Locations: 379 Darling Street, Balmain NSW 2041
The Promenade, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour NSW 2000
La Piazza, Top Ryde Shopping Centre, Cnr Devlin Street & Blaxland Road, Ryde NSW 2112
This is a bitter-sweet post as this is my last post EVER on Next Stop: Food. It’s been just over 2 years on my food blogging journey but I sure have learnt a lot about the foodies world. Unfortunately, it’s time to bid farewell to this beloved blog as I have decided to focus on my other interests such as health & fitness and helping those who are less fortunate than us. In a nutshell, I work full-time in the health industry whilst studying a postgraduate program in International Public Health and Health Management. From early May onwards, I will also be helping out at the Australian League of Immigration Volunteers (check them out here: http://www.aliv.org.au/ )
It’s been a difficult decision to say goodbye to my food baby that I have watched grow in the past 2 years but I believe the girls here at Next Stop: Food will allocate more of their time than I to ensure the blog remains “well-fed”, whilst I’m helping the lives of children and families whom are newly migrated to our beautiful (foodie) country!
Without further adieu, here is my last post…
After several weeks of organising a Christmas Brunch with my lovelies – our highly-anticipated Royal Breakfast Feast for Twelve is finally here. We could only secure a group booking at Top Ryde but all good considering the shopping centre offers free parking! Yay!
Unfortunately, it wasn’t so good when we found out we were about to sit outside in the scorching heat (This was the crazy Christmas weekend where temperatures ranged from 31—38C- our brunch happened to fall on a 31C day. Thanks Sydney T___T )
The group chose the $30pp (food only) option as the $40pp including tea, coffee, OJ and smoothie didn’t quite catch our eye. I honestly think the boys wanted to order their beers anyway. But since it was a heat-wave-kind-of-day beverages definitely made their rounds on our table from: beers, sparkling water, water, soft drinks and fresh juices.
The bill ended up being approximately $40pp but given our non-restricted selection of drinks, I’d say go for the $30pp option and go crazy with their drinks menu. Note: please drink responsibly
To get things rolling for our Royal feast:
[[[FOOD SPAM ALERT]]]
Wholegrain Barley & Oat Banana Porridge, Brown Sugar, Date Compote
Warm Rice Pudding, Saffron Poached Pear, Cinnamon, Hazelnuts
Sweet Couscous with Nuts, Dried Fruits, Stewed Rhubarb, Cardamom Milk
Verdict: porridge was plain but add the stewed rhubarb and brown sugar and you’ve got a sweetened porridge which goes well with the rice pudding and the couscous. Warning: don’t overeat yet because the party is just getting started
Lamb Mince Tagine, Sucuk, Feta, Spinach, Roasted Capsicum, Caramelised Onion, Roasted Tomato, Eggs
Roast Pumpkin Tagine, Feta, Spinach, Roasted Capsicum, Caramelised Onion, Roasted Tomato, Eggs
Tangines oh how much we hearted you. If only it wasn’t so scorching hot we would have loved the lamb and pumpkin tagine for a cooler kind-of brunch. Lamb tagine got our Cass going back for more and more. Unfortunately for me it was a little on the spicy side. Serve the lamb mince with Lebanese bread = YUM
Poached, Scrambled & Fried Eggs with Turkish Toast & Lebanese Bread
Lamb Merguez Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Tomato, Hash Brown, Grilled Haloumi
Mushrooms, Baby Spinach, Baked Beans (not pictured)
HEHE! Did you think that was it for our feast? HAHA, of course not! Say hello to our traditional breakfast mates: eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, hash brown AND haloumi!! Eggs cooked in all forms for your liking because well you know, it is a ROYAL breakfast after all. Eggs honey, you absolutely egglighten me any day and every day. Please sizzle with bacon for eggternity.
Banana & Strawberry Pancake, Maple Syrup, Double Cream
Chocolate & Raspberry Pancake, Butterscotch Sauce, Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream
After our Secret Santa fun of opening ravishing gifts from each other and guessing who our SS was, this brings us to the final round: desserts! I have to admit though, not everyone was so fond of the idea of sugar considering how much they had consumed (Refer to photos above). But I knew what was installed so I saved a bit more room for my two pancakes. Yep, the dairy intolerant had a serving of each pancake. Teehee.
Now we know why my dairy intolerance can never be cured. But c’mon pancakes with butterscotch sauce, maple syrup and chocolate fudge icecream! Who can ever resist that? Not me! #shameless
**runs off with pancakes in each hand**mwuaHAHA
Note: Royal breakfast feast is available for groups of 8 or more. Compulsory for groups of 10 or more.