Fratelli Fresh – Spring Long Brunch

Sophia Loren, an inspiration to spaghetti lovers everywhere!
Sophia Loren, an inspiration to spaghetti lovers everywhere!

Do you ever wonder who wins those Instagram competitions? Are they legit? Does anyone actually win? I certainly did. But it happened, to ME! On Friday I won a +3 adventure to Fratelli Fresh Spring Long Lunch which was on the next day. Normally at least one day of my weekends (generally a Saturday) is booked months in advance with Bottomless Brunch but on this occasion my friend Leanne had cancelled and I was actually free on a Saturday! Fate obviously had other plans in store for me and they included Brunch.

Super windy. making my way to Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour

Toni had already sent me a text. She was half an hour early as she had to make her way down from the Blue Mountains. Always better to be early than late which can cause you to miss valuable drinking time. We met out the front and as we entered we were joined by Josephine who was a BB virgin (well she’d never been to one with me so that’s what I’m calling her!)

Spring long brunch menu

We were shown to a long table. I didn’t realise this was a Fratelli Event, unlike the Fiesta Italiana I had previously written about here. It was a taste of their new spring menu and we were on a large share table. At first that seemed a bit strange. It was not what I was expecting, but several drinks later we all became the best of friends. We quickly sent Ben a Facebook message as the table started to fill up. Ben was lost but soon found his way not too long after and that was how we started our brunch. All three of my friends I had met at different Socialtables and we had remained friends in real life and on assorted social media long after the events were over.

Prosciutto, salami, terrine, gherkins and chicken toasts.

We were seated at a large table with several long charcuterie boards which were to be shared with the whole table. Seriously what was on these boards was more than enough to feed us for brunch by itself. It contained several things I remembered from our previous Fratelli brunch. The delicious terrine with pistachios, spicy salami, prosciutto and gherkins. The chicken toasts were new though and delicious.

All the cheese!

At the other end of the board there was several delicious baby cheeses. Cheddar and a nice soft blue and some other one I didn’t recognise. With delicious bunches of juicy grapes, walnuts, quince paste and some liquid beetroot. There were some strange pea tendrils used as garnish? Most of the table decorations were quite odd but we’ll get back to that later…

Assorted Breads, croissants etc

When there’s a lot of booze at brunch it’s always good to have carbs to soak it up and there was a huge amount of them. Croissants and pan au chocolate. Toast and raisin toast – not to be confused with the olive bread that I almost spread jam on (thanks for the save Josephine) There was also small jars of strawberry and raspberry jam with butter to go with it.

Fruit platter
Espresso Martini – typical breakfast drink

There were 6 cocktails on the list with the option of house wine and craft beers as well. As a group we decided to work our way through the cocktail list from top to bottom starting with this delicious espresso martini. Much like bubbles and juice I’ve always considered the espresso martini to be a breakfast cocktail so we ordered a round.

Shakshuka – the Italian way.

Although this dish has existed in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions, its more recent egg and vegetable-based form originated in the Maghreb region of North Africa (Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) according to Wikipedia. But the chef insisted it was Italian and who was I to disagree? I didn’t care! It was a delicious mix of eggs poached in tomato sauce, chili peppers and garlic spiced with cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and nutmeg. It may not look exciting but it was incredibly tasty.

Saluti. Aperol spritz The perfect compliment to Italian food

There’s a science to ordering Bottomless booze and sometimes you just need to work out the rhythm. Early on we realised once one round of drinks arrived we should order another round immediately and by the time other drink orders at the table had been taken, the cocktails had been made and were ready to be served we were all ready for our next drink.

Gnocchi with goats cheese, pancetta and peas. New on their Spring Menu.

I’ve always loved the decor at Fratelli at Darling Harbour. Its cute assortment of neon signage, tonnes of Aperol and Campari bottles line the shelves behind the bar with cute little vepsa wine racks and desks, clean white lines, cool plants and art make it quite eclectic. As the day wore on they even had live music. A guitarist and singer (not pictured, puffy jackets are just not photogenic!) who crooned quietly in the background while we continued our meal.

