The weekend was sunny and inviting us to get out take a walk and breathe the fresh air. We headed down south to Coolangatta / Tweed Coast and did a bit of walking followed by ice-creams and fish and chips.
We were back on our way to Sydney, leaving the Gold Coast around 10am and flying virgin airlines arriving on time in Sydney at about 12:30.
We caught a cab and went directly to our hotel – Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour. We arrived and checked in but our rooms weren’t ready as we were quite early, but we were offered free refreshments: we had cups of coffee, cranberry juice and a packet of nuts. Actually what we found out later was that this hotel offers free refreshments/snacks in the room and also in the lobby. So you can give yourself a small treat whenever you want. How great is that!
We decided to head out for a bit of walk, so we wandered around the Darling Harbour – an area which is very popular with tourists and quite beautiful. We then headed up to the city near the Queen Victoria building and wandered around the Pitt Street mall, Myer, Westfield shopping areas just taking it easy.
We stopped off for a really lovely coffee at Gumption Coffee in the Strand Arcade. We had read this was a great place to have a cup of coffee and certainly by the queues it seemed as if it really was a good place. We ordered a soy cappuccino and it lived up to expectations.
After this we made our way up to Chat Thai to meet up with our Instagram bestie and have a lovely meal. We ordered a whole fish in red curry, some fish balls in a green curry and some crab-meat fried rice. The dishes were tasty, quite creamy and a good size. This was plenty for the three of us. We considered having some of the deserts but in the end decided we would head out for a walk and get some gelato. We paid the bill $72 for the three of us including a couple of soft drinks.
Next, we headed out to Surrey Hills to RivaReno Gelato where the gelato is made on the premises. The gelato was really creamy and very flavoursome.Wwe ordered a premium Indian mango with yogurt gelato and a sheep milk Ricotta and caramelised fig gelato.
Next we walked back to our hotel and all and all for the day we did
about 20,000 steps. Tired but happy 😃😀
We ordered their brand new “Apple Crunch” bowl, made with Acai, Banana, Manuka Honey, Apple & Cinnamon, Granola, Coconut Flakes, Stewed Apple, Cinnamon & Manuka Honey. SOOO YUMMMM! If you visit James Street, it definitely should be on the “MUST TRY” list. By the way, their coffee is very nice too! Another surprise for us! If you prefer very strong coffee flavour, order double shots!
After finishing the bowl, we felt quite filling so we decided to go for a walk along the street. Our first stop was The Sinmei Tea Room. This place has also been reviewed by one of our favourite Singaporean blogger Lady Iron Chef when he was visiting the same tea brand in HK. Now we can fulfill our matcha craving in Brisbane without long travel to HK. How great is that!
The Sinmei Tea Room in Scrumptious Reads locates within the Scrumptious Reads bookstore on James Street. So the ambiance is very peaceful and perfect for enjoying some reading time by yourself.
The Tea Room specialises in matching traditional green teas with beautiful goodies including delicate matcha molten cake and brownies. More importantly, all yummy goodies are healthy goodies!
After Sinmei Tea Room, we stopped by Lululemon James Street to get some yoga gear. Then it was almost time for lunch. We were not too hungry after a big superfood bowl, so we decided to have a simple lunch at the Fresh Sushi Co.. We ordered salmon rolls and seafood dumplings. Quite nice!
After lunch, we did some Xmas gift shopping at Pottery Barn. The most exciting gift is the Soft Burger Set we bought for our Ruby baby. So cute!!!
Finishing shopping we felt so hot and thirsty. What do you want when you feel hot and thirsty? GELATO! We searched the best gelatos in Brisbane on Urban List and found Gelateria Cremona. It is located in Paddington, on our way back to Gold Coast. So we decided to give it a go! It turns out that we made a right decision. The ice cream is yum yum yum!
We ordered two flavours: one was Saffron & Rose Water and the other one was Black Sesame. Truly delicious and worth the extra short drive out to this store.
Now start we are already daydreaming of our next day trip to Brisbane already while we are writing the blog! Any good recommendations for us?!
Premises, 202 Bellair Street, Kensington
Breakfast at The Premises, one of our absolute favourite places. We had poached eggs that were topped with a really spicy Dukkah on top and some Tahini cream at the side. It was absolutely beautifully presented and tasted fantastic!
By the way, the sticky Chai tea at The Premises tastes like heaven. A real treat for your body and soul!
Roti Road, 189-193 Barkly Street, Footscray
Searching for somewhere to have Yum Cha, we turned to the online Urban List Melbourne. After reviewing a few places, and being out on the west side of the city visiting somebody, we went to Footscray to try Yummie Hong Kong Dim Sum. On arrival we had trouble finding it – actually because the place is now called Roti Road. Overall it was a disappointing lunch. I think the highlight was in fact the roti and dipping sauce, suggesting that the transition from a Yum Cha restaurant has been made to more of a Malaysian restaurant. In the end, after lunch, we went down the road and bought some prawn rolls from a nice Vietnamese restaurant.
Dainty Sichuan Noodle Express, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Needing a good spicy noodle fix, we headed to Dainty Sichuan Noodle Express (Flickr) at the Emporium Melbourne. We opted for two different types of noodles: Sichuan cold noodle and Spicy green-bean jelly noodle. If you are looking for a quick, easy and economical noodle fix then we highly recommend this place. We will return!
N2 Extreme Gelato, 18 Sutherland Street, Melbourne
On a cold windy wet Melbourne night, we still went out looking for Gelato. We sort out the well known N2 Extreme Gelato Melbourne, A funky, steamy science lab sort of place. We lined up in a small lane way of Melbourne along with another six or seven people who wanted to get Gelato as well. We opted for two different flavours one with Mango Sorbet and the other with Matcha Madness. N2 didn’t fail to deliver on the promise of an outstanding Gelato with really innovative flavours. Lots of fun to be had at this place.
Oaks on William, 350 William St, Melbourne
We stayed at Oaks on William for this trip. The room is fairly basic: concrete ceiling a little bit on the cool side and the air conditioning is fairly slow to respond. Carpets are a little bit dirty and not perfectly clean. Comfortable bed, quite good television and bathroom is adequate. The service you would say is nothing that is wrong with it but nothing that is outstanding. More noise than desired coming from people slamming the doors in the corridor. The photos below were found online.