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Sydney Food Diary: Ho Jiak, Chinatown

This ain’t no hawker stand. While the restaurant is cannily designed to feel like you’re in an outdoor market, the dishes are refined, unbelievably tasty and for most Sydneysiders will be a revelation, tasting the best of Nonya cuisine, from … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Concrete Duck, Darlinghurst

My brother, visiting from Hawaii, asks why there are so many restaurants and bars that have the word “duck” in them in Sydney. It’s true we’d walked by Holy Duck, but I didn’t think we’d passed by the Duck & … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: The Lansdowne, Chippendale

The Lansdowne is a good choice if you’re in the neighbourhood, coming out of Glebe, or having eaten in that crazy strip of Asian restaurants, catering for students, on Broadway. We stopped by on a Tuesday night and it was … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Pheast, Waverley

It looks like a casual café, albeit with some nice artwork and greenery up, but the food is sophisticated. With a focus on vegetables, the dishes here are ‘globally influenced’ and more importantly, tasty. For three of us, we ordered … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Mazzaro, CBD

Now this was a great surprise. Located below the Hyde Park Inn, across from Hyde Park, I’d passed by it many times. It looked traditional and non-descript. Boasting a Mediterranean menu, I’d never had a reason to try it until … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: In The Annex, Glebe

In the interest of exploration, I chose the most interesting looking cafe for brunch I could on Zomato (and peaking at Google reviews too) and we tried this place on a Saturday morning. I expected a regular old hipster café, … Continue reading

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Cycling in Sydney: Reddy Go

As Tim Gunn would say, of Project Runway, ‘I’m puzzled’. Central Sydney is now home to not one nor two but FOUR different share bike schemes: Reddygo, Obike, Ofo and Mobike. And you know, I should love these. I loved … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Lucky Pickle, Surry Hills

Lucky Pickle is hidden away, around the corner from Crown Street, and I’m surprised I’ve never stumbled across it (as I managed to stumble across Paddock next door). It’s a tiny hole in the wall serving up tasty sandwiches and … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Ginkgo Bar & Dining

I looked up Harbin. It is in the far northeast corner of China. Like really far. So cold that it’s famous for an ice festival, and close to Russia to have some cultural influence (though probably not electoral influence…). In … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Raita Noda, Surry Hills

I knew we were in for a special meal, but Raita Noda exceeded any expectations. A wonderful omakase, with some highlights, some great matching drinks and an intimacy, not too close, but enough to feel treated to a great experience. … Continue reading

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