Nestled neatly on a quiet side street in Petersham is a homey feeling French and European restaurant called Blancmange to which a group of us converged on to celebrate our friend Amy’s birthday. Lucky for us, she managed to secure the private dining room for the dinner on the restaurant’s last day of service for 2009 and we were ushered into the restaurant in style via a super secret back entrance.
Complete with a our very own (and very lovely) waitress named Marissa, the private dining room seats sixteen (though we squeezed in seventeen). One of the charms of this place is that the menu here is everRead More
Tip number one – if you’re going to brag about your specialty dish, then it’s best not to do so in front of a foodie. That is, unless you’re willing to make good and prove its worthiness. After a few side comments from our friend Andy about the sheer awesomeness of his beef rendang, a group of us decided to challenge him to make it for us to eat. The perfect occasion for this was his birthday which was just around the corner and we were lucky enough to be treated to an Indonesian feast, followed up by the obligatory birthday cake.Read More
The last few months at work has been manic to say the least. With starting up the blog, a rebounding market and the resultant influx of work, I was fast running out of steam and eagerly looking forward to the lead-up to Christmas. Historically, this has been a time when work slows down and you’re given the opportunity to wind down and let your hair down. No luck there.
In the end, the hard work paid off its dividends when I was fortunate enough to be invited to a dinner organised to celebrate the successes of our overall team during the past quarter. The place that was chosenRead More
Today, I, along with another 50 or so fellow Sydney food bloggers were invited to get together for a Christmas picnic in Hyde Park by fellow Sydney bloggers Chocolatesuze and Grab Your Fork. The only catch – we each had to bring one dish and a food-related kris kringle present.
So after a night of putting canapes together and a slight detour when I got the meet-up location slightly mixed up, I walked tentatively towards a large group of people all standing around what I could only assume from a distance to be a large array of culinary delights. Of course, theRead More
Say the name Neil Perry, and the ears of anybody who knows anything about food prick up. Over the years this chef has firmly cemented himself into a position of one of Australia’s most influential chefs. He is responsible for a spattering of award winning restaurants around Sydney including Rockpool, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple, as well as Rockpool Bar & Grill in Melbourne.
Last month, celebrating a special occasion, I was surprised with a dinner at the original Rockpool which was first opened in the Rocks in 1989. The entrance to the restaurant is understated to say the least. Keep lookingRead More
Since I’ve lived in Sydney there’s always been two elusive Malaysian dishes that I’ve never been able to find in a restaurant that have been able to reproduce authentically. So, when a friend and her Malaysian boyfriend started raving about a place that served the “best satay and cendol” in Sydney, my search was reignited and I took the first opportunity to check it out.
The menu largely consists of hawker stall favourites with some typical dishes you would find in other Malaysian restaurants. With a quite a large variety to choose from, I decided that the true test of authenticity wouldRead More
The Sydney International Food Festival may be over for the year, but there’s one place that’s carrying on their Sugar Hit special into November due to the overwhelming response to their offering last month.
Unfortunately every time we attempted to head to Azuma Kushiyaki for their Sugar Hit during October it was a last minute decision we were never able to get a table. When it finally dawned on us mid-month that we needed to get our organisational skills in check, it was already booked out. Disappointed at first, but we were thrilled to find out they made theRead More
One last Let’s Do Lunch last week to close off on a month of good eating thanks to the Sydney International Food Festival. This time, we decided to head towards Surry Hills and gave Bentley Restuarant & Bar on Crown Street a try. The restaurant is housed in a refurbished pub which has an unassuming aura about it. In that respect, it’s almost too easy to forget that this restaurant has been awarded two chef’s hats for several years running.
The set menu this time for the Let’s Do Lunch special was a roast spatchcock with sweet corn polenta, pistachio and aspagarus. On theRead More
A group of us are heading down to Melbourne next month so with that as an excuse, we got together on Saturday night to get organised and to share a meal. ‘A simple meal’ at Jamie and Richie’s place was what we were told so it was a nice surprise when we arrived at their beautiful house and were treated to a home cooked pot of Mexican chili.
The chili topped onto fresh warm tortilla with a dollop of sour cream, a generous serving of fresh salsa, lettuce and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese was most delectable. Add some corn chips on the side, a coupleRead More
A while ago, on an inner-west suburban street, I happened to walk past an empty shop front proudly displaying a sign announcing that a new Thai restaurant was ‘coming soon’. Nothing wrong with that of course, except for the fact that there were two established Thai restaurants already existing on that same street. My first thought was this move was madness and that the soon-to-be restaurant owners had not properly researched the area. However, a few months later when the new place finally opened, it turned out that the new eatery was a whole new venture created by the same group who already have Thai joints dotted all overRead More
When you book a large table for lunch at a nice restaurant on a work day, it’s usually something work related and is probably going to be taken care of by the company coffers. This was the presumption that my friend was met with when she made a booking for ten at Bécasse last week for the SIFF Let’s Do Lunch special. Instead of being asked who the table was for, she was asked what company the booking was for. Little did the maitre d’ realise that the booking was just for a bunch of friends with a penchant for a good meal.Read More
Making up for missing the Glass Brasserie Sugar Hit the previous week, our friends decided to cash in their raincheck and we hit up the Gallery Tea Lounge for another Sugar Hit.
