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Eveleigh Farmers’ Market – Come taste the seasons

Eveleigh Farmers' Market
Eveleigh Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday morning from 10am – 1pm, there is a farmers’ and artisan food producers’ market in Eveleigh right outside Carriageworks. We were there to see the 19th Biennale of Sydney exhibition inside Carriageworks, but right outside was this bustling market! Already lots of people were heading off for the rest of their weekend with their fruits and vegies and other random goods.

To get here, there is some free parking (a 5 minute walk away in the residential areas), but they also run a FREE shuttle bus between the markets, Redfern train station and Eskineville . See their website for details.

Market visitor
Market visitor

Many people just walk here. Like this dog.

We took some snaps of this cute little chap, before his owner came over and we ran away.

Eveleigh Farmers’ Market is a very dog friendly market – tons of people were towing their dogs along (and children). The website even has a K9 code for bringing your four-legged friend to the markets.

Still busy at 12
Still busy at 12

This market features 70+ stalls operated by local and regional NSW and ACT farmers and artisan food producers. What are artisan food producers? I guess it’s like the people who hand-make food – like jams (see this guy in the bottom left of the photo), bread (Sonoma had a stall but were packed up already), milk, cookies and…even dog biscuits.

Carrots
Carrots

Check out these super round carrots! They almost look like potatoes.

The focus of the Eveleigh Markets is on buying fresh, seasonal, local produce. This is not only for people shopping for their groceries, but restaurants as well. There’s many benefits not only in terms of quality (fresh), quality (seasonal, organic, biodynamic – I’m not sure what that means…), but also the good karma that comes from supporting the local Aussie farmers and reducing one’s “food miles”.

Fresh cordial
Fresh cordial

While you’re here, sample a drink or buy a bottle!

Lunch stalls
Lunch stalls

There’s a number of venues serving lunch foods too. Unfortunately we’d already eaten brunch at St Jude, so we could only eat with our eyes.

Flats
Flats

But we fit in a free sample of these “flats”. It makes me think of ballet flats (shoes), but this is basically flattened fruits/vegetable mixes – kind of like a chip.

Steamers
Steamers

You can also get Asian foods. Check out this stacked steamer.

Bread
Bread

It’s too bad the Sonoma stall is already closed for the day, but there’s plenty of other bakeries set up in the hall.

What I like about the Eveleigh market is how open it is. The place is undercover, but essentially open on three of the four possible walls. It’s a lot less dank that the wet markets in Flemington and Market City.

Having a rest
Having a rest

Here’s one final photo of a beagle, taking a rest while the family eats their lunch.

What else is around:

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St Jude, Surry Hills – Redfern

Where is St Jude?

St Jude
St Jude

At number 728 Bourke Street, Redfern / Surry Hills!

St Jude

  • Call: 02 9310 3523
  • Open: daily from 7am – 3pm (according to TimeOut Sydney)

St Jude doesn’t have a website, so there’s hardly any info online – this just means you have to go there yourself to check it out!

Corner
Corner

Sitting on the corner of Bourke and Thurlow Street, St Jude occupies a small little corner with wide open windows and doors. It creates a beautifully lit area for morning brunch.

Also, check out that peeling pastel paint! Very rustic.

Outside the cafe
Outside the cafe

For a table for two on the weekend, the wait is only 5-10 minutes. The tall waiter running around is the same guy who was here last visit (around April 2013). He’s friendly and keeps you frequently informed of how much longer the wait is!

Meat hooks and dolls?
Meat hooks and dolls?

Check out that girl staring at us…

The decor at St Jude is a bit… weird. The wall is lined with (meat?) hooks and shelves of antique framed pictures , ships and…wait for it, porcelain dolls! Yes, some might find it creepy. But thank goodness, St Jude has plenty of open windows to let in light. I can only imagine (with fear) what this place would look like at night!

