Eating in Sydney – Restaurant & Cafe Reviews

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Me Oi – Strathfield, Vietnamese Restaurant Review

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This Queen’s birthday, my mates and I visited Me Oi in Strathfield. The interior is welcoming and so are the staff. Check out those big turquoise lanterns! I had Pho Rare Beef. Chunks of beef with a pink center plus chili oil. It really packs a punch. My two other mates ordered a Cooked Beef Pho which had a richer … Continue Reading

Dessert Cafes in Central Hong Kong

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Hello! My name is Jennifer. On my recent trip to Hong Kong (HK), I met the Hong Kongese friends and they showed me a thing or two about desserts. Tartes & Pop This is a patisserie specialising in tarts – a rare find in HK because the base of the tarts are usually soggy due to the buttercream. But Tartes & Pop … Continue Reading

Tappo Osteria – Pyrmont, Italian Restaurant Review

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They always say that it’s not what you know, but who you know. While that’s not entirely true, friends and colleagues do come in handy when it comes to restaurant recommendations. As was the case when I asked a work colleague about some of her favourite Italian restaurants. Tappo Osteria was one of the restaurants she mentioned, which to my surprise … Continue Reading

Gumshara Ramen – Sydney CBD, Japanese Restaurant Review

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So if you talk to any one of my friends, they’ll tell you that I have a strange fascination with all things Italian. Mostly food, though it does extend beyond that! Now I’ve always told them that I must have been Italian in my past life, but going by the sheer number of Japanese restaurants I’ve frequented, I’m beginning to think that … Continue Reading

Ippudo – Sydney CBD, Japanese Restaurant Review

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Funny thing happened on my trip to Japan last year. No matter what the night entailed – be it dinners and deserts, izakaya, karaoke while eating honey chocolate ice cream loafs, whatever – I always found myself finishing the night off with a nice bowl of ramen from one of the many Ichiran restaurants. It’s like a Japanese version of the … Continue Reading

Sushi Samurai – Pyrmont, Japanese Restaurant Review

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It’s been such a long time since my last blog post (sorry)! I’ve just become so busy with work and life lately that I’m finding it really difficult to continue with my periodic restaurant reviews. So instead of abandoning it altogether – like I have the last several months – I’ve decided to at least post the photos of my eating endeavours, and … Continue Reading

Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse – Sydney CBD, Restaurant Review

Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse

Situated well back from King Street in Sydney’s CBD, walking into Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse feels like a step back in time. It’s not just the restaurant’s interior that has an olden day charm, but leading up to the entrance, you are greeted by traditional sandstone walls that would have been all the norm a couple of hundred years ago. In fact, … Continue Reading

Mejico – Sydney CDB, Mexican Restaurant Review

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So I finally decided to try Mejico after walking past it on numerous occasions. Prior to this, I hadn’t frequented an actual Mexican restaurant for almost a decade – Wow! It’s not that I don’t like Mexican cuisine, but I guess I hadn’t seen too many around (sans Max Mex and Guzman y Gomez). Being situated next door to Jamie’s … Continue Reading

Yume Sushi – Gladesville, Japanese Restaurant Review

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The origins of Yume Sushi Gladesville – nestled amongst a variety of restaurants along Victoria Road – goes as far back as 2006 when the head chef and owner, Hyun (Daniel) Cha, opened his first Japanese Restaurant in the Imperial Arcade in Sydney’s CBD. Since then, Daniel has opened and ran the very popular Yume Sushi in Drummoyne, followed by Yume Sushi … Continue Reading

Essen Restaurant & Beer Cafe – Ultimo, German Restaurant Review

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There are certain moments in life then most men absolutely treasure. These include things like fishing, cooking steak on a BBQ, cracking opening a cold beer while sitting in front of the television and digging in a giant, juicy, delicious schnitzel. That’s where Essen Restaurant & Beer Cafe comes in! Cabbage Salad (complimentary) Every meal at Essen starts with a … Continue Reading

MoVida Sydney – Surry Hills, Spanish Restaurant Review

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Life is full of lessons – I can’t believe I just opened a foodie blog post with that line – and one of the lessons I’ve been taught recently by a work colleague, is that the suburb of Surry Hill aint so bad. In fact, it is actually freaking great! After avoiding the suburb for far too long, I’ve only recently … Continue Reading

Lucio Pizzeria – Darlinghurst, Italian Restaurant Review

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Earlier this year I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a month in Europe and enjoy it’s many culinary delights. That included tasting the most amazing Margherita pizza ever, at Pizzeria Da Michele in Napoli, Italy. Since then I’ve been on the hunt for something similar here in Sydney. Now comparing local Sydney pizza, to what is quite possibly the best pizza … Continue Reading

The Italian Bowl – Newtown, Italian Restaurant Review

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One of the best things about Newtown is that it’s very easy to get lost in the myriad of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Which is very convenient when your super-lazy mates are running an hour and a half late to an event you’re attending – as was the case on the night. So after browsing a few art stores, … Continue Reading

