Sunday, 25 September 2016

Bella Shack, Bella Vista

Things are getting saucy.
Burgers from Bella Shack

Ditch the cutlery, ladies and gentlemen. Use those hands and keep serviettes handy because the burgers from Bella Shack are a hands-on affair.

Burger waves are currently rocking Sydney, and I cannot be happier. Gimme those soft milk buns with the juicy, succulent pink patty, with those crispy bacon rashers, and the melty cheese. A pickle or two wouldn't hurt either.

Bella Shack parked at the outdoor area of Bella Vista Hotel, the timber-coloured truck pumping out awesome-looking burgers to keen hands of customers. They have a few items on the menu, but it is the specials that you need to keep an eye on - they change weekly. Every burger is served with sea salt & rosemary chips and a drink, which explains the slightly higher price tag.

Bella Shack truck


On a sunny day, the outdoor seating is a perfect spot to absorb both sunshine and delicious calories from the hefty, fat burgers.

Outdoor seating


Before talking about the burgers, can we just discuss the fries? They are absolutely impeccable. You know how sometimes even in a great cup of fries you always find a dense, stale one that does not seem to fit in that cup? There is no such thing here. Every baton of the fries is glorious; crunchy edges, and super soft, pillowy innards. And they are perfectly seasoned with the sea salt & bits of rosemary.

Between the two of us, we can only try two items. So we went to one from each category: the meat and the poultry.

The Bella Boy has everything you could ever ask for from the burger god: house-ground beef patty, smoked bacon, double American cheese, Bella secret sauce, Westmont pickles, Spanish onion, tomato & lettuce on a toasted Japanese milk bun.

Honestly don't know how to describe this beaut. There are a lot of things going on, but they just work so well. The patty cooked to perfection, the smoky, crispy bacon, the cheese, fenced by the creamy, tasty sauce. The milk bun is incredible too - very soft yet yielding a few crispy edges.

The Bella Boy

The special of the week is The Big Matt'r. Combination of Japanese milk bun sandwiching cornflake fried chicken, maple bacon, house jalapenos, havarti cheese, maple aioli, and guacamole. The chicken is magnificent - very crispy batter with juicy chicken, somehow-buttery cheese that is super melty, and of course, the sweet bacon. I wish it has more jalapenos, though. Avocado fans may protest that the guac flavour is barely there, but I have no problem with that at all.

The Big Matt'r

The serving size is pretty massive for me, but if you're not full after devouring the burgers, they got desserts like salted caramel slice ($8), maple & candied bacon ($8), and dark chocolate, cherry, coconut ($8). Or you also have the option of upgrading your meal for $5.

The area is probably not too familiar for some, after all, Bella Vista is no Surry Hills, but believe me it will be worth the trip.

Bring on more burgers!


Currency: $1 = IDR 9,500

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Amazing burgers with slightly higher price, great ambiance and seating, service is pretty quick although there is no table service.



13-15 Lexington Drive
Bella Vista, NSW 2153

Facebook page: Bella Shack

Opening hours:
Fridays & Saturdays: 11 AM - 3.30 PM
Sundays: 11.30 AM - 9 PM

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Adelaide Central Market & The Big Table, Adelaide SA

Markets. Wonderful markets.
Fruits galore

Unbelievably pretty, tasty, vibrant, and buzzing with activities.

Adelaide Central Market is something you definitely cannot miss while visiting Adelaide. Opened its door in 1869 and located conveniently in the CBD, it is jam-packed with not less than 80 stalls selling food, fruit, vegetables, cheese, health foods, fresh products, meat, sweets, and many more.

Every Friday it offers live music in the dining area, and sometimes there are even cooking classes and demos on. Friday would be the best day to visit - the market opens from 7 am to 9 pm. The hustle of late night shopping has great ambiance and there are so much to see, taste, and buy inside.

Adelaide Central Market

Late shopping at the market

Coffee bean shop

Swiss roll display

Lollies & candy

There are more delis and vegetable & fruit stalls than other kind of stalls - scattered conveniently on every aisle. Grab a Bum Burner or a cabanossi or two to snack while you browse.

Cured meat display

Jerky display

Bum Burner - so hot but so addictive!

Wine (in) barrels

Local mushrooms

Pretty vegetables

Asian veggies

Pickled red pepper, eggplant, etc. Not pictured are 1001 olives stuffed with various things.

Ready for some cheese action?



Champagne cheese - interesting zing. Maybe not for me.

