Category Archives: Eating in Sydney

Food Safari Singapore 2016

Whenever I’m in this food haven, I feel a sense of urgency. So much food, so little time and a limited capacity. My goal in Singapore is to always make every calorie count. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ It has been a little over three years … Continue reading

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The Wine International Group Sydney – Meeting #43

 “Appreciation of fine wine is like an appreciation for the beauty of women. If I proclaim a woman to be beautiful, who are you to tell me she is not?” ~ Chopinand, co-author, ChopinandMysaucepan ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Would you like to become a member of … Continue reading

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Waterman’s Lobster Co., Potts Point

“Choosing between these two is like choosing between two beautiful women. Both qualify as Sydney’s answer to Supernormal‘s lobster rolls in Melbourne” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Isn’t it apt we are having lunch with our Melbournian friends today?” I say to Mysaucepan on a cold and wintry … Continue reading

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Johnny Lobster, Crows Nest

Who in the world doesn’t like lobster unless you are allergic to crayfish? When I think of lobster, I imagine the rather chubby villain in a James Bond movie, dressed in his silky black robe, devouring chunks of succulent shellfish while gently stroking … Continue reading

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Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater

Strozzapretti is appropriately “priest choker” or “priest strangler” in Italian because of its rope-like appearance. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Not long ago, Sydney’s Italian food scene was dominated by restaurants serving popular pastas and pizzas that were great but not differentiated by regional flavours. Now … Continue reading

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Missy French, Potts Point

Spanish mackerel is one of my favourite fish. And this one is deliciously simple enough for anyone to cook at home. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “The earliest booking they have is 9pm” Mysaucepan says. “That suits me just fine … we can avoid the … Continue reading

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Peppercorn, Cremorne

The skin of this duck confit is crisp, its strands of succulent meat soaking up a sweet star anise sauce. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ (Note: This is a sponsored blog post.) I am curious because it was so many years since I dined at this … Continue reading

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Brooklyn, Claremont

This wagyu burger is pretty good but at $25, it’s up there with Perth’s most expensive too. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “You have to try their bread with maple butter, it’s one of our favourites there” my sister Alice tells us. “I’m all for pub … Continue reading

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Guillaume, Paddington

Olive oil and ink is slick against the squid with thread marks of a Michelin car tyre. Unfortunately, its texture is also quite similar. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Have you guys been to Gooleemee? our friend Jeff casually asks over dinner. “Where?” I ask .. a … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2015 ~ A Feast For Our Tummies

Time passes really quickly when you are having a good time but we prefer to say time passes really quickly when there is so much food and so little time! ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Beef tripe salad with coriander … Continue reading

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He Tai Open Kitchen Yum Cha, North Ryde

Beautiful wok technique and homemade XO sauce give due justice to these king prawns. The bonus is tangy finger lime popping in my mouth. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Sydney’s dining scene has never been so vibrant and competitive in recent years. Each week, new … Continue reading

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Firedoor, Surry Hills

This piece of meat is good but at $138, it epitomizes the economic concept of diminishing marginal returns. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ There’s apple, cherry, pear, orange, olive and pecan on the menu though it’s not meant to be put into your mouth. Instead, … Continue reading

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Food Safari, King Street Wharf, Sydney

It has called the eastern foreshore of Darling Harbour home for more than a decade now. But fast taking shape just north is the much larger Barangaroo retail and commercial precinct with an earmarked 50 new restaurants when it eventually opens in 2018. So, … Continue reading

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Book review: The Light Between Oceans, by M L Stedman

Standing on fine white sand at the edge of the Indian ocean in Western Australia, I gaze at the seaport towards the south. Through misty ocean spray roughed up by the roaring surf, the silhouette of Fremantle reinforces the vast distance of this magnificent coastline. More … Continue reading

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JPB at Swissotel, Sydney

Located high on its eighth level, JPB at Sydney’s 5-star Swissotel has ushered in a new Executive Chef to complement newly refurbished Skyline room and suites with panoramic views of the city. With a kind invitation from General Manager Mr Christian Hirt, … Continue reading

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Sarita’s Rocksia Hotel, Arncliffe

Some thirty years ago when I first came to Sydney, I remember restaurant food within pubs to be pretty mediocre.

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LuMi Bar & Dining, Pyrmont

“If the Indians can eat masala and spicy curries with yoghurt, why can’t Italians eat this lamb rib with remnants of soybean?” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Restaurant 16, Neutral Bay

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Bishop Sessa, Surry Hills

This dessert is refreshingly light where passionfruit infused kiwifruit cheesecake is paired with biscuit crumb, lightened with a fresh herbaceous basil ice cream. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Subcontinental, Surry Hills

Pani puri can be a lot thinner and crisp though a tangy appetizer. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ UPDATE December 2015: This restaurant has permanently closed for business. First, he co-founded Longrain that showcased why Thai food is so much more than just green … Continue reading

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Opera Bar, Sydney Opera House

It’s difficult to find a more quintessential Sydney dining experience than  fish and chips on a glorious day at the Sydney Opera House. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:The Enigmatic & Extraordinary World of Martha Argerich Ingrid Fliter plays Chopin, … Continue reading

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Hartsyard, Newtown

 This fried chicken brings America’s deep south to Sydney’s Newtown among its eclectic mix of graffiti, pink hair, gothic eyes, nose rings and tongue studs. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Arabella Restaurant & Bar, Newtown Bloodwood, Newtown

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Cottage Point Inn, Cottage Point

The pairing of pork and scallop has been done to death by Sydney restaurants. But Chef Zika’s take on this dish is a game changer. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Gems from New South Wales’ South coast New Year’s Eve … Continue reading

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Caysorn, Haymarket

The smoky aromas of this grilled baby octopus combines beautifully with a sweet and spicy seafood sauce. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:SYDNAYSIA, The Rise of Sydney’s Asian Street Food Khao Pla, Chatswood Nina’s Ploy Thai, Bondi beach Home Thai … Continue reading

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Hugos Bar Pizza, Kings Cross

Like the diners around us, these prawns are pretty though missing charred flavours of the grill. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ After so many years, images of that pork belly pizza at Hugos Bar Pizza one late Saturday evening with the Monk are still deliciously etched in my … Continue reading

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Tim Ho Wan, Kuala Lumpur

I’ve finally lost my Tim Ho Wan virginity at their Kuala Lumpur branch. But I’m not sure about all the hype because I didn’t get an orgasm.  ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2015 Restoran New Imbi … Continue reading

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