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Angel Place

In a small laneway in the Sydney CBD, hanging birdcages:

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Staying classy, Sydney

Haven’t blogged for a while. Work takes up way too much of my time. Also went back home for a holiday which was long overdue. Had been nearly 18 months since I went home, so I really enjoyed being back, but it was way too short. Took way too many photos and ate way too much good food.

Before I showcase Sydney in all its glory in upcoming posts, here are couple to keep Sydney grounded.

Because nothing says fresh breath better than One Direction toothpaste:

From Classy Sydney
From Classy Sydney

And Sydney has always been a fashion trendsetter. I had heard of leggings and jeggings, but had never heard of treggings. I found myself having to google what the hell they were. Apparently treggings are a portmanteau of trousers and leggings.

From Classy Sydney

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Better beleave it: Tea-Leaf reading with your High Tea

Here is afternoon tea number 4 out of 5 during my 7-day stay in Sydney last year.
This particular venue has on been on my Sydney high tea bucketlist for a very long time. It’s only offered on weekends and the ‘piece de resistance’ here is the tea-leaf reading. I finally got to go there.

From Langham afternoon tea

So on a Sunday afternoon, had a nice mother-daughter high tea at the Langham Hotel, Sydney (formerly the Observatory Hotel). The ‘Mystic Tiffin Afternoon Tea’ includes a tea leaf reading by (you guessed it) a tea leaf reader, as well as your standard 3-tier afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly.

I’ve never had my tea leaves read, but it was interesting enough, if taken with a grain of salt. And you know, I’m a girl, and us girls love this nonsense like horoscopes and tarots etc.
Basically, they brew a pot of tea using big tip leaves. Oolong tea and the like, work best, and then they pour some tea into a teacup, enough for you to drink a few mouthfuls. They then swish the leaves around in the cup and the leaves will stick to the bottom and side of the cup making different shapes and formations from which they “read” about you/your life/future etc. Basically, they interpret these shapes as different symbols and meanings. Yes, it’s a load of hogwash. But I like to indulge in this kind of fortune-telling stuff every now and then. I find interesting it to hear other people’s (ie strangers) perceptions of you. Of course, not a lot of it is true. And a lot of what is said can be quite generic and can generally be shaped/moulded into your life (as well as anyone else’s for that matter).

I recall being told that I’d find love (after having already told me that she thought I was already married!), have kids and all that jazz. At the rate I’m going, I do not foresee any of these things happening (not anytime soon, if at all). She did say my outlook/future was positive and she saw good things (so nothing too worrying). But ultimately, that rests on me. My life is is what I make of it and you can be damn sure that I’m going to do my darnedest to have an awesome life. I also recall the number 2 (concept of “double/couple/twin”) being of significance. Hmmm, not sure what to make of that. Although, last year I did get a double-yolk egg. I love getting double-yolk eggs. There’s something very auspicious about that.

Anyway, it was fun to do a tea leaf reading because I like that sort of thing.

Onto more important things….such as food.

Afternoon tea takes place at the Globe Bar/Lounge inside the hotel.

From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea

This is the table that we were NOT seated at:

From Langham afternoon tea

Nor this table:

From Langham afternoon tea

Nor any of these tables:

From Langham afternoon tea

The food here was nothing too overly gourmet. Standard fare. But I will say the service we received was outstanding. Very genuine, friendly and nice.

From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea

Like I mentioned, the savoury plate was not so gourmet. I reckon schoolkids eat better than this for recess:

From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea

There were a lot of sweets:

From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea

The scones were pretty good. But then Aussie scones are the best.

From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea
From Langham afternoon tea

A high tea with a tea-leaf reading, may not be your cup of tea, but beleave it or not, I thought it was fun and whimsical (in a good way).

Bucketlist swim: Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim Challenge 2013

One needs to work off all these high teas, so I timed one of my trips back home last year with an open water swim race back in Sydney – a mecca for open water swimming, or as we call it “ocean swimming”. It’s pretty big in Ostraya.

