Thursday, 27 April 2017

Kreta Ayer, Chatswood


Who's a big fan of Singaporean Crab? I check out popular chain Kreta Ayer for the full Singaporean food experience. Have you been to Kreta Ayer before?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

LoLuk Bistro, Surry Hills


New kid on the block Loluk Bistro promises to bring authentic French to Surry Hills. I drop by one Saturday for lunch with MW to check out what Loluk brings to the table.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Twisted Chicken Hot Pot, Chinatown


It's getting colder and my body is craving more warm and hearty dishes. MW and I check out Hong Kong's famous Twisted Chicken Hot Pot in Sydney's Chinatown. We head there at 12pm for lunch on a Sunday.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Boon Cafe, Sydney CBD


It's Friday lunch time at work and Togias and I decide to go out for a yummy escape from work. We decide to stop by Boon Cafe for lunch.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Planet Italy, Newtown


In my first collaboration with Ciao Magazine and fellow food bloggers, we head to Planet Italy. Planet Italy is a newbie restaurant on the main strip of Newtown owned by Michael Michael (yes, he has the same first name and surname).

Monday, 17 April 2017

Endeavour Tap Rooms, The Rocks



Have you been in the rocks recently and checked out Endeavour Tap Rooms? I recently check this place out on a media famil in the rocks. The cosy venue hosts us on a rainy evening. Did you know that the building that Endeavour Tap Rooms is in was once the longest running Colonial Hotel?

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Platia Greek Taverna, Top Ryde


I've walked past Platia Greek Taverna a few times and I finally stop by to try out their Greek food thanks to an extended invite by Around the Clock Foodie. It also happens I dine on one of their monthly event nights where there is zorba dancing! How exciting.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Liven App Review, Chur Burger


I think I've been living under a rock as I hadn't downloaded the Liven App. It's also been some time since I've been to Chur Burger so I head there with MW one night after work.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tuxedo Bar, The Rocks


By day, Tuxedo Bar is known as Kansas City Shuffle and by night, it's a hot spot for coffee based cocktails such as the espresso martini and also Seinfield trivia on Tuesday nights.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Wild Ginger, The Rocks


Wild Ginger is located in the rocks and the actual building has heritage and architecture that is stunning. The building is actually the first of Sydney's commercial hub.The thai restaurant hosts a number of delights to enjoy with a mesh of traditional thai flavours with Australian modern twists.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Lochiel House, Kurrajong Heights


It's getting colder which is the perfect time for a drive out west to Blue Mountains for a weekend getaway. I've found a secret gem for you to stop by for a charming gourmet lunch or dinner. Lochiel House has reopened recently with new owners Nathan and Tayla.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Monte Alto, Crows Nest


Monte Alto is located on the pacific highway right near the main strip of Crows Nest shops. It's a modern cafe made for coffee lovers who can't resist unique and international ingredients. I stop by for some breakfast one lazy Sunday morning.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Din Tai Fung, Westfield Sydney


Din Tai Fung is hard to resist when I'm in the Westfield Pitt St fancy food court. I hadn't been to DTF for a while so I go back to see if the food is still consistently good, tasty and top notch as I remember.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Pasta Emilia, Surry Hills


As I walked into Surry Hills based restaurant Pasta Emilia, I felt like I was entering a remote little town of Italy. The family orientated and rustic decorated restaurant felt very comforting. I peek through the restaurant and notice a pasta making class taking place. No cooking for me today though, I'm here to dine in the restaurant.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Australian Heritage Hotel, Sydney CBD


The Australian Heritage Hotel is an institution. The Australian Heritage Hotel is located in the rocks and is over 100 years old. The venue boasts a range of over 130 craft beers and still maintains original architecture. I thought this was a great venue to take an international guest visiting Sydney.

