Star Buffet, Seven Hills

 

www.starbuffet.com.au

Ratings
Food: 6.5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 8.5/10

Average Price
Lunch: Mon-Sat: $14.50, Sun: $21
Dinner: Sun-Thur: $21, Fri-Sat: $23.50
Special: Discount for member/senior/Children
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: Buffet style
Booking time require: 3-4 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 
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Before writing up a post on this restaurant, I need to let all my readers know that I am not the biggest fan of buffet. Firstly, I wouldn’t get my monies worth in buffet as I eat small quantity. Secondly, the quality of food is generally poor. Thirdly, I usually lost appetite when I see so many choices in front of me.

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We were here for a post mother’s day celebration dinner with my family and my brother’s in laws. With eleven of us, I suppose buffet would be the best choice to cater for the oldies, young and kids. There were two session with the dinner: 5:30pm – 7:30pm or 7:30pm – 9:30pm, we were in the earlier session so I also get to take handful of pictures of the food before being destroyed by others.

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Star Buffet like most of other buffet is located inside a RSL club, it offers great variety of gourmet food ranging from Australian, Asian, European, even a sushi train, roast BBQ duck/pork plus extensive selection of salads and desserts. I must say this is a really sweet value for what you get if you compare to the Casino Star City Garden Buffet.

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My favourite was the BBQ roast duck as it was freshly roasted in house and not those that bought from supplier. It was tender and delicious and they carve it in front of you.

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Make sure you leave room for dessert because I bet you can only sample a few, although the cakes that I tried didn’t have much taste but I only tried a few things. The focal point was definitely the chocolate fountain as it attracts many kids to line up for it. Instead of dipping the ordinary marshmallow I have substitute with fruits instead and I thought it tasted great!!

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Not long after, the chef starts to bring out some nice tiny crème brulee. OMG , anyone who knows me would know that my favourite dessert is crème brulee and I was very impress that they had it here. I took one back to my table and can’t wait to crack the sugar on top. It was very creamy and fresh but the brulee itself was lacking the punch of vanilla bean and taste a bit too eggy.

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I had a really good night and catch up with my family even though I didn’t eat much, but it was equally enjoyable watching my family demolish about 20 plates of foods.

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Conclusion: The variety of food is quite extensive and you are paying for a buffet that offers a lot of different things. Strongly recommend for big eater or families with kids.

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Address:

Corner Best Rd & William St, Seven Hills 
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 14:00, 17:30 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9622-9690
Web: www.starbuffet.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Next to the RSL club 
By train: Seven Hills Station

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Brunette Belgian Praline Spread from Le Pain Quotidien, Sydney Westfield

 

www.lepainquotidien.com

spread

picture adapted from Fontshop

 

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Surprisingly when 99% of the population loves Nutella I am the 1%. Ironically I fell in love with Brunette, a rather less sweet, creamy smooth hazelnut spread that is double of the price of Nutella. I happened to found these babies in a small cafe in Sydney Westfield called Le Pain Quotidien. JC had his breakfast there on boxing day before he broke the bank and he can’t wait to show me these. We bought a bottle for $10 and can’t wait to try when we got home. The result was way worth the $10.

Originated in Belgium and featuring four flavours:

– Brunette-Belgian Praline Spread

– Noisella-Belgian Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread

– Blondie-Belgian White Chocolate Spread

– Noir-Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread

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You can spread this hazelnut goodies on anything and everything, toast, crackers, you name it and certainly you won’t be able to find this in anywhere. You can find this in Surry hills, Bondi junction and Sydney Westfield. Address can be find on their website.

