Curiosity got the better of me.
|BTS (Better Than Sex)|
But how can you not be intrigued by a dessert called 'Better Than Sex'. It sounds very promising and I declared that I have to try it one day.
And so the opportunity came. A good friend of mine, Corry, has come from Indo for holiday, and we met up for a great lunch. It's a good thing because I get to meet up with her and refresh my mental state between all the assignments hassle.
House is not another Thai restaurant in Surry Hills, apparently they specialize in Thai northeast street food. I also noticed that they are cooking Isaan food, the spicier type of Thai food which involves fermented anchovy as a main seasoning.
|House, Surry Hills|
The weather was so nice that day; breezy, warm, and not excruciatingly freezing. Perfect for outdoor dining. They also have indoor dining which I didn't see, but looks elegant and cozy from the pics I see at other food blogs. Outdoor seating has several long, sturdy wooden chairs and tables, but there are also smaller metal chairs. Even with all the plants surrounding, the place still looks neat and very homey. It is called 'House' anyway.
The lunch special meals were welcomed with glee, although the original price isn't so bad either. The menu book is written bilingual; in Thai and English. We were looking for the sight of pad thai, but can't find it. Maybe pad thai isn't part of Thai northeast street food?
|Clockwise from top left: menu book, lunch special menu, wooden chair, fried things menu|
Not finding pad thai, Corry finally chose the one she got her eyes on first.
Khao kar moo (braised pork leg served with steamed rice, soft boiled egg, and Chinese broccoli) arrived in a crowded square plate. It is even completed with clear soup and some kind of peanut sauce which tastes sour and a bit spicy.
The pork leg is as tender as it can possibly be, not much effort put to chew. It's also well seasoned for me, and the peanut sauce gives more tangy kick for every mouthful.
|Khao kar moo - $10|
My moo daed deaw & som tum (sun dried marinated pork strips, lightly fried served with Jim-Jaew dipping sauce and green papaya salad with dried shrimp, peanut and chilli) is supposedly served with sticky rice, but I asked for steamed rice instead.
I gotta say, this plate contains lots of interesting bursts. The pork strips, despite the dry appearance, are tender and I love the slightly crunchy outer side. They pair amazingly well with the Jim-Jaew sauce which packs some heat and acidity. The som tum is surprisingly spicy, even for me. It is obvious that House use chillies exceptionally well and generous. It's quite fiery, but very fresh and crunchy. I recommend this one for you chilli eaters.
|Moo daed deaw & som tum served with steamed rice - $12|
Now here comes the piece de resistance. Better Than Sex (BTS) consists of one (or two?) slice(s) of perfectly toasted brioche, topped with pandan-coconut gelato, accompanied by generous drizzles of Thai caramel sauce and finished by black and white sesame sprinkles. The idea is to put the simple yet deadly combination of pandan, coconut, and gula melaka (brown sugar), and create an ultimate foodgasm on a plate.
For me, it certainly is delicious. The trio has once again proven its superiority, as the combination works perfectly. The gelato itself is smooth enough with perfect level of sweetness. The brioche is incredibly crunchy outside and fluffy inside, and it also seems to enjoy soaking the melting gelato. The gula melaka (a.k.a Thai caramel sauce), however, is given too much in my opinion. Lessen the brown liquid a bit and the dessert will be perfect. Anyway, that is the highlight of our meal despite the quite expensive price tag.
|BTS (Better Than Sex) - $15|
Still have some time to spend, we walk a few blocks to Café Cre Asion. This is my second visit here, and I was as excited as I was on my first one. There weren't too many people enjoying the café's treats, but more and more people came and the place was packed by the time we left.
|Café Cre Asion, Alberta St.|
It's really interesting to see most of the patrons there, especially young people, snap pictures of their macarons. Some bring bigger cameras and some just utilizing their iPhones. It is understandable though, I mean, who doesn't want to take picture of this lovely display of macs?
Still feeling bloated after the Thai meal, we only pointed our fingers to three macarons:
Yuzu (citrus from East Asia) - is Corry's fav because she loves sour things. It's tangy, has the perfect structure and texture, and the sweetness level is also faultless. I still have issues with citrus-flavoured macs though.
Cassiss - this one's more adorable for me than the Yuzu one, the lovely lady behind the counter said it's blackcurrant-flavoured. The filling is jam-like and has really nice blackcurrant flavour, I wonder if they actually use real fruits for this. Love this.
Dear Chris - again, how can I skip this one. This one's my fav from the cafe. I am weak when encountered with hazelnut and chocolate combination.
|Macarons: yuzu (yellow), cassiss (purple), Dear Chris (chocolate) - all three for $8.4|
Undoubtedly, it was a really great eating out.
Does the BTS live u to its name? Quite questionable. But will I go back to House? Sir, yes, sir!
Currency: $1 = IDR 9,500
House: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great Thai dishes and interesting dessert, service is friendly and very quick, ambiance is nice, price can be expensive but quite reasonable.
Cafe Cre Asion: 4.5/5 (Very recommended)
Great macs, service is really friendly, limited seats but quite nice ambiance, price is affordable.
202 Elizabeth St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9280 0364
CAFE CRE ASION
21 Alberta St
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: 04 0494 1528