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The Butcher’s Block, Wahroonga ($$)

Address: 15 Redleaf Ave, Wahroonga NSW

Tel: (02) 9487 8136

Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Butchers-Block

Opening hours:

Sunday- Closed

Monday – Saturday: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Prowsey and I decided to catch up for some Saturday morning brekky. Prowsey is one of my best friends and although we are both pretty busy with work and other commitments we have been making more of an effort to catch up regularly.

We decided to head over to Butcher’s Block to try out the brekky menu.

I had been here before with ClareBear and really enjoyed it and Prowsey has been a few times as well.

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Service

I arrived at Butcher’s Block at about 10.15 am. The plan was to meet at 10.30 am and I expected that Prowsey would be a bit late – as she usually is- but wanted to get there early to get a table.

When I got there I stood around the front for a bit before finding the person with the “magic clipboard” which would get you a table. After writing my name down on the list, I waited about 30 mins standing outside.

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I must admit that the system at Butcher’s Block is not the best. If I had not been there before I might have been waiting outside for a long time before I realised that I needed to put my name on a list. I think a better system would be for the person with the clipboard to either wait outside to greet guests or for them to have the clipboard outside with a sign telling people to write their names on it (similar to that at Sushi Hotaru).

Either way, despite the poor organisation of the “magic clipboard”, Prowsey arrived at about 10.45 and we finally got a seat inside.

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Service was pretty good – our food was brought out quickly and everyone was really friendly, helpful and polite.

The one issue I had was that they seemed to be hurrying us up to leave. We felt that they would constantly come over to us and ask us how we were going or clearing plates as soon as we put the fork and knife down. Understandably they are really busy and want to get people in and out, but you certainly feel it! Not the place to go when you want to take your time eating and drinking.

Atmosphere

Atmosphere was lovely and exciting, full of the clinks of forks and knives and people talking. The cute decor is perfect for the spot (see my previous post on The Butcher’s Block for more details), and luckily it wasn’t raining so the beautiful sunshine was streaming through the windows and open outdoor seating at the back.

Overall it’s a pretty nice and peaceful spot and quite cosy too if not for the fact that it is so busy!

Food

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Prowsey decided to order the Big Breakfast with a side of mushrooms. Prowsey loves mushrooms and was pleased with the large quantity of mushrooms she got for only $4.00. She also enjoyed the sourdough bread and lovely eggs. She also had two skim cappuccinos which were beautifully presented and which came out really quickly.

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I ordered the Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas and Cream. The ricotta pancakes were soft and thick, deliciously puffy and melt in your mouth good. The bananas were cooked in the pan until they were just soft on the outside, and the caramel on top was crunchy and hard, adding a bitterness to the starchy bananas and sweet pancakes. The dish was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it, would definitely get it again.

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The coffee was delicious and although I don’t drink coffee that often I had two cups- a latte and a capp! They also do takeaway which seems to be popular with the soccer and rugby mums in the area!

Cost:

Overall my meal cost $23.00

Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 5.5
  • Food- 8.5
  • Ambience- 6
  • Value –6 

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Garlic Roast Lamb

Here’s my recipe for delicious and easy garlic roast lamb.

Ingredients:

  • 2.4kg leg of lamb (I used frozen)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Mixed herbs (I used Masterfoods)
  • Olive oil

Method:

1. Set oven to 200C.

2. Put the lamb in a deep roasting dish. Cut lines into the lamb and insert mixed herbs and slivers of garlic into the cuts.

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3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pat the seasoning into the meat.

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4. Cover with foil and put in the oven to cook for 1 hour.

5. After 1 hour, drizzle some olive oil over the lamb, remove the foil and cook for another hour.

6. Switch the oven off and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the lamb. Cover with foil again and leave to rest in the oven for 30 minutes. 

8. Carve the lamb and serve it with roast vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots and peas or corn.

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Wow Cow, Darlinghurst

If you have been following my blog you would know that I am one of the biggest froyo fans out there. I love the stuff. It’s refreshing, cool and customisable.

I have tried Yogurberry (still my favourite), Moochi, Noggi, and Yogurt World.

This week I got to try Wow Cow in Darlinghurst. Post Zushi I decided to get something cool and refreshing for the walk back to work. I stopped by Wow Cow to check out their offerings.

I decided to order a regular/medium pomegranate frozen yoghurt with two toppings: passionfruit pulp and mochi (rice cakes).

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Unlike Noggi where toppings are included in the price, and yogurberry, where the weight determines the price, Wow Cow charges $4.50 for the ice cream and $1.00 for each scoop of topping. Normally I would top my ice cream with a variety of fruits and lollies (at Yogurberry), but this time I had to narrow down my choices to just two!

Apart from the pricing system, I also wasn’t a big fan of the actual frozen yoghurt. I found that it tasted less like gelato or ice cream than the other types I have tried, and more like a creamy and quite airy sort of whipped cream. It didn’t taste very much like pomegranate either.

Overall, while the froyo was refreshing, Wow Cow did not live up to my expectations and Yogurberry is still my favourite in terms of value and taste!

Guzman y Gomez, Kings Cross ($)

Address: Bayswater Road, Kings Cross NSW

Tel: (02) 9332 2245

Website: http://www.guzmanygomez.com/

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I ordered the Beef Guerrero Nachos (mild) -slow roasted beef in GYG’s Guerrero marinade with Pico de Gallo salsa ($11.50).

Service wasn’t very good as I thought the lady who served me was a little rude and was not friendly at all. She probably wanted to be anywhere else but there, and it showed. However, in terms of speed, the food came out quite quickly so I was happy with that.

I ordered the nachos takeaway and when I opened the box (only about 3 minutes later) they were all mixed up and looked a little messy, not like the picture on the menu.

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They did taste quite nice but the sauce and melted cheese had made the corn chips a little soft. I am not a big fan of the black beans either. The meat sauce was alright, and the guacamole, and fresh tomato and onion lifted the dish and made it more refreshing.

Rating:

Overall I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 3
  • Food- 6.5
  • Ambience- 3.5
  • Value – 5

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Q & A with Wooden Spoon Bar & Restaurant’s co-owner Livia Wang

I had the pleasure of visiting Wooden Spoon last Wednesday and thought I would ask the lovely owner some questions about the restaurant to give you more of an insight into the hip new venue.

1. How did you get into the food/hospitality industry?

Our family background is food/restaurant business. When my husband and I met each other 5 years ago, we decided to open a restaurant/bar. He is a bartender and I’m the floor manager. Wooden Spoon is our third business and we love this industry!

2. When was Wooden Spoon Bar opened?

It was opened in March 2012.

3. Why makes Wooden Spoon Bar different to other similar restaurants/bars?

Cremorne is a very “residential” area. We do not treat our “customers” as customers, we like to have long term relationship and treat them as our family. We focus on the “network” a lot; we have wine tasting twice a month; cocktail tasting evenings once a month; mother groups; corporate tasting evenings etc. We think Wooden Spoon is the place for everyone to get together.

4. What is the one dish that you would recommend on the menu?

I do like our “Mini beef mignon, green lentil and speck ragout, shiraz and mustard emulsion sauce” dish.

5. What is your favourite drink on the cocktail menu?

I will say…Strawberry and Cream; Sailor Jerry Rum shaken with strawberries and lemon juice with a strawberry cream float.

6. If you could invite any celebrity to dine at Wooden Spoon Bar, who would it be and why?

This is a good question! Maybe I will say North Sydney council’ Mayor Jilly Gibson and Councillors. Because here is somewhere people get together.