Munching on Meat District Co. at King Street Wharf

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With summer fast approaching the kings of Meat District Co. owner Garry Simonian and his brother Coco has made people screaming for RIBS, BURGERS AND COCKTAILS at King Street Wharf. This two storey restaurant with water views, a room that displays cured meats and outdoor seating is the venue for everyone to dine at. It’s an ideal spot for those who like to celebrate TGIF and feed those who have a love affair with meat. Garry who also operates the Sydney-based Platinum Restaurant Group has plans to schedule another Meat District Co. in the Western suburbs of Sydney-Parramatta in 2015. When I first walked into Meat District Co., my eyes was already captivated by the industrial design and downstairs the open kitchen. Also not to mention that spectacular view of Sydney’s harbour whilst sipping on a cocktail or eating is breathtaking.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (1)There’s a bar area at Meat District Co. 

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (2)Spacious seating at Meat District Co. 

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (3)At last a see-through charcuterie room!

We started to check out MDC’s bar which promises to deliver an ever changing molecular cocktail special. This cocktail will not be wasted as it is the kind of addiction you’ll be pleased to have in Sydney. It’s certainly unique for Nessy Eater girl and never have we come across this type of cocktail before. A spectacular start for the party season!

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (4)In the process of making molecular gastronomy cocktails

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (5)There’s a lot of steps to making molecular gastronomy cocktails

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (6)Mixologist Mirko Cacciola plating these cocktails up!

Disguised as delicate pearls the molecular cocktails ($M.P) will blow you away by their refreshing foams and be amazed by their edible spheres. This epic art of cocktail is inspired by the art of molecular science and has extremely taken to new heights of an ordinary cocktail in a glass. These spoonful of alcohol knows how to play innocent especially when they remind me of a particular method of remedy. Haha.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (7)These molecular gastronomy cocktails are dangerously addictive.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (8)Ready to feast your eyes?!

So it turns out actor Firass Dirani from Underbelly: The Golden Mile decided to join us for lunch at MDC. Hey I’m not complaining, it’s just I was so shocked a celebrity was centimeters away from me. You really can’t forget a person’s face, especially if you’ve repeatedly watched The Golden Mile three times on a television set and almost remember every scene his played in. Too my disappointed I didn’t get a selfie with him because I was too embarrassed to admit I loved watching him in Underbelly.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (8B)Is that Firass Dirani from Underbelly: The Golden Mile joining our table?

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (9)A glass of Catching Thieves Semillion Sauvignon Blanc

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (10)Happy waitress at Meat District Co.

Grilling makes almost everything taste better, however the grilled artichoke ($7.50) wasn’t our thing. We had a bit of difficulty on chewing the layers of artichoke. I felt like my jaws was in the same motion of a camel chewing plants. Besides the texture I certainly enjoyed the fantastic open flamed flavour and saltiness from the sprinkles of sea salt and if you zoom in a bit closer with your eyes the gribiche sauce together is simply divine.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (11)Grilled Artichoke ($7.50)

Hot days call for juicy grilled watermelon salad ($8.50) paired with fresh flavours of goat cheesesumac and dusted off with hazelnut. These pizza slices of watermelon are great for more than just a quick toss on the barbie. Their texture changes and simply screams summer sweetness, making it a great starter for pretty much any backyard affair. This is one unique and fabulous elegant twist to a summer salad.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (12)Grilled Watermelon Salad ($8.50)

Unexpected and a real summertime crowd-pleaser is the beet salad ($9.50)- This may be the new salad to eat this summer as it provides a roasting fruit caramel flavour. I was impressed by the intensely flavoured thinly sliced roasted apples as well as the goat curdradishwatercrest and walnut pesto. Whoever thought of roasted apples in a salad is a GENIUS. I was looking at this dish as if it was whipped cream on jello if you know what I mean. Hehehe *Wink Wink*

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (13)Beet Salad ($9.50)

I suggest you should make your body useful to the cured meat platter ($34 for 4 people)- The pungent smell of the generous selection of premium cured meatsolives and a smudge of creamy Greek skordalia is a stunner on a large wooden board. This plate knew how to lure me in so that my eyes, and inevitably my belly can feast on the slices of salty treats and be accompanied by the sweetness of fresh red grapes . It’s hands-down that I believe every table should have one! I was guilty of almost eating this entire board alone.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (14)Cured Meat Platter ($34)

This charcuterie plate is a great trick to have up your sleeve MDC! It was a delicious way to start a meal and one of the great things about this board is it comes with triangle shaped olive bread, lavosh and grisini.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (15)Now that’s a good selection of premium cold cuts.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (16A)Love the printed designs on the walls! 

