Clipper Cafe – For the Glebe Market Shopper & Everyone Else

10 07 2010

Named as one of the hottest brunch spots in Sydney by TimeOut Sydney Magazine, Clipper’s Cafe is often thronged with shoppers from the nearby Glebe vintage market on Saturdays, I was one of them on this faithful day, but not before waiting patiently in line for about an hour or so.

It’s hard to discern if the decor is shabby, quirky or contemporary with the most random of items being stuck onto the walls (such as bicycles) among the other little trinkets here and there. Whatever it is, it’s definitely a great place to soak in the laid back Aussie vibes while sipping onto a latte.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Organic Flour Pancakes with  Fresh Strawberries, Banana & Ricotta with Maple Syrup(AUD 12). The pancakes here aren’t as thick as those from Pancakes On The Rocks so they are able to absorb relatively more Maple Syrup due to it’s larger surface area.

Organic Flour Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries, Banana & Ricotta with Maple Syrup(AUD 12).

The closest item on the menu to an Eggs Ben is the Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Avocado on Spelt Toast with Capers(AUD 12). I’m not really into avocado so this wasn’t really a dish for me. The bread was too chewy tough for my delicate pearly whites too. I managed to trick K into eating the Capers(the green bits you find in tartar sauce) on their own and it’s such a hilarious sight to see his rapid change in facial expression.

Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Avocado on Spelt Toast with Capers(AUD 12).

The Baked Eggs with Napoli, Mushrooms, Spinach, Fetta & Herb Toast(AUD 10) is one of the signatures here. The portion was indeed huge and it reminded me of the Toast Soldiers sans the gooey Mozzarella cheese which you get at Cafe Epicurious in Singapore. Again, mastication of the Herbed Toast proved to be a challenge. I didn’t really fancy this dish due to it’s sharp tanginess.

Napoli, Mushrooms, Spinach, Fetta & Herb Toast(AUD 10)

From what I see, Clipper’s has done a remarkable job serving up an affordable yet tasty brunch menu(though some of the dishes are just not my cup of tea) and reminds me a lot of Cafe Epicurious though I much prefer the latter foodwise.

Bon Appetit!

Clipper Cafe

16 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW





Pancakes On The Rocks

9 07 2010

My friend cum neighbour E ate at Pancakes On The Rocks recently and raved to me about how awesome it was. Awarded Gold for Best Casual/Family Dining Restaurant for 6 years running, I was very excited to try it out. The branch at Darling Harbour which I visited had a perpetual queue and fyi doesn’t accept reservations.

I just had to try the Bananarama, after all it’s named after one of my favourite retro bands. I really liked this. Caramel, Maple Syrup, Vanilla Ice Cream & Bananas over Buttermilk Pancakes, a classic combination that will never go out of style.

Bananarama
For chocoholics, there’s the Devil’s Delight. Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce. Personally, I found it too cloying but K loved it and polished it off effortlessly.
Devil’s Delight

Crepes are also available here. We had a go at their Mushroom Chicken Crepe but thought nothing much of it. R and T felt that the crepes were just flattened pancakes and the crepes from Out Of The Pan @ Raffles City tasted better.

Chicken Mushroom Crepe

Pre-mix and Maple Syrup are sold at the shop too so I got a box of Pancake pre-mix for E!

Pancake Mix

On a side note, my friends who are currently studying in Sydney gave me a heads up that the main branch at The Rocks serves slightly better pancakes than this branch and operates 24/7.

Bon Appetit!

PANCAKES ON THE ROCKS

229/230 HARBOURSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE, DARLING HARBOUR, SYDNEY

TEL: 02 9280 3791








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