A visit to Redoak Beer Cafe

Passion can be palpable, and when passionate people do something with all their heart, it shows. We recently had a chance to visit “Redoak boutique beer cafe,” a bespoke brewery cafe run by a brother and sister duo David & Janet in Sydney who are truly dedicated and committed to not just their love for good Beer but also great food. In the relaxed large café, they have a massive variety of Beers with different styles  and flavors which would suit any kind of Beer lover.

 

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Did you know that a good quality beer or cider can be aged for many years and improves its taste, developing deep, complex aromas. Redoak brews an extensive and ever-expanding range of beer styles from Belgian Chocolate Stout, Organic Pale Ale, Rauch, Bock, Baltic Porter, Special Reserve, Kolsch, Berlinerweiss, Framboise Froment, Belgian Choc-Cherry Stout, Belgian Wit Bier, German Wheat Beer and many more.

 

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They specialize in Beer and Food tasting to compliment the fantastic selection of beer. We were offered tasting paddles of Beer along with a variety of Meat and Seafood dishes. The friendly and equally passionate staff ensured that they explained the flavors of the Beer and made recommendations to ensure we got the best experience.

 

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We drank and ate so much that by the time we were finished, we could barely move from our tables. The overall quality of everything we had at the café was not just exceptional but also thoroughly enjoyable. A perfect way to spend your weekend. Don’t you agree?

 

Here is what we had:
Beers

Organic Pale Ale

This was one of their most popular sellers and had a lovely stone fruits character. It was crisp and perfect for the sunny afternoon in the café. This was also one of our favorite beers.

 

Honey Ale

Strong leatherwood honey aftertaste with leatherwood and musk aroma. This beer left a slight honey flavor in our mouths.

 

Aussie lager

This was a perfectly balanced Australian lager with subtle malt and hop flavors with a medium level of bitterness.

 

Hellraiser

This beer was too strong for our taste.

 

Feldas Weiss

Cloudy wheat German beer with hints of tropical fruit banana and citrus. This had a lovely fruity taste.

 

Pommy bitter

Really balanced and full of flavor with a deep amber color with citrusy hops and tasted delicious.

 

Chateau sour

This was my favorite Beer and tasted like a fruit compote in a glass with a hint of Cherry and intense flavors of Plum and raisins.

 

Food Tasting Plates

 

We were given a choice of 2 different tasting plates that went incredibly well with the beer.

 

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Seafood Tasting Board

  1. Salmon gravlax with creme fraiche and lemon balm paired with Felda Weiss
  2. Grilled octopus with harissa sauce and chili paired with Aussie lager
  3. Tuna Tartare with shallots and sesame dressing paired with Pommy bitter
  4. Prawn cutlet with lemon Pepper and Aioli paired with Organic pale ale
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The grilled Octopus and the Prawn cutlet really stood out on this board, and we were almost tempted to ask for a second helping.

 

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Meat Tasting Board

 

  1. Smoked turkey breast, red currant jelly and cranberries paired with Aussie Lager
  2. Pork belly with slaw, crouton, baby parsley paired with Pommy Bitter
  3. Sliced Gourmet pastrami with Branston pickles paired with Organic Pale Ale
  4. Grilled Chorizo sausage with red capsicum sauce paired with Oktoberfest Lager

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The Pork belly and grilled Chorizo were exceptional. The husband who doesn’t eat Chorizo enjoyed it as well.

 

Mains

 

Since Summers have arrived in Sydney, the restaurant had a  new Summer menu and wanted us to try it. We had:

 

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Crisp Tasmanian Salmon was sustainably farmed with tomato and olive concasse, green

beans, grilled asparagus w/ roasted red capsicum sauce. The Salmon was delightfully fresh and well done and was really delicious.

 

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Pumpkin and sage Ravioli served with toasted pine nuts, sun dried tomato and Parmesan and grilled chicken tenderloin. There was a slight sweetness to the dish, and it was literally summer in a bowl.

 

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We also had thick cut chips on the side.

 

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Dessert

Even though we were bursting at the seams could not say no to the desserts. We had:

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Mango and Coconut Pannacotta which had shaved Coconut, Mango Coulis and dried Mango. Paired with Felda Weiss. The fresh Mango blended beautifully with the Coconut Pannacotta making it a perfect ending to a warm Summers day.

 

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Chocolate and Orange Chocolate brownie served warm with Chocolate dipped candied Orange, Chocolate Ice cream shavings, and fresh mint. Paired with Stout. I cannot even explain how gooey and luscious this brownie was. I almost died and went to heaven with the first bite.

 

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We were thoroughly impressed with the quality of the food and drinks and really had a great time. Definitely worth a visit.

An evening at Delhi By The Way

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Eating is not just a necessity in my books; it is also a pleasurable experience that has to be enjoyed in the company of good friends and family. And on top of it if you eat the food in a warm, comfortable environment it becomes even more delicious. That is the exact experience we had dining out at “Delhi By the Way” a few days ago. As the restaurant was named after my favorite City, I was more than happy to visit when I received a dining invitation from them.

 

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Decorated with bright twinkling fairy lights from outside it seemed like I was somewhere in Chandani Chowk for a minute and not in Sydney. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and looked inviting. The staff was friendly and attentive towards every customer. I loved how the place mats on every table had information about Delhi for patrons to read.

 

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Starters:

The first thing that we caught my eye on the menu was “Raam Ladoo”.  This lip-smacking street food of deep fried lentil fritters is a delicacy found only on the streets of Delhi and is something that I loved during my last trip to the city. Served with Radish and a very spicy mint Chutney, it made your mouth sing with a zing. The owner of the restaurant politely informed us that the Raam Ladoo they served were not the exact ones found in Delhi but had an Australian twist to them encouraging us to try it. The ladoos were served cold with a mint chutney which was a bit on the sweeter side, unlike the version we get in Delhi.  Needless to say, the presentation and the taste was excellent and perfect for the Australian pallet.

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We also ordered a non-vegetarian entree platter which comprised of Lahsooni Jheenga (Garlic prawns), Gilafi Kebab (Mince Lebbab), Murg Tikka (Chicken Tikka)  and Pudhina Chaap (Lamb coated with mint), served with mint chutney. Again the presentation was delightful and the food delicious.

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Mains:

We ordered an assortment of different choices for the mains so we could eat a few different things. In the Vegetarian options, we chose “Daal Tadka Delhi Style” which were lentils cooked with Tomatoes and then tempered with Spices and “Baingan Bharta” which is a very typical North Indian style of cooking Grilled Eggplants.

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In the non-vegetarian option, we ordered “Gymkhana Ghost,” which is Goat curry cooked in the Gymkhanas of Delhi and “Macher Jhol,” which is Bengali style, Fish Curry. There were Rice and Naan to mop it all up. The food was hearty and wholesome. We couldn’t get enough of the Gymkhana Ghost with the meat falling off the bone and the spices delicate without being too overwhelming. The Macher Jhol was unlike the Jhols I have eaten below but was creamy and delicious, full of flavors.

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Desserts:

Frankly speaking after eating a full scrumptious meal there was no way we could eat sweets but then who says no to dessert right? Clearly not us. So we ordered “Gulab Jamuns” which were perfect and the freezing and creamy Indian Ice Cream called “Kulfi.” It was a perfect end to a very pleasurable dining experience.

 

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We ate well, drank heartily and shared some fond memories of home that was so far away. In my books, a second visit is definitely on the cards. Don’t you think so?