Ricotto and Pesto Pizza – love that thin crispy crust

Pizza was served and then it was on to my favorite part of the meal, dessert! We chose from a multitude of desserts from the dessert bar and as brunch drew to a close and last drinks were called things started to get a little silly as they are wont to do after many cocktails.My seatmate Sarah a gorgeous young girl from Dublin fell in love with my handbag and started sashaying around the restaurant with it to the song Supermodel by to Ru Paul. Mia – further down the table – much like the rest of us was bamboozled by the table decorations. Whole zucchinis, capsicums and oranges, why we asked ourselves? Dan was asked by the girls if he would grab their handbags on the way out. When he popped back into the restaurant I suggested he pose with it – here is just one of the 15 or so handbag shots I have of him werking that bag! All in all a fun day was had until…

Suddenly the phone rang. Who could it be? Why it was Ash back from her Spice Girls bottomless brunch and begging us to join her at Untied (see previous blog), so that is what we did! Which is another story entirely!

Stop right now! Thank you very brunch!

📍where ICC Sydney -2/14 Darling Dr Sydney

🌏 www – http://www.fratellifresh.com.au/

☕️🍸🥂🍊🍋🍹🍷🍺 bottomless – multiple cocktails, house wines and beer

💵 how much – one off event. Winner winner chicken dinner. I believe the tickets were around $75 though

🥐🥖🍊🍉🍝🥘 – food – huge amounts of share food included

⌚️ how long – 2 hours

🗓 when – one off event but check for more here or sign up to their newsletter

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Reign

Come, Sydney Royalty!
Let us serve you champagne.
Hold marvellous court here,
late night and each day.
This new Queen is risen,
she’s here to play,
with nibbles and tipples,
cocktails and champagne.

Come with your courtiers, you’ll want to stay,
play by your own rules, for you are in Reign.

Reign entrance QVB. I’ve always loved those tiles.

Reign champagne parlour and bar opened on the 15th of March. It’s located on level 1 in the QVB and is a far cry from the ABC store it replaced. On the 4th of July they started offering weekend Bottomless Brunch. Everyone was asking if I’d heard of it and when I’d be going. So I set a date, grabbed the crew and off we went.

I was the first to arrive admiring the deco inspired furnishings. I sat down and was offered water while I created a quick insta story (I’m definitely getting better at those!) Marion and Wendy weren’t far behind and just as I went to Facebook message them Kat and Ben arrived. We were ready to begin.

I love beautiful cutlery and flatware and I was a bit obsessed by this coaster

There are 3 bottomless options at Reign and the whole table has to decide on 1 option for everyone. Prosecco (which is what we went with) was $85. Sparkling Rosé (I’ve never been a fan of pink bubbles) was $105 and GH Mumm (the French) was a little out of my price range at $150. I’d definitely pay this much for a special occasion but when I’m bottomless brunching every weekend I try not to break the bank. We were also offered small carafes of orange and peach juice so we could make our own Bellinis or Mimosas. This is how we began our 11am sitting at Reign.

Prosecco and Juice. Basically a healthy breakfast beverage

I learnt last weekend that Marion is a vegetarian. But that was at Puntino Trattoria and my memory wasn’t the only thing that went missing that day! She quickly reminded me and our waitress was more than happy to accomodate our request.

Soy linseed toast, crushed avocado, poached eggs, wakame

All courses were served on share platters and we were all starving so we helped ourselves. The first course was a perfectly poached egg with crushed avocado (no smashing at Reign!) and wakame. It was served on crisp soy linseed toast. I’ve sometimes found on shared platters toast can get cold or end up soggy from the avocado but that was definitely not the case with this delicious morsel.

Duck liver mousse served with chive crumpets

Whenever I have anything pâté like I compare it to my friend Peters pâté, which he is famous for. Most things don’t measure up to his of course but this mousse was a closer 2nd than anything I’d had before. Rich and creamy it spread beautifully on these small, warm house made crumpets. There weren’t enough crumpets to finish off this delicious duck mousse but when we asked our lovely waitress she immediately bought us another plate.

Beetroot, dill and some sort of yogurt. I should probably pay more attention to the vegetarian options.

The vegetarian option looked beautiful. Also to be eaten with warm crumpets. Thinly slice baby beetroot, dill, yogurt and Spanish onions which Marion assured me was delicious.

Ben (great mani!) got the only arch window glass, which coincidentally was my favourite window on play school.

After a while we decided to switch to juiceless Prosecco. Our amazing waitresses Ariana and Siobhan made sure our glasses were never empty. We were all very jealous Ben got the “special” glass. Maybe this one is just for the boys?

