Posts by D

Quarter Twenty One

Posted by D on 27 January, 2012 in European | 4 comments

Quarter Twenty One

Good God, how time flies – in a blink of an eye, 2011 was over, we were celebrating the new year and now before I was even prepared for it, I’m staring straight at the impending February. Time really does fly by when you’re über busy.

Better late than never to get this up then. Late in 2011, Felix and I paid a visit to Quarter Twenty One – one of Justin North’s new ventures in what I like to call the Justin-North-Quest-For-World-Food-Domination of the new Pitt Street Mall Westfield. You can’t really call this area a traditional ‘food court’ area any more – there’s still the traditional open seating

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Hide Yamamoto, Singapore

Posted by D on 17 December, 2011 in Japanese, Singapore | 3 comments

Hide Yamamoto, Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands – it’s hard to miss when you visit Singapore. It’s this looming building at the south-eastern end of Marina Bay with its three tall towers seemingly precariously holding up its observation deck. Architectural marvel, a monstrosity of an eye-sore or otherwise, it’s definitely hard to deny that this large hotel, casino, shopping, entertainment and basically everything hub is impressive at first sight. Walking in, you get a taste of the over-the-top opulence that you can expect from a Vegas style complex – not surprising considering it was developed by Las Vegas Sands at a whopping cost of $8 billion dollars.

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La Bodeguita del Medio

Posted by D on 3 December, 2011 in Cuban | 2 comments

La Bodeguita del Medio

Sangria, mojitos, live music and a sumptuous three-course meal. Sounds like a perfect Friday night out, but no, this is just a Wednesday night to us. But not a regular Wednesday night – it’s Karen’s farewell part 2 – with another group of friends all equally obsessed with food.

This time, we converge on La Bodeguita del Medio for a night of Cuban food and drinks. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. Somehow Cuban food for me simply got lumped into Spanish cuisine and I was just expecting something similar so I have to say I was nicely surprised. Being a group of nine, we were limited to the function menu* with a choice of a

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BeTheFoodie on FoodPornDaily

Posted by D on 30 November, 2011 in Random | 2 comments

BeTheFoodie on FoodPornDaily

Ah yes, the attack of the triple-word-titles. :)

I’m happy to say that I’ve been featured on the FoodPornDaily website today! After submitting the photo ages ago in July,  I’d completely forgotten about it. So I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email last week to firstly apologise that my submission had been stuck in their spam box, and secondly to say that I was going to be featured on 29th November (US time).

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Cantina Bar + Grill

Posted by D on 29 November, 2011 in Spanish | 2 comments

Cantina Bar + Grill

You’ve got to love those big dinners where you get all your loved ones around a table. Birthdays, holidays and other special events are usually the catalyst for getting all the people you know and love all together in one place. This time, the gathering was bitter sweet as it was to farewell our good friend Karen who’s leaving us poor Sydney-siders for the smog and bustle of Hong Kong.

The place of choice – Cantina Bar + Grill in Darlinghurst for a night of Mediterranean tapas and drinks. It’s located in the space just between the last of the large pubs and bars of Surry Hills that dominate the lower

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Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck), Bali

Posted by D on 2 September, 2011 in Bali, Indonesian | 3 comments

Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck), Bali

Bebek Bengil – it means Dirty Duck in Indonesian and was one of the restaurants we visited during our trip to the Bali. Despite any insinuations that you might gather from the name itself, the story behind the name itself is quite cute. The way the story goes is that when the restaurant was first built, they struggled to find a suitable name for it until a flock of ducks flew in from a nearby rice field and left muddy webbed footprints all over the place. These ‘dirty ducks’ have been considered the restaurant’s first ‘guests’ and so the restaurant was named.

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BeTheFoodie on Journly

Posted by D on 14 August, 2011 in Random | 0 comments

BeTheFoodie on Journly

Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry! It’s been a stressful few weeks for me lately. I started blogging again this time with all the good intentions of being a lot more motivated to blog on a regular basis. Of course, that was based on the rationale that with the wedding and house-hunting over with – I’d be left with hours and hours of free time right? Oh, how wrong I was.

So anyhow, work’s been just a little bit stressful and overwhelming at the moment. But the end is nigh so I promise I’ll be back to regular blogging soon. All going well, I hope.

