HEY Foodie Friends! It’s been a while since my last post and I’m slowly coming back to planet Earth. Forgive me, but ERMAHGERD winter is here. Since I’m slowly returning to the eating world I thought it was time to visit Busshari in Potts Point that is minutes away from Kings Cross Station. As I entered the restaurant I look around and it’s dark with a few dim lights, but that didn’t matter because I easily spotted the bar seating, YIPPEE!
Is your belly excited or what for some Japanese food?!
What? There’s sashimi and sushi at Busshari?
Busshari Bar Seating
We started with the chef’s selection sashimi plate ($34) that includes ocean trout, tuna, scallops, kingfish and fabulously decorated with red kombu and seaweed. Undoubtedly fresh! What a way to start dinner.
Chef’s Selection Sashimi Plate ($34)
Was it really necessary to take another photo of the fresh sashimi plate? YES IT WAS! My favourite was the ocean trout and tuna which had an utterly decadent texture to it and had us fighting over the last piece with our wooden chopsticks.
Liking the side view?
There was an impressive looking sake menu and well I had to order one for the team. Teehee. We tried spotting a waitress with our sake bottle, but instead she brings a selection of handmade sake cups to our area first and excitingly informs us to choose a cup. I took a gamble and embarrassed myself by singing eeny meeny miny moe. Look below what I picked…
Which sake cup shall I choose?
The Tengumai sake ($17) had the perfect sweet balance and matched incredibly well with sashimi and the sushi plate. Just a tip: If you order sake’s lukewarm/hot in winter they’re usually the ones where you instantly feel the alcohol going around to your head (like you might with vodka). After two shots of sake it did its job making my world spin.
Tengumai Sake ($17)
I felt comfortable staring at the chef’s selection sushi plate ($34), it was hot property between two hungry food lovers. I try the unagi that’s freshwater eel broiled with a sweet brush of teriyaki sauce and tamagoyaki as well as uni nigiri and they were wonderful. The textures made me crazy that I didn’t want to share so what else to do but to continue to eat….
Chef’s Selection Sushi Plate ($34)
This has got to be the LARGEST tamagoyaki I’ve ever had as I found it hilarious that it looked like a Japanese surf board and it’s edible. It looked so LOOOOOOOOONG that I compared it with my iPhone, almost the same height. It was tasty nonetheless.
My Tamagoyaki looked like a surf board. HAHA!
We applaud when the plate of sushi roll rainbow ($17) arrives. Usually normal people would eat the sushi but I had to do investigate each sliced sushi piece. Rainbow rolls are awesome in my world because you get a nice variety of fish, and they’re colourful and I love colours. There was a mix of ingredients including tuna, salmon, yellowtail and prawn.
Sushi Roll Rainbow ($17)
Turns out I was lucky enough to eat three quarters of this dish. These babies didn’t disappoint and had a tasty inside of avocado, cucumber and crabstick. I loved the fragrance of the rice as it was well put together with the other ingredients.
It’s ALL mine!
Fasten your seat belts because the soft shell crab karaage ($18) was FREAKEN INSANCE and finger-licking good. There was good chemistry with me and those crabs. It did look double battered, but looks can be deceiving my friends. It didn’t take much to make my happy with this dish and certainly wasn’t willing to share. I take the biggest piece that I could find and it was light and crisp. It almost felt as if each piece was hollow inside but had a strong flavour of the crab. A very exciting dish to order if you HEART FRIED STUFF.
Soft Shell Crab Karaage ($18)
Well when there’s fried food on the table one has to order Asahi beer on tap ($9.50) just to balance the flavours…
Asahi beer on tap ($9.50)
We genuinely liked the wagyu beef sizzling tobanyaki ($33), however for the wrong reason. After a friendly start with the wagyu beef sizzling in a clay pot with extremely hot charcoal we waited for a few minutes before we dived our chopsticks in. To my surprise the meat was kinda bland and lacked that wagyu melt in the mouth texture, but it was overall juicy. Some pieces were a tad chewy and whilst others were somewhat tender. It’s quite a popular pick for the locals as it looks fun, so do give it a go and maybe you’d get lucky with the flavour and texture of the meat. Make sure to ask for a bowl of rice ($4) to accompany those juicy pieces of wagyu or at least turn that boring plain rice into something meaty.
Wagyu Beef Sizzling Tobanyaki ($33)
I had high levels of affection with the mixed sizzling vegetables including corn, asparagus, mushroom and a piece of carrot carved into the shape of a flower. Something about vegetables being sizzled on a hot clay pot taste so much more awesome that I required a guard to make sure none of these pieces gets stolen from me while I went for a toilet break.
