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Bacon All The Rules at Cuckoo Callay Festival

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It must be true love that I am not a vegetarian because of bacon. No one else can break my heart like bacon can. I admit all my problems go away when there’s bacon right in front of me. So if you need a bacon fix maybe it’s time to bacon-ing your way to Cuckoo Callay. For 12 weeks they’ve created something astonishing for Newtown that no café has ever done in Sydney. It’s called BACON FESTIVAL. It’s for real, BACON FESTIVAL exists and you don’t want to go bacon your own heart if you missed out. If you totally HEART BACON like I do, you properly wondered off and I bet you are open to seduction as soon as you see that glossy piece of juicy bacon. I know it’s the sweet smells and varied pinkish colours, but that doesn’t mean you are not in control.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (1)Pigging it out at Cuckoo Callay

And the Bacon Festival goes like this…

What a Croque of Bacon ($19) that tried to control me with its loooooooooooonnng strips of bacon and basil. Then when I closely looked into the vintage cheddar croquettes I was drunk by its diced pieces of bourbon bacon, pea puree and two poached eggs with that gooey sunrise yolk. If you want to know how to make a bacon lover smile, then this is it my friends. A dusting of breadcrumbs on the croquettes really makes this dish sing. It’s the crispy croquettes center filling that opens new flavours as the effects of bourbon bacon is deeply aromatic.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (2)What a Croque of Bacon ($19)

What about that sexy long bacon strip? Well…there was a silent treatment at our table, so I’m not too sure what everybody was thinking, but for me, I was so high I didn’t recognise the fire that was burning in people’s eyes when I snatched the larger strip. Obviously full of flavour so that was pretty damn tasty!

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (3)You so fine bacon stripe! And oozy egg yolk inward shot.

Next up I may have ordered Shake ‘n’ Bacon ($9)! Super AMAZING and totally worth building up my calcium intake. Teehee. Can’t go wrong with bacon plus maple syrup, although the sweet syrup was glued at the bottom making a sudden burst of intense sugariness. Overall there’s so much DELICIOUSNESS hidden in this mason jar.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (4)Shake ‘n’ Bacon ($9)

Can’t go wrong with awesome maple-caramelized bacon, right? I think this bacon milkshake is shouting “drink me!”.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (5)Bacon sprinkles on me Shake ‘n’ Bacon *SCREAMS*

Rules for a happy relationship with bacon is getting the Bacon All the Rules ($24) dish. This is one engaging plate that is only suitable for happy pigs and inner oinkers to run wild. Every component on this dish is lip smacking and appealing to not share with your partner in crime. We start off with Black Forest Smokehouse maple bacon and bourbon bacon that floated happily atop. Next we dissected that fatty chunk of bacon steak that was really appetising that I had to go for seconds. OH! And whoever came up with bacon sausage is uber insane, yet one hell of a genius. You know you want it before anyone else can get it. It tasted absolutely perfect that there was no flaws about this sausage at all. I loved the bite-size pieces of bacon inside the sausage and saltiness was just right. All that bacon madness is also served with bacon-crumbed poached eggs with sourdough. This is one dish on the menu that you won’t go home hungry or disappointed. If you’re looking for a jam-packed bacon session, then this is it!

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (6)Bacon All the Rules ($24)

Need to wash all that bacon down? Why not give this Bloody Bacon Cuckootail ($14) a go! It’s insanely mixed with tomato juice, tabasco, salt, pepper and a shot of vodka. I was so out of breath when I sipped this cocktail. The level of spiciness is somewhat high for a person who does not often eat much spices. I spy with my eyes I see a strip of bacon and slices of pickles.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (10)Bloody Bacon Cuckootail ($14)

Only one thing can make a hot dog on a summer afternoon better and that’s if it’s stuffed with maple glazed bacon sausage with gruyere cheese sauce, tomato and quince relish, crackling and dill mustard pickles. Ya I’m describing the Bacon Dawg ($16)!!! I was prepared but I think I didn’t prepare enough for this dawg. The thing about this is it did quite fit together. It was a little overwhelming with the sprinkles of crackle and relish as well as the dill mustard. Totes superior brunch eats.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (11)Bacon Dawg ($16)

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (13)Smashed that bad boy!

