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Kafiene Balmain

Balmain is a delightful suburb just a few kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD. Darling Street is a Hub of activities, with weekend markets, florists, cafés and eateries.

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Kafiene is a pumping café on Darling Street. With a cool and funky décor, a front window drenched in sunshine, serving Campos coffee. Kafiene was the place to be.

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Sitting at the bay window at the front, staff couldn’t see us past the crowd waiting for take away coffee.

Our coffees arrived swiftly, they were on point! The milk nice and hot, well textured until velvety smooth. With nice woody tones, no acidic after taste, I would recommend coffee lovers give Kafiene a try.

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The black rice porridge was a generous portion of black rice served with your milk of choice and a medley of fruits. The dish is not what I would have expected, cold strawberry with the warm stewed fruit and poached pear was not the balance I was looking for. The milk was served cold, on a chilly winters day the porridge did not stay warm for long. I would have liked a richer rice cooked with the milk, cinnamon, spices so it was nice and aromatic served hot.

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The omelette had loads of great flavours. I would liked to have seen the flavours cooked with the eggs so that every bite had some of the gorgeous caramelised onion and chorizio.

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Kafiene has an eclectic menu, with a broad variety to meet your dietary needs, serving scrumptious coffee.

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Ironwood café and coffee roasters at Woolwich

Ironwood café

Located on Woolwich Point,  Ironwood café has a great view of Clarke’s Point Reserve and some magnificent harbour and CBD views.

As you walk into the café, the array of coffee beans and tea is vast. You’ll have to make it past the cake and sweet counter to grab a table.

IMG_3744Staff are super friendly and happy to spend some time with you going through the menu. The ambience at Ironwood is great, the tables are large and the restaurant isn’t over crowded.

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The coffee … The coffee is house roasted, you will definitely grab more than one. The coffee is full of flavour, nice earthy tones and balanced on the palate, no acidic aftertaste.

IMG_8947Ironwood has an extensive breakfast menu, with a Mediterranean influence. I really enjoyed the dukkah eggs, two eggs served on a generous portion of bacon, stacked on toasted sourdough, topped off with crumbled fetta, dukkah, honey and some mint. This was the waiter’s suggestion, I thoroughly enjoyed it!! I was pleasantly surprised with how complimentary the sweet element was to this dish. The mint really added some freshness.  I would have liked it thinly sliced so I could have had a little mint in each mouthful.
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The haloumi BLT, was a huge portion and super scrumptious. The Turkish roll was fresh, soft, fluffy and smeared with Aoli. The haloumi BLT came with a generous amount of bacon, haloumi, and salad. It was well seasoned and scrumptious.

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The greek baked eggs were divine. Packed full of flavour, great herb, garlic and tomato undertones. The house roasted tomatoes are delicious.

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The desserts. For once I’m actually a little speechless. The desserts are house made. The fruit tart was excellent, the short crust pastry shell was light and crunchy, a generous amount of custard and had loads of fresh berries on top. The Nutella croquembouche was rich and indulgent.

IMG_3746With a huge range of sweets you’ll definitely save room for dessert and visit Ironwood more than once to get through them all.  Portions are generous and menu items are all well priced. 

I cannot wait to go back to Ironwood to grab a coffee, try the dinner menu and sample a couple more desserts. 

Pu’er on Danks

Pu’er on Danks is an Asian fusion restaurant and tea house. The decor is quaint and oriental inspired with porcelain tables and wooden stools.  Service is impeccable; staff are happy to share their favorites and explain the variety of teas and menu items.

What comes to mind when someone says, ‘let’s grab Chinese for dinner’? Basic takeaway, fried food and some fried rice? No, not at Puer.

The menu is modern Asian fusion, which means the flavors connect to traditional Chinese cooking and incorporate modern influences i.e. street food!

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The tea steamed dumplings are scrumptious, the scallop dumplings are magnificent. The gyoza were perfectly cooked with a nice crunchy skin.

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It is a toss up between the street food and dessert for my favorite component of the meal. Hong Kong mini burgers comprised of a panko crusted piece of pork on a sweet golden bun. Wagu’s taco’s were totally amazing the wagu melted in my mouth and the taco bun was deliciously light and fluffy.

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The green beans with pork was divine and a huge portion.  Three cup drunken duck was so tender and the meat fell off the bone, the photo does not do the drunken duck justice.

All the meals were delicious and seasoned to perfection. I have to warn you SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT.

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The desserts were divine. I loved the coconut sorbet and black sticky rice with the gorgeous coconut syrup to drizzle on top! The red bean donuts were light and fluffy and totally Moorish!

The teas are perfectly matched to your taste and desire. The tea light candle creates a great ambiance on your table and keeps the tea warm.

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Puer is a great local Chinese restaurant that I would go back to as the food was enjoyable. The street food was so easy to share. The food is unique and a touch more expensive than traditional Chinese.

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The full menu is available online

http://www.puer.com.au

Pu’er
20a Danks Street Waterloo
NSW Australia 2017
P: 02 8399 1331

Thank you Pu’er for inviting me to dine at your establishment as a guest, all opinions in this post are my own.

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Blackwall Café

Blackwall Cafe 
Scrambled eggs with a side of house smoked trout

Hiding at the water end of Blackwall Point Rd is a gorgeous and quaint café, with water and city views. The Blackwall Point Café is a great spot to enjoy all the gorgeous and glorious things about Sydney, GREAT views and GREAT coffee!Great coffee

Staff are super friendly and keen as to make your experience enjoyable.

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The coffee is superb, All Press Coffee is used. Well crafted by the barista, nice and smooth, no acidic undertones.

The food is delicious, portions are generous and well priced. Dishes were seasoned to perfection. The trout house smoked trout is totally divine.

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Blackwall  Café has loads of parking, close to the ferry and right at the bus stop so getting there is super easy ! This cafe is an InnerWest delight and well worth the trip.

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It would be formidable for me not to mention the salt water fish tank, if the ocean and city views are enough you enjoy the gorgeous tropical fish tank filled with coral and loads of fish ‘nemo’ while you enjoy your time at the Blackwall Café.

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Open 6:30-4pm everyday expect for Tuesday.

45 Blackwall Point Rd Chiskwick

97137561