Monday, 27 March 2017

JPB Restaurant, Swissotel, Sydney CBD


For many years, the Swissotel has been celebrating Vitality week (20-26 March 2017). The JPB Restaurant is located within the 5 star Swissotel and the guests can also enjoy their vitality special menu which is a on-going fixture on the menu at JPB Restaurant. I personally need a good injection of vitality. I've been very naughty.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Manoosh Pizzeria, Enmore


Manoosh Pizzeria has two venues - one in Enmore and one in Marrickville. I had heard that they have won stacks of awards by Menulog including the top national gong "Most Popular Restaurant 2016". They beat 8000 other venues so the locals must love them. I personally love a good Lebanese pizza so I was eager to check it out.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Sake, The Rocks


Sake is one of my favourite restaurants and I've always had such superior customer service however on this particular visit - it wasn't as good as previous times. The food is always delicious and consistent with every experience I've had there. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

O Bar and Dining, Sydney CBD




I had a friend recently visit Australia and we arranged to catch up. What better venue to bring her to than O Bar and Dining which has spectacular views.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Nikaido, Neutral Bay


There are so many great eateries in Neutral Bay. I absolutely love Izakaya Samarai  but recently I discovered a new Japanese BBQ Yakiniku eatery called Nikaido in Neutral Bay. The entry is not as obvious so keep an eye out for their sign as you walk up the stairs.

Owner and Chef Hitoshi Takagaki of Nikaido tells us all about his love of BBQ flavours. His restaurant is a mix of Japanese Restaurant and Yakiniku as you can order lots of other menu items from Nikaido as well. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Handpicked Wines Cellar Door, Chippendale


Among the concrete jungle of Sydney CBD lies a little piece of wine heaven. Handpicked Wines is a little cellar door located on Kensington st in Chippendale. I check out Handpicked Wines Cellar Door recently on a Tuesday night.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Garden, Ashfield


Did you know there's a great new place called "The Garden" located in Wests Ashfield Club. I recently check out the venue to get an insight into their food, how it's made and to hear from where it's sourced.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Calaveras, Newtown


Have you ever been to Calaveras in Newtown? Their owner Gerry was born in Mexico and has brought authentic Mexican flavours and booze to Newtown. I recently drop by on a Friday night after a long week at work.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Taste Food Tours - Part 3




Taste Food Tours provides an insight into an exotic world in Sydney! This is part three of my Taste Food Tour "Global Explorer Tour". The final leg of the tour delves into a touch of Asia and a touch of sugar heaven.

Make sure you catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 of the tour.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Taste Food Tours - Part 2


This is part 2 of my review of the Taste Food Tour: Global Explorer tour. Did you catch Part 1 here. The next part of the tour begins in a short walk for a light brunch to Shandeez Restaurant. The Persian Restaurant or Modern-Day Iranian restaurant is a short walk from our last venue.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Taste Food Tours - Part 1


For something a bit different, I check out one of the Taste Food Tours where you get to check out Sydney's hidden gems full of diversity, tasty food and variety. On this particular occasion, I sign MW and I up on the Global Explorer tour. 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Koi Dessert, Chippendale


I have a massive crush on masterchef Reynold. So after waiting for the queues to slow down, I check out Koi Dessert. in Chippendale. I managed to get a booking for dinner.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Dining and co. North Ryde


I'm always on the look out for surburban gems which save me the travel time for that top quality cafe experience. The Dining and Co. is bit of a hidden gem probably only known to a few in North Ryde. Let me share the secret with you.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Inlakesh Living Foods, Macquarie Park


I have walked past Inlakesh living foods and casually strolled through their healthy good food store a few times. I decide to check out their breakfast menu as I am a local. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Harry's Bondi, Bondi



I check out Harry's Bondi one Saturday morning after seeing lots of very sexy photos on instagram.  I've seen a lot of irresistible photos in particular their ricotta hotcake dish. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Chef's Gallery, Macquarie Park


I had a friend date night at Chef's Gallery in Macquarie Park recently. We both have our favourite dishes and have dined in the Sydney CBD Chef's Gallery many times.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Cafe Kentaro, Surry Hills



Cafe Kentaro at Surry Hills combines iconic western food favourites with a japanese influence, whilst paying respects to the traditions of both food cultures.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Yasaka Ramen, Neutral Bay


On a random night, QHL and I catch up as he's been overseas for some time. He's eager to check Yasaka Ramen which has recently opened up in Neutral Bay. I've been to the one in the city (Blog post here).