Pork fried rice with king brown mushroom, pea shoot and cured egg

Next course was pork fried rice. All the food was amazing. Marion’s of course was served sans pork. One day I’ll learn to do decent egg porn. I broke up this gooey egg and stirred it through the rice. It wasn’t so pretty then but it was super tasty.

Reign – Queen – Respect – Aretha

Flipping over the Queen coaster we found a fabulous quote from the Aretha Franklin song RESPECT. My respect for these cool coasters grew.

Donuts, honey, yoghurt, cinnamon, star anise and pistachio

The Prosecco flowed and the final course was bought out. These light as air mouth watering cinnamon donuts were oh so tasty. Served with yogurt and drizzled with honey. The flowers were very pretty but not exactly tasty. Something I know my friend Simon Food Favourites hates!

I love a big ice buckets and I cannot lie

As the last glass of Prosecco was drank I reflected on the differences between this brunch and the previous weeks (mainly that I still had my handbag!) I love the QVB, the architecture, the tiles, but also the stores and Reign makes a fine addition to its mixture of cafes and restaurants.

Queen 👸🏻

Rain. Feel it on my finger tips, hear it on my window pane.

Just call me the Queen (Ma)Donna of bottomless brunch. 😜

📍 where – QVB level 1 – 355 George St Sydney

🌏 www – https://www.reignatqvb.com.au

🥂🍷🍾🍊🍑 bottomless – Prosecco, sparkling rosé or GH Mumm with mimosa and bellini mix on request

💵 how much – $85 Prosecco, $105 sparkling rosé, $150 for Mumm

🍳🍛 food – 4 course shared feast

⌚️ how long – 2 hours

🗓 when – Weekends only – 11.30am and 1.30pm sittings

💳 credit card required for booking

Puntino Trattoria

When I first started researching Bottomless Brunches for my Blog I came across one that ticked multiple boxes for me. A) Bottomless brunch (natch!) B) Bingo – which is how I’d fed myself all though my 20’s and C) Drag – I mean what could be more entertaining than a drag queen calling bingo? Unfortunately when I contacted the restaurant they informed me that BBDB (Bottomless Brunch Drag Bingo) was on hiatus until they found some more performers and another DJ. Sadly I put it on my to do list and waited for them to contact me with details about when it would start up again. Fast forward several weeks and my friend Kelly sent me an Eventbrite link. Super excited I created my first BBB (Bottomless Brunch Blog) Facebook event asking everyone to save the date for what I was sure would should would be a super fun time.

Eyebrows on point – this was my first Bottomless Brunch with my friend Ian.

It was a bright sunny Sunday as I wandered down Crown St unprepared for the scorching heat in my little black dress and jacket. Girls running around in sundresses, boys in shorts and flip flops. I ran into Geoff out the front of the restaurant and we entered together. The first ones to arrive on our table of 13. We were greeted at the door by our Bingo Caller who I was later informed was called Millennia – the best worst drag queen in Sydney. She was fabulous (of course!) and said any photography had to be shot A) at a good angle and B) no close ups.

Alice – gives good face

Then everyone started to arrive. Alice, as you may remember from the Fratelli Fresh Bottomless was shockingly early (miracles do happen!) Joseph & Jack arrived next with hugs and kisses all round. I was like a bloody Jack in the Box. Ian, Sharni and Nathan arrived not long after, with Kelly and Danielle wandering in next followed by Marion, Debbie & finally Dee – our one non drinker. We started with small carafes of prosecco and juice. I’m unsure if you can call anything that isn’t peach juice a Bellini so I’ll just call it what it was. Assorted flavours of Orange (Mimosas), Passionfruit, Strawberry and Peach (Bellinis) also for the non drinkers they offer soft drinks, orange juice and sparkling water. Alice asked when the food would be out as drinking on an empty stomach is a bad way to start brunch and I generally don’t eat prior.

Share platters

After several carafes of prosecco and juice the food arrived and we pounced on it like a swarm of locusts. I didn’t mind the food but some people were a bit disturbed by the creaminess of the eggs. The share platter included scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms, kale, Italian sausage meatballs, tomato, toast, hash browns and rock melon. On the website it said it also included jam, baked ricotta and pancakes. There was definitely something cakey on the plate but it tasted more like banana bread to me. Plus side when we were still hungry they bought out a few more platters and when we asked for sweets they also bought out a plate of little cakes. Big thanks to our fantastic waitress Chiara who looked after us and made sure none of us left hungry.