Look what we have here… Don’t Go Bacon My Heart (NOTE: these babes were sample sizes) and OHMYGAWD these are unforgettable. I was incredibly happy when these kids size burger landed on the palm of my hand. The savory beer and tomato chutney, mustard aioli and slaw on brioche added another inch of flavour. Yes not healthy, but I’ve got my game face on! Without a doubt the popcorn chicken and beer candied bacon was noticeable. Hmmm it was the right ratio of chicks and pigs.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (14)Don’t Go Bacon My Heart

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (15)You know you want this. Teehee.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (16)Woah! This brioche is stuffed with a lot of meat.

By now I needed granny pants, if possible the XXXL ones. The amount of food coming in one after the other was fit for a King and Queen. So when Bacon, Get in Ma Belly ($20) arrived looking oh so scrumptious I had to do what was right, continue nomming. Lucky I followed my heart because the pork belly with fennel seed sauce with bacon, caper, coriander and lime salad was off the chain insane. Combine with a bowl of white rice would have been lovely. I was nervous when I attacked the slices of candied sweet chilli because between you and me I don’t normally touch chilli, but I did tell Michael from I’m Still Hungry that I will be practising my chilli levels this year. Wish me luck! Anyways back to that chilli…far out it was ADDICTIVE! I had such courage to even pop a few more slices in my mouth. It was seriously hotter than my first date. The one thing which lost some points would be the crackling skin, it was moist. There were signs of crispiness however the texture didn’t meat it. It must be the troubled Asian fusion flavour sauce that drowned the crispy skin crackle. Haha.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (17)Bacon, Get in Ma Belly ($20)Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (18)That pork. Full Stop.

Here’s a morning breakfast for you to enjoy with your partner yourself; Ya Bacon Me Crazy ($20). This type of love is not rational, it’s 100% physical. Don’t cry if your calories start to sky rocket because every bite is seriously worth it. The caramel and cinnamon ice cream was heavily guarded by three handsome strips of maple bacon that’s drenched in maple syrup and chocolate coated bourbon bacon. Tucked underneath you can see the buttermilk waffles and MORE house-made bacon. Man, I love what you do but you know that you’re toxic, right? 😛

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (19)Ya Bacon Me Crazy ($20)

I told you I wasn’t kidding about the chocolate coated bourbon BACON SOILDERS heavily securing the caramel and cinnamon ice cream. PICTURE PROOF!

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (20)Bacon’s looking streaky, I LIKE! :p

Boy I needed another session of washing down all that tasty bacon, so I opted for Smokey Bourbon Bacon with fresh apple juice ($12). Sadly I couldn’t really taste the bacon, instead the sourness of the apple juice. But that’s cool I needed something refreshing to bring me back to Earth from this CRAZY BACON FEAST.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (21)Smokey Bourbon Bacon with fresh apple juice ($12)

Introducing Drizzle Sticks (NOTE: sample sizes) that knocks your socks off! *HEAVY BREATHING* Maybe the streaky bourbon bacon drizzled in chocolate and hazelnut thought it could hide from this mama, but I could smell that greasy bacon scent from miles away. Oh bacon you can’t stay away from me, we are meant to be. At first I wasn’t too keen on chocolate + bacon, BUT I’ve learnt not to judge a book by its cover.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (22)Drizzle Sticks

Picture this no touching, no kissing AND no good loving with bacon will be so cold. Life wouldn’t be the same, I’m telling you. Without bacon fire will burn through your soul. So what’s holding you back to visit the Bacon Festival at Cuckoo Callay?

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (23)Oh Yeah!!! Got the BIG piece. 😀

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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Swissotel Sydney Christmas Afternoon Tea Buffet

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HAPPY 2015 FOODIE FRIENDS! Can you believe it’s mid of January already?! By now you may have noticed Nessy Eater’s been busy indulging desserts and summery meals on Instagram. The Food Gods knew that they’d needed new volunteers to take up the festive Christmas feast and so they immediately decided to choose me. OH the pain I had to endure and retire my typewriter during the holiday season. But sometimes when you’re giving a task during Xmas by the Food Gods and it involves your stomach and gingerbread man, it’s automatically a food hall pass. This hall pass was cherished and used judiciously for it is not an easy thing to obtain. The hall pass is something to be prized and by verbal consent from the Food Gods and Santa, Nessy Eater has permission to share great foods with you kids. What are you waiting for? Let’s begin!

