Paper Boy – Concord – Brunch time!

Coffee, coffee coffee time!

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I learnt about Paper Boy from one of my go to baristas at Left of Field. He was moving over there to support the café opening it in its early days. If he was moving there, there was bound to be good coffee. After chatting about the place, I got my usual takeaway and mulled it over. I got out google maps and realised it was a car trip. This was a bit too far for an excessive walk (Says the man who jogged to the city). I brought up the menu and saw a variety of tasty things. I was soon won over by the idea of tasty food and coffee. Coffee, I’m there. New or interesting food, I’m there.

Now to win over my Missus.

My Missus wasn’t too sure about the idea at first if they used the same coffee. Sadly she doesn’t like the taste of the coffee blend at the Left of Field. But I quickly explained Paper Boy would be using the paradox blend, which whilst from the same supplier, is more of an Italian style coffee blend she loves. I then started listing off menu items. Missus won over. Check.

That Sunday, we piled into the car and went on our expedition. With a warm welcome, great coffee and tasty food, it was an amazing success. I mean although it requires driving there, for me, I don’t mind. I would drive to the ends of the Earth for good coffee.

 

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Milk Bar Burger and the dreaded chip thief caught in action. Joking aside, it normally comes with egg, but they kindly left that out for me. 

 

 

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The Ruben Cuban

 

Another awesome thing is Paper Boy do their weekly specials, something I would love to see available on weekends.

Anyway, my Missus and I left happy and this has become a go to place for us. Definitely well worth it.

Paper Boy – Concord’s website: http://paperboyconcord.com.au/#pbmenu
Paper Boy – Concord’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperboyconcord/
Address: 18 Tennyson Road, Concord, NSW, Australia.

(I’m not associated with Paper Boy or any staff in anyway. All thoughts are my own personal view.)

 

Amber Room – A little bit of Hong Kong

I have never been to Hong Kong. I don’t count passing through the airport twice in my life as a visit. However, if the food is like the Amber Room in Wentworth Point, I’ll pack my bags now. There is a great culinary experience to be had.

I didn’t know what to expect at a Hong Kong style restaurant, but the Amber Room delighted me. There is a diverse mix of Asian and European dishes on the menu, with some great daily specials on their blackboard. To add to this joy are also many interesting drinks to try. What I love beyond the diversity of food is the portion sizing. The food serves are a generous amount. I have never left a hungry man or gotten home and gone to my fiancée; I am hungry again (Haha the usual response being we just had dinner).

All the staff are welcoming, attentive and friendly. It is really relaxing just sitting out the front with a cool breeze off the river in warm weather and inside with the cheerful vibe of the restaurant. I have been to the Amber Room quite a few times since it opened and am enjoying exploring its menu. I can easily say I will keep coming back.

Here is some of that yummy food:

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Satay Beef Sub – From their specials menu
I would absolutely love a whole plate of this yummy satay with chicken and rice. Satay dishes are one of my all time favourite treats.DSC_0499

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Curry Beef Brisket on Rice
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Homestead Chicken Fillet
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Singapore Noodle
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My Fiancée and I have also had other dishes like the Katsu Curry and Pepper Noodle. I really love how the Katsu Curry came with a side of steam vegetables, it really rounded off the dish. Haha, have you had your two fruit and five veg? A must mention also is their soups are really yummy! Their soup of the day is a great add on course to your meal.

Anyway I had a lovely time eating here (Writers do eat, when not writing). Feel free to like or comment. If you have you been here too, I would love to hear your experiences.

Links to the restaurant if you want to check them out:
http://the-amber-room-restaurant.business.site/
https://www.facebook.com/amberroomonpierside/

If you are into nail art or want to see more pictures. My Fiancée’s website is here:
https://thenailchronicle.com/
https://twitter.com/NailChronicle

Going Green…. Tea.

There is one great perk about the suburbs of Rhodes and West Ryde. What perk you ask? Isn’t it just another Sydney suburban area you’ve stumbled upon? No. No it is not.

The greatest joy of exploring and traveling around the area is the café gems they hold. Naturally yes there are other restaurants there too, (Actually they are exceptional) but its the trendy little cafes which offer quite interesting food, that I love. Probably also cause I’m a lover of great coffee. I mean nothing really excuses a bad cup and a good cup is worth travelling miles for.

Today I went green! I love green tea. I mean back in Perth were I grew up, I would hunt green tea ice cream down. It really was a sparse treat that you couldn’t buy to take home, when I was living there. I’d drag my dad through countless little Asian super markets and grocers. Down random alley ways. There was never much of a great success. The main satisfaction for this craving, was usually at Senoji in Vic Park. Which to this day, is still my favourite Japanese restaurant.

When I went to Auvers café, it was a done deal. Green tea pancakes! Why not. This was my second time having them and the café didn’t disappoint, as I ordered the pancakes and a green tea latte.

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The pancakes were very light and packed with green tea flavour, layered with red bean paste and green tea sauce. I have to say the berries and sorbet are delicious, but I could quite easily eat a stack with just the green tea pancakes and the sauce. It wasn’t bitter at all, like one might expect of green tea. I’d definitely have again.

What a treat, Auvers did a great job.

The Quest for the Barbecue Pork Bun

Where to start with food. Well I’d say there are plenty of places to start with food, especially in Sydney were there are so many places to try new and wonderful things. For me though, I’d have to say I want to start with the barbecue pork bun. This for me had been an elusive treat, that I was starting to miss. I’d moved to Sydney in 2013,  I couldn’t find them anywhere. You’d naturally think perhaps they could be found at Chinese restaurants, but there was none to be found.

Somewhere along the line, I found there to be a source in a take away joint. However they didn’t live up to what I remember back in Perth. Back in Perth there used to be a lovely little dim sum restaurant called the Green inn (Think it’s the New Moon now), were the pork buns were always light, fluffy and full of nice pork. Haha nothing like I could make at home or whip out of the freezer. Sadly, I found a good source in China town. There was a Dim Sum restaurant, but it’s a bit pricy to go there for a barbecue pork bun. Especially if that was all you wanted.

One day I was exploring Sydney. My fiancée and I were exploring the Bondi junction. In a little alley way, that was a little bit rough round the edges, but full of lovely smells amongst the hustle and bustle of people we found  a little dim sum shop. I think after a few years of hunting for a great barbecue pork buns, here it was. I wasn’t even looking for them at the time.

The China Dim Sim Kitchen is amazing. The pork buns are delicious and great priced. The only shame is the long hike from home to Bondi Junction, at an hour (Haha and the rest sometimes). It’s really become a tradition. Whenever I’m in the area, I grab pork buns from there.  Saturday was a hot one, of almost 43 degrees and being stuck inside with the A.C.  Sunday was great to get out and about again finally. It was the perfect time to finish the weekend on a feast in barbecue pork bun heaven.