DJ and Dobber hander outerer

But of course we weren’t just there for the Bottomless booze we were there to play Bingo. We were informed there was only one game of bingo to be played (a little disappointing) and one whole card needed to be filled to win. Our DJ handed out the dobbers or dabbers or markers or whatever you call them along with our Bingo Cards. We were in it to win it. Who knew what the prize would be? Who cared? Another round of prosecco and juice was ordered while some of the boys moved on to beer.

Bingo card – unfortunately this was NOT the winning card.

Strangely pre bingo – post a lot of prosecco everyone got a bit shy and hid behind assorted fans and bingo cards. The camera was too close or so they said. There are other photos of them not hiding but it’s probably for the best you don’t see those. Alice let me take this great action shot though of the bacon that helped soak up the prosecco. Mmmmm bacon.

Mmmmm Bacon

As you can imagine it was quite loud. Lots of prosecco had been consumed so it was probably for the best that we only had one game to play and one card to fill. Millenia requested a bit of hush so we could get the bingo done. Bingo was called and no one on my table had won. We were all a bit sad but a bit more prosecco helped and as the DJ took requests everyone started to dance.

disappointing result still 4 numbers left when someone called bingo. Not a winner no chicken dinner
Sunglasses swap – Joseph and I

It all gets a bit blurry after that. I got home and realised I had nothing with me! Where was my keys? My purse? My phone? I wandered over to a nearby friends place who keeps a spare set of my keys in case of emergencies, thank god! The find my iPhone app found my phone in Greenwich where I assumed my friend Kelly had popped it into her bag. I took some panadol and went to bed. As fun as this bottomless had been I’m not sure I’d want to go to another one on a Sunday without having the day off on Monday because I felt like absolute rat shit the next day! LOL Lesson learnt.

📍 where – 41 Crown St Wolloomooloo

🌏 www – http://www.puntino.com.au

🍻🥂🍑🍊🍓 bottomless – Bellinis, mimosas, Prosecco and juice, beer, OJ, soft drinks and sparkling water

💵 how much – $64.39 inc BF pay in advance

🍳🥓🥪 food – shared platter

⌚️ how long – 2 hours

🗓 when – the last Sunday of every month

🎭 entertainment

Bopp and Tone

I’d never heard of Bopp & Tone before I started researching for this blog. I booked a table well in advance (3 months to be precise) as they offered Bottomless Perrier Jouet. This is my friend Patricks favorite tiple and he’s always impossibly busy and notoriously hard to pin down. Their bottomless is on every week, however their Soul Saturday in only on once a month and that was what I was interested in. Since then I have followed Bopp & Tone on Instagram, drooling over delicious pictures of their food and decor. Located on Carrington St a short 5 minute walk from Wynyard and a brisk 40 minute walk from my door.

Bopp & Tone present Soul Saturdays. This image is not indicative of the Soul Singers

We booked for midday. I generally skip breakfast on bottomless brunch days and like to make as early a start as possible. Of course Ashley (as always) was early even though she said she might be a bit late and was perusing the menu with her girlfriend Kaylah. Patrick & Christine arrived not long after and we all settled in for another fabulous brunch. The first thing I noticed apart being the only people there at the time, was the fantastic decor. The rich wood and the gorgeous deco lighting, the cute wall sconces and a multitude of ball chandeliers. There were small cushioned booths which made it feel cosy, while large floor to ceiling windows let in streams of warm winter sunshine.

The menu is a set 6 courses to share and there are 3 drink options. For $ 88.00 you can have 2 hours or unlimited prosecco (which was delicious and what we decided to go with) or you could have bellinis with peach juice (which Ash opted for a bit later) or you could up the anti and pay $ 150.00 for the bottomless Perrier Jouet (which is why I originally invited Patrick knowing his love for it.) As Patrick had just gotten back from NYC (for work of course) he also decided to go with the prosecco. I might have forgotten to remind him he had options but I am sure his wallet is thanking me today! The waitresses were very attentive and rarely did we have to beckon anyone over for a refill as they topped up our glasses regularly before they were even empty.

As I previously said I’d been insta stalking Bopp & Tone for several months before we showed up for our brunch and had been drooling over pictures of their food for what seemed like ages! The food did not disappoint. Not only was it delicious it was plentiful. There’s no way you’ll be leaving this brunch hungry. Unfortunately there is no pictorial evidence of the bread that was served warm in the basket with a small bowl of olive oil but we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Good bread is just so damn yummy! Next out were bite sized buffalo mozzarella with wild thyme honey served with smoked salmon fritters and ricotta salad. The cheese was just the right amount of savory and sweet. The salmon fritters melt in your mouth and the prosecco just kept flowing.

