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September 25, 2018

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Hill

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Matcha Latte ($4.50, large)
There’s no shortage of brunch options in Castle Towers, with the opening of multiple cafes in the past year. But if you’re after a quieter spot for a quick bite, there’s also Three Beans Café, one of the older cafés in the area.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Mocha Frappe ($6.50)
We’re visiting on a weekend, and though its busy, it’s not difficult to grab a table. Service is quick and efficient, and our coffees and meals are served very shortly after ordering at the counter.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Smoked Salmon on Rye
There’s a generous serving of smoked salmon and guacomole on the Smoked Salmon on rye, although we’re a little disappointed there’s only one egg! It’s a simple combination, but we felt like it could do with a bit of sauce for flavour and the rye a little more toasting.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Corn and Zucchini Fritters ($13.90)
The Corn and zucchini fritters are an impressively low energy (calorie) option, with a serve only being 1010kJ. Part of reason is that the serve size is notably smaller than what you might find elsewhere, but it’s great for a light lunch. The fritters are lightly pan fried, they’re thin and soft and tasty although nothing to rave about.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers

Nourish Bowl ($14.90)
The menu consist mostly of your typical brunch staples (think eggs on toast) but what captures my attention are the selection of veggie packed bowls. And I’m not disappointed by the fresh veggies in my Nourish Bowl. It comes filled with grains, peas, kale, avocado, red cabbage, carrot, onion, coriander and egg with ginger dressing.

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In Café, Dining, Lunch on
April 14, 2018

Dining & Co, Castle Hill

Though we do have a handful of good cafes in the Hills, my favourites still happen to be the ones much farther away, such a Dining & Co, a good 35 minute drive away in North Ryde. So when I found out that they were opening up a second branch in Castle Towers (replacing Bellacinno) i.e. less than 10 minutes away, I was stoked!

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon & Caviar ($19)

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In Café, Dining on
January 7, 2018

The Baron, Castle Hill

Lazy weekend mornings mean that

  • We cannot be bothered making anything nice for breakfast and;
  • We cannot be bothered traveling far for breakfast

Mocha ($4.50)

And so you’ll most likely catch us at our usual local favourites on a Saturday/Sunday morning. Unless it’s a day like this, where we turn up to our usual local café only to find it packed and rather than waiting on hungry stomachs for a table, we venture over to the neighboring (even more popular) café to try our luck….and get lucky!

Which is how we end up at the Baron this fateful Saturday morning.

Breakfast Salad

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In Café, Dining on
April 30, 2017

Bellaccino Espresso Bar, Castle Hill

Lazy weekends means brunching locally, and although we have a handful of go-to places, recent price hikes and deletion of some of our favourite menu items meant it was time for us to venture out and discover more good eats in the local area.

I’m not usually a fan of cafes which are smack-bam in the middle of busy shopping centres, but the huge $10 breakfast sign out the front of Bellaccino’s was certainly enticing, especially given that there were still a couple more days til pay day.

Mocha Frappe ($5.50)

The $10 menu consists of your basic brekkie menu items (think eggs on toast) and even comes with a free drink if you find yourself here on a weekday, but alas we’re not, and it’s past the 11:30am that the menu runs to. Luckily there’s plenty else to choose from on their menu, which is cleverly organised by cuisine.

The coffee is not amazing, and my mocha frappe tasted more like a milkshake than a frappe, but it worked well as a dessert-like sweet finish to the meal.

Vegetarian Big Breakfast ($15.90)

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In Asian, Dining on
October 17, 2011

Red Spoon Thai, Castle Hill

The end of the uni semester is approaching (much to my delight!), but I find it hard to believe that it’s already almost been a year of uni! It was only this time last year that I was studying madly for the final exams! (maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration….)

I’m quite glad that I don’t ever have to go through the pressure of those exams again (although uni exams can be just as stressful!), especially in the lovely weather that comes during these months. But I guess my experience doesn’t quite compare to that of my friend, who was unfortunate enough to have the exams start on the day after her birthday!!  We did celebrate it after the exams, though by the time we got around to that I was ….overseas *ahem*

To celebrate her birthday this year, she took us to Red Spoon Thai in Castle Hill, which I was quite excited about, not only because I like thai food but because it’s been quite a while since I last met up with my group of high school friends!
 

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Thai Fishcakes 
We start off with a couple of entrees, and I excitedly whip my camera out as the food comes. I rarely take my (big) camera out to restaurants with me, so I’m quite inexperienced when it comes to restaurants with low lighting and when plates of food just come raining down onto your table….so excuse the blurry photos! 🙂
 
skewers
Petite Chicken Satay

 

The chicken satay is a cute, bite-sized portion of 8 skewers, perfect for sharing. The chicken is grilled nicely, and the chicken pieces are tender and tasty, especially when dipped with the sweet, nutty peanut sauce or cucumber relish it is accompanied by.

 

curry puff
Curry Puffs
 
Interestingly enough, the curry puffs don’t have much of a curry flavour, but are still quite tasty, especially with the sweet chilli sauce. The vegetable filling, consisting of mainly carrots (no doubt the frozen ones of course!), are a little too soft and overcooked for my liking but the beautifully pleated wrapping of pastry is deep fried until perfectly light and makes the puffs very enjoyable.

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Barbecued Chicken 
I would have left this picture out of the post (because it’s so blurry!), but the barbecued chicken was very tasty, and definitely one of the highlights of the dinner. Like the entree of satay skewers, this grilled chicken thigh was very tender but was even more tasty, with its slightly sweet and flavoursome marinade/sauce. 

green curry
Green Curry with Chicken 

My first observation of the green chicken curry is that it is quite green, with all the peas and beans, but interestingly, lacking in the vegetables I usually like with my green curries, like corn and eggplant.Whilst the curry is pleasantly creamy and fragrant from the coconut milk, I find that it lacks a little in spices (it isn’t even hot!) and doesn’t really make me want to go back for more.
red curry
Red Curry with Chicken 

The Red Curry was a more popular on our table, with its heavier use of spices, bringing out a more interesting depth of flavour. 

 

pad thai
Pad Thai 
 The Pad Thai is a generous serving of stir fried thin rice noodles which aren’t too sticky or overly sweet. We ordered both chicken and prawn pad thai’s, both of which were enjoyable, but pretty average.
 
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Thai Fried Rice 
The menu promises that the fried rice is not boring- and I think they kept their promise pretty well! Whilst the rice is a little too oily for my liking, the fried rice carries strong Thai flavours (especially basil) and was very tasty.
 

 

cake

When we finished eating, the table was quickly cleared (which wasn’t actually an easy job, as the table was quite packed and there were a lot of dishes on the table). The birthday girl brought her own cake, so we were sort of expecting it to be brought out afterwards. What we weren’t expecting was for the lights to be turned off and birthday music to start playing- a lovely surprise! 🙂

 

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