It’s really no secret that Sepia Restaurant is one of Sydney’s prime dining destinations. Its mastery of Asiatic flavours while paying homage to traditional French gastronomic techniques, coupled with its well-known dessert prowess makes it easy for me to echo the appraisal of the masses.
Indeed, I rarely go to the same fine dining restaurant more than once for variety and value rationales, but this post marks my third visit to Sepia. That fact alone says something – depositing more than $500 into a restaurant’s coffers? Well, he must love the place.
Well, love is such a strong word – but let’s just say that my feelings are strong enough that I decided to go there a third time, for my one year anniversary no less! Does it live up to the challenge of serving such an occasion? You know what to do. Read on!
Date Last Visited: 25/1/14
Address: 201 Sussex St Sydney, NSW 2000
Some readers may have observed that apart from my post on Eat Art Truck, there is a dearth of content that covers the well-known Sydney Food Truck scene. The San-Fran phenomenon has taken Sydney by storm. In that vein, I guess I didn’t really need to cover it.
But naturally, that is hardly the reason why I haven’t posted about food trucks very much. The actual causal factors are that I’m somehow always at the wrong place, or when a truck is around, my timing has always been rather on the other side of Jove.
Which is why Streetfest – Food Trucks United, a festival that aims to bring as many food trucks together as it can down to Belmore Park, is a most propitious event for someone like me. If you’ve never been able to equate your desire for food truck food with your actual consumption of food truck food, a (hopefully permanent) solution is finally here! Read on for the deets.
Date Last Visited: 7/2/14
Address: Belmore Park, Central
Recurrence: 1st Friday each month (next recurrence as of writing: March 7th)
Astute readers will have noticed that I am now putting in restaurant locations after the pipe (vertical bar) in the title. Yes, I know everyone loves my *cough* witty *cough* sub-title, but I think location is much more immediate, and useful. This will be the way going forward!
Speaking of going forward…onto the restaurant itself! In the ever-modernising precinct of Darling Quarter, restaurants have a bit of implied imperative to be just that little bit more decorated with respect to their service, the food and trappings. Vesta Italian hails as an example of these new breed of restaurants cropping up in the district, but does it deliver on the goods?
You know what to do folks – click below!
Date Last Visited: 8/2/14
Address: 15/1-25 Harbour St Sydney, NSW 2000
Recommended Dish(es): gnocchi, pork belly pizza, strawberry & rhubarb pizza, seared scallops
Readers of my recent posts may have found that I’ve been doing a lot of coverage on bars with a focus on Asian cuisine. As these have all been invites from PR agencies, there’s clearly something up. A trend towards a more Asiatic clientele? The effort to do something different? The belief that by serving something non-standard, something new and interesting comes about?
Then again, such a trend isn’t new, so bars have really got to try hard to stand out from the rest. Good enough is good, but better is great. If I remember a place, then it has succeeded.
Read on to see how The Flynn fits in this puzzle. You’ll want to see it pans out.
Date Last Visited: 6/2/14
Address: 2a Bligh Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Recommended Dish(es): banh mi (seriously)
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My last memory of Manly was when I was around 11-12 years old. I was walking along the bright yellow sands of Manly Beach during a particularly busy time of year (let’s call it summer). There were throngs of people everywhere, particularly clustered along the red/yellow flags – a buzz was in the air. Oh yes, beach day.
Unfortunately, that was pretty much the extent of the good stuff. A few minutes later on that walk along the beach, I saw something blue – yes, later on did I realise what a terrible creature to pick up that would be – it was a blue bottle.
Now, 11 years later, I return to Manly with better tidings than stinging tentacles. Newly opened, just a few minutes from the beach is Donny’s Bar. Once again, it attempts to break apart from the usual tidings of serving traditional bar food, instead aiming for a far more Asian spin.
Fair enough, let’s see how they fare, shall we? Read on!
Date Last Visited: 2/2/14
Address: 7 Market Lane Manly, NSW 2095
Recommended Dish(es): coconut & pandan mochi, wagyu beef sliders
What do you do when you’re
b) Invited to try out a Chinese restaurant
c) But have actually eaten at that restaurant 4 times already?
Well actually, nothing special – you still go.
Fat Buddha is a rather fancily-adorned Chinese restaurant situated at the top level of QVB. It does yum cha as well as serve low to high-end dishes from a rather extensive menu. Like, really, really extensive. Chances are, there’s something there for every palate.
That actually also makes it quite difficult to review, let’s see what that’s all about. Read on.
Date Last Visited: 30/1/14
Address: Level 2, QVB, 455 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Recommended Dish(es): sauteed scallops w/egg white, steamed coral trout fillet w/XO chilli sauce
It was a bit surprising, just how quickly Kings Cross’ new lockout laws have had an effect on the establishments there – Buns and Balls has already relocated, and they’ve barely just opened! While I myself can’t really comment on whether these laws are a good thing or not, one thing’s for sure – things are changing in the always-vibrant atmosphere of Kings Cross.
Or are they? Clearly, not all is lost, as restaurants are still opening up in this gloriously pleasure-seeking suburb. The latest? The peculiarly-named Love on Top. Fair enough, I suppose, given that it is actually one level above street level – so do look up when trying to find it.
While they’ve been in operation for a few weeks now, LoT’s official launch was on the 4th of Feb. Their cuisine? Most assuredly Asian. “Another Asian bar?” You ask. Yes, another one. What makes this one different? Well, it’s actually got damn good food. Read on.
Date Last Visited: 4/2/14
Address: 33 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, 2011
Recommended Dish(es): gotta get some of them dumplings