Sunday, August 26, 2018

Fich at Petersham

There is no doubt that fish and chips is an iconic duo in Australia. My highschool days are full of so much great memories of visits to local fish and chips shops. The aroma in the air and music of frying batter to seeing dashes of chicken salt sprinkled on the hot chips was a jolly sensory experience for me. I have enjoyed so many fish and chips in my life but not as much as my recent visit to Fich Petersham.

Right in the center of Petersham is where you’ll find Jose Silva (Sweet Bellem co-owner & ex-Bennelong chef) and Manny Paraiso’s (also an ex-Bennelong chef) seafood restaurant. All the seafood used are fresh and top quality. From the mussels to calamari and fish.  The space has a mix of Scandinavian and coastal interior design that gives out a bright and airy relaxed feeling. I’ve been waiting for Fich to open and have been a long time follower of Manny on Instagram. So I was so excited to have finally visited them.

I tried their take on a classic, Fich and chips ($18). Hands down, this is my favourite fish and chips in Sydney right now. Fich uses a tasty, sweet and juicy New Zealand ling fish that is  battered into thick baton-like shaped and deep fried. Not only is the batter’s thick wafer- like texture amazing but it tastes so damn good too. The perfect golden hot chips appears to be battered too and is crisped on the outside and is fluffy on the inside. Both fish and chips are well seasoned. Also, you need to try this with their mayo aioli!

If you want to sample a few seafoods, then try their Ficherman’s basket ($22). Deep fried battered fish, calamari, and mussels with their perfect golden hot chips. Oh, have I mentioned how much I like their spuds??! hahaha

Also, I freakin love the watermelon kombucha here!! 

Public Service Announcement: y’all have to try their ice cream sandwich ($8 each)! It is lit fam! They rotate the ice cream flavours. We had chocolate on our visit. But the flaky sweet pastry with salted caramel is the highlight!!!! It is so damn good!

I love Sweet Bellem and their Portuguese tarts. The best in Sydney in my opion. So, I was so happy when chef Manny sent us a tweaked Sweet Bellem tart on the house (normally $7). It had strawberry, pistachio and meringue. 

If you need a reason to visit Petersham, this is it! Delicious fried fresh seafoods, crisped hot chips, decadent desserts and excellent service. 

Fich Petersham
Shop 3-4
98-106 Audley Street
Petersham NSW
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 9pm

Fich at Petersham Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2018, Auburn

To anyone in Sydney who misses Japan or would like to get a sneak peak of what Japan springtime is like, you’re in luck! Experience the beauty of Hanami out in Sydney’s Western suburbs. The Auburn Botanic Gardens hosts a yearly Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival event at its Japanese Gardens area. The event runs for 2 weeks and it has already started last Friday, 17th of August 2018. 

Expect Japanese themed gardens with ponds, tori gates and most importantly beautiful blooming sakura (cherry blossoms). There are events throughout the day like Cosplay Catwalk, a Hello Kitty makeover bar and Sumo wrestling matches. There is a lot of oishii food also available on the weekend sessions!! You’ll find stalls that sell traditional Japanese dishes like takoyaki, okonomiyaki and taiyaki at the Food Village area. Then there is also fusion cuisine stalls and trucks like Japanese inspired gelato desserts from Gelato Messina, Japanese themed baos from Tsuru, Sakura themed burger from Mate Burger truck and more. Speaking about Mate Burger truck, our collaboration burger, the MR Ramen Burger is back this Saturday, 25 August 2018.

Here are some photos from the event:

O-NO-GIRI gelato (Green tea & pistachio mousse dipped in rice bubbles and chocolate)
Aunty Tomsu's cheesecake gelato

Sakura burger by Mate Burger 

MR Ramen Burger

Taiyaki filled with vanilla custard
This weekend Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th of August will be your last chance to take part in the festivities. You can pre-purchase your tickets via the Cumberland Council website. Click here.

Auburn Botanic Gardens
Chisholm Rd and Chiswick Rd
Auburn NSW 2144

Cherry Blossom Festival hours:
9am to 5pm

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Thievery - Glebe, Sydney

I say this time and time again that our city is so lucky to have such a great diverse food scene. Sydney is home to many restaurants that specialises in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Glebe alone has many amazing options. If you haven’t been to Thievery, then you need to hit them up!

Many of y’all know that Julian Cincotta is the genius behind the food at Butter Surry Hills and Parramatta. But did you guys know that he is also Thievery’s executive chef? Thievery is a modern interpretation and accumulation of Middle Eastern cuisine and a dash of some Mediterranean flavours. You can also see influences of Julian’s time in the early days of Nomad. The space also has a moody and hip contemporary Middle Eastern vibe. There are tables for two and communal tables on first and second floor. They even have a lovely balcony space.

First and foremost, y’all need to try their burnt butter hummus ($12)! Apparently, using butter in hummus is a common thing in Nothern Lebanon. It should be a common thing in Sydney too in my opinion! Lebanese bread dipped in the caramelised flavour of the butter with paprika in that fluffy hummus was heavenly.

Their Lebanese Fried Chicken or LFC ($16) is off the hook fam! The perfectly cooked juicy chicken fillets covered in beautiful rippled crispy spiced coating with sweet notes were delicious. It came with a sweet and salty black garlic sauce.

Their BBQ King Prawn ($16) is absolutely beautiful. Grilled giant prawns with beurre blanc, za’atar and calvisius oscietra royal caviar.

It’s currently truffle season and there’s a separate truffle menu available. If you like the sound of or have tried their burnt butter hummus, you will want to get your hands on their truffle hummus. Traditional hummus drizzled with truffle butter goodness and fresh Western Australia (WA) Manjumup truffles.

The Aphrodite Haloumi is grilled haloumi drizzled with honey, macadamia dukkah, freshly shaved truffles. It had those salty and sweet flavours that deliciously offset each other with sweet earthy and nutty notes from the dukkah and truffles.

Both food and service at Thievery is top notch. I’m already looking forward to my next visit. Also, just a heads up that Thievery will be doing a Middle Eastern Style Yum Cha from the 7th of August 2018 to the 1st of September 2018.  Check out their website and social media accounts for more details.

91 Glebe Point Road
Glebe NSW
Contact: 02 8283 1329

Brunch Saturdays: 12.00pm to 3:00pm

Tuesday -Thursday 6pm to 11pm
Friday 6pm to 12 midnight
Saturday 6pm to 12 midnight

Thievery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato