Once again I am late to this weekly post. The best way to sum up this week was work and food. I can see the end of audit busy season in sight but it is still out of reach. I had two late night meals this week and if I’m staying late, I’m going to eat good.
I went to Bar Topa which is this little bar in an alleyway, just by Wynyard Station and the Ivy, that teleports you to amazing tapas and $9 sangrias. It felt so reminiscent of Madrid and walking into a bar with a handful of tapas and cheap beers with an expression of surprised shock. I decided to eat here close to work one night and the croquetas and chicken skewers are to die for. As much as I hate to say it, Merivale establishments are something different – you really aren’t from Sydney if you haven’t been to Totti’s at least once huh?
I also went to Ragazzi which is a restaurant I’ve always wanted to try and was well worth the visit. The restaurant is very tiny and I had to wait 30 minutes for a walk-in on a Tuesday.. and for one may I add. The anchovy toast was amazing. It seems to be a must try dish here but I know anchovies aren’t for everyone. The tuna crudo was beautiful but way too tiny and I had to get a croquette.
The pasta was cavatelli with snails, garlic and parsley. I was tossing up between this or the lamb ragu. The latter is a classic but I wanted to get something unique and I don’t regret this at all. I haven’t had snails since France 2018 and I loved it. It tastes almost like abalone and is known to have this hybrid chicken and fish texture.
Now onto restaurant number 3 baby – Chester White Cured Dinner in Potts Point just before I was due to start a shift. I’ve been here before with friends and there’s this really intimate, laidback feel to this place. The staff and customer service here is so friendly and top-notch. They are known for their pasta that is served from a cheese wheel. I got the truffle cacio e pepe that does not disappoint. This time it was served with chilli oil (I don’t remember it last time). The octopus is really tender and light and complements the heaviness of the pasta dish. I did have to go to work very shortly after. Excuse the airpods in the photo – I had no idea when I took this as I was on the phone – drops the Instagram worthiness by 10 points.
Last but not least, working is not complete without one weekly visit to Shortstop Donuts and the record store. Sydneysiders have one more thing to complain about with the industrial action going on with our train network. Gates have been open at some stations confusing people whether travel is free or not – it’s not. There’s been delays, cancellations and havoc for commuters. It really makes me thankful to have a job where I have the luxury to work from home. However, it’s not a luxury for many people and we shouldn’t be paying the same fare and not be provided the quality of service. It seems like the government wants the unions to cop the blame for all this chaos from commuters but I’m here to tell you that the government needs to get it together and everyone is seeing through your bullshit.