Chef’s Gallery, Sydney CBD

While I was walking toward china town from Wynyard, I noticed the empty shop next to KFC George Street has turned into a dim sim Chinese restaurant. The amount of people lining up there was similar to the iphone 4 line infront of apple store. I decided I must give it a try. Honestly I am not a big fan of dim sim especially the steam one, but to satisfy my readers I have to be one of the first to try it myself. The design and layout of Chef’s Gallery is very similar to Din Tai Fung in world square. Both restaurants themed oriental with a big open kitchen.
 

Ratings
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 5/10

Average Price
Entrée: $8 – $10
Main: $15 – $20
Dessert: $5 – $9
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $10 per bottle
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Extremely Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: 1 days – 2 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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My girlfriend and I decided to order 3 courses, one entree, main and dessert. The menu has a variety of savoury dishes and desserts, clear symbols for vegetarian and chef’s recommendation. We opted for all those that have a chef’s hat next to it.

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Wok fried medium grain rice with prawn and diced Chinese olive, $13.90

The order were all mixed up, firstly the piggy face sweet bun came as a entrée and I told the waitress “shouldn’t that be arriving last?” so they took the dish back and next was the fried rice. Although I was hoping to have the entrée first which is the pan fried buns but anyhow, I was starving so I dag right into the fried rice. The fried rice was nice, buttery salty and little piece of olive, prawn, shallot enriched with stripes of eggs. The rice they used was a short grain which makes it a little bit different to the ordinary fried rice.

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Lightly pan fried buns with pork, $9.90

The Zi Jian Bao was a little bit disappointing, despite the presentation was nice and the skin was silky smooth, the dough was chewy and the pork mince inside was mushy and a little too soft. After eating three of them I feel a little bit sick to eat buns again.

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Steamed sesame "piggy face" bun, $5.90

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We got attracted by the name of this dessert “piggy face bun” I never expected the bun itself looks like a pig. It was so cute and almost too pretty to bite into! I started with a bite to the pink pig nose, it was so chewy and taste like chewing gum. Inside was nothing special – black sesame paste but it has a weird taste. Not those sweet tastes that I used to eat. Looking around us was a couple that ordered some pumpkin alike desserts. I must say the chef here has a good art and food craving skills but when it comes down to taste, he needs to work harder.

Conclusion: Don’t get trick by the queues outside, it is not an indication of the popularity of the restaurant. The service we experienced was poor, we asked for a change of table because the wind next to the front door was too strong and because my friend and I just recovered from flu we would like to sit in a warmer place. However, we got rejected by the manager and was told that it is too unfair for the next customer. The food portions here is small and pricy, the chef’s recommendation dishes are not up to standard especially the buns. It was way too chewy to be under the chef’s recommendation menu. I don’t think I will come back again.

 

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Address:

Level Ground, Shop 12, 501 George Street, Sydney  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9267-8877
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Kent St  
By Train: Town Hall Station  
By Bus:

Takeru

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Chef’s Gallery, Sydney CBD

Ratings
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 5/10

Average Price
Entrée: $8 – $10
Main: $15 – $20
Dessert: $5 – $9
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $10 per bottle
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Extremely Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: 1 days – 2 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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While I was walking toward china town from Wynyard, I noticed the empty shop next to KFC George Street has turned into a dim sim Chinese restaurant. The amount of people lining up there was similar to the iphone 4 line infront of apple store. I decided I must give it a try. Honestly I am not a big fan of dim sim especially the steam one, but to satisfy my readers I have to be one of the first to try it myself. The design and layout of Chef’s Gallery is very similar to Din Tai Fung in world square. Both restaurants themed oriental with a big open kitchen.

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My girlfriend and I decided to order 3 courses, one entree, main and dessert. The menu has a variety of savoury dishes and desserts, clear symbols for vegetarian and chef’s recommendation. We opted for all those that have a chef’s hat next to it.

