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Ninou Patisserie & Boulangerie | Rosebery

Long-time readers of the blawg know that I seldom review patisseries, bakeries, and the like. Not because I eschew visiting them, but rather because it is rare that I get enough “material” to coalesce into a blog post. I’m Still Hungry is, after all, a slow reads blog – it’s rare that I eat a significant percentage of my body weight in sugar in order to obtain enough content for a post.

Thus, you know a patisserie is something special if I’m putting out a post. Say hello to Ninou Patisserie & Boulangerie – my current favourite patisserie/cake shop in Sydney!

Date Last Visited: 14/08/2016
Address: 1-3 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, Sydney

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Sushi Omakase at Hana Ju-Rin | Crows Nest

You could say that Michael Phelps has won a “decent amount” of gold medals in his Olympic career. You could say I’ve eaten a decent amount of sushi in my lifetime. Guess which of the aforementioned two sentences is the bigger understatement? It’s safe to say that if the consumption of sushi was banned in Sydney, I would be packing my bags tomorrow.

Fortunately, Sydney’s Japanese scene is once again bolstered by a hidden gem of a Japanese restaurant in the Lower North Shore that has – despite all odds – escaped my radar. Say hello to Crows Nest’s Hana Ju-Rin!

Date Last Visited: 5/8/2016
Address: 300 Pacific Highway,Crows Nest, Sydney, NSW

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The Best Burgers in Sydney

Hi! You may know me as the guy who brought you the series on the best ramen in Sydney. Why, welcome back dear reader! Looks like you and I share quite the discerning palate of carbs and fat, the source of any balanced diet.

Here’s the deal folks. For the ramen post, I covered seventeen ramen joints. That’s not exhaustive, but it was a start. I’ve upped the ante this time round, because I’m both an overachiever and a masochist, with arteries that somehow manage to remain relatively lipid-free. This time, I’m going to cover thirty burger restaurants.

Did I stutter, or are you going to wipe the stunned look off your face and click through?

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Attica | Ripponlea, Melbourne

In 2013, I visited Attica, then the #21 best restaurant in the world on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best List. And  I was not impressed – Ben Shewry’s food wasn’t my idea of world-class. Certainly – the polished service, the attention to detail and the use of native Australian flora and fauna were all most exemplary and worthy of recognition. However, the food just wasn’t all that…tasty. My palate is my palate, after all – as such, while I appreciated it, I didn’t like it anywhere near what I thought I would.

But short of a disaster, I’m all about second chances – there’s no way true restaurant reviewers would score a venue based off just one visit, and if I’m going to make a judgement call on Attica, I ought to take a page out of their books. A second visit, three years later, was in – colour me seriously impressed.

Date Last Visited: 07/07/2016 27/11/13
Address: 74 Glen Eira Rd Ripponlea, VIC 3185

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Mercado European | Sydney CBD

You know I have to say, I love my job. Not only is my office situated right above the train station at which I get off, but I’ve got decent hours, and most importantly – the people I work with are nothing short of fantastic.

But you know what? Food’s always been a bit of an issue. Sure, you do have the recently revamped MLC which is probably the classiest food court around, and a smattering of mainly Italian-based joints dotting the place, but no restaurant in particular I would write home about or – as it turns out – on which I’d write a blog post. Enter Mercado, the next “big thing” in Martin Place.

Date Last Visited: 13/5/2016
Address: 4 Ash St, Sydney 2000
Recommended Dish(es): truffle mortadella, wagyu tongue brioche, roasted octopus

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Koi Dessert Bar by Reynold Poernomo [Updated] | Chippendale

In Japanese, Koi is a verb meaning “come”, or via another written form, (romantic) love. It also happens to denote the carp fish, which is a common tattoo seen on the backs of Japanese Yakuza members. Yeah, it’s lovey-dovey, as well as badass.

Masterchef 2015 contestant Reynold Poernomo has mostly-aptly named his long-awaited dessert bar after this versatile word – this is a dessert with a fresh attitude. For the sugar lovers – there is no question but to come to Koi Dessert Bar!

Date Last Visited: 8/6/16 10/1/2016
Address: 42-44 Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney
Recommended Dish(es): chocolate mousse sphere, coconut panna cotta

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Restaurant Hubert | Sydney CBD

A restaurant opened up in Sydney just two months ago. You may have heard of it – it’s called Hubert, and when its doors unlocked, so did the proverbial floodgates of hype. To date, I have heard nobody say they dislike Hubert. Even SMH chief food critic Terry Durack, in an incredible departure from form, noted – in caps lock – that “I LOVE THIS PLACE”.

Goddamn, a restaurant of such alleged calibre could only mean one thing for me – the assemblement of the food squad, to launch an all out assault of highly conspicuous consumption on Hubert. All for uh, “research purpose”. The results are…well…you’ll have to read on to find out!

Date Last Visited: 1/6/2016
Address: 15 Bligh Street, CBD, Sydney, NSW
Recommended Dish(es): everything we ordered except the beef tartare or desserts

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Mekong | Chippendale

When it comes to Asian restaurants, I have a few rules in order to effectively judge whether one is worth visiting. An oft-cited example is if most diners in there aren’t Asian, then run fast, run far. Another one would be if the menu doesn’t have a focus on a single country’s cuisine – if I see dandan noodles, beef pho and Pad Thai on the same page, I’m outta there faster than you can slurp your “char koay teow”.

But here’s the thing, and you’ve already guessed it – rules are made to be broken. Here’s to Mekong – a restaurant that’s about as iconoclastic as it gets with throwing specialisation out the window, and breaks mold with flair and aplomb.

Date Last Visited: 29/5/2016
Address: 16 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Recommended Dish(es): squid ink dumplings, pork in betel leaf, grilled scallops, wagyu beef salad (if you can handle the spice), royal seafood amok, a duck at sunrise, morning glory (side dish), bangkok ice cream bowl

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Sushi Omakase – Sokyo at The Star | Pyrmont, Sydney

When it comes to sushi, Sydney has its fair share of options, which would satisfy all but the most devoted sushi aficionados.

But then, what if you are one such connoisseur? For those who’ve experienced the grand omakase experiences in Japan, Sydney’s a little bit lacking – it’s no shame to admit this – facts are facts.

That said, where there’s a gap, there’s opportunity – an opportunity that Chase Kojima, of Sokyo fame has gladly embraced. If you’ve been eating sushi off of a train your whole life, be prepared to be taken on a first class experience like you’ve never had before.

Date Last Visited: 18/5/2016 (six omakase visits to date) 4/2/2015
Address: The Darling, The Star – Level G 80 Pyrmont St Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Recommended Dish(es): book the omakase experience and you can’t go wrong

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Kaiseki Tsuruko (つる幸) | Kanazawa

Welcome back, Japan-obsessed foodies! With an introduction to kaiseki written, I hope that this venerable cuisine will become far easier to understand (though it’s oh so, so easy to eat). A necessary lesson, for many posts like the current one cover my experiences at various kaiseki and kaiseki-like restaurants. My first true-to-form experience of kaiseki was at restaurant Tsuruko, in the tranquil, highly underrated city of Kanazawa.

This is a long read, so if you’re feeling lazy, let me jump the gun for you before you do – this restaurant is worth every last Yen.

Best that you keep reading 🙂

Date Last Visited: 24/3/2016 – Spring seasonality
Details (address, hours, etc.): link
Food cost only: 30000JPY
Actual price paid (cost includes dinner + 1 carafe of sake + all taxes): 33,813JPY (~$402AUD at time of writing). 

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