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Review: Ruby’s Diner, Sydney

Hi everyone,

The reason for the lack of posts recently is that I’m on the other side of the world! I’m currently in Sydney, Australia which is our third stop out of six on our month long tour! Now, the great thing about australia is brunch. Yeah, the beaches are great, the wildlife is crazy and in summer its amazing weather but seriously…brunch. In Europe, breakfast or brunch seems to be more of a take it or leave it kind of thing but here in Oz its definitely treated like the most important meal of the day.

After visiting Melbourne and its many breakfast cafes, I thought Sydney’s offering might disappoint as I had heard that Melbourne is the place for brunch. I was wrong. Today, I dragged everyone to Ruby’s Diner in Waverley for something to warm us up during Sydney’s current ‘cold snap’ – AKA British summer!
  Bearing in mind it was 9.30 on a sunday morning when we arrived, we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table because we didn’t mind sitting outside (with cold little me practically on top of the heater of course).

3 freshly squeezed orange juices, a bottle of water, one flat white and one long black later and we were ready to look over the menu. I could have literally ordered everything on there as it all sounded so good but I’ve had eggs, avocado, bacon and all that stuff for the past few days, so today I fancied something sweet. I couldn’t decide between the ‘5 grain bircher muesli with seasonal fruit, nut crunch, yoghurt and honey’ or the ‘Roast pears with coconut yoghurt and buckwheat coconut crunch’ (pictured above). 

  
My dad decided to get the bircher (pictured above) so I went for the pears as it sounded like quite a unique dish (Plus, I have a thing for coconut yoghurt). The bircher muesli was delish and the fresh banana plus the crunchy stuff on top was right up my street and when I tried a spoonful, I was jealous that my dad ordered it and not me. The roasted pears were really good. Fragrant, juicy and soft, they had been cooked in vanilla and orange (among other things I’m sure) and the coconut yoghurt on top made the sweetness of the pears not seem overwhelming. The buckwheat crunch, which I thought would just be boring roasted buckwheat when I saw it was actually really yummy. It added a different texture and a nice extra cinnamon flavour. The only thing I would say is that I think three pear halves is a bit much, as towards the end it seemed a bit sickly and started to taste a bit like a candle smells. I still somehow managed to eat it all though so it can’t have been bad!

  
Both my mum and brother ordered what I would have ordered if I had gone for something savoury, the ‘House-made baked beans with manchego and oregano on sourdough’. My mum got it plain and the competitive eater brother ordered a poached egg, avocado and bacon to go with it. They both loved the beans and the toast and my brother (who has probably eaten more avocado than anyone I know) said the avo was really nice and fresh. My mum is the most selfless person in the world and to prove it, all I need to say is she spooned a big heap of beans on the crunchy toast and gave me the first bite. My thoughts? Aaaah, how nice of her… F*$#!!! Yep, I burnt the roof of my mouth. Its blistering as I type this. The beans were worth it. The perils of being a foodie.

The service was probably one of the worst out of the places we’ve been for breakfast but that could be because we were seated outside, on the very end and it was very busy! The atmosphere was nice, although as I said, we were outside so it would have felt different inside but it seemed to be a very popular, buzzing, family friendly neighbourhood cafe, which I liked.
Taste: 9/10

Presentation: 9/10

Service: 6/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Location: 3/10

Price: 7/10

Menu: 9/10

What’s your favourite breakfast dish? Let me know in the comments! 

Thanks for reading, 

H x  

Review: Choccywoccydoodah London

Hi everyone,

Today I’m reviewing the famous Choccywoccydoodah cafe on Carnaby Street in London. For those that don’t know, they specialise in all things chocolate (in case you couldn’t guess) and cake. ‘Choccywoccydoodah’ is also a television show, revolving around the lives of the people at the stores and the things that go on there. Their flagship is in Brighton but I was in London and fancied a sweet treat, so decided to pop in.

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The interior of the cafe is really unique and funky, with a kind of black, gothic, chocolate theme running throughout. (Don’t know if chocolate is usually considered a theme, but here it definitely was!) The downstairs is the shop, where you can order cakes and buy all sorts, from marshmallows to chocolate statues!

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Upstairs is the cafe part. All of the cakes are on display for you to choose from and oh my god they are so tempting! I wanted them all! Although the tables and chairs are a really trendy gothic style, they are quite uncomfortable…but I doubt you would be sitting for long because how long does it actually take to scarf down a slice of cake? The menu consists of tea, coffee, cake, various other baked goods, hot chocolate, various soft drinks, and desserts such as banana split or ice cream sundae. So its really a case of choosing between sweet, sweeter or sweetest. As long as you know what to expect before you go, then I’m sure something will appeal to you!

We ordered one piece of Chocolate Cake, one Milk Hot Chocolate and one Americano. The presentation of the cake and the hot chocolate was very impressive, as it definitely made my mouth water. The cake comes with ice cream, drizzled with strawberry coulis and chocolate sauce and the hot chocolate arrived at the table with lashings of whipped cream, chocolate chips placed on top and marshmallows hidden under it all! You definitely get a lot for your money as a slice of cake was only £4.99 and it was more than enough for two people!

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As for taste, I didn’t particularly rate what I had. The hot chocolate was far too sweet for me and I could only stomach a few sips. The cake was nice… nothing special, but again, too sweet! I would have much preferred it without the sauces and perhaps with less icing. For someone with an extremely sweet tooth, it would be ideal, but for me, someone who has a very sweet tooth anyway, it was way too much!

The service was good and the location was perfect, as its just off of the crowded Carnaby Street, a 5 minute walk from Regent Street and Picadilly Circus. Its nice to be able to watch everyone rushing around outside in the cold as you sit relaxing amongst the cake!

Taste: 6/10
Presentation: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Location: 9/10
Price: 9/10
Menu: 8/10

Hope you enjoyed this post and leave a comment letting me know if you’ve ever been to Choccywoccydoodah and if so, what you thought! Also, what are the best places for cake in London? I’d love to have to do more cake reviewing. Oh the hard life.

Thanks for reading,

Harrie x