Category Archives: Eating in Sydney

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:Popolo, Rushcutters Bay La Disfida Enoteca Pizza, Haberfield Buon Ricordo, Paddington Ormeggio at The … Continue reading

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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~~~~~~~~ First, he co-founded Longrain that showcased why Thai food is so much more than just green curry and kana moo krob. Then, his hellenic vibe of … 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:Arisun Express, Sydney Mary’s, Newtown Arabella Restaurant & Bar, Newtown … Continue reading

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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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Restoran Eight Treasure, Kuala Lumpur

These deep fried baby whitings are delightfully crisp with a tangy chilli and onion salsa. But the best part is the crunchy head so full of flavour.  Dear readers, I am back in this wonderful food haven that is Malaysia. Stay … Continue reading

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From City Slickers To Tree Huggers

“There can only be one captain on the ship”, my sister-in-law tells me wisely. “And that captain is your brother. He makes all the key decisions for our family.” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant, Potts Point

Slices of king fish carpaccio is fresh with the umami of dark seaweed, a tangy tickle of dill vinaigrette and ponzu jelly. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Kiyomi, Gold Coast Ichi-ban Boshi, Sydney Good Food Month, Citibank Moveable Feast Cho Cho … Continue reading

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The Potting Mix, Alexandria

 This slow-cooked Wagyu beef rib is succulent and yielding. But the notoriously long wait might quash your appetite before you even get to it. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst Breakfast by Sokyo Breakfast with Bill Granger … Continue reading

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A Frank Canvas ~ Drawing flavours from the heart

Sydney is blessed with some of the freshest seafood money can buy. But a beautiful ingredient we can always add to our cooking pot is a good dose of love. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Easter Weekend at Callala Beach, Jervis Bay

 It was gloomy Good Friday but the sun came out to play on Easter Sunday. And so did we.  ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “You mean I’m finally getting to spend a long weekend with Penny and Margaret?” I ask Mysaucepan with bated breath. … Continue reading

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Cottage Point Inn, Cottage Point

The natural beauty of Sydney harbour is breathtaking to say the least. But this city is truly world class through its excellence in food, wine and hospitality. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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A Weekend in Central Coast, New South Wales

 It’s a glorious day in the Central Coast. But what makes this weekend special is the company of good friends. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Do you need an excuse for a nice weekend away from your usual routine? I don’t need one but … Continue reading

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