European Gourmet Food Safari in Sydney

Come with me on a gourmet journey through Sydney.

My friends know me so well and for my Christmas gift they purchased me a voucher to have a Gourmet Safari. I chose the European Gourmet Food Safari in Sydney to experience a lot of Europe crammed into one exciting and delicious day.

Stop#:1

Starting the day right with a coffee and their famous ricotta cake that did not disappoint.

Venue: Pasticceria Papa

Address: Shop LG 1–4, 75–79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach

The one thing to buy/try: Ricotta cake or get some freshly shaved ham

Pasticceria Papa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato It is hard to concentrate on anything when there are so many sweets.


Stop#:2

We left with bags in hand and samples in our mouths. If you don’t know what to get, the kind and friendly staff will help you out.

Venue: Russkis Deli

Address: 131 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW 2026

The one thing to buy/try: piroshki, pashka or some delicious European sausages.


Stop#:3

I was really surprised with the variety in this shop that didn’t just include the traditional bakery wares. The chocolate Kugelhopf is bound to impress but you need a lot of people to share it with or a pair of stretchy pants.

Venue: Wellington Cake Shop

Address: 157 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW 2026

The one thing to buy/try: cream cheese puffs!I could have 10 of these cream cheese puffs right now!


Stop#:4

This is truly cheese heaven. I left with $90 worth of cheese in my hand and everyone I shared it with was also really impressed. They made me eat AND like Stilton cheese which I am still amazed about and they also taught me a lot about ‘ripe’ cheeses and stabilisers.

Venue: Formaggi Ocello

Address: Shop 16/425 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

The one thing to buy/try: Guccio Italian bloomy rind cheese (seriously, it is like liquid gold), Stilton with truffle honey or raspberry and herb jelly.  You probably don’t need to know this but they deliver Australia wide.

Formaggi Ocello Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato So many samples, so many amazing flavours.


Stop#:5

If I lived in Sydney I would buy my house in Chester Hill. I love how they have every smoked and cured meat product imaginable and all at decent prices.

Venue: Ivan’s Butchery

Address: 141 Waldron Rd, Chester Hill NSW 2162

The one thing to buy/try: Cevapi, pork crackling, anything really! My mouth is salivating as I type this.Ivan was really generous and let us try so much and it was all definitely worth trying.


Stop#:6

Just when we didn’t think we could fit any more food in, we stopped and had a long late lunch. We ate and enjoyed everything! The hospitality was really warm, the menu was authentic and the food was really good.

Venue: Na Zdrowie

Address: 161 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037

The one thing to buy/try: Everything! Seriously, I loved everything that we ate at this restaurant even though I was a bit sceptical of the description of seasoned pork lard.Na Zdrowie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato From pierogi to bigos to placki, you have to order it all!

We all had such a fun time on the tour, it is definitely worth going on. I learnt so much, ate so much and bought much much more, I hope to go on a different tour soon.

 

Polo – The Polish White Eagle Club

It has been a few years since I had last been to The Polish White Eagle Club in Turner. Back then, the restaurant was called Kopernik and it was run by an older European couple. Fast forward a few years and the restaurant inside The Polish club is now Polo, the menu is more extensive and the dining room is much busier.

Eating with foodie friends means ordering half the menu- tee hee!Pierogi – Polish dumplings in bacon and caramelised cabbage ($13.00). We chose ‘pork and chicken’ and ‘cheese and potato’ dumplings. I loved the added touch bacon and the caramelised cabbage but a dollop of sour cream would have been awesome. I preferred the pork and chicken between the two dumplings flavours.Crunchy kale new season kale crisps with slivered beetroot, crumbled goat cheese and plum dressing ($13.00). Technically it was described as ‘crispy kale’and crispy it was but it was cooked beyond being edible. As soon as I saw this, I knew the kale was over done and would be terrible and I suggested that my friend take it back but he just ate some of the goats cheese and avoided the kale leaves.Blintz and mushrooms mushroom ragout with re-fried potato blintz and sour cream ($13.00). I found the blintz a bit bland by itself and it definitely needed the sour cream and the delicious mushrooms. It was nice to share this with others but I wouldn’t order just this for my main.Veal schnitzel Polish style pan-fried, crumbed in sourdough rye, served with mashed potato and beetroot salad ($17.00). I didn’t mind the schnitzel but in comparison to other dishes, I probably wouldn’t order this again.Pork knuckle mash, baked apple, caramelised cabbage and salad ($24.00). Don’t be put off by its size, it is mainly bone; most people should be able to finish it easily. I liked the tender meat and the baked apple was a nice pairing. It is definitely a hearty meal during the colder months.Ricotta fritters cinnamon tossed ricotta dumplings with chocolate soil and mulberry sauce. yum ($10.00). We all decided that we had enough room to squeeze in one dumpling each (conveniently there were 5 doughnuts and there were 5 of us). I was really surprised how light and fluffy they were and probably could have had the whole plate to myself. It wasn’t until after we finished eating the dumplings did we notice that there wasn’t any chocolate soil but it didn’t need it. These were definitely worth ordering!Served hot and fresh, I think you could convince anyone to stay for dessert with you.The next time I come back, I would order the pierogi, pork knuckle and ricotta fritters.