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Muse Restaurant & Cafe, Hunter Valley

Posted by D on 16 July, 2011 in Australian, Hunter Valley | 5 comments

Muse Restaurant & Cafe, Hunter Valley

Ah, the Hunter Valley. Only a two hour drive north from Sydney and a perfect destination for a quick weekend away with friends. It might be frowned upon when you’re back in the city, but this is the wine region and there is absolutely nothing wrong with starting on the alcoholic beverages right after breakfast as you head out door knocking across several choice cellar doors. And so in planning our weekend away, we sought out a place for dinner that would be befitting of capping off a day of wine and cheese tasting. Some quick internet research by a member of the group and

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Berowra Waters Inn

Posted by D on 29 June, 2011 in French, Italian, Seafood, Sydney | 2 comments

Berowra Waters Inn

A trip to Berowra Waters Inn is a journey, you might even call it a pilgrimage almost. It takes commitment and planning. Located along the Hawkesbury River, it’s a one hour drive north of Sydney leaving the confines of suburbia. Even when you get there, the journey is not quite over. The only way to get to the front door of this place is by boat, or if you have the cash to burn, by seaplane. And if its location doesn’t say ‘exclusive’ enough, to top it off, it’s only open for lunch on Friday-Saturday, and dinner for Friday and Saturday.

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Two Good Eggs

Posted by D on 15 June, 2011 in Cafe, Lunch | 2 comments

Two Good Eggs

It seemed to happen overnight, but suddenly there they were – cafes that are not quite cafes. No, instead of simply being focused around a coffee machine with a limitation to serving classic wraps, BLTs and if you’re lucky, a hot meal, these cafes now serve a different kind of fare. The food that you can order these places is somehow just that little bit gourmet.

One such place is Two Good Eggs in Surry Hills which I have admittedly been frequenting a bit recently. It’s a short stroll from my office, so in the mornings it’s been a place we’ve been going for a good cup of coffee served with a delightful complimentary cube of chocolate wafer when

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Arisun / Sun’s Chicken Beer House

Posted by D on 6 June, 2011 in Chinese, Korean, Sydney | 9 comments

Arisun / Sun’s Chicken Beer House

The other day we had KFC. However, not the kind you get from a fast food chain heralding it’s finger-licking goodness with a mascot consisting of a two dimensional line drawing of a certain colonel. What we’re talking about here is a double-fried version of a Korean origin – a.k.a Korean Fried Chicken.

With a bit of recommendation scouting about where we could satisfy our deep-fried food cravings courtesy of our Korean friends, we settle on Arisun – a Korean restaurant/beer garden located in Chinatown. Years ago, this location on one end of Dixon Street was barren, empty and put

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Mang Engking, Bali

Posted by D on 30 May, 2011 in Bali, Indonesian, Seafood | 1 comment

Mang Engking, Bali

It’s just shy of the onset of winter – and for any readers who live in Sydney, with the chills and strong winds that we’ve been experiencing lately, I’m sure you’ll agree that winter came early this year! So what better way to escape reality than to relive a food memory from my recent Bali trip.

This was my first visit to Bali. I had previously kept Bali somewhere towards the bottom of my to-travel-to list owing to years of media exposure giving me the impression that all I would find there would be hoards of surfie-type backpackers with braided hair all donning the pseudo-Bali holiday uniform – the Bintang Beer singlet. Let’s just say it

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District Dining

Posted by D on 23 May, 2011 in Australian, Contemporary, Sydney | 11 comments

District Dining

Another brainchild of Warren Turnbull of Assiette fame, District Dining has brought fine dining quality at a price for the masses. Gone are the crisp ironed white table clothes, the fine china and the silverware changed at each course – instead District Dining has a warm wooden interior with marble top tables and large blackboards advertising the daily specials which all add to the contemporary tone.

When we enter dining room on a busy Saturday night, the place is buzzing. Conversations are flying everywhere and we strain our heads over the crowd to find our dining companions. One thing I’m struck by

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Patience my friends…

Posted by D on 30 January, 2011 in Random | 5 comments

Phew, what a year 2010 was!
In the space of one year,  I managed to squeeze in all the major stressful things that anybody could endure. Got engaged, planned a wedding, got a new job, figured out the new job, bought our home-sweet-home, got married and went on honeymoon. And if that wasn’t enough, the start of 2011 was all about moving in to our new place! :)
So, all that done and dusted, it’s time to get back in the game. And along with that, a nicely refreshed blog…so watch this space! Promise I’ll be back soon!

