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Cherrybite – The Shortlist

20 Feb

Sometimes the hype of a new place outweighs the quality of the food; and although we’ve all seen that good food alone isn’t always enough to cause a stir, there is no point going to a beautifully adorned cafe if the food is just short of bangers and mash.

The Shortlist is by no means beautifully adorned, in fact, it is warn down in an ironic and hip way. The tables are always full, the barista is faced with a long line each morning, but somehow, it doesn’t meet the hype I see on my daily commutes.

Upon entering it is a little disconcerting on what you are meant to be doing;  not being greeted was a big tick in my naughty box, and then not being told to order at the counter while I had been sitting at a table was immensely rude in my books.

Cafe Latte

Finally when I had figured out the workings of this narrow little nook, we received coffee’s we did not order, and then our waiter took away our table number even though we were still waiting for food.

Fetta & Potato Hash with Jamon $15.50

Alas, I never like to judge a place off insignificant details, but finally when my breakfast arrived (my friend decided not to order from the sheer confusion) it was pretty disappointing and bland. I ordered a potato and fetta hash, with oven roasted tomatoes and added $3 for Jamon. It also came with some undressed baby spinach, and was totally unseasoned.

I was chatting to the owner who seems very new in the game and she was lovingly apologetic and amenable enough for me to look past some of the more subtle misgivings. What I do not understand, however, is the way in which a cafe with medicore food, and barely decent coffee and barista staff, can have such a huge impact on the little suburb of Darlington. I’m sure any discerning cafe goer would not return here after their first visit.

The Shortlist – 258 Abercrombie Street, Darlington, 2008

Cherrybite – Ms. G’s

14 Dec

Ms. G’s describes itself as decidedly asian, but it is also a nifty little place to pop in for a quick dinner and a few cocktails. Underneath the overt oriental exterior, it’s quite easy to see that a lot of the charm of Ms. G’s comes from the fusion of some great asian recipes with a few conventional western ingredients.

The Mini bánh mì with crisp pork belly $6

The Mini bánh mì with crisp pork belly can best be described as a gourmet pork roll in burger form. It has quite a strong pate flavour, so it’s quasi size is surprisingly fulfilling.

Egg noodles with XO sauce, braised duck, soft poached egg $18

The Egg Noodles are designed to be mixed with the XO sauce and the soft poached egg giving the dish an immense creaminess and slight kick. Personally I found the taste of shrimp paste a bit overwhelming and would have preferred a bit more spiciness.

Unfortunately my visit here was quite brief, but from what I tried, I definitely am wanting to go back and try the sea scallops with guacamole, and the summer noodles with zucchini flowers.

 

Ms. G’s
155 Victoria Street, Potts Point
8313-1000
Mon-Thurs 5pm-11pm
Fri 12pm-3pm / 5pm-11pm
Sat 5pm-11pm
Sun 1pm-9pm