It’s not every day that you get invited to eat at a restaurant that has been endorsed by the first female Thai Prime Minister herself!
Part of my foodie crew (featuring AKB, IB, JG, MB and the notorious G) and I headed over to Ester Restaurant in Chippendale, back when chilly nights out were still the norm. Ester is opened by the friendly people that brought you Vini, Berta and 121BC but while it is part of that family, the one thing that makes Ester special is the wood-fired oven… see below for some awesome things you didn’t think could come out of an oven.
Going to be honest, this place did not impress DS and I one bit the first time we went – maybe it was because I was feeling sick that night, and my food had some sort of barley in it, back when all those alternative grains were in fashion (yeahhhh quinoa). Since then we have been back 3 times – and each time we get more addicted to it. It has definitely become a neighbourhood regular for us, with its casual half-in half-out seating, heaters in the winter, minimalist birch wood stools, consistant good food and reasonable prices. We have also never found the no-bookings policy a problem – this time we went around 7pm on a Saturday night and had no difficulties getting a table.
- What we ate:
We were given a very generous portion of deep fried whitebait with lemon aioli ($15) – the perfect starter to munch on. But really, the portion was a bit too generous so I recommend sharing it with several people.
DS had the veal schnitzel with roast eggplant, braised cabbage and porcini sauce ($22) – beautiful tender meat matched very well with the sauce which came in a cute, mini jug. We were just a bit uncertain about the way in which the eggplant was garnished.
I had the suckling pig (which I had also had in a sandwich form for lunch!) with cavolo nero, celeriac and roast pear ($22). What a tremendous way to combine fruit and meat! Perfectly balanced by the light acidic elements of the small celeriac salad.
We finished the evening with a coffee and two small chocolate drops ($2 for 2) that melted away pleasingly in our mouths.
36 Llankelly Place,
Potts Point, Sydney
A little gem, down the road away from the ‘trendy’ end of Crown Street in Surry Hills. This cafe is the second in the kürtösh family – the first one located at The Spot, St Pauls Street, in Randwick. I had been to the Randwick cafe several times on a late night hunt for cake. The amazing thing is that the cake is sold by WEIGHT! This means you don’t have to labour away at that overly-plump slab of cake that wasn’t that great to begin with – choose smaller portions and have a taste of several different cakes – they all look amazing anyway. Unfortunately it seems like not many have discovered this cafe yet – only two tables (including ours) was filled in a cafe that could easily accommodate 30-40 people. Get in fast and eat ALLLLL THE CAAAKE!
- What we ate:
The main attraction of course are the kürtösh pastries. We chose the traditional cinnamon topping ($7.50), which was then baked fresh for us in the special kürtösh oven and served warm. I recommend sharing the pastry, or saving half and taking it home (it can be frozen and then reheated in the oven). I also tried a small slice of the flourless chocolate cake which was soft, almost pudding-like, topped with cream and a thin layer of dark chocolate. Tea and espresso was also had, both very satisfactory.
604-606 Crown Street
Surry Hills 2010