Set up for Soul Saturday’s

As we all animatedly chatted away we wondered, where was the Soul?? There had been a bit of background music for the last half an hour which was perfect and allowed us to chat and catch up, but as yet there was no live music. That’s when four guys walked in and started setting up. All four had mics, there were 2 electric guitars, a keyboard and a drum machine, at least I think it was a drum machine. Later it made sounds like tubular bells! Not long after that they wandered off and we called the waitress over to ask when the live music would actually start. Here’s a tip and something I would have liked to have known prior to my 12pm booking. Live music doesn’t start until 1pm! The drinks are free flowing for 2 hours, the sitting is for 2.5 hours and the live music doesn’t start until 1pm. If I’d know this in advance I definitely would have booked a later sitting.

Bopp & Tones signature spatchcock was plump and juicy. Seasoned with smoky paprika, oregano and chilli, served with organic yogurt and activated charcoal, none of that inactive charcoal for us 😜 It was served with fried cauliflower with paprika, dukkha, yogurt and mint. It reminded me a bit of the bottomless brunch we had at Nomad where we also had spatchcock and cauliflower. An hour had passed and it was finally time for the live music!

I can see clearly now Lorraine (er I mean THE Rain) has gone. The Ben Sekali Trio – or is that quartet?

The band were great, although they were set up behind a big banquette which I thought was a bit odd. It’s obviously something that is there all the time but it would have been great if they could have been in front of it instead. It made it difficult to get photos of them without getting up and being super obvious about it in front of the whole restaurant. We were right in front of them but with the banquette blocking the view of them from the waist down it was a bit tricky so here’s one I quickly snapped from the side on my way to the loo. The music was soft and croony and we were still able to chat as we enjoyed the remainder of our brunch.

Char grilled rib eye on the bone

The rib eye was medium rare and served cooked to perfection, the broccolini tender and not overcooked, the potatoes were crisp on the outside and fluffy in the inside. The band took a quick break while we discussed the gorgeous flatware, asked for a toothpick and struggled through what is now known as toothpickgate (don’t ask!) Dessert was not included on the set sharing menu but I needed something sweet and as the waitress took away our plates I ordered us a peanut nougat crunch with 5 spoons. It was so good Patrick & Christine ordered 3 more to take home.

Peanut nougat crunch with chewy caramel

Last drinks were called (twice) and then Ash decided she needed an espresso martini for the road. Not to let her drink alone (that would be impolite) we ordered a round for the table. As Ash and Kaylah got ready to depart for their bottomless pizza and craft beer experience (again, don’t ask lol) the band returned. The music was much louder. People got up to dance and Patrick, Christine and I adjourned to the terrace where we continued to sip our martinis and enjoy the music through the closed glass doors in the warm winter sun.

Espresso Martini

Patrick & Christine called an uber and I wandered home with a smile on my face and a spring in my step until I went to the bank, withdrew fifty dollars and promptly lost it! But that’s another story. Here’s to the ladies who brunch. 🥂

📍 where – 60 Carrington St Sydney

🌏 www – https://boppandtone.com.au/

🥂🍾 bottomless – Prosecco, bellinis or upgrade to Perrier Jouet

💵 how much – $88 Prosecco $150 Perrier Jouet

🥩🥗 food – 6 course set menu

⌚️ how long – 2 hours

🗓 when – Soul Saturday’s once a month from 12pm (suggest 1pm booking) or Bottomless long brunch every Saturday.

🎭 entertainment

📚 booking – must have minimum 4 people

In search of the best Bottomless Brunch in Sydney

Untied

You may remember a few weeks ago I had booked to go to Untied for Brunch with Soul. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control (non cocktail drinkers) I had to postpone that brunch and headed to Nomad instead. Fast forward a few weeks and I thought I’d invite my friend Aishlinn to join me when I re booked at Untied. Aishlinn is a pescatarian with a vegetarian partner (at the time I mistakenly thought he was vegan) and Untied offers vegan and vegetarian options as part of their bottomless brunch. Chris is also a music teacher so I thought a bit of soul would be a perfect fit. Not long after I was hosting a tour of the Brix Distillery with the Darlo Darlings and was speaking to my friend Danielle about her joining me for a Bottomless Brunch. She’d just made a new friend on the tour who we later went out to dinner with and I invited them both to join me for brunch with soul as Ali was also a vegetarian. In the end it turned out to be just the three of us. Chris had a conference, Rohan who we invited later was sick and Ali had ghosted us – wtf?