Sydney is where I did my first open water swim race back when I was a wee uni student. I went along to a beach race on my own having decided to enter it without ever having done an open water swim ever. I’m not really sure what possessed to try open water swimming given that I didn’t really grow up near the beach.

My first ows race was the Cole Classic – a then-2km swim from North Bondi beach to South Bondi beach (and back?). They have since moved the Cole Classic to a different beach. I’m glad I got to swim the original Cole Classic swim at the iconic Bondi Beach before they changed venues.

One of the things I’m really looking forward to when I come home (on a permanent basis), is all the open water swim races available in Australia. We have quite the ocean swimming scene, and a lot of beaches and races I’d love to swim. So I’ve got that to look forward to.

One of my bucketlist swims has been the Coogee Island Swim Challenge aka the Wedding Cake Island Swim, and I got to tick this off last November. This particular swim is pretty popular. They actually hold it twice – once in November (beginning of Oz summer – the cold water challenge) and again in April (end of Oz summer – the cool water challenge). The difference is degrees.

The last Sunday in November last year was a beautiful sunny clear day. Water temps about 19 degrees, but air temp was in the low 30 degrees.

The race was at Coogee Beach and it’s a 2.4km swim from the beach out and around Wedding Cake Island and back inland. Wedding Cake Island is a rocky reef. The crashing white waves over the top of it makes it look as though it’s icing…hence Wedding Cake Island….I think. It is a challenging swim. Conditions can be tough. And in some previous years, they’ve had to change the course bypassing the Island loop….which kinda defeats the challenge of this swim.

Picturesque Coogee Beach:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

This is a typical Sunday in Sydney:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

From the beach out to Wedding Cake Island, around the island and then back in.

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

A big turn out for this race. About 800 people or so, with wave starts – mixed gender by age group.
Ocean swims in Oz are very different to those in Japan. In Oz, you have to deal with waves and the surf. Most swims in Japan are very flat and tame.

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

2.4km course map (there was also a 1km option as well):

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

Aerial view:

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Here are some pics from the previous wave starts:

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From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

And now for some action:

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From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

It’s a battlefield out there:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

It’s nearly my turn to swim.
Swim essential: Check.

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

I was a little disappointed that the race-issued cap didn’t come with a race-feature logo. They often make a nice memory-sake. I keep all my swim caps from races.

Preparing to swim:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

And my purple wave starts. I’m somewhere in the pack:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

Now, I thought sharks would be my biggest worry because the swim involves going out further past the shark nets. And I have actually done a training swim here and seen a wobbegong shark here at the beach before. I saw this “thing” at the bottom of the water, and it wasn’t until afterwards I was told that “thing” was a shark. Argh freak out. Ignorance is bliss. Kinda glad I didn’t know it was a shark whilst swimming over the top of it.

Turns out on race day, my biggest problem was the gazillions of jellyfish I would be swimming through. Never have I seen so many jellyfish. Gah, my worst nightmare. I was nearly going to pull out of the race because I was not coping. They weren’t the stinging kind, but every hand stroke through the water, you felt them. They gave me the heebie jeebies. They were kinda going in my cosies. And made very sure to keep my mouth closed in the water. There were so many jellyfish that it got to a point where I refused to put my face in the water and basically was swimming freestyle with my head above water.
The majority of the course was jellyfish infested. Just making it to the finish line was going to be an achievement. I was so close to pulling myself out the race. Just mentally was not coping with the smacks upon smacks of jellyfish. (Did you know the collective noun for jellyfish is “smacks”?)

You don’t really ever see the island at any point even though you swim around it. I had been told that one should take a look at the reef island as you swim around, but even then it’s hard to catch a glimpse of. I was too preoccupied with jellyfish.

I felt only a sense of relief, not a sense of accomplishment when I finished this race.

