Review: Moo Gourmet Burgers, Crows Nest

wagyu burgerMy colleagues and I have eaten a few times at Moo Gourmet Burgers (Crows Nest branch) for what we have dubbed our Moos and Booze lunches. I tag Moo on Twitter whenever I eat there. This week before we went for lunch, I tweeted them to let them know we were coming, and they offered my group a discount on drinks with $2 beers and mango bellinis (rather than $10 drinks!). Score!

This week I also took advantage of their Wagyu Wednesday special where you can get a Wagyu burger for the price of a classic cheeseburger. This meant I paid $14.50AUD in total (instead of $24.50AUD) for a gourmet Wagyu beef burger and a mango bellini – an amazing deal by anyone’s standards!
The caramelised onion is probably the best bit of the burger, as it really hit the perfect degree of sweetness. I’m not normally much of a red meat eater, but the onion set the wagyu off perfectly.

In the past I’ve also had the Greek Lamb Burger and the Chicken, Avocado and Bacon Burger – both delicious. I recommend a basket of the cheesy bacon fries (so decadent), but it’s wise to share them with a group of friends because the burgers are so large that it’s a struggle for a single person to eat a burger and a side of fries.

Props to Moo Burgers for their active engagement with their audience through social media channels. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter and start a conversation…who knows where it may go?

NB: I was not paid to write this review, but I did get a pretty good deal!
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Review: United Flavours of the World Gourmet Safari

K’s father bought us gift vouchers for a Gourmet Safari for Christmas last year and we finally got around to going on the tour last weekend, choosing to do the United Flavours of the World tour. I wanted to go on this tour as I thought it would capture the best of the multiculturalism and food diversity of Australia.

We started out bright and early at 8.30am on a Saturday morning, with a group of around two dozen people meeting at Central Station in Sydney to get on our coach bus. Our fellow gourmet travellers were all older, averaging around 50 to 60 years old. We were very much the young people on the tour. As soon as we started our journey, our tour guide Alex explained how the stops on our tour would be based in south-west Sydney. In his words, “South West Sydney is where raw materials for Sydney’s gastronomes are produced”. In other words, you can buy a gourmet chorizo from an expensive deli in the city, or you can go to the south-west and get it straight from the source.

For those unfamiliar with Sydney neighborhoods, south-west Sydney is an older and more industrial part of town, with a large migrant and ethnic population. It’s not an area that I’ve ventured into yet in my year in Sydney, as I live on the North Shore of Sydney, which is arguably the wealthiest and most white-bread part of town. This was all going to change though! Our first stop was Sunshine Meats, located in Milperra.

Sunshine Meats We were introduced to the Portugese owners of this business, and given a history of how they came to make some of the most popular small goods in Australia. We had a tasting session as well, led by owner Maria Pereira, her daughter, her niece, her mother, and her aunts. Talk about a family-run business! Some of the items we tasted included: chilli chicken breast, chocolate turkey, smoked beef, pork chorizo, chilli chicken chorizo, and a caramelised onion jam.

The most interesting part of the meal was when Maria demonstrated how to cook chorizo on an individual barbecue. That’s the two little pigs you see in the last photo above – essentially, you pour alcohol into the well in the ceramic barbecue and light it on fire. You then skewer a chorizo (or any other meat!), and let it cook over the flames. It creates this perfect crispy outside, while the inside remains nice and juicy.

I can’t even begin to describe how tasty each and every item at Sunshine Meats was – this was probably evidenced by the fact that we left the shop after having spent $50AUD on chorizo, chicken and jams.
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Review: Dessert Masterclass at Mumu Grill, Crows Nest

For a friend’s recent 21st birthday, I purchased vouchers for us both to attend a Dessert Master Class at Mumu Grill in Crows Nest, Sydney. NB: A note to the wise, gifting experiences rather than tangible presents is always a winner!

Last night, we learnt how to make:

  1. Passionfruit cheesecake with a garnish of chilli, kiwifruit, pineapple and mint.
  2. Bread pudding with dark chocolate
  3. Baked rhubarb with hand-whipped cream, meringue, raspberries and nuts
  4. Date and pistachio clafouti, and strawberry clafouti

dessert masterclass

Yum yum!

We had a really good time at this masterclass, and the great thing was that they didn’t just teach you how to make these four dishes, but also taught you ways of adapting them and using different flavours and ingredients – thus helping you to expand your culinary skills.

Overall, the class size was good, the skills taught were great, the food was awesome, and we even got a voucher at the end for a free main meal at the restaurant for use at a later time. Mumu Grill also does a Tapas and Sangria masterclass, and also a Beef and Beers masterclass. I look forward to trying either one of them in the future!

I rate the Dessert Masterclass at Mumu Grill an 8.5 out of 10.
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