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Wok fried medium grain rice with prawn and diced Chinese olive, $13.90

The order were all mixed up, firstly the piggy face sweet bun came as a entrée and I told the waitress “shouldn’t that be arriving last?” so they took the dish back and next was the fried rice. Although I was hoping to have the entrée first which is the pan fried buns but anyhow, I was starving so I dag right into the fried rice. The fried rice was nice, buttery salty and little piece of olive, prawn, shallot enriched with stripes of eggs. The rice they used was a short grain which makes it a little bit different to the ordinary fried rice.

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Lightly pan fried buns with pork, $9.90

The Zi Jian Bao was a little bit disappointing, despite the presentation was nice and the skin was silky smooth, the dough was chewy and the pork mince inside was mushy and a little too soft. After eating three of them I feel a little bit sick to eat buns again.

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Steamed sesame "piggy face" bun, $5.90

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We got attracted by the name of this dessert “piggy face bun” I never expected the bun itself looks like a pig. It was so cute and almost too pretty to bite into! I started with a bite to the pink pig nose, it was so chewy and taste like chewing gum. Inside was nothing special – black sesame paste but it has a weird taste. Not those sweet tastes that I used to eat. Looking around us was a couple that ordered some pumpkin alike desserts. I must say the chef here has a good art and food craving skills but when it comes down to taste, he needs to work harder.

Conclusion: Don’t get trick by the queues outside, it is not an indication of the popularity of the restaurant. The service we experienced was poor, we asked for a change of table because the wind next to the front door was too strong and because my friend and I just recovered from flu we would like to sit in a warmer place. However, we got rejected by the manager and was told that it is too unfair for the next customer. The food portions here is small and pricy, the chef’s recommendation dishes are not up to standard especially the buns. It was way too chewy to be under the chef’s recommendation menu. I don’t think I will come back again.

 

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Address:

Level Ground, Shop 12, 501 George Street, Sydney  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9267-8877
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Kent St  
By Train: Town Hall Station  
By Bus:

Takeru

Map picture

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Beef and mushroom Casserole

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A casserole, according to Wikipedia is the French for “saucepan”. I’ve never cook a casserole but as weather gets cold in winter I got lazy and want something that is full of flavour and yet simple to prepare. Just before we decide to go out and buy a nice casserole dish, I’ve made one using saucepan that doesn’t require oven. Slow booked beef and mushroom casserole is the perfect way to warm up the cold winter’s day!

Ingredients:

1 tsp oil     
500g diced beef  (I bought blade steak)
3 slices of bacon, cut into stripes
1 onion, diced    
2 cloves of garlic, crushed     
250g mushroom, sliced    
2 carrots, diced 
1 tsp dried mixed herbs     
4 tbsp tomato paste 
1 bay leaf
2 tsp corn flour
500 ml pack Campbell’s real Stock – Beef  
4 tsp tomato paste

Directions:

1) Heat oil in a saucepan over high heat. Pat dry the beef with paper towel then cook then in batches, until browned. Remove and set aside.

2) Add onion, garlic and bacon, cook for 2 mins. Add mushrooms and beef to pan. Cook for 3 mins until mushroom have softened.

3)  Add carrots, herbs, tomato paste and 1.5 cups stock. Bring to the boil, stirring. Reduce heat and cook for 35 mins, stirring occasionally.

4) In a bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup stock with cornflour until smooth and no lumps. Stir into beef mixture. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally until sauce has thickened. Serve with mash or rice.

