A visit to the Oiden 'bowl bar' - a Japanese self-serve restaurant where you fill up your tray with whatever takes your fancy - brings back fond memories of my favourite uni cafeteria in Copenhagen.Read More
With gin making a spirited revival in the last few years, there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity to check out the inaugural Fine Spirit Expo in Sydney.Read More
A hidden Elizabeth Bay restaurant where the ‘chef’s table’ experience doesn’t set you back a paycheck or involve a flaming onion volcano.Read More
If you’re going to be hungover, you may as well do it in the company of comforting Taiwanese food at Mother Chu’s.Read More
Chef O-san is constantly tinkering with his recipes to suit the Australian palate - and his collagen-rich ramen is one of the delicious products of his experimentation.Read More
Sushi train... sushi-go-round... kaiten-zushi... whatever you like to call it, we're all familiar with the wonderful concept of sitting in front of a conveyer belt, watching plates of sushi pass before our hungry eyes, and picking off the ones that look the best before someone else down the line gets a chance.Read More
A mundane discussion about Zomato’s scoring system, followed by badly-worded descriptions of delicious Malaysian food. You’re welcome.Read More
While visiting Sydney last weekend, Miss T and I found ourselves on the western side of the CBD around lunchtime (or rather, late lunchtime as it was already 2pm). We knew that there was nothing that would satisfy our near-‘hangriness’ better than a big, juicy, burger. However, that’s where we were faced with a difficult decision – Mary’s CBD or Burger Project?Read More
Ripples is one of those Sydney institutions that is well renowned for providing quality food at reasonable prices, topped off with an amazing view. So needless to say I was happy to receive a Ripples gift voucher for Christmas last year.Read More
the Ampersand Cafe sits along a busy stretch of Oxford Street in Paddington, opposite the Victoria Barracks. it's a 'cafe bookstore' - which means a multi-story library towards the back of the cafe boasting 30,000 second-hand books, an invitation to lounge around or chat at the communal tables while you sip on a coffee, and a range of $1 books for sale (which one young passerby astutely noticed and managed to convince his mum to buy him four books about dragons).
it's a popular venue among the locals, without any sign of being pretentious. the decor has retained much of its vintage charm, the menu is full of old favourites, and the staff are warm and inviting. perfect for a rainy day!Read More
2012 was the first year i got to see the Vivid festival, and man, was it cool. an animated town projected onto customs house, a chandelier hologram in front of the harbour bridge, illuminated games of noughts and crosses near the MCA. and somehow, the organisers of Vivid put on an even better show in 2013.
for one, the Opera House projection this year (done by The Spinifex Group) was a huge improvement - lively and engaging. the addition of Darling Harbour and Walsh Bay as event 'precincts' also provided a chance to explore something a bit different, and escape from the army of prams, strollers, double prams, and 'baby joggers' down in Circular Quay/The Rocks (i know... an army of (D)SLRs and tripods isn't much fun to contend with either). and the ferry service between the precincts, while we didn't use it, seemed to be a great idea and was evidently wildly popular with young families.Read More