Take the elevator – it’s a long way up to Level 4

I arrived slightly late so the girls were there before me. I got a bit lost until I looked up and saw the word Untied on the side of a building with a steep staircase next to it. It was a long way up and I probably should have taken the elevator but I decided I could use the exercise and made the trek up the stairs. When I arrived both girls were chatting animatedly and had already been served their first beverage. It was a bright, sunny winters day and we were sitting in the glaring sun. I got up and asked if we could be moved to a slightly less sunny seat – sighting that while I was not a vampire I didn’t want to melt. We also realised the heaters above us were switched on and once they were turned off we were all a lot more comfortable.

I chatted with the girls trying to catch anyones attention so I could grab my first beverage. I waited and waited and finally got up to ask if I could order a drink. This became an on going problem for our table and we soon learn to order 2 drinks each from the waiter or waitress as they were passing and eventually one of them would arrive. What can I say? It was a learning experience. The offering at Untied is a set menu with a range of four cocktails as part of the bottomless so we ordered one of everything. The things I do for you dear reader! It was hard to choose between the Sloe Death & The Elderflower Bisou as a favorite. We did try the Rogue Rose Spritz early on but it was a bit tart with the Rouge Vermouth and lemon and of course we’ve all had an Aperol Spritz before.

The first and favorite drink of the day was the Elderflower Bisou
Toast with butter and jam. Not exactly served hot but the jam was delicious and the serving plentiful.

But of course we weren’t just there for the drinks or the toast, we had also come for the soul and it did not disappoint. At first it was a bit shocking. We’d been trying to chat and suddenly we had a saxophonist playing right behind us. The group consisted of three singers with microphones, a backing track and of course our live sax player. After a few drinks everyone started to get into it clapping along and singing to songs like Price Tag by Jessie J.

Sax man

When the yogurt came out I was surprised at the tiny serving. Nevertheless it was pretty tasty. On our booking we had originally said 3 x carnivores, 1 x pescatarian and 1 x vegetarian. We were now two carnivores and one pescatarian. I asked the girls if they had advised our waiter and they assured me they had although they weren’t 100% sure he had understood what they were talking about as English was obviously his second language. This was proven when the next course came out, mini croissants with ham and cheese. We mentioned this to the manager Simone who whisked it away (shame Danielle and I wanted to split that!) and a new one was bought back sans ham.

Next out was the eggs bendedict. with crispy fried chicken, egg, baby spinach and some spicy hollandaise. Sadly the vegetarian option was not as tasty and Aishlinn had egg envy. Maybe she’d been give the vegan option as not only was she missing an egg she also didn’t get the delicious spicy hollandaise that we were enjoying.

Nduja Eggs Benedict – so good I could have had two!
Our waitress Coz – no pictures please!

The singers did 2 more sets about 20 minutes each which was perfect timing and they were excellent. Engaging all of us, roaming around the tables, singing to the crowd, perching on chairs and dancing on tables. I really enjoyed the music and as the drinks flowed mics were put into peoples hands as the crowd sang along. In between sets there was background music which could have been just that little bit quieter so that everyone could have chatted comfortably without raising their voices as much. This was my first visit to Untied and I really love it as a venue. I must come back and see what it’s like at night.

Having the live sax was a bonus and definitely added to the atmosphere.
All the singers worked well together and they were obviously having fun.

Served in between the final course was Watermelon & Mint Kombucha. I’d never tried kombuncha before and after this experience I probably never will again. I could feel my face scrunching up in horror as I shot it down. I can definitely say I am NOT a fan! Luckily it was followed up with warm beignets. Commonly served at breakfast in New Orleans I had wondered what they were like ever since I saw the beignet van on the TV series Once Upon a Time. Deep fried choux pastry served with praline cream. Absolutely delicious.

Beignets covered in icing sugar and served warm with praline cream.

As the brunch came to and end and last drinks were called (twice) we settled up the bill and made our way (sensibly) to the elevator. As much as I enjoyed the music I did leave Untied feeling a bit unsatisfied and as I wandered home via Darling Square I found a newly opened Gelato Messina that didn’t have a queue and the problem was solved.