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Took me an hr to wash, peel and cut everything…

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let the flavour and sweetness of carrots and carrot gradually infuses the beef and the result is a delicious meal

Café opera, InterContinental Hotel

My first time to a bridal shower and my first time experiencing high-tea in a grand hotel Thanks to Maria and Vicki and everybody else who have helped and organised this lovely high-tea gathering in Café Opera of InterContinental Hotel. On a Wednesday afternoon I have the privilege to have half day off work and attend this special day of Kamila – my lovely bride-to-be colleague. Make sure you come with an appetite because this is one superb high-tea with impeccable service.

www.sydney.intercontinental.com

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: N/A
Main: N/A
Dessert: N/A
High Tea: weekday: $40 P/Adult $20 P/Child, Weekend: $50 P/Adult $25 P/Child
Corkage: BYO Not allowed
Cakeage: $5 p/p

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Quiet
Waiting time for foods: 20 mins
Booking time require: 3 days – 4 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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The waiters and waitresses were very formal and well presented. They were very attentive and offer us champagne to start with. Not long after, the 3 tier high tea stand arrived. There were HEAPS of foods! I came without having lunch but still couldn’t finish my shares at the end. To start, there were savoury bacon and onion quiches, ham and cheese sandwiches and mini beef pies at the bottom layer. The quiche was devine as the pastry was really buttery and a little bit flaky, the size is a bite size so I didn’t feel overly bloated. It was a great way to start the meal.

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Second layer was the sweet stuffs, mini macaroons, strawberry chocolates, chocolate mousse cake and mini connoli. The dessert was not overly sweet but however, was a bit dry and hard to chew. In fact, we packed away few boxes of dessert and take home.

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The top layer was the classic scones served with fresh cream and jam. I was so full that I didn’t try the scones but it looks a bit tough to bite. Seems like we didn’t have enough and soon again, 3 plates of crepes and waffles came out with syrup. I had half of the waffle with syrup but it was a bit disappointing given the inside is like a solid rock. Our teas arrive the end of our afternoon tea, we’re all completely full by the time we’ve eaten our portions, the crepes and waffle remained untouched.

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Conclusion: I had the great pleasure to attend the high tea in Café Opera that was organised by Maria & Vicki. The service was immaculate and I felt like I was treated like royalty. Staffs are friendly and helpful and even assisted in taking a group photo of us. Food wise, savoury are better than the sweets. What I love though is the high ceilings, beautiful lounge and quiet environment which allows us to talk freely without shouting across the table.

 

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Address:

Intercontinental Hotel Sydney 117 Macquarie Street  
opening hrs: Mon – Thu & Sun: 6:30 to 22:00, Fri – Sat: 6:30 to 22:30 
Ph:+612-9240-1396
Web: www.sydney.intercontinental.com

Getting There:

Parking: Elizabeth St  
By Train: Circular Quay Station  
By Bus:

circular quay

Map picture

Cafe Opera on Urbanspoon

Café opera, InterContinental Hotel

www.sydney.intercontinental.com

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: N/A
Main: N/A
Dessert: N/A
High Tea: weekday: $40 P/Adult $20 P/Child, Weekend: $50 P/Adult $25 P/Child
Corkage: BYO Not allowed
Cakeage: $5 p/p

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Quiet
Waiting time for foods: 20 mins
Booking time require: 3 days – 4 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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My first time to a bridal shower and my first time experiencing high-tea in a grand hotel Thanks to Maria and Vicki and everybody else who have helped and organised this lovely high-tea gathering in Café Opera of InterContinental Hotel. On a Wednesday afternoon I have the privilege to have half day off work and attend this special day of Kamila – my lovely bride-to-be colleague. Make sure you come with an appetite because this is one superb high-tea with impeccable service.

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The waiters and waitresses were very formal and well presented. They were very attentive and offer us champagne to start with. Not long after, the 3 tier high tea stand arrived. There were HEAPS of foods! I came without having lunch but still couldn’t finish my shares at the end. To start, there were savoury bacon and onion quiches, ham and cheese sandwiches and mini beef pies at the bottom layer. The quiche was devine as the pastry was really buttery and a little bit flaky, the size is a bite size so I didn’t feel overly bloated. It was a great way to start the meal.

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Second layer was the sweet stuffs, mini macaroons, strawberry chocolates, chocolate mousse cake and mini connoli. The dessert was not overly sweet but however, was a bit dry and hard to chew. In fact, we packed away few boxes of dessert and take home.