It’s my second visit to Crossroads Bar at Swissotel Sydney and just before I had retired my typewriter and crisp white paper, I managed to spot a really good deal on Groupon. For $79 for two people, you get Christmas Weekend High Tea plus a cocktail for each person. Before treating your tummy to savoury foods and sweet delights, I wanted to quickly inform you that this deal was ALL YOU CAN EAT high tea. I repeat High Tea BUFFET. DON’T PANIC IF YOU’VE MISSED OUT! After a quick investigation like a detective I found out through the Swissotel’s website the high tea buffet is still on but not Xmas themed though. I’m sure it would be still as good and it is normally $79 per person. That’s CRAZY! I saved $79! This by far was the best deal that I’ve ever purchased from Groupon.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (1)Are you drooling?

Before thunder and lightning strikes to my typewriter I think it’s now time to share the Christmas spirit with you. Within a 5-star luxury hotel the Swissotel does get a thumbs up for their modern and elegant interior, however their service and overall management did not make it to a two-star. We were disappointed by the lack of service and management skills. For example when we arrived, staffs at the Swissotel looked like they wanted to wrestle with guests in UFC style. You could see it in their eyes they were very frustrated and sad, especially when there was one main bartender, a supervisor and three waitresses serving around fourty five plus guests. Waitresses responded with a robotic tone and left unhappily after we made our beverage orders. I guess Santa’s been overworking his helpers. Anyways moving on to rainbows and unicorns.

Our festive fare started with Christmas pudding. This traditional pud is made from vine fruit and butter, eggs and a splash of vanilla custard. Each handmade pudding was the size of a baseball and half a tennis ball. What does it taste like? Think fruitcake. It’s not everyone’s taste as it’s an acquired taste, it’s cream sauce with dried fruits in it. I think it err needed lots of cream to tone it down.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (2)Christmas pudding

Strawberry cream caramel kept vanishing every time I was forced to return to the dessert bar. Lightly greasy but it’s wrapped around a creamy center that won’t disappoint. The half sliced strawberry made this dessert refreshing. I like the chance to play around with the wobbly jelly like texture of the cream caramel before I devour it. It gives me time to mingle before I say good-bye to it for the second time. If you’re craving for that caramel sauce to take home then you need to ask Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich for a favour.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (5)Strawberry cream caramel

I managed to somehow not shatter the blackberry pavlova into a million pieces before it made it back to my table. The fun sized pavlova looked like snow ball meringues. It was extremely light and airy. Being able to taste it for the third time, it was one of those fabulous treats to go along with a cup of tea.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (6)Blackberry pavlova

As Christmas traditions go, starting a marvellous high tea with a shot of eggnog is another great way to celebrate the festive season. The shot was very satisfying as there was an egg-rich dairy punch flavour. It can be very boozy and super rich if there’s more eggs added, but thankfully not.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (7)Eggnog shots

Festive must haves were the fruit mince tart. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without buttery pastries and fruity mince pies. These delectable star shaped mince pies simply provided a moment of self-indulgence for me. The outside butter-enriched pastry is stuffed with chunks of moist fruit and topped with heavy sprinkles of icing.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (8)Fruit star tart

Oh hot summer days means we need to thank the bartender at Swissotel for making us the strawberry cocktail. Though we were half way feeding our inner cravings, we still managed to wash this beverage down. The sweetness of the strawberries was a real crowd pleaser and off course the rum. It wasn’t sickly sweet, which is good news coming from the syrup. The texture kicked ass as it felt like a strawberry slushy rather than a classic cocktail.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (9)Strawberry cocktail

Me thinks the strawberry panna cotta was carefully crafted. The strawberries makes a great companion with the panna cotta for bright, sharp summer fruit. The taste was somewhat cream-heavier but that didn’t matter too much because I was mildly annoyed at the casual sophistication of the presentation for this dessert.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (10)Strawberry panna cotta

Just look at how this chocolate fountain GLISTENS! It brings a smile to everyone’s face including the grumpy cats. Stop making me smile chocolate fountain! STOP IT!

