Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Sweet Treats - Brisbane CBD

Long term readers of my blog would know that I am a big fan of Sweet Treats Dessert Cafe. Having been to both their Runcorn and Sunnybank Hills store I was greatly saddened to see their Sunnybank store close down earlier in the year to be replaced by Hey Sweets! which didn't really live up to my expectations. Thankfully as I was walking through Myer last week, I saw that they had opened a new branch, in the upper food court of the Myer Centre. Meeting up with a friend that day, we decided to grab some afternoon tea there.

The setup was relatively simple with drinks on the menu board and a small selection of cakes to order from the display. As usual it was counter service and after ordering staff bring out the food.

Like their main store, they also had a selection of signature desserts available to order which are a little more fancy than the standard cakes.


After ordering, we grabbed some seats inside. I found their decor to be really quite cute, especially the doraemon drawing.

Drinks came quite quickly afterwards, with Queen V ordering a Caramel Macchiato and I had a Hojicha Latte. She found hers to be quite sweet and milky, which deviated from my expectation of coffee with only a spot of milk. My hojicha was also quite rich and creamy, but I found it to be a little lacking in the burnt tea taste that I enjoy so much.

In terms of food, Queen V ordered a matcha creme brulee. It came in an aluminium container, probably to facilitate take away orders, but it noticeably lacked the scoop of ice cream that the Runcorn store also comes with. Whilst creamy, she commented that it was a bit sweet and had quite a metallic taste to it. The ones in a ceramic container are definitely far superior.

I ordered a Tiramisu, which also came in a plastic container for ease of take away. I also found it to be quite rich and smooth, but lacking in the taste department. Other than the creaminess of the mascarpone, I experienced very little by way of coffee flavours, which was a little disappointing.

Price Range: $5 - $15pp

Taste: 5/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 6/10

Sweet Treats Dessert Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 14 October 2017

La Macelleria Gelateria - Teneriffe

Went to try the highly popular gelato at La Macelleria Gelateria with the Tomcat family after grabbing pizza at Beccofino at Teneriffe. There was no better way to round off an Italian meal than with proper Italian Gelato, which was luckily only a couple hundred metres away. Arriving at about 7.30, it was reasonably busy, with quite a few seats having been taken, but most customers ordered takeaway and left anyway.

Unlike most gelaterias which have their gelatos on display (e.g. gelatissimo), La Macelleria's were all hidden within silver canisters, with the menu presented up top with a selection of gelato and sorbet.

On top of that there were also a selection of ice cream cakes which looked really appealing and will have to make a point to try sometime.

Between the three of us, we had two cups of three flavours to share. My favourites for the night would definitely have to be the coffee and tiramisu flavours which were rich and creamy whilst maintaining strong coffee flavours without being overly sweet. I really enjoyed it.

Price Range: $5 - $10pp

Taste: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Environment: 8/10

La Macelleria Gelateria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Emile & Solange - Albion

Another reason for stopping by Fox Street in Albion was the popular little cheese shop recommended to me by Tomcat. Situated right next to Vieille Branche, I headed in during my very short wait for food.

Inside were a vast array of cheeses, ranging from the very soft Bries to the hard Pecorinos some locally sourced and some imported.  Fortunately I had done my research and the decision wasn't hard to make. 

We got a small tub of Cremeux De Bourgogne with Truffle, which is a French Brie sourced from Burgundy, which we ate like savages with all but a wooden knife to help us cut it up. We found it to be deliciously rich and creamy with a considerable amount of truffle to add taste and flavour to the cheese. Between the two of us, we finished the whole piece within the afternoon, savouring every last piece.

Price: Varies

Taste: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Environment: 8/10

Emile and Solange Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Vieille Branche - Albion

Went and grabbed some brunch with Iron Fist the other day in the relatively unexplored (at least on my part) foodie hub along Fox St in Albion. Iron Fist had actually done some research and suggested that this would be a brunchy place that we both enjoy so much. 

Arriving at around 11am, it was around half full. Our attention was immediately captivated by the many creative antiquities decorating the store situated in such an industrial area. It made for a very unique and rustic vibe. Having made an appointment nearby in 45 mins, we asked the waitress if it would be better for us to order take away or whether there would be enough time for us to enjoy a sit down lunch. To this she confidently assured us that we would be able to finish in time, so we grabbed a table and sat down.


The menu contained quite a few traditional brunchy things as Iron Fist had recommended, and despite being quite concise, it already contained quite a few things that I really wanted to try.

Iron Firt ordered a coffee to go with his meal. He quite reportedly quite enjoyed it noting the strength and creaminess of the cup, but I abstained from my usual cappuccino (being already quite over caffeinated lately).

For his main, Iron Fist ordered the croque monsieur, which he quite adored. He found the brioche slices to be very fresh and well toasted, with delicious melty gruyere cheese complemented by the double smoked leg ham. The highlight for him however was the leafy green salad with radish slices and tomato dressed with a light vinegar which he found to be simplistic and yet elegant.


I ordered the Simple et Parfait (eggs your way), and chose the provincial option. Provincial eggs turned out to be a soft boiled egg which was them crumbed and fried. Cutting into them, the yolk was perfectly runny, whilst the coating ensured it was deliciously seasoned with herbs mixed in with the crumbs. My sourdough toast was also quite tasty although it erred on the more toasted side a little more than I would have liked. I also ordered a side of cheese and salmon, both of which were fresh and tasty. 

True to the waitress's promise, we were in and out in 30 mins, which I really appreciated, and allowed us to have a quick start to our afternoon activities. 

Price Range: $15 - $25pp

Taste: 8.5/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Environment: 8.5/10

Vieille Branche Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Red and Green - Woolloongabba

Have had some late night Korean BBQ cravings lately, which have been further exasperated by friends sending me photos of grilled meats especially late at night. Finally decided to scratch the itch whilst satisfying my curiosity for Restaurant Red and Green at Woolloongabba, after having seen quite a few online promotions about it.

Again, when I am extremely hungry, I rushed for the table and forgot to take pictures of the surrounding environment. But for the record it was well lit, quite clean and reasonably spacious, with a general wooden theme much like other Korean restaurants I have been to. Charcoal was provided immediately after ordering, and it warmed us up considerably.

Chilled water was provided as usual, and I took the time to take a look at the offerings at the buffet.

Quite a large assortment of meats for the grill, noted they had my favourite bulgogi with quite a few other options.

Three salads were available, two leafy green ones a coleslaw and another one which had raisins in it. 

Seven types of Korean sides were also on offer, I particularly enjoy the bean curd skin and kimchi.

Fruits and cakes were also available afterwards as dessert.

From the meats selection, I found the marinated beef to be my favourite as usual. The wagyu, whilst very well marbled, wasn't overly tender, but was rather a bit chewy. I appreciated that the pork belly wasn't overly fatty, which meant I could eat with a bit less guilt. The prawns and octopus were reasonably fresh as well. The taste of the unmarinated meats relied solely on each person's ability to mix their own sauces, but the pork had a noticeably good texture. I also really appreciated the extra lettuce leaves, which allowed us the ability to enjoy our meats wrapped up in the leaves, traditional Korean style.

With respect to the non bbq selections, I found the fried chicken to be quite impressive, with a crispy skin but also moist juicy flesh. The wedges were a little bland though. Salads were fresh and I quite enjoyed their respective dressings. Unfortunately we were way too full to try the cakes as well, but the watermelon was quite refreshing.

Price Range: $30 - $33pp

Taste: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Environment: 8/10

Restaurant Red & Green Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato