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Chuuka – East Meets East | Pyrmont, Sydney

What’s in a name? When we’re talking about Chuuka, just about everything. That the restaurant is headed up by Chase Kojima (Sydney’s Sokyo) and Victor Liong (Melbourne’s Lee Ho Fook) is a big enough clue: Kojima a Japanese chef, Liong Chinese. It’s certainly a better clue than what the admittedly cool – but rather uninformative […]

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Sepia Restaurant | Sydney CBD

March 3rd, 2017 was not a great day for Sydney foodies. On this day Sepia Restaurant, considered one of Australia’s finest dining venues, announced it is moving to Melbourne. While it has been common knowledge for over a year that the humble – but immensely talented – Martin Benn and FoH Vicki Wild intend to take the […]

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Attica | Melbourne

In 2013, I visited Attica, then the #21 best restaurant in the world on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best List. And  I was not impressed – Ben Shewry’s food wasn’t my idea of world-class. Certainly – the polished service, the attention to detail and the use of native Australian flora and fauna were all […]

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Sushi Omakase – Sokyo at The Star | Pyrmont, Sydney

When it comes to sushi, Sydney has its fair share of options, which would satisfy all but the most devoted sushi aficionados. But then, what if you are one such connoisseur? For those who’ve experienced the grand omakase experiences in Japan, Sydney’s a little bit lacking – it’s no shame to admit this – facts are facts. That […]

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En Toriciya | Crows Nest

The Japanese dining scene in North Sydney can best be described in one word as abundant. I am very envious of Northern Sydneysiders that can, within a short drive, have their fill of yakiniku, JBBQ, ramen, sushi, soba and tempura and be guaranteed a quality feed. One restaurant adding its own version of Japanese charm to the Crows Nest […]

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Chase Kojima’s Kiyomi, Jupiters Hotel & Casino | Gold Coast

I don’t remember the first time I had Japanese food. As far as I know, it’s a cuisine that has been with me ever since I learned how to distinguish more flavours than just “sweet”, “salty” and “bitter”. Honestly, I could not imagine how much emptier my life would be if Japanese cuisine did not […]

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Year in Review | Best Restaurants of 2019

Click to see the best dishes of 2019! How about that, a new decade. I’m thankful the blog hasn’t been around for that long, because rounding up ten ‘best’ restaurants is already one of the hardest things I’ve had do to – and that included some of the longest travel pieces I’ve churned out in […]

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Orana In Residence – Sydney | A Photo Recap

Please click here for my full blog post on Jock Zonfrillo’s magnum opus as it operates in Adelaide. This post is based on two independently-paid visits to Orana In Residence – Sydney Date Last Visited: 22/Sep/2019 & 6/Sep/2019 (2 visits)Address: 85 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010Price Guide (approx): $350pp set menu, plus drinks As someone who prefers […]

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Sushi Kimura すし喜邑 | Tokyo

Among the general public, it would be fair to say that ‘freshness’ ranks highly when it comes sushi evaluation criteria. Whenever I read reviews of sushi-ya such as Lonely Planet favourite Sushi Dai, ‘fresh is best’, ‘straight out of the ocean’ and – perhaps somewhat excessively – ‘still moving’ are common platitudes. There’s nothing wrong […]

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Restaurant Den 傳 | Jingumae, Tokyo, Japan

Zaiyu Hasegawa, one of the most famous names in the Japanese culinary world, the head chef of Restaurant Den in Tokyo, the master of his ‘creative kaiseki‘ restaurant, stands before me. But he’s the supporting character, he says as he raises, a la Lion King, a furry little creature: ‘this one, this one is the […]

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Sushi Ichikawa (いちかわ) | Tokyo, Japan

You know how this works. There’s a template to attracting the sushiphile: a single dominant chef – the itamae (plus the occasional assistant), a hush hush environment where pin drops are considered excessively loud, and hinoki wood everywhere – just in case you forgot what country you’re in. Rules are aplenty: don’t make sudden movements, […]

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Toshiya | Cremorne, North Sydney

When it comes to Japanese food, residents of Sydney’s Lower North Shore are not exactly spoilt for choice: with a higher concentration of authentic restaurants than anywhere else in Sydney, this is the postcode to consider. Despite the abundance of choice, restaurants can still stand out if they have the chops. Case in point: Toshiya, […]

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Minamishima | Richmond, Melbourne

Stepping through the ostensibly ho-hum glass doors that guard the entrance to Minamishima, you could be forgiven for holding an incredulous attitude at claims that this is Melbourne’s best sushi restaurant and indeed, rivals even the best Sydney has to offer. Of course, despite the back-street entrance to what appears more to be an innocuous block of […]

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