Preoccupied Press

Month: January, 2013

Stella Has A Sweet Tooth

Ice mountains, grey chicken and a possibly poisonous dessert.

See how Stella fares.

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Stella Blu
18 The Strand, Dee Why Beach, Sydney
www.stellablu.com.au
9982 7931

It’s the time of year where we all sigh in delight over the balmy summer nights. Our recent visit to Stella Blu was one of those; the sun stayed up past its bedtime, the beach across from the restaurant was packed and a saxophone player covered chilled renditions of the top 40.

We ordered a remarkably generous antipasti platter (33), worth its price especially for the hot frittata and zucchini flowers. There was such an abundant array of choice piled on this platter it would be pointless detailing every single one. As for the beverages, the ‘Frosty Fruit’ is a favourite of mine, the Caprioska’s are also very good and come with a mountain of shaved ice (ooh la la).

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Unfortunately, the Spatchcock I ordered (28.5) did not live up to the flavours suggested in the menu. The meat was also a little tough… and looked a little grey. Don’t give up on Stella Blu though, go for the 6hr slow roasted lamb, now that dish is to die for!

Veal scaloppini (29.9) hit the spot with a little more kick. The green beans were perfect with the dish and it was a hearty, flavoursome choice (proscuitto is always a winner with me though).

We did not order dessert this time around (I know, sacrilege). But, after trialling the flourless chocolate cake with fudge and pistachio praline (13.9) for poison on too many occasions, I can recommend it highly!

Overall my tips for Stella Blu are:

– Request a seat outdoors in the summer

– Order the antipasti platter!

– Try at least one cocktail

– Make sure you don’t skip out on dessert.

Many diners decide to stroll to the ice cream bar down the road. It’s an option and cute for a date… but the flourless chocolate cake is seriously good. I trust your judgement.

Stella Blu is a great restaurant for both winter and summer seasons, suitable for romantic or group nights. Dare I say that a well-made cocktail always goes down nicely, regardless of the weather?

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More Bacon, Honey?

The little cafe Revolver serves up a decadent big brekkie

 
Revolver Big Breakfast
 
Revolver
291 Annandale Street, Annandale
Sydney
http://revolver.com.au

Type “Sydney’s best breakfast spots” into Google and you have a whole lot to choose from.

We were staying on York Street and in need of a good coffee, discovering that Surrey Hills was most likely our best bet. But then, a photo of the big breakfast at Revolver caught our eye. Catching a cab to Annandale, we found that Revolver is settled on the corner of a highly residential area. The exterior is colonial and the interior is a warm, vintage themed room with gorgeous crockery and nik- naks.

Our tea came with a miniature hourglass to time the brew and the breakfast was bundled into a cast iron pan. At 16.50, the breakfast is well worth the portion and the travel, the coffee is lovely too.

Tea at Revolver

Notably, the bacon is cured with honey, giving the whole dish a hint of sweet and smokey that harmonize something special. The toast came with homemade relish that is tart, herby and not what you expect.

The owner (presumably) went above and beyond to ensure we had a table and even ordered us a cab for the trip home.

I highly recommend Revolver, at a 9.5/10.

(0.5 is due to the sausage being mediocre and the location, but nothing to really sneer at)

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