Flat white
Flat white

D2D orders a large flat white with a heart. You can see little bowls of sea salt and dukkah on the table, as well as a jar of sugar.

Communal table
Communal table

Most tables fit 2-4 people, but the center table is a large communal one. Check out the beautiful flowers! You might also notice the geometric lights they have….

Sweet corn & pumpkin fritters w/ avocado cream, soft poached egg and spinach - $14.50
Sweet corn & pumpkin fritters w/ avocado cream, soft poached egg, hollandaise and spinach – $14.50

The food comes out pretty quickly at St Jude.

Here is my sweet corn and pumpkin fritters! You get three, plus a poached egg and a spinach salad on the side. A pretty good deal for $14.50.

Avocado smash w/ salsa, spinach and fetav - $14.50
Avocado smash w/ salsa, spinach and feta – $14.50

D2D’s avocado smash comes with some bread (hidden in the picture) and is a delicious combination of flavours. I am surprised that, for once, he doesn’t get something with eggs.

A photo peeking through the window
A photo peeking through the window
Front counter
Front counter

At the front counter, they also have a selection of cakes and muffins…and antique gadgets like scales and magnifying glasses! This really feels a bit steampunk. Can you also spot the coconut and straw just there on the counter? I wonder what that is…

Gnome
Gnome

What else is around?

Since St Jude is at the southern end of Bourke Street, it’s a short walk to the Dank Street neighbourhood and other great Redfern eats.

You can also check out Moore Park if you continue down Thurlow Street, and head into the Moore Park Driving Range and the nearby Moore Park Showground.

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House of Crabs, Surry Hills

On Thursday night, we caught up with JC and decided to try out House of Crabs. We’d read and heard about it for a while, and decided it was TIME.

In that fuzzy area between Surry Hills and Redfern, is the Norfolk Hotel. It’s a pretty big bar/pub, so you’ll no doubt have passed by it if you’ve walked around that area. But kind of hidden above the Hotel is:

House of Crabs

  • Web: http://houseofcrabs.com.au/
  • Address: Level 1, 305 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills/Redfern
  • Open: Mon-Thu, Sat (6pm to late), Fri (12-3pm, 6pm-late), Sun (12-9pm)
  • Bookings: yes, you should, online via Dimmi and earn points
  • Average price: $40 pp
Crabs here please!
Crabs here please!

Is it difficult to find? Yes, a bit.

The trick is to go inside the main bar area of the Norfolk Hotel (HOC doesn’t have a separate entrance), and on the left there is a set of stairs with this big glowing CRABS sign. D2D took a pretty cool photo of it.

Once at HOC, the decor is a complete transformation into a world between island tropical to Little Mermaid – kind of kitsch but very cool. We’re greeted and seated straight away at a corner booth which has cushy vinyl. Very relaxing and lots of room to put our bags down.

Under the sea!
Under the sea!

YES, you should book. Really, it’s puzzling how people don’t think to book, then they complain about having to wait 2 hours for a table. This place is pretty busy on a Thursday night! And the online booking system is via Dimmi, which is great because you earn points towards a free meal!

Dining times are limited to 2 hours, which is quite reasonable even with all the mess and shell cracking work that you have to do.

Our hosts

The staff here are super friendly! Our host gives us HOC newbies a run down of the menu (which you can peruse online).

Essentially, there’s 5 types of seafood (500g serving size) for boil, which you choose the sauce (cajun, mexican, oriental, lemon/pepper). These are served in a big bag.

This is the fun part. They really encourage you to share and tip the bags out onto the table, making it a really messy and fun experience! There’s no plates and cutlery is looked down upon. They do offer gloves, but really, doesn’t that just stop you from licking your fingers?

Yep, that’s right – no table manners here please!

Aside from the boils, they have a number of seafood-type snacks, two salads, some sides, some “bigs” (which are plated mains – but really, why not just go to a normal restaurant then…) and only 1 dessert choice.

Free popcorn!
Free popcorn!