 

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Taste Baguette Bakery Café, Market Street Sydney

www.tastebaguette.com

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $10
Main: $10 – $26
Dessert: $5 – $8
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

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 – 20 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
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If you like baguette, you must come to Taste Baguette café because they baked their own bread onsite every 15 mins! Hieu who is the chef and owner of Taste Baguette café has been a baker and pastry chef since he was the age of 13. Hieu’s vision was to open a bakery/cafe where bread & pastries would be baked regularly throughout the day. With this vision, Taste Bakery & Restaurant in Surry Hills was born, where hand crafted baguettes were baked every 15 minutes for lunch and filled with freshly grilled meats & salads. This French-Vietnamese influenced café is so popular that it has spread last few years and can now be found in various places such as in Sydney uni, Surry hills, Sussex lane, World square, Market street and met centre.

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Classic Vietnameses – Pork, pate with pickled carrot and radish, cucumber, spring onion, coriander and soy dressing. (Chilli optional) $8.50

If you are someone who is indecisive, you’ll be having a hard time picking over 10 baguettes in their menu. I have opted for the Vietnamese classic because It is something that I am familiar with and will sometimes ordered in a Vietnamese suburb such as Cabramatta or Marrickville. The baguette was light and crunchy with just enough of salad to balance out the meat and dressing.

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Chicken Schnitzel, $8.90

Herb crumbed crispy goujons served with coral lettuce, tomato, rocket, and honey mustard mayonnaise.

The chicken schnitzel was smaller than expected with more salad then meat, the taste however was very good and doesn’t give me the oily feeling which other chicken schnitzel does.

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Mini Almond and cheese croissant, $3.50

These mini almond and cheese croissant will make a good snack for the afternoon tea, it is buttery and crunchy on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside.

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Fig and fruits tart, $3.50

The tart was very light and not very sweet, if you like plain and simple dessert. You will love this fruit tart.

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Brownie, $3.50

After trying a few of their dessert and cakes, I realise everything in Taste are very light and healthy. They do not put a lot of sugar or artificial stuff in their foods. Brownie in here wasn’t my kind of sweet because it was too bland and dry.

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Cappuccino

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Pork and fennel chipolatas w/ caramelised red onion marmalade baguette, $9.50

Breakfast menu from Taste were fantastic, the idea of having your breakfast in a freshly bake baguette was interesting. The pork and fennel chipolatas was by popular demand and the next customer after me who ordered this was already sold out. It was flavoursome and juicy.

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Poached egg w/ crispy bacon, spinach and hollandaise sauce baguette, $9.50

The more standard poach egg and bacon was excellent, the fluffy bread absorb all the hollandaise sauce and when I broke the egg, the yolk was so gooey and delicious.

Conclusion: The food is great especially the French baguettes and pastries. Service seems to be luck of the draw and this place doesn’t take booking so meaning be there before 12.30 or long queues.

 

 

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Address:

Shop 1A, 68 Market Street (entrance of  City Myer store), Sydney 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 7:00 to 17:00, Sat – Sun: 8:30 to 16:00   
Ph:+612-9233-7778
Web: www.tastebaguette.com

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Pitt Street
By train: Town Hall

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Taste Baguette on Urbanspoon

Taste Baguette Bakery Café, Market Street Sydney

If you like baguette, you must come to Taste Baguette café because they baked their own bread onsite every 15 mins! Hieu who is the chef and owner of Taste Baguette café has been a baker and pastry chef since he was the age of 13. Hieu’s vision was to open a bakery/cafe where bread & pastries would be baked regularly throughout the day. With this vision, Taste Bakery & Restaurant in Surry Hills was born, where hand crafted baguettes were baked every 15 minutes for lunch and filled with freshly grilled meats & salads. This French-Vietnamese influenced café is so popular that it has spread last few years and can now be found in various places such as in Sydney uni, Surry hills, Sussex lane, World square, Market street and met centre.

