Grain Organic Bakery
Artisan Soudough & Seeded Breads
61-71 Mentmore Ave,
Rosebery, Sydney

Grain is a bakery first and foremost, producing a wide variety of lovely sourdough and seeded bread varieties on the premises.

But it’s important to also realise that this is a café too, with a great menu and a lot of quirky recycled furnishings giving the whole place huge charm and appeal.

It may be a bit hard to find as there is no signage allowed on the building but it’s definitely worth making the effort to find this great place.

The décor is really delightful and certainly interesting, with a row of old cinema seats down one side and both modern and antique furniture living happily together.

The large window, which shows part of the bakery workings, is a nice feature.

To start the experience, Dame K chose a Single Origin Ceylon tea and Dame M had her fix of a flat white from Cabrito coffee beans.

Both were very nice drops.

The breakfast menu is offered until 11.30 each day and the lunch menu follows, with really tempting sandwich and salad options.

Dame K decided on the toasted brioche roll with free-range bacon and eggs, tomato relish, BBQ sauce and Swiss cheese. The combination sounded so good! The brioche roll turned out to be big and beautiful. Despite the size, the brioche was soft and light so it wasn’t a heavy meal. The filling was tasty, the bacon was crispy and the eggs oozed to perfection!

For Dame M, it was the smashed avocado, Persian feta, soft boiled eggs, pistachio and basil.

This smashed avo dish was just as impressive with great visual appeal.

The Persian feta was silky and combined so well with the beautifully cooked eggs and the toast gave it a nice crunch.

What a delicious dish!

We couldn’t leave without trying something from the lunch menu, so we opted for a sandwich with slow roasted pork loin, spring onion salsa, hummus and sesame. It was a very substantial sandwich, stuffed full of goodies which really complemented each other. It was also a winner. We also saw some amazing looking salads come out while we were grazing so we’ve made a mental note to try some next time.

And the bread!!

Where do we start when it comes to talking about the delicious goodies they have here.

We had to take some home - it was impossible to resist!

The Dames love good sourdough and these loaves impressed us with their light centres and authentic flavour.

Grain is open 6 days a week currently (closed Sunday) between 8am and 4pm and is located in a large brick warehouse building.

The building is being renovated to house other specialty businesses which will move in soon and give visitors a gourmet centre experience.

Well done to owner Brian Horgan for bringing this to the people and to the lovely Alfie and staff who looked after us so well.

 Those Dames, who review for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, were guests of Grain. Special thanks to Clive Morley for arranging this visit.

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Adamo's Pasta
725 Botany Rd,
Rosebery, Sydney

“Fresh is best” is a phrase you hear a lot but when it comes to pasta, it couldn’t be more true.

This lovely little pasta heaven in Rosebery is full of wonderful choices.

As you walk through the door you are faced with an impressive cabinet of fresh and award-winning pastas of all shapes and flavours.

From plain linguine and tagliatelle to spinach or beetroot flavoured flat varieties, there is a lovely range to entice you. If choosing a pasta is hard, choosing a sauce is no easier - lots of tempting flavours to mix and match.

If it’s filled pastas you’re into, there are plenty of fillings on offer including spinach and ricotta, duck and sweet potato, porcini mushroom, quattro formaggio and pumpkin gnocchi, to name a few. The fridges are full of them!

These Dames are here for a dine-in lunch so we checked out the menu and today’s specials. There is a ready-made selection behind the side counter which has you salivating. This appealing range of hot dishes is great for a grab-and-go or a very quick sit down weekday lunch.

We had time, so we decided on the Burrata and a Caprese salad from the specials board to start with.

The Burrata (a cheese ball with a mozzarella-style outer and a creamy centre) was served on spinach with pomegranate and hazelnut dressing.

It was fresh and light and the crispy Parmesan wafer on the side was really good.

The Caprese salad was a simple but fresh and tasty combination.

It was a mix of sliced tomato, torn basil and big hunks of sliced buffalo mozzarella cheese.

We love a good Caprese salad and this one could easily be described in one simple word - yum.

We followed this with a traditional beef lasagna, which had caught our attention at the counter.

It’s reportedly the most popular dish here and it was rich with oozing layers of cheese and meat sauces.

The pasta was obviously superior due to its freshness.

The next dish to arrive was Pumpkin Ravioli with black beans, ricotta and beetroot leaves. It was on the specials board and it sounded like an innovative combination.

What a light and summery dish it was too, with the soft, fresh ricotta complementing the pumpkin pasta. The addition of black beans gave it a nice contrast both in colour and texture.

Now who could pass up a good cannoli? We just had to try their crunchy, creamy delights, filled with vanilla and chocolate. So good!

Adamo's is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 7.30pm and there are some lovely light meal options especially suited to a summer dinner. Also open Saturdays from 8.00am to 4.00pm.

Those Dames, who review for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Adamo's Pasta. Thanks to owner Adamo Pavirani and also to Alessandra for looking after us so well.

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789 Botany Rd.
Rosebery, Sydney

Is it possible to get an indoor/outdoor beachy feel to a restaurant/bar in Rosebery? Well it is if its Clubhouse and it has the added bonus of being right downstairs from Surf Life Saving Australia headquarters!

They've nailed it for casual/chic and beachy/comfortable. Inside with a striking fire burning it's slightly more chic, which then flows effortlessly out onto the balconies that are more informal. Both areas work well and both are popular. Whilst there are subtle differences they also work well together.