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (16B)What a view whilst eating at Meat District Co.!

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (18)Don’t get chopped by this butcher knife shaped menu.

When Meat District Co. is so close to the water in Sydney, it’s essential to have a colourful display of cocktails/mocktails menu for the ladies. The chill out charm mocktail ($10) looked like a rockstar that attempted one lady on our table to order. With fresh and fruity mix of orange juice, strawberry purée, fresh lime and mango purée it makes sense why one would order this. Served on a tall glass and garnished with fresh slices of strawberries and orange it’s a real classic mocktail treat.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (18B)Chill Out Charm mocktail ($10)

After a full day of slicing fruits on “Fruit Ninja” I get hit by fruit ninja combo cocktail ($10)This absolutely delicious refreshing fruity drink is perfect to serve those who are addicted to slicing fruits on their iPhones, but must be over 18+ to get a taste of this. Sweet with subtle fruity hints of mixed Passoa and Malibu strengthened up with Smirnoff Vodka, finished with pineapple juice, passionfruit and dash of raspberry cordial it’s no wonder this gets people shaking their hips.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (18C)Fruit Ninja Combo cocktail ($10)

The crispy battered onion rings w. truffle aioli ($7.50) was driving me mental as the batter puffed up around the sliced onion ring was so well made that they are the most scrumptous things to eat. I couldn’t resist crunching on one ring as they were very crispy and didn’t show evidence of being too oily. They certainly were well seasoned and the outside layer was divine! And about that truffle aioli it enhanced the flavours a lot with the added garlic flavour.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (19)Crispy Battered Onion Rings w. Truffle Aioli ($7.50)

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (20)Cause if you liked it, then you should put a ring on it!”

By now I was high on eating a lot of starter dishes and the sweet summer corn ($7.50) was added to that list too. It’s crazy how this corn can be dressed with chilli flakes, lime juice and truffle parmesan. You can really enjoy this tasty juicy corn alone but I do encourage you to share at least one chopped slice because the melted cheese is quite filling.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (21)Sweet Summer Corn ($7.50)

Now if you ladies are going to leave the boys at home then I highly recommend ordering the brie burger ($14). The surprise knockout about this burger is the MDC beef patty with double cream brie, cranberry sauce, radish, rocket and horseradish mayo. The burger hits the spot of every ingredient and you must test the firmness of the bun. The added brie and cranberries does do a lovely combination of flavours and textures and you can easily be obsessed with this burger one the first go.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (22)Brie Burger ($14)

I tried getting the 250g sirloin ($29) some alone time with me as it was crazy smokey that got me a little insane, but totes had fun eating it. This steak did not disappoint and I must confess it was beyond what I imagined. It almost headed to the direction of being wagyu in texture, but just missed it by a bit. It was slightly on the chewy side, but easily managed to melt after a few rounds of working my jaws. Served with red wine gravy I seriously think you are better off having this steak on its own so that you are able to concentrate those smokey flavours.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (23)250g Sirloin ($29)

This may be the biggest hunk of steak I have ever tastiest for while and the smell of smokey meat had the table sniffing the air and continually drooling whilst I cut the steak into thick slices.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (24)That medium rare smokey steak

My last name must be Robbins because the lamb hook ($31) rocked my world when it arrived at our table. I was so upset I didn’t order this signature meat on a skewer dish, but was lucky enough to see it to believe it was on a hook. I may of snuck my fork to grab a few pieces of lamb when the person who ordered it wasn’t looking. This is absolutely a winner dish, especially when the lamb was well marinated and insanely tasty with that smoky sweet flavour explosion and yeah it was juicy alright. Meat District Co. should be proud of introducing this unique dish, it will seriously get you hooked! This lamb was just the right amount for one person as it also comes with fries or a side garden salad.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (25)Lamb Hook ($31)

Pretty impressed how fast this lamb hook arrives at our table considering the flavours are so in depth. It’s like the sauce was glued to the lamb for years! I’ll definitely be back for you little lamb.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (26)Hooked on a feeling…Teehehe

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (27)There’s two levels at Meat District Co.

