Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hai Tien Lo, Singapore

I am on my best behaviour tonight as I’m dining with my wife and the in-laws (or should I say “the out-laws”?) By being on my best behaviour, I mean holding back on drinks which can be more torturous than … Continue reading

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Glass Brasserie, Hilton Hotel Sydney

Elevated above the modern Hilton Hotel lobby is a glasshouse of gastronomic delights. The talents of chef Luke Mangan and New York designer Tony Chi combine to create Glass Brasserie, a modern Australian restaurant with dramatic 13-metre floor to ceiling … Continue reading

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Jonga Jip BBQ, Eastwood, Sydney

If there was ever a Sydney restaurant with great value, speedy service, hearty food in the thick of winter, Jonga Jip BBQ would be it. Great value means our bill came to less than $20.00 per head for this particular meal … Continue reading

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Quarter Twenty One, Westfield Sydney

Update August 2012: This establishment has permanently closed for business. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ I’m not a fan of shopping centres and so-called “retail therapy” tests my patience and is definitely not my idea of fun. However, looking at food and ingredients that … Continue reading

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Sushi Hon, Westfield Sydney

Sushi Hon is the home to apparently the longest sushi train in a shopping centre in the southern hemisphere. Located on the fifth floor of the brand new Westfield Sydney shopping centre on Pitt street, you can simply have a … Continue reading

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Hana-JuRin, Crows Nest, Sydney

Barely three months old, Hana-JuRin is a new kid on the block in Crows Nest’s restaurant strip along Pacific Highway. Not quite new actually because older sister restaurant Ju-Rin is only a few doors down the road keeping a watchful … Continue reading

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Sassy’s Red, Westfield Sydney

What do you get when you mix modest Malaysian comfort food with the tuneful substance of cool jazz? Sassy’s Red is a Malaysian “kopitiam” (coffee shop) and the new brainchild of Simon Goh, owner of Chinta Ria, Temple of Love … Continue reading

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Hawthorn Mosman, Sydney

We are excited about a new restaurant opening up in Mosman because the food scene in this up-market suburb is a draw of yesteryear restaurants with hardly any new-comers. We are also suprised this new kid on the block is … Continue reading

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Cameron Highlands – the “forgotten paradise” of Malaysia

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered” – Nelson Mandela, ‘A long walk to freedom‘, South African civil rights leader (1918 – ) During our recent … Continue reading

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Starfish, Avalon, NSW

I like the northern beaches because this area is beautiful and unpretentious. If you know the right places to be, it is a great hideaway from Sydney where you get the same beach and sulf culture without the traffic and … Continue reading

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Little Red Riding Hood – Who are you?

In one of the most famous fairy tales ever told, Little Red Riding Hood is a little girl in a red cloak who visits her grandma in the woods only to discover a big bad wolf has eaten grandma and … Continue reading

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Monk fish with purple carrot puree and broccolini salad

Living in a city like Sydney, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to ocean fresh seafood. It is no wonder the Sydney Fish Market is the third largest fish market in the world. Our list of favourite fish … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Bolognaise

When I was a kid growing up in Malaysia, spaghetti bolognaise seemed to be just about the only Italian food cooked in Malaysian households. For some peculiar reason, most local Asian restaurants in Malaysia at the time would invariably include … Continue reading

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Chinese twice-cooked duck with orange

I recently gave my friend Vince a bottle of 2004 St Maur Pinot Noir from the cool climate Bowral wine region for his birthday. I tasted this wine at the cellar door and thought it was rather elegant with smooth … Continue reading

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Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, Bowral, NSW

“An avant-garde approach to food, showcasing some of the Southern Highlands and Australia’s best produce” and “Modernism mixed with a little orthodox”. These are the opening propositions of a menu that is intended to provide diners with unique local flavours … Continue reading

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Godowsky’s 3 paraphrases of Chopin’s “Aeolian Harp” Etude

I recently wrote a post about one of Chopin’s most beautiful works for solo piano. The etude in A flat major Opus 25 no. 1 was composed in 1836 and published in 1837. The technical challenge for this piece is … Continue reading

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