Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Oxford Tavern, Petersham - Sydney

Meat, meat, and more meat.
Mixed meat platter from The Oxford Tavern

Vegetarians, look away.

And no, this post isn't about strippers and naked waitress. I'm gonna talk about something saucy, but trust me, it won't be rated R.

Oxford Tavern is an interesting venue that was a topless waitress bar, but now it's all about the gorgeous Black Betty.

The Oxford Tavern, Petersham

Interior is your typical bar ambiance, dimly lighted with music that won't suit your grandparents at all. I would recommend their beer garden seating, which is really pretty with colourful seats and hanging plants.

Garden/outdoor seating

We were there to celebrate the birthday of an awesome human being, and the meat feast offered by the smoker Black Betty was everything we had in mind. Here, the meats (chicken, pork, lamb, beef) are treated intimately and respectfully, which ensures satisfying results everytime.

Pick up window

Black Betty

All you have to do is to visit the display window, take a peek at the menu, and ask the man behind the counter about how much carnivore feast you are up to. They'll happily slice the meat up for you.

Menu wall

Menu pans

Cutting them ribs

We was on a mission, and it was to try every single menu items. And so we did. 100 g for each. My body quivered with excitement upon picking up this tray of beauty.

Mixed meat platter

It was one hell of a feast right there. Feel free to grab your cutlery but I prefer getting dirty with these sexy bad boys.

Ribs & pork snag

Both lamb ribs and beef ribs were enjoyed thoroughly; both didn't have any funky smell, full of smoky flavour and enhanced further with the sweet BBQ sauce. My favourite was the pork ribs, and the smoky pork snag that had perfect amount of juicy fat. The beef brisket wasn't as succulent as the one from Papi Chulo, but still executed nicely with the tasty charred skin. The pulled pork was a wee bit too sweet for me but it was tender and paired perfectly with a little bit of hot sauce, and the smoked chook was great with tender flesh and glistening skin.

Brisket & ribs

Every tray comes with slaw and bread rolls, but we went ahead and took the healthy and tangy kale & edamame salad and the moreish burnt end beans with us to the table.

Sides: burnt end beans ($6), kale & edamame salad ($7), bread rolls

The involvement of Rita's Hot Ass Sauce is optional but highly recommended.

Hot sauce

There is no 'I'm so full I will skip dessert' in our books. Hence the ordering of the deep fried golden gaytime, which is a creative twist on my favourite Oz treat. The batter held the melting ice cream well, without being to heavy. Chocolate sauce glaze and 100 & 1000s were also welcomed.

Deep fried Gaytime - $9

But we didn't stop there.

Cue the arrival of the mighty The Jelly Wrestle, which involved all kinds of treats and sources of sugar you can think of.

The Jelly Wrestle (jellies, ice cream, caramel popcorn, waffles, chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce, whipped cream, cherries and more) - $20

Gloves were distributed and we went deep into picking on our favourite bits and pieces. For me, it was the waffle with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Nothing new or exciting in terms of flavour here, but it was one huge fun.

No cutlery, just gloves.

Glorious meat, a few beers or jugs of mojito, and using your fingers to fight for the slippery jelly; how awesome is that for a weekend plan?

P. S. I will be flying to Korea in less than 24 hours so watch this space! Lots of ddeokbokki and fried chicken coming your way!

Currency: $1 = IDR 10,200

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great BBQ menu (glorious meat!), great ambiance, very cozy and suitable for casual catch-ups, price is reasonable, service is rather attentive and friendly.



1 New Canterbury Rd 
Petersham, NSW 2049

Phone: (02) 9550 9900

Web: The Oxford Tavern
Facebook: The Oxford Tavern

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Mister Gee Burger Truck, Burwood - Sydney

Great things come when you don't expect it.
Mister Gee's Cheese Boogie

I mean, amazing burgers from a truck at a car-wash place? Who would've thought?

Mister Gee Burger Truck wheels its way to a parking space of a car-wash in Burwood, and also into Sydneysiders' hearts. The simple black truck with minimal adornment doesn't seem like much but from what I've heard, there's almost always a line of eager burger lovers coming from every part of Sydney whenever they open those windows.

Mister Gee Burger Truck

The three of us went there for a post kickboxing bulking session (heh), and was greeted friendlily by the staff.

Mister Gee, is that you?

We didn't manage to find out which one's Mister Gee, but none of that matters when our number was called and we finally had the burger babies cuddling in our arms.

Mister Gee or not, they're pretty friendly!

We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table and few seats. Don't expect fancy seating, instead prepare yourself to enjoy your burgers on milk crates turned into cool small tables and stools. The communal ambiance was very enjoyable for me, with people buzzing about how good the burgers were while telling stories about their days or picking the best shot for Instagram.

Instagram eats first, right?

We had everything on the menu that night, and baklava shake was the first item picked up from the window. Although I couldn't really taste any pistachio or rose syrup, the shake was pretty light and very milky. There were quite an amount of baklava crumbs in the bottom of the cup so give it a good stir before consuming.

