FCBA x MonteAltoRoasters // Casual Dining with fellow instafoodies! (*⌒▽⌒*)θ~♪

On Thursday, 11th August, I was invited by FCBA community to join them and a group of other foodies for a feast at the newly opened Monte Alto Roasters located in Crows Nest. They have been up and running for just over a month now and they have been expanding their good food, drinks and music with many of the locals. They are opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as offering a unique drink menu from the bar. 



Monte Alto Roasters is two-storey restaurant and bar, with a very simplistic yet cosy café-like interior. The dim lighting is perfect to set the mood for the evening, and there is enough sunlight to come through and light up the whole place, which is perfect for, us, foodies who like to take photos of their meal.


We began the night with getting to know one another, over drinks before the meal. We shared who we were, what we did when we're not eating around Sydney ad where we blogged or shared our photos. We all ordered our own drinks and I took a few photos of some of them.



Salted Caramel Espresso Martini (AUD$18), made with Salted Caramel Vodka, Kahlua and Espresso.


I ordered the Japanese Slip-up (AUD$16),  which Harry, who is the director of  Monte Alto Roasters, whipped up himself. He used melon liqueur, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice. The cocktail had a light and refreshing taste, but I was informed that it might taste light but it's actually quite strong! So I had to pace myself to ensure I didn't get too drunk before the meal.


We also had the chance to try their Cold Drip Coffee (AUD$5), which is made by slowly dripping cold, filtered water through lightly roasted ground coffee for a period of ten hours using a cold drip system. The result is a full flavoured coffee that retains the unique flavours of each coffee bean without the acidic oils typically found in coffee extracted at higher temperatures. 


We started off our meal with their Smoked salmon accompanied by Grape seaweed (AUD$16). I have never tried grape seaweed before and it was also very intriguing at how it looked. Once I took a bite I was very confused as to how the grape seaweed taste…it was somewhat like little burst of slightly salted-water exploding into your mouth. It was a very interesting dish to both look at and eat.


Next up was their Tempura Zucchini flowers with four-cheese stuffing (AUD$16). I love eating zucchini flowers, I don't know why specifically but maybe it's because the last few times I had eaten them, the stuffing was just amazing! As for these one, they had a light crispy layer on the outside and the melt-y cheese filling was really good too!


The next 2 dishes that arrived was their salads, which were their  Pear and quinoa with asparagus, rocket, feta, walnut, homemade dressing  (AUD$12) and their Mango prawn with mix leaf, tomato, cucumber and Homemade mango dressing (AUD$16). Starting off with the pear and quinoa salad, it was quite refreshing and filling too, plus you can also add grilled chicken for a filling lunch at an extra $5 on top.  The mango prawns were delicious as it had a beautiful buttery taste which went very well with their mango dressing. I thoroughly enjoyed their salads as our appetisers before the mains started coming out.


When their Crab burger  (AUD$14) made its way onto our table, a few of us were drooling because we wanted to just take a bite out of it.  It has soft shell crab, lettuce, tomato, coriander, tamarind fish sauce and a bun to complete it. The crab was cooked to perfection, as the crab meat was quite juicy and tender, plus it was easy to rip apart to share amongst us.


The last main dish that arrived on our table that night was their Grilled Atlantic salmon fillet (AUD$22). Now this dish was just amazing as tasted just as good as it looked. It was served with mashed sweet potato, spinach and honey soy sauce and, of course, it was topped with some crispy curls of sweet potato too, which made the dish look incredible. As for us foodies though, we had a hard time deciding to see which angle was the best way to portray this beautiful and tasty dish for our instagram feeds. I tried to just to take a few snapshots quickly so I can feast on this while it was still warm, because I love salmon (cooked or raw!).



To end the night we had a little pot of mystery waiting for us. We were served a panna cotta with fresh fruit, topped with crumbed oreo. It was a light and delicious sweet treat, which we finished off real quick and apparently their secret ingredient was imported special chocolate. 


I had a lovely time meeting all the new foodies and also the food too!! I cannot wait to come back to have the salmon dish again with friends, and try out the rest of their cocktail menu! 
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TRUFFLE SEASON // First experience at BLACK by EZARD σ(≧ε≦o)

Towards the end of July I headed out with my family for an early birthday dinner which was for myself and younger brother, as our birthdays are 3 days apart. We decided to try Black Ezard, since we had been going to Sokyo way too many times that month so we wanted to change it up a bit and plus, I've been hearing from my friends that Black Ezard has really nice dishes to eat.