Oh my! Super popular meal of the day was desserts and what do we have here…something healthy for the BIG kids was the fruit platter that includes white chocolate ice-cream, blood orange sorbet and banana gelato with freshly cut rockmelonorange and handful of grapes.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (28)Fruit Platter

Moving on and we were covered with caramel tart that contains MDC’s caramel filling, salted caramel popcorn, crushed peanuts and banana gelato. This precious tart was a tad too sweet and my attempt to demolish it well…I failed you my readers. I’m sorry, but after eating half the tart I wasn’t too keen to continue as it made my tastebuds feel more dehydrated. I did end up finishing the entire scoop of the banana gelato as it tasted hectic.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (29)Caramel Tart

I’m not a couples counsellor but I seemed very happy to be with the cookie & cream cheesecake as it had white chocolate ganache, chocolate soil and white chocolate gelato. The cheesecake sits in my HAVE TO EAT AGAIN category as it was just perfect. It wasn’t at all overly sweet and I gamely continued to eat this whole slice of cake till my very last spoonful even though my food baby bump was showing.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (30)Cookie & Cream Cheesecake

Let’s face it, when you’re at a pretty restaurant and welcoming ambiance, you’re probably thinking “Jeez my wallet is going to be sore today” or “The food wasn’t that great…for that price“, well not at Meat District Co.. This restaurant knows how to satisfy Sydney’s hungry stomachs at a really REASONABLE AND AFFORDABLE PRICE and still manage to serve high quality food. You’d have nightmares if you haven’t visited this place and compare other restaurants that serve up similar burgers and ribs. Trust me you will NOT REGRET visiting Meat District Co.! I promise you’d be MIND BLOWN by their cheap cocktails<$10 starters, their epic sirloin AND their effing burgers. I’ll definitely be needing a V.I.P card from Meat District Co. because this place is now listed as Nessy Eater’s chillaxed regular hang outs.

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Meat District Co. launch (opportunity provided by Polkadot PR). Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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Sydney Food Bloggers Picnic 2014

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Oh my is that my baking husband writing away about Sydney Food Bloggers Xmas Party 2012? And using Nessy Eater’s photos? :D MUST READ!

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Lunch with Poh Ling Yeow at PappaRich Parramatta

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It is PappaRich o’clock here at Nessy Eater and besides telling you readers a wide range of delicious food, Nessy Eater girl was very lucky to join Poh Ling Yeow for lunch. It’s a long story of how I first met Poh. Back in 2009 when Poh first appeared on a reality television series called MasterChef Australia I think that’s where I fell in love with this girl. She was my first girl crush I’ve ever encountered. Poh being the beauty queen on television and me avoiding homework just so I can watch her battle it out in the kitchen was something I truly never regretted as a teen. Having a long history of being one of Poh’s fans, I never thought this fan girl would ever experience her cooking, but I did. Click here. To top it with Poh cooking dinner for Nessy Eater girl the next thing we knew was we were joining lunch with her and other fun food bloggers at PappaRich Parramatta. We made sure we spent every single second with her! 

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PappaRich Feast with Poh Ling Yeow ahead! READ ON!!!

Poh PappaRich (1) The line at PappaRich Parramatta is normal on a Saturday.

Poh PappaRich (3)What’s on the menu you Pappa?