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (11)Chocolate fountain

I simply couldn’t get enough of the salted caramel and jam lamingtons. The lamingtons were sandwiching the sweet jam. I tried burying evidence of me eating this, but the shredded dried coconuts around my mouth gave it away.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (12)Salted caramel and jam lamingtons

This chilled blueberry panna cotta in a miniature plastic cup was simply impressive. The fresh blueberries and pipped cream married so well with the silky smooth vanilla bean gelatine.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (13)Blueberry panna cotta

With our voucher package, we were treated with selections of tea or coffee. All teas are from T2.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (14)English breakfast by T2

Tempt the tastebuds with smoked salmon tartar with pipped cream cheese on waffle cone. It’s so easy to eat and I didn’t notice I ate five till I started counting the gold wrappers. Oh Whoops!

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (15)Smoked salmon tartar cone

Not sure if sandwiches are meant to look like they’re all swirled up but hey I’m loving it. This smoked turkey, pickled raspberry jam and rocket on harvest grain was juicy with that jam spread across the bread so evenly. The thick pieces of turkey was zomg crazy ass delicious.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (3)Smoked turkey swirl sandwich

Making my way back to the buffet bar and look who do we have here…cocktail prawn station with Crystal Bay Australian reef prawn cocktail with lemon and cocktail dressing.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (4)Cocktail prawn station

The fire roasted red capsicums with green olive and goat cheese baguette was my least favourite. It was an interesting take on for me in terms of flavours. It has that sweet sourness from the olive and cold texture of goat cheese which I didn’t favour.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (16)Bitesize baguette

Wicked, decadent and sinful was hardly the best description for these dreamy little masterpieces. I took my time connecting with the Christmas profiteroles. Glazed with milk chocolate atop and sprinkles of crushes chocolate pieces, I think it was the perfect addition to the buffet bar.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (17)Christmas profiteroles

Wait there’s MORE DESSERTS?! I became very full from stuffing my belly with trying a bit of everything, but noooooooo the pastry chef had to bring this blackberry and white chocolate mousse just before I was about to pack my fat body and go. My belly was crying on the inside but because this mousse cake was beautifully presented, I had to cut a seven inch width slice of cake.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (18)Blackberry and white chocolate mousse

I spy with my eyes….. is that a full plate of Christmas macarons? A sensational dessert that always alwAYS ALWAYS pleases! Hehe.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (19)Christmas macarons

We had to arrange a little bit more stomach space for the spring berry tart. Glad we did because that tart had just came straight out of the pastry headquarters looking all innocent and sweet.

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (20)Spring berry tart

Woohoo our Christmas Afternoon Tea finally came to an end, however I’m sorry I’ve missed out taking a few photos of some desserts and savories. Overall I loved skipping my way to the buffet bar and thank goodness majority of the desserts and savoury tasted magical so I could forget about their below average service. Totes heart every single desserts presentation. Swissotel is a great spot for afternoon tea whores, for example like me, although it’s a tad pricey but it’s ALL YOU CAN EAT sugar. To my disappointment I couldn’t walk out of the hotel like a Victoria Secret Model in high heels. Instead I left waddling out like Mumble from Happy Feet and swore to myself  that I ain’t gonnabe eating dinner…

Swissotel Xmas HT_Nessy Eater (21)Top view of spring berry tart

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Flew over to Cuckoo Callay’s Summer Nest

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Hello foodie friends!!! 😀 😀 😀

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.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (0)

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 😛

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)

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

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Three Williams New Spring Menu

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Just in time for spring, Three Williams has just launched a BRAND NEW MENU. As a loyal customer, we know Three Williams doesn’t normally open on weeknights, however I’ve heard in the next few months they may be extending its hours. Over the past few weeks, they have been serving specials and for some of these dishes they’re going to be mains on the new menu. Feeling cheeky, my body was ready to sample a smorgasbord of delicious additions. Three Williams have been doing a pretty dame good job with serving their devilish French toast and classic narnies. To get to know each other a bit more, guests sat down just for this event.

