most of them were waiting for coffee and takeaways and the line for a table was relatively short. We placed our name and number for a table of two on the list and was advised that there’d be a 20-30 minute wait, 18 minutes later we received an SMS that our table was ready.Walking inside the restaurant was like teleporting back to an era where men would wear hats with suits and would read the newspaper instead of staring at their phones.  There were so many things to look at, I didn’t know which way to turn my head until my gaze was distracted by the cake trolley. Yes, you read that right, you can request the cake trolley to be wheeled to you. I feel it would pair perfectly with a bottomless cup of tea (which is also on the menu).Flat white ($4.00). TimmyC really enjoyed his coffee, I now understand why there was a huge queue outside waiting for takeaway.Black truffle omelette with mushrooms and goats curd ($28.00) plus a side of bacon ($5.00). TimmyC at first had chosen eggs benedict for breakfast which was quickly vetoed by me as I heard about the specials. This choice was so popular, it was sold out soon after we had placed our order. When the server placed the plate on the table, I found the smell of truffles intoxicating. The omelette was perfectly cooked and I really enjoyed the addition of the subtle sourness that the creamy goats curd provided. I loved how ordering a side of bacon meant a plate of bacon rather than just a single rasher- WIN!The Bakery Basket The Grounds continental selection of freshly baked pastries with house-made preserves, cultured butter and whipped mascarpone ($16.00). I thought the delicious flaky buttery pastries didn’t need anything more, so not to waste the delicious condiments, we ordered a slice of sour dough toast ($4.00). I loved everything about this (I even started to just eat the mascarpone when I ran out of things to spread it on) and thinking about it again makes me salivate. The cherry on top was that they warmed the pain au chocolat perfectly to give a molten chocolate centre.So delicious and melty on the inside while being crispy and flaky on the outside.When eating in Sydney CBD, I can tell you where to get ramen, congee, thai stir fries, dumplings and baos, but if you wanted a good brunch spot, I’d be lost for words. The Grounds of the City fills that void and then some. I cannot wait to go back to try more from all parts of their menu and might even stick around for a bottomless cup of tea.

Venue: Grounds of the City

Address: Shop RG 12, 500 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Phone(02) 9699 2235

Website: http://thegroundscity.com.au/
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