Okay…so having lunch with Poh meant it was an obligation to bring our appetite along and I am certainly glad that I did. The first dish that came out to us hungry food bloggers was the Pappa deep fried chicken skin. To my surprise, this was my very first time experiencing those crunchy skins and I loved it. The crispy skins offer a bright crunch when paired with the sweet and sour sauce. A very satisfying dish that can be easily stolen.

Poh PappaRich (5) Pappa Deep Fried Chicken Skin

Poh PappaRich (6)Oh the skin was incredibly crunchy!

Another delectable dish was the roti canai that is freshly made in the restaurant and is served with curry dips and spicy sambal sauce. When you first look at the roti, you’ll notice the edges on the outside is crispy and when you dig into it it is super fluffy.

Poh PappaRich (7) Roti  Canai

Poh PappaRich (8)Doesn’t she look POH-FECT??? :D <3 

Would you like to be my chicken wing? Because these Pappa fried chicken wings is a delicious addition to any meal. I kid you not these wings provide a crackly crust that is the hallmark for PappaRich and shares a delightful salty flavour. I feel like these chicks been double fried because they are extremely crunchy. Each bite provides a handful of comfort.

Poh PappaRich (11) Pappa Fried Chicken Wings

We even had a highly dramatic and entertaining teh tarik demonstration during our lunch. This was fascinating and fun to watch as the demonstrator stretched the tea to about one meter long. By the way teh tarik means stretched tea and requires a lot of skills to master pulling the tea, especially when it’s fifty degrees hot!

Poh PappaRich (12) Teh Tarik demonstration

Poh PappaRich (13)Poh impressed with the teh tarik demonstration

Poh PappaRich (15)The boy has talent!

To overcome this fried madness we resorted to ordering many Malaysian drinks to cool our stomachs down. PappaRich beverages include Longan Milk HoneyMatcha Rocks that consists of green tea ice-cream with red bean and soy milk. Another famous drink that one often needs to quench a thirst is the Coconut Paradise.

Poh PappaRich (16)From left to right: Longan Milk HoneyMatcha Rocks  and Coconut Paradise

Malaysia is very popular for their beef and chicken satay, so duh it’s required for the table. It’s brilliant how PappaRich marinates these as they pay special attention to turmeric for that strong yellow colour. They do an excellent job at replicating the authentic flavours from Malaysia and the peanut sauce too.

Poh PappaRich (17) Satay Mix: Beef and chicken

Speaking of the chicken, you might want to try the Biryani rice with red chicken and sambal prawn- It’s a classic dish that comes with fresh juicy pieces of sliced chicken, cooked prawns and basmati rice. You will have to ask Irene’s Getting Fat on her thoughts about this dish, but I can tell you she happily left with a grin on her face.

Poh PappaRich (18)Biryani Rice with red chicken and sambal prawn

The Vegetarian siew mai is such a stunner. I still can’t quite figure out what’s in them and how they can be shaped like that.

Poh PappaRich (28)Vegetarian Siew Mai

Can’t quite put my finger on what’s inside the vegetarian fu chook rolls, but they are still tasty for the vegetarians out there.

Poh PappaRich (29)Vegetarian Fu Chook Rolls

Now lets get serious about the Pappa prawn mee laksa that’s a fabulous heart warming Malaysian-Chinese fusion containing spicy prawnshalf boiled egg, shredded chicken, bean sprouts and spinach. Buried in the red sea includes long yellow noodles!

Poh PappaRich (24)Pappa Prawn Mee Laksa

Deliberately held my stomach to try the Pappa chicken rice with steamed chicken. This is an all star favourite as their chicken is perfectly smooth, juicy and tender. You might want to experiment with the flavours and textures in this dish as it includes half cooked bean sprouts and chicken broth soup.

Poh PappaRich (27)Pappa Chicken Rice with Steamed Chicken

Let’s take a quick look at the dry curry egg noodle with steamed chicken. The noodles hands down complements the thick curry sauce. It definitely stimulated my appetite with the side dish of fresh pieces of chicken that’s bathed in sesame oil and sweet soy sauce.

