Steak Sandwich at The Camfield, Optus Stadium

A rather clean-eating steak sanger was lunch at the Camfield on a chilly Wednesday. And it was chilly. The air was fresh and cold. The sun had beaten down on the table where we sat. If I’d relished this sandwich as much as I did the warmth the tabletop conducted to my icey hands, I’d have given it five stars.

The ‘Amelia Park steak sandwich with cheddar, mustard, balsamic onions, aioli, tomato, cos’ $25, arrived without delay. What presented was disappointing. The sandwich plated unimpressively next to a bunch of standard-fare chips. The hero of the dish did not live up to its descriptive name. Tastewise, it improved.

The spongey panini bread could’ve done with a few minutes longer on the grill. Wedged between the bread, was the steak. The Margaret River-sourced hunk lifted the dish from overpriced disaster to acceptably good. It was a proper, full-bodied piece of meat: tender, and requiring only a mini-workout from the canines. The inside was a good, grilled medium. The sauces were the annoying unassuming type, the one-brush-on-the-bread counts type. The unsauciness was unsatisfying. If only they had made it more saucy, pushed the boundaries a bit, this sanger would have sung loud enough to turn the toughest critics. The flavours were there. To be fair, the timeless combo of steak, lettuce, tomato slapped into a bread bun, doesn’t usually go wrong where baseline flavours are concerned. This sandwich had added bonuses of feeling fresh and non-greasy. In terms of meeting expectations, they had  missed the opportunity to meat mine and dress the star of the show in the suave suit and tie it deserved. The chips were as expected: fried frozen ones. Always delicious enough.

The Camfield’s made clever use of its location right across from Optus Stadium. The venue is modern. It boasts ample dining areas and chic inside and outside spaces. The riverside location is reason to visit. The trendy fitout, decor, and family-friendly inclusions surrounding (Jenga and a kids’ playground adjacent to the restaurant) will lend well to a range of crowds and uses.

Taste verdict An average steak sandwich. Great location. Overall, recommended.


Ultra Baileys​ Chocolate Mud Cake

I love Baileys in chocolate cakes. This cake was Baileys on steroids. Even moreso than the last Baileys cake I made.

I steambaked the Baileys chocolate cake (extra Baileys poured in for good measure), iced it with a white chocolate Baileys glaze, then covered it in chocolate ganache. The Baileys glaze soaked right through the cake which became very dense and moist. The ganache kept all this goodness from going anywhere. 

The crumb was white- and dark-chocolate bikkies, and Rafaello.

Doing this post-midnight bake reminded me how much I enjoy it. I need to get back into doing more frequent bakes. 

It seemed to impress our overseas guests who don’t usually take alcohol but nonetheless downed large slices of the cake. A sincere suggestion that I open up a cake shop was a nice compliment from the evening. 

I’m happy.

Bake verdict Best Baileys cake yet.

Base recipe:

This recipe is a keeper! I modified it a bit, see below.

– Cake: 2 cups Baileys, 80g Dutch cocoa, +200g flour.
– Baileys glaze: 200g melted white chocolate, 80mL Baileys, 80mL pouring cream. This was quite thin and there was a fair amount of excess. I might reduce this for next time. I left it for a couple of hours to sit on the cake and soak through.
– Chocolate ganache: 200g chocolate, Tbsp Dutch cocoa, 80mL pouring cream.

Update: Made a video!

I really like the word amazing! 😄

Site Migrated

It’s finally done! I’ve merged my Steam Oven Creations and my thought bubble sites under the one name. Best dosh spent this week.

  • Custom domain ✔️ Registration with VentraIP was a breeze. I’d recommend them in a heartbeat.
  • Posts from Steam Oven Creations migrated ✔️ Done on the mobile, too. Impressive WP.

It took a couple of hours for the nameserver change to take effect. Had me a little worried there. Then I refreshed and kaboom it had taken effect.

I should have customised this earlier.

Fish and Chips at Wharf on the Point, Riverside Drive

We had the team lunch at Wharf on the Point. It was a fresh Friday afternoon. I noticed they’d dropped the activated charcoal burger from their menu. I had that sometime last year. It was a good burger. This visit, I went the fish and chips.

The fish came on a generous portion of chips. The chips were over fried and the frozen type. The fish was average: a white fillet coated with a crispy, moderately thick batter. The dish was unadventurous, bland, highly average—not a big negative, something that could be easily fixed.

At $23.50, it’s pricey. Coupled with great weather, the outside tables are a good spot for lunch if you’re in the area. I’d go back.

Taste verdict Bland fish and chips. 


3 Courses (Gnocchi, Beef Steak, Pannacotta) at Amano Restaurant, Elizabeth Quay

This was an experience I’m going to remember for a long time yet. Like a Myer sale, it scarred the hip pocket. The invitation to treat was the devil’s work. The devil’s got a good knack for enticing people to eat things. Eve, after today I totally get it. Apple of your eye, it appeared didn’t it? I get it. Thankfully, unlike a Myer sale, the pleasure measured up to its cost. Well, in tasty kilojoules. The Mother’s Day outing that I’d planned a week prior, triumphed at bagsying a table, and been hinting at all week, had come through with flying colours. The food was delicious. The location on the Quay was just fantastic. Mother’s Day was made amazing. On another note, I am also now the favourite child.

Amano Restaurant does Italian and Modern Australian cuisine. The four of us each took something different and between us covered a fair bit of their menu.

Being an Italian place, trying pasta dishes was a must.

I went the Gnocchi Giardino for $29 ‘served with aged parmesan, pecorina, ricotta, salata, pea puree, sugar snap, basil cured tomato petals’. Delicate, soft cylinders had been lifted from a sauce, that had kept them moist and flavourful, and mixed through the garden of greens. Not being a fan of a pungent cheese smell I was slightly apprehensive about the addition of parmesan. Any notion of the former was promptly eviscerated on tucking into this dish. This was light and fresh, creative and clean. It made sense.

The parents had good feedback about the squid ink tortellini and seafood fettuccine. The brother’s lamb papadelle won best entree. Served steaming, it was packed full of flavour. The bit I tasted gave me a pang of food envy.

For main course, I took the Bistecca Al Ferri for $42, ‘wagyu beef chargrilled served with potato fondant, pumpkin puree, wild fungi, fermented garlic jus’. It was a highbrow, cheffy take on the classic steak and mash. The beef was tender and perfectly rare as ordered. The barbeque-y notes from its chargrilled exterior added sophistication. The potato fondant was smooth and buttery. The wild fungi was an interesting, thin-textured element that melded into the other items on the plate. The dish was a thoughtful, clever reinvention.

Our table’s other mains, lamb shank, kangaroo loin, and pork belly, were mostly received well. Our waiter had made specific mention of the pork belly’s crispy skin; it was not crispy. Disappointing, and of the dishes, the least impressive today.

The third course was a pannacotta ‘served with summer berry coulis, Persian fairy floss and sorbet’ for $14. The pannacotta was creamy and and the sorbet refreshingly sour. The fairy floss was a smart textural element that also introduced a mild sweetness to the dessert. This, the sorbetto and the affogato we ordered were a fitting finish to lunch.

One and a quarter hours after the feasting had begun, we departed satiated and very satisfied. The food had been great. Hidden gem you are now just a gem, fortunately.

Taste verdict Dining that was perfect for Mothers Day.