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The top layer was the classic scones served with fresh cream and jam. I was so full that I didn’t try the scones but it looks a bit tough to bite. Seems like we didn’t have enough and soon again, 3 plates of crepes and waffles came out with syrup. I had half of the waffle with syrup but it was a bit disappointing given the inside is like a solid rock. Our teas arrive the end of our afternoon tea, we’re all completely full by the time we’ve eaten our portions, the crepes and waffle remained untouched.

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Conclusion: I had the great pleasure to attend the high tea in Café Opera that was organised by Maria & Vicki. The service was immaculate and I felt like I was treated like royalty. Staffs are friendly and helpful and even assisted in taking a group photo of us. Food wise, savoury are better than the sweets. What I love though is the high ceilings, beautiful lounge and quiet environment which allows us to talk freely without shouting across the table.

 

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Address:

Intercontinental Hotel Sydney 117 Macquarie Street  
opening hrs: Mon – Thu & Sun: 6:30 to 22:00, Fri – Sat: 6:30 to 22:30 
Ph:+612-9240-1396
Web: www.sydney.intercontinental.com

Getting There:

Parking: Elizabeth St  
By Train: Circular Quay Station  
By Bus:

circular quay

Map picture

Cafe Opera on Urbanspoon

Italian Chicken Casserole

 

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When it is cold and windy outside, a hot hearty casserole is just the thing to warm me up on a cold weekend. K-mart on sale, a heavy duty cast iron casserole has reduced down to $35, how can I resist? I’ve always wanted to get a casserole dish as it is so easy and convenience to make a casserole, all you do is chop and bake. I have found a very easy Italian Chicken recipe on Campbell’s Real stock recipe website http://www.campbellskitchen.com.au/recipes.aspx But of course, I have input some of my own creativity into the original recipe with a little bit extra ingredient.

Ingredients:

1 tsp oil    
1 tsp butter  
3 anchovies from can, chopped    
2 cloves of garlic, chopped     
2 medium potatoes, chopped    
2 zucchini, chopped 
1 carrot, chopped    
1 onion, sliced 
2 stalks of thyme
1/4 cup plain flour
500 ml pack Campbell’s real Stock – Chicken  
4 tsp tomato paste
2 tsp dried Italian herbs

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 220ºC. Heat oil and butter in a large flameproof, ovenproof casserole dish over high heat. Add chicken & cook until well browned on all sides.

2) Add anchovies, thyme, onion, garlic, potato, zucchini & carrot. Cook for 2 mins.

3)  In a bowl, combine flour with stock until evenly mixed, making sure there is no flour lumps. Stir in tomato paste & herbs then pour over chicken. Bring to the boil, stirring regularly. Cover & bake, for 30 – 40 mins or until chicken is cooked through.  Serve with rice, pasta or mash. Garnish with coriander.

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All ready to go !

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Brown the chicken drum sticks on all sides

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Bake for 30 – 40 mins

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Italian Chicken Casserole

 

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When it is cold and windy outside, a hot hearty casserole is just the thing to warm me up on a cold weekend. K-mart on sale, a heavy duty cast iron casserole has reduced down to $35, how can I resist? I’ve always wanted to get a casserole dish as it is so easy and convenience to make a casserole, all you do is chop and bake. I have found a very easy Italian Chicken recipe on Campbell’s Real stock recipe website http://www.campbellskitchen.com.au/recipes.aspx But of course, I have input some of my own creativity into the original recipe with a little bit extra ingredient.

Ingredients:

1 tsp oil    
1 tsp butter  
3 anchovies from can, chopped    
2 cloves of garlic, chopped     
2 medium potatoes, chopped    
2 zucchini, chopped 
1 carrot, chopped    
1 onion, sliced 
2 stalks of thyme
1/4 cup plain flour
500 ml pack Campbell’s real Stock – Chicken  
4 tsp tomato paste
2 tsp dried Italian herbs

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 220ºC. Heat oil and butter in a large flameproof, ovenproof casserole dish over high heat. Add chicken & cook until well browned on all sides.