Restaurant Atelier – Glebe, French Restaurant Review

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Restaurant Atelier is located on the Parramatta Rd end of the incredibly popular Glebe Point Rd in Glebe. This street is an absolute mecca for restaurants and cafes; quite a few of which I have visited in the past. Restaurant Atelier, however, is one that I had walked passed and overlooked on numerous occasions. Perhaps because of it’s very unassuming … Continue Reading

Xanthi – Sydney CBD, Greek Restaurant Review

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Some restaurants you plan to go to and some you just end up at. Xanthi is the latter of the two. Our original plan was to dine at Jamie’s Italian on Pitt Street, but after being informed of the hour and a half long wait, we decided to head elsewhere. Fast forward 15mins and we were navigating the food court … Continue Reading

Mino Sushi & Sake – Willoughby, Japanese Restaurant Review

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On a freezing Friday night, after wrapping up another crazy-busy week at work, my mates and I crossed the Bridge and headed over to a tiny Japanese restaurant located in the suburb of Willoughby. Mino, which has been around for the while in the suburb of Mosman, has only recently opened up in Willoughby. From the outside, Mino has a … Continue Reading

Din Tai Fung World Square – Sydney CBD, Chinese Restaurant Review

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The name Din Tai Fung is synonymous with dumplings. Why? Because the international restaurant chain is said to make some of the tastiest dumplings in the world. But then again, statements like these are thrown around all the time in the food industry. At the end of the day, what it comes down to is how delicious and enjoyable the meal … Continue Reading

Sushi Hotaru – Sydney CBD, Japanese Restaurant Review

Sushi Hotaru - Sydney CBD

For a few months now, my work colleague had been telling me of this mythical Japanese restaurant, in Sydney’s CBD, where you could get plate after plate of fresh sushi for only $3 each. That’s right, $3 per plate. Bollocks! At first I didn’t believe him, but then he educated me on their unique business model where if you carry … Continue Reading

Restaurant 16 – Neutral Bay, Italian Restaurant Review

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I worked in Neutral Bay back in the day so I used to know the area quite well. But boy has it changed over the past 6 years. There are only a handful of shops that I recognise from back then. One theme has held true over the years, though, and that’s the abundance of restaurants and cafe’s adorning Military … Continue Reading

Out of Africa – Manly, Moroccan Restaurant Review

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There are quiet a few options available when one is contemplating dining out in Manly. Except, of course, if it is Easter Friday. So when we found out that our primary choice (Angel Restaurant in Queenscliff) was closed, a mate of mine suggested we visit Out of Africa instead. Since I had only eaten Moroccan cuisine perhaps twice in the … Continue Reading

Ciao, Hola, Bonjour, Hallo & ‘Allo – A Small Taste of Europe

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Earlier this year I finally got the chance to take a much needed break from work and head over to Europe for a month-long vacation. It was a long time coming too, because I had been wanting to travel to Europe, and Italy in particular, for the better part of the last decade. Despite the cooler Winter temperatures, the trip … Continue Reading

Lotus – Potts Point, Restaurant Review

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With all the celebrations and excitement of bringing in the New Year, as well as the Christmas festivities before that, there is one thing that brings you back down to Earth. Quickly. And that’s your first week back at work. So after what has been the busiest last few months of my working life, it was really nice to finish off the … Continue Reading

Made in Italy – Pyrmont, Italian Restaurant Review

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Ciao. Please, sit down. I have a small confession to make. I am a massive fan of all things Italian. Cars, women, women, women and of course Italian food. Now although Italian women have always gotten me into trouble (oh the memories), I’m happy to say that Italian food has always put a smile on my face :) So when … Continue Reading

Nick’s Seafood – Darling Harbour, Restaurant Review

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It had been a while since I had last visited Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Darling Harbour. A full year in fact. Unlike Jordan’s Seafood Restaurant across the water, which has since closed down, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant is still just as busy as ever. Walking into restaurant you are very quickly engulfed by the buzz and chatter of a house full … Continue Reading

Sushi Rio – Sydney CBD, Japanese Restaurant Review

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Sushi Rio is located on the southern end of Sussex Street in the Sydney CBD. Positioned right on the corner at Liverpool Street, the restaurant is adorned with large glass window panes and prominent ‘SUSHI RIO’ signage sitting behind them. The fittings are a beautiful mix of dark granite, deep blacks, brushed aluminium, combined with a striking large chandelier that makes … Continue Reading

Chefs Gallery – Sydney CBD, Chinese Restaurant Review

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Chefs Gallery is a Chinese restaurant located just around the corner from KFC on George Street in Sydney’s CBD. Despite the stiff competition from The Colonel (HAH!), Chefs Gallery does really well by offering some beautiful Modern Chinese cuisines that not only taste good, but are visually appealing as well. Speaking of visual appeal, I have to admit that I loved the … Continue Reading

Australian Youth Hotel – Glebe, Pub Review

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Located on the outskirts of the Sydney CBD, The Australian Youth Hotel sits in the vibrant suburb of Glebe. An area rich with some of Sydney’s best cafes, restaurants and pubs. Having frequented this pub a number of times, and loving their food on almost every occasion, I thought it was time I actually wrote a review of it. Now I … Continue Reading

