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Mekong | Chippendale

When it comes to Asian restaurants, I have a few rules in order to effectively judge whether one is worth visiting. An oft-cited example is if most diners in there aren’t Asian, then run fast, run far. Another one would be if the menu doesn’t have a focus on a single country’s cuisine – if I see dandan noodles, beef pho and Pad Thai on the same page, I’m outta there faster than you can slurp your “char koay teow”.

But here’s the thing, and you’ve already guessed it – rules are made to be broken. Here’s to Mekong – a restaurant that’s about as iconoclastic as it gets with throwing specialisation out the window, and breaks mold with flair and aplomb.

Date Last Visited: 29/5/2016
Address: 16 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Recommended Dish(es): squid ink dumplings, pork in betel leaf, grilled scallops, wagyu beef salad (if you can handle the spice), royal seafood amok, a duck at sunrise, morning glory (side dish), bangkok ice cream bowl

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Khao Pla | Chatswood

Can you really be a Sydneysider if you haven’t experienced its Asian side? I thoroughly dig this city’s multiculturalism groove. Having travelled to several cities in America, innumerable European ones and countless Asiatic cities to boot, I can confidently say that from a food perspective, we’re lucky to live here.

With all that said, there is always, always room for improvement. I never thought it could be that way for Thai food, given that the market is pretty saturated with some of the best Thai I’ve ever had. But there’s nothing more I love than being proven wrong when I become jaded about the quality and variety of food we have at our doorsteps.

Enter Khao Pla – my new and currently favourite restaurant for my favourite cuisine. I may just move to Chatswood for this…

Date Last Visited: 13/9/2014
Address: 370 Victoria Ave Shop 7 Chatswood, NSW 2067
Recommended Dish(es): pork ribs, banana blossom, Massamun curry

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Night Noodle Markets 2013 | A Retro Perspective

Oops, it looks like you’re in the wrong year! If you’re looking for my 2016 coverage of the Night Noodle Markets, click here! If you want to relive some old memories, feel free to read on!

As I came back from China on the 15th of October, I didn’t have much time to be very active in 2013’s good food month. This includes the flagship event – the Night Noodle Markets. That said, I still managed to go twice just three and two days before it closed on the 27th. The side effect of that however, is that my post on it inevitably only comes out after the markets have ended.

Ooops.

Still solid progress, especially after my coverage of the 2012 markets.

Oh well, honestly, I never really thought of my blog as a guide for dining – it does serve that purpose, but only as an externality to its true purpose – simply great, mouth-watering pictures with what I hope is a writing style that is ever improving. Besides, NNM doesn’t need my marketing, that’s for sure.

Read on for the deliciousness – and may it entice you to attend NNM 2014!

Date Last Visited: 25/10/13 (two visits)
Address: Hyde Park North, Sydney
Recommended Dish(es): everything in the post

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Melbourne Adventures: Ezard – The Original, The Best

I walked away from my birthday degustation at Black by Ezard with mixed feelings. The food was good when it was good, overpowering when it was overpowering. Add to that the rather odd service (some dishes were explained, others were plated without a word) and it made for an…interesting experience indeed.

Still, the name Ezard is one with weight behind it. As such, I was naturally curious to see how the original Ezard restaurant in Melbourne fared. Originally, we intended to visit Attica, supposedly the best restaurant in Australia at the moment, but unsurprisingly we were unable to secure a booking. As it turns out, Ezard was good for us, so away we went – I never expected I’d be dining at the original so soon.

Boy, could I be more glad we chose two-hatted Ezard as our token fine dining experience in Melbourne. Read on, there’s a whole scoop here 🙂

Date Last Visited: 4/7/2013
Address: 187 Flinders Ln Melbourne, VIC 3000
Recommended Dish(es): the degustation and an empty stomach

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Holy Basil Redux n = 2

For an earlier post (which has coverage on different dishes) on Holy Basil, click here.

Wow, it’s been far too long, HB, it’s been far, far too long. In the quest for variety by eating at new places each time, one inevitably will start to miss some old favourites. Fortunately, my parents, traditionally people who’ve always advocated eating at home (and I mean that – they won’t have a dinner out for months at a time), have begun to take a fancy to dining out. Why the change? I’ve no idea, but I suspect it’s got something to do with the fact that they want to try food that they can’t cook at home.