Poh PappaRich (26)Dry Curry Egg Noodles with Steamed Chicken

And what do we have here that taste so extra special…It’s the dry koray teow with steamed chicken. It’s not your regular kind of noodles for Sydney but an absolute favourite in Malaysia. It’s something that shouldn’t be missed out when you visit PappaRich. Although it looks simple, however this plate is packed with flavours that’s waiting for your taste buds to give it a go.

Poh PappaRich (20)Dry Kuay Teow with Steamed Chicken

Poh PappaRich (30)PappaRich Parramatta owner Allan with Poh Ling Yeow

Poh PappaRich (31)MasterChef Australia 2014 Emily Loo with Poh

Poh PappaRich (32)Girls. This is how you say POHHHHH… :P <3 Photo credit: Milkteaxx

So sad our lunch had to end and saying good-bye to Poh was very difficult for me. And if you look closely at the image below, it’s a photo within a photo!!! Tehehe :D

Poh PappaRich (41)Poh remembers Nessy Eater GIRL!!! Photo credit Snapshots of Food 

To sum up, it was very lovely seeing Poh again and I am so thrilled she signed my photo. PappaRich does deliver authentic Malaysian cuisines at an affordable price. Make sure you do not miss their roti, satay skewers and Pappa chicken rice with steamed chicken.

Poh PappaRich (25)Feasting it out with Poh Ling Yeow at Papparich was POH-fecto!

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Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended “Lunch with Poh at PappaRich Parramatta”, thanks to Wasamedia.

Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

Check out my other PappaRich post I did. Click here.

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All You Can Eat Wagyu Meat -RENGAYA

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HELLO FOODIE FRIENDS! How was your weekend? Mine was spent figuring out where is the best place to eat wagyu. What better way for a meatilicious dinner is at Rengaya for the ALL YOU CAN EAT WAGYU for $69 per person. It is best to make a booking before heading over there because you may be three times disappointed when the kaiwaii Japanese waitress tells you that there’s no available seats, especially on weekends. Don’t think you can manage all that MEAT?! No need to worry! They’ve also got rice dishes, soup, salad, sashimi and even soba noodles.

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Whenever I go to a Japanese BBQ joint it’s just so good that hygiene comes first before sighting on the menu.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (2B)Hot hand towels are served before we begin our feast!

Had to start of with some salmon and avocado salad that includes chunky pieces of chopped salmon, teaspoons of golden cavier, scoops of avocado, sliced onion and mixed salad. Then served with soy french dressing to add an attention-grabbing flavour. So much healthy goodness in this bowl that the balance tastes so right.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (2)Salmon and Avocado Salad

Let’s not dwell on the grossness of how this Beef Rib Porridge looks but rather how awesome it tastes and had TONNES of flavour that we accidently ordered three large bowls for the table. The ribs gave the soup an incredible flavour that it didn’t require any additional salt or pepper. It was INSANELY addictive and bare in mind there were heaps of rice buried down there.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (3) Beef Rib Porridge

The menu definitely has salted special ox-tongue which become meltingly tender in texture when it is cooked quickly over high heat. We managed to devour this twenty serving of thinly sliced meat <5 minutes. Then seconds later guess who ended up ordering another twenty servings? Hehe.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (4)A HUGE plate of Salted Special OX-Tongue.

Like a good steak, you are only required to flip these bad boys once on the barbecue. I’ll admit it’s just so ridiculously addictive to continuously keep adding meat to the hot pan and flipping them over every single second. It was tough focusing my eyes onto the grill as thick heavy smoke kept heading my direction but nuuuu that didn’t stop me from cooking or eating!

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (5)Ox Tongue slowly melting…OH YEAH!

A selection of raw wagyu meat just may of killed your mood to eat this but hey think of all that drool worthy fat that’s about to head your way soon. The size of the plate was twice the size of my head. The sight of the meat must of been at least 2kgs! There goes the thought of detoxing…haha.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (6)Wagyu Selection

The meat was extremely extremely marbled. Just imagine the lines of white running through the thick slices. It was super easy to get these meat burnt, so a quick toss and turn and your ready to eat.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (7) Liking the view? :P

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (7B)And if you’re heading to the restroom do expect a wooden cat to greet you.

