Lunch @ Chur Burger (Sydney, Australia)

June 29, 2017 in American, Australian by thywhaleliciousfay

1 of the items that I really wanted to eat in Australia was burger. I imagined sinking my teeth into greasy burger that’s too big for my mouth. Keke. And a few names came up when I did my research. But I finally decided on Chur Burger due to its close proximity to our AirBNB apartment.

Located in Surry Hills, it’s a 8 to 10 minutes walk from Central Metro Station. It’s a casual burger joint where one order at the counter (near the entrance), grab a number and wait for food to be served at the table. We chose the high tables. Just felt like it. Keke.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3), we ordered:-

1) Chips with chicken salt, AUD6 (above)

2) Ol’ blue, AUD14 (above) – Grilled beef, blue cheese, hot smoky BBQ sauce, onion rings, aged cheddar sauce.


3) Spicy “AF” chicken, AUD16 (above) – Double crumbed chicken breast, double cheese, lettuce, lemon mayo, fresh tomato, spicy AF sauce. I purposely chose the ‘double’ because I wanted my burger to be huge. And huge it was. Two thick slab of chicken breast! And now, I didn’t know AF meant ‘As F*ck’. Had I knew earlier, I definitely would have requested for less spicy sauce. It was super spicy! But I managed to finish the burger cause it was so good. We loved the buttermilk bun. Yum.

4) Coffee vanilla milkshake, AUD8 (above)

5) Strawberry milkshake, AUD8 (above) – Don’t underestimate the portion. Served in a tall cup, milkshake was thick. Just as how I imagined a good milkshake should be.

I could happily say I satisfied my craving at Chur Burger. With a few outlets, one need not necessary head down to Surry Hills. I actually planned to make a second trip for lunch before I flew back to try the non-chicken burgers but the Surry Hills outlet was closed on Sundays. Sob. And for carbs-wary diners, they offer buns-free option too! Although I wouldn’t recommend doing that cause the bun was one of the key! And that’s coming from an equally carbs-wary eater; me. Keke.

CHUR BURGER
48 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9212 3602, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 5
Mon : 11:30 – 21:00
Ambience: 6
Tues – Sat : 11:30 – 22:00
Value: 8
Service: 6
* Closed on Sun

Lunch @ Meat Smith

October 27, 2016 in American by thywhaleliciousfay

What do we crossfitters eat when we head out for lunch after class? We protein overload! Keke. I like that we train hard and eat hard. We don’t go too crazy with sticking to a strict diet, although our head coach always tell us to eat moderately when we have our cheat meals.

My crossfitter assisted to make reservation for a group of 9 for Saturday. Probably because lunch appointment was made pretty late for 2pm, we had the entire place to ourselves!

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-

1) Crispy pork rinds, $6 (above)


  

2) Smoked garlic bread, $6 (above) – This was good! I was surprised to see there was cheese within. So glad my crossfitter said to order this.

3) Southern fried calamari, $14 (above)

4) Pig ears lettuce wrap, $8 (above)

5) Chicken feet with sarsi-que sauce, $8 (above)


6) Brisket sandwich, $20 (above) – With pickles, slaw, mayo. Served as a curry puff, my crossfitters feedback that the spices made the meat within a little too overwhelming.

7) Chicken wings (southern), $14 (above)


8) Chicken wings (nashville), $14 (above)

9) Iberico bacon loin, $36/220g (above) – With charred pineapple, tomato and tarragon. My favourite!

10) Short rib empanada, $14 (above)

11) Premium BBQ platter (serves 4 – 6), $330 comprised of:-

(A) Mishima ultra wagyu ribeye, beef rib, smoked chicken, pork ribs (above) – I don’t take beef but my crossfitters said the ribeye was very good. I, on the other hand, really enjoyed the meaty pork ribs!

(B) Bone marrow (above) – My crossfitters enjoyed this so much that one even ordered this as a-la carte ($10) to eat as dessert. Yes, I kid you not!

(C) Side #1 (above) – Bacon mac & cheese.