📍 where – level 4, 400 Barangaroo Ave Barangaroo

🌏 www – https://untiedsydney.com.au/

🍹 bottomless – choice of 4 cocktails

💵 how much – $65

🥐🥯 food – set menu with soul

⌚️ how long – 2 hours

🗓 where – Saturday 1pm and 4pm

🎭 entertainment

📚 booking – must give credit card details

Brick Lane

I was surprised when I started researching for this blog just how many and varied bottomless brunches were available. Different cuisines, different drinks, different options. Brick Lane is pretty much one of a kind. A bottomless Indian that has something for everyone. I invited 5 friends and made a booking. Brunches for me are normally booked many weeks in advance. I need to know where, when, how much and with whom. Over the weeks I casually mentioned Brick Lane at several brunches. You might recognise these names from such brunches as Fratelli Fresh – Liza & Mo (her then chauffeur for the day), Bloody Marys – Dee & Joseph, Nomad – Mel & Phil (the wine/beer drinkers), Casoni – Pixie – Agent to the Stars, (who then cancelled on me at Carbon Mexican) and our brunch newcomers were Tempest, Mal and Alison. All together we made up a table of 11, my biggest brunch to date.

bottomlessbrunch.home

Brick lane – Stanley St

The first thing I noticed when I entered was the fabulous street art on the walls. I have always loved street art and have taken many walks throughout Sydney and the surrounding suburbs wandering down lanes and small side streets to photograph it. The original Brick Lane in London (as I learnt later during brunch, thanks Phil) is famous for its street art and features such artists as Banksy, D*Face and Ben Eine. I must find out more about this artist because the images were super cool and fitted in perfectly with the vibe of the restaurant.

Table for 11 – awaiting my fellow brunchers

The offering at Brick Lane is great value for money. Our group were more than eight so we were obliged to “pimp our feast” for an extra $10. Let me tell you whatever your group size this is definitely worth doing! For $55 you get 8 courses and bottomless Pinot Gris, Shiraz or beer. For an extra $10 you get a “cocktail to get this party started” and also add another 2 beverages to your bottomless package, Rosé or French Champagne! Not only that but there are also an additional 3 dishes. Why wouldn’t you?

$55 Feast or better yet – Pimp that feast for an extra $10 per person

If you’ve read the menu above and the menu cover below you will see that this is not your standard Indian fare. From the food to the cocktails, this is twisted Indian, a fusion if you will. Something a bit different to the Rogan Josh & Butter Chickens seen on most Indian menus.

Twisted – just the way I like it.

We started with poppadoms. Pretty traditional right? But when served with house made pickles and relish you could see we were on a journey to something different. Next out came the tandoori chicken spring rolls, one of our 3 additional dishes from “pimp my feast”. Tandoori or butter chicken are my favorites and though it was fabulous to feast and try a little bit of everything, I did like the twist on one of my faves served in a crispy spring roll pastry. The beef croquettes were delicious and served with a tangy tomato chutney

Chat was had as everyone got to know each other. These were friends from different parts of my life. Some had met, others had not. As the drinks flowed so did the conversation. The service was excellent as hands were waved in the air and the next beverage was delivered. Occasionally I had to ask if people needed drinks. Conversation sometimes got so animated that you forgot you had an empty glass and no glass should ever be empty at a Bottomless.

Service with a smile – the hostess with the mostess! Kiren one of the co-founders looked after our every need.

Next out were the Momos, spiced cabbage and potato dumplings. I reminded the table that the camera eats first (it doesn’t take me long to snap a few shots) but sometimes that rule goes unheard. I went to snap a pic of these momos, turned around and said “oy where’s my dumpling?” Pixie had the entire dumpling inside his mouth on a fork, took it out and offered it to me with a guilty look. He liked them so much he had forgotten there was only one serve per person. Obviously this is the best way to get Pixie to eat his veggies! He whispered “that won’t go in the blog will it?” You bet your sweet ass it will! At least I left out Trinity eh Pix? 😉

Momos – spiced cabbage and potato dumplings.

Out came the veggie balls in Marsala sauce with parmesan cheese reminiscent of an Italian dish. The crunchy tempura prawns were served on a betel leaf. Tempura which is something I normally associate with Japanese food and betel leaf which I’ve only ever had in Thai food was a big hit. Phil regaled us with stories of Brick Lane in London. I had never heard of it (and I cheated and did a little bit of research after and learnt about the street art) and was told it was once the Curry Capital of Britain and is obviously how this Brick Lane got it’s name. Curry was served and the beer and beverages continued to flow.

