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Coast 89 – Toowoon Bay

 

Mum moved to the Central Coast a few months back, to enjoy the coastal life. Any time that we go to visit we try and squeeze in a visit to Coast 89. Initially just for breakfast, they have a great breakfast menu.  It wasn’t until our 4th or 5th visit that we went for dinner. We were glad that we did. There dinner menu was short and simple, with almost everything on the menu sounding delicious. We started out with some bread, my step dad loves garlic bread, and with two different choices, we had to try both. Next out was the oysters and spring rolls. I wished the spring rolls had come with a Hoisin or a Nuoc Cham rather than the sesame sauce which was a little overpowering. When the mains came, every one was happy with their choices and how they tasted. On to desert…

One interesting thing to note, the cakes and pies were made by a couple of local ladies. The cakes are not available to purchase directly from these ladies and they appear to only make cakes for local establishments. I’m not sure if this is true, but if anyone knows the owners or the cake ladies, I would love to know the story of how the arrangement came about. Now, I like my deserts, so when I say to you that these cakes are some of the best that I have had, I’m pretty confident you will also enjoy them.

 

Coast89 - Window

Window –

A view out one of the windows looking out on to the side street where there are a few other restaurants.

Coast89 - Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread  $5 – 

Who doesn’t love garlic bread? These two slices of bread had been buttered then toasted giving the butter a nutty taste.

Coast89 - Herb Bread

Pesto Mozzarella Bread $5 –  

Turkish bread with pesto and mozzarella

Coast89 - Spring Rolls

Duck Spring Rolls $14 –

These bad boys were tongue burning hot when they came out. The taste was more subtle than what I was expecting from a spring roll made with duck, they were oily but managed to stay crispy.

Coast89 - Oysters Kilpatrick

Half Dozen Oysters Kilpatrick $14 – 

Look at all that bacon on those shells!

Coast89 - Fish

Grilled lemon pepper Barramundi with potato crisps and a pear, Parmesan and rocket salad $28 –

Tender Barramundi on crispy potato’s; those potato’s are cooked so that the edges are super crispy whilst having fluffy centers .

At first glance I thought the two things on top of the fish were figs, nope, capers. I had one of those moments, where you are eating one thing but thinking it is another. At first you taste what you think you are eating until your taste buds disagree with your brain and correct the issue. I loved the experience.

 

Coast89 - Chicken

Pumpkin, spinach and Brie Stuffed Chicken, wrapped in prosciutto $32 – 

I can not, not order something that is wrapped in prosciutto. This chicken breast had Brie oozing out of its center which added to the creamy sauce already on the plate.

Coast89 - Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms filled with sun-dried tomatoes, capsicum, pumpkin, ricotta, spinach and Parmesan $22 –

It is great to find a vegetarian dish on a menu that can hold its own. The mushrooms were cooked perfectly and had absorbed the flavour of the toppings; the ricotta topping gave a creaminess to  go with the meatiness of the mushrooms.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie $9.50 – 

Well constructed with a generous meringue to lemon curd ratio, always a favourite for me.

Coast89 - Banoffi Pie

Banoffi Pie  $9.50 –

OK, this was AMAZING! Everyone at the table was jealous of my selection, doubly so after they had tried it. The banana was still yellow and firm which cut through the richness of the other components and the cookie base had crumble and crunch. Having ice cream with the pie was overkill, but it is dessert, one of the few times overkill is encouraged

Coast89 - Cherry Ripe Cheesecake

Cherry Ripe Cheesecake  $9.50 –

Decent, nothing note worthy, but I suspect it had to contend with the other deserts out there on the day and was outshone by the others. Still a gorgeous desert on its own and would order it if the others were not available. And yes that is crumbled Cherryripe on the top of the cake.