Best known for their extravagant afternoon tea menus, the Gallery Tea Lounge is located in the lobby level of the Sheraton on the Park. Coming here is like a little bit of luxury. Entering the hotel, you’re greeted with the cavernous lobby featuring two large marble columns on either side of a grand staircase. This feeling of opulence is continued when you take a quick left from the entrance and into the Gallery Tea Lounge.Read More
Sure Ryo’s Noodles is in a obscure location but it’s one of those places where the effort to trek out to Crows Nest doesn’t outweigh the satisfaction of chowing down on a bowl of their ramen. The interior is what I would describe as ‘Japanese kitsch’ but it works in this restaurant. Pieces of paper detailing the menu adorns every wall and is matched up with various brightly coloured fans against the vibrant yellow walls. There’s even a ‘wall of fame’ for the record number of bowls of ramen eaten in one sitting! To me it’s exactly how I envision a small ramen joint in Japan would be.Read More
The little sister to the original Azuma restaurant in Chifley Square, this cosy restaurant in Regent Place (underneath Lumiere Apartments on George Street) specialises in kushiyaki (grilled) skewers and bento sets which are perfect for a luxurious lunch. On the mission to eat a “Let’s Do Lunch” special a week during the Sydney International Food Festival, this was my first one for the month.
In line with its specialities, the offering from Azuma Kushiyaki was a bento with kushiyaki skewers, Azuma’s signature seared tuna salad and a
You know you’re a true foodie if even the worst weather cannot stop you from going out for the sake of food. This was exactly what happened on Monday when our booking for six at the Glass Brasserie for the Sugar Hit whittled down to a lonely two thanks to a weekend of wind and rain. Instead of being put off, I took it as a opportunity to prolong the long weekend just that little bit longer.
We got there a little wet and a little cold after walking through the streets of Sydney and were quickly ushered to our seats. The restaurant interiorRead More
What could be a better way to spend a long weekend than to meet up with friends for a long brunch? So when a friend suggested a catch-up we all said yes in a heartbeat. Before you knew it, we had nine people on the list which pushed us over the the magical number of eight required to have the Breakfast Banquet at Kazbah. At just $20 per person for this, it’s definitely worth the logistical agony of getting together such a large group.
Bookings are essential and even then, be prepared to wait on theRead More
October 1st marked the start of Sydney International Food Festival* previously known as Good Food Month. For the food enthusiast in Sydney, this is the Christmas for foodies. October becomes a month of indulgence with the top restaurants coming together to bring us Sydney-siders a whole month of specials for every palate possible to help jolt us out of the winter blues. There are specials for almost every meal of the day and you’re just about guaranteed to try something new.
A definite crowd favourite is the Sugar Hit which is a dessert only courseRead More
Not the most inventive name for a eatery out there, but the Chinese Noodle Restaurant in Haymarket is best known for its dumplings. Even though we went there on a cold rainy night there was still a 15 minute wait to get a table. The shop decorations will definitely not win any interior design awards with its plastic grape vine covered ceiling and the country-side deco rugs on the walls. I’ve never understood the logic of this, but apart from this the restaurant has the buzz and feel of a typical busy Chinese restaurant you might find hidden in an alleyway somewhere in China or Hong Kong.Read More
Went for a quick and simple meal last night at Red Chilli Sichuan in Burwood. I’d been discounting the restaurant as ‘just another Chinese restaurant’ so I only realised the other day that it had the same name as an existing restaurant in Chinatown which is well known for its spicy dishes. Turns out, it’s not the second, but third branch of the restaurant.
I love spicy food, but for me there’s a threshold beyond which the food goes from being enjoyable to pure torture on the senses. So it’s a goodRead More
Time for some much needed relaxation! So we spent last weekend away at the beautiful Lilianfels in the Blue Mountains. We chose the ‘Hats off to Hugh’ package which was made to celebrate Lilianfel’s in-house restaurant receiving a coveted two Chef’s Hat this year in the Good Food Awards. The package includes an overnight stay, full breakfast the next day and a three course meal at Darley’s.
After checking in and unwinding with a spa treatment, we headed to Darley’s which is located right next door to the hotel. The restaurant andRead More