Hurricane’s Express, Chatswood

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|Date| Friday 06.06.14
|Time| 19.3o ~ 20.30
|Location| Shop 377-378 Westfield, 1 Anderson Street Chatswood
|Price| $20 ~ $30 pp

The second of the three newest dining in Westfield Chatswood – Hurricane’s Express is a hands-down crowd pleaser. Located on Anderson Street right next to the Hoyts entrance, you can smell the ribs while waiting at the traffic lights.

Restaurant Exterior | Hurricane’s Express |

Hurricane’s Express is unlike the one in the city where you have to queue up for a long time because , as the name suggest, it is EXPRESS and that’s what I love about it – you don’t need to wait too long for, well, anything!

This self serve restaurant’s concept is simple.

“You just take a menu, order at the bar, and we just take it to you.”

Menu | Hurricane’s Express |

Menu | Hurricane’s Express |

The Bar | Hurricane’s Express |

As this restaurant focused on speed / turnaround time for the food to come out, the customers will need to take napkins, cutlery, table water, cups, sauce, etc to their table. Hurricane’s Express also had hand sanitiser and a washing basin for hygiene too, a plus for us I reckon 🙂

We did exactly as we’re told and within 10 minutes (7 to be precise), we already received our order.

Table Tracker and Cutlery | Hurricane’s Express |

Food !!!

RIBS

Hurricane’s Ribs, basted in the famous Original Hurricane’s basting, until caramelised.

Food #1 – 1/2 Rack of Lamb Ribs served with coleslaw

As everyone that’s been to Hurricane’s would know, you can’t go wrong with ribs when you’re at Hurricane’s, and at Chatswood, it’s not any different.

The lamb was juicy and it did not have the distinctive strong smell that’s normally associated with lamb. I also love it when barbequed food has that extra bit of black charcoal on the top (don’t worry I know not to eat too much because it is carcinogenic – cancer causing). The coleslaw was crisp and perfect to keep our tummy fresh – only wished we ordered more!

1/2 Rack of Lamb Ribs and Coleslaw |$ 25.oo | Hurricane’s Express |

Food #2 – 1/2 Rack of Pork Ribs served with Baked Potato, sour cream & chives

Only one word to describe it – HEAVENLY !!!

The sauce that they spread over the top, made the pork ribs extra succulent ! I love the curved ribs compared to the flat lamb ribs that they serve here. I must also point out – that they do ribs much better than the one in the city ! Can you smell the pork ribs waffling through your screen at the moment *breathe in* mmmmm

The baked potato sides were also nice and warm. I also like to put a little bit of sour cream every once in a while to cleanse my palette and tummy so I don’t get overwhelmed with the food.

Pork Ribs 1

1/2 Rack of Pork Ribs with Baked Potato, sour cream & chives | $ 29.95 | Hurricane’s Express

Pork Ribs 2

1/2 Rack of Pork Ribs served with Baked Potato, sour cream & chives | $29.95 | Hurricane’s Express

BURGERS

Hurricane’s burgers are made with the finest ingredients; lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickled cucumber and a brioche bun.

Food #3 – Premium Beef Burger with cheese & bacon, and monkey gland sauce

As soon as the burger came out, I knew this was it. It was a perfectly glossy and crisp looking sesame brioche bun and the burger had everything I wanted. I have a big love for burgers and this place does not disappoint. The monkey gland sauce (which is just a fancy name for the famous iconic sauce) was served on the side – I really RECOMMEND you get this sauce to spread on the inside of your brioche bun as the sauce made the burger extra juicy.

As for the burger – it was massive – you really had to hold down the two buns together to make sure you get every bit of it in your mouth. The bacon was crisp and the beef was tender and if you’re a burger fan, you must get your hands on this !

Premium Beef Burger ($11.9o), with Cheese & Bacon ($4.oo) and Monkey Gland sauce ($2.oo) | Hurricane’s Express |

Premium Beef Burger ($11.9o), with Cheese & Bacon ($4.oo) and Monkey Gland sauce ($2.oo) | Hurricane’s Express |

Overall – I LOVE THIS PLACE – JUST GO TRY IT OUT, NOW !!

(+) Food, Speed, Accuracy, Presentation, Friendly & helpful staff, Self Serve, Burgers, Ribs, Pretty much everything

(-) No bibs for ribs

Tip: Spend the extra couple of dollars on the monkey gland sauce. You’ll love it for the burger 🙂

Ratings

FOOD 
SERVICE 
AMBIANCE 
VALUE 

Drumroll………. Overall rating 9.5 / 10 🙂

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| The Copper Mill, Alexandria|

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|Date| Sunday 18.o5.2o14
|Opening Hours|
Monday ~ Friday 7:oo am ~ 4:oo pm
Saturday 8:oo am ~ 4:oo pm
Sunday 8:3o am ~ 4:3o pm
|Location| The Copper Mill – Suite B, 338~356 Mitchell Road, Alexandria
|Price| $15.oo ~ $2o.oo pp

We’ve always wanted to go to the Copper Mill everytime we drove past to go to the city. We’ve also seen the high ratings on Urbanspoon but have never had the chance to experience it ourselves until recently we finally decided to try it out.

