The Stinking Bishops

Review: The Stinking Bishops (Enmore)

Cheese, charcuterie, wine. I’ve been itching to come eat to The Stinking Bishops literally since they opened their doors but life (and once, a fully booked dining room) got in the way.

We finally managed to visit for a special occasion lunch that justified the expense and a glass of sparkling at mid-day.

Cheeses, meats

We ordered a meat board and a cheese board. The meats were easy to select (smoked Wagyu beef and Pamplona chorizo), but we needed help with the cheeses. We did know we wanted something hard or semi-hard, preferably made of goat or sheep milk. They were out of the truffle Pecorino, so we got the suggested Wyngaard goat milk Gouda and the Coolea (similar to a cheddar), both fantastic and served with gluten-free crackers on request.

Meat board, cheese board

2 cheese board ($21), 2 meat board ($19)

We also ordered the chicken liver paté with blueberry & tarragon jelly (sans croutons), which was equally delicious and came with a tangy radish and sprout salad (I think in lieu of the croutons).

Chicken liver pate

Chicken liver paté ($18)

I intend to visit as frequently as possible to sample more cheeses and meats.

The Stinking Bishops
Shop 5, 63-71 Enmore Rd
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9007 7754
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Review: Macelleria (Enmore)

I love the concept of this place. I’ve been twice in three days. Enough said.

Dining room

Macelleria is basically a butcher shop where you can do the normal thing and just buy some (great quality) meat and snags to go, or you can order your meat of choice (mainly beef but also some lamb, chicken and fish), get it cooked to your liking, throw in a couple of sides and a drink and eat in.



The steaks (Cape Grim and Angus) are excellent and they do a good job at cooking them to required specs. Most sausages are gluten-free and way above supermarket quality.

Sausages and skewers

There’s a good variety of salads (all $5.90), which are pre-portioned in takeway containers for easy grab-n-go. Roasted veggies are kept warm in a bain marie and chips are cooked to order.

Salads, sausages, wines

So far we’ve tried a couple of excellent steaks, some sausages, chicken skewers, coleslaw and roasted vegetables. We’ve enjoyed every single bite.

Rump steak


Cape Grim rump steak ($16.90)

Roasted vegetables

Roasted vegetables ($5.50 small – pictured, $8.90 large)


Chorizo ($3.90 each)

Duck sausages

Duck sausages ($3.50 each)


Coleslaw ($5.90)

Chicken skewers

Chicken skewers ($2.50 each)

There’s a full bar offering the usual suspects and a short but interesting wine list (featuring a few organic Italian drops) and little known (to me) beers. If you have trouble deciding, the friendly French bartender will help you out. There’s also kombucha available. Did I mention I love this place?


Italian red

There’s also a variety of burgers that can be ordered naked (i.e. no bun). Burgers are great but the patties themselves are on the small side.

73-75 Enmore Rd
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9557 0465
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Stoneground Espresso

Review: Stoneground Espresso (Enmore)


The premises previously occupied by Bravo Coffee are now home of Stoneground Espresso, a clean modern space offering great (slightly expensive?) brews.


The minimalist menu reads: “Filter $5-10, Black $4, White $4”. There are a few croissants and cookies the size of my face, but it’s clear the main focus here is coffee.

Their cold drip is excellent, as is their service. It’s also a cool place to hang out, and I really appreciate the fact that there’s virtually no food, because it takes the pressure off.

Cold drip

Cold drip ($5)

There’s a variety of beans to take home, as well as Aeropress and other gadgets.

Coffee bags

An old roasting machine, which I think was there since the Bravo days, is the main decoration in the uncluttered cafe.


Stoneground Espresso
177 Enmore Rd
Enmore NSW 2042

Black Ginger

Review: Black Ginger (Enmore)

Going to the chiro is a good excuse to eat on Enmore road. Not that is too far away, but it’s nice to have a legitimate excuse. That, and catch up with a friend who lives in the neighbourhood. My eyes were initially set on The Stinking Bishops but it was booked out. We walked to the next block with no Plan B in mind, and stumbled across Black Ginger. Vietnamese is always a good option for us, and this was a new restaurant for all of us.

