For another well-written post from a fellow blogger on this topic, click here.
A few weeks ago, the New York Times ran an article on the topic of food photography. No, it didn’t slam the trend, but did highlight the fact that there is a increasingly growing crowd of food bloggers (yours truly included) and food photographers, who have begun to chafe with diners who are simply at restaurants to enjoy the food and company.
Another article then goes further, proffering the opinions of one comedian by the name of Tim Ross who does pretty much slam the practice of food photography. He makes some points, many of them actually salient. But of course, you know where this is going.
I have a few (a lot?) of words to say on this. I’m going to be naturally biased, but that’s called having an opinion after all.
By the way, do read the two articles and perhaps their comments before actually reading this post, it will make this discussion a lot easier. All quotations/excerpts from the two articles italicised.
Food Photography sullies the ambience of the restaurant, and of the dining experience. This results in the annoyance of the other diners, and even the food photographer’s own dining companions
This generally applies more to fine dining restaurants, but really any eatery is game.
So here are my thoughts – and indeed, guidelines on how not to be an invasive and ambience-killing food photographer.
I figure I should have a post explaining just how this blog works – kind of like a FAQ. Be sure to have a skim
More after the break.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on that awesome laksa place Malay Chinese, firmly concluding that while it’s impossible to find a definitive “best of” restaurant, it was certainly one of the best when it came to laksa. It is the haunt of many a hungry businessperson during lunchtimes, with queues that defy imagination (well, you could imagine a longer queue actually…)
Another laksa eatery that shares all of those above properties (including being located in the city too!) is Jimmy’s Recipe. Personally, I know more friends who are fans of Jimmy’s than Malay Chinese, primarily due to uhhh…hygiene concerns, but when it comes down to the most important factor – taste, they’re both great to scratch your laksa itch.
Date Last Visited: 12/12/2012
Address: 500 George St Sydney, NSW 2000
Go-to dish: Laksa, definitely the laksa
Disclaimer: I’m not incentivised in any way to spruik this competition – I just want to see some awesome doughnut-inspired ice cream flavours
Hey guys! If you ever wanted to see a flavour envisioned by you, created by Gelato Messina (which, though I haven’t reviewed, I’m sure you’ve all been to and loved it), here’s your chance!
The catch is, it has to involve doughnuts somehow! Think of a flavour, and then submit your entry before May 30, and if you win your flavour will be sold from June 7-14. You also get HEAPS of ANY Messina flavour.
And all it takes are your creative juices! Why not give it a go?
*Disclaimer* I was not incentivised in any way by FBi Radio to spruik this – I just want to see some creative flavours being submitted
The full press release (and thus, details) is shown after the break.
The Chocolate Room is one of those alternatives to the more well known Guylian/Lindt/Max Brenner chocolate cafés out there. Its exposure in Sydney isn’t particularly well-known, even though there’s four locations here. I’ve walked past it countless times, yet never took the initiative to go in until the end of 2012.
The prices, on average seem to be around 60-75% of the more well-known choc dessert cafés, so if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to get your chocolate fix, TCR is worth consideration.
Just remember though, you can only order sweet goods here – so hopefully you’ve had dinner first! TCR is dessert-only (I hope the name got that through).
Date Visited: 17/12/2012
Address: 210/298 Sussex Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Go-to dish: well I only had one so…
Yay tapas! Long time consumer, first time blogger. It goes to show how infrequently I eat it – having it only 3 times or so ever since I started blogging. I’d have it more, except that it’s best with a group, and I’ve somehow been relegated to this whole “one on one” dining status. How in the world did that happen I wonder…
In any case, Encasa, to put it shortly is one of the best tapas restaurants you can find in Sydney. A true Spanish stalwart, Encasa will do you little wrong, and so much right.
Date Visited: 21/12/2012
Address: 423 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000
Go-to dish: with tapas, it’s really up to you (Y)
I suppose it would be easy and lazy for me to just say “look at the review for Chat Thai” and call it a day but the story isn’t that easy. If only it were.
It is close, but Home Thai, as the other premier Thai haunt in Sydney city, has many offerings of its own, and where it does match the Thai of other restaurants, it’s never quite the same.
It was the first “mainstream” Thai place I heard of, many years ago, and it remains a classic favourite of mine to this day.
Date Last Visited: 5/1/13
Address: Shop 1 – 2 / 299 Sussex Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Go-to dish: Lad Nah (gravy noodles)
I’m usually pretty averse to “best-of” lists. Once you reach that point, elements become pretty much indistinguishable from another, and even vaunted number one positions don’t really mean much, except for getting your name and brand out there. After all, if you could actually, legitimately tell the difference between the number one restaurant in XYZ cuisine to the number 5 restaurant, also in XYZ cuisine, then congratulations – you’re a super taster. I only wish we were all super tasters (then we’d all be able to make and thus eat better food).
Still, such lists do have a use – and that’s to draw attention to the general public about such places. If Quay was never featured on Masterchef and was not present on the San Pelligrino’s top 50 restaurants in the world list, it’s not likely that you’d have to book 6 months in advance. Good talent does deserve to be recognised, and if you don’t actually serve great food, then your own skills as a chef will eventually “standardise” you. At least hopefully.
Lucio Pizzeria is one of the best pizzerias as named by Time Out Sydney, as well as Good Food. When it comes to pizza, it’s hard to imagine that it could reach such heights as to be exemplified like fine dining is, but one should keep in mind that even the simplest foods (such as the legendary 蛋炒饭 – egg fried rice) can reach godly levels through pure skill. Why would that apply to pizzas either?
Okay that was way too much exposition for a entrée review, so let’s get right into it.
Date Visited: 1/2/13
Address: 248 Palmer Street Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW 2010
Go-to dish: go with your preferences in toppings
Blink and you’ll miss it. Well, it’s not quite like that, but Madang is not exactly “on” Pitt Street proper. It’s inside a small (but not dodgy) alleyway that exits out onto Pitt St, so you’ll have to keep an eye out as there’s no banner to help you out.
Madang marks the first Korean eatery I’m to cover on this blog. That’s not to say I’ve little/no experience with Korean food – contrare, I eat it very often as I just love the variety and the spices. Recently however, I’ve had a bit of a dry spell with going to Korean restaurants. I’m not sure why, but that’s why you haven’t seen me cover any.
Until now, that is.
Date Visited: 18/12/2012
Address: 371 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Go-to dish: Japchae