Hermosa, Wembley

Hermosa1     The people who brought us Tropico in North Beach have recently opened up Hermosa, a Spanish inspired eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast

On my first visit, I went with my boyfriend to try out their breakfast menu. The service was very friendly and our dishes came to us quickly. Just like Tropico, they use Bondi based roasters Will & Co’s beans, we ordered a Cappuccino and a Long Macchiato topped up.

Hermosa11 Dan ordered the “Full Spanish”, poached eggs, chorizo chipolatas, mushrooms, beans, bacon, tomato ($23). He quickly insisted that it was the best big breakfast he’s had! I really enjoyed the beans which were served in a separate jar on the side.

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I ordered the Avocado on Toast, Migas, Lime & Tomato Salsa, Poached Egg ($16), which had a generous portion of avocado and a nice zesty flavour. However, I much prefer Tropico’s which comes with a beautiful lemon curd.

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Lunch

A few weeks later we returned to try their lunch menu. After several recommendations by other foodies, we ordered a range of dishes to share.

Smoked Hock & Morcilla Croquette, with heirloom carrot escabeche ($12). This dish was delicious, crispy battered blood sausage and hock, with punchy pickled vegetables.

Hermosa 5Pan con mushrooms and goats cheese ($14). The serving comes with four pieces of toast, spread with goats cheese and topped with sautéed mushrooms, easy to eat and the classic flavours work well together.

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Slow cook egg, migas, morcilla, potato puree ($11). This dish had all the things I love, carbs, runny yolk and crispy bits. The blood sausage was also a good addition to the dish, which I hadn’t had before.

Hermosa10Manchego cheese & truffle onion, grilled toasty, red pepper ketchup ($12). Many people had raved over this toasty, and I regretted not ordering it on my last visit. Available all day, this toasty hits all the buttons. Hermosa9

Grilled artisan W.A. Chorizo, Marinated peppers, roquette, lemon dressing, “hot dog” ($15). Out of all the dishes, I probably wouldn’t order this one again, as it was quite underwhelming.

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Papas Fritas with aioli ($8) Just had to order some fries, which came with a delicious homemade aioli.

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The highlights for me would be the Slow cook egg and the Toasty. Service here is also very friendly and efficient. But, I have noticed that Hermosa's recent rating have not been good, and also that there are a few inconsistencies with portioning in peoples photos. My personal experiences have been positive so far, so I will definitely be back to try their smoothies and Lime Churros!

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Farine, Shanghai

IMG_4587One of the food highlights from my recent trip to Shanghai, was the visit to Farine Bakery located in the French Concession area. Farine is a lovely place to enjoy some sweet treats, breads or a cup of coffee, and everything is baked freshly in-house.

From what I’ve heard it is always crowded and difficult to find seating, so come early on a weekday. The morning I visited, we were lucky enough to get a seat outside where we could enjoy our breakfast with a view of the picturesque leafy trees, iconic to the area.

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For coffees we ordered a Short Macchiato and Cappuccino. The cappucino came out traditional style, without chocolate powder, it was probably the best we had in Shanghai compared to other coffee joints. We also decided on a Ham Quiche for something savoury, which was warmed up for us.

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Dan wanted to try the Chocolate Croissant, which was buttery and flakey. Although the chocolate didn't ooze out, I would maybe recommend to ask for it to be warmed up.

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The star of bakery was definitely that beautiful Lemon Passion Tart (35 RMB), it’s smooth, creamy and has the right balance of sweetness to tartness. If you ever pay a visit to Farine this is the first thing you must order!

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Rating: 8 out of 10

Website: http://www.farine-bakery.com/

Address: 378 Wukang Rd, near Tai'an Rd. Fergusun Lane, Xuhui. 200031 Shanghai.

Opening Hours: 7am-8pm Daily.

Pixel Coffee, Leederville

IMG_3430 Pixel Coffee has just opened their doors with a fabulous team providing speciality coffee and fresh healthy meals daily. On arrival I fell in love with their minty blue, white and wooden interior, decorated with blossoming flowers.

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Dan ordered his usual, a Traditional Long Macchiato while I ordered a Single Origin Flat White, as recommended by one of the friendly baristas. The coffee was smooth and easy to drink, presented with swans. I really enjoyed this cup of coffee and will be back for more.

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Apart from a full display of sandwiches, salads, raw desserts and other treats on offer, they also serve a breakfast menu until 11:30am. I like how they use free range, organic and local suppliers where possible and make the meals in house from scratch.

I decided to order the Sweet French Toast ($21.90) and the Pix Plate ($18.90) to share between us. The French Toast is made using wood fired baker sourdough, fresh banana, strawberries, house cured maple bacon and raspberry mascarpone. This dish was not too sweet and beautifully presented. But I probably wouldn’t order it again as the flavours were not very exciting and the bacon wasn’t crispy.

IMG_3413 On the other hand, the flavours of the Pix Plate were more my cup of tea. This dish combined potato & herb hash with two poached eggs and a pea, prosciutto & parmesan salad. The hash was crispy on the outside, and soft in the middle and the saltiness of the prosciutto really complimented the dish.

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On a separate occasion, I came in just to try their Acai Bowl ($11.90), a Brazilian super fruit smoothie topped with fresh fruit and house granola. This smoothie bowl was a good consistency, sweet and just the right texture. I would recommend this to all the acai lovers out there, although, compared to other places like Hylin there was not as much fruit topping.

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When going up to the counter, I noticed a large Broccoli, Sweet Potato and Cheddar Tart ($12), which had just been baked that day. Being so fresh I insisted on getting it, which was a good choice as it was probably the best vegetable tart I have ever eaten.

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It is very nice to see such a lovely café show lots of enthusiasm in providing high quality food and coffee to their customers. If in the area, I definitely recommend stopping by for a quick caffeine hit or a sweet treat.

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Rating: 8 out of 10

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