The menu has photos, and both my friend and I decided quickly the Vietnamese Crispy Pancake Banh Xeo filled with mung bean, onions, bean sprouts and choice of protein (prawns, duck or tofu) was the way to go. We both chose duck and yes, I shared with Alvaro. The pancake is one of the many items in the menu labelled as gluten-free. It was my first time trying it and I loved it. The taste was great and the top half of the pancake was thin and crunchy. The bottom half became a bit soggy once enough nuoc cham had been applied to the filling, but it didn’t matter. There was a good variety of leaves on the plate – this was not a boring meal at all.

Vietnamese pancake with duck

Vietnamese crispy pancake with duck ($14.90)

The other dish I shared with Alvaro was the North Vietnamese Chicken Salad with shredded chicken, lime juice house sauce, red cabbage, onion, mint, coriander and peanuts. Generous serving, super fresh and very tasty. Couldn’t complain and would order again.

Chicken salad

North Vietnamese Chicken Salad ($14.90)

Only one PS: the prices in the menu are not updated. Expect to pay a dollar more here and there.

Black Ginger Restaurant
89 Enmore Rd
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 8386 5254
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Review: Stix and Pita (Enmore)

I noticed this place was in the works towards the end of last year and was glad to hear they have been operating for the past 8 weeks.

Stix and Pita Stix and Pita

The place looks awesome and comes with the signature warm and friendly Greek service.

Stix and Pita

As with other Greek street food eateries, there are plenty of choices. You can build your gyro with your choice of meat and sauce, or you can choose meats alone (on a stick, aka “stix” or from the spit, aka “souvla”) and sides (salads, chips). We ordered 2 pork belly stix 2 lamb fillet stix, a serve of lamb souvla, a Mediterranean slaw (coleslaw with olive oil and lemon dressing), and a gluten-free wrap for Alvaro (the menu has GF pita listed as a side, but they are currently looking for a reliable source).

Pork belly stix

Pork belly stix ($4 each)

Lamb fillet stix

Lamb fillet stix ($4 each)

Even though the meats are in the “naked” section of the menu, they come with (gluten-full) pita by default. We enjoyed all the meats, all were tasty and super tender. A bit too salty for our taste (and I’m gonna guess for most people’s taste, since we do love salt) so refrain from salting your food before trying it.

Lamb souvla, GF wrap

Lamb souvla ($12) + gluten free pita wrap ($3.50)

The slaw was awesome and I reckon a much better side than traditional Greek salad to balance out the saltiness of the meats.

Mediterranean slaw

Mediterranean slaw ($9)

Stix and Pita
Shop 3/216 Enmore Road
Enmore NSW 2042
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Bovine & Swine Barbecue Co

Review: Bovine & Swine Barbecue Co (Enmore)

Yay for American barbecue joints popping up in Sydney! This one sits conveniently close to where I live, replacing the Peruvian restaurant I had heard so many terrible things about. But I digress. The thing is that these guys are making great use of this tiny space.

We rocked up on one of the hottest days in the past couple of weeks. We were the first customers to queue patiently waiting for six o’clock, time when service starts until they run out of meat.

Bovine & Swine Barbecue C

We ordered a meat plate for 2 to share between 3. It comes with 3x 200g choices of meat plus 2 sides. If you choose the beef short rib, like we did, you’ll get more than 200g due to the bone, and less than 200g of other cut. Our other choices were pork rib and brisket. Our chosen sides were coleslaw and pickles. To round things off, the tray comes with potato chips, BBQ sauce and wet towels. We enjoyed every single bite and I can’t wait to go back to sample more meats. I’ll just wait for a cooler day.

