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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Yellow Bistro & Food Store, Potts Point

Brunch at Yellow.

Mention Yellow, and most sweet tooths immediately think of Lorraine Godsmark, Rockpool alumnus and part of date tart legend.

I arrive early for brunch but don't complain. There's plenty of eye candy in the adjoining Food Store. I lust quietly over the tins of Ortiz sardines, the fridge full of cheeses and a glass display cabinet flaunting luscious cakes, pastries and handmade marshmallows.

Croque madame $15.00
Pan-fried batard with poached eggs, Heidi gruyere, leg ham, rocket and chilli jam

The croque madame is a celebration of protein across all our favourite animals. Leg ham, poached eggs and melty gruyere cheese are protected by two thick slabs of golden pan-fried crusty batard. It's the addition of egg that turns a croque monsieur into a croque madame. It's the garnish of rocket and splodge of chilli jam that turn this rich heavy sandwich into a rich well-rounded meal.

Toast with jam $5.50

Toast with jam seems like a light and easy option, but even this is deceptively filling. Brushed generously with butter and grilled both sides, I'm sure I detect a faintness of cheese, its slight saltiness actually working quite well with the jam.

So yes, I'd ordered the toast but only because I'd planned to follow it with dessert. A sweet tooth always thinks ahead.

Raspberry and white chocolate muffins $4 takeaway/$5 eat-in

Strawberry and rhubarb frangipane tart $6.50/$8.00

Pecan and raspberry cake $7.50/$9.00

Choosing a dessert is an excruciating decision, but in the end I settle on the lemon tart. We're both so full that we get all our desserts takeaway, packed in little white boxes. I eat my lemon tart later that night, the puff pastry is a little soft by then, but the lemon curd is tangy and buttery, airy with bubbles and still somewhat runny.

And yes that was a microphone in the first photo. My first radio interview in a cafe. The final program (a series of conversations about food) will air on Radio National early next year.

Lemon tart $6.00/$8.00

Yellow Bistro & Food Store
57-59 Macleay St, Potts Point, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9357 3400

Monday to Friday 8am-11am, Saturday and Sunday 7.30am-3pm

Monday to Friday 11am-3pm

Tuesday to Saturday 6pm-10pm

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/30/2008 10:24:00 pm


  • At 9/30/2008 11:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mmmmm that Croque Madame sounds like a heavenly combination! I must try this place out sometime thhx ^^!

  • At 10/01/2008 1:59 am, Blogger Y said…

    Congrats on the interview. Hope you'll keep us readers informed on when the actual interview goes to air ! :)

  • At 10/01/2008 9:53 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ooh interview! how exciting :) can't wait to hear it.

    and croque madame - yum!

  • At 10/01/2008 10:04 am, Blogger Annie said…

    That strawberry and rhubarb tart looks amazing! I don't know how you chose only 1 dessert!

  • At 10/01/2008 10:15 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ooh an interview! smashing~!

  • At 10/01/2008 11:46 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love your blog and read it a lot. I'm a bit of an amateur photography when I have time.

    I was just curious as to whether you are intentionally using using a shallow depth of view?

  • At 10/01/2008 12:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mmmmm strawberry and rhubarb tart -heaven :)

  • At 10/01/2008 3:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Doesn't this place have the most ridiculous weekend surcharge? From memory, a friend and I breakfasted here on a Sunday and were charged over 10% as a weekend surcharge. We vowed never to go back, even though the food was great.

  • At 10/01/2008 4:14 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Now I crave a Croque Madame :) I had one of Lorraine G's Croque Monsieurs with chilli jam when she was at Six Seven Ate, but that was eons ago, so perhaps its time for a revisiting of sorts.....hmmmm....

  • At 10/01/2008 6:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    radio interview?? cool bananas! ..that poached eggs sandwich looks good!

  • At 10/01/2008 11:06 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi ffichiban - Enjoy :)

    Hi Y - I will indeed. Here's hoping I was entertaining enough to make the cut!

    Hi Lindsey Clare - I've never liked being interviewed, but at least on radio you don't have to worry about looking good as well :)

    Hi Annie - It was a tough decision let me assure you!

    Hi Chocolatesuze - Indeed old chap. Hurrah! (my attempt to continue your English-accented theme. haha)

    Hi Anon - Shallow dof tends to be the current trend in food photography, but I also tend to use it as many restaurants I visit have low light and I very rarely use a flash.

    Hi Joanna - I was almost going to pick the strawberry and rhurbab tart but the lemon tart won out in the end :)

    Hi Reemski - They do have weekend surcharges but I suppose they are paying penalty rates to their staff... a tough call but let's hope they renumerate their staff well!

    Hi aptronym - Happy revisting! :P

    Hi Kay - I won't quit my day job just yet, but it was fun if a little nerve-wracking!

  • At 10/03/2008 6:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    got to love the potts point area and its wonderful stores.

    off topic -- just wondering if you've stepped into the small deli/wine shop just beside woolies?

  • At 10/05/2008 12:04 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - I did notice all the new fancy patisseries and delis that have opened along Macleay Street. So many good things!

  • At 3/05/2010 9:31 pm, Anonymous PastryPrincess said…

    as its literally almost down the road i walked past to check it out recently. isnt it supposed to close down soon? well anyway, i went in and ive to say i expected a bit more... nothing amazing there nd i rather went to bill's instead. which i loved!!! and will blog about later. ;)
    do you see a pattern? im on a visit and read up on places on your lovely blog and then go check them out myself. :P so thanks for the tips! im looking at so many shops and places im waaay behind on posting about them... so much food and so little time!

  • At 3/17/2010 1:40 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi PastryPrincess - lol. Great to see you working your way through so many posts from Grab Your Fork! A shame your visit to Yellow was a disappointment but good to hear you found so much happiness at bill's :)


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