Holy Duck! Sydney

Chippendale is totally buzzing, and anyone can see why. Thanks to the shiny, glitzy lights of new structures in the area such as Central Park, UTS, The Old Clare Hotel, and the Kensington Street dining precinct, this once dark and somewhat shady part of Sydney has been resuscitated back to life.

Signature crispy duck

Last Tuesday, we were privileged to sample the relaunched menu of Holy Duck!, one of Kensington St’s newest kid on the block. Thanks to the team behind Chefs Gallery (hello cute buns!), Holy Duck! is a modern Chinese diner-slash-restaurant that offers both traditional and fusion dishes, with the menu boasting east meets west flavours. We sampled dishes from the relaunched menu and I must say, their signature roast meats (duck, chicken, pork, and beef ribs) did not disappoint. Apart from the uber delicious signature roast Holy Duck! (with a thin crispy skin and very minimal fat), the menu also offers winner dishes such as the crispy crackling roast pork belly, lightly battered king prawns on ee-fu noodles cooked in lobster bisque, and the old time favourite roast duck pancakes. The white chocolate cheesecake stack with salted duck egg caramel and matcha crepe & banana fritters with vanilla ice cream and Adzuki beans capped off an amazing feast.

Holy Duck!’s relaunched menu is available now.

Thanks to Holy Duck! and Cardinal Spin for the ‘ducking’ amazing feast. Trish dined as a guest of Holy Duck!

Signature crispy duck served with 8 steamed pancakes, orange hoisin sauce, cucumber & shallots
Crispy rice balls with roast Holy Duck! & seasonal salad
Spanner crab with salmon roe, wild rocket, granny smith apple & seasoned seaweed salad
Double cooked pork belly flash fried with black beans & chilli, served with mustard sauce
Roast beef short ribs with jalapeño puree, green shallot kimchi, soy glaze
BBQ & roast platter Roast Holy Duck!, char siu & pork belly
King Prawn on ee-fu noodles cooked in lobster bisque garnished with butter, ginger shallot and asparagus
White chocolate cheesecake stack with salted duck egg caramel
Matcha crepe & banana fritters with vanilla ice cream and Adzuki beans

Holy Duck!
The Old Rum Store
2-10 Kensington St Chippendale
Open daily 11am-3pm and 5.30pm-10pm

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Acre Eatery, Camperdown

Change of seasons here in Sydney means crazy change of weather too. The last four weeks were just wet, wet, wet. Last weekend was no exception – our usual Sunday morning routine of gym, brunch, and markets were dampened by the non-stop rain (also it was doona weather so I was feeling extra lazy to exercise). I’ve always wanted to give Acre a visit and I thought, it was the perfect lazy Sunday to have a lazy autumn brunch.

Acre was nothing short of beautiful. The grounds are surrounded by rows after rows of fresh produce, herbs, plants, flowers, and with chickens clucking all around all thanks to their partner Pocket City Farms. There’s a make-shift container cafe at the front as you walk in, an outdoor al fresco eating area, and the beautiful, expansive indoor restaurant. What the whole initiative is trying to achieve is a”closed loop” of composting, recycling, and reducing water waste. Nothing processed, artificial, and commercial in the food and drinks they serve here – everything is organic, natural, sustainable, ethical and local. I love the idea that the food I’m eating is not only absolutely delicious, but also comes from land that is farmed with love.

From the Weekend Garden Breakfast menu: acre pit smoked beans, sourdough with sausage and poached eggs
From the Weekend Garden Breakfast menu: acre breakfast plate, prosciutto, macadamia hummus, pickles, chutney, soft boiled egg, sourdough

Acre Eatery
31a Mallett Street Camperdown NSW
02 9194 3100
Open Wednesday – Sunday (closed Monday – Tuesday)

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Meet Gerard, Alexandria

I squealed with delight when I found out that ex West Juliett head chef Sarah McWilliam opened a new cafe with ex The Counter owner Mariella Traina. I had sweet delusions of awesome coffee, beautiful breakfasts, and gorgeous reincarnations of that salty chocolate chip cookie (best cookie in the universe, in my humble opinion). One Saturday morning, with hungry stomachs and a nose for that first drip, we made the short trip from one side of Sydney to the other (ok, from Pyrmont to Alexandria…), found ample parking at Gerard Street, and zeroed in on that unmistakable Sydney cafe scene: chairs and tables flooding out the cafe, and a colourful combination of people, children, and dogs eagerly waiting for a table, their coffee, or just hanging out.

I love the interiors at Meet Gerard… a well balanced, clean, light atmosphere buzzing with people, grinding coffee, chitchat, and clattering of plates and utensils. The food is even better: an odd mix match of good old brunch favourites, with exciting, not-your-average breakfast food that somehow magically works together (I’m looking at you, Milk & Honey yoghurt panna cotta! Why are you so amazing?).

You go there to feed, to catch up with friends, to enjoy the coffee and cakes. It’s my kind of place, and one that is already becoming a Sydney favourite.

‘Milk & Honey’: a breakfast story by Meet Gerard. Yoghurt panna cotta, seasonal berries, honeyed puffed rice, house granola
‘Milk & Honey’: a breakfast story by Meet Gerard. Yoghurt panna cotta, seasonal berries, honeyed puffed rice, house granola
Scrambled eggs with chorizo, avocado, toast
Scrambled eggs with chorizo, avocado, toast
Smashed avo, pickled chilli, feta, lime, coriander, yuzu sesame, with a side of poached eggs and crispy bacon
Smashed avo, pickled chilli, feta, lime, coriander, yuzu sesame, with a side of poached eggs and crispy bacon (this is my absolute favourite!)

Meet Gerard
http://www.meetgerard.com.au/
54 Henderson Rd Alexandria
02 8021 7211
Open Mondays to Saturdays 7am – 4pm

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