2) Add anchovies, thyme, onion, garlic, potato, zucchini & carrot. Cook for 2 mins.

3)  In a bowl, combine flour with stock until evenly mixed, making sure there is no flour lumps. Stir in tomato paste & herbs then pour over chicken. Bring to the boil, stirring regularly. Cover & bake, for 30 – 40 mins or until chicken is cooked through.  Serve with rice, pasta or mash. Garnish with coriander.

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All ready to go !

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Brown the chicken drum sticks on all sides

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Bake for 30 – 40 mins

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Armory Wharf Cafe, Newington

www.armorywharfcafe.com

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $15 – $20
Main: $15 – $25
Dessert: $8 – $15
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Restaurant fully licensed, no BYO
Cakeage: $1.5 p/p

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 25 mins
Booking time require: walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 
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The Armory Wharf Cafe in Blaxland Riverside Park located not far away from Homebush Bay, It provides a great meeting and breakfast/lunch place for the cyclist or walker undertaking one of the many tracks that pass through the Riverside Park. The view here is amazing, the cafe is right next to the river and you can see the river cat passed by if you are lucky. This restaurant is really child friendly not only they have high-chair but I notice the colour pencils and drawing paper they provided to the kids too. Highly recommend for family with kids looking for outdoor activities during weekend.

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Eggs Benne’ with Tasmanian salmon & spinach on toasted casa panotte, $14

After a long walk, I felt like something hot and gooey so I ordered the Eggs Benedict. The serving size was HUGE and the casa panotte was at least 4cm thick, because this is the first time I tried the casa panotte it feels more like a French toast than an ordinary piece of bread. Due to its thickness I even had difficulties cutting it and asked for the help from JC haha. The eggs were nicely poached, salmon was fresh and well seasoned. However, the let down of this dish was the hollandaise sauce it was overpowered by lemon juice and lack of texture.

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Corn cakes served with grilled bacon with avocado and tomato salsa, roquette, $14.50

As the name suggested, this is a corn cakes not corn fritters. Maybe because I am too used to corn fritters so corn and pan cakes doesn’t join the dot for me. But with all that said, the bacon are fried nice and crisp with colourful avocado and tomato salsa next to it.

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Conclusion: Great location for breakfast on a sunny day. Generous serving size but slow service toward lunch time as more people finished walking and cycling. Food is a bit of hit and miss but given the nice location and waterview, they have scored extra point. One thing I would like to praise about this restaurant is, the management take customer’s feedback seriously, as I was checking out their website and click inside eatability, for each feedback they received the management team actually took their time to respond and pass any complaints to the staff accordingly.

 

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Address:

Building 13, Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson Street, Newington  
opening hrs: Mon – Wed: 9:00 to 16:00, Thu – Fri: 9:00 to 21:00, weekends: 7:30 to 21:00
 
Ph:+612-9714-7513
Web: www.armorywharfcafe.com

Getting There:

Parking: Blaxland Riverside Park carpark  
By Train: No Train station nearby  
By Bus:

homebush

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Le Renaissance Café Patisserie, The Rocks

Although birthday cakes tend to be more common, but I thought it would be nice to celebrate JC and my anniversary with some cakes too. I already had a thought in mind to buy some cakes from Le Renaissance in The Rocks on the actual day and take it back home as a dessert. I absolutely adore their cheesecake because it tastes so smooth and rich that the first time I tried I fell in love with it. And since JC never tried it so it’s the perfect excuse for me to get a couple of pieces of cakes there.

www.larenaissance.com.au

Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: $8 – $10
Main: $15 – $25
Dessert: $7 – $10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Not allowed
Cakeage: Not allowed (come on they sell cakes)

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Being a Friday afternoon, the place was absolutely packed with people. As you can see the crazy queue outside the little café. I have no choice but to line up for 15 mins to get my dream cheesecake.

