Saturday, June 11, 2011

Trio Cafe

It's the Queen's birthday long weekend! For me, weekends are synonymous to a nice brunch in some fancy cafe. I have been going to Trio Cafe in Bondi Beach for a while. Yes, it can be hard finding a parking spot there, the food is not cheap, there is always a long queue (book your table if you don't wanna wait for an hour or so), but the food never disappoints.

Boss eggs - scrambled eggs with fetta & truffle oil served with sourdough toast, avocado & prosciutto ($21)

Big breakfast - two eggs (any style) with toast, bacon, mushrooms, sausage, oven-roasted tomato & a hash brown ($21)

My absolute favourite is the Boss eggs. I like the scrambled eggs here better than Bill's cafe. The feta and truffle oil combination is divine, along with the creaminess from avocado and saltiness from prosciutto. You can really taste the truffle here, and the portion is pretty big. My brother, on the other hand, always seems to order big breakfast wherever we go, what a guy! He opted for both sunnyside and scrambled eggs, along with all the other condiments that were well cooked. A substantial portion indeed.

Overall, one of my favourite brunch spots in Sydney and I will definitely be back soon. I might also try the dinner menu.

Trio Cafe
56 Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Erciyes Turkish Restaurant

I had this Middle Eastern food craze a few months ago. All I wanted to eat was the colourful dips. So much that they boy took me to Erciyes Turkish Restaurant in Surry Hills for the Valentine's day dinner. I was expecting somewhere more romantic but at least that means he listened to me! From the outside, this place looks like a dodgey takeaway joint, but they actually have a nice and spacious dine-in area next to that. 

We wanted to order the banquet but it's for at least a group of four, fine.... so we made our own 'banquet'.

Small mixed dips ($14)

Hot, toasted turkish bread

Small Greek salad ($10) 

Mixed grill ($29)

Sucuklu - Turkish sausage with garlic, egg and spices (spicy) ($13)
As you can see, we kinda went overboard with the ordering! The owner was really nice and he actually told us to stop ordering when we initially wanted more since he thought that it would be wasted. 

We started the feast with the small mixed dips, that came with a pretty big pile of freshly toasted Turkish bread. The 'small' mixed dips was actually a lot! It could've easily fed at least 4-5 people. Nothing beats freshly toasted bread with the dips. We also ordered a small (ie pretty big) Greek salad to create the illusion that we're eating healthily. The mixed grill was a mixture of lamb cutlets, kofte, lamb and chicken shish. Each one of them was really tender and well seasoned, one of the best mixed grill plates I've had. By this time, we were clutching our stomach only to realise that we still had another plate coming... no wonder the owner had to stop us from ordering more! The sucuklu (pide) was very flavoursome too, but unfortunately we couldn't even finish half of this. 

Overall, a very nice dining experience with reasonable price. We ordered so much and paid around $30 each. I am keen to try the banquet menu with a bigger group next time. I heard that there are some belly dancers performing on Friday and Saturday nights.

409 Cleveland St
Surry Hills