Raclette - melted cheese wheel

Raclette - with kifler potatoes and cornichons ($8). Beautiful flavors and the melty cheese is just incredibly tasty.

Did I mention they have selections of bread and pastries too?

They also offer produce for those with quirky taste. Something Wild was one of the most interesting stalls we saw - specializing in exotic game meats and even plants. We saw some boar sausages and diced wild boar and have been wondering how they taste since. They also have crocodile ribs, kangaroo prepared in different ways (diced, minced, stir fry), and weird plants like sea blite and snow plants.




Providore is something you cannot miss, literally. You can't just walk past that chocolate fountain and not stare. Especially when all the glass display is filled with creative chocolate creations, lollies, pastries, and many more.

Chocolate fountain at Providore

Lollies at Providore

Chocolate lego! How crazy cool.

Grab a little cup of juicy, plump strawberries drowned in warm, luscious milk chocolate from the chocolate fountain. You will not regret it, I swear.

If not, do yourself a favour and grab a rocky road, a danish, or something, anything at all from the display.

Strawberry & chocolate - $4

The Big Table

I just have to eat here in the market. After a few times asking the locals, The Big Table is highly recommended. It sits on one of the market's corner, with a communal bench that always seems to be occupied.

The Big Table, Adelaide Central Market

The menu is easy and simple, exactly what you want for a hearty breakfast in the market. They also have ready made sandwiches, and more than happy to toast them for you. Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate that either come in a reasonable cup size or a gigantic mug.

Pre-made sandwiches

Hot chocolate mug - $4.5

The highlight of our breakfast before leaving the city is the fat toasts - one would already fill me up easy, let alone two massive toasts. They are fluffy in the middle with nice crust.

The poached egg with smoked salmon is generous, and creamy yolk river never fails. My chili and coriander scrambled egg plate overflows with the soft and flavoursome scrambled egg, and I added some crispy bacon for good measure. Because what is breakfast without some bacon.

Smoked salmon & poached egg with fat toasts - $16.9

Chili & coriander scrambled egg with fat toasts and bacon - $15.9

If there is one reason to go to Adelaide, Central Market is certainly is on top of the list.




44 - 60 Gouger St
Adelaide, SA 5000

Monday - closed
Tuesday - 7 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Wednesday - 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Thursday - 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Friday - 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday - 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Web: Adelaide Central Market

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Wolfe & Co., Dural

Shoestring fries, truffle salt, and grana parmigiano

Sorry, had to do it.

So I think I've found more reasons to visit the lovely suburb of Dural. Wolfe & Co. does not only have ridiculously beautiful Instagram page, they deliver good stuff too.

Although watching the baristas making coffee and staring at the pretty cake display inside is a pretty good option, I highly recommend the outdoor seating when it's sunny.

Outdoor seating

I was there with a good friend and these refreshing mango smoothie and orange juice accompanied our talks about patients' complaints and ridiculous work load. I would love more mango taste in my smoothie though.

Mango smoothie ($7.5) & orange juice ($6.5)

Being a more savoury person, I pointed my finger straight on the buttermilk chicken burger. The bird was juicy and tender, with thin yet crispy coat. The mayonnaise saved the burger from being too dry, however it was not enough to save the shoestring fries on the side.

Buttermilk chicken burger (with fried buttermilk chicken, red cabbage & apple slaw, jalapeno coriander mayonnaise, milk bun, Swiss cheese) - $16.5


Look at this mountain of glorious shoestring fries with fragrant and salty truffle salt and grated parmigiano. Shoestring fries on steroids.

Shoestring fries, truffle salt, grana parmigiano - $8

Creme brulee french toast came nicely adorned by rhubarb compote, flower, and fresh blueberries. Although you cannot see it from this photo, there was a bruleed halved banana which is an ingenious idea.

The whole dish had great balance of sweet and tart, and the toast was crispy on the outside while soft and almost steamy in the middle.

Creme brulee french toast (caramelized banana, rhubarb compote, violet creme, pure maple) - $18.5

I am coming again for more. Especially that bowl of fries and truffle salt. Growl, indeed.


Rating: 3.5/5 (Really worth the try)
Really nice menu with interesting display, great ambiance and environment, friendly and attentive service, reasonable price.

Currency: $1 = IDR 9,200



538/540 Old Northern Rd
Dural, NSW 2158

Phone: (02) 9651 4553

Website: Wolfe & Co.

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