Taste on Sussex Lane – Sydney, Bar & Restaurant Review

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The very first Taste Baguette restaurant opened in Surry Hills with a goal of providing the freshest baguettes in Sydney, baked every 15 minutes during lunch and filled with only the freshest ingredients. Since then Taste Baguette has grown to 10 stores, including the one we visited on Sussex Lane off Kent Street in the Sydney CBD. Rare Roast Angus … Continue Reading

Mecca Espresso – Ultimo, Cafe Review

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I first heard of Mecca Espresso in Sydney Morning Herald’s inaugural Good Cafe Guide 2011, where it was crowned Cafe of the Year! What surprised me about this result was the fact that I had walked past this cafe numerous times without giving it a second thought. From the outside it looks like any other cafe, bar, or bookshop even. What … Continue Reading

Clipper Cafe – Glebe, Restaurant Review

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Clipper Cafe, located in the bustling restaurant precinct on Glebe Point Rd, is an absolute gem of a cafe. You could be excused for walking straight passed it, if not for the loud chatter of a cafe full of happy patrons. Aside from the food, part of charm of Clipper Cafe is it’s white, terrace style, almost European facade that is both … Continue Reading

Snag Stand, Westfield – Sydney, Restaurant Review

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The Snag Stand is another brilliant new addition to the recently renovated Westfield food court on Pitt Street Mall in Sydney. I absolutely love the decor of this take away! With a myriad of fancy typography written across large black wooden panels, you can’t help but start selecting your next meal as you walk past. It also helps that the … Continue Reading

Ju Ju Japanese Tavern – Kings Cross, Restaurant Review

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The simplest things in life can often be the best. One simple word, repeated twice and you’ve got one of my favourite Japenese Restaurants in Sydney! It’s none other than Ju Ju Japanese Tavern! Situated in the center of Kings Cross, it is truly amazing the difference in the environment when you walk down the stairs into the restaurant. While … Continue Reading

Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar – Melbourne, Italian Restaurant Review

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There so many things I loved about our visit to Melbourne and a lot of these resolved around food :) Melbourne has such a vibrant culture when it comes to dining and entertainment. In almost any street, sidewalk or alleyway, there are unique and wonderful experiences to be had. Out of all the restaurants and cafes we visited over our … Continue Reading

The Press Club – Melbourne, Greek Restaurant Review

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The Press Club is a two hat modern Greek restaurant owned by chef George Calombaris. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll remember George from the hugely popular TV series, Masterchef Australia on Channel 10. There are many reasons why we ended up visiting The Press Club during our short visit to Melbourne. Firstly, we are both huge fans … Continue Reading

Water Bar at BLUE – Woolloomooloo, Bar Review

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While most people head to noisy bars and pubs on a Friday night after work, we were looking for a quiet place for the two of us, where could enjoy some drinks and light finger food. Normally it’s very difficult to find a place that serves alcohol, yet remains on the quiet side. Add to that the requirements of being … Continue Reading

Il Piave – Rozelle, Italian Restaurant Review

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Il Piave is a cute little Italian Restaurant located on Darling Point Road in Rozelle. The area, and this road in particular, is quite a mecca for restaurants and cafes. So one has to produce exceptional food to have any success here. Luckily for us, this is the case for Il Piave. From the the outside it may look very … Continue Reading

Crinitis – Darling Harbour, Italian Restaurant Review

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Ah Crinitis… Situated in the Harbourside Shopping Centre in Darling Harbour, this is an absolute gem of a restaurant! Overlooking the beautiful Sydney CBD skyline, expect to be fed to the brink here with delicious Italian food. Although a little on the pricey side, the servings here are definitely more than generous! What is really astounding, and somewhat daunting at … Continue Reading

Park Hyatt Harbour Kitchen & Bar – Sydney, Restaurant Review

Park Hyatt Harbour Kitchen & Bar

Park Hyatt’s Harbour Kitchen & Bar is situated in The Rocks overlooking the absolutely stunning Circular Quay, with sweeping views of the Opera House and the Sydney CBD. On a bright sunny day, there is perhaps no other place in Sydney where you would rather be. A premier location like this almost always has a premium fine dining experience associated … Continue Reading

MoVida Bar De Tapas – Melbourne, Restaurant Review

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Just like everything else in Melbourne, this trendy little Tapas Bar is nestled inside an alleyway. Not just any alleyway though, it’s perhaps the most striking of it’s kind in Melbourne. The street art adorning it’s walls are nothing short of amazing! Back to MoVida, though, as I mentioned above this cute little bar is incredibly trendy so getting a … Continue Reading

China Doll – Woolloomooloo, Restaurant Review

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China Doll is situated on the vibrant and beautiful Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, where there is a whole myriad of eateries to choose from. And that includes the infamous Harry’s Cafe de Wheels :) Even though we were seated outside on a bright sunny day, the seat we were allocated didn’t do justice to the location, as we were stuck … Continue Reading

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