Baklava shake - $6

Dirty fries was such a comfort food, with a pile of thin fried topped with abundant cheese, tomato, and mayonnaise-like dressing. It's full of calories, greasy, and oh so good.

Dirty fries - $5

Their burger menu changes once every few days, and that night, we had the pleasure to shake hands with the Cheese Boogie.

Cheese boogie - $10

It's Mister Gee's take of American cheeseburger, with beef patty, American cheese, caramelized onion, dill pickles, and their secret sauce (OK I admit, I peeked on Raff's post for this info. Thanks, Raff!). It was sexier than Amber Rose's new swimwear, and the buns excite me more than those of Nikki Minaj's.

Them melting cheese!

The buns were a wee, very wee, bit too dry for me, as I personally like the squishy, greasy kind of bun like the ones from Mary's. But by no means it reduced the awesomeness of this beauty. The brioche bun held everything in place, including the seductive melted cheese, perfectly cooked beef patty, sweet caramelized onion, and tangy sauce and pickle.

The beef patty deserved more mention so here goes. It was pink in the middle, very juicy and tender with a hint of smokiness. Perfection, perfection.

Obligatory innards shot

If you're making a trip here, which you absolutely should, come with good time management as the crowd forms really quickly. But then again, if you can't find a seat, feel free to get dirty with your burger(s) on the side of the road. These dudes seem to have no problem with that. Hell, with such great burger, I won't even mind standing.


To say that I am very keen to try other burgers is a massive understatement. Stalk their Facebook and Instagram to find out which bad boy they're serving tonight!


Currency: $1 = IDR 10,200

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
The burgers alone are enough to make a trip to Inner West Sydney, the service is not much but very friendly, ambiance is casual and fun, price is very reasonable.



(Currently staying at:)
55c Shaftesburry Rd
Burwood, NSW 2134

Website: Mister Gee Burger Truck
Facebook: Mister Gee Burger Truck
Instagram: @mistergeeburgertruck

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Monday, 5 January 2015

Hartsyard, Newtown - Sydney

New year, more healthy eating?
Hartsyard's fried chicken with biscuit and gravy

Does more healthy eating mean less fried chicken?

Less fried chicken??

I don't think so.

Screw new year's resolution, I'm still getting my fried chicken fix. Hartsyard it is.

Hartsyard, Newtown

Hartsyard is one of the restaurants that is widely talked about last year, and I won't be surprised if their popularity continues to soar this year. It's a lovely small eatery with elegant, slightly romantic, and somewhat rustic appearance, and whose tables and sits fill up too quickly.


Make a booking or prepare to dine on the bar area or walk-in area, which is actually no less delightful.


Table setting

I was there with a handful of hungry ladies, and as we were doing a food crawl that night, we didn't end up ordering everything off the menu although I would really like to.

The foreplay was school prawn popcorn, which was self-explanatory. It was a heaping bowl of literally school prawns and popcorn, with a generous dollop of sour cream speckled with pepper and a wedge of grilled lemon. The prawns were crunchy without being to sharp, and we found ourselves digging deep for more prawns instead of being satisfied with the popcorn.

School prawn popcorn (with sour cream, Espelette pepper, lemon) - $16

Our craving for more prawns immediately vanished upon the arrival of the extremely beautiful fried chicken. On the plate were also buttermilk biscuit that was not too dense and was perfectly paired by the creamy and very savoury sausage gravy.

But the spotlight fell on the golden pieces of fried chook, of course.

The batter was light enough but still preserved satisfying crispiness, and the huge cuts of succulent and juicy chicken were fried into perfection without being too greasy.

Fried chicken (with buttermilk biscuit and low country sausage gravy) - $29

The fried chicken made a sexy twosome with the hot sauce available on every table. Don't be shy on pouring it.

Close up of the fried chicken. You're welcome.

We climaxed with the heavy serve of poutine, which was everything I dreamed about and more. The hot chips were made slightly soggy by the creamy beef & cheese sauce, in a good way. The pieces of beef shin themselves were very tender and were provided in an adequate amount. Had they been a wee bit easier on the salt in the sauce, it would be perfect.

Poutine (fried potato, braised beef shin, beer + cheese sauce) - $26

We didn't order dessert that night because we had something else in mind, but you can't just rock up to Hartsyard and not try their soft serve at least once! I had the pleasure of meeting the special watermelon and rose soft serve (collaboration with Black Star Pastry) and it was as refreshing and appealing to the tastebuds as it was to the eyes.

I heard the sundae is to die for too!

Hartsyard soft serve - watermelon and rose (special) - $16

Apart from a few hiccups and eyebrows raised upon the service that night, overall it was a great start of our food crawl.

New year or not, fried chicken is and always will be on my list!


Currency: $1 = IDR 10,200

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Despite the slightly concerning service (on that day), food is amazing (especially the fried chicken), and the ambiance is lovely and comfortable, price is reasonable.



33 Enmore Rd
Newtown, NSW 2042

Phone: (02) 8068 1473

Web: Hartsyard
Facebook: Hartsyard

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