One way to take a break from the meaty world is ordering the Chinese cabbage kimchee filled with pickled vegetables. It is a great stable side dish for any BBQ with a peppery and briny flavour. The slices of chopped cabbage had a deep and complex texture that tastes fresh.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (8) Chinese Cabbage Kimchee

What weirded me out was reading wagyu rib finger and it turned out to be the second best meat for the table. It was truly juicy and marinated to perfection. This is finger licking good!

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (9)Wagyu Rib Finger

We only managed a couple of pieces of the wagyu rib finger…only a couple of pieces…cough four servings cough. Tehehe.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (10)Look at that juicy greasy meat! Can you handle it?

Before we could catch our breath, the wagyu yukke arrived and for some this may be an extraordinary experience because it is served 110% raw. This was superbly chewy with a lovely creamy feeling from the yolk. Yeah this will blow your little taste buds away!

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (11)Wagyu Yukke

Just when it seemed that I couldn’t handle another slice of wagyu, the outside skirt was brought to our table and we were off to grilling this. The ultimate tenderness that actually taste beefy.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (12)Wagyu Outside Skirt

Of course the night is not over until we order a bowl of salmon flake rice that contains sprinkle of salmon flakes over the rice with seaweed. You may find fish foe hidden between the steamed rice that tastes even better when it bursts.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (13)Salmon Flake Rice

Straight to the good times you might want to add a few slices of wagyu onto the rice. It is the most common kind of method to let the rice soak the wagyu’s juice to create a new flavoured rice.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (14) Medium rare wagyu outside skirt goes so well with steamed rice.

Besides wagyu, Rengaya offers sashimi and trust me it is hard to avoid ordering fresh salmon. Hmmmmm…so good!

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (15)Salmon Sashimi

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (16) Bottle decoration

Yes I was making friends with fresh scallops. I was easily fooled by their size when they first arrived at our table. By the time these pepper grilled scallops were cooked it shrunk to the size of a dollar coin. But that didn’t ruin my judgement of the taste. It was rich and slightly buttery with a hint of sweetness.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (17) Scallop

Besides eating boiled prawns, another way to cook it is grilling them over the pan. The secret to great-tasting prawns lies in how fresh they are and let me tell you they were fresh indeed.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (18) Prawn

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Sometimes the perfect way to end a 90 minute wagyu marathon is finishing it off with edamame or for others dessert is the only option.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (20)Edamame

I’m still a sucker for Rengaya’s premium meat even after a year and a half of visiting them. Click here. Some may question is it worth $69 per person and I’d say “Are you kidding me?” I only wish I could arrange this buffet for all my readers to experience this wagyu marathon.

Rengaya_Nessy Eater (21)Looking very traditional Rengaya Entrance.

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Flew over to Cuckoo Callay’s Summer Nest

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Hello foodie friends!!! :D :D :D

Some of you may or may not have noticed I haven’t been posting any of my food adventures on Nessy Eater Blog for the past month. I sincerely apologise. I’ve been receiving emails and been asked “Where is Nessy Eater?” or “When is Nessy Eater next posting?” Thank you for your concerns, we are gradually returning soon. Having Nessy Eater is almost as important as knowing my house keys are in my pocket, so FYI I won’t be leaving this blog anytime soon. Moving on I hope you brought your appetite along because this post has got a feast in store. Don’t panic if your belt has burst along the way, I’m sure somewhere down the road you’ll find it.

Man, it’s no secret that I lost the plot at Cuckoo Callay earlier this year and to be honest I lost the plot again, but this time a four legged creature had to join the party and witness my reaction as well. It is incredible this Modern Australian café in Newtown has gotten so much attention. Not because it is seconds away from Newtown Station, but their brunch menu has gotten people talking about it. Their trendy menu is proven to be unique for a lot of foodie friends, especially the #Hashtag Brown and with good reason Cuckoo Callay has decided to welcome the #Hashtag Browns 2.0.

