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Review: Black Sheep Bistro, Gold Coast

Located in the outer suburbs of the Gold Coast, Black Sheep Bistro is a nice surprise. If it’s anything to show, the local Pirates of the Caribbean crew and a local V8 super car driver are popping in for a feed regularly. They must be doing well?

Located on the west service road between Oxenford and Helensvale, Black Sheep Bistro manages to attract what is often a busy crowd. Quite often a wait is needed for a table or stool to enjoy your meal, which may I say lets me walk away very full. If a $9 Bacon and Egg Burger isn’t enough for you then the $18 Green Eggs is the way to go, served on a big slice of toasted ciabatta, lays a ham steak topped with poached eggs lathered in a pesto hollandaise.

Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham

This is my  go to meal when here for breakfast. For lunch a must try is the Pulled Pork burger with fresh Coleslaw priced at  $10 or try the $19 Gorgonzola Gnocchi which looks delicious. Very reasonably priced with high quality local produce, the effort to open a place like this would give you a lot of pride. Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach are no longer the places for simple and passionate food as good as this is. A must try Hip Bistro in Oxenford. Not what you expect. Trust me.

Also Open for Dinner Friday and Saturday.

Highlights:

  • Open Kitchen
  • Laid back feel inside and out
  • Value for Money and portion size
  • SSS ( Spiced Strawberry Spider) a must try drink for something different

Location and Contact:

2/108 Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford QLD 4210
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Review: 32nd In The World Attica, Melboune

Review: 32nd In The World Attica, Melboune

Trying to book into Attica is a mission. 3 days into the month on November I went to book a table, the result being fully booked out for the whole month in March. Understanding such credited Restaurants and the booking of them we chose to go on the waiting list and book Vue De Monde instead. More of that in another review to come. On Friday afternoon i received a call saying a table has become open and asking if  I would like to book it for the next night being Saturday… Of course i would , you would be mad not to. Now, I felt the Restaurant itself was very intimate so i can only share one picture of the outside building. It was almost uncomfortable to pull a phone or camera out. image The journey to the restaurant was interesting. In a suburb known as Ripponlea not in Melbourne but about a 20 min train ride, car ride or taxi away. On a street that had very little, you see the entrance of the bricked building. A waiter kindly opened the door and we were taken to our table. The restaurant is black everything, besides the white table-cloth and down lights on each table to really bring the shine out of the glassware. The what seems to be larder and dessert section is glassed off while you can see chefs in the sectioned off kitchen working away with finesse. The communication to the main kitchen which you can see through the pass is done via walkie talkies. image The menu for me, was brilliant. Everything worked, it didn’t matter what the dish was the acid levels were right, the salt levels were right and the textures were all there. Every course was a big tick. The highlight for me was the crab dish, served with a yellow tomato soup and various micro herbs and flowers. it was Amazing. I wont go in lengths about every course but it seemed to be all spot on. Beer and wine list too perfect. The house baked bread with macadamia puree is one of the best things in the world. Unlimited amount too. But don’t fill up too much. After the 142 days of earth course, being braised cabbage with emu fillet (which was delicious) we were taken out back with 2 chefs to the herb garden, whom made you a fresh spider to drink which was made of house made lime soda and fresh churned vanilla ice cream. whilst drinking, it was relaxing and friendly as you could chat to the chefs who seemed very open for conversation and let you pick strawberries and herbs to try at your own will. A good stretch before going back to the table i think. Back at the table, we were seated to what was the first desert of the night. Eaten with a long wooden spoon from a wooden half pear shaped bowl, an Australian spice infused ice-cream layed topped with crunchy herbed pear balls with crisp pear skin on top. A very nice dessert in my opinion, beautifully presented too. Without giving too much away Attica is one you must try for your self. If your keen for adventure, this is for you. No menu is given, as each course is what it is, and until you have finished 3 hours later you only then get the menu which you just ate given to you. In the end, not a fault to be made except one waiter seemed to be very quiet and hard to understand as each dish is explained to you. Menu was roughly $200 dollars per person. Drinks can be ordered by bottle or glass. Matching drinks where available for each course too. You will not be disappointed for what the 50 or so seated restaurant has to offer. That’s if you can get a booking.

Contact and Phone:

74 Glen Eira Road Ripponlea,Victoria 3185, Australia

03 9530 0111

http://www.attica.com.au/

http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners/attica

Review: Hardware Societe, Melbourne

Review: Hardware Societe, Melbourne

Located on Hardware Street in Melbourne CBD the cleverly named Breakie, brunch and lunch Bistro is what i expected it to be if the online reviews have anything to say. A Saturday Morning line up outside was surprisingly short (10 mins approx). We were taken to our table lucky to have it for our self’s (they squish you in anywhere they can fit you).

To start things off was a latte, served only in one size with beans sourced locally from Brunswick. An excellent coffee indeed. The menu was ballsy, the way it pulled off the slightly out there menu with the crowd. No menu changes allowed here. I love the sight of it captioned in small writing at the bottom of the menu. I opted for the Spanish Chorizo baked eggs served with a dollop of aioli on top sprinkled with slithered almonds, the dish was full of flavour and perfectly cooked as i first started eating but i was thoroughly dissapointed as i reached the second half of the small pot, as it seemed like all the flavour was lost with the eggs becoming slightly over cooked. Towards the end i started to get slightly bored but none the less it was still filling and a different change to what i have been finding on the menus all across the city.

Overall:

  • Great service
  • Nice menu, many items i wish to go back for ( Pork Belly for Breakie!)
  • Very satisfying coffee
  • Hip, urban or shabby decor
  • Turned out to be boring baked eggs presented well
    Spanish baked eggs
    Spanish baked eggs

    Contact and Phone:

    120 Hardware Street, Melbourne

    03 9078 5992