Don’t forget that Polo does Pierogi and Polish pint deal on Wednesdays. Full menu available Thursday to SaturdayVenue: Polo Restaurant

Address: 38 David Street, Turner, ACT 2612

Phone: 0422 898 617

Opening times (from the website): The Polish White Eagle Club (Polo Restaurant and Polish Club bar) is now open Wednesday –  Saturday evenings from 18.00. We’re also open every second Saturday for lunch from 11.00 on Continental Deli days or by appointment.

 

Applying for Polish citizenship!

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I went to the White Eagle Club based on a recommendation from a friend after telling them about my love for dumplings! If you are going to come here you have try two things!

1). Honey vodka that clears your nose and throat even when you don’t think it needs to be cleared (and that’s just with only 4 drops in my mouth) which is then followed by a lovely after taste of leather wood honey

2). Their hash browns! They are sort of oily but it is so delicious with a dollop of sour cream. MMMMMMMMMM

Obviously the #1 thing I was there for was the dumplings! I didn’t know what else to order but when I peered over to the other table, a guy had just polished off the pork knuckle with no problems, so that was on my ‘to eat list’. I was trying to decide between pork schnitzel or roast pork (I’m guess the Polish like their pork), can’t go wrong with a roast pork I thought. My friend was going to order a side of chips but I quickly changed that to hash browns because you could get chips anywhere and I’m so glad that I did!

First the dumplings came out, as if they were delicious enough but they added some diced bacon on top! MMMM dumplings just got a whole lot better ! We ordered ‘combination dumplings’, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the cabbage and meat ones but definitely enjoyed the potato and cheese as well as the pork dumplings.

As I said before, if you going to come here, you need to try the hash browns! I don’t know what they put in them but they sure are tasty. I was pretty much full between the hash browns and dumplings but then our mains arrived…

When the pork knuckle came out, I felt like royalty! A beautiful silver platter was placed before me with a very big pork knuckle in the middle. Surrounding the very succulent tender meat was an assortment of sauces- mustard, something with horseradish (very strong!) and some beetroot-like thing, sliced cucumber and tomato. The grated carrots which seems like something so simple was divine as they had cooked it with cinnamon. Of course there was also mash potato and sauerkraut on the platter.

The roast pork was ok, nothing too special, next time I wouldn’t mind trying the pork snitzel. We got more carrots though! YUM!

You can’t doubt their authenticity when you can clearly see the older Polish couple cooking the food. I’d come back just for a hash brown and dumpling hit but I’d also love to explore more of the menu and maybe even squeeze in a dessert next time (waaaaaaaaaay too full this time!). The Polish club also hosts a mini market every second Saturday which I’ve been meaning to go to.

Venue: Kopernik traditional Polish restaurant @ the White Eagle Club

Address: 38 David Street, Turner, ACT 2612

Phone: (02) 6248 8563

Website: www.whiteeagleclub.com.au/


Markets:
Continental Food Saleevery second Saturday, 12:00 am – 3:00 pm (payday week)
“Try our wide range of hams, Polish-style smoked sausages flavoured with spices, veal frankfurters,liverwurst, brawn, black pudding, pate, smoked pork, ham deluxe and much more.
Chocolates, sweets, cakes, instant packet borscht soup and rye bread are also booming sellers.”


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