Egg Custard Tarts

sky phoenix, CBD

I do not have a bad word to say about Yum Cha. When the weekend swings around and I’m not craving breakfast at Reuben Hill, my other Sunday morning kickstarter is a trolley chase at my favourite yum cha restaurant. Sky Phoenix is the choice for today and though not the most authentic of the big China Town experiences the dishes are reliably good (and conveniently located for a spot of Zara shopping pre or post your fill). Continue reading

Pork Buns

din tai fung dumpling bar, Sydney CBD

Din Tai Fung do some of the sweetest, neatest soup dumplings in the city however the overall menu at the restaurant in World Square is not as much of a favourite as Chef’s Gallery or New Shanghai.

That’s why it’s perfect that the Din Tai Fung team have opened a dumpling bar in the Westfield Shopping Centre so I can grab a sneaky fill amidst my city retail activity. Continue reading

Spiced lamb chop on cool cucumber, mint , pea salad yogurt

palings kitchen, sydney CBD

I guess we all need a little makeover every now and then. A little booster. A little freshen up. And so it is that what use to be Mad Cow on Level 1 at the Ivy is now Palings Kitchen and Bar. In truth this is more then a little booster – more a complete overhaul then a simple nip and tuck, but what they’ve done seems to have created a much more open and approachable dining experience that should appeal to the weekday office crew. Continue reading

Soy Braised Crispy Pork Belly with Chilli Caramel

china lane, sydney CBD

The group booking. I don’t know this as fact but I’m pretty sure that restaurants dread this as much as the diner stuck settling the bill at the end of a dinner for 20.

The co-ordination of attendees, accommodating special meal requirements and allergies down to picking a venue that is going to set the perfect tone for the evening can be quite the chore. Continue reading

Mamak Beef with Satay Sauce

mamak, sydney CBD

I am a sucker for a queue. Not a chaotic mess of a queue like Sunday at The Grounds, or the Food Tourist queue outside of Zumbo. What I am down with is an organised, systematic queue were people wait patiently and in a civilised manner for something that is plainly the best in town. If I’m walking past a queue I’m often tempted to just jump on line to find out what is going on. Continue reading

The Rook Wagyu Burger with Truffle Flies

the rook, sydney CBD

It’s Thursday night in the city – not exactly one of my usual haunts. I’m at 56 York Street standing in front of a non-descript office tower where I’m about to head to The Rook, the Lobster, Burger & Liquor Bar. Don’t let the boring foyer fool you, when you arrive at the Rooftop Bar you feel like you’ve been transformed to a completely the difference place. The fit out by The Rook is impressive and the after work crowd is lovin’ it. Continue reading

Mejico Prep Station

mejico, sydney CBD

Mexican food is pretty much the biggest thing to happen to the Sydney dining landscape in the past 12 months with an explosion of spicy options for those after something a little south of the border.

Anyone who has spent anytime in either the States or Mexico had lamented for years about Australia’s tragic Mexican restaurant offering upon their return. It was long felt that given our produce here, there had to be something better on offer than a sad and soggy cheese covered mess. Continue reading

Karaka Men Chasu

ippudō, sydney cbd

Let’s start with the welcome to Ippudo. As the waitress walks you to the table you are greeted with a friendly welcome and a bellowing “Youkoso irasshai mashita”* from the staff in the kitchen. I’m down with any restaurant that cheers my arrival so this place is off to a tremendous start.

Ippudo Entrance

Ippudo Entrance

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Sour Cream Chocolate & Passionfruit Gelato

n2 extreme gelato, haymarket

Now this is the type of science I could get interested in. n2 Extreme Gelato in Haymarket is a godsend for those of us who are fearful of Asian desserts. You can load up on your favourite China Town special (Mamak, Golden Century or Chat Thai perhaps?), skip the crazy tapioca, jelly, custard concoction and head to this unique Dixon Street gelato bar. Continue reading

Chef's Gallery

chef’s gallery, sydney CBD

Saturday night at Chef’s Gallery. Potentially not the most original idea I’ve ever had. Certainly ain’t the most original blog post I’ve ever come up with as this joint seems to have featured on the publish list of every single foodie blogger in the city. Continue reading