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] Devon on Danks | Waterloo

You didn’t think it was just Devon Cafe Surry Hills that gets the new menu treatment, did you? It’s I’m Still Hungry, not I’m Still Lazy. If I was going to do a Devon update, I am going to do a Devon update. And that means covering Devon on Danks as well. Yep, they’ve updated their menu too, because if there’s anything resembling a constant, it’s that Sydneysiders have the itchiest of feet when it comes to food.

How do you scratch the itchy feet of a Sydney foodie? You keep your menu fresh and that’ll keep them coming back. How do you think Aqua S manages to do such a number on me? With that in mind, what does head honcho Zacharay Tan have in store to hook us in? Quite a lot, it turns out!

Date Last Visited: 9/05/15
Address: 2 Danks St Waterloo, NSW 2017
Recommended Dish(es): the Manny P burger, Thai milk tea soft serve, meat board

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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: 14/05/15
Address: Regent’s Place – 501 George St Sydney, NSW 2000
Recommended Dish(es): the sea salt soft serve, spliced with another flavour

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[Updated] Devon Cafe | Surry Hills

For someone who rarely visits the same place more than twice, Devon’s a bit of an outlier at over ten visits. Ten! A combination of good food and a proximity close to Central station has helped its case greatly. It’s undoubtedly true that Devon Cafe has nailed a rare mix of quality food and convenience. The fact that Devon’s a favourite haunt for many of my friends doesn’t hurt either.

My last update on Devon was all the way back in 2014. That’s a long time ago. Heck, an entirely new Devon has popped up in the interim. However, the original is by no means a slouch. With a new menu out, Devon Cafe is out to prove the OG still has plenty going for it. Let’s see what they’ve got in store!

Date Last Visited: 10/5/15
Address: 76 Devonshire St Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Recommended Dish(es): eggs blini, Aphrodite’s bowl, breakfast with the Sakuma’s

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Taiwan Soul Food | Sydney CBD

Winter is the season when most people give up sucking in their stomachs, pretending to have abs while strolling down the beach. It’s the season when people are five times more likely to give in to that slice of cake sitting in front of them. Maybe the whole cake. For me, it’s the season I begin hunting for a perfect, hearty bowl of soup.

There’s nothing quite like it to warm up the body and soul on a cold day. When abs are no longer priority #1, I let laksa, ramen and hot stews take over. For that reason, I  most welcome Taiwan Soul Food to the fold.

Newly opened in late March/early April this year, this new kid on the block is making waves with its herby, robust broth. Oh, did I mention the eighty+ ingredients you can customise to your liking? Read on!

Date Last Visited: 20/4/15
Address: 710-722 George St Haymarket, NSW 2000
Recommended Dish(es): you have got to go nuts here.

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Yang’s Malaysian Food Truck | Sydney

Do any of you guys remember Eat Art Truck? It was one of the first food trucks to roll out onto Sydney’s roads. Hosting ex-chefs of Tetsuya’s, it was bigger than a mere meals on wheels.

It’s also three years old! Imagine that – three years since the food truck scene exploded onto Sydney’s…well…anywhere, really. Anywhere where they can get a permit to park and run a service. We now have trucks that do everything from Italian to Mexican, from Vietnamese to French, and even Yum Cha. While some of these trucks serve cuisine that almost naturally lend themselves to “street level eats”, I personally cannot believe we lack one of the cuisines with the most street cred of all – Malaysian.

Get your act together, Sydney: it’s only taken three years, but enter Yang’s Malaysian Food Truck. Finally, we’ve got legit street food, served street-style. Get your app ready, we’re going food truck hunting.

Date Last Visited: 28/4/15
Address: check Sydney Food Trucks for latest location
Recommended Dish(es): soft shell crab, ramli slider

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Nel Restaurant | Sydney

I had no idea who Nelly Robinson is. I do know a Ned Kelly; apparently he was famous for acting like a slightly less-cool Tony Stark in the 19th century, and lacked palm & chest repulsors, but I digress. My train of thought sometimes derails a little bit, that happens doesn’t it?

Now, I know a little bit about Nelly. A blurb on Nel Restaurant’s website describes the man to be “celebrated for his contemporary interpretations of modern Australian dishes”. Whoa, hold up there. As a society, we’re still trying to figure out just what in the world modern Australian is, and we’re already modernising the modern?

