Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mekong


At last, great pork Vietnamese pork buns come to Avalon!
Word is out early as there were queues here opening day. Get on the Bahn-wagon!
Located in the French quarter of Avalon (that is what I call it - it is bound to catch on).
Opposite Bistro Boulevard, the old chicken shop is no more, next to Mitre 10 and on the hippy trail from the backpackers, the decor is like downtown Hanoi. A really special renovation with funky tiles, Viet posters and on opening seated bar facing North, perfect for people watching. Some outside tables too.
But what about the food?
Had a crispy pork bun, the roll was warm and crunchy, the special spread divine and the pork ... tasted good too.
I will be back.
Probably every chance I get as I am addicted to Bahn mi.Open for breakfast coffee too. Must try the bacon and egg bun.

Lunch: Crispy Pork bun, Beef rice paper roll. Total $13
Rating: Motorised rickshaw

Sabiang Thai Restaurant


A lovely addition to the Avalon dining scene, some real upmarket competition in Asian dining.
Well located near the cross of Old Barrenjoey Rd and Avalon Pde, it features some nice spaces to eat. Upstairs, and outside are the perfect summer venues.
A wide range of traditional Thai food but some with a modern twist.
The busy kitchen is open to view. This I love.
The food is great with very generous portions, I have over ordered both times I ate here. The takeaway boxes are large.
Friendly service and the online ordering system is also great.
Cost for 2: $31
Rating: Tuk Tuk

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Pizzico Italiano Restaurant


A fabulous Italian restaurant located in a cute lane way in the heart of Avalon.
At last, a great new top quality restaurant serving authentic Italian cucina. Opened about 9 months ago it has taken a while to get around to eating here. We were not disappointed.
We had a table by the front out onto the laneway and on this typically hot summer night it was perfect. A relaxing vibe as it is off the main street with no passing traffic, it is a beautiful space - polished concrete floor, plaster and exposed brick wall. There are two eating area: an inside space with wide opening doors and an undercover area at the side. The restaurant was pretty full but did not feel crowded.
Service was friendly and had the personal touch. Our waiter was attentive but not pushy.
We choose the special entree - Caprese - Buffalo mozzarella and tomato with basil.Cannot go wrong when the mozzarella is this good.
For mains we had the chicken and the seafood pasta. Both good, with the pasta a clear winner, fresh seafood in a delicious broth.
Magic desserts - the affrogato with a glass of frangelico was superb with the Limonione excellent.
Rating: Maserati
Cost for two: $118

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cafe Soto


I don't often venture over to North Avalon but as the polo was on I thought I'd take a look.
A sign advertising Bahn Mi - or pork rolls drew me off Barrenjoey Rd into the strip of Careel Bay shops.
Once inside the friendly cafe I switched to the pulled pork roll instead.
Tasty hickory favoured pork with a fresh salad inside a white roll.
Divine.
Rating: Vespa
Cost: $8

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pineapple Crush (now Pineana)


Opened for a taste on Avalon market day 2016, where they gave out free pineapple crush, this breezy and bright fresh food seller opened just in time for the Christmas holiday peak.
The best location in Avalon, much better than the old bank that was here. A great place to see and be seen. Good seats at the bar right on the street, an upstairs hidden area as well. Love the outdoor casual seats too.
A simple menu. It serves juices and fresh salad. Pick one of five salad bowl selections, all $14. I had the Buddha with peanuts, tofu, noodles, pineapple and chilli. Perfect for summer lunch.

Price for one with a juice $19.
Rating Vespa.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Parrilla - Hot Coal Kitchen


Opened in March 2016 it has taken me a while to visit. I walk past often and wondered what style of restaurant it is. Wonder no more as I visited on a busy Saturday night.
It was great, do not hesitate to drop in for a meal or take away a burger, the food is first class. The atmosphere is relaxed dining, and the service is happy and family friendly, the decor is retro laminex and orange covered stools. You can eat outside or there are some tables inside.
It was a busy night but the kitchen and staff were attentive always on their toes. It was great watching the big grill in action inside.
According to wiki Parrilla eaither means a long-tailed tit (a type of bird) or a style of grill used for cooking asado (barbecue), commonly found in Latin America, particularly Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. It is the latter.

It specialises in meat - and the meat here is to die for.
We started with some smokey buttery garlic bread, had a lovely char.
And for main had the the Scampi and the Slow cooked rib, with sides of beans and cauliflower.
The Scampi was sweet and juicy, with lemon and garlic butter, I could have eaten ten, but there were only three (and it was not my order). It had a lovely char.
The beef rib fell apart - accompanied by a spicy sauce - this was a highlight, if you come here you must get some meat - it also had a lovely char! Love the char. Serving sizes are good, it was that big I had no room for dessert - always a shame.
They have a good selection of wines and beers - I recommend the locally brewed pale ale - Modus Operandi - all the way from Mona Vale.
NEWS UPDATE. A closed sign and for lease went up at start of Dec 2016.
Price for two with drinks= $80.
Rating: A fully speced up red Holden Monaro Ute - Yee Haw!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Avalon on the Beach


Opened in July 2015 this cafe/restaurant has one of the best beach views in Sydney. You cannot get any closer to the beach unless you are picnicking on the sand.