 

www.tastebaguette.com

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $10
Main: $10 – $26
Dessert: $5 – $8
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

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 – 20 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
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Classic Vietnameses – Pork, pate with pickled carrot and radish, cucumber, spring onion, coriander and soy dressing. (Chilli optional) $8.50

If you are someone who is indecisive, you’ll be having a hard time picking over 10 baguettes in their menu. I have opted for the Vietnamese classic because It is something that I am familiar with and will sometimes ordered in a Vietnamese suburb such as Cabramatta or Marrickville. The baguette was light and crunchy with just enough of salad to balance out the meat and dressing.

taste 9

Chicken Schnitzel, $8.90

Herb crumbed crispy goujons served with coral lettuce, tomato, rocket, and honey mustard mayonnaise.

The chicken schnitzel was smaller than expected with more salad then meat, the taste however was very good and doesn’t give me the oily feeling which other chicken schnitzel does.

taste 3

Mini Almond and cheese croissant, $3.50

These mini almond and cheese croissant will make a good snack for the afternoon tea, it is buttery and crunchy on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside.

taste 4

Fig and fruits tart, $3.50

The tart was very light and not very sweet, if you like plain and simple dessert. You will love this fruit tart.

taste 2

Brownie, $3.50

After trying a few of their dessert and cakes, I realise everything in Taste are very light and healthy. They do not put a lot of sugar or artificial stuff in their foods. Brownie in here wasn’t my kind of sweet because it was too bland and dry.

taste 5

Cappuccino

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Pork and fennel chipolatas w/ caramelised red onion marmalade baguette, $9.50

Breakfast menu from Taste were fantastic, the idea of having your breakfast in a freshly bake baguette was interesting. The pork and fennel chipolatas was by popular demand and the next customer after me who ordered this was already sold out. It was flavoursome and juicy.

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Poached egg w/ crispy bacon, spinach and hollandaise sauce baguette, $9.50

The more standard poach egg and bacon was excellent, the fluffy bread absorb all the hollandaise sauce and when I broke the egg, the yolk was so gooey and delicious.

Conclusion: The food is great especially the French baguettes and pastries. Service seems to be luck of the draw and this place doesn’t take booking so meaning be there before 12.30 or long queues.

 

 

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Address:

Shop 1A, 68 Market Street (entrance of  City Myer store), Sydney 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 7:00 to 17:00, Sat – Sun: 8:30 to 16:00   
Ph:+612-9233-7778
Web: www.tastebaguette.com

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Pitt Street
By train: Town Hall

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Wine appreciation and canapés with Justine Schofield

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Few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a wine appreciation event hosted by JP. Morgan, The evening features wines from the Barosssa & Eden Valley regions of South Australia, all have been specially selected and matched to canapés designed by the top 4th master chef in season 1 – Justine Schofield. I was very excited to meet Justine personally, she is so young and lively. Who would have thought a security camera sales would became a successful chef who now own her catering business? After hearing such inspiring story I tell myself to work hard toward my dream too!

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Justine’s mom side is French hence her cooking are largely influence by it. 2009 bought the opportunity for Justine to apply for the first ever series of Master Chef. She made it through to the Top 20 and amazed the judges week after week with her extensive food knowledge and organised approach to cooking. Now, she is starting to do private catering for functions, corporate event, Christmas and New year.

Unfortunately I had to leave early so I didn’t get to taste all the canapés but I will list out the name and matching wines for the readers.

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Antipasto platters: sugar-cured salmon, San Daniele prosciutto, Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

I especially like the prosciutto and bread with the dipping sauce, the soft bread went well with the flavoursome sauce.

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Antipasto platters: marinated olives, roasted capsicums & eggplant, hummus, babaganoush & caperberries. Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

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Crostini with preserved lemon brandade with HENSCHKE EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2009

That’s my favourite canapés of the day! The smooth blended brandade had a sweet cod taste and salty lemon flavour in it. It matches well with the white wine which was light and refreshing.

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Confit cherry tomato, Persian fetta, white anchovies & green olive skewers with PETER LEHMANN “MARGARET” SEMILLON 2005

I really like the presentation of this skewer and I notice the cherry tomato was cut flat on the bottom so it is able to stand straight on the plate, but I found the white anchovy was a bit too strong for me.

