Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunrise, cakes, breakfast & a garden photo-shoot

Something i love to do but a) dont do it often enough & b) it's a little too early for a weekend to wake up - is to catch the sunrise at the beach - particularly Bondi Beach :O)

& After lazing in the morning sunshine, grabbing a coffee and walking along the wet sand with the water crashing over our feet - we headed to Cafe ish for breakfast ^_^ But it wasnt open until 9am (i swear i saw somewhere it had mentioned opening at 8am) so we went for a drive around & stopped by Bourke Street Bakery.

Praline Scroll
nicely presented it wasn't a favorite of mine but James said it was soft, not to sweet, and didn't stick to your teeth like other scrolls do.

Pear & almond tart
i chose this as i didnt want anything overly sweet (like the creme brulee tart that i also saw on display) & im glad i did - this tart wasn't too much sweet at all- i really liked it :)

Lemon curd tart
this we were told to eat very soon as the curd would melt? after James took a bite he said it had a first hit of fishyness taste - i found it too sour and tangy for me - so i only picked at the tart instead =P

a big adorable cuddly dog we met while sitting outside on the tables!

It was already past 9 when we were done with our bakery treats so we headed over to Cafe Ish, where there were already a few customers seated already. It's not a huge place, but the space didn't seem too cramped either. I already knew what i wanted to try - which was the Soft shell crab omelette. & i was keen to try the okinomiyaki, so James ordered that and we shared both.

Linger Iced Tea $5.50
this homemade drink was light & refreshing with flavors of lemon peel lemon myrtle and melon balm, and apparently ginger but it wasn't too noticeable for me?

Okinomiyaki $18
w jap pumpkin, organic fetta, spinach, davidson plum sauce, wasabi mayo & sea weed flakes
this was the first restaurant cooked okinomiyaki I've ever had. I've had a friend make it once, and also tried one from Mosman markets. I found this one a bit too plain for my liking, but i do like the plum sauce mixed with mayo that was a nice combination.

Crab omelette $23
Crispy crab, avocado, shallot, garlic, chilli, soy, ginger dressing & lime
this was my favorite out of the two, so many flavors, the crab was nice and crisp, except for the pieces in the omelette, but i think i prefer my soft shell crab fried alone and eaten with dipping sauce like at some jap/thai restaurants.

I would like to come back and try the Croque Nippon toasted sandwich w red bean jam, mochi, banana and molten lindt chocolate on the side $10.50 and the Emperor Don toasted brioche, lemon myrtle ricotta, sake scented rosella and raspberries with passionfruit $14.50, the latter was recommended by our waitress but i was really craving something savory.

After breakfast we moved onto Eden gardens for some photo-shooting! (i had gone two weeks ago on a rainy day you can find those photo's here)


Thanks to James my eating and shooting buddy i had a great day out :O)

Bourke Street Bakery
633 Bourke St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9699 1011

Cafe Ish
82 Campbell St
Surry Hills New South Wales 2010
(02)9281 1688

Eden Gardens
301/307 Lane Cove Road
North Ryde 2113
(02) 9491 9900


Von said...

I love your photography! =) And those tarts look really yummy =) I haven't been to bourke street bakery before =( I can never wake up quite as early as this unless there's something important to do....haha- I'm lazy =P

James said...

I had a great day out too, thank you for suggesting that we make the most of the day, which we did. =)

missklicious said...

Beautiful photos of the sunrise, and such a delicious sounding breakfast!

Trissa said...

I don't know what I enjoyed more Betty - the food or the flowers. Both looked amazing.

Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

Great photos Betty!