Top view of the wagyu at its best!
We struggled eating the last two pieces of wagyu and it was a real shame that it wasn’t the highlight of this dish, instead the mixed fresh veggies were. We had to make sure we didn’t get the wrong dish and had asked the waitress to clarify if this was the the wagyu beef we ordered. She confirmed this was the dish and informed us it was the wagyu shoulder. For some gut feeling I didn’t want to believe it. But hey I ate all my vegetables at the end of the day and most of the meat. How can one complain when meat is sizzling right in front of you…
Woooo this pot comes with hot charcoal inside and a flame…
Handmade plates made by the Chef himself, Nobuyuki Ito.
Our very last dish had to end with the dessert platter ($15) and I went way to emotional with choosing three part desserts. Living in my own little bubble the pumpkin mousse brulee made me feel like Cinderella who lost her shoe at midnight, but instead I just got fat. Teehee. The brulee was reasonably smooth and had a tiny bit of raw pumpkin flavour. Next the sesame tart was crazy intense with a good solid crunchiness to it and it was pretty generous with the sesame seeds as you can see. For the black sesame ice-cream it was undoubtedly rich and smooth and I just wanted to slab a few tablespoons onto the tart but I was too late. AND if you are a Washoku Lovers member you get a scoop of green tea ice-cream for FREE. All you need to do is just flash that card of yours to the staff. How easy was that?!
Dessert Platter (3 Choice- $15)
It was entertaining to see Chef Nobuyuki Ito show off his knife skills as well as plating each dish during the night with freshly cut sashimi and hand-making sushi right in front of us. I can see why Busshari is so popular at Potts Point as they recently celebrated their 9th Year Anniversary. I loved the bar seating area, the food was pretty up there, however very sad the wagyu wasn’t as great as I imagined. I do have plans to revisit this place again soon and try the rest of the
Concentration is key at Busshari when it comes to making seafood sashimi salad.
Photos by Vanny Tang
Disclaimer: Nessy Eater plus guest attended Busshari, thanks SD Marketing Global and Washoku Lovers.
Some meals in this post were independently paid for.
Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.
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The Carlisle Bar near Kings Cross station gives a splash of up-town Manhattan bar experience with split level bar and nightclub sprawling along Darlinghurst Road. The champagnes flowed freely at the launch, waiters constantly making endless stream of cocktails. Celebrity chef Chrys Xipolitas designed the menu, adding an Asian and Mediterranean twist while bar manager Benjamin Hickey focuses on putting a twist on main classic cocktails by using whiskey, gin and scotch, pairing them with some of their sweet and sour delights.
Listen up VEGGIE CONSUMERS , this tossed and turned Vegetarian Teasers ($26) dish contains chargrilled eggplant with zucchini, capsicum, marinated artichokes, semi-dried tomatoes and olives with pita is quite colourful with a really delicious and crunchy twist. There is room to dunk a piece or two crusty bread into this flavoursome mystery. Each ingredient brings out all the caramelised flavours which is super for a lovely light starter.
Vegetarian Teasers: Chargrilled eggplant, zucchini, capsicum, marinated artichokes, semi-dried tomatoes, olives with pita and crusty bread ($26)
From the very first bite of the the Tortilla Chips ($16) with fresh chunks of avocado, chopped coriander chilli and a squirt of lime kicked off with a bang in my mouth. This oversized vegetarian dip highlights a dab of sweetness, tiny invisible coriander chilli are like hidden gems. Strictly speaking, the lime kept everything reFRESHing , making you feel more relaxed.
Fresh avocado, coriander chilli and fresh lime dip. Thanks Sherrie from Crystal Noir for pausing.
Marinated olives and fresh pita
With a soft, silky, textured centre and luscious stringy stretch, this Grilled haloumi cheese ($14), topped with purple grape and balsamic reduction kept its promise with explosion of flavours. There’s something about this haloumi that I found rather exquisite. The sharp grilled freshness of this haloumi kicked butt! I probably don’t come across this homemade cheese as often but I did notice it wasn’t squeaky like other haloumis I’ve eaten. It is best to eat it whilst it is still hot so you can taste the light but filling springy white cheese. Unlike most haloumi cheese, this robust cheese is not as salty rather more milky in flavour. It is true The Carlisle Bar is one of the very few places in Sydney that has haloumi this good.
Did you know the haloumi was made by an elderly yiayia (Greek grandmother)? Yeah I know right… an 86-year-old makes good cheeeesssssse.
