Brunch at Bitton

My main reason for being in Sydney was to be a bilingual Mistress of Ceremony at my good friend Yang Yang’s wedding. A week before the big day, while her now-husband Ben was recovering from his bucks’, Yang and I had brunch at her favourite local cafe and bistro, Bitton, where we finally did some much-needed catching-up.

It was a pretty busy morning, but the staff were very efficient, returning to our table several times to take our order—as super regulars (regular supers? Super supers?), Yang and Ben usually order within seconds, while the indecisive little me sat there for quite a while longer, poring over the menu with more intensity than I approach my Shakespearean readings.

Tea itself was a difficult choice, because tea! I went for the Chai High Spice ($4.50), and the aroma itself made me super duper happy. Yang could smell it too, and she ended up getting some herself after her coffee (uh, we were there for quite a while).

Tea, glorious tea!

Tea, glorious tea!

Yang went for an eggs Benedictine with poached eggs, bacon, spinach, potato Rosti, and Hollandaise sauce ($19). This usually comes with smoked salmon, but Yang made a face at smoked salmon (whhhyyyyyy?!), and had bacon with it instead (okay, I forgive you, Yang).

Eggs Benedictine.

Eggs Benedictine.

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Sampling the entire menu at est.

After the somewhat disappointing service at Sepia, I was a little apprehensive about visiting est. with my family the following night for dinner. Have my years in Europebigland raised my fine-dining expectations to ridiculous standards? Are my pseudo-serious lamentations about lack of Australian culture and appreciation for fine things grounded in depressing reality? Or have I just become an unjustified snob, despite my working-class-to-bourgeois upbringing?

But from the moment we were greeted by the maître d’hôtel and led to our table, all those questions and anxieties dissipated. Sepia‘s service must’ve been an exception, because yup, est. definitely knows what they’re doing.

Loving the atmosphere!

Loving the atmosphere!

Since there were four of us and the four courses all had four options, it was the perfect opportunity to sample everything on the menu. Each of us decided on our top choices for each course, and bam! Nomfest! Most of the dishes were solid, with a few standouts, and I’ll be commenting on them in the photo captions, while I’ve nabbed the course descriptions from est.‘s website. Unfortunately, I’m a newb when it comes to low-light photography (and photography in general, come to think of it), so these mightn’t all be aesthetically pleasing–but in this case, please don’t judge est. by my amateur point-and-shooting!


Cocktails

gorgeous george: jameson & chivas whisky, grand marnier, dom benedictine, lemon, bitters, shaken together ($22)

Perfect for a whisky-lover!

Perfect for a whisky-lover!

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