Coast89 - Sign

Coast 89

89 Toowoon Bay Road

Toowoon Bay 2261

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Japanese, Seafood, Sushi

Japone Sushi – Newtown

 

So it has been a while since my last post, things had been a little busy over the past few months. I know, I originally promised a post from my trip to South Carolina,  that one is still coming. Until I get that post up I have a quick post from my last visit to Newtown.

Recently I met with a friend for lunch in Newtown and we decided on Japone. I had been to Japone before but did not have my camera with me. So I thought that this second visit would be a great opportunity to get some pictures of the food. The food at Japone Sushi is what I would consider Japanese Tex-Mex fusion. They used a lot of Mexican ideas and flavours; the Sushi Tacos are an example where the two flavours mix, other menu items have Jalapenos to spice them up. Their take on sushi is different that most other places, one item which I did not have, but witnessed delivered  to another table was the Sashimi platter. The platter has flashing led lights in the serving bowl lighting up the food from beneath.

I forgot to note the prices down, so you will have to deal with pictures only 🙂

Japone - Sushi Tacos

Spicy Salmon tacos with avocado  –  

I was a little worried about having avocado with salmon, there was no need to be worriedThese were amazing, the cooling avocado was offset by the chilli mayo and really brought out the creaminess of salmon.

Japone - Popcorn Prawns

Popcorn prawns – 

Small, bit size pieces of prawns, in crispy batter with a citrus glaze(probably yuzu, but I couldn’t be sure).

Japone - Chilli Edamame

Spicy Edamame –

Chilli butter dressing on edamame.

Japone -  Yaki Ika

Yaki Ika –

Grilled whole squid, covered in a sweet soy based sauce. Keeping the skin on the squid gave it a great initial crunch while still staying soft.

Japone - Golden Dragon Roll

Golden Dragon Rolls –

These rolls are Japone’s pseudo speciality. Prawn, chicken, avocado, chilli mayo and salmon roe.

Japone - Mural

Mural –

The mural on the wall in the restaurant.

Japone - Sign

Japone Sushi

381 King St

Newtown, NSW 2042

 

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Italian, Pizza

Rosso Pomadoro

 

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. At the moment i am in New York visiting family, so there will be a USA post coming in the next two weeks. This post however is about one of my visits to Roso Pomodoro in Balmain. It’s a bit out of the way if you are used to eating out in the city, but it is well worth the trip over to Balmain. There is one pizza on their menu that i didn’t get a chance to get a photo of. Nutella calzone!

 

Garlic pizza crust $9.50 – Fresh garlic on a pizza base, even with the pungent garlic you can still taste the soft slightly chewy dough.

Funghi Pizza – Tomato, Italina Mozzarella and field mushrooms $19 – Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms. The mushrooms were slide really thing allowing them to cook through and absorb all the oils from the cheese.

Prosciutto Pizza – Tomato, Italian Mozzarella and Prosciutto $22 – Just a really simple pizza with prosciutto.

Capricciosa Pizza – Artichoke, olive, pancetta and mushroom $20 – I would almost call this a supreme pizza, it had almost everything on it. There are only a few olives scatter on this pizza, so if your dinner crowd likes olives be prepared to fight for your share of the olives.

Della Casa – Spinach Parmesan, Italian Salami and hot salami, Italian Mozzarella  $24 – At first i was hesitant about this pizza, i thought the spinach would be wilted but as you can see in the photo above, they put the spinach on after the cook it. Yeah, i know, you probably think I’m not all that bright. Of course thats how you would make a spinach pizza. The pizza was a refreshing break from all that mozzarella cheese.

 

Prawn pizza –  Prawns, garlic and grape tomatos $26 –  Unfortunately this pizza is not available on the regular menu, you have to get lucky to find it on the specials menu. This pizza is white pizza, no tomato base, it works well with the garlic and the prawns. The grape tomatoes add just enough acidity to cut the fattiness of the cheese.

Rosso Pomodoro

91/24 Buchanan Street  Balmain NSW 2041, Australia

www.rossopomodoro.com.au

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