Cafe Cassaro: “Cafe And Gift Shop”


For many years now, if I arrived into Balranald ( located about half way between Sydney and Adelaide – 600km from Adelaide and 800km from Sydney) around lunch time on my annual drive from Canberra to Adelaide, as I invariably did, I had lunch at the excellent Balranald Bakery (separate review). I have a particular soft spot for their apple slice.

A couple of years ago (in 2014) I noticed that another café had opened next door. In 2016 I decided to forgo my stop – and my apple slice – at the bakery and try Café Cassero which doubles as a gift shop offering lots of ‘stuff’ that didn’t appeal to me. But I was here to find something for lunch.

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Corin Forest Mountain Retreat – Cafe: “Go for the Pizza”


My plan for the day had been to do a short walk in the Cotter/Tidbinbilla area and a slightly longer one (9kms) in the northern part of the Namadgi National Park stopping for an early lunch in the Café at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visitor Centre.

Two problems were encountered. Firstly, the weather closed in and a mist/drizzle descended in the northern Namadgi area which meant that, while we could have walked to Square Rock there was no point as we would have seen nothing. Easily fixed Square Rock was taken of the plan and a couple of short walk were added in Tidbinbilla. Secondly, we found the Cafe Tidbinbilla, the Visitor Centre, to be no more – and replaced by a coffee/drinks kiosk. Continue reading “Corin Forest Mountain Retreat – Cafe: “Go for the Pizza””

T.Chow Chinese Restaurant: “Yum Cha in Chinatown”


By the time we reached Adelaide’s Chinatown we had been walking around the city for about four hours and were famished. It was well and truly time for lunch.

As I indicated in my separate review on Chinatown, the area is comparatively small. That said it has a number of eateries of various Asian ethnicity, not just Chinese though we chose the T.Chow Chinese Restaurant for lunch. Continue reading “T.Chow Chinese Restaurant: “Yum Cha in Chinatown””

10″ Custom Pizzeria: “Quality Gourmet Pizza”


10” Custom Pizzeria is located in Braddon Hamlet. Braddon Hamlet is a collection of food and drink outlets located around an open air/ covered, shared dining area – a posh food court, if you like, though you won’t hear it referred to that in super chic Braddon – and to be fair it is a cut above a food court in all areas (including price!). Continue reading “10″ Custom Pizzeria: “Quality Gourmet Pizza””

Two Sisters Lao Thai Restaurant: “Great Value Lao – Thai Food”


Please note that this is a review for the Two Sisters Lao-Thai Restaurant in the suburb of Dixon and not Kambah. I have not been to the latter.

Years ago I tried this restaurant a few times and was unimpressed so stopped going. A couple of years ago I went back to see if anything had changed. It had. Continue reading “Two Sisters Lao Thai Restaurant: “Great Value Lao – Thai Food””

Societe Overboard: “Overpriced And Pedestrian”


On weekdays there is only one option to purchase food on Cockatoo Island (Dec 2016) and that is the oddly named Societe Overboard just by wharf where you will have disembarked the ferry. At weekends the Marina Café (on the other side of the small island) opens. As I was, on this occasion, visiting during the week I didn’t have an opportunity to try out the Marina Café. If it is on a par with the Societe Overboard I am glad I didn’t. Continue reading “Societe Overboard: “Overpriced And Pedestrian””

Egg of the Universe: A Good Healthy Option


Egg of the Universe bills itself as ‘Sydney’s only integrated Yoga Studio and Wholefoods café’ and its website focuses on the yoga aspect of the business.

As I didn’t come here to exercise a muscle, other than those in my mouth, I won’t comment on the yoga aspect of the business, except to say I did see various people entering and leaving with mats, presumably to part-take of, or having part-taken of, the yoga. Continue reading “Egg of the Universe: A Good Healthy Option”