Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Burger Joint (The Observer Hotel), The Rocks

It truly shocks a lot of people when I tell them I'm 1 month away from graduating as a dietitian. Dietitian = healthy eating + food blogger ... what ?! is how it normally plays out.

Regardless, at the end of the day, I am still human and some days I'll be meal prepping and recording my daily intake in a food diary .. other days I'll devour a thick, juicy, grease dripping beef burger and then feel so grubby but oh so satisfied. Which what leads me to this post. 

Prior to eating The Burger Joint, I was seriously like a ravenous pregnant lady craving for a gobsmacking burger, and scrolling through instagram did not help.

Situated inside The Observer Hotel, I had no idea this place existed till recently.  Besides burgers (duh, 'Burger' Joint), they offer wraps, salad, seafood and steak for those non burger lovers.

To prepare my stomach for the In and Out Burger I'll be eating in 4 weeks (Yay America!), I've ordered their American Beef - double beef, double cheese, onions and cheese and mustard the struggles to eat was real without having my jaw lock.

American Beef - $17.00

The boy's Bacon & Cheese again was an artery clogger, ontop of the cheese & beef pattty but we left undefeated! I did prefer my one though, because the bacon was just really really salty and kind of overpowered the grilled taste of the burger.

Bacon & Cheese - $16.50

Both burgers come with a side salad (Garden, Greek or Caesar) and of course deep fried chips to get some more calories into you. 

At the end of the day, I feel the burgers here are pretty awesome and definitely not for the light hearted. For all burger lovers, I would recommend you giving this place a shot, but beware of the pigeons because they keep trying to steal my chips !!

A Little Bit Of Tang dined as a guest at Burger Joint with thanks to CMP Online Marketing although all my opinions  are 100% my own, honest and unbiased.  Please refer to my disclosure policy for more information.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Aqua Dining, Milson's Point

As embarrassing as it is to admit, most of the time I look forward to restaurants knowing I’ll be served some sort of fresh, crusty bread and butter. It’s the simple things in life that count!

A month ago (I know .. I’m so behind) when Dimmi had their 50% off, I squeezed in a late 2pm at Aqua. But if you missed out on this offer, they’re currently doing a $38 lunch covering you a main, side and glass of wine.

Here at Aqua, they serve Ormeggio’s Sourdough with olive oil and an amuse bouche of Salmon Tartare w/ Ricotta prior to our 4 course meal ($105pp).  I vouch that Ormeggio have the best bread I have ever had.

One of the entrees - Tuna Tartare was presented beautifully. I really have to give credit to Aqua for the presentation of their food. Pieces of raw and cooked tuna, caramelised pineapple and a sorrel gel, it was a winner for him. I know this because he took his time slowly eating it instead of devouring it like a pelican.

I too was very impressed with my entrée. The King Prawns had that smoky char grilled flavour and a generous dollop of stacciatella was given. I loved the mouth feel of the dill tapioca similar to fish roe.

My Parmesan Risotto looked liked artwork. As obsessed as I am with bread, I also love plates and crockery. Compared to the entrée, I feel this dish was a little bland and underwhelming, even with the balsamic vinegar and aged ricotta.

I was quite jealous of the Tomato & Chilli Tagliolini that the boy was eating and of course I had to have a bite or two. His dish was flavoursome with al dente pasta. It’s always nice knowing you’ve got chunks instead of flakes of Moreton Bay Bugs.

Again, cudos to the simple presentation. My Wagyu Beef was juicy with a tomato hit of pizzaiola sauce.  With a side of tomato, celeriac and a reduction of vinegar and tomato, it was an overall tasty dish.

I found the Blue Eye Trevalla to be a little mediocre. When you have a dish prior that is so mind blowing, I feel it’s hard to appreciate the next course, which is what may have happened to me on this main.

Last but not least, dessert . It’s true what they say .. there’s a second stomach for dessert.
When hearing the combination of Amedei Chocolate Budino and Passionfruit Parfait, I could already taste that bitter and tart combination.  I’m not sure if salt was added to this dish (maybe the crumb), but if it was, it was very overpowering. The chocolate was delicious – bitter, rich and creamy. The passionfruit parfait was a bit more tart than expected, though overall an okay dish.

The boy is 100% not a sweet tooth, however he really enjoyed the Banana Mousse & Salted Caramel. The mousse was super light with a subtle banana flavour and the caffe latte gel tied the dessert together, making it seem like a Coffee Bannoffee Pie.

I found most dishes were a hit here and honestly a great place to dine if you’re looking for atmosphere and a view.  The two dishes that really stood out for me were the King Prawns & Moreton Bay Bug Tagliolini whilst the rest were generally enjoyable.