Sydney-siders most likely will have heard of Avery Cafe, with their signature pink lighting and super cutely decked out space, complete with cushions and pink panther plushies. By day it’s a cafe, a trendy brunch spot in the CBD, but by night it transforms into a bar, with a sophisticated cocktail menu and dinner options to pair.
We’re here for dinner, and although the lack of natural lighting means that the it’s more neon pink that we’d imagined, it’s not stopping the many diners from taking selfies with the beautiful backdrop and food!
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)
Earlier in the year, Mizuya did an awesome promotion of all-you-can-eat. Including absolutely everything on their menu from sashimi to sushi, seafood, grilled meat etc, it was ridiculously good value at $33.80, and even when it went up to $39.80. Sadly this promo finished in October, so this post is long overdue, but I thought I’d share some of the pics of the great food we’d enjoyed.
Warning: very pic heavy post ahead!
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)
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.