December 29th, 2011

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Bistro Avoca

Alex Harmon continues uncovering the Eastern Suburb for me, one bistro at a time...

On the greyer side of Randwick’s Spot amongst Indian diners and Laundromats, you’ll find this new Modern-Australian gem. The husband and wife team play to their strengths, tallying them together on a chalkboard of specials. The Pork Belly ($14.50) entrée has layers of crispiness in every mouthful: crunchy pork, crispy potato strings and a delicate chili and watercress salad. With a glass of Villa Maria Two Valleys ‘Sauvignon Blanc’ ($7.80/$34) it screams summer, even if the weather outside disagrees.

The other sweet coupling is found in the Noisettes of Lamb ($28.50) stacked on caramelised sweet potato. Served with a zucchini ribbon wreath and a sweet onion marmalade, it’s a marriage of effervesce.

Blinis ($16.50)
should always be seen with smoked salmon like they are here, fun and flighty, like a Russian ballerina.

Likewise, the Crème Brûlée ($14) with strawberries marinated in orange syrup, go superbly with the sweet, French Pavillon Le Brie Monbazillac ($5.90/$21.60). “It’s the law of attraction,” as my Secret-living dining partner suggests.

Kudos to the chef who refused to serve his white chocolate tart to anyone as he didn’t believe it was up to scratch. Bistro Avoca caters to the comfortably in love - because sometimes the food should do all the talking.

Bistro Avoca
133 Avoca Street, Randwick
Ph: (02) 9399 9667

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Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Sven's Viking Pizza *UPDATED*

Back in 2008 (HERE) I was intrigued by the idea of Swedish pizza; this month it seems Alex Harmon was too...

Ignore the Viking kitsch on the walls; there are excellent, innovative pizzas coming out of these wood-fire ovens. Thin crust and not laden with cheese, so you can taste the toppings. Cheesiness you’ll find in the names: from the God of Wisdom to the Male Fertility God (which has a lustful Béarnaise sauce - they could be onto something).

Standout is the First Woman On Earth ($25), basically your late-night kebab on a pizza – proving women are geniuses. On the lighter side, World Of Gods ($24.50) with smoked salmon, avocado and dill cream is so tasty it took me a while to notice – no cheese.

Although I have to say the Salmon Tartar ($9.50) is a similar tasting, but somehow better, entree. The Swedish girls at the table next to us (always a good sign) were ordering salads the size of their pretty blonde heads. I just had to have one.

The Goat’s Cheese Salad ($17) with roast pumpkin, beetroot and walnuts made me want to dance on the wooden tables. It’s not cheap but the large servings will satisfy a Thor-like hunger. I didn’t hear any ABBA while I ate, even if I did notice the takeaway line curling through the restaurant like an Ikea queue.

Sven’s Viking Pizza
354 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction
Ph: (02) 9389 3393

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