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So much personality was around the Super smoothie ($8) – I had feelings for this cheeky energetic boosting drink as it consisted of apricot, apple, LSA and banana. You’d go on panic mode if you don’t act soon to ordering this. The smoothie provides many essential vitamins and minerals that plays a very important role in the body. Personally, I don’t often cross paths with smoothies that include ginger, kale or cinnamon (dairy free), but this caught my tastebuds attention on the first sip that did consist of it. You’d want to add this to your morning as it tastes so refreshing with that punch of ginger in the jawline under the tongue. Luckily the ginger is not overpowering, so you are able to the sweet apple and cinnamon. There’s definitely banana somewhere because the consistency is thick, however very easy to sip.

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Super smoothie ($8)

I was on competition mode when the Crispy school prawns ($8) arrived at our table. With six hungry food bloggers, I’m sure I was a gorilla who just dived my fork and knife first to every dish that arrives at our table. Wait a minute…gorilla’s use cutlery?! The crispy school prawns is going to be another charming sentiment to the snacks section. I honestly didn’t expect this dish would be the under $10 budget because it’s seafood and secondly it’s crazy delicious. You certainly can’t spot any oiliness, but you may feel threatened by some of the prawns as they are quite sharp around the mouth.

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Crispy school prawns ($8)

I was like YEAAAAAH when I saw the Seasonal house made soda ($5 cup/ $12 jug) coming towards our table. I think I need to shave my legs for this Raspberry and Lime soda because it certainly reminded me of summer. There is a nice light fizziness that came along with this soda. The colour looks amazingly gorgeous and the flavour is packed with more lime then raspberry. So shout out to the raspberries to bring in more of their flavour!!!!

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Seasonal house made soda ($5 cup/ $12 jug)

The suspense was killing me that the narnies was next up on our tasting menu and what better way to socialise with the other guests was to comment on their Instagram or Facebook. The moment finally arrived and so much quality time was spent on the first narnie that contains herb rubbed free range roast duck with roast pears, rocket, apple balsamic and aioli ($16).

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Narnie: Roast Duck with roast pears, rocket, apple balsamic and aioli ($16)

For my childish behaviour, I had to do what was right and undress the first layer of the narnie bread to see closely all the other ingredients. Whoa, WHOA, WHOOAAAA, I think I’ve taken ownership as soon as Cath from Confessions of a Glutton passed the rest of the narnie to me. Let me be truthfully honest, I ate ¾ quarters of that narnie and I am not afraid to admit that I liked it. The roast pears were sensational and I was completely glued to the juicy tender roast duck pieces. As for that narnie, it’s still super soft and ready to be tackled by me. It’s an excellent combination with that creamy aioli sauce and the green piece of healthy rocket.

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Only I would do this to a narnie. UNWRAP IT BABY!

There’s no excuse for me to hold back on the second narnie that includes wild mushrooms, baby spinach, truffle balsamic, stracchino cheese sauce and parmesan ($15). Keeping it classy this time, I decide to let my fork guide me to the mushrooms first. I can definitely see myself converting into a vegetarian. It’s such a down to Earth narnie that the truffle balsamic got everyone’s attention without having to try so hard to sell itself. Call me crazy but those mushrooms with the truffle balsamic and cheese sauce has got to one day turn it into a salad or a side dish. Not holding back, I tried to get as many mushrooms in mouth as possible. Like I said, I’m ready to convert into a vegetable!!! FYI it’s RARE for me to say that because I absolutely HEART MEAT.

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Got to appreciate that wildness in this narnie. ($15)

There’s a mixture of feelings with the Grilled Atlantic octopus tossed with savoy cabbage, chilli, radish preserved lemon, hazelnuts and jalapeno dressing ($17). You can find a true voice in this salad as there’s an exquisite place of balance of sweet and sour, crunch from the cabbage and hazelnuts and chewiness from the sliced soft octopus. There’s so much texture on this plate that it made it hard for me to really define the speciality of this salad, however outstanding presentation of colours on this dish.

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Grilled Atlantic octopus salad ($17)

What’s next is the organic tofu with charred broccolini, roasted almonds, Japanese seaweed and fresh peas ($15). I loved getting to know the natural flavours and textures of this healthy dish. Tofu and almonds seems to be two of the hottest condiments in any salad across Sydney, but it gets fancier when the broccolini welcomes itself on stage. I can see myself settle down with this.