Located on two levels in the newly built Avalon Surf club there is a casual downstairs cafe and also a more formal restaurant type setting upstairs. Go upstairs and behind the sliding door is a beautiful airy space with tables overlooking the beach. Book ahead if you want these fantastic tables.

I was there for breakfast and coffee (Double Roasters).

Plenty to choose from: eggs every which way, chia pudding, smashed avocado on toast. See attached menu.

The chorizo omelet we ordered came in a cast pan, was very spicy and well cooked. Coffees were good too.

Ordered a raspberry and chocolate muffin, but it had no chocolate. Great otherwise.

Plenty of servers who were friendly and attentive. The downstairs cafe had them queuing for more. This place should do well. A great addition to beachside dining.

Cost for two: $28

Rating: MG with the top down.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Toast


Another suave addition to the Av dining scene. We arrived to a nearly full Sunday morning breakie crowd, which thinned out to nil by the time we left.
Where Frank's bar was this is a open airy indoor space, especially nice when it is cold and bleak outside.
Sit down, read the menu then order at the counter. Service by the hard working waitress was fast and efficient.
The coffee is Toby's estate, which was served hot and strong.
The breakfast menu has all the usual suspects. We ordered a granola with fruit and yoghurt, also smashed avocado on a muffin with poached eggs. Both were good. But I was sorry I didn't order the baked eggs dish which looked amazing. Oh well, next time. I'll be back.
Cost for 2: $35
Rating: Vespa

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The 2107


This place is a gem. Tasty food, relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff and good value.

Just opened in May 2015, it is in the same premises where Avalon Brasserie was located.

Large,open and light filled inside with a north-facing outside area which is beautiful on those sunny winter days or balmy summer nights.

The lunch menu is lengthy and varied. There is also a specials board.

My eyes were immediately drawn to the fish tacos - my favourite.

We also ordered the raviolo filled with pumpkin and an entree of warm olives and sourdough.

All came in perfect time by the efficient waitresses.

It was simply fan -bloody - tastic. I could have eaten it all myself.

Rounded off with Sticky date pudding and Walnut meringue cake, two superb coffees (love the Rusty & Pablo blend), two glasses of wine. The works.

I was pleasantly surprised by a $90 bill. It is not often I am surprised on the downside.

I will be back for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Better book ahead, I predict 2107 will be a winner.

Rating: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Price for 2: Wine, entree, mains, dessert and coffee $90.

Address: Cnr Avalon Parade and Bellevue Ave

Phone: 02 9918 4007

Website click here

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saigon City Vietnamese Seafood Restaurant Newport


Tasty, reasonably priced and friendly. This gem of an asian restaurant has all the flavours you'd expect. On the main road in the middle of Newport shopping strip, this gets popular on the weekend so you better book if you have a group. Seating is inside or outside in a gazebo type shelter.

BYO and no corkage. Sweet.

They do banquets for at least 4 persons. We had Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls, fresh and clean with a spicy dipping sauce.

The chicken satay sticks were a generous serve. I think I could have stopped here but we ordered two more mains.

The special Green Mango prawn salad was spicy and lime infused. A good contrast was the Chicken with Cashew Nuts.

Street View

Satay Sticks

Vegetarian rice paper rolls

Chicken with cashew

Green mango salad

Rating: Vespa

Cost for 2: $50

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Next Door Bar


This is a sensational space, loads and loads of room and a big open outdoor area out back. Sadly the chef had called in sick when I visited so I only had a coffee, the owner did offer to make a breakfast wrap though. But the coffee, a local blend from Belaroma, was smooth as silk. A nice dusting of chocolate on top and some tiny teddies as well. A perfect place to relax away from the crowds at the other Avalon cafes. Discover this before the rest of the summer blowins do. Usually there is a muffin and coffee special for $6, fresh made muffins by the chef. I hope he/she gets well soon as I will be back.

Check out their website for the evening events and menu. Click Here

Price for coffee $3

Rating: Vespa

Monday, June 16, 2014

Made In Turin


The best pizza in Avalon - without doubt.

A new pizzeria is now opened in Avalon and thank goodness it is the real deal. This is Italy, this is Turin, yep I could even believe the pizza was Made in Turin. Clean and shiny the foyer of the shop is Turin themed - a cute Fiat clock, pictures of Turin landmarks, happy Torino residents .

Have just found out that the owners used to run the popular Vince's Pizza Bar in Avalon 20 years ago - so welcome back. The pizza that I had was the best I have tasted in a long long time. And I have been eating a lot lately.

The most important element in a good pizza is the crust, this one was Naples-thick, chewy and crispy at the same time (if that is possible). Also the topping on the pizza I ordered, the Torinese, had me wishing I had ordered two, beautifully rustic fresh ingredients, and importantly not too much cheese. The drizzled pattern of Aioli and sesame seeds was a superb touch. The 13" size was perfect for a meal for two.

Located on Old Barrenjoey Rd, handily near the bottle shop and across the road from that new video shop. Combine these three - pizza, vino and a Sophia Loren movie for a perfect night in. I will definitely be back to try out the whole menu. I placed my order and it was ready for pickup in 15 minutes. On time and with very friendly service. What more could you want. Buon appetito!

Cost for 2: $19.50

Rating: A Fiat 500, of course.

Phone for orders: 9918 4579

www.madeinturin.com.au