Vitis Eatery

I was farewelling a good friend of mine who was just about to embark on a new and exciting journey.  In true Emelia style I had to send her off with a delicious meal.  We decided on Vitis Eatery because it was a little fancier than the normal week day lunch venue and it was a great place to have a long lunch without any hustle and bustle.  I had been there for dinner before, but never for lunch.  Boy, was I surprised.  The food was amazing.

It was the day that it was snowing in Canberra so we had the novelty of being able to watch the snow falling while we lingered over our long lunch.

 

We both started with a little appetizer.  These were true morsels of happiness.

Tempura Prawn on a cucumber salad
Tempura Prawn on a cucumber salad

 

Scallop Tartare with Avocado and Wasabi
Scallop Tartare with Avocado and Wasabi

I had the scallop with avocado and Wasabi and it was a great balance of flavours.  This was a great start to the meal.

For our main my fried and I decided to share the special of the menu that day.  It was a beautiful spatchcock stuffed with grapes and ancient grains.  This was the best spatchcock I have ever eaten.  The meat was beautifully moist and the caramelised grapes were so sweet and sour that they complemented the beautiful poultry.  It came with a creamy Potato Dauphinoise.  It was the perfect accompaniment.

Spatchcook stuffed with grapes and ancient grains.
Spatchcook stuffed with grapes and ancient grains.

And last but not least the CHEESE!!!!  We seriously gorged our selves and absolutely no regrets!!!!!  We thought it was strange to have the salad on the side of the cheese board but we just ate around it.

Cheese board at Vitis Eatery
Cheese board at Vitis Eatery

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Boozy Breakfast? Genius comes to Braddon at Elk & Pea

Andrew and Emelia My Kitchen Rules at Elk and Pea, Braddon Canberra

The Elk and Pea Eating House in Braddon is well renowned for their top-notch breakfasts and satisfying lunches. We were a little excited to be going as we’d been invited for their new boozy breakfast.

We love the ambiance of the place; deep dark old world tones contrasted with bright whites set a modern and creative feel.

And then it came: The Grande!

The Grande at Elk and Pea, Braddon
The Grande at Elk and Pea, Braddon

Ah bacon delicious bacon! This was not the stuff you get in Woollies, this is was a professionally smoked butchers job, smoky, salty and perfectly cooked. The bean and corn salsa had great flavour: cumin, garlic and tomato in perfect balance. The chorizo – now let me tell you something about this chorizo – spicy spicy spicy. Deeply satisfying when you combine this with the wilted spinach and perfectly poached eggs. This is my kind of breakfast, poached eggs, sourdough toast, sausage, a great chilli condiment and a healthy green element. This was done extraordinarily well, the only minor criticism was that it was mildly over-salted, nevertheless it didn’t detract from this highly satisfying dish.

Em was awestruck with her Smashed Avocado and Shrooms!

Smashed avo and shrooms @ The Elk and Pea
Smashed avo and shrooms @ The Elk and Pea

Here is a direct quote from her as she tasted her food:

“I’m so glad we had smoothies this morning I was going to be hangry …”
… pause for silent contemplation…
“… OMG this is good!”

The mushrooms were sautéed in a tasty thyme-butter with smashed avocado, marinated feta, torn basil, poached egg on sourdough toast + mimosa cocktail. It had all the right flavours and little bite of basil throughout the dish which made it surprising and utterly… DELICIOUS!

The Elk and Pea are introducing their ‘Boozy Brekky’ from next weekend for a month. For $25 you get either a Smashed Avocado & Shrooms and a Mimosa or the Grande and a house beer.

Why miss out on all that deliciousness?? Check ‘m out 🙂

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EightySix Restaurant Braddon

Em and Andrew greedily waiting for their food at the bar

[quote]EightySix is built for a new generation of foodie – a highly adventurous, food conscious and quickly bored generation![/quote]

 

The chefs seem to be as restless as the clientele, not a menu to be found on the tables, instead dishes are scrawled on the walls and seemingly rubbed off again as quickly as they appear.

We arrive to a very well lit and great smelling room full of people and are seated at the bar. Well, not really a bar more like a portal into the open kitchen for all to see – the centrepiece of the restaurant. The chefs are busily cooking and assembling the meals and it’s a pleasure to watch this well-oiled machine. We order glasses of Pomerey, the essential drink to have at 86, and soak in the atmosphere…

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First entrée was local oysters, the Sydney rock variety has been unfairly given a bad wrap compared to the larger Pacific oysters, but these had been hand-picked by the chefs and tasted fantastic. Love a good natural oyster!

Local Sydney Rock Oysters... Yum!
Local Sydney Rock Oysters… Yum!

The Scallops on cauliflower and fennel puree was an amazing combination of soft textures. The scallops were beautifully cooked with a golden kiss on each side. The chorizo crumbs were a really nice touch, really lifting the dish with a nice hit of salty, savoury goodness!

Scallop on cauliflower and fennel puree
Scallop on cauliflower and fennel puree

The prawn ceviche was the only mildly disappointing dish of the night, because the prawns were lacking a bit of flavour. We think that’s because the prawns were out of season. Whatever the reason, the prawns were getting lost in the rest of the ceviche – which was delicious – but we did want to taste those prawns.

Prawn Ceviche with Cumin Flatbread
Prawn Ceviche with Cumin Flatbread

The Duck Ragu was outstanding. I can still taste that slow cooked duck, spices and subtle tomato flavour. The texture of the homemade papardelle was outstanding… this was a highly satisfying dish.

Duck Ragu with Papardelle
Duck Ragu with Papardelle

 

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The whole night there was one chef who was churning out plate after plate of this delicious, slow cooked then grilled Jerk chicken. We got so curious that we actually changed one of our mains to this one, just to see what all the fuss was about. Lucky we did, it was spicy, sweet, charcoal grilled and melted off the bone. To Jerk or not to Jerk? When it comes to EightySix ALWAYS JERK!!

Jerk Chicken
Jerk Chicken

This Pretzel Banoffee Pie was very nice and Em was loving it. While I thought the execution was great and the pie was technically good, I wanted the perfect marriage of banana and caramel, and it was almost there. I think the bananas weren’t up to the pie, if you know what i mean! But this was very minor and I did enjoy it.

Pretzel Banoffee Pie
Pretzel Banoffee Pie

 

One Happy Chappee!
One Happy Chappee!

 

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Delissio in Braddon – A Sunny Sunday Breakfast date!

Delissio's delicious take on Eggs Benedict with avocado for the win!
Delissio’s delicious take on Eggs Benedict with avocado for the win!

 

A few of us went out for breakfast on the weekend and we thought we would try somewhere that none of us have been to but has been there for a long time.  Delisso.  Andrew looked up the breakfast menu and there were quite a few things that caught our eye!

Ze German breakfast – looked like a heart attack on a plate but one we had to try! The Quinoa porridge – Corinne is on a health kick and thought this one would be a great one to try.

German breakfast with Pork Belly, Potatoes, Spinach and Apples
German breakfast with Pork Belly, Potatoes, Spinach and Apples
Quinoa and Berry Porridge
Quinoa and Berry Porridge

Overall the food was really good and pretty good value for money.  I think we’ll add this to our regular rotation list.

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