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April 30, 2018

Basket Brothers, North Parramatta

Mocha, Basket Brothers North Parramatta

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It must be great to live in an apartment complex like the one that houses Basket Brothers. I can totally imagine taking the lift down to ground level each weekend and only needing another 10 or so steps to enjoy a delicious brunch at this quaint cafe.

It’s located right next to the ever so popular Social Hideout, and truth be told we were much more drawn to the colourful dishes and cutely decked out interior of the Social Hideout than the more simplistic menu and decor of Basket Brothers. But we did give them both a go, and are glad to report that Basket Brothers is well worth a visit.

Or two!

Smoked Brisket Hash, Basket Brothers North Parramatta

Smoked Brisket Hash ($17.5)

Even if it wasn’t Basket Brothers’ most Instagrammed dish, the Beef Brisket Hash would be my first pick from their menu- and it’s not difficult to see why it’s so popular! The combination of tender smoked beef brisket on toast is something different to your usual avo on toast options, and if that’s not enticing enough, the yolk porn from the fried egg on top seals the deal for me!

And the photo doesn’t do justice for the size of the dish- it is a massive serve- you’ll want to be sharing this with someone!

The smoked beef brisket is as tender as it looks and sounds, and is cooked with carrots in a tomato-ey sauce which makes it more like a hearty beef stew. The slice of toasted sourdough it’s served upon seems tiny in comparison to the pile of meat, so it that’s not enough carbs for you, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s also potato in the beef mix too.

Truffled Mushroom, Basket Brothers North Parramatta

Truffled Mushroom ($17)

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In Burgers, Dining on
April 12, 2018

Ketchup Canteen, King Park

Tucked away in the middle of an industrial area, all the way out west, Ketchup Canteen’s location isn’t the busiest. So we’re a little surprised when we turn up on a Saturday evening to find it bustling with customers.

Surely that’s a sign of good food?

We’re here with some foodie friend to check out the burgers and fried chicken. Ketchup Canteen has only been open for a couple of months but is already drawing a loyal following- it’s by the same guys who run the Holy Heffa Burger Truck, so that might be part of the reason for its popularity!

Ketchup Canteen
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In Breakfast, Burgers, Café, Dining on
January 21, 2018

Allegra Dining, Waterloo

You won’t find Allegra Dining unless you’re looking for it.

Tucked away in the back corner of a small cute complex on Danks Street it’s hidden from the street but walk a little deeper and you’ll strike gold at Allegra Dining. On most days, you’ll find this Italian restaurant on break during the day but the recent addition of their Sunday brunch menu means that you can now also enjoy coffee, eggs and other delicious food during daylight hours too.

But by brunch, don’t think of your typical busy Surry Hills style kind of brunch with long queues, short stools, small tables and crowded spaces- instead it’s a much more relaxed vibe, a spacious setting with plenty of natural light and if you’re lucky, a view of the (not for swimming) pool that sits in the middle of the complex. It’s an unexpectedly nice enclosed space, tastefully decked out with palm trees and cactus, and if cocktails by the pool are your thing, Allegra can do that too- they even have a breakfast cocktail menu!

Rosa Frappe ($8)

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In Australia, Burgers, Dining, Travel on
February 9, 2016

Travel | Cairns: Apex Milk Bar,

Happy New Year Everyone! Perhaps a little late, but better late than never I hope? 
Getting back into blogging after a hiatus is a bit of a hassle so I’ve been putting it off for a while, but I’m back!! For anyone who follows me on instagram, you’ll probably have noticed that the hiatus was because I went on holidays over the new year period- and it was a blast! More posts about that soon, but I thought I’d start off by blogging about where I headed off to first, which was Cairns. 
 

Cairns was a bit of an unexpected stopover as we’d left it too late to book cheap direct flights from Sydney, so this was the next cheapest option. With a one day stopover, there wasn’t quite enough time to do the typical Cairns tourist things so we wandered around town instead, which wasn’t particularly eventful.

 
It probably wasn’t the best idea to dine at a milk bar with no air conditioning in the 40 something degree heat, but hey- the pictures on facebook looked appealing!
 
Colonel Schnitty Burger $7

The menu mostly consists of burgers and hot dogs, with a weekly rotation of burger specials. When we went, the “Colonel Schnitty” was the special of the week and at only $7 for the burger it’s quite a bargain!
The combination of crumbed chicken breast and crunchy slaw seems a little odd at first but it works perfectly. The slaw is of the more creamy type, but seems to pair nicely with the chicken and the soft bun. It’s so good, I almost ordered another one!

Fisherman’s Basket ($16)
 
I would have happily tried the rest of the burger menu, but unfortunately the rest of the party aren’t particularly keen on burgers. There’s not a particularly extensive selection of food apart from the burgers, so we decided to try the fisherman’s basket which was smaller than we had expected.
 
The basket is your typical fish and chips shop fare- it comes with battered local mackerel, calamari rings, fish cake, coconut prawns and hot chips.
 
Spicy Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce ($12)
 
We’d originally been keen on trying out their fried chicken didn’t have any, so we picked the next closest thing- the buffalo wings. It’s not quite what we’d expected as it’s not very crunchy and we’re not too fond of the sticky sauce, but the blue cheese sauce was something different!
 
Onion Rings ($6)
 
Their onion rings are impossibly large- a result of more batter than onion. It’s quite nice when they’re fresh as the batter’s nice and crunchy but it does soften quite quickly!
 
 
On the way back to our hotel, we spot this mango tree full of unripe mangoes. If only we had one in our own backyard! 🙂

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August 11, 2015

Travel | Broken Hill: Hocko’s Chicken Shop

 
We’d been given a little town tour by the uni on our arrival to Broken Hill, some 5 week ago now, and had driven past this cute little corner takeaway store. It’s called Hocko’s Chicken Shop, but we had misread it to be Hocko’s Chicken Soup so when we rocked up on a cold day expecting some warm chicken soup, we were a little surprised to when we read the menu. 
 
There’s no chicken soup in sight, but there is plenty of fried chicken and burgers which sounds just as good!
The Outback Burger ($6.95)
 

We’d eaten not too long ago, so decided to share a burger, and the ‘Outback burger’ seemed so fitting seeing as we were in the outback! 
 
We’re glad we decided to share as it’s quite a filling burger, with a big slab of fried chicken breast in the middle, deep fried til golden brown and impressively crispy. There’s also plenty of filling between the toasted bun, with smoky bacon, cheese, tomato, beetroot, lettuce and bbq sauce. 
 
And it’s every bit as tasty as it looks!
 
Chips and Gravy (Lge $5.95)
 

And you can’t have a burger without chips so we order a large chips and gravy, which is deep fried to order so it’s very hot and crispy. We’re quite fond of the gravy also, and we’re glad they’ve given us a pretty generous serving!

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