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Organic tofu with charred broccolini, roasted almonds, Japanese seaweed and fresh peas ($15)

I got lost when my lips kissed the Slow roasted free range pork lion with the smeared caramelized apple puree on the plate and crafted cherry tomato with black pudding ($18). I felt a connection with the flavoursome pork lion. Mild in flavour with sweet and savory ingredients from the apples and tomatoes. It’s one well-cooked pork lion that makes a sumptuous and unforgettable experience.

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Slow roasted free range pork lion ($18)

I honestly don’t need to introduce the Beer batter chips with home made ailoi because it’s always an essential aspect of creativity to any meal you order here at Three Williams. I will point out it’s EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE! I tried persuading my right hand to settle down with just one more chippie, but no, suddenly my left hand decides to participate in this game.

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Beer batter chips with home made ailoi, MUST HAVE IN YOUR BELLY!

There was chemistry between me and the Rangers Valley mbs 7+ wagyu minute steak with red wine butter and chips ($19). I was so impressed how that minute steak can be so tender, though we had issues with cutting this piece of steak. It wasn’t the steaks fault, it was because the ladies weren’t strong enough to cut through that juicy piece of meat. I’m sorry I haven’t been working out at the vending machine lately. As for the red wine butter, it look so airy and bubbly, it instantly reminded me of paté.

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Rangers Valley mbs 7+ wagyu minute steak ($19)

Feeling like my dress is about to explode the Pan seared market fish with pea puree, broad beans and snow pea tendrils ($20) arrive looking glamourous in green. I underestimated the silver dory as it turned out to be packed full of flavour. You’d be able to smell the aromatic pea puree and the fish flakes easily with a fork. This dish really brightens up any lunch and the seasoning on the fish is properly distributed.

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Pan seared market fish ($20)

My jaw actually dropped when the Crunchy brioche French toast with caramel bananas, hazelnuts and Belgian chocolate ($16) came looking like this. I kind of got a little bit distracted at how this toast can look so innocent, yet it’s so devilish inside. Not to pump me full of sugar or anything, but there’s so many possible reasons why I shouldn’t share this with six other girls. If you naturally assumed I’d be attached to this, you’re right!!! I felt an electric commitment with every single ingredient on this dish. It’s so wrong, yet so right! The toast itself looks trenched full of oil, but kids once you slice through this brioche, surprisingly it’s so light and fluffy inside. The crunchy brioche was so incredibly fun that I couldn’t decline the displayed French toast. Yes, the girls table had TWO BRIOCHE! My body couldn’t help it. I’m just rolling with it, no biggie.

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Crunchy brioche French toast with caramel bananas, hazelnuts and Belgian chocolate ($16)

This concludes my trip to Three Williams and I am up for anything, particularly the crispy school prawns, brioche French toast and OH the narnies, off course. Three Williams really knows how to drop a major bomb on its customers. They don’t seem to hold back on justifying their own dishes and does one hell of a job at it. Applause to their outstanding team and thank you Three Williams for listening to their loyal customers feedback because there are introducing ALL DAY BREAKFAST!

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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Three Williams – Sleek and Simple Brunch

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You’ll find this newly opened cafe Three Williams is strikingly spacious, designed by architect Anthony Gill. This cavernous diner is a bit remote as it is located at 613a Elizabeth Street, Redfern, where this roomy space was once a furniture warehouse. This place is overflowing with unreal house made beverages, mild coffees, tasty dishes and to finish help yourself to an endless selection of sweet treats, located at the counter. Please make note it is extremely important to bring an empty stomach to Three Williams as I found it tough to decide.

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Replace summer time sadness with SUMMER TIME HAPPINESS by seriously starting with this House Made Pineapple and Mint Soda ($5) – It is ridiculously refreshing and addictively tasty; you wouldn’t want to share, TRUST ME. Mind-blown this soda delivers some combination of pineapple juice, corn syrup and carbonated water. If only this fizzy drink contained small amounts of alcohol then my life is complete.

