I can not tell you how happy I was with you and your lovely food – you are amazing, so helpful, nothing too hard and so easy to deal with. Made my job so much easier not having to worry about it all. Had lots of great comments about the food too – beautiful! LAUREN, Network Ten, Everybody Dance Now
Overall feedback from The Metro was the food was excellent - creative, filling, quality ingredients and well presented - THANK YOU! It’s obvious you made a huge effort to provide the best meals that you could given the logistics, limited facilities and time challenges. I would hire you again without question for similar catering jobs in future. BROOKE, Fremantle Media, X Factor
The amazing service that Love Grub provide, delivering individual meals for a team of 25, is without a doubt, nothing less than outstanding. The abundance of choice we are provided with, the freshness & quality of the food we get every time, is a credit to Jacqui and her business and she couldn’t make it any more easy for me if she tried. I absolutely have no hesitations to tell people to A: eat there, or better yet... B: take full advantage of the great catering service they provide. JORDAN, New Idea Magazine
We love “Love Grub”- everyone on shoots always raves about how healthy and fresh their lunches are…and they are well within my budget!” MEGAN Grazia Magazine
Love Grub is a soul mama style of cafe that spills out into the little park next door, handy if you have kids and/or dogs. Theres good karma here among the garden beds, hand-painted pots, outdoor speakers, chairs & tables - you can even lie on the grass under the magnificent jacaranda tree to sip your caffee latte. Coffee is the 6 Degrees Darker blend from Gravity Coffee, making for a smooth, well-balanced cup with no trace of bitterness or ugly aftertaste. The menu has breadth, listing everything from breakfast to sandwiches to sushi, and four nights a week the whole place turns into a funky bar serving Japas when Japan meets tapas and has a good time.
Join the garden party at Love Grub, a quirky cafe that occupies a sunny corner spot in Alexandria. Mismatched chairs and tables spill out onto the footpath and a wedge of grass, which is bordered by a vegie patch and a vibrant mural. The menu offers up a creative range of dining options, from your standard big brekkies (we like the vego with haloumi, spinach and potato hash), burgers, and sourdough sandwiches, to some more unexpected Japanese dishes. Choose nori rolls with fresh salmon, spicy chicken or an intriguing bacon and egg combi, or a snappy bento box with teriyaki chicken, made complete with a pot of genmaicha.
Daily Telegraph Weekender Magazine - Saturday 13 November 2010 - Xanthie Klienig
Vibe: playgroup meets Japanese grunge
Drink: beers from $6, sake from $7, wine by the glass or bottle
Verdict: Best Japanese I’ve had in a long time
Sit down at one of Love Grub’s shady outdoor tables with a menu and you may feel a little confused. With it’s outdoor play space, kitchen garden and graffiti wall, the café has the look of an urban parent’s pitstop. Yes, it offers coffee, babycinos and cooked breakfasts – but the place’s real passion is for Japanese.
By day there are sushi rolls and lunch boxes, and at night it moonlights as a Japas Bar. That’s Japanese Tapas and the menu ranges from kingfish carpaccio ($15) to gyoza dumplings ($9) and salted soy beans, or edamame ($5).
Co-owner Justin Stiller did his apprenticeship at the ANA Hotel, Sydney’s best Japanese in the day, before working in Japan for more than a decade.
The café stocks Mac’s beers, a boutique New Zealand label packaged in old-fashioned cider bottles with funky names such as Hop Rocker, as well as other Japanese and Aussie labels. We also order the café’s entry-level sake ($7) enough for two to taste, which is served warm in porcelain cups.
It is a rainy Saturday evening, and we are the only table in, so service is fast. The nasu miso ($10) a half eggplant grilled with sweet den miso, comes to the table scored and chopstick ready, it’s fibrous flesh is mouth-wateringly tender, the buttery, sweet and just a little salty morsels disappearing in no time.
Our other dish is the braised pork, slow cooked in a Japanese stock of garlic, ginger and soy, served with snow peas and mustard ($15) which is just the kind of comfort dish I like to find on an Asian inspired menu.
Somehow things seem to make a lot more sense on a full stomach.
KID SIZE LIVING
Not Quite Nigella http://www.notquitenigella.com/2010/05/23/love-grub-alexandria/
SMH Good Living
Reviewed by Rachel Olding
Address 38 Mitchell Road, Alexandria, 9318 2323
Yes, this place is a little bit dishevelled but we're in Alexandria, not Double Bay.
Motley chairs and tables that have a garage-sale feel sit akimbo on the footpath under a huge golden honey locust tree.
Toys wait for children in the small community garden next door and dogs are always welcome.
The coffee is the Six Degrees Darker blend from Melbourne coffee company Gravity ($3). It's good but not great; dark and sweet but under-extracted.
The drawcard is the menu, a quirky fusion of cafe favourites and Japanese dishes. All-day breakfast, burgers and organic sourdough sandwiches are served alongside nori rolls, sushi lunchboxes and crunchy Asian salad.
The burgers are chunky and filling and the sushi is made on the premises. The breakfast sushi is a big seller - a bacon and egg sushi hand roll, which is sushi rice wrapped in a nori cone with slices of bacon, pieces of scrambled egg and cucumber, topped with a zesty Japanese mayonnaise ($5). It also comes as a full breakfast of two bacon & egg sushi hand rolls with avocado, tomato, mushrooms & potato hash ($17).($17).
Just like the funky menu and colourful furniture, the service is fun and friendly. The waiters say ''sweet as'' and they really mean it. It's a little bit what-the-hell but it works.
Review – Sunday Telegraph – May 3, 2009.
Sunday Brunch Love Grub – 3.5 stars.
Time to get grubby – in a good way of course. This little café brings a funky, no-frills approach to breakfast, blending it with Japanese style just for fun. It’s a curious mix but I’m all for it, based on a visit last week.
Judging by the crowd, so are the locals. There aren’t many tables, and most of them were taken when we arrive. It stays that way the whole time we’re there. A happy buzz of mothers, children, leisurely couples and lazier drifters keep it busy as some of Sydney’s friendliest waitresses feed the masses.
We begin with easily the best breakfast item I’ve eaten this year; a bacon & egg hand roll ($4). Essentially breakfast sushi, it sounds so wrong, tastes so good. Sushi rice is wrapped into a nori cone with slices of bacon, pieces of scrambled egg & avocado, all toped with that piquant Japanese mayonaisse. It’s brilliant, so we order another.
The vegetarian breakfast ($15) is less Japanese but still packed with honest flavours. Perfectly poached eggs (I’d asked for them scrambled, but stifled my complaint when I cut into them) sit atop thick slices of white sourdough. Thin bars of somewhat squeaky haloumi, whole oven-roasted tomatoes and mushrooms dripping in butter complete the platter and fill us up.
Our coffee – Gravity ‘6 degrees darker’ blend, from Melbourne – is full-flavoured, robust and chocolatey, but under-extracted. We console ourselves with a huge raspberry and chocolate muffin ($3.50) and waddle out the door, already planning home-made breakfast sushi for tomorrow.
- Banjo Harris Plane