Category Archives: Sydney – Food – High tea & Sweets

Newtown: Campos Coffee

kRjcHZ1404814594193 Missenden Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9516 3361

I have no idea why I did not come here sooner. Two words – Coffee Heaven.

Absolutely recommend this place. The coffee is 10/10.

I have only had the coffee mind you, regular coffee and the Belgium white chocolate ice-cream affogato. The affogato blows my mind every time. When the expresso is merged with the ice-cream it tastes like fine coffee ice-cream which still has a bitterness to it from the expresso.

7ixwDv1404814515The affogato honestly quite addictive, and if I could, I would be tempting to have one every day. They have a hazelnut affogato on the menu, but I have not been able to walk past the Belgium white chocolate when deciding at the counter.

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Coffee: 10/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 32.5/40

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Surry Hills: Kurtosh

i6n5FG1404812744604-606 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9319 7701

tkQ7mE1404812769 Kürtősh, is  a pretty amazing coffee and cake place. I visited Kürtősh House No. 2 in Surry Hills. However they have 2 other locations at:

  • Kürtősh House No. 1 – 20B-20C St Pauls Street, Randwick NSW 2031
  • Kürtősh House No. 3 – 110 – 112 Willoughby Road
    Crows Nest NSW 2065

The ambience and decor is cute, rustic and a tad kitch-throwback.


They serve Kürtősh, pastries, slab cakes which are both chilled and room temperature, bread and a range of beverages. They are also quite generous and have taste-testing samples for patrons to try, whilst deciding on which iExOO6h1404812797tems to purchase.

I loved the nutella (which I think was a flavour of the day) and cinnamon Kürtőshs. Having said that I think all the flavours would be quite good. There is a  wide selection to choose from.eVMrEx1404812857

We decided on the raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake ($4.50 per 100gs) and catastrophe flourless chocolate cake ($4.00 per 100gs). Highly recommend the catastrophe flourless cake, full-flavoured, rich, chocolatey and moist, without being too sweet.


The thing that stands out at Kürtősh is the consistently great, friendly service. With no judgement or impatience whilst you’re deciding.

The other thing we tried was the chocolate rogallach – little chocolate twist with a hint of cinnamon ($4.90 per 100gs). It wasn’t my favourite thing YO43Yv1404812944of the items we ordered, but competently done.

The coffee here is pretty good too (7.5/10).  oCbvxr1404812883

Food: 8.5/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8.5/10
Overall Score: 32.5/40

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Chatswood: Khao Pla

4mpG6Q14048121547/370-374 Victoria Ave, Chatswood 2067
(02) 9412 4978

Khao Pla is a very unassuming looking restaurant. It is just outside of Chatswood Westfield Shopping Center. It is advisable to park in the shopping center if you’re driving.

(Khao Pla is closed for renovations 21 July 2014 – 11 August 2014. )

They have a range of lunch specials mon-fri around the $10 mark. This time we went for lunch on the weekend. We ordered the:

  • Pad Thai, which was very well done. Good balance of flavours, and I really liked the use of uncooked beansprouts to give it a added texture and fresh crunch.
  • Thai Green Curry (pork). With all the dishes you can choose vegetarian or a variety of meat options (chicken, pork, beef or prawn). I liked the pea eggplant in it, which looks like a pea, but is actually a very tiny eggplant – link to Gourmet Traveller.
  • Chicken basil & chilli flat rice noodles (gai pad grapow).

I would recommend this place for a casual lunch dining experience. There is nothing too unique or special about their Thai food, it is just competently cooked.
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5aHDx71404812664This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me the star attraction of Khao Pla is the dessert.

Not just any dessert, I would particularly recommend the black sticky rice, with tapioca, jack fruit, coconut jelly and milk tea ice cream ($10). It is not your usual dessert and I personally don’t normally like jackfruit, brdUcgW1404812633ut I love this dish. The contrast of the warm, slightly salty black sticky rice, firm coconut jelly cubes, pops of small little tapioca beads and the milk tea ice-cream which is just starting to melt is a great combination. It is not too sweet. Highly recommend this.

Food: 8/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 30.5/40

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Newtown: Black Star Pastry and Cafe

T7JVmi1394872618Black Star Pastry and Cafe
277 Australia Street
Newtown NSW 2042
Phone:(02) 9557 8656‎UJrHEM1394872877

RwUVsk1394872767This is now on my favourites list. Delicious.

The cafe is tiny, hardly any sitting space, a small tight alcove in the cafe and two bench/crate areas in the outside front space of the shop. They have many little tempting dessert choices. Panna Cotta, creme brulee tarts, flourless chocolate and hazelnut torte… are just a few.

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EYYzgK1394873093I had the watermelon cake for the first time. At 7.5 a slice it’s not cheap, but definitely well worth it with every mouthful!

It has an amazing almond meal base, then what tastes like a version of chantilly cream, a watermelon layer, more cream, another almond meal later, then jelly which taste like it has rose water in it, fresh strawberries, and edible flowers. mhjVUr1394872568It is a fragrant and spectacular dessert, enough to impress even the most discerning dessert connoisseur. The only downside to this dessert is in the eating, as you cut through it with a fork or spoon, the watermelon then squishes all of the bottom layer cream out of the cake and it becomes very messy to eat! I understand that they put the cream underneath the watermelon so the watermelon doesn’t make the cake base soggy… but still it makes it rather hard to eat in one graceful fork-full!

wqO6Im1394873011Next on to the quiches. We got a Shirley (mushrooms with fine herbs) and Betty (Goats cheese and leek) 6.5 each. Both were great, the pastry was flaky and buttery. The mixture was melt-in-the-mouth. I loved the Betty quiche the best out of the two.