As dessert was bought some of us opted for a post feast happy hour espresso martini. Unfortunately with such a large group I personally didn’t get to catch up one on one as much as I like to. I think I’ll stick to smaller groups from now on (except for Drag Bingo Bottomless Brunch of course!) As we staggered into the sunset hugs and kisses were given and farewells were made, except for those of us who opted for Margaritas around the corner, but that’s another story!

📍 where – 75 Stanley St Darlinghurst

🌏 www – https://www.brick-lane.com.au/

🍷🥂🍾🍻🍸 bottomless – Shiraz, Pinot Gris & beer or for an additional $10 pimping add rosé and French champagne

💵 how much – $55 or pimp your feast for an additional $10

🥘🍛🍤🥟 food – Indian with a twist – 8 course set menu or additional 3 dishes when pimping

⌚️How long – 1.5 hours

🗓 when – 5.30 – 10pm Tuesday – Saturday or 12 – 3pm Friday & Saturday

Carbon Mexican

I had been looking forward to this bottomless brunch for quite some time. When I was at Casoni with my partner in crime Pixie he asked where and when our next one would be. Surely nothing could be better than bottomless margaritas and tacos, so I booked it on the spot. Fast forward to a couple of weeks before our fiesta and Pixie (agent to the stars) regretfully tells me he can’t make it as he has to fly down to Melbourne for an opening night #anotheropeningofanothershow. What was I to do? I contacted my new friend Kat from the Darlo Darlings and she was in like Flynn! Margaritas are her favourite 🍸Fast forward another week and her friend Ben who I met at Socialtable is inviting me to a bottomless brunch with Kat and him on the same day we were going to Carbon! I advised him Kat and I were already going to brunch but asked if he would care to join us. That is how we became a threesome, the terrible trio!

Carbon Mexican

Bondi is a little out of my comfort zone. I wasn’t even sure how to get there without a car. Bus? Train? Uber? On Friday when I popped in to The National art school to see my friend Danielle she suggested I walk. It was 1.5 hours from home and it seemed like a good way to get my 10k steps done and to pre walk off brunch.

Bottomless tacos and margaritas. Could life get any better?

I had my doubts about somewhere offering bottomless margaritas. Would they be watered down? Would they use margarita mix? Would it be frozen, weak and in an icy machine? My fears were unfounded. The margaritas were made in a blender and then put into a jug for service. When I say bottomless it was truly bottomless! I never saw the bottom of my glass for 2 hours as it was repeatedly topped up.

If you refill a margarita before it’s empty it’s still counts as one glass. #funfacts
Service with a smile

We decided to let the waiter bring us tacos until we said stop. Why make a decision when it can be made for you? No way José! #funfact also our waiters name, thank you José.

Drinks flowed and it started to get a bit loose. Kat regaled is with tales of her Tindr experiences. When asked for a #funfact by prospective beau she replied, did you know that a female ferret will die if she doesn’t have sex for a year? Who knew! Where did she learn these fun facts from??

It was at this stage we probably should have started having a bit more of the H2O
I love a bar with hooks for handbags. Why isn’t this everywhere?

You may ask how many tacos can one person eat while imbibing multiple margaritas. For Kat it was 3 for Ben and myself it was about 5. I really feel like we should have tried to eat a few more tacos and had several more litres of water. Definitely a tip for next time.

The decor at Carbon Mexican is fabulous too. With chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, great prints on the walls and fantastic neon. It’s those cute touches that make it warm and inviting.

Tag us #carbonmexican

Things start to get a bit hazy after that. One of those how did I get home, tracking what you did based on the photos on your phone. Apparently we did tequila shots?

Did we order tequila shots shots to round off our bottomless? Hell yeah we did!

A quick day after recap. I woke up with a grazed knee and a sprained ankle. Kat went on a tindr date and fell asleep during it. Ben ended up at The Courthouse until 2am. All in all I’d say it was a successful brunch, apart from those last little mishaps and mayhem. At least no one lost an eye. Tequila! Arriba, abajo, al centro y adentro.

📍where – 286 – 288 Bondi Rd Bondi

🌏 www – http://www.carbonmexican.com.au/

🍸🌮 bottomless – margaritas and tacos

💵 how much – $75

🌮 food – bottomless tacos

⌚️ how long – 2 hours

🗓 when – Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5pm