| Kingston & Co, Chatswood |

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|Date| Saturday 24.o5.2o14
|Time| 12.3o ~ 13.30
|Location| Westfield – Level 3 , Anderson Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
|Price| $15.oo ~ $25.oo pp

Three of the newest dining in Westfield are now a hit in Chatswood – Din Tai Fung, Hurricane’s Express and Kingston & Co but first off in this post, let’s start off with Kingston & Co, located on Anderson Street right next to Nandos.

Kingston & Co has both indoors and outdoors seating depending on your liking. If you’re like us who likes:

  • the sun breeze whilst enjoying your brunch,
  • see the hustle and bustle of Chatswood
  • or just purely enjoy the outdoorsy feeling – we recommend outdoor seating too 🙂
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Shop Front | Kingston & Co |

Outdoor Seating | Kingston & Co |

Greeted with a friendly waiter, he directed us to our seats and presented us with the menu for our brunch this weekend.

Kingston & Co has a good range of breakfast options available. The lunch menu also provides a list of burgers, pasta, risotto, salads, etc. and the last page contains a drinks menu with desserts available at the counter.

Breakfast Menu | Kingston & Co |

Lunch Menu | Kingston & Co |

Dessert & Drinks Menu | Kingston & Co |

Drink #1 – Small Hot Chocolate ($4.oo)

The hot chocolate art was beautifully poured but once you take the first sip, we realised that looks can be deceiving. The barista had our drink too hot, way above the optimal temperature. Two minutes later, we tried to take another sip but it was still too hot. On another note, the hot chocolate also wasn’t rich enough (since I’m a lover of all things sweet), so overall impressions of drinks = below average.

Hot Chocolate | $4.oo | Kingston & Co |

Food #1 – Kingston’s works burger – Tomato, cheese, bacon, hash brown, lettuce, relish & aioli

We decided to order a burger to try out as we’ve seen burger posters for Kingston & Co advertised around Westfield Chatswood.

The Kingston’s works burger – ordered from the breakfast menu – has all the essential ingredients in this burger. We ordered this without the chips since it was too early to have chips.

It was interesting to see that the hash brown presented itself in the burger as a patty instead of the traditional beef patty burger for breakfast. The meat component came from the bacon which was easy to chew and not too crispy. Although the burger wasn’t as juicy as we liked it to be, the tomato slices in the burger made up and also contributed to the sauce.

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Kingston’s Work Burger | $11.oo | Kingston & Co |

Food #2 – House cured ocean trout – avocado, poached egg, black sesame puffed pastry, lemon jam

The house cured ocean trout was a beautifully plated brunch that I almost thought I was at a fine dining restaurant for an entree.

It was difficult to put my cutlery and start as we didn’t want to ruin the dish. We started off with the ocean trout however it did not spark up any fire with my tastebuds.

Both poached eggs were runny but would have been better if there was a slice of bread to accompany the plate instead of the puffed pastry as the puff pastry wasn’t too filling.

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House Cured Ocean Trout | $19.oo | Kingston & Co |

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House Cured Ocean Trout | $19.oo | Kingston & Co |

Also before we paid for the bill, we noticed a range of dessert available at the counter including brownies, tarts, muffins, etc. so if you’re wanting to visit Kingston & Co for a catchup with friends, try out their daily desserts special.

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Desserts | Kingston & Co |

Overall the food presentation added some piggies points to this review however before we re-visit again, the food quality may need a slight improvement (purely based on our experience today).

Ratings

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Drumroll………. Overall rating 7 / 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

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Drumroll………. Overall rating 8 / 10

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| Trio Bondi Beach | 2013

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|Opening Hours|
Monday ~ Friday 7:3o am ~ 3:3o pm
Weekends 8:oo am ~ 4:oo pm
Public Holiday 9:oo am ~ 3:oo pm
|Location| Trio – 56 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
|Price| $25 ~ $35 pp

One of the brunch places we went to late last year that we found quite enjoyable was Trio. It’s at a really good location because it’s located just off the main road in Bondi, opposite the beach. So if you like sitting outdoors / have pets or prams / love the beach / ocean view or all of the above, then this is for you.
Even though there was a 30-minute wait to get a table, by the time you drop your name and number, have a walk around Bondi, they would have called you back and have been seated already. We got a seat outside the cafe which was perfect for the weather that day.

Trio menu | Trio Bondi Beach |

As Trio was first in first serve, their service was also first in first serve. Being a weekend, they might have been a bit busy. They weren’t able to provide efficient service but still, we managed to place our order sitting outside enjoying the beautiful beach / ocean view.

Drink – Cappuccino $4
We placed our order and the cappuccino finally came.
(+) The cappuccino was nice and not too bitter. I also liked how it had a trio logo on it representing the cafe which I thought was a great idea too.
(-) Not sure if it was because we took photos for too long or talked a bit too much before drinking the coffee, we realised the coffee could have been a little hotter.

 

Cappuccino | $4 | Trio Bondi Beach |

Brekkie #1 Trio Breakfast Burrito $20

Shredded chorizo chilli, scrambled eggs with cheddar & chilli, pepper & lime salsa, guacamole & warm tortilla, served deconstructed

(+) I quite liked the cute presentation the Trio Breakfast Burrito. Instead of just having the food scooped on the square plate, the Breakfast Burrito came in two little frying pans – one with the scrambled eggs (loved how it was nice and fluffy) and the other with the salsa and guacamole (not too chilli, good for those that can only take a slight bit of chilli).
(-) The proportion for the Burrito was a little bit too much for breakfast. We didn’t end up finishing the two pans so it was a bit of a waste.

Trio Breakfast Burrito | $20 | Trio Bondi Beach |

Brekkie #2 Mediterranean Breakfast $26
Poached eggs with truffle oil on olive sourdough,served with char-grilled haloumi, crispy pancetta, semi-dried tomatoes, spinach & chorizo (Gluten Free Option available)

(+) For me, I love revealing my poached eggs on my side of bread for brunch so that it can run freely on the olive sourdough, and I wouldn’t have to madly scrape it off the plate after it’s bursted. The chorizo, haloumi and semi dried tomatoes, added a Mediterranean twist to the breakfast. The pancetta (not to be mistaken with Prosciutto) was crispy and slightly burnt but was not chewy at all.  My plate of breakfast had the right serving and is great for those that have a small appetite.

(-) I mixed the truffle oil with spinach but the full flavour of the truffle oil couldn’t come through enough. Slightly disappointed but maybe next time Trio could top it off with something else more interesting!

Mediterranean Breakfast | $26 | Trio Bondi Beach |

Money Saver Tip: Use your voucher from the Entertainment Book (Sydney – 2013|2014 edition) and save 25% off the TOTAL BILL (up to $30.00 value). The same deal will also be available in the Sydney and Sydney North – 2014|2015 edition.

We went there because we had a voucher from the entertainment book so if u guys havent used the entertainment voucher, you better use it before 1st June 2014 which is about 2 weeks awayyy !
Note: Trio puts a 10% surcharge on Saturday and Sundays so make sure you get the Entertainment Book to save you that extra bit of money
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Drumroll please…. 7.5/10

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