Phamous Kitchen | Balmain

Escape the hustle and bustle from the CBD and take a short bus ride to Balmain for the day. While there isn't much more to do than your typical suburban shops and cafe's - one stood out to us and be sure to visit Phamous Kitchen on Darling Street. The food and service is equally as great but it's who you are with that makes the whole dining experience special. Phamous Kitchen is a Vietnamese restaurant with a modern and creative flair.

Duck Rice Paper Roll
We started off with a small bite, the duck rice paper rolls. Until today, we've never seen such beautifully presented rice paper roll before. These were great to start with, somewhat healthy until the warm hoisin sauce comes into the picture, however the sauce simply perfects the dish - it's almost like saying you will have a burger without the bun.. that's just silly talk! The added texture of the crispy eshallots gave a crunch that definitely did not go unnoticed. It's the little things like this which is why we would recommend Phamous Kitchen to our friends and family.

Mini Turmeric Tart
The mini turmeric tart or otherwise known as Banh Khot in Vietnamese has got to be one of our favourite Vietnamese dishes. When visiting Vietnam, Christie tried the traditional Banh Khot and Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake) and found it very interesting in comparison to the modernised equivalent we are served, and this is the second time we've tried a modern Vietnamese Banh Khot. More traditionally speaking, the tart is more crispy however Phamous Kitchen presented a softer base with a large prawn in comparison to the smaller ones we have been served previously - so there is much more texture with the addition of a quality prawn which we actually enjoyed more! The fish sauce on the side lacked flavour (in our opinion) otherwise, it was quite an enjoyable light meal.

Vietnamese Pancake (Duck)
Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake) is traditionally served with pork slices, prawns, bean sprouts, mung beans, shallots and some leafy greens along with fish sauce (nuoc cham). The modern take on it by Phamous Kitchen was something we have never seen or thought of before. Combining pulled pork with picked eshallot, sauerkraut, goats cheese and complimenting it with an extremely crispy pancake base made for a unique - yet very VERY delicious experience. The addition of the sauerkraut was definitely odd, but wow did it give the pancake a powerful flavour hit, our expectations of a traditional Banh Xeo were washed out the door and we were very happy. Even after we had photographed all dishes, the base remained crispy making it harder than normal to eat, so we started to cut the pancake like a pizza and ended up eating it like a pizza slice.

This is a very heavily Western influence Vietnamese restaurant, but we are okay with that. It brings the best of both Vietnamese and Western cultures together and infuses them into the vibrant and elegant dishes you see before you. We will be bringing the family back to try more food next time!

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Miss America's Diner | Riverwood

Looking for a fun, colourful, American diner restaurant located in the suburbs? Miss America's Diner is opened in Riverwood on Friday night and Sunday night. It's a pop up restaurant just a short walk from Riverwood station. You are guaranteed to have a ball so bring your friends along and enjoy the American diner atmosphere! The place is decked out with American styled decorations - which is anything reminded us of Las Vegas with all the neon lights, giant ice-cream sundaes and a pictures around the place. 

Miss America's Diner Pop Up offers a range of exciting burgers, hot dogs, sides and dessert. The popular burgers include James Dean-Be a Rebel and Nevada Get Me Wrong. Loving their creativity and presentation. We can't comment on each individual burger as we only tasted the Nevada Get Me Wrong which mind you, was pretty damn impressive especially so close to home. Two beef patties, separated by cheddar, bacon, lettuce, onions, pickle and the most important ingredient.. the homemade Nevada sauce. The nature of the burger alone very much replicated our experience in Las Vegas at Heart Attack Grill - which pays tribute to it's authenticity.

Aside from their burgers there is a large range of "Dawgs" to choose from, some of which include choices like the Fat Elvis and Hot Diggity Dawg. The menu is very creative with the names of all their menu items - it presents the perfect conversation starter for awkward group outings!. Of course with burgers and hot dogs, you also need sides. Now the sides here are not your usual chips or wedges (which at this point in time sounds very boring to mention), their sides include hot wangs, cheesy fries, and heart attack fries which is essentially a large bowl of skinny fries, loaded with crispy bacon, melted cheese and shallots. Where else would you find something so crazy?

FINALLY, after you load yourself with all this fatty goodness, you MUST make room for dessert, did someone mention a MILKSHAKE? Yep! Do as we did and order it before the food is delivered so you have something to dip your chips into. Their milkshakes are made with malt, soft serve and whipped cream topped with lots and lots of lollies. Oh geez, I feel so full after writing about the night and looking back at all the photos.

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Devon Cafe Winter Menu | Surry Hills

 Devon CafĂ© in Surry Hills has an exciting new menu just in time to warm your stomach's this Winter. Devon Cafe is known for their Asian fusion, fresh seasonal produce and coffee as they takes on a fine-dining approach and blend it with a casual cafe culture (and affordable as well). They now also have a sister-branch at Barangaroo! Devon is one of Sydney's favourite brunch spots so make sure you get in early to avoid the queues. 

Yakuza Chicken Burger with a Melting Mozzarella Katsu.
Burgers are all the rage right now and we could literally not be happier - what a time to be a foodie. The only downside is the up-size in the pants department but a chicken burger can't be that bad right?Devon's chicken burger was like no chicken burger we had tasted before. Every bite was packed with flavour from the teriyaki marinated chicken and a secret sauce that was pure heaven. Topped with a slab of stringy mozzarella katsu, bacon and greens, if you can fit your mouth around this mostrosity of a burger then you are in for a good time. Admittedly, the cheese block was slightly moreish but it was so worth it!

