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(Inside Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre)
19 Roseby St
Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre is a popular place for a lot of people, and even more popular around Christmas.
We were there for some retail therapy and needed fuel after arriving soon after it opened for the day.
One of the first places we spotted for a coffee was Jean Louis Joseph, a versatile venue with a delicatessen, a cafe and inside and outside seating. It's a sprawling place. You order at the counter, get a number and head back to your table. The food and drinks will arrive when ready.
We almost reluctantly ordered toast for our breakfast this time. We were still full from a massive dinner the night before so toast seemed like a smaller option. Nevertheless, the serving sizes of sourdough with jam or peanut butter were pretty big. We did our best to finish them tough!
We also grabbed a couple of coffees as well - a half strength soy cappuccino for Mlady and a skim flat white for Sir. Both were nice coffees and desperately needed as fuel for our shopping spree that lay ahead. The cooked breakfast choices actually looked pretty good though - maybe next time!
(Inside Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre)
19 Roseby St
Rise is just inside the centre on the lower floor opposite Coles, so it may be the first coffee and food place encountered. For us, it was actually a stop off point just before we left the centre. Sir was after something sweet - what's new there - and we had spotted a free table and quickly grabbed it.
Sir was eyeing off the Christmas mince tarts which were on top of the counter, but ended up with this much sweeter lemon roll. It turned out to be a cake roll with a lemon filling and a surprisingly thin layer of icing on top. He was quite impressed with it.
We also needed drinks. We considered coffee, as we normally do, but opted for a couple of chai's. Mlady had soy and Sir had skim.
Rise Bakehouse is predominantly take away, but their few tables are always busy, the foods fresh and the service friendly.
187-189 Lyons Rd
Zeus Street Greek is one of many traditional Greek street food places recently opened in Sydney.
We had been meaning to try this place for a while so after doing the bay run one morning we thought we'd pop over to lovely Drummoyne and have a Greek lunch.
Located on Drummoyne's popular Darling street, Zeus has quite a few tables inside and out so it's perfect for a casual lunch or dinner.
Service is quick and efficient. You order and pay at the counter and the lovely staff bring your food to your table.
After running 7 kms we were quite parched so we ordered a sparkling mineral water and and a sour cherry soft drink to quench our thirsts. The sour cherry drink is very popular in Greece. It's really refreshing and not very sour at all, quite the contrary actually.
As you would expect, Zeus has a very extensive range of 'gyros' on offer. There's pork, lamb, chicken and even soft shell crab.
I ordered the uncle Tzimmy pork classic which is the traditional gyros served in Greece, loaded with mouthwatering pieces of seasoned meat, hot chips and of course tzatziki. Count J ordered the Spartan a chicken Gyros with delicious Aegean slaw and parsley. Both were delicious and wrapped in freshly cooked pita bread.
We then tried the 'spanakopita' the traditional spinach and feta pie.
Here at Zeus they cooked it in a spiral way which is quite different to what we're used to.
It was delicious and fresh.
Zeus Street Greek is a great choice.
The food is really fresh and the servings are quite generous.
We'll definitely be back!
The Counts dined at Zeus at their own expense.
105 Victoria Rd
The French influences flow strongly here the minute you walk in the door. The dining area is chic and elegant but not in a pretentious way. However if you're expecting just a traditional French restaurant then think again.
The terrace at the rear of the place is pure French Riviera inspired - and it is such a fresh, vibrant and relaxing space to enjoy a drink. There's a great indoor/outdoor feel to Bastille
Alternatively, its the perfect place to start your meal before moving inside for your later courses. We did this.
The food is French influenced, but with strong Asian tones as well. It's an interesting fusion that works well (and this blend certainly hasn't hurt Tetsuya's over the years!).
We started our food journey in earnest with something from the terrace menu - sashimi. The terrace menu has lighter dishes for nibbles or for sharing.
The sashimi comprised kingfish and salmon portions interspersed across a slate serving plate with sides of soy, wasabi and ginger. It was a must try dish with powerful flavours that worked so well together. Very fresh and refreshing.
The goats cheese sphere was such an amazing dish and again another must have!
It was served on a herb gazpacho in a nest of brioche potato crisps and dressed in delicate flowers. It looked spectacular and tasted just as good.
Next, a serving of Sydney rock oysters came, with a fruity but subtle lemon mignoette sauce that went well.
We adjourned inside for our mains, almost reluctantly leaving the tranquil terrace for the pretty dining room. Sir had a beautifully cooked fillet Mignon for his main course that came served with pomme puree, bone marrow and Bordelaise sauce.
Presentation was again beautiful but, more importantly, the meat was perfectly cooked to order and was a lovely cut as well. This was a magnificent dish with great flavours.
