Fifi Foveaux’s

428 Crown St, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 9380 6881

My cousin took me to this cute little cafe in Sydney last month. As we chatted away, realising that we had last caught up properly about 18 months ago, in Viet Nam, it was really heartening to see that my younger cousin had really found his feet in Sydney. It made me remember how much I love my awesome family, and that I should really try to spend more time with them. And maybe I that I should give Sydney a bit more of a chance, too. But I digress.

With vivid red walls, and seating spilling out onto the street, it was a buzzing little joint on a Sunday morning. And I was buzzing too, after my first sip of coffee; a coffee which confirmed for me that Melbourne is streets ahead in that department. Maybe I should only visit Sydney in the afternoon!

I ordered bacon and fried eggs, with rocket and avocado. It had some fun name, but I forget right now.

The eggs were a little overdone, and the sticks of toast were a bit dry. The bacon was nice and crispy, however, and the avocado provided the necessary lubrication for the whole dish. On the whole, it was on the acceptable side of mediocre. It definitely helped with the hangover which was fast developing, however!

My cousin ordered the omelette with Spanish onion and smoked salmon. Again the eggs looked a tad on the rubbery side, though the salmon looked fresh and he was very satisfied with it.

Overall, I’d have to say Fifi Foveaux was rather forgettable. It wasn’t bad, just not great. The service was rather slow, as well, though the waiters were friendly and efficient, once you could get their attention.

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32 Orwell St Potts Point 2011
Phone : 93311889

Mr N had an overnight layover in Sydney on Australia Day Eve, so I took the opportunity to go up to Sydney (which, given the cost of flights these days, I really should do more often) and the chance to take him out for something of a fancy dinner. On short notice, restaurants like Aria and Tetsuya’s were booked out, and to be honest, those gastronomic heights I find a little dizzying, and don’t always enjoy them as much anyway.

Apres is a French restaurant set off the main drag of Darlinghurst Rd in Potts Point/King’s Cross. It’s stylish, and reasonably intimate – though when I visit again, I’ll be sure to try to book one of the booths. The staff were warm and friendly, unobtrusive yet most helpful when it came to wine selection. As good staff should be!

We were presented with an amuse bouche of escargot sauteed in garlic butter (I forgot to take a photo, so here’s a photo of the garlic butter…). I like escargot, but I don’t see what the fuss is about. Oh, and they had a little grit in them. A somewhat iffy start.

For entree, Mr N had the twice-cooked goat’s cheese souffle, which he was very happy with, and which looked appropriately cheesy.

I had the freshly shucked ‘local’ oysters with a red onion (I think? the night became a little hazy later on) vinaigrette, at the maitre’d’s suggestion. They were very fresh, although I think I would have preferred lemon and pepper to the vinaigrette. That’s probably just my taste.

For mains, I had the wagyu rump steak (rare, of course) which was delicious, and cooked to perfection. For $33, I don’t think I’ve ever had a better steak. Ridiculously good value, given it was a massive 300g slab of steer, too!

Mr N had the Poisson du Jour, which was a grilled Atlantic salmon. Again, cooked to perfection.

We had a bottle of French (Kietsfeldt? I can’t remember, which is a shame, because it’s worth revisiting) Pinot Gris which was wonderfully fragrant, that had the slight honeyish taste I love about Pinot Gris, but was not too sweet.

For the quality of the food and the excellent service, we found Apres to be amazingly good value, and I’m sure we’ll be back again next time we’re in Sydney.

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