From time to time I’ll be writing short reviews of 4 or so establishments and publish them collectively. They will usually document places where I’ve stopped by for a quick casual lunch. Due to the absence of a DSLR, I was resorted to taking most of the photos that feature in these posts with my iPhone. I take blogging rather seriously so the point of these mini posts is to have a little fun on photoshop, write in a more casual tone and at the same time share my experiences so that you, my darling readers, might use this as research somehow in discovering somewhere new to spend your meals.
So enjoy and eat your heart out ~
Fouratefive, Surry Hills
Located at 485 Crown Street the exact address of Fouratefive is so easy to remember.
The juice could use more ginger, it contained little froth which I’m glad to see. Next door is Mad Spuds that make juice for a little less at $5 but we couldn’t order just a juice from Mad Spuds and have it brought to Fouratefive so we just had it there.
Choose between the vegetarian option of fried eggs or the vegan option of crispy tofu. A mound of tomato paste and chopped tomatoes mixture , placed atop the toast had made it soggy but the eggs were fried perfectly sunny side up with the yolk still delightfully runny. Eggs + paprika = winning. The Mexican bean mix was flavorsome and so was the Spanish onion salsa and rocket and the avocado wasn’t fussed with and was simply sliced.
Ash doesn’t eat bacon so the kitchen accommodated by replacing it with sliced avocados. The cos lettuce leaves were fresh, croutons were toasted and crunchy, anchovies provided their salty fishy quality and it was dressed well with a tangy dressing but the shreds of poached chicken were dry, but hey that’s plain ol’ chook for ya. There’s not much to report on it was just your average Caesar salad.
I’d like to bring to your attention that there is a pirate living in Surry Hills. During lunch we heard squawking coming from one of the tables, turns out it was someone’s pet parrot that could speak words like ‘hello.’ Said parrot and owner were just casually sipping on an organic juice at O Organic Produce Cafe.
485 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Mon to Fri – 7am to 3:30pm
Sat – 7:30am to 3pm
Sun – 9:30am to 3:30pm
Some suburbs make me apprehensive to dine in, especially when they involve cases of food poisoning like in KFC Villawood or the unforgettable Coogee Bay Hotel ‘chocolate’ ice sundae. We’re far far away from Coogee Bay Hotel and there are no plans to order ice cream or make any complaints because we’ve to Five Os plenty of times so know what to expect foodwise.
I could tell the salmon was frozen it wasn’t bad but Five Os make the kind of food where you just go to get fed and drink beer as well. It was nice mash albeit with a few lumps that’s how you know it’s homemade right? The salad had way too much dressing so eventually it combined with the mash and became salt and vinegar flavoured mash which I wasn’t very keen on.
It’s a good value steak, cooked perfectly medium rare and the peppercorn sauce is like gravy with peppercorns thrown in.
1/186 Arden Street, Coogee NSW 2034
Mon to Fri – 12pm to 9:30pm
Sat & Sun – 11:30am to 9:30pm
The Shakespeare Hotel, Surry Hills
The Shakespeare Hotel is a gambling, eating and drinking hotspot with more emphasis on the eating and drinking. If I were the bard I’d be very pleased with the décor as it is dark but homely, there are scarcely any windows but the chandelier fixtures, mahogany walls and furniture and gold framed paintings give off a regal feel. Sit yourself down with a friend or two and peruse the menu knowing that a meal here won’t break the bank because all mains are $12.50
Have a squiz at their menu I’ve included below and once you’ve decided, order at the bar, the bar attendant will hand you an electronic beeper which will let you know when your food is ready to be collected.
The pie is served steaming hot in a bowl with a lid of crusty and buttery puff pastry. The chicken and leek flavour is prominent, bite sized chicken pieces sit in a roux based sauce. The salad has the right amount of dressing for me and the mash is smooth. Not bad considering what you’re paying.
I ordered some meat for my man, a hulking piece of cow cooked medium rare and with a side of mash and salad because we have to look after our bodies sometimes. Like Five Os, they turn gravy into peppercorn sauce by tossing it with a bunch of peppercorns, he comments that it isn’t as juicy and flavourful as Five Os steak which I confirm. The steak is under seasoned but that’s not a complaint as we can just add as much salt to our liking.
200 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Mon to Sat – 10am to 12am
Sun – 12pm to 10pm
Komachi Japanese Restaurant, Surry Hills
Waiting for a table at Sushi Suma on a Saturday night, without a booking, on an empty stomach resulted in walking into Komachi. What caught my eye was the ramen eating challenge. Consume a gigantic bowl of ramen noodles including the works within 60 minutes, you eat free and have your face immortalised for all passersby to see, PLUS receive $100 voucher to spend at the restaurant. However I would’ve needed to book a day in advance to attempt this near-death challenge and besides I wasn’t going to wait an entire day to have ramen, in fact I wanted it now.
I had the Chicken ramen $15 which did not look like traditional Japanese ramen, there wasn’t the egg with the googy yolk, no spring onions, or wakame seawood, so presentation-wise was plain and I don’t believe the egg was offered as an extra. It contained only a mouthful of chicken and bok choy – which usually doesn’t belong in a Japanese noodle soup, the garlicky chicken broth had a thinner consistency than Gumshara but it was still nice to slurp the ramen noodles with. I love variety in my food so would get very bored of so much ramen in the one sitting.
Served in a bento box, the Chirashi salmon roe consists of vinegared sushi rice, thick cuts of salmon sashimi, seaweed paper, sliced cucumbers, speckled with coral pearls of salmon roe. Unfortunately for $24 the portion was meagre with hardly any of the topping, with that amount we could have gotten better value and a very good feed at Sushi Suma down the road. The salmon sashimi was redeeming but it’s difficult to get wrong when it’s simply raw fish. We thought the roe had a bitter aftertaste so brought it up with management, who were pleasant and considered our complaint.
Phew I hope you’ve enjoyed the first mini post as much as I enjoyed putting them together. I so very thank you for reading
’til next time dearest readers!
1/426 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Sun, Mon & Tues – Thurs: 11:30am to 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30am to 11pm