Meat plate for 2, coleslaw, pickled vegetables

Meat plate for 2, coleslaw, pickles ($60)

Bovine & Swine Barbecue Co
92 Enmore Road
Enmore NSW 2042
(02) 9517 1243
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Review: Cocowhip coconut ice cream in Sadhana Kitchen (Enmore)

One of the highlights of summer this year was the introduction of Cocowhip vegan ice cream in Sadhana Kitchen. This soft serve is made entirely from coconut flesh & coconut water and incredibly creamy.

Wagon Wheel Sundae Cocowhip, Original Cocowhip with caramel sauce, Tim Tam Slam Cocowhip

Out of the four sundae options, they had sold out on the salted caramel. We ordered the other three to share between three. We had the simplest one (Original Cocowhip) with both cacao and coconut soft serve twisted together, topped with caramel sauce and cacao nibs. Simple but great.

Original Cocowhip with caramel sauce

Original Cocowhip ($7)

We chose plain coconut cocowhip for the Tim Tam Slam Cocowhip, which comes with a house made tim tam, cacao nibs and house made chocolate sauce. I haven’t had a real Tim Tam in almost 5 years but I’m pretty sure this one didn’t come close, in a good way. It was decadent, delicious and low in the guilt factor.

Tim Tam Slam Cocowhip

Tim Tam Slam Cocowhip ($13)

We also had plain coconut cocowhip in the Wagon Wheel Sundae Cocowhip, topped with half a house made wagon wheel, raspberry chia jam, cacao nibs and house made chocolate sauce. I liked this one a bit better than the Tim Tam Slam thanks to the tartness of the raspberry chia jam. I must admit I have never had a real Wagon Wheel so can’t compare.

Wagon Wheel Sundae Cocowhip

Wagon Wheel Sundae Cocowhip ($13)

Sadhana Kitchen
147 Enmore Road
Enmore NSW 2042
(02) 9516 1334
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Review: Cow and the Moon (Enmore)

No, I’m not one of those people who is willing to queue outside a gelato shop just because they won a “best gelato in the world award” recently. We had been to Cow and the Moon a couple of times, a long time ago, before the queues.


The good news is that they don’t have a gazillion flavours and so service is pretty quick. Especially for me, because you can count the sorbet flavours with the fingers in one hand, and I prefer staying on the dairy-free side of things whenever possible.


I had a small cup with chocolate and apple sorbet. Both pretty good, but very sweet. To be honest I don’t know which chocolate sorbet is my favourite and I’m thinking I’ll have to run a blind test one of these days to find out.

Chocolate sorbet, chocolate + apple sorbet, Mandorla affogato

Left to right: chocolate sorbet, chocolate + apple sorbet, Mandorla affogato

The award winner Mandorla affogato was, from what I heard, worth trying.

Mandorla affogato

Cow and the Moon
181 Enmore Road
Enmore NSW 2042
(02) 9557 4255

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The Pho Edition (various locations around Newtown)

I really like soup + I have VFFS (Vietnamese food fixation syndrome) + it’s cold = I’ve been eating a lot of Pho lately. I decided to take Alvaro (and sometimes our housemate Neil) in a journey to discover the best pho in the neighbourhood. Here’s my report.

Remember Saigon

The beef pho is massive, has good flavour but also too many noodles and not that much meat.

Remember Saigon: Beef pho

Beef pho ($11.90)

Shop 4/80 Enmore Road
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 8068 8618

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Pho 236

The beef pho is very salty but tasty. We recently found out they put MSG in it, and also that I’m not sensitive to MSG. The soup has a decent amount of meat and lots of noodles, making it very filling. Takeaway service is normally pretty fast.

I’ve also tried the chicken noodle soup (Neil and I prefer it over the pho because it comes with veggies) and the laksa.

Pho 236: Accompaniments

Pho 236: Beef pho

Beef pho ($8.80)

Pho 236: Chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup ($8.80)

Pho 88

Soups come in small and large, with the small size being large enough for a reasonably hungry person. We tried the beef and duck pho, both had a decent amount of meat and lots of noodles. The broth was salty but also sweet for our taste. Service was slow.