That finish line could not come soon enough. Was so glad to be out of the water:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

About to cross the finish line…hooray:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

Swam terribly slow.
A time of a flat 51 minutes for the 2.4 km swim. So so slow. But glad to have just finished considering this is a race that I was prepared to pull out of. I should add, that my dad also entered this swim. His longest open swim distance race and was only a few minutes behind me time-wise. I need to lift my game! (I came 523rd out of 822 people. Was 134 out of 248 females. And 33rd in age group. Not great stats). Although I am glad to have finished, I can’t even say it was an enjoyable swim really. The jellyfish really bothered, even though no one else there seemed bothered by it all. It was a beautiful day though. The sun was shining, and I survived the swim. So win-win.

It was nice to enjoy the scenery. Bucketlist swim complete. Got a few more up my sleeve though.

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

The best part about finishing is eating.

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

And I have to say, a good ol’ Aussie meat pie beats a Japanese onigiri as a post-race snack anyday!

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

This pie sums up how I felt:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

And a mini sausage roll as well:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

Ahh, beautiful Coogee Beach:

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

Look how clean and clear the water is. You can see Wedding Cake Island to the right of the photo. And to think I swam out there and back!

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

Coogee Island Challenge – complete! Got a heap of merchandise – the hoodie and the towel to commemorate.

From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim
From Coogee Wedding Cake island swim

Madhatters Tea at the Westin, Sydney

Afternoon tea number 2 of 5 during my week in Sydney last year.
The venue: The Westin Hotel located in the GPO building of Martin Place. It’s an architectural historical icon in Sydney, or at least I think it is. It also oozes suits. The interior is fancy!
The lucky dining companion was my older brother. No one in my family escapes being dragged around to high teas with me.

From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea

I really liked the concept of the traditional (heritage-style) contrasted with the new and modern. This is reflected in their menu. There are two high tea menu offerings – the Heritage Afternoon Tea and the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. Why choose one, when you can have both. We opted for one of each so we could each then share and sample both. Yes, all in the name of comparative research.

From Westin afternoon tea

The Heritage Tea option:

From Westin afternoon tea

The Mad Hatter’s option:

From Westin afternoon tea

Champagne:

From Westin afternoon tea

Here they are side by side:

From Westin afternoon tea

Portions are somewhat on the smaller side.

From Westin afternoon tea

This was the modern traditional one:

From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea

It looked pretty and fancy, but it was lacking in flavour.

The desserts were different and not your typical fare:

From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea

On the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea tier:

From Westin afternoon tea

Bonus points for colour and creativity. But the flavour profiles weren’t so great. They were not the most palatable dishes. But they did make for great photos. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of icing, so all this coloured icing was a bit of a turn off for me. But how cool does it look!

From Westin afternoon tea

Alice in Wonderland represented: The watch, the hat and the Queen of Hearts.

From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea

There was only one of each so we had to cut each item in half so we could sample everything. This got very messy.

From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea

Now you can see why I am an advocate of new/fresh plates for each tier at afternoon tea. It should be standard.

From Westin afternoon tea

Splitting the salad was a lot more difficult:

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From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea

I thought the scones here were good:

From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea

What I also enjoyed about this venue, is that you can have as many different teas as you like. I am pretty sure this is the only venue in Sydney I’ve been to so far that allows this. Most venues restrict you to one blend of tea. You can have as many as you can muster here. I think I only through 2 or 3 different teas here.

From Westin afternoon tea

And the tea selection from memory was quite extensive. I got a black tea of sorts, probably some breakfast blend and also got a jasmine tea:

From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea

The GPO Building interior is also worth checking out. It’s home to some fancy stores and dining establishments.

From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea
From Westin afternoon tea

I have mixed thoughts about this one. I think on the whole, it would be a positive high tea review. Unlimited tea is a definite bonus. Nice building location. And the food was pretty good. Menu definitely looks good on paper. I liked the modern touch to this place and the creativity of the menu.

