Wok on Inn opened a new restaurant in the Rocks recently and unfortunately I had to miss the launch. But lucky me, Wok on Inn kindly invited me to their Darlinghurst branch to sample a few dishes.
If you were hanging for a great Chinese takeaway would you order from a Chinese restaurant run by an Italian? Italians turned noodles into pasta so why not? I have no beef with Italians, that example just jumped into my head! I make an excellent prawn linguine. If Shaun Presland can be executive chef of Sake and Martin Boetz from Longrain can be touted as the 'golden boy of Thai food', then Chinese couple from Hong Kong can produce outstanding high quality handmade chocolates and excellent coffee, and they do. Katze Ting and her husband Jimmy own and operate Four Friends, a cafe in Crows Nest where you're encouraged to make time to relax and enjoy the sweeter things in life. The name Four Friends is from a Buddhist story about an elephant, monkey, hare and bird setting an example of peace and harmony.
As you enter the cafe on Holtermann St you're greeted by a kaleidoscope of chocolates, macarons, cakes and sweet and savoury pastries. The sweet smell of chocolate is intoxicating. Upstairs you'll fine a calm space with plush armchairs, coffee tables, lots of magazines and even armchairs for the kiddies. It feels like a place where you can relax for a couple of hours, we were there for almost three!
POKLOL is a favourite at the monthly Kirribilli Markets and a couple of Thursdays ago held a POKLOL pop-up party at Cork and Screw located between Phamish and the old Universal site in Darlinghurst. The POKLOL team bring a bit of Vietnamese, Korean, Oz and cheekiness to their fresh banh mi and tossed salads.