Bravo, I’ll support that to the grave.

I haven’t had Thai in a few weeks, which, as my second most-favourite cuisine (after Japanese), is just far too long. It’s also ideal for my parents, as mum had heard about the fried ice cream from her friends – what more reason do you need?

Date Last Visited: 21/6/13
Address: Shark Hotel 127 Liverpool St Sydney, NSW 2000
Recommended Dish(es): can’t get away from that ice cream…

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Home Thai – Second Home Indeed

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)

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Spice I Am – Yoda’s Thai Restaurant of Choice

I don’t /really/ understand why I put up a rather moody silhouette of a photo as the cover, but bear with me (because this isn’t going anywhere).

In any case, Spice I Am…ahh, if you’ve ever found your Thai to be a little too much on the mild side, yet find that simply adding more chilli just kills the dish, then you’ve come to the right place. Spice I Am is one of the ONLY Thai restaurants I’ve been to that maintains exceptional quality but at a spicier tasting point. If you don’t like/can’t take spices, this place obviously isn’t for you.

If you do however, as per the name of the restaurant (oh that poor English is so deliberate I’m sure), then you’re going to just LOVE it.

Date Visited: 17/12/2012
Address: 90 Wentworth Ave Surry Hills, NSW 2000
Go-to dish: Basil Crispy Chicken

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Chat Thai – And the Awkward Name Award Goes To…

Why do you name your restaurant after a rather derogatory term? The truth may be simpler than it seems – perhaps the founders of the Chat Thai franchise simply didn’t know about the connotations associated with this word (funny how it started in Sydney huh), and went ahead with the name.

It didn’t seem to matter though, Chat Thai has a pretty impressive cult following, rivalling (or exceeding?) that of Home Thai. It’s probably one of the few Thai restaurants people come up with when asked to think of a Thai restaurant. They’ve executed their restaurants quite well, so the question then is raised – how does the food itself fare? You’ve already made up your opinion as you’ve likely been to Chat Thai already, but as for my thoughts…

…Read on.

Date Visited: many, last visit 6/1/13
Address:  Shop 5 Lower Ground 500 George St Sydney (TGV) | 20 Campbell St Haymarket, Sydney | Level 6, Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt St Mall Sydney | two more locations in Randwick + Manly, but have not visited those
Go-to dish: Fresh spring rolls of smoked fish sausages, chicken and crab with caramelised tamarind relish

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Atom Thai – Radiating Awesomeness

Atom Thai’s one of the highest-rated Thai restaurants you can find on Urbanspoon. I’ve found that my tastes and opinions are in line with Urbanspoon ratings for perhaps 60-70% of the time. Collective Wisdom ftw! Atom Thai is one of the highest rated places, but it’s also situated in a suburb (Newtown) that’s renowned for a large collection of high quality Thai eateries. I’m sad that I never got to explore it very much, having only been to Thai Pothong (for which I can’t have a review up as I didn’t take pictures D:), so I’m very much looking forward to exploring more of the scene.

With Atom Thai, it’s a great start!

Date Visited: 24/1/2013
Address: 130 King St Newtown, NSW
Go-to dish: Tom yum fried rice

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Limelight Restaurant – North Shorean Thai

So…this Thai cafe & restaurant in the…limelight huh.

Oh man, it’s a good thing I don’t get paid to write. Actually, maybe that’s why I don’t get paid to write.

Anyways, I begun my dining experiences across the bridge with Thai – my second-most favourite cuisine (Japanese being first). Looking around on various sites eventually led me to Limelight Restaurant which seems to have a thing or three going for it. Why, it’s time for Thai (not related to the restaurant of the same name…I’m not the only one armed with lame puns).

Name: Limelight Cafe & Restaurant
Date Visited: 1/09/2012
Address: 62 Clark Rd North Sydney 2060
Good for: great Thai food, some of it unconventional
Not good for: if you don’t like spicy/strong flavours (avoidable with dish choice)
Go-to dish: penang curry with chicken & veggies

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