Grilled haloumi cheese ($14)
Applause to this bartender for staying calm with all the food bloggers hovering around the bar with bright flash lights going off every few seconds. He still managed to make a few KILLER COCKTAILS.
Bartender preparing Clover Club
If you’re in the mood to THINK PINK, then this S-E-X-Y Clover Club ($18) has got you covered by bringing a touch of Aviation gin, seasonal raspberry, lemon and egg white into a glass. This playful cocktail is the cool kind of way to really get you hooked. With the smooth consistency of egg white, a tangy taste of lemon and the predominant flavour of jin, it would be heart-breaking not to give this ago. I believe this drink is disguised with plenty of raspberry and may often fall under the girly drink, but I did see a lot of males in the room trying to secretly sip the entire cocktail in one go. Teehee.
Clover Club ($18)
Spotted a HEART in one of these Clover Club. Thanks Stephanie from A little bit of Tang for letting me your hand.
Can’t stress enough how good these Lightly floured and fried prawn cutlet ($18) taste. It is an ideal second course or light meal because of its SUPER crisp batter being particularly light served with 3 dipping sauce : sweet chilli plum, soy teriyaki and wasabi aioli. Honestly, this savoury dish has more than enough flavours on its own. You can taste the golden brown flavours, coriander, sliced chilli and spice. You can coat these fresh prawns with a splash of lemon to add an intense zesty taste. Without hesitation, I give this dish TWO THUMBS UP ( If only I had more thumbs… if only). Such a lip-smacking dish with juicy prawns and the soft fried filling.
Lightly floured and fried prawn cutlet
Tastiest prawns @ The Carlisle Bar, Kings Cross
It’s the bartender again! This time his making Eastside Fizz.
Time to match our prawn tapa dish with a cocktail. This time I present to you Eastside Fizz ($18) offering Beefeater gin, lime, Perrier water and to garnish mint plus added sweetness, off course. It’s a shake up of zingy and summery. An ultimate summer cocktail delivering a classic sweet and sour fizz and all the old favourites.
Eastside Fizz ($18)
You know those moments when you’re chicken can get kinda boring? Well not the Spicy chicken ($16)! With the use of exotic chef’s secret sauce, then BBQ’d. These marinated spicy chicken thigh fillets is one prize winning dish. It’s packed full of interesting savoury flavours for example it has a pleasant Thai coating or along the lines of something Asian cuisines.
Spicy chicken ($16)
Can you guess what this cocktail is?
South of The Border ($18) knows how to show off its charm right in front of me. It’s a collection of Tequila, Mezcal, passionfruit, lime and vanilla. A definite caffeine cocktail kick with substantial amount of tequila. The best part of this drink is nibbling on a slice of cucumber that is infused with cocktail flavours. It consists a subtly sweet taste and fairly cleansing effect on your body with the mezcal.
South of The Border ($18)
The Carlisle Bar is so clever to organise live entertainment for some bloggers like me, who are too shy to introduce themselves for the first time outside a monitor. It was lovely listening to Angelina Ciccotti sing, whilst Adrian Petlevanny plays the guitar.
Live entertainment featuring: Guitarist Adrian Petlevanny and singer Angelina Ciccotti |Photo credit to The Carlisle Bar
This bartender is just so happy making our cocktails he couldn’t hide his smile.
Adding a twist and garnish to our final cocktail.
For our final cocktail Blood & Sand ($18) – I was excited to taste the Chivas, Cherry & Herring, Anitca Formula, Ardbeg and fresh orange. It’s a drink that doesn’t have the most appetising of names, however this old fashion classic can bring to the table a little hint of smoke coming from the ultimate malt scotch whisky, Ardbeg. The aroma is breathtaking with the fruity floral sweetness however this beverage is best served for the mature audiences.
Blood & Sand ($18)
The most tender cut of beef would be the Beef tenderloin ($24) – This is a very special beef serving with bourbon jus and garlic crisps. I hear it has been rolled in mixed peppers before being barbecued. It’s known for its mild flavour and juicy succulence, however the meat itself is a tad hard to chew. But overall an absolutely fabulous finish to all tapas degustation.
Beef tenderloin ($24)
Cooked to perfection: Medium rare, just the way I like it.
So lucky to visit one of the VIP rooms.
Refreshments of Perrier water before we say our goodbyes.