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Cheese Cake, $5.50

I made use of the 15 mins queuing up time wisely and choose the 3 most appealing cakes out of the colourful window. I told myself, cheesecake gotta be one of the choice, Lemon tart next as I fancy anything lemony…then the 3rd probably something chocolate and rich so I decided to get the Aroma. The cheese cake was really nice, smooth and cheesy, it is the major reason why I kept coming back.

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Lemon Tart, $5.00

First of all, tart itself looks amazing with the shiny glaze on top, the size is big and the base looks crunchy. Everything was nice, I mean the tart has a soft and smooth lemon filling but oh my dear god! It was so sour… that I got the worse sour-face ever. I couldn’t take it anymore so JC was happy to finish it all.

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Aroma, Eat in $6.00

Aroma has 3 layers of mouth-watering chocolate mousse, bottom being a milk chocolate mousse, middle is a white chocolate mousse and at the top is a thin layer of dark chocolate mousse with a dash of coffee. The cake is really nice as it is moist and not overly sweet.

Conclusion: This place was a bit of trouble to find a parking but well worth the wait and long lines. Le Renaissance food can be enjoyed in the outdoor courtyard between historic sandstones walls with a cup of delicious coffee. It may also be packaged for take away. If you want to impress family or clients, La Renaissance also does catering for parties and events.

 

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Address:

47 Argyle Street, The Rocks  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 8:00 to 18:00 
Ph:+612-9241-4878
Web: www.larenaissance.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Hickson St  
By Train: Circular Quay Station  
By Bus:

circular quay

Map picture

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Le Renaissance Café Patisserie, The Rocks

www.larenaissance.com.au

Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: $8 – $10
Main: $15 – $25
Dessert: $7 – $10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Not allowed
Cakeage: Not allowed (come on they sell cakes)

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Although birthday cakes tend to be more common, but I thought it would be nice to celebrate JC and my anniversary with some cakes too. I already had a thought in mind to buy some cakes from Le Renaissance in The Rocks on the actual day and take it back home as a dessert. I absolutely adore their cheesecake because it tastes so smooth and rich that the first time I tried I fell in love with it. And since JC never tried it so it’s the perfect excuse for me to get a couple of pieces of cakes there.

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Being a Friday afternoon, the place was absolutely packed with people. As you can see the crazy queue outside the little café. I have no choice but to line up for 15 mins to get my dream cheesecake.

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Cheese Cake, $5.50

I made use of the 15 mins queuing up time wisely and choose the 3 most appealing cakes out of the colourful window. I told myself, cheesecake gotta be one of the choice, Lemon tart next as I fancy anything lemony…then the 3rd probably something chocolate and rich so I decided to get the Aroma. The cheese cake was really nice, smooth and cheesy, it is the major reason why I kept coming back.

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Lemon Tart, $5.00

First of all, tart itself looks amazing with the shiny glaze on top, the size is big and the base looks crunchy. Everything was nice, I mean the tart has a soft and smooth lemon filling but oh my dear god! It was so sour… that I got the worse sour-face ever. I couldn’t take it anymore so JC was happy to finish it all.

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Aroma, Eat in $6.00

Aroma has 3 layers of mouth-watering chocolate mousse, bottom being a milk chocolate mousse, middle is a white chocolate mousse and at the top is a thin layer of dark chocolate mousse with a dash of coffee. The cake is really nice as it is moist and not overly sweet.

Conclusion: This place was a bit of trouble to find a parking but well worth the wait and long lines. Le Renaissance food can be enjoyed in the outdoor courtyard between historic sandstones walls with a cup of delicious coffee. It may also be packaged for take away. If you want to impress family or clients, La Renaissance also does catering for parties and events.

 

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Address:

47 Argyle Street, The Rocks  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 8:00 to 18:00 
Ph:+612-9241-4878
Web: www.larenaissance.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Hickson St  
By Train: Circular Quay Station  
By Bus:

circular quay

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