Petit Fours: a Sydney food blog


Petit Fours: a Sydney food blog


Petit Fours: a Sydney food blog

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Circa Espresso, Parramatta

I know so little about Parramatta. Besides the food court in westfields and a few decent asian eateries littered around the area, Parramatta to me isn't exactly the most bubbling hub of foodie centric delights. However, searching around, you can't help but be drawn in to Circa  with its easing going yet upbeat nature, even if it is over a computer screen so a real visit was going to happen sooner or later.

Cappucino 3.5
I didn't have a coffee, fearful that I would just crash in the midst of a crucial scene in TDKR later on that night. My friend tells me it's aromatic and a bit bitter but we were both fascinated by the little coffee art. The little things in life.

Baked eggs with sujak, danish fetta, tomato & chilli 14
Judging from other blogs, their baked eggs has to be by far one of their most popular dishes. Or pans should I say. Tomatoes, fetta and sujak sausage give it big robust flavours and the smell is intoxicating. 

Portobello Mushrooms in a sourdough with hummus and rocket salad 12
The mushrooms were cooked superbly, big and meaty but balanced brilliantly with with a nutty hummus and an acidic salad. The sourdough was a little disappointing as it eventually gets drenched in the juices and just gets all tough and cardboardy. The previously replaced brioche may have faired a lot better.

Banana bread with house made passion fruit butter 6
I wasn't here for the bread but luminous yellow passionfruit butter caught my eye. Viscous, tart and sweet, it goes really well with the banana bread.

Circa is the ultimate care free day, long slow brunch, talk endlessly whilst losing yourself sort of place and you'd be hard pressed finding any other place like it around the area. Cue Bruno Mar's The lazy song. Their menu changes daily so you'll never get bored. It's little wonder, despite being hidden away from the main street, from breakfast till lunch that the crowds never die down even on a gloomy rainy day.

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Ume, Surry Hills

Time and time again, big name restaurants have closed down due to the turbulent economic climate but that hasn't stopped Surry Hill's latest offering- Ume from popping up amongst the ranks of the great eateries around the area. It has big shoes to fill as it replaces the former Bistrode's impressive nose to tail food affair with the technically dense seafood driven cuisine that is Japanese.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

San Churro Chocolateria, Glebe

Looking for somewhere to sit after being dragged around Glebe markets by my cousin, San Churro's happens to be conveniently located. Known for their Churros, you'd be hard pressed to order anything else. 

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Max Brenner

Tutti Frutti Waffles for Two

What is it?
Max Brenner is a chocolate cafe. Not a HUGE fan of chocolate like I am? They also serve icy shakes, coffee, tea and a variety of desserts.

Where is it?
There are quite a number of Max Brenner cafes scattered around Sydney - believe me, I've been to most of them. If you're in the city centre then head to Pitt Street. There's a cosy Max Brenner on the lower ground floor of David Jones. Can't find a seat there? Just walk across to Westfields and there's a more spacious cafe on level 6. This one is opened until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays too! If you've been sight-seeing around Circular Quay and The Rocks, walk down George Street and you'll find a Max Brenner on the corner of George Street and Margaret Street. Treat yourself to a coffee or hot chocolate after an adventurous day :)

What is there to do?

  1. Dessert time!
  2. Relax with a coffee, tea or a hot chocolate.
  3. Try some of Max's desserts. The waffles are the best!
  4. Buy a box of pralines or choose from the many gift options for your friend ;)

Max Brenner Giftcard

When is it opened?
Opened 7 days a week.

Lower Ground Floor, David Jones, Elizabeth Street.
Monday-Wednesday 9.30am to 6.30pm
Thursday-Friday 9.30am to 8.30pm
Saturday 9.00am to 6.30pm
Sunday 10.00am to 6.30pm

Level 6, Westfield Shopping Centre, Corner of Pitt St Mall & Market Street.
Sunday-Thursday 9.00am to 10.30pm
Friday-Saturday 9.00am to 12am

Metcentre, 273 George Street NSW 2000.

Monday-Thursday 7.30am to 11.00pm

Friday 7.30am to 12am

Saturday 9.00am to 12am

Sunday 9.00am to 11.00pm

How do I get there?
The nearest station is Town Hall for Max Brenner's in David Jones or Westfields. Wynyard is nearest to the Metcentre. 

Yummy: Tutti Frutti Waffles and the Thick Italian Hot Chocolate. I order this almost every single time.
Not so yummy: I didn't enjoy the Chocolate Souffle. Who knows. Maybe I am just not a fan of souffle.

Tutti Frutti Waffles & Thick Italian Milk Chocolate

Chocolate Souffle
What I Have Tried...

  • Italian Thick Chocolate (Milk) ($6.00) YUM!
  • Italian Thick Chocolate (Dark) ($6.00) 
  • YUM!
  • Chocolate With Crunchy Waffle Balls ($6.00)
  • Cookieshake ($7.60)
  • White Shake ($7.60) (Chocolate is obviously the cafe's speciality. I don't know why you would want to order a fruit shake... but I was feeling adventurous :P)
  • Choc-Banana Pizza ($17.00)
  • Chocolate Souffle ($10.00)
  • Tutti-Frutti Waffle one/two ($14.00/$18.50) 
  • YUM!

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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Cheeky Chocolate, North Strathfield

People get all giddy from eating chocolate, even the thought of it. It's the sort of thing that gets people going. It's an aphrodisiac for lovers, an energy buzz for children, a little pick me up for the depressed, a proven cure for the injured wizard or witch, and a befitting inclusion for the health conscious but most importantly it's almost everyone's favourite flavour. It's little wonder this chocolate café is a welcome opening in the bustling Strathfield area. And with Zumbo at the helm of the menu, the big name has drawn in droves in the past.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Jamie's Italian, CBD

Who's got a stack of Jamie Oliver cook books yet only looks at the pictures and never cooks them? Me, sorta. Jamie's the sort of international identity that people would flock in droves just to even taste something under his brand. They've done well taking advantage of a Jamie crazed era with this restaurant but I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner because everyone loves Jamie. Besides health officials and school boards. I mean seriously, Jamie at Home has to be some of the most riveting television I've ever seen.

Eveleigh Markets, Darlington

Everyone hates waking up early. Nothing better than snuggling in for an extra hour under warm blankets especially winter time. But you then start that phase in your life where you wake up early and you suddenly realise you've been missing out all this time. You catch those rare glimpses of the sunrise, you're able to chuck in a run before breakfast, you get that extra hour or two cram session, you just get so much more done. It's true that the early bird catches the worm and I certainly wasn't going to miss out on the worm that is the Eveleigh Markets. That didn't really make sense.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Marque, Surry Hills

Perennial 3 hatter and Australian Gourmet Traveller restaurant of 2012, Marque restaurant can be seen to represent the penultimate experience in Australian dining. Having been there already and thoroughly enjoying the experience, the 45 dollar Friday lunch prix fix was too good of a deal to pass up and keen to see what the restaurant has to offer, a return visit was in the works.

No, we aren't the most amazing gastronomes or chefs. Heck, half our team doesn't even know how to cook... well. However, what we really love is eating. And lots of it. We enjoy that occasional freebie, filling up that craving for a midnight snack and finding a 20 in our pockets that we thought we never had, and using that as an excuse to go out eating. As we battle the ongoing war on uni student poverty, we'll bring you the most swoon worthy recounts of our latest foodie adventures.