The Copper Mill is easily located on Mitchell Road, near Sydney Park. We were lucky it didn’t take us long to find parking in one of those side streets, probably a 3 ~ 4 min walk to the cafe, but do drive around the area especially during the 11am ~ 1pm period.

The Crowd outside | The Copper Mill |

We were surprised by the amount of people already waiting outside the cafe. We were asked to drop our names down for a table, but unlike other cafes they didn’t ask for a contact number. The waitress then picked up a chalk and a piece of what looked like a long blackboard from the floor besides the pot plant, to write our names, which i thought was an interesting idea.

Chalkboard, Pot Plant and Water Bowl | The Copper Mill |

Copper Mill is also suitable for those with pets especially dogs as the have a water bowl for your thirsty dogs while waiting for a seat or takeaway. Approximately 20 minutes into the wait, we were feeling a bit hungry so to save our grumbling tummies, we went inside to look at the variety of cakes and breads they had, we came to a decision and bought a croissant to share ($3.50). ** btw check out their croissant paper bag ** 

Croissant | $3.5o | The Copper Mill |

After another 15min or so we finally got seated on a long table sharing with two other groups of customers, we loved the interior design, the cashier was connected to the open kitchen located right in front of us where we could see the meals being cooked and the smell of coffees being made.

Interior | The Copper Mill |

The menu was located on a big black board that was framed up against the wall, it was a bit hard to see the bottom bits as some of the customer’s head would be blocking the view, but we managed to order anyway.

Menu on Blackboard | The Copper Mill |

Drinks

We ordered drinks first : Coconut Hot Chocolate and Cappuccino

First off when the drinks arrived, we were surprised that the cup of hot chocolate was bigger than the cappuccino. However I guess the taste is what REALLY matters 🙂

Honestly, I quite enjoyed the cappuccino at the Copper Mill because it tastes slightly smoother than previous coffees I’ve had. But my personal favourite – coconut hot chocolate had a good mix of a coconut after taste while clearly tasting out the hot chocolate in it too. For those that like coconut chocolate such as bounty, I’m recommending this to you 🙂

L-R | Coconut Hot Chocolate and Cappuccino | $4.5o each | The Copper Mill |

 

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Cappuccino | $4.5o | The Copper Mill |

Coconut Hot Chocolate | $4.50 | The Copper Mill |

Mains

As for our food for brunch we ordered Beef Hash and Huevas Roncheros.

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L-R | Beef Hash and Huevas Roncheros | The Copper Mill |

Main #1 – Beef Hash

Beef Hash – corned beef, fresh radish, caramelized onions, poached eggs, zaatar, baby herbs ($15)

I really liked this dish, apart from it being slightly salty, everything else blended in very well together. The fresh radish mixed well with poached eggs (with the yolk still runny) and abit of corned beef all tingling around your mouth, the dish had a good proportion and was very filling.

The dish was also presented very beautifully with all the vibrant colours, making the beef hash very FUN to eat 🙂

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Beef Hash | $15.oo | The Copper Mill |

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Yolk oozing from the poached egg in the Beef Hash | $15.oo | The Copper Mill |

Main #2 – Huevas Roncheros 

Huevas Roncheros – blue corn tortilla, black beans, roast capsicum, sunnyside egg, pecorino, chillies ($14) (with pork $17)

The second dish we ordered also had an attractive presentation with pecorino shavings sitting on top of the perfectly fried sunnyside egg.

P.S. Pecorino is a hard Italian cheese made from ewe’s milk.

As you move your egg aside, you will see a generous serving of black beans and roast capsicum placed on top of the blue corn tortilla. For those who aren’t a great beans fans (whether you dislike the farting effects afterwards or just generally not too fond of beans) then this is not the dish for you.

Personally we thought that if they could add a couple more ingredients to balance the beans out, the texture could work out much better.

Huevas Roncheros | $14.oo | The Copper Mill |

Black Beans, Capsicum & Blue Corn Tortilla underneath | Huevas Roncheros | $14.oo | The Copper Mill |

Service

Service staff / waiters were attentive, nice and friendly. They even offered us a few times to move down the end of the table so that there would be more room for us. They also suggested to move us to the bench seats near the window but we were quite happy with where we were seated.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience at Copper Mill even though one of our dishes weren’t too satisfying but we would definitely return for another week of brunch here to try out other dishes that could possibly surprise us.

Ratings

FOOD 
SERVICE 
AMBIANCE 
VALUE 

Drumroll………. Overall rating 8 / 10

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|The Lobby Bar & Lounge| Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

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|Date| Sunday o4.o5.2o14
|Time| 15.oo ~ 17.00
|Location| The Westin Sydney – 1 Martin Place, Sydney
|Price| $49.oo pp

If you are looking for the best high tea place in Sydney, then you can’t miss The Lobby Lounge presented elegantly inside the 5 star Westin Hotel. As you move from the bustling city of the CBD streets, you are welcomed by the serenity and friendliness of the 5 star hotel amenities and staff.