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Cat fight started when the Salted Caramel Milkshake ($7) arrived looking super adorable in their coloured glass milk bottle. It was quickly demolished before our feast began. This salted caramel beverage will knock your socks off with a magical sweetness that is not overwhelming and it tastes indulgent with that subtle hint of saltiness.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (1)Salted Caramel Milkshake ($7) (Note: This is not the actual serving size.)

If you’re feeling a little bit cheeky during brunch hour, then Cuckoo Callay has got you covered with their cuckootails menu. The Bloody Cuckoo ($12) contains Vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and heavily garnished with slices of pickles, green olive and a strand of fresh celery. Now that girlfriend is how you kick start the day!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (2)Bloody Cuckoo ($12)

Birdy Nom Nom (vegan) ($15) owned the stage when it arrived looking super healthy. Jam packed with coconut quinoa that looked like pearls of sago and date bircher, I think this is the simplest, yet most delicious and nutritious way to start the day. It’s also served with chunks of fresh mango and house made blood orange marmalade that totally looked like slices of red capsicum. The texture of this dish turns out light and chewy, however it leans towards a creamy like porridge consistency. The flavour of the coconut quinoa seduced me good…real good. It is a very super earthy dish for those who like it all natural.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (3)Birdy Nom Nom (vegan) ($15)

When I was a child, I remember fairy tales had happy endings and for Cinderella’s story if she didn’t leave the party before midnight, her carriage would turn back into a pumpkin. Well that’s just one side of the story, whereas Cuckoo Callay can argue Cinderella had to leave before midnight because she needed to prepare Cinderella’s Breakfast ($17) the next morning for Newtown commuters. Don’t expect the pumpkin to turn into a carriage as it will only be served as pumpkin fritters with house cured salmon, poached egg, house made basil pesto and fresh heirloom tomatoes. The fritter was bursting with intense flavours and alluring aromas of pumpkin scattered around Newtown station. You’ll lick your plate clean when you continue devouring the salmon and poached egg that had a sensational gooey texture. You won’t be able to resist not ordering this dish for summer because who isn’t a big fan of Cinderella? The only downfall about this dish is they didn’t offer a glass slipper…I really wanted to know if I was right for Prince Charming…Oh well! Maybe next time. Haha :P

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (4)Cinderella’s Breakfast ($17)

If you have ever looked at an egg and thought, “HOT DAAMN chook, that looks good,” you should know that you are not alone my friend.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (5)Cinderella’s egg porn

Cuckoo Callay also have an extensive menu for the pets and their most popular pick is the pupachino ($3) that contain goat’s milk. We asked Ziggi to test it out for us and his response “I Woof-ing love it!”.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (6)Woof Woof Pet’s Menu at Cuckoo Callay

There were a lot of puparazzi watching Ziggi express his love for his pupachino. It’s impawsible not to grin when you see this furpaw dig his face into his beverage.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (7)Ziggi enjoying his Pupachino ($3)

My little foodie wildling came out when the Bubbles that Squeak ($18) arrived at our table. The bubble and squeak pattie tastes very much like mashed potato. The outside is almost a lovely golden brown, maybe just a bit over the golden colour but I avoided judging a book by its cover because it turned out amazingly delicious. The smell made it even more desirable to eat with the inside being it all spaghetti cabbage. EHRMAGHERD!!! And if you thought that pattie was good in your books…wait till you try their duck sausage served with house made chilli chutney and a poached egg. It’s not a party until the sausage comes out. From the first bite you’d know the sausage uses premium ingredients as it had its own flavours. It felt like meat candy to me because I may have had a few more slices than others…

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (8)Bubbles that Squeak ($18)

It was nice to meat you Black Forest Smokehouse duck sausage. I hope to see you again soon so we can catchup with the poached egg. Yes, it’s another one of those Instagram worthy videos of egg porn.