It came nicely cooked and beautifully plated with scallop tortellini, capsicum, crushed potato, white fungi and saffron infused tomato sauce. It was a full dish with a good sized piece of swordfish with plenty of flavour.
A side of broccolini with anchovy crumb was again a great pairing.
It came served with an interesting mix of pistachio sauce, vanilla ice cream, mango sorbet and cherry sorbet.
The whole combination created a fruity blend that was nicely presented spread in a line across the plate with a garnish of popping candy.
Mlady, on the other hand, gave in to her inner chocoholic and chose the rich and decadent chocolate tart. It came with tasty hazelnut praline and vanilla ice cream and was everything she hoped it would be and more.
Dessert was paired with a sweeter white wine from Gascogne in southern France - a delicious Villa Cambre D'Amour 2012 Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc that went so well.
Bastille Dining and Terrace has charm, style and an ambiance that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. The food is memorable, delicate, well presented and very tasty. It's an experience that will surprise many.
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Bastille and its owner Daniel Haskim. Special thanks to Nicolas for looking after us so professionally, as well as Laura and Roberta. Thanks also to Kay, their talented chef. Apparently Bastille is now closed which is such a pity.
105 Victoria Rd
This is such an interesting and diverse place. It's a deceptively large venue spread out over several distinct areas and seating around 100 people comfortably.
We started our evening in the casual terrace area with a few drinks. Mlady had a champagne and orange juice and I had a nice glass Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2013. It was such a lovely area and so nicely decorated. Just inside from this is a lovely private lounge area
Uniquely, Bastille also offers a pick up service (within a range). The unique aspect is that one of the cars that does pick ups is a Porsche!
How cool is that? It's all part of the fun funky experience they want everyone to have.
This version was simply delicious.
The beef was so tender and the flavours of the entire dish combined beautifully. It also looked so great as well.
Mlady will almost always order arancici if it's on the menu - and it was here!
The arancini had a smokey taste - smoked cheese we think - which was quite subtle and pleasant.
They were beautifully crisp on the outside and the rich sauce they rested on went so well.
Mlady didn't want to share any of these!
This was so appetisingly presented, spread out across the plate with an appealing garnish and drizzle.
The squid was nice and crispy on the outside and soft and tender inside.
The meat was beautifully cooked - medium rare, as ordered - and melted in my mouth and it was delicious.
Another glass of the Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2013 went nicely.
Mlady had another of Bastille's specialities - Bastille chicken. It's a lightly crumbed and fried tender piece of chicken - like a schnitzel - nicely presented on a board with a tasty side serving of arabiata sauce.
A light squeeze of lemon on it and it disappeared very quickly despite its huge size.
She accompanied it with a lovely glass of La Mura Nero d'A Vola 2012 from Noto in Sicily.
We both agreed on a few side dishes that would work with either of our main courses. The hand cut chips were crisp on the outside and fluffy inside. They were delicious - but we knew this already from the earlier reactions from the people at the table next to us!
A serving of broccolini added a bit of colour to both our plates and it was lightly done and very tasty.
We both love creme brulee but I got in quickly and chose this dessert after it was again recommended by a nearby table.
It was an extremely generous serving and a very tasty brulee as well.
It had a nice texture that was not runny at all and a lovely crust of toffee on top.
Mlady chose the mousse fondant for dessert - she was clearly in need of something chocolate finish to her meal.
Her comment - OMG a must have. It certainly looked impressive too with a great combination of chocolate that held form nicely not melting or dissolving as some do.
A lovely Gewurztraminer paired nicely with dessert.
Bastille Dining and Terrace is a lovely place to have a drink, snack or meal. It has young passionate staff who make you feel welcome and wanted. The food is impressive and it's a great addition to the Drummoyne and Sydney dining scene.
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Bastille Dining and Terrace and its owner Daniel. Thanks also to Chris and Nicolas for looking after us so well on our visit.
Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre
While Cafe Birkenhead is in fact on the edge of a shopping centre, or inside it really, it also has its own identity and most importantly its own outlook over the water. The views here are lovely.
By day it's a large cafe dishing out a wide variety of food and drinks for breakfast, morning tea, brunch and lunch. By night it is often catering for a function - and its open plan allows for a wide variety of different configurations.
Either way you still get those lovely views out over the water - some with sunlight on it and others with night lights!
It was certainly just as colourful as we expected and the flavour combination was excellent. We also agreed that it ticked the "healthy" box as well.
It was a substantial serving of two large slices with plenty of topping - so it was just as well that we had only ordered a single serving to share.
I'd hate to think how either of us would have coped with this as an entree for one!
