All posts tagged: Sydney Road

Ramen Misoya Sake / Brunswick

The newest ramen venue on Sydney road has just opened, replacing an older, European style cafe.  We had watched the fit out for a few weeks and were desperate to visit and try some ramen when they opened. We love the mash of culture and foodie venues along Sydney road and a ramen bar is a perfect new addition to the dining hub in our little part of the world. The venue is simply styled and furnished but with a few more diners we can see how it would quickly become a lively and warm venue. The service was eager and attentive, especially given they’d only been open a couple of days when we visited. The menu isn’t large but there’s plenty of options to personalise and build your meal the way you want it.  We started with edamame, a charred and salted bean, eaten by biting down and sucking/guiding the bean out of its shell. We liked the salty, meaty beans but prefer our edamame with a bit of spice. Chilli salt really gives it that …

Tom Phat Dinner / Brunswick

After a pleasant breakfast at Tom Phat we were keen to return for dinner. It didn’t take us long to come back – the pull of this Asian hub on Sydney rd always draws a crowd for dinner. We started the meal with a mix of starters. We’re the kind of people that have difficulty choosing what we want from a menu, there’s always so much we’d love to try. We compensate by ordering a bit of everything and the strategy works well at Tom Phat. We went for the roti and satay, the salt and pepper squid, lamb rib as well as a single soft taco. The satay was all about the peanut. It was thick, chunky and full of flavour. We loved the feel of getting in with our hands and just smothering the roti in the sauce. Meanwhile the ribs were juicy and tender, sticky with a rich flavour. Eating with your hands gives a homely and relaxed feel to your meal. Finally the squid was salty and light. We prefer it …

Gu.E / Brunswick

  At the fringes of the Sydney road dining scene you’ll find Gu.E. A clean and cool Korean BBQ joint catering for all comers.     With exposed brick and postered walls Gu.E could just as easily be a hipster cafe as it could a BBQ restaurant. On first glance the smoke and meticulously set out placemats are all that indictable the restaurants true nature. You’ll find a range of options on the menu, smaller things to share, soups, noodles and BBQ dishes to suit all tastes. We ordered a collection of dishes so we could get a taste of as much as possible!     I have a real fondness for buns and couldn’t go past the beef buns on Gu.E’s menu. It’s something about the lightness of the bun and the tender meat, the texture and sweetness that I just adore. The beef was a slightly sticky sweet, juicy and tender with a mix of filling that made each bite exciting. We visited again to give these buns another shot and were equally impressed, they’re …

Green Refectory / Brunswick

The Green Refectory is a local institution on Sydney Road, loved for their cheap and cheerful meals and long opening hours. There always seems to be a line on weekends, making it difficult to get into door of the cafe, let alone find a table. You’ll need to order at the counter and the queue can be crushing, keep that in mind before getting a seat at the front tables! It’s also a cash only establishment, a bit of an inconvenience, though there’s ATM’s close by if you need them.The coffees at the Green Refectory are popular mostly for their $3 price tag. Considering how cheap the coffee is, it’s decent, but obviously not a specialty coffee. If you’re looking for a better brew in the Brunswick area you can always head over to Code Black or Wide Open Road after your meal. Our first selection from the menu was the Eggs Benedict for $11. It’s a large serving considering the price, but it’s a little odd that tomato was included, perhaps to bulk up the …