Parking is easy too - there are plenty of side streets nearby. The place has a casual/chic feel in its decor and this also flows through into their food and drinks. It's a place you feel comfortable in and where it's pleasant to stay.

Dinner means drinks - that's a kind of no-brainer. Well fortunately there are plenty of options here.

Yes, there are of course plenty of wine, sparkles, cider and beer choices but there is also a great cocktail list which caught our eyes and just didn't let go!

Sir's rum predisposition again shone through loud and clear with his choice of "Rumbunctious" made from 17 Havana Club Especial rum, Frangelico, Bacardi 8yr rum, Coco Lopez cream of coconut and a double espresso, all shaken and poured into a stemless wine glass

Mlady had "Watermelody" made from 18 Corralejo blanco tequila, Aperol, fresh lemon juice, a dash of sugar syrup, watermelon chunks and passionfruit, al served straight up with watermelon ‘popsicles’.

Both were delish.

The swordfish hard shell tacos sounded ideal for our first starter of the night. These things turned out to be both cute and tasty.

The swordfish ceviche (raw swordfish just in case you weren't sure) was packed into the taco's with a celeriac remoulade, tomato and corn kernels.

It was both colourful and sweet and a great mix to have inside a crunchy shell.

Scallops - why do you continue to haunt us and make us keep ordering you - again and again and again!

These tasty devils were served as an entree and were pan seared. Each was nestled on a dollop of cauliflower puree, sprinkled with chorizo crumbs and a sherry reduction.

It was a lovely blend of flavours and textures that worked really well.

The crispy pork san choi bao was possibly the dish of the night. It was bright, vibrant, full of colour and texture and just so extremely tasty. What arrived was four lettuce cups sitting beside a generous bowl of crispy pork coated in a tangy delicious Asian marinade with some kick, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. A bit of greenery for garnishing was also there. The assembly was our easy task - and then we devoured the finished results. It was a winning dish!

Sir isn't big on salads but even he liked this one.

The cauliflower salad came with pomegranate seeds (giving it all a nice crunch), rocket and a lovely tangy dressing. Using cauliflower was a nice touch - almost Middle Eastern a bit - and it was all extremely tasty.

The truffled polenta chips were next, sprinkled with Parmesan and with a nice aioli at the side for dipping. Loved them!

One of the specials of the day was the blue eyed cod - which is a lovely fish.

It was served with a stuffed pepper on top (which reminded us of our trip to Spain), baba ganoush and crispy basil leaves and a basil oil drizzle.

Wow - this was good. The fish lover - Mlady - ate most of this - with Sir only getting the odd taste here and there. Needless to say, we both loved it - hence the fight over it.

Anything showing on a menu as Clubhouse gaytime is sure to be a hit as we both love Golden Gaytime ice creams. This version didn't look anything like it but it sure tasted the same. It was toffee parfait with honeycomb and caramel sauce and of course ice cream. The second and more elegant dessert we tried was the lemongrass and ginger panna cotta topped with candied ginger and shortbread crumble. It was delicate, pretty and very tasty.

Clubhouse is a great mix of casual and chic - all in one. It's a pleasant place that draws you in, makes you feel welcome and where you just want to settle in and stay a while.

Most of the people there were clearly staying, but if you just want to drop in for a short visit it would still work just as well.

The food is also relaxed, playful, tasty and tangy. It can be shared or eaten individually - as evidenced by the tables around us.

Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Clubhouse. Special thanks to Gina and Al for looking after us. Big thanks to Claire McPherson from CMP Online Marketing for arranging our visit.

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Cafe Two Fives
331 Gardeners Rd
Rosebery, Sydney

This small cafe tucked away on a side street in Rosebery is attracting a lot of attention for it's fresh vibrant menu.

Owner Riccardo Riegler has created a relaxed rustic decor, high ceilings and well spaced seats and tables that allow you to sit back and enjoy everything!

We started with a couple of coffee's! After all it was breakfast (or brunch in our case).

We didn't have to wait long and two lovely cups arrived.

It was good coffee - very good. We noticed that plenty of people were arriving there just for the coffee - which is always a good sign.

The Jammin Eggs appealed to me straight away. Soft boiled egg, leg ham, sage butter mushrooms, goats cheese and home made chilli jam on Turkish.

Wow. The colours were amazing and this deconstructed breakfast looked and tasted fantastic.

They certainly didn't skimp on anything either - it was a big serving which I eagerly devoured.

Mlady chose the Omelette Two Fives which consisted of wilted garlic spinach, chorizo, smoked mozzarella, cherry tomato served with Turkish soldiers.

The omelette came in its own separate pan and again it was a sea of colour and a great combination of flavours.

Mlady loved it!

Cafe Two Fives also has a range of freshly squeezed juice combinations.

Mlady had Detox - carrot, apple, beetroot, ginger and celery - and said "oh that's good". It was too!

I had Refresh - pineapple, orange and mint - and it was also great!

Freshly squeezed juice in the morning works so well!

Cafe Two Fives has a very diverse menu with really interesting combinations. The breakfast and lunch menus both looked great and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We'd definitely go back to try a few more things on the menu. 

Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Cafe Two Fives and its owner Riccardo Riegler. Thanks also to Torrin for looking after us on our visit.

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