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Belle's Chicken, Sydney CBD


Belle's Chicken has been really popular and so to avoid the queues and hype - I have deliberately waited some time before I checked out the venue. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Chicken and Sons, Surry Hills - The White Horse


During one of the hot summer days, MW seemed really hungry and eager to check out a new burger joint. I suggested Chicken and Sons in Surry Hills. The White Horse Pub hosts the venue for Chicken and Sons. Chicken and Sons also has locations in Chatswood and Leichardt. 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Ormeggio at the Spit, Mosman



With stunning views Ormeggio at the Spit is a 2 hatted restaurant perfect for spoiling a loved one or enjoying the good life. I check out Ormeggio mid-week just ahead of Valentines day. I was very lucky to have this opportunity which was facilitated by the AGFG.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Won Jo, Strathfield


I had an epic craving for tteokbokki (Korean rice cake) so based on another blogger's advice (all about food blog), I went to Won Jo in Strathfield. I head there on a Friday night where it's actually quite busy.

Monday, 6 February 2017

S'Age Bistronomy, Crows Nest


New kid on the block S'Age Bistronomy has taken up residency where Waqu has previously lived in Crows Nest. S'Age Bistronomy boasts of creative Modern Australian dishes. Pop up for a casual meal or treat yourself to a reasonably priced degustation.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Holy Duck!, Chippendale


Holy Duck! is a modern Chinese fusion of duck, burgers, baos and pork belly. Holy Duck! is an extended sibling of the Chef's Gallery family and lives in the new trendy precinct of Kensington St in Chippendale. 

The decore is dim with modern music with Asian aesthetic touches. So how was my experience at Holy Duck! ?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Society Di Catania, Potts Point


It’s Friday night and what better way to start the weekend than dinner with a group of our fave friends. We catch the train and Society di Catania is a conveniently 1-2 min walk from Kings Cross station on a quiet part of Victoria St.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Tasmania - Part 2 - Cradle Mountain


On my second day in Tassie, MW plans a big day out to world heritage listed - Cradle Mountain. We buy some snacks and sandwiches for the big hike and start the 2 hour drive from Launceston. I must confess, I was barely awake as we drive up there. I'm also not sure of my fitness level in conquering this beast of nature. We ultimately end up hiking for over NINE hours.

Monday, 30 January 2017

The Colonial, Surry Hills


The Colonial is a British-Indian restaurant. I check out their Darlinghurst venue for mid-week dinner. When I hear British-Indian - i'm not sure what that means so I was curious. I get a preview of some of the new menu items.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Tasmania - Part 1



Part 1 - My Tasmanian Adventure
I have lived in Sydney, Australia for several decades and I have always wanted discover Tasmania so I finally planned a trip, bought my plane tickets and rented a car and discovered what Tasmania has to offer. 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Echo on the Marina, Roseville


Just 10 minutes from bustling Chatswood, Dazz and Melle discover their weekend food escape tucked away in the tranquil Roseville Marina. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Interstate Travels: The River Cafe, Beauty Point in Tasmania


My first meal in Tasmania was at the River Cafe. It's set against such a beautiful backdrop and I arrive just for an early lunch in this little cafe located in Beauty Point.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Cafe Ananas, Circular Quay


The Sydney Festival is here and French restaurant Cafe Ananas has a special menu available until the 29th January. For $55, you can order 3 courses off their special menu and also toast with a glass of champagne.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Cucina Espresso, Concord


You may have seen Cucina Espresso in Sydney Weekender recently. By popular demand, Cucina Espresso have made some recent breakfast specials a permanent fixture to the menu so I had to come by and check it out. 

Friday, 20 January 2017

The Crossing – Bondi Beach

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The Crossing is an unassuming hidden gem just off the main restaurant strip. We checked out this local bar and restaurant on a weeknight during happy hour (5pm to 7pm), and were blown away by the bartender’s amazingly good signature cocktails.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Lal Qila, Darling Harbour


I must confess i'm not overly familiar with Pakistani or Indian food but was happy to try all the dishes at Lal Qila. Lal Qila has been operating in Surry Hills for the past 8 years and has recently expanded to King St Wharf. I check out their new venue.