A little taste of summer in Sydney, Day 3

Today’s trip started from looking for a breakfast place at Surry Hills – an inner Sydney suburb famous for the eating. We ‘Google’ the best breakfast and it came up with a long list. After a quick group discussion, we decided to try Bills, Surry Hills. Bills is owned by Bill Granger, an Australian chef and food writer.  Bills is famous for “the best scrambled eggs in town”. Therefore, we ordered one scrambled organic eggs and sourdough toast (to test the ‘best’), one chilli fried egg and bacon brioche roll with rocket and spiced mango chutney, and one brown rice and sweet miso porridge with coconut yoghurt, mango and lime.

Coffee at Bills, Surry Hills
Coffee at Bills, Surry Hills
Scrambled eggs and toast
Scrambled eggs and toast
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brown rice and sweet miso porridge with coconut yoghurt, mango and lime
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chilli fried egg and bacon brioche roll with rocket and spiced mango chutney

The scrambled eggs were pretty good but the porridge was not very tasty. Overall we felt our breakfast was acceptable but more ordinary than wow. After breakfast, we walked around Surry Hills and caught the bus to Circular Quay since we planned to take the ferry to go across the river and visit Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden, an iconic Sydney garden created by Wendy Whiteley, artist and wife to the late Brett Whiteley. We had a great time and really enjoyed the immersion into the nature at the garden.

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Looking at the Bridge from the garden
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Yacht club at Lavender Bay
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Bloggers in mission
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Cute “animal” found in garden
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Pretty flowers
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Pretty flowers
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Memory of being bloggers

After visiting the garden, we decided to walk up to the Blues Point suburb and maybe look for a place for lunch. We found a very exotic looking restaurant – Moorish Blue, which provides contemporary North African cuisine. The menu looked so very tempting we could not walk any further! When we walked to the back of the restaurant, there was a very nice garden with comfortable couches and cushions and lots of green plants around. So we chose to sit outside to enjoy some summer breeze in the garden while having lunch.

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Exotic dining table
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Comfortable couches and cushions
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Graffiti on the wall

We ordered a variety of food for our lunch feast: fresh oysters, Moorish olives with rosemary and fresh chilli, sweet potato chips and grilled squid salad with Moorish eggplant and chilli dressing. We also ordered the dips platter: beetroot, carrot, hummus, flat bread. Everything was so beautifully done and super tasty.

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Fresh oysters
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Dressing oyster
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Moorish olives
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Dips platter
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Sweet potato chips
Dipping the chips
Dipping the chips
Squid salad
Squid salad
Tunisian tea
Tunisian tea with mint and lemon leaves
Nice tea
Nice tea
Cheers!
Cheers!

After the beautiful lunch we walked a long way to catch the ferry back to city and also enjoyed the magnificent view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House on the ferry. We also bought the tickets to visit Grayson Perry‘s exhibition at MCA.  Grayson Perry is for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing.

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Our dinner was at Firedoor, recommended by Bev’s son – Chef Nick. The restaurant is located at Surry Hills and famous for its fire-powered menu. When we tried to book the table, it is almost full. We only managed to get 2 hours from 6 to 8pm.

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Table at Firedoor
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Kitchen on fire!
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Art at Firedoor
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Watching how to cook marron

We ordered strawberry clams with chilli and karkalla, squid with pickled celery, macadamia and ink, john dory with char grilled cauliflower and new season lamb with white onion and anchovy. Everything was so great and everyone had a wonderful meal.

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Strawberry clams
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Squid with pickled celery
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The squid is so beautiful!
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John dory with cauliflower
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New season lamb

For dessert, we ordered grilled berries with smoked milk ice cream (how unusual!) and banana, smoked ganache with wildflower honeycomb.

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grilled berries with smoked milk ice cream
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banana, smoked ganache, wildflower honeycomb
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banana, smoked ganache, wildflower honeycomb

You can see we truly did our duty as food bloggers today!  What a wonderful gourmet feast our day turned out to be. Lucky we walked 30,000 steps or more, otherwise we will be rolling home instead of walking. Love our food research work!!!

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