Sydney, Intercontinental Afternoon Tea

Another day in Sydney, another afternoon tea.
I was back home in Sydney last year for a week, from a Saturday to a Friday. During that week, I did 5 afternoon teas. Wow. 5 afternoon teas in a space of 7 days. That’s a lot now that I write that out. What can I say, this hobby is a health hazard. If only I could find someone to pay me to eat all these scones and drink tea!

Here is the third afternoon tea I did in Sydney with my younger brother. Actually, he came along and just watched me eat afternoon tea whilst he drank apple cider. My brother watches what he eats. I should do the same. I see it and I eat.

Too lazy for words, so it will be mostly pics.

Went the champagne option, of course:

From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea

I just realised it would probably be a good idea to mention the venue: The Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney, on a Wednesday afternoon. It was in their lobby lounge, which had a very businessy-suit vibe to the place.

The afternoon tea offering is minimalist (not so hearty) and modern, and served on a circular tier.

From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea

Food was good. Not spectacular. The single scone was disappointing.

Panacotta:

From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea
From Intercontinental afternoon tea

The savoury treats were the best thing about this place. Desserts were ok. And scone was very disappointing. Service not so great. Not the best afternoon tea venue in terms of ambience either. A shame really. I had high hopes for this place. Definitely has potential.

Hills Lodge afternoon tea: the best in the west

I have a slew of afternoon tea blog posts to write up about. It’s not that I haven’t partaken in afternoon/high teas of recent, rather I just haven’t had time to sort through photos and do write-ups etc. This blogging business is time-consuming stuff, and this thing called “full-time work” really interferes with the blogging.

I have at least 8 afternoon tea reviews to write up about, so lots to look forward to, dear reader.
Last year, I actually didn’t do many afternoon teas in Japan at all, so most of the high tea blog posts will be international ones, so that’s pretty exciting.

Let me start off, with one of the best afternoon teas, or at least my personal favourite, I did in 2013.
This was back in Sydney in November last year. A nice father-daughter afternoon tea. Every visit home, I drag my dad along to a high tea. Secretly, he loves it. He’s done a handful of afternoon teas now. We had to do a Westie high tea though. But can I say, Westie high teas are the best. So, don’t mock the West. West is Best.

The Hills Lodge offer afternoon tea on Fridays and Saturdays only. Alas, my visit to Sydney was short and I was due to fly out on Friday morning. I would miss out on their Fridays and Saturdays only high tea offerings. However, they made special arrangements for me, and offered to do a private high tea for us on the Tuesday, for which I was extremely grateful.

Technically, the restaurant for afternoon tea was closed, but they had the chef prepare afternoon tea for us especially. This place excels in service. Firstly, they were most accommodating. I emailed the Lodge asking for afternoon tea service on Tuesday, which they did, just for us. I figured, it didn’t hurt to email them and ask. They happily agreed to serve us. We were the only guests in the whole restaurant. Had the whole venue to ourselves. And secondly, the service was outstanding. Granted, we were the only patrons there. The manager, Joel, was amazing. Super nice, friendly and attentive. It was a real treat coming here. People, service and the food was outstanding.

I was very impressed by the food here and it was a super pleasant afternoon.
The venue itself is in the Hills district of Western Sydney. The Hills Lodge is an English Tudor style lodge.

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

The whole venue to ourselves! VIP treatment.

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

The indulgence high tea is 3-tier stand of the usual treats and a piccolo of Moet champagne. Yes, please. I will never say no to bubbles:

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

Looking like the lady of leisure that I am:

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

Now, bring on the goodies:

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

Afternoon tea for two:

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

Westie food is such comfort food. Some good ol’ sanger’s and mini quiche. And you know I’m a sucker for quiche:

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

Warm, tasty, mini quiche:

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

A plateful of sweets:

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

An assortment of 8 different sweets including some ol’ classic favourites such as lemon meringue, and a lamington (an Aussie thing).

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

Alas, there was only one of each, so we cut each in half so we could sample all 8.