Black Ezard also had a truffle menu during the month of July, so of course I had to order everything truffle! We also ordered a few side dishes such as their brussel sprouts, potato puree aka. mash potato, witlof salad and charcuterie board. My family ordered the steaks of various cuts and since I didn't take much photos of them I shall only be sharing my truffle experience. 



The first to arrive was their complimentary bread which was super crispy on the outside, but the inside was warm and fluffy! We actually ordered more because of how fresh and delicious the breads were. 



Next dish that was served was their Charcuterie board with foiegras brulee and grilled sourdough. The foiegras was rich in flavour and velvety smooth, which my whole family enjoyed. There was also  slices of various meats and pickles too. 


We also ordered their Oysters chilled, freshly opened, red wine vinegar and shallot dressing. The dressing was quite lovely and it felt like the oysters natural goodness were further enhanced. 


Next came the Cauliflower cream soup, with white onion custard, cepe mushrooms and shaved truffles. The dish was presented beautifully before the cream was poured onto, which is why the photo does not show it's true beauty but it definitely was delicious. The soup was again quite rich and had a beautiful roasted cauliflower taste, which went very well with the onion custards, cepe mushrooms and truffle. The truffle aroma and taste wasn't as strong in the soup as I thought it'd be, but it does linger lightly in the after taste. 



The next truffle dish was their Fillet Grass Fed Angus, with smoked potato, mache salad, bone marrow sauce and shaved truffle. Now this dish was quite lovely and Black by Ezard is well known for their steak. I'm a bit picky when it comes to steak apparently (according to my mum) but this was not bad since I am use to eating wagyu beef, which my mum purchases from Costco and seasons them herself. The potato mash was infused with truffle and it was so divine!!! 


By this stage we were super full because we had been trying all of each other's dishes and that is a lot of meat. However I still had to conquer the last truffle dish which was their Crème Brulee with white chocolate, raisins and truffle ice-cream. This brulee was absolutely amazing and was the perfect way to end the night. It was soft yet firm, and it melted into your mouth instantly. The flavours were not too heavy to create that sickly sweet taste, but it rather had a light side to it.

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TRUFFLE SEASON // Sokyo Truffle Menu (ノ・д・)ノ

August is here, meaning we have officially come to the end of the truffle season! However I am going to share my truffle experiences at Sokyo this year and relive the moment too. This year there were quite a few items on their truffle menu and we managed to order all but one dish. 


The first truffle dish we tried was their Bitchotan Whole John Dory, with scorched lettuce and creamy ponzu (AUD$60). The presentation of this dish was beautiful and I really enjoyed the scorched lettuce with creamy ponzu sauce. Although the the fish itself was covered in generous truffle slices, we couldn't really taste the truffle flavours and the fish was a little dry for me and my mum. 


The next truffle dish was their Chase Toro Toro (AUD$20/piece). This is a sushi dish with crispy seaweed, toro, uni (sea urchin), topped with truffle. The toro was so fatty and smooth, it melted in my mouth and the truffles created a more delicate taste to it.


We also tried their Baked Angasi Oyster with truffle, which was added onto their menu halfway through the truffle season. This was beautifully made and it taste so lovely! I loved the creamy sauce that it was baked with. 


The final truffle dish, which is also my number one favourite truffle dish, was their Blue Cheese Donatsu with truffle honey ice-cream and pineapple sauce (AUD$22). Now this...oh this was absolutely divine! As soon as I had my first bite, I was in love and I had to come back for more. I came back three times, but could only get this twice because it was sold out on one of the nights. This was how good it was and I hope they have this next year! 


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Good evening everyone! So...today is my birthday and I had a very enjoyable simple day! As per usual I went into work and was greeted by my colleagues with birthday wishes! We also had a strawberry cheesecake which was covered by the company in the afternoon! After work I went and met my friend, Ron, at the gym for a good workout session before finding my mum for dinner. I didn't particularly wanted anything special to happen as I wanted a simple casual sort-of day to celebrate my birthday. The partying will happen later this week with friend though, so I am excited for that! I will blog more regarding about my birthday at the end of the week!  

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