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!
With such a unique name, there’s probably not many Sydneysiders who havent heard of Haven Tailoring Coffee Joyously. And whilst the idea of tailored coffee doesn’t appeal to me (I’m not a big coffee drinker), I am a huge fan of their menu, so when I was particularly excited to try our their new menu with some foodie friends when FCBA invited me along.
Havenly Affogato with Vanilla Bean or Matcha Ice-cream $ 6 (top left, bottom right)
It’s been a while since my last visit so the menu has changed quite a bit, although the classic favourites are still there, along with some creative new options.
But first, drinks.
If dessert for breakfast is not your thing, then I’d suggest staying away from the Havenly Affogato. But if you’ve got a crazy sweet tooth like me, then this is the drink to order. I say drink, but this version of affogato is much more of a dessert than a drink, with an impressively large serve of ice cream (two scoops!)
Sydneysiders who love Japanese food will no doubt have tried Yayoi. For those in need of an introduction, it’s a restaurant chain that’s come from Japan, where they already have in excess of 300 restaurants. So it’s no surprise that it was quite popular when they first landed in Australia.
I first visited their Yayoi Galeries branch when they were newly opened and the wait was excessively long. And though the crowds have died down, as they do, the beautiful presentation of the food an standout freshness is reason enough for me to make a visit from time to time. So when I received an invite from FCBA Australia to try out their newly opened branch in Westfield Sydney, I was only too eager to go!
Although the menu is largely the same between their different branches, there are some slight differences. And one big drawcard for the new Westfield location is their Umeshu (Japanese Plum Wine) offerings. If plum wine is your thing, you’ll definitely wanting to make a visit soon. Even if it’s not, you’ll want to check out their extensive umeshu menu- you’ll probably even find a new favourite!
It’s probably the Asian in me, but I’m never one to say no to a buffet!
So when I came across the sign advertising the IKEA Buffet for Easter during one of my lunchtime IKEA walks, I was quick to make plans with some colleagues to check it out!
It’s nothing new, IKEA have been running buffets pretty much since they opened in Rhodes. They’re usually around Christmas, Easter and occasionally throughout the year, and you can always guarantee there’ll be crowds.
But the fact that it was a short walk away from work and it started right as we finished work made it a perfect start to our Easter Long Weekend. And at just $18 per person, we did’t have much to lose!
Large Mocha ($4.80)
The sunny summer weather is perfect for cafés but when the mercury hits 40 and above, sitting outdoors or anywhere without air conditioning doesn’t make for the most enjoyable experience. This is where cafés like Bare Witness are perfect- it’s indoors yes, but the big open space with glass floor to ceiling windows facing the water means it feels like you’re still making the most of the great weather without constantly sweating.
Green Tea Frappe (7.50)