An Restaurant, Bankstown

An Restaurant, Bankstown

“I have been to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on numerous occasions and I can confidently say the best pho in the world is not in Vietnam but right here in Sydney, Australia.”

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Arabella Restaurant & Bar, Newtown

Arabella

Sydney’s dining scene is probably at its most vibrant in the last thirty years. Eatstreets abound where many have become a melting pot of exciting restaurants for locals.

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Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

Dainty Dumpling House

If you are a fan of Chinese dumplings, there’s good news because the craze in Sydney continues since the opening of Lotus Dumpling Bar and The Argyle in the city.

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The Flynn, Sydney

The Flynn

Sydney’s pub dining has come a long way in the last twenty years. It’s more than a decade ago when The Forresters in Surry Hills became the first pub to offer $5 steaks to draw in the crowd.

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Reuben & Moore, Westfield Sydney

Reuben & Moore

“A good Reuben is a sandwich with an attitude that stands out among sandwiches.
It is the Zsa Zsa Gabor among the Julia Roberts of sandwiches if you will.”

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Tingha Chinese Restaurant, Homebush West


“The marketing strategy of pricing mud crabs in half kilo is an obvious ploy to give a perception of value. But $27.60 a kilo at a restaurant is even cheaper than live mud crabs at the Sydney Fish Market which normally retail for around $30.”

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Tan Viet, Eastwood

As far as eating out is concerned, I have always been an advocate of a restaurant’s specialties. When it comes to fast food and cheap eats, this notion is even more prevalent if you’re looking for a ‘good meal’.

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Contrabando, Sydney

Smuggling, Sydney

There are two of them. One is friendly and welcoming while the other is reserved, dark and mysterious.

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Temasek, Parramatta

“I believe Temasek is an important restaurant in Sydney’s dining landscape because of its Hainanese chicken rice. Served at room temperature, this chicken has all the hallmarks of greatness ~ smooth, tender and flavoursome. The holy-trinity of condiments being caramel black sauce, ginger and chilli sauce make this the iconic dish that it rightfully is.”

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Antoine’s Grill, Concord

Antoine's Grill, Concord

Is there a steakhouse in your neighbourhood where you can choose your own steak knife?

Most of Sydney’s best steakhouses are clustered around the CBD but since our first visit to a humble French style bistro in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Concord, we were charmed.

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Gowings Bar & Grill, Sydney

Gowings Bar & Grill

“This dish is a girl named Blossom.
Beautiful edible blooms are scattered on crab cakes,
finely julienne radish, celeriac, tangy aioli and lemon.”

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La Botte D’oro, Leichhardt

How many pizzas and pastas would an Italian restaurant have dished out if it has been around for more than thirty five years?

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Chinese New Year of the Horse 2014

Kung Hei Fatt Choy to all our Chinese readers!!

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Home delivery pizza party

Home delivery pizza party

This is a sponsored blog post. ChopinandMysaucepan received financial compensation. All views and opinions are our own.

There is no better time to order home delivery when bad weather stops you from going out or on one of those days when you are simply too busy, tired and don’t feel like cooking.

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jones the grocer, Westfield Sydney

Jones the Grocer, Westfield Sydney

jones the grocer (its name spelt with alphabets all in lower case) launched its first eponymous store from a converted terrace in Sydney’s prestige eastern suburb of Woollahra in 1996.

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Excelsior Jones, Ashfield

Excelsior Jones

Sydney’s inner west suburb of Ashfield is famous for its countless Chinese restaurants along Liverpool road serving all kinds of dumplings and xiao long baos.

But tucked away from the busy restaurant strip in the residential area on Queen street is a favourite cafe among the locals.

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Balla The Star, Sydney

Balla, The Star

Since re-branding itself as The Star from its tacky past of being The Star City, Sydney’s casino has been upping the ante on its stable of restaurants.

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Papi Chulo, Manly

Papi Chulo, Manly

“It’s so tasty, I’m digging the crap out of this crab”

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It’s a well-known fact that restaurant linchpin Justin Hemmes don’t do things in halves.

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Via Napoli Pizzeria, Lane Cove

Via Napoli Pizzeria, Lane Cove

“This pizza is so soggy and wet, I can hardly pick it up!” we hear someone say at the next table.

Welcome to the tradition of the Neapolitan style pizza that has made Via Napoli Pizzeria in North Shore’s Lane Cove one of the busiest pizza parlours in Sydney.

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Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano

(Photo credit: Yuri Hori)

(Photo credit: Yuri Hori)

Happy 2014 to all our dear readers!!

I would like to begin the new year with an inspiring blog post which has little to do with food or music and much to do with the strength and beauty of the human spirit.

This is the story of Nobuyuki Tsujii.

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 ”There are no barriers in music”

~ Nobuyuki Tsujii, joint-gold medal winner
2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition

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Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant, Chatswood

These days many Cantonese restaurants in Sydney have ‘seafood restaurant’ in their name and with good reason too.

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Ribs & Burgers, Rhodes

Ribs & Burgers Rhodes

Ribs & Burgers Rhodes

I love summer for all the different reason that I enjoy the mild winters in Sydney – long hot days on the beach with a few cold beers is pretty hard to beat.

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Lorenzo’s, Crows Nest

Almost one hundred years ago in 1915, Antonino Meli decided to pack his clothes into a suitcase and began his arduous journey from Italy to Australia by boat. Arriving in Sydney for the first time, the 17 year-old slept on Mosman Oval for a fortnight and began doing odd jobs in the area.
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Barrafina Tapas Bar, Sydney

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“This salad is the hero of tapas and wine bar dining.
With Spanish blue, jamon and honey, a spectrum of wine possibilities come to mind,
from a chardonnay with rich oak to a jammy pinot noir.” 

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A Tavola, Bondi

A Tavola

A Tavola (meaning “to the table”) is inspired by the childhood memories of Head Chef and Owner Eugenio Maiale whilst playing in his Adelaide home backyard as he waited for the dinner bell to chime “a tavola”.

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