Phew, what a year 2010 was! In the space of one year,  I managed to squeeze in all the major stressful things that anybody could endure. Got engaged, planned a wedding, got a new job, figured out the new job, bought our home-sweet-home, got married and went on honeymoon. And if that wasn’t enough, the start of 2011 was all about moving in and furnishing our new place! :)

So, all that done and dusted, it’s time to get back in the game. And along with that, a nicely refreshed blog…so watch this space! Promise I’ll be back soon!

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Taking it easy…

Posted by D on 27 June, 2010 in Random | 9 comments

So, as you’ve probably already noticed, my posting has become largely non-existent of late. The reason being, I’ve recently gotten engaged and with a wedding coming along at the end of this year I’ve pretty much been pre-occupied with wedding planning, honeymoon planning, house hunting and to top it off…going after a new job (which I got!). Boy do I know how to torture myself!

So with everything happening and the fact that I cannot dedicate the time I want to towards writing/processing the best posts/photos I can (perfectionist, yes I am), I’ve decided to take it easy this year and come back with full gusto next year when everything’s done, dusted and sorted.

In the meantime…happy eating! :)

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Toko Restaurant & Bar – Surry Hills

Posted by D on 22 April, 2010 in Japanese, Sydney | 4 comments

Toko Restaurant & Bar – Surry Hills

Phew, it’s been a majorly busy few weeks for me with work, weddings, Easter, family, friends, birthdays…well life in general really (aagh!). Basically this meant I was left with the good old dilemma of ‘too much to do, too little time to do it all in’. If only I could have a couple extra hours every day to cram in everything!

Regardless, somehow, I managed to squeeze in a catch-up with our good friends Justin and Christina at Toko in Surry Hills. The vibe of Toko pure trendy. It’s definitely a place where you get the feeling that this is where the beautiful people go to be seen.

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Pier Restaurant

Posted by D on 20 March, 2010 in Australian, Contemporary, Sydney | 14 comments

Pier Restaurant

Ask me what my favourite seafood restaurant with fine dining in Sydney is and my answer would definitely be Pier Restaurant at Rose Bay. I first visited here as a poverty stricken university student when a single meal here could have easily paid for over a week’s worth of university cafeteria sandwiches. Many years on, I still remember the meal I had there. So when a high school friend announced a quick visit to Sydney and Pier pipped as the place for our catch up, I didn’t have a moment’s hesitation in saying yes at the chance to re-visit.

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Cafe Issus

Posted by D on 4 March, 2010 in Breakfast, Melbourne, Middle Eastern | 2 comments

Cafe Issus

Day two of our trip to Melbourne and we couldn’t help ourselves but to go back to Centre Place for our breakfast. This time, we chose another cafe across the laneway to Cafe No 5.

Since we already went with a traditional breakfast the day before, this time we decided to veer off centre and opted to have food of a more Middle Eastern flavour. With Middle Eastern food being characteristically heavier on the stomach it guaranteed that all the boys were happy after the meal.

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Cafe No 5

Posted by D on 23 February, 2010 in Breakfast, Cafe, Melbourne | 6 comments

Cafe No 5

Okay, so I’ve been a little slack over the last few weeks owing to being overseas and getting distracted by the over abundance of good food available in Malaysia. But, now that I’m back, it’s back to everyday life, and of course that means more food blogging! Anyway, what better way to ease myself back into everyday life by reminiscing on a little break we took in Melbourne a couple months ago.

Day one of our trip consisted of a drive on the Great Ocean Road and needing a good meal to start us off, we went on a wander through the streets of Melbourne and stumbled across Centre Place – a little alleyway

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Sake Restaurant

Posted by D on 26 January, 2010 in Contemporary, Japanese, Sydney | 10 comments

Sake Restaurant

I’ve always had a rule that I generally stick by and rarely break – never order food from a joint where the chef isn’t from the same background as the cuisine. Not to be discriminatory in any way, the simple fact is that I like my food authentic as I can get. Also, call it a quirk of mine, but my mind simply refuses to comprehend the disassociation.

There are however a handful of chefs that beg to differ. Sake Restaurant at the Rocks as can be expected by the name serves contemporary Japanese food and but the executive chef is not Japanese, but a gaijin by the name of Shaun Presland (previously of Sushi E and Establishment

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