Food: 9.5/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 32/40

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The Rocks: The Tea Cosy (2)

9tdzvN1394872080The Tea Cosy
33 George Street The Rocks 2000
Tel 02 92474955
Opening Hours
Thursdays and Fridays 10am – 4pm
Saturdays and Sundays 9.30am – 5pm





This time instead of the high tea, we decided to order:KmWmBu1394871676

  • Devonshire Tea (Scone Basket) – two scones, baked on the premise, double thick cream and one gourmet jam, served with a drink of choice (12.5).
  • Ploughman’s Lunch – Freshly baked cheese scones, served with vintage cheddar, salami, ham, ploughman’s chutney, fig & ginger jam, butter, dates and apple wedges (15).
  • Nanna’s Apple Pie tea and rose hip tea (4.5 each).


CKuQi01394871785The cherry and almond scone, and the cheese scones in the ploughman’s lunch were both very impressive. I would order these in a heartbeat again. The Ploughman’s lunch was very satisfying, and I particularly enjoyed the sweet/savoury combination of flavours. StomBl1394871935

After trying ‘nanna’s apple pie’ tea, it has become my new favourite tea. So fragrant, it almost makes you not miss the real thing… (almost). Well worth trying.oRlSBY1394871466

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A very recent expansion is their ‘take-away’ scones, cream and jam from the shop. It looks so cute! The Tea Cosy also have a pop up stall at the rocks market which sell their take-away range. I am looking forward to trying it.

Food: 9/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 31.5/40

The Rocks: The Tea Cosy

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Newtown: Luxe Bakery

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195 Missenden Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone:(02) 8084 1775

Once you go up the ramp, you walk into an open, airy space with the counter and barristers on the right and rustic, soothing decor.  We ordered:

  • poached eggs, ricotta, mushrooms and sough dough toast; and a
  • tuna melt

jGu2pr1394871238o1aRcn1394871213The food was great and fresh. The poached eggs were lovely and runny. I love ricotta and mushroom together. The tuna melt was great too, chunks of tuna, hard xpvaWm1394871184boiled eggs, asparagus, lettuce and melted cheese.

The desserts looked decent… and I was contemplating trying it, but next to Newtown: Black Star Pastry and Cafe, I have to say I choose to use my calories on Black Star Pastry and Cafe, whilst in Newtown.

Overall, a satisfying brunch experience.

Food: 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 30/40

Luxe Bakery on Urbanspoon

Dulwich Hill: Strawberry Fields Patisserie (2)

PI6c0V1394868598Strawberry Fields Patisserie
2/420 New Canterbury Rd, Sydney NSW 2203 ‎
Tel (02) 8021 2294 ‎NsAbSd1394868158
Open Tue-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 9am-3pm

We sat down for lunch, and bought take-away desserts this time around. Y4eOWF1394868388


For lunch we decided to have the bacon and caramelised onion quiche with salad and the john scroll. Everything was absolutely divine. The salad was one of the best I have had in a while. The highlight was the sweet juicy pears shaved into the rocket, so there is sweet and salty bursts of flavour in your mouth as you tucked into the well dressed salad. I loved the caramalised onion in the quiche, and the pastry was light, crumbly and melt-in-your-mouth. The john scroll also never fails to impress with the oozey egg yolk center as you cut into it.


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  • berry mousse cake
  • pistachio and honey mousse cake
  • strawberry fields forever tart
  • custard tart
  • little petite fours and
  • chocolate eclair

Berry mousse cake – the bottom is a cake base, TljhV51394870111but a little denser than a sponge cake, more like an almond meal consistency, the sweetness of the base balances the berry mousse which has a great sweet but tart taste to it. Really like the fresh strawberries on top, not a huge fan of the white chocolate, but that is very minor. Freeze dried strawberries around the cake are a nice texture touch.

Pistachio and honey mousse cake – loved the tiny RYaPVP1394870303pistachio marshmallow cubes. This was the sweetest cake out of the ones I tried this time around. But a great balance of flavours. Reminds me a little of a modernised Greek dessert. Pistachio cake base, honey mousse and honey jelly layer on top. The pistachio nuts on the top are a bit salty which counter the sweetness on your tongue. Great dessert.


Strawberry fields forever tart – The pastry shell is really, light, thin and buttery. The filling is what makes this tart stand out. It is extremely light, not too sweet, and melts on the mouth, with a hint of champagne. I think it also has a champagne thin jelly layer on top of the tart. Goes well with the fresh tartness of the strawberry. It surely does not taste like a dense, sickly sweet custard you can sometimes find in not so good fruit tarts.

Still my favourite dessert, the custard is ux1ENo1394870217lovely, creamy, but not too heavy. Light, thin, crumbly but crispy tart shell. The stand out for this is that it remains not too sweet, but definitely satisfies my sweet tooth craving.


The mini petite fours were lovely, as expected. 5ic4Du1394870044

Chocolate Éclair – I have to state up-front. Not a fan of éclairs typically. Mainly because I don’t like the custard filling. But this is very well done. Shoe pastry was great, nothing to fault. Custard was light and not too sweet. And the hard chocolate top gave a nice texture to the dessert.

Finally … the rosemary, potato and truffle bread – highly recommend this. You can smell it even before you get it home and take it out of the bag. Delicious on its own or just with a little bit of butter.


Food: 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 32/40

Dulwich Hill: Strawberry Fields Patisserie

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