Monday .. you have come and gone. Thank goodness! I always have a bout of the monday blues, reminiscing and desperately wishing for the weekend to come back again. I had an extremely pleasant food filled two days, with some of the highlights being dinner at the Victoria Room in Darlinghurst, and a night of making and eating pizza from an outdoor oven, whilst drinking moscato and finishing off with messina. Let’s just say that the diet started today…and will last until Friday. Once the weekend is upon us again, the diet will end =D.
You would obviously assume that I like to eat out, and naturally I like to find new places around Sydney. One of these little gems was discovered a few weeks ago when we stopped in for lunch at Rustic Pearl on Crown St. The menu is a mixture of Turkish, Balkan and Mediterranean food, with the menu offering a wide mix of different flavours and ingredients, setting it apart from your normal cafe.
I see some of the tables near us with these beautiful drinks and I just have to have one. I discover that the rainbow liquid is in fact Turkish Apple Iced Tea with Lemon, Rose, Mint & Cucumber, which reminds me of travelling through Bodrum in the summertime and drinking tea with the locals at night who loved speaking to us about Australia.
Looking for a light lunch we both order a salad from the menu, but we do suss out the other options, with the Gozleme looking like a likely contender for next time. The Char Grilled King Prawn Skewer Salad is served with Grilled Calamari, Orange Segments, Pickled Radish, Olives, Artichokes and Chilli.
I opt for the Char Grilled Pumpkin Salad with Witlof, Chicory, Tomato, Dried Ricotta and Nigella* in a Pickled Garlic and Blood Plum Vinaigrette. Most people would question how good a salad can really be? For me it is one of the best things to eat, I truly am a herbivore at heart. I eat meat and seafood with just as much admiration, but the first thing I miss when travelling or away from Sydney/home is the availability of throwing together a fresh salad or plate of vegetables. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life!
*I wasn’t too sure what Nigella was prior to eating this dish, but have since discovered that it is a spice from Asia. It has a distinct flavour mix between black pepper and cumin. If you look at the photos above or below, the Nigella is the black specks that could easily be passed for pepper.
415 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney.
Ph: 0406 930 083
It is nice to go searching for somewhere new, and come across a place that offers a twist to the Sydney norm. Be sure to check them out next time you are looking for a breakfast/lunch spot in Surry. I will definitely be taking my Turkish friend there soon to enjoy some more Apple Tea and the breakfast menu.
Have a good week xxx