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Post sunset beach swims on a brisk day a visit to Chat Thai Randwick will warm you right up and fuel you for the trip home.

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todt mun goong: Plump juicy prawn cakes in panko type crumbs fried until super crunchy. Could have been more strongly spiced though, and sweet chilli sauce & I are still not really very close.

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som dtum – always wonderful, fresh, spicy and with tiny chewy dried shrimps throughout.

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gaeng keaw louk chin bpla gaia – green curry with house-made fish dumplings and apple eggplants. This was utterly wonderful, dense and tasty fish dumplings in a deep rich sauce with crunchy quartered apple eggplants.

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Bang Bang is kind of out of the way for me. It’s never on the way to something, but is worth the detour to visit.

Cute interiors, good coffee and a monster vegetarian breakfast (for the princely sum of $17).

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This Let’s Do lunch was advertised as follows: Choose from lamb a la dolce vita; lamb shoulder, sweet potato, plum and early grey tea or No Animals were harmed; gnocchi, celeriac, carrot and beetroot.

That’s not exactly what we had on the day, but it was still wonderful.

First two tiny white pastilles on the table were rehydrated into hand towels. They got there just in time, DS was hungry and looked set to eat one of them – thinking, or perhaps just hoping, that it was just a very dry mint.

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Gorgeously presented butter.

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And the bread that accompanied it (or should that be the other way around?)

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Amuse bouche of Green Apple, borage flours, crab and crumbs. Lovely jellied orbs, though an odd choice with vegetarian main.

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Brown Brothers wine. Fine but nothing exciting.

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Vegetarian option was this wonderful wild mushroom risotto with asparagus. So many great deep flavours, gorgeously tender rice and peppery micro greens.

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DS adored his lamb – and so pretty!

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For the amount of coastline this city has it often amazes me how few places there are with water views. There are some of course but many are expensive or for tourists or both.

The Bird and Bear Boathouse is neither. It’s a perfect summer early brunch spot – as good as having your own boat really.

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Isn’t that just a lovely sight?

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The view from my table was a little distracting, this is why I didn’t finish the cryptic (and DS does super hard clues).

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Post brekkie kayak anyone?

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They serve T2 teas (bags) and great coffee.

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Unfortunately due to some renovations the kitchen is currently closed. In the meantime there are pastries to be had, and muffins and stuff but frankly who orders a muffin when there are enormous almond croissants? These were actually surprisingly good, with tons of crunchy almonds and marzipan like paste.

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The healthier option was the bircher – studded with pepitas and other seeds, topped with a creamy yoghurt and mixed berries (from frozen).

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Definitely missed to boat on this place. It’s been around for ages but I only spotted it recently – it’s on a bit of Sussex Street I just don’t walk down generally – but glad I finally did.

I wanted the bento which at $14.90 and with tons of sides looked great, but sadly they were sold out. Instead got some Japanese spaghetti and a couple of smaller dishes to share.

The agedashi tofu was wonderful, three giant pieces with lots of great sauce and crispy coating.

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The seafood salad was pretty big, could eat this as a whole meal. Good dressing and generous serves of chopped salmon and tuna and mayonnaise. Modern Japanese for sure, but so tasty.
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My dad went wild for these gyoza – not often you get vegetarian gyoza in Sydney so I was happy and the super crunchy outsides were really wonderful.

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This was the best though –
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Another day another onigiri. Gave in to another Japanese lunchtime craving & hit up Hunter Connection for a salmon don and some onigiri. Freshly cooked, super generous serve of fish and perfect fluffy sweet white rice.

Pretty great value too – salmon don and miso for $9.80, onigiri $2.50 and a can of unsweetened green tea for $1.50z

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20130918-140712.jpg They also have lots of very cheap options – plain udon from $4.50, small teriyaki tofu don for $4.50 Japanese curry with rice for $5.50.

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We didn’t really mean to end up at Orto Trading Co – the plan was to meet at Devon Cafe but of course there was a queue and in a bright spark moment I suggested we check out Orto seeing as it was basically around the corner.

What a pleasant surprise! The space is gloriously bright and airy, almost Scandinavian in its feel. The food however was great Sydney style breakfasts – with great new takes on classics & quite a few good vegetarian choices.

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I was feeling a little worse for wear so baked eggs were just the thing – pumpkin roasted until just sweet, slivers of shiny grilled red capsicum, creamy goats cheese, still wobbly orange yolks and punchy juicy little tomatoes. AND two pieces of demse dark toast – what a feast!

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The boys had crispy zucchini cakes with oozy haloumi & a crisp quick pickled carrot. Springtime feels right there.

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We also noticed a tasty sounding breakfast cocktail menu, and the option to reserve tables. Can’t think of any other place in Surry Hills that is so good where you can book – would be lovely for a birthday brunch..

Orto Trading Co
38-55 Waterloo Street
Surry Hills
tel: 0431212453

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