Burger Project | Sydney CBD

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On a lazy and chilly Friday night, hubby and I decided we should have a burger. We were around the CBD area in Sydney that evening and the Burger Project seemed a good option. I had been there before and liked, so why not confirming the expectations?

There are many different burgers, and guess what, any of them you can have without the bun! Yep, they wrap it on a lettuce leaf for you. Perfect for those avoiding wheat/gluten or following a low carb diet.

I might say that eating a burger like this is not an easy task. I’ve tried, trust me. So I suggest you use the fork and knife kindly provided by the restaurant. A mess-free experience guaranteed. 🙂

My order

When the subject is a burger, I like to play safe, which means I normally go for the classic options. That night our order was:

  • Mine: double burger – 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.
  • Hubby: the same, but with the bun (no photos because he ate too fast 😜).
Double burger, close up.
Double burger, close up.
Double: 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.
Double: 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.

The burger is super tasty and price-wise very appealing. As I said before, eating with the lettuce wrap is not an easy task, unless you are a ninja. 🙂

About the secret sauce, it is indeed very secret. Couldn’t find any information on their website, and their employees had no idea what was in it. So if you are very strict with your diet (especially with sugar) I would recommend skipping it, just to err on the side of the caution a bit, you know.

Burger Project
MLC Centre – Lower Ground Floor, Shop 6.22
19 Martin Place Sydney NSW 2000 (multiple addresses available)
More information: www.burgerproject.com

Robertson Pie Shop | Robertson – Kangaroo Valley

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Robertson Pie - entrance.
Robertson Pie – entrance.

On our way back from the Kangaroo Valley we made sure to pass by another famous pie shop included in that pie trail I mentioned before: this time was Robertson Pie Shop.
This shop ranks high in all restaurants reviews in that area, and after seeing the insane number of cars parked in front of the shop, we were sure it was worth a try (and our time).

It was almost 3pm when we arrived and the shop was packed!
There was a huge line but the service was very efficient and quick. Despite the length, I can say we spent a maximum of 15 minutes in the line.

My order

As we had a kinda long way home we decided to get a takeaway, so we could have a snack in the car and something else for dinner at home. Our choices were:

  • Regular chicken, leek, and camembert pie.
  • Family size of classic beef and mushrooms pie.
Chicken, leek, and camembert pie.
Chicken, leek, and camembert pie.
Classic beef and mushrooms.
Classic beef and mushrooms.
Classic beef and mushrooms.
Classic beef and mushrooms.

Both pies were truly delicious and had a very generous amount of filling, super creamy and tasty.
I also enjoyed their pastry, it is a different kind – when compared to Southern Pies we’ve also visited – buttery and flaky, but also incredibly tasty.

I must say that this kind of pastry is not ideal to eat in the car 🚙 (yeah, a bit messy 😜), but once we had the family one for dinner at home, oh boy, it was sooooo good that I didn’t care for any mess around earlier in the car.

There you will find many other flavours, including sweet and gluten free! I didn’t try any sweet pie, but while there I saw that the apple and cream pie was a very popular, pretty much every single table had one. So I would bet this is a good choice. 🙂

Robertson Pie shop.
Robertson Pie shop.
Robertson Pie shop.
Robertson Pie shop.

Robertson Pie Shop
4400 Illawarra Hwy, Robertson NSW 2577
More information: www.robertsonpieshop.com.au

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Southern Pies | Kangaroo Valley

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Southern Pies - entrance
Southern Pies – entrance

A couple of weeks ago, on a lovely winter weekend, hubby and I decided to get the car and spend the day in the Kangaroo Valley (south of Sydney). Our idea was to have a relaxing day walking around the area, spending time around the charming town they have and of course eat some pies.

Maybe you don’t know, but Kangaroo Valley is well-known for their pie shops. There is even a pie trail with more than 24 shops listed!
This time we decided to try only one in their list, and the chosen one was this place called Southern Pies.

My order

This place has been awarded over the years for many of their pies flavours. A highly recommended option is their cheeseburger pie, but that day we decided to play safe and try the classics first. So we got:

  • Mine: Classic beef.
  • Hubby: Steak, bacon, and cheese.
  • Both topped with mashed potatoes, mashed peas, and gravy.
Classic beef + Steak, Bacon, and Cheese pies topped with mashed potatoes, mashed peas, and gravy.
Classic beef + steak, bacon, and cheese pies topped with mashed potatoes, mashed peas, and gravy.
A sneak peak inside the classic beef pie.
In case you weren’t mouth-watering just yet, an inside look of the classic beef pie.

I loved it! ❤️ The pie has a good size, and the extra toppings make it a real meal. Everything was super tasty and yum! The pastry in kinda puffy but not flaky, ideal for a non-messy experience. 😀

We had it for lunch and it was enough to keep us up and running. I reckon it was something around A$11 for each pie + all the toppings. They also sell family size pies, coffee, and a few dessert options.

They also have frozen pies you can take home and prepare yourself at a later occasion, or maybe just to have for dinner on the same day. 🙂

Southern Pies - shop
Southern Pies – shop

Southern Pies
Shop 1/146 Moss Vale Road
Kangaroo Valley, NSW 2577
More information: www.southernpies.com.au

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The best ramen in Japan! (Tokyo and Kyoto)

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While in Japan 🇯🇵 I had the opportunity to try so many yummy places! Which now makes very hard for me to pick just one, so in this case … I’ll pick TWO Ramen restaurants in Tokyo and Kyoto (each) that you must not miss. You can also find more details about them by clicking their titles. Shall we start?

Tokyo

Menya Musashi Ramen | Shinjuku
Menya Musashi - Ramen in a broth with tender pork and egg.
Menya Musashi – Ramen in a broth with tender pork and egg.
Ippudo | Ginza (and Shinjuku)
Ippudo ramen: Shiromaru Classic
Ippudo ramen: Shiromaru Classic

Kyoto

Ramen Sen no Kaze
Yamato no Miso with gyoza - miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chased pork slices.
Yamato no Miso with gyoza – miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chased pork slices.
Gogyo | Nakasujicho
Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (Burnt soy sauce ramen)
Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (Burnt soy sauce ramen)

My favourite restaurants in Kyoto

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You’ve probably seen my favourite restaurants in Tokyo (if you haven’t, please do it before you go to that amazing city). Now it’s time to tell you which ones I’m still dreaming about in Kyoto! You can ready my extended review for each one of them just by clicking their titles. Let’s start?

Ramen Sen no Kaze

Yamato no Miso with gyoza - miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chased pork slices.
Yamato no Miso with gyoza – miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chased pork slices.

Best Ramen EVER in Kyoto. I don’t need to say anything else here … just GO there. 😝

Gogyo

Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (Burnt soy sauce ramen)
Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (Burnt soy sauce ramen)

This place makes Burnt Soy Sauce Ramen and other different flavours that are not usually found in the super traditional city of Kyoto. Delicious and a must try.

Ichiran Ramen

Ichiran ramen bowl.
Ichiran ramen bowl.

Super cool ramen experience where you are served in an individual booth. But I’m not saying it is worth a visit only because of the experience though, their ramen is indeed yum and totally worth a try.

Kendonya

Chicken and egg rice bowl
Chicken and egg rice bowl

This family-owned restaurant makes perfect homemade udon noodles and also offers many delicious rice bowl options.

KyoTofu Fujino Cafe

Soy milk cheesecake.
Soy milk cheesecake.

This is not truly a restaurant, but I strongly recommend you to visit this little cafe. They serve many dairy free desserts made of soy milk. Please, try their cheesecake for me (bonus points if you try it multiple times).