We haven't had much chance to eat out lately, and even longer since I've found a place worth talking about but this past weekend I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at a random place we found. It was the first cafe we came across on the particular day. We just needed a place to sit down and feed the baby, so didn't really care where we were. The cafe is inside Chatswood Chase, called Cicco Bar. I wasn't impressed at first because a) they didn't have any pricing on any of the food and b) I've always been a bit sceptical of this sort of in-shopping centre cafes and c) the chicken wrap I ended up ordering looked dry and d) the total for 2 coffees and 2 solids came to a fairly expensive 23 bux. (Suppose this could be considered normal for eating out in Sydney I guess)
What followed was indeed a pleasant surprise. The chicken wrap and the chicken pie came quickly after order was placed, presented well on a plate and heated. The chicken wrap had the chicken, obviously, avocado, tomato, cheese and lettuse. The chicken was anything BUT dry. As a rule I don't do chicken breast because it tend to be dry, but I don't know how they did it, but the chicken was moist, had proper flavour and the whole wrap was well balanced but light at the same time. The only criticism I could mount against the wrap is that the avocado probably needed another 2 days before it was served (not quite soft enough) but otherwise a great dish.
The chicken pie was also surprisingly good. The pastry wasn't too thick, and there are actual chicken chunks inside, rather than mince. The filling reminded me of chicken soup for some reason... A good solid portion which made the highish price a little more reasonable. Coffees were also nicely done. Not too much air on top, and delicate latte art topped each cup, making the overall experience quite surprisingly pleasant.
|Coffee with obligatory wrist shot - the IWC GST Alarm.|