When work sends you away to Newcastle, you just have to try and make the most of it hence my eating adventure started again! After landing at night, I walked around the hotel in search of dinner and BAM I had supper lane in my sights. It looked quite busy for a Monday night so I shuffled in and got a table for 1 (cue the violins). The staff were super friendly and made me feel welcome at once.
We were meeting a customer near Bankstown and the lovely customer decided to take us out for lunch. Since we were short on time, she took us to the legendary Pho An where people in the US asks the local to take them here so my expectations were quite high now. We walked in and it was super busy but there were a few tables free and we snagged one to ourselves. I got the medium pho topped with rare beef. Now, the service was so efficient that within 5 minutes, our food came out all steamy and ready to be eaten.
I’m not a huge fan of hotel breakfasts and I like to explore different cafes when I’m out of Melbourne. Since my hotel was in Parramatta, I found a neat cafe just 2 minutes walk in a shipping container which everyone seems to be raving about – Circa Espresso. It was quite busy at 8AM but I guess people were dropping by to get caffeinated like I was. It was very cosy inside and I the staff made sure I was looked after.
I was up in Sydney for workies and I was in charge of finding a place for dinner and since we were already in Parramatta, I decided to check out Courtney’s Brasserie for some modern Australian dishes. I made a booking for 3 and we made our way there.
Our last stop on my work trip and we were in Coffs Harbour. We stopped at Cocoa Cafe for breakkie since I can’t function without any food (like anyone else could, seriously). It was a really cute cafe and the staff were really friendly. It was quite busy but had a great atmosphere. We were seated and I ordered a glass of orange juice (LOVE OJ!!) and it was freshly juiced.
I decided to catch up with a friend for coffee (it was hot chocolate but I wanted to sound sophisticated) at Guylian Darling Harbour since I was up in Sydney for work. We met at the cafe (totally a miscommunication where we were suppose to walk there together….oopsie daisies) and it was still busy even though it was almost 10pm on a Wednesday night (Party animals woot woot!). As I waited patiently, trying not to look like a loner being stood up, I checked out the menu before my friend turned up.
I came here for lunch while one a worktrip and when I got there I thought it was the absolutely adorable. The decor, the atmosphere, the staff, LOOOOOVE IT!! we got a table for two and it wasn’t super busy since it was 1pm on Wednesday.
So its dinner time and it was ladies choice of where to go (ladies choice meant ME hohoho). I decided to try meat and wine co since I’ve been hanging to try it in melbourne but never gotten the chance. We walked in and there was a table for two (didn’t have reservations AND it was super full for a Tuesday night). We looked at the menu and I decided to get the Monte Black Fillet with mash and merrindo valley mushroom sauce. I got the steak medium rare and when it came it out it was pretty decent. I found it a bit tough to slice through though which was a bit disappointing. The sauce was okay and so was the mash.
Work trip again and for lunch I got to go to Briars. When I got there, it was amazing location and setting, I felt like I was in a little country town (my workmate turned to me and said we were kinda were…).