Kin By Us | Macquarie Park

LuMi Bar & Dining | Pyrmont

An experience at Pyrmont's LuMi Bar & Dining is like a box of Swiss chocolates - you're not entirely sure if what you'll get, but you know it's damn good.

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Kin By Us | Macquarie Park

Kin By Us | Macquarie Park

My Kitchen Rules cute couple Uel & Shannelle have redefined the concept of an Asian cafe in Kin By Us. You'll want to make a special trip to Macquarie Park!

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Sushi Omakase | Sokyo, Pyrmont

Sushi Omakase | Sokyo, Pyrmont

There was no war to begin with - Sokyo's Sushi Omakase is beyond doubt, the greatest sushi experience money can buy in Sydney. I'm Still Hungry for more!

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[Updated] Bennelong Restaurant | Sydney Opera House

This is a restaurant worth talking about.

It took eighteen months since the departure of Guillaume Brahimi for someone brave enough to successfully take the reins of what is quite possibly the most epochal architectural work in Sydney, but it’s finally happened. A marriage between Peter Gilmore, and the iconic Sydney Opera House.

On the one hand, it’s hardly astonishing – a head chef of international fame, a landmark of international fame. Really, the pairing should have been seen from Kirribilli. On the other hand, nobody knew what to expect – the head honcho behind fine dining juggernaut Quay, helming what is meant to be a more accessible venue serving more accessible fare. What’s Gilmore’s take? What’s the value Bennelong brings to the table? I find out by booking one, and I think we’re going to be in for some good times ahead.

Date Last Visited: 11/7/15
Address: Sydney Opera House
Recommended Dish(es): Slow cooked heirloom pumpkin, grilled Lady Elliot Island bug, roasted John Dory, the Pavlova, chocolate cake from across the water, cherry jam lamington

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Aqua S Ice Cream Parlour | Sydney CBD

As I see it, Aquaman is a very underrated superhero. Sure, his abilities amount to little more than telepathy and the usual suite of enhanced physiology while in the water, but that’s still cause for envy from someone who struggles to stay afloat in the water. The funny thing about Aquaman is that because he’s so widely ridiculed, he’s become more well-known than most other B-grade Marvel heroes.

Aqua S is like an improved Aquaman – as standout as ever thanks to its distinct hue, possesses superpowers [citation needed], and best of all, it’s famous because it’s actually a pretty sweet-tasting soft serve.

No wonder this is currently the most Instagrammed food in Sydney at the moment.

Date Last Visited: 23/07/15
Address: Regent’s Place – 501 George St Sydney, NSW 2000
Recommended Dish(es): grape

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The Fat Duck London & Melbourne

The Fat Duck | London & Melbourne

The Fat Duck is about to pull a hat trick.

The culinary overlord Heston Blumenthal (you may have heard of him) utterly and definitively blew me away when I dined at The Fat Duck in Bray over a year and a half ago. It was a transformative experience, teaching me that food can be elevated to unimaginable heights, yet take you back to food play dates of childhood. It is art, theatre, and the fulfilment of fantasy all in one meal. You do not visit a restaurant such as The Fat Duck to merely eat. Sure, in the end, it’s just food, they say. Only idiots would pay $500+ for a meal, they decry. Well then, let us fools be parted with our money – these tables are hard enough to nab as they are.

So many people tried to book a table at The Fat Duck’s 6-month stint in Melbourne – nearly 100,000 people applied for the mere chance. I, the masochist, tried my luck at the chef’s table – an even more improbable feat. Needless to say, I was truly counting on a lucky star to shine upon me. And then, one did.

Date Last Visited: 10/1/2014 (London) | 04/07/2015 (Melbourne)
Address: High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AQ, United Kingdom | 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC
Recommended Dish(es): the experience itself

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Restaurant Amusé | Perth

“Here is the menu for tonight, I’m going to leave it face-down on the side of the table, so you choose to be surprised.”

I tried, I really did. I couldn’t resist. After the first few snacks, I had to take a peek. Restaurant Amusé’s food is just too good not to spoil. Say hello to Western Australia’s best restaurant.

