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.

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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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Monday, 25 July 2016

Restaurant Hubert, Sydney CBD

Hubert. YAAAS.
Pommes Anna from Restaurant Hubert

We knew we were in for an amazing dinner once we stepped in. Hubert's entrance is truly something; dimmed-lighted staircase with extensive display of miniature spirit bottles. Dust and all.

The dining room is intimate, with candlelight, wine glasses, the timber-dominated interior, and a grand piano on one corner.

And of course, don't forget the basket full of bread and a tub of butter. We kept asking for more.

Bread & butter

Just to note, it is better to get some people to dine with you so the whole menu can be explored. We had 6 sitting around the table and the bill came for $75 pp. We also had some wine and cocktails.

We started off with oeufs en gelee, to which I am skeptical at first, because I am not the biggest fan of jelly. Turned out, the flavours were intricate and just as beautiful as it looked. The bonito jelly had lovely umami flavour that was accompanied with creamy yolk and salty roe.

Oeufs en gelee (soft egg yolk, bonito jelly, trout roe, avruga) - $15

The malakoff was so sublime we had to order a second one after taking one bite. If there's anything you remember from reading this post: ORDER ONE EACH OF THIS THING.

The cheesy, slightly crispy gruyere dome is filled with sharp mustard and melty gruyere. It was rich, gloriously cheesy, and stretchy. Grab the pickle on the side to cut through the cheese.

Malakoff (fried gruyere, Dijon mustard, dill pickle) - $14

How cute are the rabbit-shaped croutons?

The rabbit rilettes with pork fat was not as fatty as I had expected, the flavour was mild but still enjoyable, especially with the crunchy croutons.

Rabbit rilletes with pork fat

What the pickled octopus lacked in flavour, it made up with gorgeous tender flesh, just mildly seasoned with olive oil and espelette (pepper).

Pickled octopus (octopus, kiffler potato, espelette) - $18

Ah, the Pommes Anna. Where do I start?

The whole dish was just perfect. The layered potato cubes were absolutely pretty and golden, and despite the appearance of the creamy beurre blanc sauce, they were not soggy at all. The layers were visible and easily separated, and the edges were satisfyingly crunchy. The addition of the black truffle ($5) was very welcomed.

Pommes Anna (layered potato, beurre blanc) - $12

This was not just another chicken dish. Chicken fricassee involved a whole chicken that had been brined, dried, steamed, and deep-fried, and served whole. Literally, from head to toenails. Not only it had show-stopping presentation, it was ridiculously tasty too.

The flesh was juicy and flavoursome, and the skin was crispy. Even the breast pieces were juicy and tender, something that does not always happen with chicken dishes. The gravy-like sauce was perfect with the table bread.

Chicken fricassee (whole chicken, mushroom, tarragon sauce) - $72

The cote de beauf was almost just as awesome, with that beautiful protein cooked to perfection. It was slightly smoky with gratifying charred edges and tender, succulent meat. We would love the whole roasted garlic more if it was softer but it was delightful still.

Cote de boeuf (1kg Grilled Rangers Valley rib eye, garlic, sauce choron) - $135

The mushroom au poivre was a great addition, something simple but very enjoyable. The mushrooms were juicy, and the peppercorn sauce was perfect to be scooped with table bread.

Mushroom au poivre (confit field mushroom & peppercorn sauce) - $23

We were stuffed beyond measure but there came the extra stomachs for dessert. There is always something satisfying about saying 'one of each, please'.

They are all hard to pronounce, but the chocolate choux pastry with hazelnut cream was not hard to devour at all, although the choux was slightly on the dry side for me.

Beligeusu au chocolat (choux pastry, hazelnut cream, chocolate) - $14

The creme caramel was silky smooth, with sweet notes, and strong egg-y flavour.

Creme caramel (egg custard, bitter caramel) - $18

The melon en surprise was the favourite among the three, with delicious creamy young coconut sorbet, sweet and juicy melon flesh that tasted similar like honeydew, and tangy pops of the finger lime.

Melon en surprise (Santa Claus melon, finger lime, sorrel jelly, young coconut sorbet) - $22

The desserts scored average on my book, but damn those entrees and mains. I would be back even just for the Pommes Anna.


Currency: $1 = IDR 9,200

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Awesome food, impeccable service, price is on the higher side but reasonable with what we get, ambiance is intimate and lovely.



15 Bligh St, Sydney
NSW 2000

Web: Restaurant Hubert

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