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!

Hermosa3Rating: 8 out of 10

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Paradise Dynasty, Singapore

IMG_3137 Xiao Long Bao, or as you may know them as Shanghai Dumplings, have always been my favourite ever since I was a child learning how to use chopsticks at Dim Sum restaurants. These delicious morsels have a thin skin surrounding a pillow of meat and soup (pork fat), which bursts in your mouth as you eat. But beware, not to burn yourself and to pick up the dumplings carefully as all the liquid goodness might break out.

Paradise Dynasty, offer a variety of Xiao Long Bao in different flavours as well as delicious La Mian (a handmade pulled noodle) and other Chinese dishes. I’ve been to this venue, up in Ion Orchard several times and have always enjoyed the selection. This trip, my friend and I decided to go all out and order two baskets of the Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao (8 flavours) ($14.80 SGD). The flavours are supposed to be eaten in order from Original, Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheesy, Crab Roe, Garlic and Szechuan.

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The Xiao Long Bao here are more robust than other restaurants, and some flavours were a hit while others were a miss. I thoroughly enjoyed the Truffle and Crab Roe, but flavours like Cheesy and Szechuan were slghtly overpowering. Overall, I still think the original flavour is the best.

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We also ordered a serving of Minced meat and Mushroom sauce La Mian ($8.50 SGD) to share, which came out in a large bowl. From that point we knew we were way ahead of ourselves as the serving was very generous. These noodles are deliciously springy, and slightly spicy coated in the meat sauce.

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Overall, the noodles here are delicious and it’s a nice place to share some Xiao Long Bao with the family. But beware, as this fancy Chinese restaurant on Orchard Road charges $1.80 for their serving of table peanuts, and 30c each for the moist towelletes.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Address: #04-12A, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn

Website: http://www.paradisegroup.com.sg

Typika Artisan Roasters, Claremont

IMG_2879 I have been to Typika quite few times now, and from what I see I think their doing well for themselves as the Claremont venue is always busy. On the latest visit, my foodie partners in crime were, my boyfriend; Dan, workmate; Julian and his lovely girlfriend Oana (the blogger behind The Bittersweet Odyssey). Overall, us foodies agreed that their food is good, while their coffee and service is average

Coffee and Drinks

The baristas behind the counter that day, were Andy (@72transformations) who was previously from La Veen Coffee & Kitchen, and Rachel (@barista_ong) who also works at the Pulp cafe. They are super friendly people and passionate about coffee, so don’t hesitate to have a chat with them.

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Dan had the Cold Brew, which was served on a platter with a beaker of sparkling water and glass of ice. This single origin cold brew had been brewed for 16 hours, supposedly resulting in a sweet, low acidity flavour.

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Oana ordered a double ristretto Flat White, and Julian ordered an Espresso, which was served with a palate cleanser of sparkling water.

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I ordered a Grapefruit and Strawberry Smoothie ($7.50) a dairy free option, which was sweet and easy to drink.

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Although I didn’t order it that day, I would also recommend the Deconstructed Hot Chocolate; warm frothy milk, served with melted chocolate syrup, chocolate flakes and marshmallows. 

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Food

A popular and satisfying option at Typika, is the Golden French Toast ($19.50). A naughty breakfast of egg battered toast served with banana, maple candied bacon and lashings of salted caramel. I’ve previously introduced this dish to two friends who didn’t know that bacon and banana could coexist on one plate, and they both enjoyed it.

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Another sweet dish is the Cast Iron Pancakes ($23.50), a doughnut style pancake cooked in a cast iron pan, making the crust crispy and the inside soft and fluffy. When served with poached pear, strawberries, nut crumble, vanilla custard and cinnamon sugar is a perfect combination, although a bit pricey.

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I managed to taste a little bit of the Mushroom and Leek Ragu ($23.50), which Julian and Oana ordered. This was a dish off mixed swiss brown, field and button mushrooms, panfried in herb butter, white wine, then served with toast, poached egg, soft goats feta and snow pea tendrils. I would order this dish again, as the ragu was quite flavourful, although I would ask for it without the sprouts.

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Dan ordered the Pulled Pork Quesadilla ($23), which is slow cooked shredded pork shoulder, with cheddar and BBQ sauce, topped with a corn, avocado and capsicum salsa.

IMG_2906 I have also previously tried the Black Sticky Rice with Mango and COYO ($16), which is a change for people who normally order muesli or porridge. The black sticky rice was a bit bland, but nice when combined with the sweet mango cheek. I wouldn’t order this dish again as I didn’t really enjoy the coconut yoghurt, I would say that it’s an acquired taste, kind of like sour cream.

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Verdict

We all had a good time, taking our foodie shots, filling our bellies and meeting each other’s better halves. I like that the location is easy to get to, just off Stirling highway and parking is normally plentiful (if not just park at Claremont Quarter, the first three hours are free). But, each time I’ve been here it has been difficult to get the attention of the wait staff, apart from that the food arrives to the table consistently quickly. I recommend going on a weekday to avoid long waits, and to get the Golden French Toast or the Spiced Beef Benedict (not pictured).

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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