Sunday, June 27, 2010

Macarons Class, Baroque

The moment I knew that Baroque will have the Macarons master class on Sunday, I was quietly screaming with myself and forwarded an information to Kimmy and Heidi immediately. We booked for the 27th July class.

We entered into the bistro and were invited to sit at the table. One lady was sitting in front of me and looked so familiar, Oh dear, Lorraine ! I started the class with a beautiful cappuccino.

Jean-Michel Raynaud and Puti, our teachers.

The display of pastries....

Amazingly beautiful cakes, I definitely come back to try.

At first, we were taught how to make chocolate ganache and caramel for the filling. Then chef taught us how to make the macarons shells.

The chocolate macaron shells

Piping the shells

Happy time always goes fast, I felt like a few mins then it was a break time. We ordered our lunch from the menu.

Croque Monsieur, Croque Provencale and Croque Madame

When we came back to the kitchen, we were starting making our own macarons.

The caramel before and after whipped.

1 box of macarons to take home... Hooray !

Our class :)

I was enjoyed and impressed the course very much, worth money !

Happy, happy and happy !

Baroque Bistro & Patisserie
88 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
Tel : (02) 9241 4811

Saturday, June 26, 2010


A few months ago, when Heidi and I went to Bourke Street Bakery for breakfast together, we walked pass by the interesting Japanese restaurant, Toko, and saw the degustation menu about Tasting menu for $70. We both agreed that we will come here to try. After that, I found the review from Be The Foodie about the place, I quickly sent it to Heidi to reconfirm that I really wanted to go :D

The restaurant has no booking policy so we decided to go there at 6 pm. The interesting list of cocktail amazed us but too bad, I was still suffered from Reflux :'(

I was quite excited cuz I didn't go eating out for awhile. We had the Edamame $6.30 but the photo I took is very blur.

Maguro No Miso Taru Taru (Tuna Tartar & Baby Shiso Leaves with Barley Miso Dressing)

The first dish was brought to us and I was so happy. The flavour of the tartar was very well-balanced. The sweet potato chips added the fun texture.

Gyu Niku No Tataki (Seared Beef, Pickled Onions, Mizuna & Garlic Chips)

The thinly sliced seared beef swiming in the pool of slightly sour sauce. The beef, pickled onion and garlic chip in one bite was quite good but the tuna tartar was stolen my heart.

Watari-gani Kara-age (Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Wasabi Mayonaisse)

Who doesn't like soft shell crab with mayonaisse? (if any, not me of course). Dipped in wasabi mayonaisse is even better.

Piri Kara Dofu To Abogado (Spicy Fried Tofu with Avocado Salsa & Barley Miso)

It was difficult to eat the whole thing in 1 bite but I managed to do it. The soft tofu with the slightly crisp outside. I think the red thing on top was super fine-chopped chilli.

Omakaze Zushi (Assorted Selection of Toko Rolls & Nigiri)

Couldn't remember but I think its robster roll and salmon roll. Nice seasoned but the rice was a bit too hard for my liking. (Heidi said its normal though)

Hotate No Jalapeno Amazu Zoe (Robata Grilled Scallop with Sweet Pickled Apple & Jalapeno Garlic)

First taste I noticed, was very familiar. Then here you go, it tasted like the Thai street grilled squid..haha (in a nice way). The sauce was tangy with a hint of sweetness. And the daikon on top softened the dish.

Ami Yaki Ro-Su Niku To Wafe Sauce (Scotch Fillet Steak with Wafu Sauce & Garlic Chips)

The best dish of the night ! I love it so much. The more you chew, the more flavour come out. The beef was so tender, juicy and very flavourful. I want more !

Zucchini No Wafu Yaki (Zuchini with Wafu Sauce & Sesame Seeds)

The beef came with the grilled zuchini, good combination, cooked just nice.

Come to dessert !

There are a molten chocolate cake, green tea creme brulee (my fav), coffee creme brulee, yoghurt with vanilla ice cream and mango jelly, Ice creams (chocolate, melon and lime) and seasonal fruits.

hehe, we were all happily taking photo with a huge dessert platter.

Toko Restaurant & Bar

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW

Tel: (02) 9357 6100

Bills with Heidi

Before Heidi went back to Singapore for good, we went to Bills since she wanted to have good pancake. I recommended Bills since I was very impressed by their ricotta hot cake I had in 2007.

Bills, Surry Hills.

It was not too busy when we arrived there, took only 5 mins to get table.

Bills's Hot chocolate $4.00 & Hot mocha $3.90

I ordered mocha since I knew they serve with the callebaut. The taste wasn't as nice as its look though.

Ricotta hotcakes with fresh banana and honeycomb butter $17.50

Nut was pouring the syrup.

But this time I was very disappointed with the dish. It was a lot smaller and very dried.... I want the one I had in 2007 ! T_T

I don't think I will come to Bills again because I came here twice and disappointed both times.

However, still happy face :D

395 Crown Street,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel : (02) 9360 4762

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria

I just think that I have never blogged about Bacco yet, I might blog about it soon :)

Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria
3/2 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000
Tel : (02) 9233 95552
Open Weekdays 7am-5pm

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Astor Epresso

Everytimes I pass by this cafe, it is always packed with people. From the picturesu below, you can see how beautiful of the local cafe can be :)

Astor Epresso
166 Glebe Point Rd., Glebe NSW 2037
Tel : (o2) 8065 4414