Janus - Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour (26th November 2011)

After our weekly Saturday Chinese class, Jono and I walked towards Darling Harbour to his office in Pyrmont to pick up a parcel, stopping to check out Darling Quarter, a newly built area in Darling Harbour. This area that once was a construction site is now home to an international range of fine dining restaurants and Sydney CBD's largest and newest free children's playground. 

"How about a coffee at one of the cafes here?" suggested Jono and we ended up in Janus for two flat whites and a cake to share. Janus (named after the god of beginnings and transitions) is a classic Italian cafe and wine bar, modern and stylish in design and serves such beautiful cakes that it was so hard to decide which one to have. We finally settled for their green tea cake and placed our coffee order, then found ourselves a shaded table where we had a good view towards Tumbalong Park and the surrounds. It was a sunny day and Darling Quarter was filled with people both young and old - to the left were teenagers playing table tennis, and the far right, sounds of squeals and screams from children having fun at the playground at the watchful eye of their parents, and of course, the buzzing cafe and restaurants next to us. I couldn't help myself eyeing the waiters from Braza next door slicing meat from the skewers onto their customers' plates. Mmm, Brazilian churrasco...(salivates)...must come here one day...(more salivating)...

Both the cake and coffees were excellent - I love the light and refreshing taste of the green tea cake complemented with a small chocolate macaroon, chocolate mousse and caramelised candy. We were playfully feeding each other teaspoonfuls of the lovely dessert while chatting and sipping our coffees :)

View from our table at Janus in Darling Quarter

Waitresses busy at work at the counter

Me and our green tea cake :)

Flat white and green tea cake both beautifully presented

Close up shot of the cake

Cost us $17 for the coffees and tea which was a lot! Well, I suppose it was to be expected, given the location and the quality of the food and service. Still, it was a bit painful to know we paid that much for just coffees and cake :/

Janus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A quick stop at the playground where Jono and I competed who could hand pump the most amount of water at the playground - such hard work to get the pump going! One little kid sitting nearby was enjoying splashing himself with the water. Cute :)

We picked up Jono's parcel from the Google office then headed to Town Hall train station to catch the train home. It was total havoc today as the City Circle train line was closed for refurbishment over the weekend. With less available trains and too many people trying to use the public transport, getting on the train was a mission. And you think peak hour commuter traffic was bad - this was horrendous, with most carriages fully packed and commuters filling up the aisles. I think I'll be staying in tomorrow to avoid the crowd...


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