Pho 88: Garnish

Pho 88: Pho

Beef pho ($9.50, small)

Pho 88: Pho duck

Duck pho ($14.50, small)

343 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9519 4972

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Tre Viet

The beef pho was very average. Plus, the restaurant is big and service can get slow.

Tre Viet: Pho accompaniments

Tre Viet: Pho

Beef pho ($12.50)

152-154 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9516 5500

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Great Aunty Three

The beef pho is smallish (but also cheaper than most) and very good. One of my favourites. Good broth, quality meat, fresh sides.

Great Aunty Three: Pho

Great Aunty Three: Pho

Beef pho ($8)

115 Enmore Rd
Enmore NSW 2042
(02) 9519 2886

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Rice Paper

The beef pho is nice, with a decent amount of good quality meat.

Rice Paper: Pho accompaniments

Rice Paper: Beef pho

Beef pho ($13)

131 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 8065 7271

Bar Pho

This is one of the hottest pop-up spots at the moment. After great success in Bondi Farmers Markets, they are now offering outstanding soup at my local (Eveleigh) markets every Saturday from 8am to 1pm, and are also popping-up in Surry Hills. They serve beef and vegetarian pho in 2 sizes. This is probably the best quality pho you will find in the market: flavourful broth, grass-fed beef, and no MSG. My favourite without a doubt. They also sell jars of Mumma’s Chilli oil (unfortunately made with vegetable oil).

Bar Pho

Bar Pho: Accompaniments

Bar Pho: Beef pho

Beef pho ($10 large, $6 small)

Bondi Farmers Market, Saturday 9am-1pm
Eveleigh Market, Saturday 8am-1pm
8 Hill Street Surry Hills NSW 2010, Friday/Saturday 4pm-8pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm
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Review: Great Aunty Three (Enmore)

Finally got to give this popular Vietnamese joint a go! I had heard so many good things and I tried several times, but unfortunately I was always late (they close after lunch). The place was packed (it is tiny) and there were people waiting in queue to order (mostly take-away) but people come and go so we could get seats.

Great Aunty Three

As per usual, all the fresh ingredients are right there, ready for easy assembly of the meals (particularly the very popular banh mi).

Great Aunty Three

The menu is short and sweet and contains the magic words “gluten free”.

Great Aunty Three: Menu

Great Aunty Three: Menu

Great Aunty Three: Menu

I’d heard and read many great things about this place. I wanted to try a bit of everything so I ordered roast duck rice paper rolls to start our meal. They were nice but I wasn’t extremely impressed. I’ve come to the conclusion that rice paper rolls are just not my thing.

Great Aunty Three: Roast duck rice paper rolls

Roast duck rice paper rolls ($2.80 each)

I liked the vermicelli noodle salad with roast crackling pork much much better. (Warning: although it says “gluten free” in the menu, they still add a fried spring roll on top.) The salad was fresh, had heaps of meat (and crackling!) and the flavours were well-balanced. I’d definitely order it again.

Great Aunty Three: Vermicelli noodle salad with roast crackling pork

Vermicelli noodle salad with roast crackling pork ($8)

Since Thang from Noodlies recommended Great Aunty Three’s pho as one of the best in Sydney, we had to try it. Again, I’m not an expert, but it was one of my favourites so far. Good broth, quality meat, fresh sides.

Great Aunty Three: Pho

Great Aunty Three: Pho

Beef pho ($8)

Alvaro was still hungry so he ordered a vermicelli noodle salad with lemongrass grilled pork. It was nice but I liked the other one better (crackling!).

Great Aunty Three: Vermicelli noodle salad with lemongrass grilled pork

Vermicelli noodle salad with lemongrass grilled pork ($8)

Alvaro also ordered a coconut & lime fruit shake, which was actually a frappe. It was delicious (more as a dessert than a drink IMO).

Great Aunty Three: Coconut & lime fruit shake

Coconut & lime fruit shake ($6)

Great Aunty Three
115 Enmore Rd
Enmore NSW 2042
(02) 9519 2886

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