Westin | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

From the moment you sit down to absorb the atmosphere and the menu, you are taken on a beautiful afternoon tea journey with the Mad Hatter. We had a hard time choosing between the three options and wondered if we should also have the “Drink Me!” Cocktail or the Queen of Hearts Champagne. After a few debates, we opted for the standard “A Mad Tea Party” option and boy, was it a mad TEA party.

The Menu | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

The mad TEA party A wide range of Jing tea selection surely does not disappoint for a 5 star experience. Included in “A Mad Tea Party”, is the option to swap from a standard pot of tea to a premium if you decide to explore your taste buds with the bottomless cups of tea offer.

P ordered Whole Rosebuds which had the beautiful rose buds blossoming on top of your pot and the smell of the subtle rose flavour floating through even before you take your first sip. As she took her first sip, she described it as having a soft rose flavour which was not too overpowering and seemed to compliment the afternoon tea.

After the first pot, she decided to go for a complimentary upgrade to the premium Silver Needle. As the name suggests, Silver Needle did not expand and still stood long and tall like a needle even after a refill (or maybe two). The Silver Needle has a relaxing green tea flavour and also came with a small jar of honey should you wish to add that in.

As for me, I have a thing for green tea and the premium Jasmine Pearls seemed to have ticked all my boxes. If you are a fan of strong green tea, this will be the one to pick. The first sip had a decent jasmine taste which was perfect but as you pour out your second cup, the wholesome flavour of the jasmine tea shines through quite strongly.

Yarrabee Honey | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

 

Jasmine Pearl tea | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Food !!

Just as we settle in on our tea, the friendly wait staff brings out two sets of afternoon tea right before our eyes. Separated into two layers, the sweets were on the top, while the savoury sits comfortably in the second tier.

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Savoury

Savoury #1 – Tweedledee & Tweedledum – Roasted Beef and Fresh Asparagus Roulade on Mini Laugen

Tweedlee & Tweedledum are two identical food items just like how they were in “Alice in Wonderland”. The combination of the sauce and minimalistic veggies on the bread made it less dry. The thickness of the roasted beef was also just right and fitted perfectly on the mini laugen bread.

Tweedledee & … | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

 

… & Tweedledum | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Savoury #2 – Caterpillar – Cherry Bocconcini & Tomato on Fresh Green Salad Boat

The Caterpillar was a light and refreshing salad that included a separate plate of vinaigrette dressing to share between two people. The cherry bocconcini and tomatoes were all small mouthfuls which matched quite well in terms of shape and colour.

Caterpillar | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Savoury #3 – Alice in Wonderland – Alaskan crabmeat salad on double bread wrapped in cucumber

Alice in Wonderland was treated like a princess by pairing the soft bread with the delicate Alaskan crabmeat . The only critism: Not enough crabmeat ! It was too good, it was gone in a mouthful, maybe they could stack the crabmeat up a little higher 😛

Alice in Wonderland | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Sweet

Sweet #1 – The Mad Hatter’s Hat – Rich Dark Chocolate Mud Cake encased in Chocolate Icing

Now comes the interested sweet section, the mad hatter’s hat. Without reading the description on the menu, you would not have guessed that it had rich dark chocolate mud cake inside. All you need to do is carefully take off the top of the lid and voila the chocolate mud cake is waiting for you. The Mad Hatter’s Hat was not as sweet or rich as we thought it’d be which was good because we tend to like food that are less sweet. The cake was also not too moist or bitter which made it quite pleasant to have.

Mad Hatter’s Hat |The Lobby Bar & Lounge|

oooo opened mad hatter’s hat full of yummy chocolate goodness

Opened – Mad Hatter’s Hat |The Lobby Bar & Lounge|

Sweet #2 – The White Rabbit’s Pocket Watch – Purple Macaroon with a Blueberry Cream Filling

This one was my personal favourite and I can still taste it in my mouth after a week 🙂 The blueberry cream filling tasted similar to taro and I love taro flavoured food. I loved the creaminess of the cream filling, it was absolutely beautiful.

The White Rabbit’s Pocket Watch | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Sweet #3 – The Queen of Hearts – Layers of Raspberry Buttercream, Chocolate Ganache and Raspberry Jelly

The final sweet selection consisted of various layers that worked well except for the 3D love heart on the top (in my opinion). The 3D love heart was too sour for my liking but you may have a different viewpoint. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think 🙂

The Queen of Hearts | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

It also came with the scones and jam (which we forgot to take a photo of) but overall the dessert is good for those that generally don’t have a sweet tooth as these desserts are just right for our lovely taste buds.

The afternoon tea experience can be booked between 12pm to 6pm daily, giving you a plentiful two-hour time frame to enjoy your Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea journey.

Tip: Book early to make sure you can secure the date as it tends to book out quite quickly especially on the weekends. (We booked a month in advance)

Ratings
FOOD 
SERVICE 
AMBIANCE 
VALUE 

Drumroll………. Overall rating 9.5 / 10 🙂

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