Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Holy Heffa, Edensor Park

The Sydney burger scene just keeps on expanding and I'm not complaining! Same goes for the food truck game. I just love the fact that we have such a great range of food trucks scattered throughout Sydney. Burger food trucks is the deal right now and most likely for a long time. One that's been getting a lot of love is one of my personal favourites, Holy Heffa!

Ferrero Rocher milkshake ($6)
Crowds have been flocking to their truck since they started parking at Fred's in Edensor Park over a year ago. Their Homewrecka and Heffa Homewrecka's Son burgers are amongst the favourite along with their truffle fries. Since then, they have released creations that received nothing but praises from their followers.
Heffed-up sidewinders

 One of the best loaded chips I've had is their Heffed-up Sidewinders ($8). This monster has beer battered sidewinder chips loaded with maple, aioli and house seasoning. Oh boy, the wedges were crisped on the outside and fluffy inside. The sweet notes, garlic and smoky flavours work well. The bacon was so crispy!.
Truffle fries

The truffle fries have won my heart from the get go! Shoestring fries, parmesan and truffle flavour are the best of friends!
Breaking bacon burger
Double breaking bacon burger

The double breaking bacon burger ($16) are one of the best monster cheeseburgers around. The flavoursome and juicy double angus beef patty together with the sweet & smoky bacon jam, sexy melted American cheese, fried onion rings and the tangy creamy bloody mary sauce in a soft light brioche is just brilliant! It was massive but it handled well.
Crisp cow cracker burger
The crisp cow cracker burger (Single $12, Double $16) is another winner at Holy Heffa. A massive burg with grass-fed angus patty, crushed pork rinds, salami crisps, American cheddar, garlic mushrooms, honey bbq and white bbq sauces in a soft light brioche. The honey bbq and white bbq sauces compliment the garlic mushrooms. The light brioche is perfect for this kind of burger as it doesn't go soggy with all the juices and sauces present. The bits of crackling were also a delight.

Every burger I've had from this truck has been consistently amazing. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on their weekly menu.

Fred's Fruit Market - One Stop Shopping
661-671 Smithfield Road,
Edensor Park NSW 2176

Thursday to Sunday

6pm to  10pm
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Burger Project, Parramatta

After opening 8 shops, Neil Perry and the Rockpool Dining Group's Burger Project is still going strong. Their 9th shop opened today at the ground floor of the V building by the Crown group in Parramatta.There's a big craving for quality burgers in Parramatta and this city is going through a transformation phase into the next bustling metropolis in NSW. Neil's burger shop has come in at the perfect time.

Burger Project Parramatta has massive striking glass windows that lets in beautiful natural light and a boutique studio gallery-like interior. Expect the same amazing no nonsense burgers and some fancy selections. The Burger Project arsenal does not stop there! Their crisped hot chips, sundaes, soft serves, shakes and housemade sodas are also available.
Hot chips with chipotle chilli salt - smoky and full of umami
American Cheese burger
The beef patties (made fresh in-house daily) from 36 month Cape Grim beef shines best in their American cheese ($10.50) burger. The beef is minced coarsely so that it creates pockets for juices to be stored in. With every bite, you get pulps of flavoursome beef and juices bursting from those pockets. The smash patties are cooked medium rare to medium well with a beautiful caramelised crust that gives the patties extra umami. The cheese is there for that creamy stretchy texture. The pickles and onion are there for sweet and sour flavours needed to cut through all that richness and the thousand island-like secret sauce and rose mayo compliments the patty. The slightly toasted milk bun is just the perfect carrier for this beauty. 
Bacon project burger with extra cheese and extra beef patty
If you want your burger taken to the next level, then go for the bacon project with extra cheese and extra patty ($14.90 for single patty and add $4.55 for extra patty & extra cheese). It's basically the American cheese with loads of super crispy smoky bacon. Damn, I want more of that bacon.
Magic deluxe burger
If you want something fancy, try their Magic deluxe ($14.90). It's got beef patty, crumbed confit mushroom, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce.

Malted Dulce de leche milkshake
I recommend washing those all down with their dulce de leche milkshake ($7.50). Add extra malt ($0.50) to give it a kick!
Vanilla bean soft serve
The vanilla bean soft serve ($4.50) is so creamy with subtle sweet and woody flavours.

Trust me, go for their American cheese burger or bacon project burger. You won't be disappointed!

Burger Project Parramatta
Shop 1-2
134-140 Marsden Street
Parramatta NSW 2150

Open daily from 11am to 9pm

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fratelli Famous and The Bavarian, Penrith

I'm a fan of Fratelli Fresh. Their pizzas and pastas are consistently done well. How I wished that they had branches out in Sydney's West.

Apple cider - nice and crisped!
Bubble berry cocktail - vodka, cranberry juice, sparkling wine, strawberries

It's like the heavens heard my yearning as news of Fratelli Famous along with The Bavarian opening in Penrith broke out! You'll find both restaurants at Westfield's street level dining district. You can order dishes from either restaurants and sit wherever you want. The Bavarian has a contemporary tavern/dive bar type interior whilst Fratelli Famous has a modern bistro setting. Thanks to an invitation from the Rockpool Dining Group, we were able to sample some of their food offerings.

The Bavarian


Haus made pretzels and butter
This place is basically the rebranded Bavarian Bier Cafe. Expect all the Bavarian Bier Cafe classics and more! They also have 17 brews on tap! We started with their pretzels and butter ($4.75). The lightly salted pretzels were crusty on the outside and fluffy inside. Along with butter, it was the perfect starter.
Best of Bavaria tasting platter

So that we can try all the meaty goodness The Bavarian has to offer, we opted for The best of Bavaria tasting platter ($65). It was a massive party of tasty proteins and crackling along with sides of mashed potato, baked potato scallops, sauerkraut and sauces sauces. The cracklings on their roasted pork belly and pork knuckles were just divine. The smoked pork belly was tender and packed with a lot of flavour from the dry rub. The sausages are as tasty as I remember it to be from previous visits specially the cheese filled sausage. The schnitzel coating needed a little more crisped factor to it but flavour-wise, it was on point.

Fratelli Famous

This establishment is a brother restaurant to the amazing Fratelli Fresh. Unlike Fratelli Fresh, Fratelli Famous is more pizza based with a focus on a "build your own pizza" menu. Basically, you can have the classics or whatever pizza flavour tickles your fancy!
Margherita pizza
We opted for a Margherita pizza ($15) with extra buffalo mozzarella. It may not be an adventurous pizza, but in my opinion, a restaurant's pizza is tested as to how well they can execute a Margherita a.k.a. the OG pizza. It did not disappoint! The base is made of sourdough with cultured yeast made in-house. Every ingredient was highlighted from the base that was thin, soft and slightly crisped to the fresh tomato sauce that was not overly sweet. Then you have the nice milky flavoured mozzarella and the beautiful aromatics and sweetness from the basil.
Nutella pizza
We also had their nutella pizza! Loads of nutella and fresh strawberries on their signature sourdough base. Need I say more?

The service was fast and staff members were friendly and attentive. Check them out next time you're in Penrith!

Ramen Raff was invited by the Rockpool Dining Group as a guest of Fratelli Famous and The Bavarian Penrith.

Fratelli Famous and The Bavarian Penrith
Dine on Riley St
Westfield Penrith
585 High Street
Penrith NSW

Opening hours:

Monday to Sunday 11am to 11:59pm