The ravioli came served in a pink sauce made with sun dried tomatoes and the meal was garnished with wild rocket.
Like everything else at Cafe Birkenhead it was a massive serving and she really enjoyed it.
The crab and prawn homemade linguine with chilli, garlic, parsley and lemon therefore ticked all the boxes.
It was a big serving and they didn't skimp on the seafood either which was lightly cooked, moist and tender.
However in keeping with the Italian theme of the place and our other dishes we chose a serving of cannoli filled with ricotta and pistachio to end our meal.
It looked impressive and was actually really tasty.
I always browse dessert menu's and more often than not end up with a tangy citrus dessert - or chocolate.
This one was indeed tangy - as it should be. The ice cream and cream went well and it hit the spot!
Cafe Birkenhead is a big place that attracts the shoppers at Birkenhead Point for breakfast, brunch and lunch. They also use their beautiful location for weddings, parties and other functions. It's close to shops, with good food in substantial portions.
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Cafe Birkenhead. Special thanks to Tony, the Manager, and Prisca for looking after us. Thanks also to Fallon Gomesz from Platinum Restaurant Group for arranging our visit.
195 Victoria Rd
This is a lovely heritage building that stands out perched on its prominent corner on Victoria Rd in Drummoyne. It's also currently going through a transformation - the upstairs dining area has been renovated and remodeled making it much more open and airy and bright and there's a few more changes still to come!
The Oxford is part of the Iris Hotel Group and they have put a lot of effort into this place - and it shows.
Chef Ben Fresser has put together an innovative menu with great variety - you're spoiled for choice and there's often a unique twist to the food.
It's a comfortable place to dine with plenty of space and light.
It was spectacularly topped with an absolutely giant fresh Mooloolabah prawn - and this sucker was huuuuge and so tasty (that's a big avocaodo half under it)!
Our next starter was the pumpkin and haloumi salad. It came with quinoa, wild rocket, baby beets and lemon extra virgin olive oil.
Mlady was in raptures about this salad. It had great flavours and textures and the combinations were amazing.
Mlady kept grazing on this throughout our meal and said it was one of the best combinations she'd ever had in a salad!
The taco's are really popular here. There are a range of choices and you can choose any two from four different options.
We couldn't resist going a bit overboard here and trying three varieties - the hardest part was which one not to choose!
We started with the pulled pork with jicama slaw, chimichurri, sour cream and guacamole.
Then we had the slow roasted beef with jicama slaw, tomato salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
Finally we ended with the fresh fish with quinoa and corn salsa.
They come on a board with their meat and salad filling and you add the accompaniments to taste. These were all really lovely with fresh flavours.
This was a great dish.
It was a generous piece of pork belly that was perfectly cooked with the meat simply dissolving - it was so tender. The sauce was also delicious.
The salad was a big surprise. It went so well with the pork even though it was quite a different side to what is normally served with meat dishes. It was light, refreshing and tasty and had great flavour combinations that worked so well together. It turned out to be a really great dish.
Fortunately for her it also had a lovely crispy skin on it - just the way she likes it!
It was again a decent sized piece of fish too - cooked so well to crisp the skin but keep the flesh moist and tender. She loved every mouthful!
This was an amazing dessert to look at - and for your inner chocoholic and even better dessert to eat! If you like sweet desserts - like I do - then this is the one for you. It was a lovely variation on your classic rocky road.
Even though the rocky road was impressive, the next dish was even better!
We had the chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream and berry compote.
This was an amazing dish. We absolutely loved every single mouthful and devoured it!
The chocolate fondant was a lovely thin cake outer that revealed a molten chocolate inside that oozed out with delicious runny chocolate. The vanilla ice cream went nicely with it as did the fruity berry compote.
We almost fought over this dish - because we both loved it so much!
Finally we sampled a few of the desserts that were available for a special function.
As we were offered them - and as we both have a sweet tooth - we thought - why not!
We had a rich and tasty chocolate cheesecake that was topped with fresh strawberries. Chocolate and strawberries go so well together and this was no exception.
We then tried a strawberry chiffon which was deliciously light and so delicate.
The flavours were great and this delicate dessert showcased everything so well. The whipped cream with fresh strawberry garnish on top capped it off nicely.
The Oxford Hotel has quality restaurant food in a very pleasant pub dining area. Service was extremely friendly and helpful. Its a big place and they deliver your food to anywhere in the hotel. We loved it.
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of The Oxford Hotel. Thanks to chef Ben Fresser for the great food and to James for looking after us so nicely and professionally on our visit. Special thanks also to Paul Devine of Iris Hotel Group for inviting us.