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House Made Pineapple and Mint Soda ($5)

Or if you like drinks made from fresh fruit and served in classic milk bottles, then you got to get your hands on Banana Smoothie ($7) – A smoothie consistency that is slightly thicker than a slushy drink suggests there is an excellent source of vitamin B and C. It is naturally sweet with the flavours of Medjool Date and crushed Walnut Praline. Personally, I believe this is the best cure for hangovers, just saying… 😛

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Banana, Medjool Date, Walnut Praline Smoothie ($7)

Our eyes paid close attention to the Big Williams ($18) before it even reached our table. All-in-one, this plate contains crispy stripes of Bacon, 2 X sunny side up fried eggs, 2 X skinny Nuremberg sausage, 2 X half slices of roma tomato, hash and a portion of onion relish . Heavily buried underneath is a slice of white bread that soaks up all the meaty flavours in this dish, OH YEAH! I just discovered that Nuremberg sausage is made from lean pork and beef, best to eat it whilst it’s still hot.

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Big Williams: Bacon, fried eggs, nuremberg sausage, roma tomato, hash, onion relish ($18)

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This bacon turned out be crispy- WINNING!

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Just rotating the plate to let you guys see the other side of this dish.

Desperately want to yell out “HEALTHY CHOICES HERE I COME” with the Pineapple and Coconut Bircher ($12) in my hands. A popular breakfast pick including uncooked rolled oats, pieces of pineapple plus juice mixed with milk, natural yogurt and paper thin slices of coconut strands. For me, it’s a change of breakfast although I don’t mind having this healthy vegetarian muesli once in a while as it is packed with tropical goodness to sustain you well into lunchtime.

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Pineapple and Coconut Bircher ($12)

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Paper thin coconut stripes

Excuse me if I pour my heart out but this Grilled Prawns Narnie ($14) is EPIC. The 5-6 X succulent prawns are delicately grilled but heavily seasoned with a burst of flavours as soon as the tip of your tongue touches those prawns. It is quite delicious surrounded with fresh chopped lettuce, corn pieces, drenched in secret sauce and enveloped by their famous house-made flat bread narnie. My spider senses tell me EAT WITH YOUR HANDS or else you won’t get the full satisfaction. I can finally see why this dish deserves creditability and is a SIGNATURE dish at Three Williams.

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Grilled Prawns Narnie ($14)

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Wowzer 5-6 pieces of fresh prawns?!

Better make it snappy and order the Fish Croquettes ($3 each) – A golden coated breadcrumb snack that instantly pops into your mouth, I question why I didn’t come here earlier?! Though it’s a bit dear in price but it’s STUFFED full with fresh fluffy white fish.

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Fish Croquettes ($3 each)

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This fish knows how disguise itself….It’s a winning dish in my books!

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Love how Three Williams uses egg cartons for presentation purposes.

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Yes, they have a kid’s section and I really really wanted to draw but I’ll save it for next time.

I found the donut cabinet! Did you know…Three Williams extracts the juices from a beetroot to add colour to these sexy bad boys.

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Pink Grapefruit Donuts 

Whilst stuffing our face with food, we notice a display of bikes glued onto the wall. We watched a man walk on the ramp and suddenly stopped in front of one of the bikes and lifts his hands up to take down the bike, then continues exiting the cafe with the bike. Yes there were a few “Whaa…the…f…” faces however I strongly approve because you can see it and most importantly USE IT.

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Before the bike disappeared.

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After the bike disappeared. LOL. Just not use to this yet.

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Spacious seatings all around Three Williams.

It is essential to keep all INTIMACYS on the complimentary Pink Grapefruit Donut to yourself. This sugar- glazed grapefruit donut left me jaw-dropping. The appearance may just look standard but with a cleansing bite of a fresh pink grapefruit juice also a slightly bitter finish, it’s a win for the big kid’s palate.  Very sorry if this donut doesn’t appear to look like above but that’s because whilst driving it flipped upside down.  

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Complimentary Pink Grapefruit Donut

I am confident to say this complimentary Pistachio Cake goes oh so well with a good cup of coffee. It’s perfectly moist tea snack cake with pistachio fragrance all around.

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Complimentary Pistachio Cake

LOOK I made a NEW FRIEND!!! Say HELLO to Elizabeth, her contagious friendly hospitality made me run back to the cafe and take a photo with her. LOVE HER PHOTOGENIC SMILE!!! In conclusion, I only had to trek across the busy streets of Sydney to make the most amazing discovery of house-made soda, narnie and much much more. I advise you to go straight for the pink iced doughnuts! AND if you see Elizabeth say “HI” for me 😀

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Elizabeth at Three Williams

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