Friday, 12 October 2012

cold snap snacks

Baby, it's cold outside. Like, proper 'snowing in the Blue Mountains' cold. It happens almost every spring, and every year, Sydney puts on a collective pout as we retrieve the woollens from the winter wardrobe pack down.

See it, however, as a last ditch effort to dig into some super hearty foods before it gets too warm to hide beneath puffy jackets and coats.

Go German

Well, not strictly German. Broadway's Essen Restaurant spans cuisine from Germany, The Netherlands, Austria and the rest of that top bit of Europe. While it should be noted that the menu does in fact include dishes that are light, fresh and seasonal, did I mention that it's snowing in the Blue Mountains? Head straight for deep fried camembert or beef croquettes before digging into a schnitzel. Go classic with jaeger schnitzel, your choice of veal, pork or chicken topped with creamy mushroom sauce. 

Up for a challenge? You have 45 minutes to dominate the mother of all schnitzel challenges: Schnitzelzilla. That's 3.5kgs of chicken jaeger schnitzel, rosti and cabbage salad l in 45 minutes. Bring your A game, or at least a body bag to go home in. Wash it all down with a pint or two of exotic imported ale. 

133-135 Broadway Ultimo NSW
(02) 9211 3805

Ramen it

Hearty broth, al dente noodles and pork, pork, pork? You don't need an excuse to eat this king of tonkotsu ramen, but like the sign says, Gumshara's mega bowl'o'noodles is rich in collagen (thanks to the boiling down of several corpses worth of pork bones with various secret ingredients) - so it's reportedly good for your skin. Get in before 3pm as this unctuous fountain of youth sells out fast, lest you have to settle for a delicious shoyu ramen and some plump 'lil gyoza instead. Up the ante with a $2 chilli or curry bomb - drop it into your favourite bowl for a turbo-boosted trip to slurp-town.

Eating World Food Court
209/25-29 Dixon Street 
Haymarket NSW 2000

Pasta, Pussycat

It's a bit of a shame that carbs have become so demonised by self-appointed gluten intolerant people the first world over. Even the Dukans and Atkins disciples must concede however, that pasta is one of the great pleasures in life. So if you're going to indulge, why not go all out and do it up properly. Buzo's now infamous pasta degustation consists of 6 courses of inspired pasta dishes, created by chef Mitch Orr. As such, they are seasoned with a healthy peppering of pop culture and hip hop references (All about the Benjamins, for example), so the hipsters'll be happy and the hip replaced... will just think it's tasty. Expect a different experience each time, as the menu changes according to seasonal availability and hangovers, but what you can be sure of is that these ain't no run of the mill concoctions, with dishes like spaghetti with sea urchin, shaved mushrooms and bitter chocolate being dished in the past.

Read more here.

$80 for 6 courses, $100 with matched wines - Tuesdays.

3 Jersey Road 
Woollahra NSW 2025
(02)9328 1600

City-side? Check out Pendolino Caffe's vincisgrassi - truffled chicken liver and portobello mushroom lasagne. Bellisima.

L2, Strand Arcarde 412-414 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Caffe Pendolino is open Monday - Saturday 11.30 am - 5pm