Labld is the kind of cafe you wish existed on your street. It’s quiet and unassuming, but once you’re inside, lively with a great kitchen pumping out a menu filled with diverse options from your standard brekkie fare to more exotic options like dumplings and pancakes.
Unfortunately for us, it’s located on the other side of Sydney, making us super jealous of the locals. But even so, it’s well worth the drive.
Like many cafes, the menu is highly seasonal, and so when Labld invited us to try their new menu, we were only too eager to give it a go. There’s no shortage of delicious options and we’re impressed by range, with some Asian influences, Middle Eastern influences, some healthy veggie filled options and basically everything that I’d want to try!
But first, the drinks.
Monsoon Shake ($9)
The restaurants and bars down in Kingsford are a lot more lively than you’d expect of a weekday night. Perhaps its the nature of the area, filled with uni students. Or perhaps is because it’s a spot saturated with great eats. Regardless of the reason, it’s clear that the locals know where to go for a good bite. And Mamma Teresa’s seems to be a popular the pick, a cosy Italian restaurant sitting on the busy strip that is Anzac Parade.
Pesto Pasta ($14.50)
There’s a nice homely feel to the restaurant, the double sided menu offering a range of choices, although from what we can see it’s the pizzas and pastas that everyone’s here for.
We thought we’d try the pasta for entree, but if you’re a fan of pesto pasta, you’ll want to have this for a main. It’s a generous serve, but we have no trouble licking the bowl clean from the super creamy and moreish pesto sauce that coats the pasta.
Chicken Cacciatore ($23.90)
Walking into Vivaldi Kitchen feels like walking into a friendly home. And that’s exactly what it’s all about in this family run restaurant- hearty home style meals served with warm smiles. The online reviews for Vivaldi Kitchen are nothing short of amazing, and it’s not hard to see why!
Zucchini Flowers with 4 cheeses ($18)
If there’s one cuisine I don’t have enough of it would Greek, so I was excited to join FCBA at their dinner at Platia Greek Taverna, not only for a night of good food but also plate smashing!
Their plate smashing occurs once a month on Friday nights, and is a fun filled night with performances, dancing, and the opportunity to relieve all your stress by smashing plates on the ground (don’t worry, they’re not real plates,it’s not dangerous at all!).
There’s no shortage of delicious cocktails.
You know you’re in for a good meal when you’re given two tables for a table for two.
I’ve only had Turkish food a handful of times and if there’s one thing I remember, it’s that it’s always a feast! And that’s the vibe we’re getting at Turka, which is filled diners with tables filled to the brim with delicious share plates. It’s a cosy Turkish cafe/meze bar located on the busy corner of Pacific Highway and Willoughby Road.
It’s a relatively new addition to the Crows Nest dining scene, one of the few Turkish restaurants in the area. And there’s plenty to choose from with an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. We’re eyeing the Turkish breakfast for our next visit, but we’re here first for dinner, a menu made of dips, cold meze and hot meze.
Engina – Artichoke Hearts