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Seared scallops with jalapeno mousse & grated granny smith apples with MOUNTADAM HIGH EDEN CHARDONNAY 2008

Sorry guys this was the last canapés I tried, the concept of combining a spicy jalapeno with a fruity granny smith apple is cool, I had a small explosion on the taste buds. It would taste even better if the scallops were sear a little bit more.

 

Tartlet of artichoke, goat’s cheese & salsa verde with CHARLIE MELTON ROSE OF VIRGINIA 2010

Wild mushroom persillade vol au vents with shredded confit of duck with YALUMBA HAND PICKED MOURVEDRE, GRENACHE, SHIRAZ 2006

Mini lamb, pickled beetroot & capsicum relish burgers with TORZI MATTHEWS FROST DODGER SHIRAZ 2008

I had a great evening and a nice chat with Justine, I wish her best of luck on her catering business and hope to try more of her food soon!

 

 

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Email: info@justineschofield.com.au  

Wine appreciation and canapés with Justine Schofield

IMG_1299

Few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a wine appreciation event hosted by JP. Morgan, The evening features wines from the Barosssa & Eden Valley regions of South Australia, all have been specially selected and matched to canapés designed by the top 4th master chef in season 1 – Justine Schofield. I was very excited to meet Justine personally, she is so young and lively. Who would have thought a security camera sales would became a successful chef who now own her catering business? After hearing such inspiring story I tell myself to work hard toward my dream too!

IMG_1298

Justine’s mom side is French hence her cooking are largely influence by it. 2009 bought the opportunity for Justine to apply for the first ever series of Master Chef. She made it through to the Top 20 and amazed the judges week after week with her extensive food knowledge and organised approach to cooking. Now, she is starting to do private catering for functions, corporate event, Christmas and New year.

Unfortunately I had to leave early so I didn’t get to taste all the canapés but I will list out the name and matching wines for the readers.

IMG_1296

Antipasto platters: sugar-cured salmon, San Daniele prosciutto, Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

I especially like the prosciutto and bread with the dipping sauce, the soft bread went well with the flavoursome sauce.

IMG_1297

Antipasto platters: marinated olives, roasted capsicums & eggplant, hummus, babaganoush & caperberries. Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

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Crostini with preserved lemon brandade with HENSCHKE EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2009

That’s my favourite canapés of the day! The smooth blended brandade had a sweet cod taste and salty lemon flavour in it. It matches well with the white wine which was light and refreshing.

IMG_1301

Confit cherry tomato, Persian fetta, white anchovies & green olive skewers with PETER LEHMANN “MARGARET” SEMILLON 2005

I really like the presentation of this skewer and I notice the cherry tomato was cut flat on the bottom so it is able to stand straight on the plate, but I found the white anchovy was a bit too strong for me.

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Seared scallops with jalapeno mousse & grated granny smith apples with MOUNTADAM HIGH EDEN CHARDONNAY 2008

Sorry guys this was the last canapés I tried, the concept of combining a spicy jalapeno with a fruity granny smith apple is cool, I had a small explosion on the taste buds. It would taste even better if the scallops were sear a little bit more.

 

Tartlet of artichoke, goat’s cheese & salsa verde with CHARLIE MELTON ROSE OF VIRGINIA 2010

Wild mushroom persillade vol au vents with shredded confit of duck with YALUMBA HAND PICKED MOURVEDRE, GRENACHE, SHIRAZ 2006

Mini lamb, pickled beetroot & capsicum relish burgers with TORZI MATTHEWS FROST DODGER SHIRAZ 2008

I had a great evening and a nice chat with Justine, I wish her best of luck on her catering business and hope to try more of her food soon!

 

 

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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

Map picture

La Renaissance Cafe Patisserie on Urbanspoon

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.

IMG_0665

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

La Renaissance Cafe Patisserie on Urbanspoon

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