korean-cultural-showcase-alcohol-cover

Korean Banquet Showcase – Introduction to Korean Alcohol

The Korean Cultural Centre‘s mission is, in their own words: to enlighten and entertain through quality contemporary and traditional cultural content, in order to strengthen the emotional bond between Australia and Korea. Every year the Office hosts a banquet showcase, and the theme for this year’s showcase was Korean alcohol – what better way to experience Korean culture than via its world-famous brews? I’ll drink to that – wihayeo (위하여 – cheers!).

Date of event: 18/11/2016 (more…)

Kensington Street Social Cover

Kensington Street Social | Chippendale, Sydney

Michelin-starred, UK celebrity chef Jason Atherton knows a thing or two about running a restaurant. Chippendale’s Kensington Street Social isn’t his 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th restaurant – no, it’s his fifteenth. With this level of experience in flipping tables, one would expect seriously tasty fare.

I’ll just out this right now with two visits under my belt: you will not want to be social with your food at Kensington Street Social.

Date Last Visited: 6/11/2016 21/2/16
Address: The Old Clare Hotel, 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney
Price range: $20-$40

(more…)

Devon at Barangaroo

Devon at Barangaroo | Sydney

Heard of Devon on Danks? It was a cafe that served truly unique food that was always invigoratingly different to what anyone else was doing in Sydney – despite the occasional failed experiment. With over ten separate visits, I literally can’t name another cafe more frequented. Imagine my devastation then, when Devon on Danks announced its closure after its two or so years at Waterloo. With its lease up, it was time to shut its doors.

But thankfully, the winds of up-and-coming Barangaroo were blowing – and now, after a wait that thankfully wasn’t too long, Devon at Barangaroo has opened its doors.

Date Last Visited: 18/11/2016 12/11/2016 (soft launch – official launch 14/11/2016)
Address: Barangaroo Reserve (turn right when you hit the David Jones facing the water)
Price range: $15-$30

(more…)

Automata Cover

Restaurant Automata | Chippendale

Last year, a meal at Automata counted as one of my favourite restaurant experiences. That it gained two chef’s hats in the 2016 Good Food Guide Awards, along with ex-Momofuku’s Clayton Wells lauded as Time Out’s chef of the year was, to my mind, no brainer. As was usually the case, I felt that it had been far too long in between visits, and so made a return visit almost exactly one year down the track. However, it was with a deep melancholy when, on that second visit, I discovered that while fragments of the experience were the same, I was not eating at Automata.

It’s almost as if it’s become something else entirely.

Date Last Visited: 24/09/2016 23/09/2015
Address: 5 Kensington St,Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
Highlight Dish(es): steamed hapuka, roasted quail

(more…)

berowra-waters-inn-cover

Berowra Waters Inn | Sydney North

Hat trick (n, sporting context): success achieved three times in the same game. In the cutthroat sport of restauranteering, three rounds of excellent results over multiple years of visits is something rarely achieved. But that’s exactly what Berowra Waters Inn has accomplished under Brian Geraghty in his stewardship of this remote restaurant. Sydney’s hidden gem remains as polished as ever.


Date
Last Visited: 22/10/2016 7/12/2014
Address: Public Wharves Berowra Waters, NSW
Price Guide: $165 plus drinks

For this latest visit, I was invited to Berowra Waters Inn by Victoria Zwierzynski (partner to head chef Brian Geraghty) herself, so The Usual Disclaimer applies. Having said that, as my third visit here, there’s really no denying my near-unconditional affection for Berowra Waters Inn.

The Inn is about 50km from the Sydney CBD, so convenience isn’t exactly going to be on the “pros” column. However, remoteness is very much the allure of the restaurant. It starts with the private ferry, which takes around 2-3 minutes and deposits you at the beautiful Glenn Murcutt-designed limestone building that dates back over 85 years. You can also get here by seaplane, but given that it’s 2-3x the price of your $165pp meal here, you may want to save that one for the most special of occasions for that most special someone.

(more…)

salmon-bear-cover

Salmon & Bear | Newtown (and Zetland)

A restaurant calling itself Salmon & Bear should be all of two things. One: serve damn good fish. Two: have no bears on the premises.

I’m glad to say that Salmon & Bear’s Newtown outpost certainly lives up to the first criterion. I’m not 100% sure about the second, I’m still alive, so that’s comforting, right?

Date Last Visited: 25/09/2016
Address: 226 King Street, Newtown, Sydney,NSW
Go-to Dish: poké (salmon or tuna)

Price Guide (approx): $18-$30

(more…)

Night Noodle Markets 2016

[Continuously Updated] Night Noodle Markets 2016 | Sydney Hyde Park

Yep, it’s that time of the year again – the Sydney Night Noodle Markets are back at Hyde Park!

Like previous years (2015, 2014), I’ll give a coverage of what’s hot and what’s not. This post will be continuously updated until I say otherwise – so keep checking back! Alternatively, if you’re the lazy type, follow the #ISHNNM2016 hashtag on Instagram 🙂

Date Last Visited: 13/10/2016 08/10/2016 07/10/2016 
Address: Sydney Hyde Park
Price Guide (approx): $7-$15 per item

(more…)

bar-ume-cover

Bar Ume | Surry Hills

The burgers have won, fine dining is dead. Or at least, that’s the direction the smoke seems to be blowing when owner Kerby Craig decided to close down his semi fine-diner Ume Restaurant, reopening it as Bar Ume. Gone are the delicately plated works of art almost too pretty to eat. Instead, it’s burgers, burgers, and burgers. Well that, some sides, and some drinks.

Say hello to Surry Hills’ newest izakaya – headed by a hatted chef, no less!

Date Last Visited: 18/09/2016
Address: 478 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Go-to Dish: Ume Burger

Price Guide (approx): $20-$30 before drinks

(more…)

lumi-cover

LuMi Bar & Dining | Pyrmont, Sydney

When one is on the everlasting quest for great food, one goes to great lengths to consummate the experience that bestows on us food euphoria on a higher plane. But in doing so, one may sometimes forget that there is excellence everywhere around us. LuMi Bar & Dining is, quite simply, one of the worst-kept secrets in Sydney. In the two years since it opened this Japanese-Italian lightbox, perched at the tip of Pyrmont harbour, raked in awards so fast the yachts & speedboats in the habour seemed positively slothful.

You don’t even have to click into this post to infer that I’m going to wax lyrical about the place – if it’s between reading this piece and making a booking right now, I think you know where my recommendation lies. But for those with a bit more curious? Read on to find out why I think this may just be one of my favourite Sydney restaurants in 2016.

Date Last Visited: 17/09/2016  22/03/15
Address: Wharf 10, 56 Pirrama Rd Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Go-to dish: parmesan chawanmushi
Price Guide (approx): $115 for 8-courses

(more…)

menulog-cover

Menulog Turns 10 (and $10 off your next order!)

When I turned ten years old, in China, I got a red pocket to celebrate my first double-digit age milestone without too many broken bones. There wasn’t much in there, but it allowed me to go full glutton over my favourite street eats. Such opportunities were considered a luxury back then – that red pocket made my week.

Now, food delivery service Menulog has also hit the gong on this momentous occasion: the oldest and largest food ordering system in Australia has just turned ten, but instead of spending lavishly on itself, they’ve decided to spread the love to us all – read on to find out more!

(more…)