Category Archives: Sydney Inner West

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Rising Sun Workshop Ramen | Newtown

Nick Smith isn’t your everyday chef. Nobody would think to put a motorcycle workshop and a restaurant under the same roof. Most would also not expect that such a restaurant would be serving pan-Asian cuisine. That such a restaurant would call ramen its signature dish – and living up to it – was the biggest surprise of them all. Enter the Rising Sun Workshop.

Date Last Visited: 27/11/2016 (1st visit 19/11/2016)
Address: 1c Whateley Street, Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Go-to Dish: The Darkness ramen

Price Guide (approx): $15-20pp



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


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Cuckoo Callay [New Menu] | Newtown

For my latest post on Cuckoo Callay, please head here!

When Cuckoo Callay first shot through an invite to their Bacon Festival (yes, it totally happened and I didn’t just imagine it), I actually contemplated on saying no. If there were ever a time to torch my inbox with hate mail, that would have been it. Thankfully, I was made to see the light, thereupon getting myself porked on eight bacon dishes. In other words, a normal Saturday.

Now, the bacon festival is over. A sad day for sure, however fret not – where there’s a Yin, there must be Yang. Cuckoo Callay’s new menu has arrived, and with my crew Isaac @ iFat, Anna @ Polyphagia & the Lady in tow, we were set to create our own festival right there on the table. It may be a bit Cuckoo, but it’s right up my all-ay.

Date Last Visited: 20/6/15
Address: 324b Newtown Train Station, Newtown, NSW
Recommended Dish(es): trout pout, pop goes the chicken, rice rice baby


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Mister Gee Burger Truck

This has been done before. No really, this post has been done before.  Really, pretty much every blogger in the game has blogged about Mister Gee. If they haven’t, they want to. Every foodie has eaten at Mister Gee. If they haven’t, it’s because they’re bedridden.

In fact, I’m kind of wishing you have already visited Mister Gee – it would make my introduction to this burger-on-wheels business so much easier. Then again, I don’t think I needed to.

Because these are some of the best burgers you’ll ever have the pleasure of stuffing yourself with in this burger-crazed city. Let’s get this truck-show on the road.

Date Last Visited: 26/2/2015
Address: 315 Parramatta Road, Haberfield (current, may change)
Recommended Dish(es): all burgers in this post are recommended


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The Oxford Tavern | Petersham

Petersham has always been a special suburb to me for one reason only – it was where my high school was located (high-five to any Fortians current or former reading this!). When I was invited by the OG bloggers Chocolatesuze  and Ramenraff, alongside the coolest kid on the block(blog) iFat, it was going to be a pretty hardcore party, one way or another.

We’re talking about the Black Betty smoker, we’re talking about a true blue American BBQ. Dudes, step up, it’s time to go to town.

Date Last Visited: 1/2/2015
Address: 1 New Canterbury Rd Petersham, NSW 2049
Recommended Dish(es): beef brisket, dinosaur ribs


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Marrickville Pork Roll | Marrickville

Envision a pile of wood – arrange them in random fashion without vision, and you get…a pile of wood. But get a master builder (*snicker* Lego Movie reference) to get in on the action and you could build a plane out of it. As with many things in life, the cumulative whole is often greater than the sum of its parts.

Yes, this totally relates to banh mi (Vietnamese rolls). After all, what is it, other than just an arrangement of bread, vegetables, pate, and select meat choices? But then, the number of quality banh mi eateries in Sydney is staggering, with no clear winner as to which is the best. This is where mastery and vision matters, especially for such a cheap, readily-available commodity. How else are you going to stand out?

Well, you could try making a banh mi that tops the ones at Marrickville Pork Roll, but I would start practising yesterday if I were you. Read on for what is arguably the best banh mi in Sydney.

Date Last Visited: 29/3/14
Address: 236a Illawarra Rd Sydney, NSW 2204
Recommended Dish(es): *raises eyebrows*


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Brewtown | Newtown

As a food and culture hub, few suburbs can pull it off better than Newtown. With an eclectic mix of Thai & Chinese cuisine, backed up by a café culture as strong as that of Surry Hills, it’s no wonder that people will travel just to spend a few hours here. I myself require two trains and 40min of travel time to get to Newtown, yet I am willing to do so frequently, even if it’s for something like a slice of cake.

Even if I lived in Newtown, I would be hard-pressed to keep up with all the change that’s going on. The place is abuzz with activity; wouldn’t have it any other way.

Though it’s been around for a few months now, Brewtown Newtown is a newer addition to Newtown’s café scene. The downside of rapid change is that places can get left behind and close too quickly, so you know the places that survive are the good ones.

Brewtown is likely going to stay – read on to see why!

Date Last Visited: 24/1/14
Address: 6-8 O’Connell Street Newtown, NSW 2042
Recommended Dish(es): beetroot-cured trout, Elvis burger


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MooBerry | Froyo Paradiso & Much Much More

The froyo craze over the past year or so has been so intense and pervasive that you would almost literally have to have resided under a blissful rock of ignorance to not have noticed it. Indeed, what better example is George Street near Town Hall – literally four froyo chains within 100 meters of each other. Maccas has some yoghurty/creamy competition going on here.

In any case, that’s something for the free market to sort out. We’re here to talk about a new, independently-operated froyo/dessert establishment, MooBerry. They do things differently from the major names in the industry. Read on to find out…

Date Last Visited: 5/8/13
Address: 160 King St Newtown, NSW 2042
Recommended Dish(es): froyo & waffles make for a combo you just don’t get elsewhere


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Taste of Shanghai – Ashfield & CBD Edition

The cover picture is the outside of Taste of Shanghai’s Ashfield restaurant.

By pure coincidence, it would appear that the recent stream of posts I’ve been spitting out have pertained to Asian, specifically Chinese restaurants. Quite odd, considering Chinese is perhaps the cuisine I have the least due to the ability to obtain it at home but…may as well flesh out this streak while it lasts!

I’ve already covered the Shang culinary sensation that is Taste of Shanghai with a previous post, chronologically ironic as that review was for the latest restaurant which opened in Hurstville for not even half a year yet. Now, I address the other two branches – the Ashfield & CBD branches. The CBD one opened first, while the Ashfield one didn’t take too long after to place its roots in what is essentially the Little Shanghai of Sydney.

Makes sense.

Now, let’s eat.

Date Last Visited: 12/7/13 (at the Ashfield store)
Address: World Square Town Hall (for the CBD shop) | 264 Liverpool Road, Ashfield 2000
Recommended Dish(es): as usual, it’s the XLB. For the more adventurous and in a group, get the barramundi