(D) Side #2 (above) – Salt & vinegar roasties. For non-beef eaters like me, do note these are roasted with beef fat.

(E) Side #3 (above) – Cauliflower & bleu d’auvergne.

12) Honey pie, orange marmalade, fennel pollen, $10 (above) – This had an interesting texture.

13) Honey bourdon creme brulee. $12 (above)

It was a crazy meal in the sense of whenever we felt the portion wasn’t enough to go round, we would just order more. We had quite a fair bit of seconds thirds cause the portion wasn’t meant to be shared with anymore than 3 people. And, well… Our appetites are twice larger than normal people’s too. (^^lll)

Will I recommend Meat Smith? Unfortunatly, no. Meat Smith’s forte seems to lie in their beef, which I don’t consume due to religious reason. The remaining meats didn’t (exactly) blow me away, and their stuff were pretty pricey too.

MEAT SMITH
167/169 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore
6221 2262, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 00:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 6
Service: 7

Dinner @ Angeleno

October 13, 2016 in American, Italian by thywhaleliciousfay

I can’t remember how I got to know about Angeleno. Surfing net? Instagram hopping? Reading magazine? But definitely not by word-of-mouth since my friends depend on me for recommendation. Haha.

Taken from their website, “Menu at Angeleno references the rich history of Italian-American cooking while taking culinary cues from the talent and techniques of the present. The philosophy of only offering what is best is the hallmark of Chef David’s approach and is evident in the familiar favorites Angeleno has swiftly become known for.”

It’s further read that chef-owner David Almany was from Osteria Mozza by American celebrity chef Mario Batali.

And I have since lunched at Angeleno twice. First with my girlfriend, and then a second time with my Mom. Reservation isn’t necessary as I noticed the restaurant was pretty empty during my two visits on Saturday. But as I always say, it’s better to do so. Kiasu lah. Hee.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2), we ordered:-

1) Pre-appetiser, Complimentary (above) – Ricotta cheese with toasted bread.


2) Signature crispy flatbread, $32 (above) – Melting mozzarella cheese, olive oil, sea salt.

3) Grilled octopus, $28 (above) – Romesco, grilled potatoes, lemon vinaigrette.

4) Sweet corn cappellacci, $37 (above) – Roasted mushrooms, brown butter, sage.

5) Rigatoni “alla vodka”, $34 (+ $20, lobster) (above) – Calabrian chilies, tomato, cream.

6) Pan-roasted jumbo sea scallops, $58 (above) – With artichokes, lemon, capers, white wine.

7) Grilled sea bass, $42 (above) – With seasonal accompaniments.


8) Grilled double-cut iberico pork chop, $68 (above) – Fennel pollen, olive oil, apple salsa. It’s also mentioned on the menu that all grilled items are cooked over 100% California almond wood. And when this was served, the staff asked if I needed assistance to slice my pork chop up. I turned them down. Not too girly, I know. But I prefer to be more ‘hands on’ on my chops. Rarely are my pork chops served so thick! =p


9) Vanilla panna cotta, $18 (above) – Berries, balsamic, mint.

10) Cannoli, $18 (above) – Sweet ricotta, cherries. This was a little disappointing. I felt it was a little too brown burnt.

11) Tiramisu, $18 (above) – And we were told this contained rum. Unfortunately, I don’t like my tiramisu with too much cream. So while the greedy me managed to finish most of this, I wouldn’t say it’s the best in town as Angeleno claims on their menu.

12) Latte, $6 (above)

I really like Angeleno for its ambience. It had that old American charm. Not that I have been to America yet. Ha. But really, I felt I went back in time. So much so that on both visits, we continued to stay at the restaurant even though we had finished our food. It’s a very nice place to chill as we felt detached from the ‘real world’; We were not in a rush to leave. Exaggerate you, not.

My only gripe was that the dishes were very pricey. While I believe ‘you get what you pay’, it’s still hard-earned money after all. Hmm.

ANGELENO
20 Gemmill Lane, Singapore
6221 6986, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sat : 1200 – 23:00
Ambience: 8
Value: 6
Service: 8
* Closed on Sun