Small Serve: Baked goods, hot chocolate and ribs in Sydney

In the past 2 months I’ve traveled to New Zealand, Sydney, home, Sydney and now I’m back home again. I’ve eaten at so many great places that I can’t wait to tell you all about them.

Whilst I go through my 4000 photos, I offer you this small serve collection of treats, snacks and meals during my Sydney visits.

 Central Baking Depot, CBD

Roasted pear and chocolate ganache frangipane, Central Baking DepotServing awesome pastries and breads the Central Baking Depot is the little sister of Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills.

The Erskine Street (CBD) store is located in an unassuming part of the city, which I think makes it a fun find for people who like the unexpected surprise of having something great so nearby.

39 Erskine Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Central Baking Depot on Urbanspoon

Image: Roasted pear and chocolate ganache frangipane.

 

Hurricane’s Grill, Bondi Beach

Half-rack of pork ribs, Hurricane GrillRibs! Glorious ribs!

At 2pm on a Sunday afternoon I managed to get a table for one in an already packed Bondi Beach restaurant. Seated near the reception desk I heard that those that came in after me were told there’d be a 10-15min wait. It seems if you want a table here, make a booking.

Although they have an enormous menu, I really have no idea what is listed on it as I had come to order the ribs, of which I knew everything there was to know about them. There are two sizes, full-rack or half-rack, and a choice between beef, lamb or pork.

These ribs are the best I have ever tasted. A good amount of sauce, no fat and incredibly meaty. This place is busy and for a very good reason.

130 Roscoe St, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026 Hurricane's Grill on Urbanspoon

Image: Half-rack of pork ribs with chips, French Martini

 

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, CBD

Italian Thick Hot Chocolate, Max Brenner Chocolate BarI would pass Max Brenner every day on my walk home from the office to my hotel room during one of my visits to Sydney. Try as I might to avoid the chocolate haven I just had to go in after a particularly tiring day.

There was a lot on the menu that I would have loved to try, such as the chocolate fondue, but being that I was on my own I really didn’t want the burden of not fitting into my clothes the next day.

If you love drinking hot chocolate you really should try Max Brenner’s Italian Thick Hot Chocolate, which is basically a mix of molten chocolate and vanilla cream.

Metcentre, 273 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Max Brenner Chocolate Bar on Urbanspoon

 

Palomino Espresso, CBD

Pistachio, white chocolate and raspberry muffin, Palomino EspressoA lot of lovely things have been written about Palomino Espresso, such as the cafe has personality and it’s the place to go for a great cup of coffee.

The sentiment that I’m going to repeat that has been written on other sites is that you must try the homebaked goods. My pistachio, white chocolate and blackberry muffin was moist, delicious and just what I needed.

The team at Palomino Espresso make a huge effort to give their customers quality food and drinks, and it shows.

By the way, it’s not a large shop so take extra care to look for it when you’re walking down York Street or you’ll miss it.

61 York St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Palomino Espresso on Urbanspoon

 

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