Growing up in a heavily Indian populated neighborhood, I’m no stranger to Indian food. And I’m talking tiny little joint, with barely any decor, but ridiculously good food sorta Indian food.
But for the uninitiated or something a little more hipster, I’d recommend Don’t Tell Aunty.
Balls of Happiness ($16)
Balls of Happiness are little fried dough balls, filled with a delectable mixture of yoghurt, tamarind and other tasty additions which I obviously didn’t pay attention to. But it’s a quite moment of happiness as we’re told we have about 10 seconds to eat it. The delicate thin crisp ball doesn’t last long before the moisture from the fillings get to it! But each bite is an explosion of delicious flavours, and we’d have to say that Balls of Happiness is a pretty accurate description!
Unauthentic Butter Chicken ($21)
Of course we had to go for the butter chicken, which might be unauthentic but is oh so tasty! The yogurt-marinated chicken is tender and we’re loving the sauce that’s made of tomato, ginger, garlic & fenugreek.
Chana Masala ($16)
But it’s the Chana Masala where the flavour really packs a punch. The garam masala, pomegranate & mango powder make for a nicely balanced curry, which go well with chickpea.
Naan Basket ($12)
Naan is our choice of vehicle to mop up all the tasty curry sauces, and we’re not at all disappointed by the naan basket, which comes with a variety of plain, garlic & chive as well as sesame & onion seed naan varieties. Soft and fluffy, we’d easily have these on their own.
As a dietitian, I try to make healthy choices most of the time. This means that when I do have a treat I make sure it is one that is pretty damn good! And when it comes to burgers, Bare Grill definitely fits the bill.
It’s not our first time at Bare Grill- we visited them a couple of months ago to try their awesome breakfast towers, but given how well their burgers rate, we had to make another visit to try them!
Nutella Thick Shake ($8)
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!)
Japanese food isn’t really the first thing thing that comes to mind when thinking Surry Hills, it’s exactly what we’re here for on a chilly weeknight.
If you’ve ever been on Cleveland Street, you’ll probably have noticed Komachi Japanese Restaurant- the one with its front windows transformed into a wall of fame, featuring customers who have successfully completed their 1 kilo ramen challenge. There’s 34 on the wall so far, but we’re not quite brave enough to face the challenge- we’re here to try their normal menu thanks to Washoku Lovers.
If cafes with quirky names which don’t really seem to mean anything related to the cafe itself are your thing, then check out Cowbell 808. If it’s not really your thing, check it out anyway, because the food is great!
It’s another one of those dreaded exam periods again, and to make things a little more exciting, I made a study date with a friend at uni with a lunch at Cowbell 808 to energise us for a long day of hard work. It’s a short 10 minute bus ride from uni, and quite easy to get to, though not exactly close, but it was good to get away from uni for a bit.