Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie, Alexandria

Sweet or savoury, they got you covered.
Cakes display at Textbook

This is one textbook you'd like to open. Or visit, to be exact.

Textbook Boulangerie-Patiserrie, as per the name, is a bakery slash dessert place that is not only popular because of their dainty little cakes, but also the croissants and danishes.

Their open kitchen is an exciting sight, with loaves of bread lining one corner of the place - glorious brown stacks and lines of freshly made bread. We tried their fruit loaf offered as sample on the counter, a springy bread with citrus-y tinge.

Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie interior

We were there for an early breakfast, and thank lords they open at 7 a.m. Our eyes went straight to the breakfast specials of the day, and I couldn't miss the chance of dark chocolate and orange croissant.

It really was a perfectly made pastry - intricate layer upon layer with crunchy outer side and buttery,  soft inside. The dark chocolate and orange killer combo brought the memory of Jaffa straight away; the cream was creamy, sweet, fragrant.

Croissant special of the day - wild orange & dark chocolate ($7.5)

The ham and cheese croissant had the same blistering skin outside, but this was has the tasty ham and melty cheese. I want it bigger!

Ham & cheese croissant (Bangalow double smoked ham with gruyere and provolone cheese) - $7.5

Here you go, if you still don't buy my description about how amazing the croissant is. I reckon it will still be good on its own.

Those layers!

The other special was house made pumpkin hummus on Textbook rye toast with poached egg and pumpkin seeds, which was enjoyed very much. Although I did not try much of it, the hummus had great texture and great paired with the crusty bread and the squishy eggs.

Breakfast special: house made roast pumpkin hummus on Textbook rye toast topped with poached egg and pumpkin seeds - $12

The 'Jersey' breakfast burrito could pass as a lunch, and the best part of it was probably the tangy and sweet, textural, moreish house made tomato chutney. For the rest of it, well, you can never go wrong with the egg, bacon, mushroom, cheese union, can you?

The 'Jersey' breakfast burrito (truffled scrambled egg, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, spinach, house made tomato chutney and provolone cheese in toasted tortilla wrap) - $14

Mushroom trio on toast was probably the best breakfast item ordered that day - juicy and well-seasoned mushrooms trifecta made it such a heavenly dish, especially with that perfectly poached egg. And by this time I was already a big fan of their breads.

Mushroom trio on toast (king brown, enoki, and button mushrooms, sauteed with spinach, topped with a poached egg and parmesan served on seeds & grain toast) - $14

After pressing our faces onto the display cabinet and taking our time weighing our options with these petite cakes, Yvonne took the liberty of choosing these two.

Cheesecake (front) and Blood Peach (back)

The Blood Peach had blood peach mousseline, yoghurt & citrus cream, citrus crunch, and vanilla sponge. It was delicate, pretty, and look at that glossy glaze!

One bite and the sugar kicked us straight on. The crunch added some textural contrast, but we were hoping for some more acidity to balance everything.

Blood Peach - $8.8

The Cheesecake, although I was not too keen on it at first, was surprisingly the better one between the two. The layered petite cake was a calvados and vanilla cheesecake with apple jelly and fennel almond biscuit.

It was creamy, crunchy, and had this eye-popping tang from the apple jelly. Calvados, which is apple brandy from France, gave the cake a wafting apple aroma.

Cheesecake - $8.8

Of course, they also offer coffees and tea, both for take away and dine in. The reports were that coffee were more than decent, and my chai latte had perfect temperature, spiciness, and sweetness.


Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great croissants and pastries, good cakes for the sweet tooth, reasonable prices, great and relaxing ambiance.



 274 Botany Rd
Alexandria, Sydney
NSW 2015

Phone: (02) 9699 6156

Web: Textbook Boulangarie-Patisserie 

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Ume Burger & Belle's Hot Chicken, Barangaroo

Burgers, beer, fried chicken.
Burgers from Ume Burger

... which equals to comfort food. Really, what's better than eating burger & fried chicken with a side of ice cold beer in these days' silly weather?

Barangaroo Reserve is a relatively new place-to-be nowadays, with multiple restaurants, cafes, and dessert spots. Plus, the transparent ball pool. Have you been there?

With too many options to choose from, the guy & I chose the two I was most keen on, starting on Ume Burger.

Ume Burger @ Barangaroo

It was a warm summer day, so what's better than to start the day with an icy cold Asahi and a sweet, very tasty umeshu.

Asahi (on tap) & umeshu (plum wine)

Their signature is the Ume Burger - with a soft and slightly sweet bun and juicy patty. Even juicier with that luscious wagyu mince sauce.

Ume Burger - signature beef patty, wagyu mince sauce, truss tomato, onion, mayo & American cheese ($14.6)

Pork katsu caught my attention right away, and it did not disappoint. Menchi burger ha da crunchy & succulent pork katsu, with an interesting tang of the mustard. I would probably like more sauce, but generally a great burger.

Menchi Burger - handmade pork katsu, mild mustard, tonkatsu sauce, spanish onion, shredded cabbage ($14.8)


This was the reason why we did not get fries from Ume Burger: fried chicken.

How could we miss Belle's Hot Chicken?

Still as good as I remembered: perfectly crispy batter, juicy meat, coated thoroughly with that lip-burning hot sauce. Cannot. Stop. Eating.

Wings from Belle's Hot Chicken with hot sauce ($18)

What's next to try?


I can't really give a rating as it is not exactly a restaurant setting - and we only tried 1 or 2  items from each.



33 Barangaroo Avenue
Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo Reserve
Sydney NSW 2000

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Superior Burger, Wakeley

Superior Burger from Superior Burger

Finally. A legit burger place in Sydney South West. Believe me, before Superior Burger opens, I don't even know the suburb of Wakeley exists in NSW.

Jovan Curic from Pub Life Kitchen, thank you for your brilliant idea.

Superior Burger is only a small spot in the middle of a shopping centre in Wakeley, but it is always packed in the evening, especially on the weekends. 'The Best in The West ' fluorescent sign is probably the first thing you see, along with an open kitchen that show off the burger line production.

"Best in the West"

Of course I had to try the burger they name the place of. Superior Burger have two most superior parts: the soft, slightly sweet buns and the tender, medium-cooked patty. A wee bit dry that day maybe, but it is a simple yet great burger.

Superior Burger - beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce, superior sauce, pickles ($15)

The Bird has this magnificent cut of the chicken - golden, dripping with juice, flavorful batter. The other ingredients give freshness and creaminess on every bite.

The Bird - fried chicken, tomato, cheese, slaw, jalapeno mayo ($15)

I tried Magic Shroom purely for research and I kinda wish I didn't. The juicy, thick mushroom is pretty good, but kinda lacking in the flavour department compared to the other burger siblings. Very filling, though.

Magic Shroom - confit field mushroom, cheese, slaw, mayo smoked BBQ ($15)

The chips are thin, heavily seasoned, and 100% moreish. Also extra point because they come in paper bag.

Chips - $4

The fried chicken is more than legit. It is something. Like, you cannot miss it.

The blistering jacket is probably slightly too salty for some, but surely not for me. It is very crunchy, with succulent meat inside. The pickles are there to help cut through the saltiness.

Fried chicken & pickles - $8

Hot n sticky wings sounds very exciting, but I found the sauce a little bit too sweet. They are perfect size, however, and great company for the burgers.

Hot n sticky wings (4) - $10

I am forever grateful that a great burger place like this open so close to home.


Rating: 3.5/5 (Very worth the try)
Good burgers, quick service, great ambiance, pricing is on the spot.



5/30 Bulls Rd
Wakeley, NSW 2176

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