Date Last Visited: 9/6/15
Address: 64 Bronte St, East Perth, WA
Highlight Dish(es): Mushroom, sunflower & cauliflower, Marron, carrot, quinoa & buckwheat, Duck, artichoke & orange

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Haven Tailoring Coffee Joyously | Surry Hills

Haven: a place of safety or refuge. “A safe haven in times of trouble.” 

We can add one more definition to the word Haven: a specialty cafe, and one of the only ones where you can get your coffee tailored to suit your very own, highly individualised palate. Now that sounds like the right kind of Haven for coffee lovers. Now, let’s seek coffee refuge!

Date Last Visited: 26/6/15
Address: 30-34 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Recommended Dish(es): genmaicha chicken burger, braised lamb & quinoa salad, the coffee

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Cuckoo Callay [New Menu] | Newtown

When Cuckoo Callay first shot through an invite to their Bacon Festival (yes, it totally happened and I didn’t just imagine it), I actually contemplated on saying no. If there were ever a time to torch my inbox with hate mail, that would have been it. Thankfully, I was made to see the light, thereupon getting myself porked on eight bacon dishes. In other words, a normal Saturday.

Now, the bacon festival is over. A sad day for sure, however fret not – where there’s a Yin, there must be Yang. Cuckoo Callay’s new menu has arrived, and with my crew Isaac @ iFat, Anna @ Polyphagia & the Lady in tow, we were set to create our own festival right there on the table. It may be a bit Cuckoo, but it’s right up my all-ay.

Date Last Visited: 20/6/15
Address: 324b Newtown Train Station, Newtown, NSW
Recommended Dish(es): trout pout, pop goes the chicken, rice rice baby

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Cafe Cre Asion | Sydney CBD

Did you know green is my favourite colour? No, of course you didn’t – this isn’t an “ask me anything” Tumblr page. But while we’re on the topic, let’s talk about matcha (a specific type of green tea powder). It can be drunk, made into desserts, or just about anything really – its versatility is bound only by one’s imagination. In sweet treats, its complex flavour has no replacement.

Enter Cafe Cre Asion. In the span of less than four weeks, it has become one of my favourite cafes in Sydney. Matcha lovers? Welcome the Cre Asion invasion.

Date Last Visited: 5/6/15
Address: 21 Alberta Street, CBD, Sydney, NSW
Recommended Dish(es): matcha latte, matcha fondant, matcha & macadamia cookies, braised pork neck sandwich

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Cafe Morso | Pyrmont

Whatever you think of him, you owe Henry Ford some gratitude. After all, he was the one that introduced the concept of a two-day weekend into modern working society, back when it was only one. The things you learn when reading a food blog, right?

Why is this relevant? Two days = at least two chances for cafe hopping. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a proper round of cafe breakfasts/brunches, but I’m glad that when I found the time to get back into it, I found quality in almost no time at all. Thanks for that, Cafe Morso!

Date Last Visited: 2/5/15
Address: 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW
Recommended Dish(es): any risotto on the menu, wild mushrooms & scrambled eggs, kransky dog

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The Best Ramen in Sydney

Winter has arrived and with it, all the fevers, colds and thick folds of coats. There are many ways to combat the scourge of Jack Frost, but one option stands tall amongst the madness of methods: the humble bowl of ramen.

I’m here to help you decide one thing, and one thing only: the best ramen in Sydney. Seventeen ramen shops, seventeen(+) bowls of ramen, 1.5 months of crawling, one objective reviewer. Let me be your ramen shaman, and I will show you the light.

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I’m Still Hungry In Hong Kong | Cheap Feeds

Hong Kong. If you thought Sydney had a lot going for it, you should check this place out. A metropolis with a population density seventeen times that of Sydney, it’s like being on a Sydney train at peak hour, except everywhere you go in Hong Kong. However, any traveller worth their salt will travel to Hong Kong at least once. If you’re a foodie, you might not stop at just once.

Did you know The Lady and I travelled to Hong Kong for a few days over December last year? You’d be forgiven if you weren’t aware – no details were shared on social media. We all know that if you didn’t see it on Instagram or the blog, then I didn’t eat it. That’s how the arrangement goes, right? Thus, I’m going to bust that myth, one photo at a time.

Let’s just say that “I’m Still Hungry” isn’t a phrase I was saying by the end of the trip. Without further ado, onto the food!

Period of Visit: December 2014

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