I thought it was fun to see a butterfly presentation in the Speedy Gonzalez ($18) or perhaps I was imaging things. Back to planet Earth and this dish includes two breakfast burritos with sliced chorizo, turtle bean relish, fried eggs, marinated avocado and sour cream & chive dressing. Now if that’s too hot for you to handle then Ziggi is more than happy to help you demolish the entire dish.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (9)Speedy Gonzalez ($18)

Oh no! I maybe now facing a prison sentence for showing you too much egg porn. For now I better end this egg porn business here and at an appropriate time show you some more soon.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (10)

What also grabbed Ziggi’s attention and mine was the pupples ($2) served in a pink sterling silver bowl. I think when someone mentioned to me about the pupples biscuit I may have raised my hand for one. Excuse me while I woof-it-out with Ziggi…

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (11)Pupples ($2)

Can confirm Ziggi enjoyed his treats and got table service too. Now that is showing commitment to pets and pet owners. I give an extra brown point to Cuckoo Callay for that!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (12)What did Ziggi think about those pupples? He said “I WOOF it!” 

Mary Had a Little Lamb lends itself to parody very well with one of Cuckoo Callay’s lamb dish- Beeting the Sheep ($19). This Lebanese inspired dish has got full flavours of Lebanese spices. It’s the curiosity that makes me want to know more about Mary’s little lamb. This dish includes slow cooked lamb in pastry served with goat’s curd, toasted pine nuts, pickled beetroot, radish and snow-pea tendrils salad. Embrace the madness of this lamb because not only is it tender but it’s quite homey and comforting. With the added crispy paper thin pastry, I was thoroughly entertained by this dish. The curd, nuts, relish and salad fit so well together that this dish was flawless.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (13)Beeting the Sheep ($19)

Was this the Best.Chips.Ever ($9)? Errrrr….well….err…I thought otherwise. I think it was the Best.Presenation.Ever because each chippie was MASSIVE, like MASSIVE! To compare the length of those chips, I’d say it’s the size of a highlighter but longer. Please note: there’s nothing sexual about this. No sexual connotation was involved! Teehee. Besides the length, the chips turned out to be not as crunchy as I pictured in my head, however the flavours were there.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (14)Best.Chips.Ever ($9)

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (15)Look at the size of this thang?!

Laughter is the best medicine, so is the Dr Salmon ($19) if you have a salmon fetish. This dish really has become one of my all time favourite. It consists of citrus cured salmon, black quinoa, avocado, fennel, blood orange, French radish and snow-pea tendrils with a lime and ginger dressing. The salmon had a refreshing citrus flavour and a pleasing red colour. Not only is this dish healthy but extremely versatile for summer brunch.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (16)Dr Salmon ($19)

I want to see you again Mother Ducker ($22) because I didn’t think it was physically possible for me to eat the green lentils, shallots and shaved asparagus all in the one plate. You should have seen the look of my eyes when the plate had vanished from my table. I was also blown away by the savoury pulled duck and poached egg with chilli jam. I really wanted to eat the desired amount however it wouldn’t be lady like of me…maybe next time.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (17)Mother Ducker ($22)

Do you want to build a Snowman in Summer ($16)? If you desire salad for lunch then this won’t disappoint your tastebuds. Generously served with marinated Dutch carrot salad with blanched kale, avocado, toasted pepitas and lemon yogurt dressing.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (18)Snowman in Summer ($16) 

There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of Homemade Lemonade ($5) on a warm day during summer.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (19)Homemade Lemonade ($5)

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (20)Quirky interior design at Cuckoo Callay

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (21)Could Ziggi be the next Dogue model? This little fellow is such a poser!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (22)Espresso with milk ($3.50)

For those with a sweet tooth the Berets, Stars & Stripes ($15) is the perfect  finish to a meal. This brioche French toast includes maple bacon, peanut caramel, whipped ricotta, cornflakes and maple syrup. I believe this will be another Instagram worthy dish that must be shared. The brioche is quite a flaky, buttery crust that crumbles just as you bite into it. As for that juicy strip of maple meat, well it was BACON ME CRAZY, even after I left the cafe. Overall owners Ella and Ibby have got my attention once again. They’ve transformed ordinary breakfast and lunch to something that’s Alice and Wonderland for Nessy Eater Girl. It is truly a cafe you wouldn’t want to miss in Newtown.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (23)Berets, Stars & Stripes ($15)

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest thanks to Wasamedia. Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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