June 30, 2013

Sprout French Cafe | Auchenflower

French Onion Soup
All that onion and cheese!!

Tiramisu with ginger sorbet

This quaint little place tucked in the suburbs is just super lovely. It's so refreshing to find dining places like this. Look, photos which i haven't already uploaded on instagram for once! I especially enjoyed dinner here, after having French Cuisine at Byron Bay at 'The Petit Snail' (an excellent french restaurant!), i've been looking into what's available in Brisbane! The Fatty has actually been here a few times before, and seeing the photos he's posted on his instagram, i knew i wouldn't be disappointed.

As indicated on the menu, you can choose a 2 course or 3 course meal at the set cost, which i suppose makes it easier when it comes to payment at the end, especially if in a large group.

For the Entree i chose for myself, the french onion soup - which was absolutely delicious. I rarely (never) have had french onion soup in the past, which i could recall or know what it's supposed to taste like - but this was definitely a little bowl of deliciousness. It comes out in a hot cast iron bowl in which the top layer is bread and melted cheese. Underneath that, is the soup itself which is not just broth, but generous amounts of soft sliced onions! The soup salty and delicious with the combo of onions, bread and cheese! Be warned the broth is very hot - don't just scoop it all down as i almost did haha. I enjoyed this entire dish, this was premature but i had already deemed the soup itself to be my favourite! The fatty chose the oysters with chorizo and cheese - an unusual combination, however just as much it was delicious; i'd say if you are big on oysters you might say that the chorizo and cheese would overpower the flavour of the oysters, but me not being too big on oysters (i'm still trying to develop a taste for it!), i found they pretty good!

The presentations of the mains were pretty simple in itself, as are the ingredients in each. Henceforth, the flavour of each of the elements of the dish really stands out. My main was the duck, what i really enjoyed about the duck was how tender it was; it literally just fell off the bone. It was nice and salty, which allowed the beans in the dish to balance it out. It's quite the hefty meal - all the sauce, duck and beans really fill you up. The only thing i found lacking was the lack of sides! I would have preferred if there was also a side of greens or something along those lines! Same goes for the lamb, it was cooked perfectly in that as soon as you cut the meat it just pulls away from the bone so easily!

The entrees and mains is what really shines for this restaurant - delicious flavours, delicious ingredients - , while the desserts weren't bad they weren't entirely amazing either. The dessert in a jar was a cute idea - however the rose pannacotta served was just 'okay' - the flavours were definitely different, but different in a way that i would try it but wouldn't choose again for next time. Again, the tiramisu was okay, i found the amount of cream to coffee far too overwhelming for my tastes. The ginger sorbet, on the other hand was delicious! Unexpectedly it was just really refreshing and tangy! I wouldn't have minded having just a few scoops of this for dessert! I found the ginger sorbet was my favourite component in the desserts!

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June 11, 2013

The Dark Chocolatier | Brisbane CBD

that honeycomb!! the size of golf balls!
which one to choose?

Dark Chocolate/milk chocolate covered honeycomb, goji berries, strawberries, almonds, slabs of dark chocolate hazelnut, rocky road, licorice bullets... the list goes on! It's so crazy that you can buy slabs in bulk or in loose packets or choose from what's there and pay by bucket!  

What else to compliment chocolate than with coffee? This place serves Fonzie Abbott Coffee Beans, if you haven't tried coffee from them already, they're pretty ace. Other than having ace coffee beans & chocolate, the hot chocolate from here is worth a mention. There is a variation in how you want your hot chocolate  - which i find pretty amazing, choose from milk or dark or even turkish delight (and other flavours which i can't remember!), as well as choosing the % of chocolate in there! The only place i've had the same/near encounter is in Melbourne! 

This isn't our first visit here - i've been here to get a few packaged chocolates for on the go, but this is the first time we've ordered the hot chocolate which was divinely sweet! This is the place for the sweet tooths! The fatty opted for the ~70% and mine was ~55% (? i don't remember the exact % but they were something along those lines), but woah, the ~55% was so sweet! It's probably the first time i've had to ditch hot chocolate that's half full! I swapped with the fatty for his which was definitely more tolerable in terms of continually drinking a sweet beverage! If you're looking for a bit of a sugar buzz, the ~55% is the way to go. I just personally find the ~70% just perfect, the ~55% was a little bit of an overkill for me.

What i also like about this place is that they have all (majority) of the chocolate  on display and you have the option to pick and fill how ever and whatever you want, then pay at the end. We chose a little bit of everything, just to try, and man we're geniuses because that's when we opted to have our hot chocolate at the same time. Smart move right? I was dying from thirst after munching through a few pieces and drinking half the hot chocolate. 

Coffee and Chocolate? It's just awesome. Just order coffee if you intend to eat your way through the chocolate at the same time, or be geniuses like us and order hot chocolate instead.

Definitely on the place of revisits for me :)

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The Fishmonger's Wife | East Brisbane

Chilli Octopus
Salmon Patty

Wild Wattle Seed Cod with chips and sald

look at that chunk of fish! 
Lemon Grass Snapper
Battered Mars Bar

Apparently we pass this place a lot, and only upon recommendation did we really manage to stumble our way to this eatery. To be totally honest, 'Fish and Chips' sort of food is only something i really fancy when i'm in the mood for it. So i didn't know what to expect from here, i guess my initial first thought was that it would be like any other fish and chip/seafood eatery place.

The menu offers a variety of items, entrees are a plenty, as well as a variety of mains, from the usual servings of grilled, battered fish to something a bit more different (and flavoursome) such as the Chilli Octopus,  Salmon Patty, wild wattle seed cod and the  thai lemon grass snapper which we ordered.

Out of the 2 entrees, the octopus was definitely the favourite. Twas very flavoursome and tender, however i thought the name was a little bit deceiving in that it had more of a 'sweet-chilli' sort of taste rather than actually being spicy! The serving was also very generous for an entree sized dish. The Salon patty was a little bit of a let down, while it's not bad, there's nothing terrible fantastic about it - although the sauce it came with was pretty delicious - so delicious we kept it after eating to use with our mains/chips haha.

The photos are a little bit deceiving in terms of sizing proportion, while mine just seems like a small slab, somehow it seemed never ending! Definitely enjoyed the lemon grass snapper! So delicious! Loved the flavours, that thai lemon grass flavour is definitely a winner with fish. I tried some of the fatty's cod and the first thing i noticed is that there is actually fish inside all that battered crumbed serving!! Normally anything battered the proportions are usually 50% batter 25% hollow space and 25% actual fish! Definitely a +1 for us. Like my main, with all the chips and salad, it makes a very hefty meal for one.

While being full from the mains, how could we not try the battered mars bar? It's such an American thing! haha. (no offence in any manner) But there is no other place in Brisbane that i know of that serves this! It was deliciously melted and gooey with caramel and batter. The ice cream is a definite must with this! I have to admit, while being already full, having this was definitely a bit over whelming for me!

This is such a neat place for fish and chips - enjoyed the variation on the menu and enjoyed the service :) A little bit different to the 'standard' fish and chip place! Worthy of a try if you're in the area!

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