Two Sis and Co Cafe, Pyrmont

I always love that anticipation when you walk past a construction site, and after taking a peek, you realise it’s a commercial spot for a future restaurant or cafe. And then you find out that it finally opened, and discover it’s a quaint cafe with so much potential. You schedule in your first visit. You take a seat, marvel at the cute and crazy 60’s wallpaper that reminds you of the Beverley Hills Hotel, pick up the beautiful gold cutlery, and order your coffee. You take a look at the menu, one side for breakfast served all day, the other for lunch (from 11am onwards). You look at your watch. It’s 1pm, so definitely lunch (although I have no issues over having bacon and eggs at midday).

Two Sis Pyrmont is the sort of place you expect to find lots of millenials who are crazed-up about their Instagram feeds, and you do find them there. I can’t blame them. The place is cozy, pleasantly designed, and with lots of good lighting for that money shot. But what keeps me coming back is the food and the service. Mem, one half of the 2 sisters, serves the best coffee and cake made in house, and the food is not only presented beautifully, but tastes amazing too. The Asian influence seeps through the dishes, and you only have to look at the menu to spot some classic comfort food: Quinoa Goreng, Ramen Bowl with tonkotsu broth, and the Poached Salmon Bowl with salad and an amazing Ikura & Wasabi Vinaigrette dressing. We returned the following week for the breakfast menu, and the humble bacon and egg roll did not disappoint.

I’m ecstatic that a new cafe opened just minutes from my front door, and one that serves great food and gives amazing service. This one is definitely for keeps.

Cheese Burger with maple bacon, American cheese, served with sweet potato wedges
Ramen Bowl with tonkotsu broth, 63C egg, bacon dashi, ginger, bamboo and nori
Poached salmon bowl, boiled egg, broccolini, kale, wakame, edamame, sesame, avocado, ikura and wasabi vinaigrette
Freshly squeezed juices – this one is apple, ginger, celery, lemon

Two Sis and Co Cafe
306 Harris St Pyrmont
Open Monday to Saturday 7am – 5pm and Sunday 7.30am – 5pm

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Wolfe & Co, Dural, NSW

First official day of winter 2016, and it’s everything it promised it to be: cold, cloudy, drizzly 1st of June. I’m stuck at home with flu, feeling sooky and sorry for myself and often drifting off to Codral-land. It makes me think back to when we went to the ‘burbs in summer, when it was warm and balmy, with Mr J eagerly visiting his beloved bike stores, and me? Expect me to hunt the best cafe around town, with alfresco dining earning bonus points.

In comes Wolfe & Co – a lovely, bustling cafe in a quiet corner in the Hills District. Wolfe & Co prides itself in using and sourcing local produce, including some local Hawkesbury suppliers. The coffee is Five Senses, and the sauces, preserves, jams, granola and muesli are all housemade. Yes, there is life beyond the Inner West and Inner city areas of Sydney, people! Yes, this is a pretty good find in suburbia (a pretty popular stop for cyclists too!). Do they make good coffee? Yes. Is the food nice? Oh yes. Is the service good? You bet. Unfortunately, they ran out of their infamous Creme Brulee French Toast when we arrived, however it could only mean one thing: another visit is a must to try them out next time!

Flat white is a must!
Buttermilk chicken burger with red cabbage and apple slaw and jalapeno coriander mayo on a milk bun. Shoestring fries as sides is always a good thing
Smoked trout salad with radicchio, mint, baby cos, radish and candied walnuts and with salsa verde dressing. This must be a seasonal item as it’s not on the autumn/winter menu anymore.
Five senses coffee

Wolfe & Co
538 Old Northern Road, Dural, NSW
Open Monday to Friday from 6am-4pm; Saturday from 7am-3pm; Sunday from 8am-3pm

 

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The Boy Cooks! Jamie Oliver’s Botham Burger

Often on weekends, Mr J and I find ourselves longing for a quiet one, staying in and doing house chores and lazily watching the telly. Sure, it’s not really enjoyable doing house chores (including cleaning the dreaded bathrooms), but they have to be done! And there’s nothing like staring at a bright, sparkling, newly-cleaned bathroom, smelling freshly washed laundry and sitting on a newly vacuumed carpet.

To reward our efforts, Mr J always offers to cook our Sunday lunches or dinners. I’m not one to complain, in fact I look forward to his cooking as he’s a very adventurous cook (whereas I’m not) and he likes experimenting with different ingredients.

This burger is not too experimental or adventurous though… but it’s a great burger from a great chef (Jamie Oliver) and towers above the burger bun that henceforth holds it! It was such a magnificent being, layer after layer of sauces, salad and the patty. And yes, that is a Duff beer that you can see right there… because we like to channel our inner Simpons once in a while.

Jamie Oliver’s Botham Burger

Recipe from Group Recipes

Makes approximately 4 servings

500g good, lean quality organic ground beef
1 onion, chopped finely
1 egg
1 slice of crusty bread, pounded (or processed) to crumbs
1/2 tbsp crushed coriander seeds
1/2 tbsp crushed cumin seeds
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
4 burger buns, sliced in half
Olive oil

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Divide the mixture in quarters, and shape each quarter in a ball. Press down gently to make a thick patty.

2. In a preheat grill pan, drizzle a small amount of olive oil. Place the patties and gently press the spatula down, careful not to break the patties apart. Grill patties for roughly 7 minutes on each side (6 minutes according to Jamie Oliver’s recipe, but Mr J wanted to be sure…).

3. Place cooked patties on a plate and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

4. Using a paper towel, mop up most of the remaining oil and other liquids in the grill and discard. Place the burger buns, sliced side down, on the pan and grill for a minute on one side only until toasted. Set aside.

Assembly

Cooked burger patties
Toasted burger buns
Choice salads (lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, red onions)
Dressings (American mustard, tomato sauce, mayonaise or barbecue sauce)
Sliced cheese (if desired)

1. Assemble the buns, cheese, burger bun, dressing and salad.

2. If the burger appears to be high and unbalanced, insert a skewer in the middle to hold the layers together.

3. Serve with a cold beer & enjoy!

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