Here’s my take: Nel Restaurant’s about serving…post-modern Australian cuisine, influenced by his UK stints and his childhood memories. We’ve got a British chef on our shores folks, I’m liking the sound of that. Add to this a pricetag of only $88 for their 8-course, seasonal degustation dinner, and you’ve got a curious fellow who’s still hungry to discover more. It’s time to visit Ned’s hideout. I mean Nel.

Date Last Visited: 18/4/15
Address: 75 Wentworth Ave Sydney, NSW 2000
Recommended Dish(es): green peas & ham, mushroom consomme, beef & oxtail, pistachio ice cream

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[Updated] Tim Ho Wan Sydney | Chatswood

The year was 2010. The city was Hong Kong. People went about their day like it was any other, but foodies were waiting with bated breath to see what restaurants would take out stars in the 2010 Hong Kong/Macau Michelin Guide. Most expected 2009 winners like Amber and Lung King Heen to return with their stars. But then again, that wouldn’t be surprising – those restaurants are incredibly expensive, with impeccable service and you’d hope, exceptional food. They are far out of reach of the layman’s budget, to be saved for the most special of occasions.

And then, out of the blue, a bombshell. Chef Mak Kwai Pui’s Tim Ho Wan in Mong Kok, only opened in the previous year of 2009, scored itself a Michelin star. This is a yum cha restaurant where the most expensive of dishes come out to less than $5AUD, where a meal for two comes in at less than $15AUD PP. Almost overnight, the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant took Hong Kong by storm. Soon after, foodies around world have all contributed to the queues that Tim Ho Wan is famous for, perhaps as famous as its dim sum.

And now, the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant is open in Sydney. Tim Ho Wan, say hi to Sydney. Sydney, say hi to queues longer than the Great Wall of China!

Date Last Visited: 25/4/15
Address: The District 436 Victoria Ave Chatswood, NSW 2067
Recommended Dish(es): baked BBQ pork bun, beancurd w/pork & shrimp, mango sago pomelo, osmanthus cake

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Raita Noda Chef’s Kitchen | Surry Hills

When the extensive renovations at Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal necessitated the closure of Japanese stalwart Ocean Room, I was aghast, and immediately made a reservation for a final dinner. While that occasion didn’t capture the same magic as my original visit, I could confidently say that Sydney lost bounty of the sea.

At least, for a few months, because if head chef Raita Noda has proven, it’s that you can always simply pack up and set up shop elsewhere. You can never contain an ocean spirit.

It took some time, but Raita-san has reopened in a way that is almost completely different to the splendiferous scale of Ocean Room. Eight seats only, no waitstaff, no a la carte – a pure omakase experience. Welcome to Raita Noda’s Chefs Kitchen.

Date Last Visited: 17/4/15
Address: 1/ 222 Riley St Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Favourite Dish(es): soft shell crab tacos, dobin mushi, invisible tomato salad, wagyu rump steak

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Restaurant Amber | Hong Kong

Everyone has a story or two about something stupid they did when they were young. In my case, I’ve got a whole compendium of “Shen’s idiocy and the acts that followed”. That’s Volume I, btw. Once, I saw a brown liquid that was moving down a tree branch at a glacial pace, and thought it was…honey.

Oh boy, you’d think that would put me off a restaurant called Amber, wouldn’t you?

Good thing I don’t get traumatised very easily. By the way, did you know that tree sap actually doesn’t taste all that bad? *ahem* Ok, now onto actual French food.

Date Last Visited: 18/12/2014
Address: The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Recommended Dish(es): fukuoka hobo fish, Hokkaido sea urchin, Bahibe milk chocolate cylinder

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LuMi Bar & Dining | Pyrmont, Sydney

LuMi Dining. Open for barely more than half a year, and already winning awards & accolades left, right and centre. Hatted-quality food, yet with a sub-$100 price tag. The age of reasonably-priced dining that makes no compromises on the food itself is hopefully here to stay.

Headed by chef de cuisine and owner Federico Zanellato, of Ormeggio fame (four years there as chef de cuisine!), with stints @ Noma, Attica & Ryugin, the talent at LuMi is hardly lacking.

LuMi has only been open since September last year, but with credentials like Zanellato’s, paired with a $95-priced 8 course menu, it’s taken me far too long to indulge in one of the most hyped restaurants of late 2014.

Date Last Visited: 22/3/15
Address: Wharf 10, 56 Pirrama Rd Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Recommended Dish(es): spelt & pumpkin ravioli, evergreen, ginger ice cream

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