 Pumpkin with Roasted Nuts and Seeds on Bruschetta
This is a perfect example of were contemporary fine dining meets cafe. It takes such an out of the box thinking style to think of combining Pumpkin puree, chargrilled sourdough, goats curd, nori, nuts, seeds with the fan favourite crispy kale. The addition of the crispy kale made a whole of difference. We also added poached eggs to the bruschetta but slowly realised it wasn't needed. Given the portion size as well, surprisingly we couldn't even finish it. They were very generous with the roasted nuts and chickpeas. There was something missing from the dish but we can't quite put our finger on it.

Hojicha Cookies n’ Cream with Mandarin
This dessert is very interesting in that it is not just a simple cheesecake, but rather a complex dessert that combines elements of Hojicha cream, sponge, crunch, sauce, yuzu gel and mandarins - if either one of those elements were missing from the spoon then it really falls apart and you start experiencing overindulgence of one or the other. The first few bites were quite nice, but the more we ate, the harder it became to finish. The mandarins slowly disappeared and the important moisture was deducted from the balance of this dish. The presentation was beautiful and almost reminded usof an underwater sea theme.

Finish everything off with a nice tea and conversations before you continue with your day.

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Social Brew Cafe | Pyrmont

When we think of Pyrmont, the first thoughts to pop to mind are Darling Harbour, The Star and the Fish Markets but now, the Social Brew Cafe comes to mind. Located on Harris Street next to a small park, it's an ideal place to catch up with friends over brunch, or stop by for a coffee while walking the dog. Any excuse really to visit the cute and quiet little cafe. After both reading through the menu and scrolling through their Instagram feed, we came to the conclusion to order the double double, the brew deli plate and a side of parmesan truffle fries for the nice touch.

Double Double
Your classic ham and cheese on toast is known as the Double Double at Social Brew Cafe. Why you ask? Because it is filled with double smoked black forest ham with double cheese melt of vintage cheddar & emmental, real ale and honey mustard on toasted beer & barley sourdough. It was delicious and satisfied our ham and cheese craving. Be sure to dig in fast while the cheese is nice and warm, otherwise you will be left with hardened cheese! We absolutely are loving the colours on the plate, the simple green and purple make all the difference.

The Brew Deli Plate
Before we start with the Brew Deli Plate, let's give a HUGE shout out the the genius who thought combining fries with parmesan and truffle oil would be a good idea. The chips were crunchy and were loaded with flavour from the truffle oil! They were an addiction, even though we were full - we fought over the last bite, absolutely loved it! Okay, now back to the Brew Deli Plate. The star of the dish was obviously the Burrata cheese - it was so creamy.... let it not distract you from the beautiful mushrooms served a la grecque ("in Green style") and the zaatar boiled egg. Mixing all of these components together on the warm rosemary sourdough toast is pure heaven, especially during the cold winter mornings. Just a side note - what we enjoyed most about this dish was actually the cherry tomatoes as weird as it may sound. They popped in your mouth and were extremely sweet - good to cleanse the palette after every 2nd or 3rd bite.

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The Tiny Giant | Petersham

We took the camera on a bit of a journey through Sydney's Inner West today, visiting the tiny cafe with a big heart which the locals are absolutely loving. We first found out about this cafe through Instagram, where our wall was blasted day after day with photos of their brioche or waffle combination, featuring a sweet serving of vibrant pink Persian pashmak. It looked incredible, so much that we just had to see what it tasted like for ourselves!

The Tiny Giant is located in Petersham and only a 5 minute walk from the train station. We encourage you to visit but be warned as it can be quite busy, with lines forming around the corner during peak times. The above photo was taken at 10:30am and the cafe was already at capacity!

We were seated right next to the kitchen doorway, on stools that were too tall for the table. So not only did we receive a couple of nudges from time to time, Matt was basically hunched over the whole time trying to eat which really dampened the experience. We feel sorry for the wait staff who need to weave in and out of the compact tables and serve food. This might be why both the waitresses were quite rude and abrupt on that day, but either way it's not really an excuse to show poor etiquette to customers. We are just hoping at this point that the food is mind blowing-ly great.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Started out the morning with a strong coffee, but this time it's a twist to our usual cappuccino. The Vietnamese Coffee tasted quite authentic, which was really surprising considering we were in the Inner West and not the South West. It was very strong and once the ice melted it tamed the bitterness and was exactly what Matt wanted needed!

Baked Hotpot (with added chorizo)
This dish is known by many different names, Shakshuka is namely the most common. First lets just start with the presentation and how incredibly drool-worthy it looked as it arrived to our table. With the washed grain backdrop, this made for a truly impressive dish we couldn't wait to photograph.
Inside the cast-iron pan is a mixture of slow cooked tomato sugo, common mushrooms, onion, danish feta and two free range eggs. There is also the option to add either chorizo or avocado to the mix which we highly recommend adding the chorizo to enhance the flavours and really give your taste buds a kick first thing in the morning. This was an incredible start to the meal. The tomato sugo presented a very rich and sweet edge, and when combined with the danish feta and chorizo it was a match made in heaven. Needless to say, we loved everything this dish brought to the table! 

Belgium Waffles
No word of a lie, almost every table had either a belgium waffle or brioche toast. It is amazing how much influence Instagram has in determining the decisions people make, but when something looks this perfect how could you order anything else? The belgium waffles is what The Tiny Giant is most famously known for. Listed under the "Something Sweet" header on the menu, it combines a mixture of fresh berries, Canadian maple, salted caramel, pistachio and Persian pashmak... and yes it is most definitely sweet. When ordering this dish, it might be best to order it as a side dish to share, or perhaps a dessert for later. It's not a dish you would like to challenge on your own because after the first waffle, the sweetness overload factor hits your smack bang in the face!

The Tiny Giant served up some amazing food and overall we scored them above average. The drawbacks were the prices (~$18 a dish) and the service.

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