Australian Honeymoon Gourmet!

I know it has been waaaay too long since I have posted, and I made a delicious dessert this weekend I promise to post soon.  With wedding planning, honeymoons, and cooking lots of my faves I already have on the website, I haven’t put up any new stuff recently.  However, below I shall share photos of some of the yummy treats we ate on our Australian honeymoon, as well as restaurant recos in case any of you travel there in the future.  Enjoy!

Gingerboy – Asian Fusion – Melbourne Australia

Excellent restaurant.  I recommend making a reservation (called a “booking” in Australia).  The dry fish curry was our favorite dish, as was the coconut rice and the chicken mango salad.  Don’t necessarily recommend the pork and rice noodles unless you are a big fan of Chinese vinegar.Mango Chicken Salad Wagyu Beef Dumplings

Leura Cafe Deli & Market – Modern Casual Australian – Leura, Blue Mountains

This little breakfast and lunch place with gorgeous ceiling to floor windows and a delicious menu is a must if you are in the Blue Mountains.  It was so good we went twice!  All the breakfast choices are delicious, the smoothies are a must, and pictured below is the sweet corn fritter for lunch with dill yogurt sauce and avocado.  Yum!Leura corn fritter

Zest – Australian/Mediterranean – Leura, Blue Mountains

We went to Zest for our last dinner in the Blue Mountains, and it was one of our best meals in Australia.  The steak (pictured below) was so soft you could cut it with a fork.  The large pieces of eggplant topped with yogurt sauce on a bed of rice and fried sweet potatoes were so good (also below).  And don’t forget the patatas bravas.  We didn’t have a reservation, but looks like it could get busy there.Steak and potatoesEggplant with yogurt sauce and riceSydney Cafe – Modern Upscale Australian – The Rocks, Sydney

This beautiful restaurant overlooks the bay, the Circular Quay, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House.  It’s a nice, sit down restaurant, where you need a reservation and only get two hours at the table.  Everything we ate was beyond delicious — whether you order along the lines of our choices or not, you won’t be disappointed — we started with the goat cheese and beet tart, the spinach/feta naan, and the Moreton Bay bugs (a great shrimp appetizer); followed by pork belly, sage gnocchi, and peppered beef tenderloin with a sausage roll; we finished with the salted caramel dessert and the special tropical trifle.  goat cheese and beet tartbugspork bellysage gnocchifilet and sausage rollsalted carameltropical trifleSel & Poivre – French – Darlinghurst, Sydney

We stopped into this little French cafe for lunch and had a delicious meal – bread with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and French brie, and a lamb sandwich.  Both were flavorful and reasonably priced.

brie and veggieslamb sandwichThe Australian Hotel – Pizza/Bar – The Rocks, Sydney

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the pizza here, but let me just say this place was so good we went twice.  They have exotic choices like kangaroo, emu or crocodile, and simpler choices like bacon, mushrooms and pineapple.  The pizza is great, the bartenders are knowledgeable about their beers, and the salads are excellent and fresh too.

Trio – Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch – Bondi Beach, Sydney

For our last brunch in Sydney, we stopped at Trio, an open air cafe in Bondi Beach with a great menu.  I had the vegetarian breakfast – served with creamy feta cheese, homemade bread, and spinach/mushrooms/tomatoes.  Patrick had the steak sandwich, served with homemade bacon jam, which was – even for a non-bacon lover like me – out of this world.  We wished they sold it by the jar to take home.  (We also had brunch at Brown Sugar in Bondi on our first day in Sydney – another delicious spot.)veggie breakfaststeak sandwich

Here are some other opinions on places we ate:

Melbourne – Borscht, Vodka and Tears (great Polish restaurant, awesome drink menu); Hu Tong Dumpling House (great if you like pork/shrimp dumplings); Dainty Sichuan (not as great as the reviews said; a bit greasy and not the highest quality meat); 38 Chairs (amazingly delicious homemade Italian food)

Phillip’s Island – Gulliver’s Bar (great takeaway burgers)

Sydney – Malaya (tasty Malaysian food in the Darling Harbour); Pony Restaurant (delicious small plates though a bit overpriced)

If you make it Australia, have a fabulous time; we certainly did!!

 

 

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