We decide our orders and then get dressed with a big bib. There’s a box of free popcorn (peppered and with paprika I think) as nibbles while we wait.

Food time:

But the snacks arrive pretty quickly:

Lobster fries with lobster gravy, bacon and corn - $12
Lobster fries with lobster gravy, bacon and corn – $12

For $12, this is a really big bowl of thin cut fries! There’s a topping of melted cheese, bacon and corn, which is quite nice. But you can’t really taste any lobster flavour. Oh well, a good carb item to add to the seafood to come.

Crab, blackbean and chorizo balls with old bay mayo - $15
Crab, blackbean and chorizo balls with old bay mayo – $15

This was pretty tasty, though again, you can’t really distinguish the crab or chorizo out of the ball. Still really yummy though! It’s served in 6 balls, which divides up easily for the three of us.

Then! Our boil bags arrive!

Three bags - snow crab with cajun, QLD prawns with lemon/pepper and clams with garlic butter (special sauce of the day)
Three bags – snow crab with cajun, QLD prawns with lemon/pepper and clams with garlic butter (special sauce of the day)

So the food comes in these big bags filled with seafood and sauce. They recommend tipping it all out onto the table, but we were a bit worried about the sauce dripping off the table and also mixing with each other. So we opted for just shaking the bags a big to reach inside.

Snow crab - $38
Snow crab – $38

I’ve never had snow crab before. It has very long and chunky legs. I usually don’t like to eat crab legs, because they tend to have little meat for effort to open ratio. However, the snow crabs are big enough that there’s a bit of meat inside! They aren’t claw heavy (not too much meat in the claws), but that actually makes it easier to share. Rather than two people having the most meat (two claws), it’s more evenly distributed and the legs are more plentiful (so easier to share).

Little neck clams - $22
Little neck clams – $22

This is the clam bag with garlic butter sauce. The garlic butter sauce was their special and tastes quite good – I mean, it’s garlic plus butter! The clams, however, were probably our least favourite as there was too much shell (including a few empty shells or un-openable shells).

We don’t have a photo of the prawns, but they were a good size! Like each one is bigger than my finger, and the lemon/pepper sauce was actually my favourite! If you find the first prawn you grab doesn’t have that much sauce, perhaps give the bag another shake. There’s tons of sauce at the bottom.

Near the end, they give you some complimentary bread to soak up the sauce. I always like places with free extras!

House of Crabs
House of Crabs

At the end of our meal, we are super satisfied and the table is super messy with shells and sauce to attest to our big meal! I should also note that they equip you well to eat all your seafood – there’s shell crackers, and prongs, which help to get the meat out of those crab legs.

My bib is also quite dirty with food after, having used it as a napkin to wipe my hands. There was also a moment when I snapped a crab leg and some miscellaneous crab material flew out…

If you want to wash your hands, the bathroom is unisex and a bit small. But they also give you hand towels (plus a neat trick).

All in all, the meal comes to $117 for 3 people – equating to about $40 pp. House of Crabs is definitely a fun place to eat – abandon your table manners and grab a claw! Best for small-medium groups, where you can get an assortment to try.

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Moon Park

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moon park 
redfern
Korean dining with a touch of elegance
entrance is discreet 

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starter
sea urchin on biscuit 
biscuit does well in balancing the strong taste
of sea urchin

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bibim"
a mix (by hand) of
soft and savory rice
seaweed pieces 
corn, shallot(?) 
and korean sweet spicy sauce 

...a tasty dish indeed

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royal chicken:
presented well
finely cut mushroom and ginger infused carrot slices
sauce is refreshing and light but seriously lacking in flavour
extremely lacking in chicken

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fried chick 
as you can guess
royal chicken dish wasn't up to chicken quantity standard 
therefore we order more chicken!
screw healthy royal chicken when you can eat this
fried golden and crisp
with a slight sweet taste 
...heaven

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