Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Continuing Sydney Noms

Waking up on my second day in Sydney, I still was definitely feeling my chest cold. My magical Benadryl had helped me through the night, but made me too drowsy to take during the day. So I went for the next best thing.

Gingery Juice from Sadhana

Another super gingery juice from Sadhana Kitchen, made by the lovely Sophie.
After getting ginger powered, I strolled down King Street and made my way towards Apt. I had been looking forward to going to Apt for a very long time, I used to go to Naked Espresso and I was excited to see what the new venture was like! I met up with Elizabeth for brunch.

Chai from Apt

I love chai, and must try it in all its forms. A steaming hot chai was a nice follow on to my ginger juice.

Tofu Omlette

Generally speaking I prefer savoury breakfast foods (though pancakes are forever), so I chose the omelette. There were three choices of filling, and I think I had pumpkin and spinach. Unfortunately they were out of potato rosti, but it did come with some lovely roasted potatoes. This was very yummy!

Big Breakfast from Apt

Elizabeth got a make-your-own breakfast plate - scrambled tofu, spinach, tomato, beans, sausages and toast.

Apple Galette from Apt

We finished off with a piece of apple galette, which was just perfect.

Afterwards, I took a long stroll down King Street, stopping in at many of my old favourite places. Unfortunately I was starting to feel pretty crappy from my chest, but it was a nice day so a gentle stroll was welcome.

I had hoped to go and have a late lunch at Great Aunty Three, which has vegan Bánh mì, but unfortunately when I got there they only had vegan prawn left, and I cannot stand vegan prawns or shrimp. Next time. Instead I walked up toSpoon's Vegetarian Butcher.

Polenta Sausage Roll from Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher

I had a Polenta Sausage Roll. By this stage I was feeling pretty crappy, so I can't really give this a proper rating as I wasn't really tasting much of anything and then my stomach started to burn. When illness gets in the way of my holiday eating, I get a serious sad face. I headed back to Leigh's place and had a nap with Lucie and re-read Divergent on my Kindle.

Jaffa Cake and Chai from Sadhana

After a short nap I was feeling like maybe I could attempt something else. So I went back to Sadhana Kitchen for an almond milk chai and a piece of Jaffa Cake. I was very happy to find raw cakes that were not packed full of coconut oil, because coconut oil and Susan are unmixy things at the best of times. This was just perfect.

After some further napping and reading, Leigh came home and we made dinner plans. Thai Pothong is a really well-known Thai restaurant in Newtown, and I was super happy when Leigh told me they have a vegan menu!

Mocktails from Thai Pothong

We started with some mocktails. I can't remember what was in them!

Tamarind Tofu

Tamarind Tofu. This was one of my favourites, I love anything tamarind!

Spicy Tofu Salad

Spicy Tofu Salad. I really liked the tofu, it had great flavour. I was a bit wary of the spicy part, because I don't like things too hot, but it actually had barely any heat.

Stir-Fry Pumpkin from Thai Pothong

I can't remember exactly what this is, but I think it was a stir-fried pumpkin dish. It was yummy.

Pad Thai from Thai Pothong

Yummy Pad Thai. Not as good as The Green Palace Pad Thai, however. Sadly, there was no vegan Pad See Ew on the menu.

Mock Duck from Thai Pothong

Mock Duck. This was not my favourite, I found the mock duck very fatty and oily.

Chocolate and Orange Poppy Seed Gelato

We finished up with some more gelato. This time I had chocolate and orange-poppy seed. Like a jaffa!

The following morning, Leigh very kindly made me breakfast. She also made me some toastie cheese sandwiches to take on the plane!

Crepes being made by Leigh

Breakfast was crepes with sugar, lemon and grilled nectarines. So delicious! After this, I packed up my bags and we headed off back to Spoon's, where we had an early lunch and I also picked up some of their goodies to bring home.

Butcher's Burger from Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher

We shared a Butcher's Burger with all the extras (mushrooms, cheese, beetroot and pineapple), which I really enjoyed.

Tofu Nuggets from Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher

We also shared a small serve of Tofu Nuggets. These were great. Seasoned fried tofu chunks with a creamy dipping sauce.

Then it was in a taxi and on my way to the airport. I was flying with Qantas (I usually fly Virgin) and although I hadn't specifically requested it, I was given a vegan sandwich. It was awful. Oily eggplant and vinegary sundried tomatoes on crappy bread. Toasted cheese sandwiches were so much better!

I loved my brief Sydney adventure, and it reminded me that two years is really too long to stay away from Sydney. So hopefully I will be back in October, with many more food adventures to come!

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

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This is Squeak, Leigh's second cat. Consider yourself judged. Judged by a cutie!


  1. Wow, all of the food in Sydney looks amazing!

    I love the look of your friend's make your own breakfast plate and the apple galette looks wonderful.

    Everything at Thai Pothong looks amazing too and I wish that I had a box of those tofu nuggets to munch on right now.

  2. Colds are no fun! I'm glad you managed to enjoy some of the tasty Sidney noms in spite of the chest cold.

    Apple galette - get in my belleh!

    Leigh can judge me any time!