Oysters for lunch and a decadent dinner

Trip Start Apr 28, 2012
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Trip End May 11, 2012


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

In the morning we try a coffee shop called Glinelli that we'd noticed the day before. We order trim flat whites and are immediately caught out as New Zealanders - here it's called a 'skinny coffee' (pronounced with Australian eeees of course). The coffees are amazing. The shop is a specialty store and we quiz the barrister/owner about his business. His natural Greek caginess cannot disguise his love for his work; his passion is as strong as his coffee. The banana bread, something we've noticed sold across Australia, is extremely tasty. At Glinelli it's served fried in butter (mmmm...). I ask whether they make it there. "No," is the answer, then a long pause. "Everyone here makes banana bread. But there are only two or three suppliers that make it well. Which one did you have?" This guy is such a perfectionist he stocks more than one type of banana bread!
 
We attempt to explore the plethora of boutique shops in Newtown and discover that the town centre doesn't really open for business until 10.30am. It's not an early morning kind of place, but in the evenings, it's buzzing.  Newtown elegantly combines K' Rd's seediness with Kingsland's hipsterness (and then some!) with just a touch of Ponsonby swank thrown in for good measure. It's a fantastic place to be staying.
 
In the late morning we catch a train, then a tram, to Sydney's fish markets. There we meet Si, Allan and Issy and enjoy lunch by the water. We select a couple of seafood boxes which probably weren't the best choice - there are nice things amongst them but overall it's a bit too much deep fried food. However, the oysters and bubbles are fantastic. This is my treat. It is Nathan and my anniversary after all. We toast to six happy years passed (and many more to come). There are no presents this year, we decide we're spoiling ourselves enough with this trip as it is!
 
We stop off at Darling Harbour for a play in the park. Then we all head back to Newtown for a spot of shopping in the now open boutiques, and for Si to get her hair done. Si, Allan and Bell depart so the little one can get to bed. A few hours later we meet them again at a bar and head over to Bodega, a restaurant in Surrey Hills. We start with cocktails and make a selection of eight tapas. They come out one by one, which makes it feel more like a degustation than casual tapas. Each dish is spectacular. The quality of the food matches the meals we've had in some of Auckland's best restaurants. Standout dishes include a cauliflower combination that reinforces my new found love of this vegetable, pork belly so soft and tender I could cry and smoky lamb ribs dripping in fat. There's more - scallops smothered in rich creamy goodness, corn tamales like nothing I've had before, spicy, smoky chicken wings. Even the simple sliced meats are amazing. All accompanied by some excellent wines. Despite the amount of food we've eaten, we order one desert to share. The chocolate slice/fondant is sweet and salty and combines beautifully with the milk ice cream. A fitting end to an incredible meal. We stumble out, stomachs bulging and budgets blown, to find a taxi home.
 
(No photos of dinner sorry - this was deemed too embarrassing by my fellow diners!)
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rjbitcheno on

Great story - and loving the photos. The fish market looked an interesting place. You must visit Queen Victoria Market when you're in Melbourne - fabulous food market. Also, if you have time go to Flinders Street (great outdoor eating places). I'm sure your friends will have some great places for you to explore. Love Robyn

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