Posts tagged Baguette

Get in my belly: Mr Crackles, Darlinghurst

Sydney Food Blog Review of Mr Crackles, Darlinghurst

So the thing is, when foodies get together, we never stop at just one lunch. Just like a hobbit, second and third lunches are quite socially expected, which led us to stop at Mr Crackles, after picking up our $2 rolls at Monsters Rolls!

Cause, uh, we need to more rolls to compare standards right?

Sydney Food Blog Review of Mr Crackles, Darlinghurst: Crackles Classic, $13Crackles Classic, $13

Yes, we’ll roll with that. So by strong recommendation, we got the Crackles Classic, $13, and the Sticky Pork Fries, $12, to share.

Sydney Food Blog Review of Mr Crackles, Darlinghurst: Sticky Pork Fries, $12Sticky Pork Fries, $12

The verdict? The Crackles Classic rolls were…well, they were the victim of overhyping. The pork crackling was lovely, but the actual pork was a touch dry. It was photogenically stacked on top of the baguette, but that made it kind of hard to eat. It was meant to come with “vietnamese salad”, but there was nothing about it that was like the salads in the bahn mi from the obscure corner bakery that I’ve come to know and love.

The Sticky Pork Fries, on the other hand, were AN ABSOLUTE WINNER. Served with a creamy ranch dressing, the sweet tender pork coated crispy fries that just kept me going bite after bite. Definitely worth the trip just for that alone.

Maybe sticky is the key. Sticky err-thang.

This meal was independently paid for.
Mr Crackles
155 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst, NSW
Phone: 02 8068 2832

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Rawr! Monsters Rolls, Darlinghurst

Sydney Food Blog Review of Monsters Rolls, Darlinghurst

Some girls like clothes shopping together. Some girls like doing each others’ hair. And the rest of us…well we eat together. And that’s pretty much what Christine and I decided to do on a day off together – check out the brand new Monsters Rolls on Oxford St!

It also helps that there was the promise of $2 rolls.

Sydney Food Blog Review of Monsters Rolls, Darlinghurst: Beef RollBeef Roll

Sydney Food Blog Review of Monsters Rolls, Darlinghurst: Pork RollPork Roll

You can’t go wrong if it’s only going to cost $2 right?

Well, I don’t actually know what full price is going to be, but for $2, it was okay. Like in a maybe-if-I-was-in-the-area-and-didn’t-have-anything-planned sorta way. The bread was a touch underdone – which I don’t know whether was because it was designed that way, or because they had to just pump out so many rolls to keep up with the queue. The meat filling – we tried beef and pork – was quite flavourful, but was not quite able to balance out the lacklustre bread. A bit of a domino effect, but what can you do?

The salad and pickles weren’t quite as punchy as the Banh Mi that we are used to, and I was really looking for more tang in each mouthful. The Beef Roll provided slight amusement in tasting like a cheeseburger without the cheese, and much giggles ensued.

I’ve never patronised the Monsters Rolls Food Truck, but based on this first taste, it feels like they might have a bit of work to do, especially with Mr Crackles and Rolls Vietnam on the same street, providing stiff competition for the diners’ dollar. Maybe a re-visit in a few months is in order.

Unless something else comes up.

This meal was independently paid for.
Monsters Rolls
4/113-115 Oxford St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Phone: 02 8354 1417

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How are scrambled eggs like actors? Taste Baguette, Sydney

Chipolata and Caramelised Onion Baguette

Answer: They always arrive overdone.

Geddit? Okay, we might have to go through a few rounds of Sweeney Todd.

But truly. I have a love/hate relationship with scrambled eggs. When cooked correctly, they can be a veritable dream to eat, creamy, silly and luscious, lightly flavoured with the barest hint of salt and pepper.

Too often though, it arrives wayy over cooked, dry and tough, with the yolks and whites splitting into swirls in the solid slab of egg on a plate. And Taste Baguette, unfortunately, is no different.

Free range scrambled eggs, $15Free range scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, creme fraiche, crusty baguette, $15

What really gets my goat, is that I specifically ordered the eggs to be underdone. So no reason to assume that the customer is somehow afraid of undercooked eggs, or that it would create an ease of eating-to-go, because, well I was eating in.


And for this to be one of the pricier items on the breakfast menu, I expect the cook to be able to undercook eggs when the restaurant has maybe 2 other patrons. Not cool, man, not cool.

Pork and fennel chipolatas, $7.50Pork and fennel chipolatas, caramelised onion, baguette, $7.50

The Pork and Fennel Chipolatas with Caramelised Onions were actually pretty decent, but by this time I’d been rendered so livid by the state of the eggs that I could hardly enjoy it.

Maybe it’s time to start curling up under the covers and return to my depressing Netflix binge. The eggs and I are just not meant to be.

Taste Baguette
1a/68 Market St
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9233 7778

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