It was almost the end of the night and the gorgeous Bonnie announced the winner of a social media competition. Basically food bloggers were busy snapping away and uploading onto Instagram in hopes of winning a night of luxury bottle service. It was The Gook who won due to endless likes by the end of the night on her Instagram. As for the rest of the food bloggers including myself, we didn’t leave empty handed. Each food blogger received $50 drink voucher. HOORAY !!!!!
With impressive split level venue : front bar, main club and VIP room. The Carlisle Bar is the perfect setting for after work or an endless night out. Designed to meet your desired experience with an added up-town Manhattan theme. It’s no surprise their cocktail and share menu is becoming a popular demand with 20 years of experience to The Carlisle Bar, celebrity chef Chrys Xipolitas ensures every guests palates are pleased.
Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Sydney Food Blogger Cocktail & Tapas Degustation courtesy of The Carlisle Bar (opportunity provided by Bonnie Wu). Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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Just before summer ends, I paid a visit to a Sydney’s sassy suburb, Kings Cross for a twist in burgers and nibbles at Buns & Balls – HAHA I LOVE THE NAME, it uniquely stands out. It is the trendiest bar with a bit of hip, graffiti walls and an outdoor mini green grass field. You better pay a visit on Friday and Saturday night since there’s DJ’s playing music all night.
First up, Fresh Watermelon and Vodka ($9) make a great ADULTS ONLY summer cocktail. Made with watermelon juice with a splash of vodka comes well together refreshingly. It’s a perfect drink for someone who really likes watermelon.
Fresh Watermelon and Vodka ($9)
MOTHER OF CHICKS! When the Spicy Louisiana Wings ($1 each) arrived along with Blue Cheese Sauce, we immediately dived our long arms into the small snack box. It turns out, these tiny wings are chilli S-P-I-C-Y with a lot of flavours. I got zapped on the first bite, but you can control the heat of these wings by covering it up with their deliciously addictive blue cheeeeeeese sauce. What you see is just one third of what we ordered, we kept begging for more of them WINGS and CHEESE! They are DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE, so I suggest you get your 3, 6 or 9 pack and don’t share. Otherwise you’ll be crying!
Spicy Louisiana Wings ($1 each)
I was interested to how the Fish Meat Balls ($9) would be served up. Larger in size, made from barramundi, chopped parsley and rolled around in breadcrumbs, these croquettes are positively an eye catcher. Straight out of the fryer these balls will sure cause a few OOOOHHH and AHHHH sounds because of fresh fishy fragrance that appears. A tasty nibbly that provides flakey fish filling and a crispy texture with every pieces of breadcrumb attached. To enhance the flavours, bury those fried dumpling into a pool of BB’s Tartare sauce.
Fish Meat Balls ($9)
Inward shot of the Fish Meat Balls .
The not so sexy looking Braised Chilli-BBQ Beef Burger ($14) appeared to look at us like err…this, BUTTTTT don’t be fooled, perhaps it disguised itself with juicy tender BBQ beef stripes, a slice of melted cheddar cheese ooze slowly out of the burger, grilled onions, chunky coleslaw and wait for it…CHILLI, just so people like me won’t pinch it off. DAME…SO GOOD!
Braised Chilli-BBQ Beef Burger ($14)
Good grief there is no burger as delicious as Tempura Fish Burger ($12) -Made from scratch with fresh barramundi battered in tempura style, dressed in lettuce, cheese and BB’s dill and lime tartare sauce. Seriously MOUTH-WATERING with thick succulent fish fillets that are surrounded by a thin golden layer of crunchy juicy batter. The bun itself been warmed up by the hot heat of the fillets make a good burger partner.
Tempura Fish Burger ($12)
There’s no need for fancy fries when you have Handcut & Twice Cooked Fries ($8), TWICE COOKED?! That’s just like saying I double dipped! But apparently the secret method of good chips is to fry them twice at two different temperatures. Each hot golden potato chip is lengthways long and is extra crispy. Put little pats of leftover Blue Cheese Sauce and you’ve gone to FRIES PARADAISE.
Handcut & Twice Cooked Fries ($8)
YES, PLEASE to the Ice Cream Sandwich ($6) with two choc chip cookies sandwiching a layer of vanilla ice-cream and it comes with warm melted Belgian chocolate dipping sauce. It’s the simplest dessert that can sure put you in a good mood.
Ice Cream Sandwich ($6)
This ice cream is really STRONG that it can stand upwards. HAHA.
Buns & Balls seating.
Now it’s your turn to taste Buns & Balls! Located minutes away from the Kings Cross Station, so I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to CATCH A TRAIN because this suburb has very limited car park spots and you don’t want to end up looking grumpy at the pretty bartenders. Teehee.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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