It’s been a while since I’ve been down to Casa di Nico, but we heard that they have relaunched their menu recently and went down to have a look to see what’s changed.
Sick of eating the same old chocolate concoctions at the chocolate cafe chains around town? There’s a new kid on the block in Burwood and they are hitting all the right notes with their fun menu that serves up chocolate desserts and drinks with a modern twist. Located across from Burwood Plaza, The Choc Pot opened in September and is a cosy little cafe which has been decked out in bright, inviting colours with trendy exposed lightbulbs hanging from the high ceilings. There’s a few tables both inside and outside the cafe for dine-in options and there’s plenty on the menu to keep you occupied.
Sydney continues its love affair with Malaysian food with newcomer Sedap opening its doors at Regent Place recently, just a couple stores down from Chanoma Cafe. To create an illusion of an authentic Malaysian street stall in the heart of Sydney, they have gone for a canteen set up with a mock stall counter at the front and simple furniture. The decor complements the range of hawker style dishes on their menu and there’s even some signs up above their counters which proclaim that they sell the usual suspects of Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice etc. but be warned that they do not serve these dishes all day long. We arrived for an early dinner at 5.30pm and were told that we could only order off their dinner menu which doesn’t include the dishes on the signs we had spied.
Sydney certainly has been seeing an influx of diner-style restaurants opening up everywhere, including Jazz City Diner, Hotwheels Burgers, and now the Phoenix Diner. This is located in the newly revamped Lansdowne Hotel, located right in between Newtown and UTS. It’s a three-storey building that has seen an inner transformation, and the second floor is where all the foodie action happens.
It’s refreshing to see a new dining precinct in the CBD open up just a stone’s throw away from Pitt Street Mall. This is the courtyard area outside the new ANZ building on Castlereagh Street which boasts a variety of eateries ranging from Malaysian food at a Sedap stall, to salads at Stockmarket (yes UNSW kiddies, the same Stockmarket salad bar from upper campus!!) and a gourmet rotisserie. I’m looking forward to trying everything out eventually, but today I’ve chosen to check out The Local Bar which is looking like a popular Friday lunchtime choice judging by the crowds who are already there by 12 noon.