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

Everything was sooo good here.

And some proper Aussies scones and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Aussie scones are hands down the best. No where else quite does scones like they do Down Under. And believe me, I’ve done afternoon in about 10 different countries.

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

All washed down with a generous pot of tea:

From Hills Lodge afternoon tea
From Hills Lodge afternoon tea

I thoroughly enjoyed this special high tea by request. Big thanks to Cheryl, Joel and chef that helped make it happen. Definitely worth the trek out to the burbs for this afternoon tea. Over course of 2013, I visited about another 4-5 afternoon tea venues in the Sydney CBD, and I would have to say, afternoon tea at the Hills Lodge was the best of my Sydney tastings.

Website here.

SUPING SYDNEY

I had been wanting to try out SUPing for ages, so when I was back home for Christmas last year, my dad gave me an IOU voucher as part of my Christmas present, thinking I’d get a chance to try out whilst back home for the summer last year. I never got around to using that voucher and lo and behold I actually tried out SUPing this summer in Japan and got hooked.

During my most recent trip home, I redeemed my voucher. Check out my dad’s mad computer skills (Word and google image search).

From SUP Balmoral

My dad took me to Balmoral where I SUPed and he kayaked. I got to have my own photographer for the day. He took heaps of photos of me in action. It was crazy windy on that particular day which made SUPing really difficult, and had to weave through all the moored boats. Was not so fun paddling with the wind.

When it’s not windy, Balmoral is incredibly flat. It’s more like a bay. It’s not a surf beach. It’s actually home to a sailing club.

From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral

Sydney water is so clean and clear. So beautiful and refreshing.

From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral

Lots of action SUP shots:

From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral

All that paddling is hard work. Taking a break:

From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral

Sydney, Sunshine and Smiles:

From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral

On the other side, is the leisure swimming area. Just so happened to be school holidays back home so the place was pretty crowded for a Thursday daytime.

From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral

White sand. Blue water. Sunshine. Seriously, get yo arse to Down Under.

From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral

Aussies: we’re a hardworking bunch:

From SUP Balmoral
From SUP Balmoral

SUPing in Sydney is pretty SUPer.

Art n About

I love me some giant things. And by giant, I mean just oversized stuff in general.
Whilst out and about in Sydney last week, I was able to catch some <a href=”http://www.artandabout.com.au/”>Art n About</a>.
I love installation art. This kind of stuff is totally my thing.
Saw me some giant snails around the CBD.
Snails are cool.

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QVB:

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The Strand Arcade:

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Life’s short: You OTTO eat good food

A tradition whenever I visit home is to catch up with my foodie friend, Jess.
We always eat somewhere fancy. And she loves her food as much as I do. And talk about dedication, she flew up from Melbourne for 24 hours to meet me. (I have awesome friends).
We narrowed down our options and settled on lunch at Otto down at Woolloomooloo (such a fun word to spell even though I know I’ve just spelled it incorrectly. Autocorrect goes nuts).

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The weather was perfect. Welcome to spring in Sydney. Can’t beat Aussie weather.

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From Otto
From Otto
From Otto

Truer words have never been spoken: inscribed inside Otto’s menu:

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They take their olive bread seriously here. Chunks of olive in bread:

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A little shared entree to start –

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For entree, we both ordered the scallops. Kinda hard to resist:

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I opted lamb for the main. Can’t get good lamb like this Japan. Gotta get my fix when I’m in Oz.

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From Otto

Alfresco dining:

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The piece de resistance of the day was the tiramisu dessert. It was practically bigger than the main meal and absolutely divine. Absolutely hands down best tiramisu EVER.

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From Otto
From Otto

A caloric orgy of cream, cake, coffee, and chocolate:

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From Otto

Restaurant review in a nutshell: decent food, busy atmosphere, service mediocre, slow service between dishes, pricey for what it is was (not the best value). It’s redeeming quality – the tiramisu.