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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Macelleria

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.

Steaks

Steaks

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

Steak

Cape Grim rump steak ($16.90)

Roasted vegetables

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

Chorizo

Chorizo ($3.90 each)

Duck sausages

Duck sausages ($3.50 each)

Coleslaw

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?

Wines

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.

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

Review: Stoneground Espresso (Enmore)

Facade

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

Menu

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.

Machine

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
www.sitxandpita.com.au
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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
www.sadhanakitchen.com
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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.

Gelati

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.

Gelati

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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Review: Sadhana Kitchen (Enmore)

As I’ve said before, contrary to popular belief, we paleo/real-food peeps do not hate vegans. Not all vegans, anyway. Raw vegans have a lot more in common with us than “regular” vegos because the raw component of their diet rules out things that have to be cooked in order to be digestible, including most grains and legumes. Raw vegans also tend to care a lot about where food comes from, tending toward organic/local/sustainable produce, which is in line with the ancestral eating philosophy.

The thing that got me interested in Sadhana Kitchen was discovering that they offered house-made almond milk and coconut milk for their drinks (they called them “mylks” to avoid confusion). A quick look at the menu made me want to try their food offerings.

Sadhana Kitchen

Their mission statement reads: “Everything we serve is handmade with love from organic, plant based whole foods. Our raw dishes are kept below 40°C as to preserve the enzymes that aid in efficiency of digestion & nutrient assimilation”.

Blackboards

I really liked the Sadhana lasagna (layers of zucchini pasta, cultured cashew cheeze, basil pesto, walnut mince, wilted spinach and chunky tomato sauce). I’ve been eating pastaless lasagne for ~10 years (using zucchini and/or eggplant for the layers) but this was my first meatless, pastaless one. The walnut mince was delicious, proof that the tomato base is more important than the meat in this case.

Sadhana lasagna

Sadhana lasagna ($15.50)

The Prana Pad Thai (kelp & zucchini noodles, baby salad leaves & seasonal vegetables with a house-made raw Pad Thai sauce) was good but I like my version better (and it’s not only because mine has meat). Still, it was an interesting twist on a classic dish.

Prana Pad Thai

Prana Pad Thai ($17.50)

I can’t say the same about the BLAT (Sadhana coconut bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, coriander and house made mayo in between two slices of [raw] onion bread). I didn’t dislike it but it didn’t resemble a regular BLAT at all. The bread slices (which BTW were very tasty) were more like large crackers, and the coconut bacon just didn’t fit the bill.

BLAT

BLAT ($14.50)

I have also tried the cauliflower, artichoke, chilli and sunflower seed salad that I bought as takeaway to have for dinner one day and it was delicious.

Cauliflower, artichoke, chilli and sunflower seed salad

Cauliflower, artichoke, chilli and sunflower seed salad ($14.50 regular)

The drinks menu is full of awesome-sounding hot and cold items. I’ve had great coffees (a latte and a cap) with the aforementioned house-made almond mylk and tried the warrior smoothie (blueberries, raspberries, banana, sprouted brown rice protein powder, chia seeds, coconut oil, mesquite, almonds).

Almond mylk latte

Almond mylk latte ($4.00)

Almond mylk capuccino, warrior smoothie

Almond mylk capuccino ($4.00), warrior smoothie ($9.50)

I like the fact that they offer kombucha, too, and a dangerous variety of sweet treats that I haven’t had a chance to try yet.

Treats, salads, kombucha

Treats

Sadhana Kitchen
147 Enmore Road
Enmore NSW 2042
(02) 9516 1334
www.sadhanakitchen.com
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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
www.greatauntythree.com

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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
ricepaper131@gmail.com
www.rice-paper.com.au

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
www.barpho.com.au
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