Category Archives: Food n’ Grog

Sydney Food Diary: Happy D’s, Redfern

Hilarious. My kingdom for a wine glass with a dumpling illustration on it! Happy D’s is a very happy place with a long, fake, ironic fishtank, a kick-arse neon sign and a good selection of drinks (wine, beer, sake and … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Snag Stand, Westfield, CBD

I’m trying to eat less meat these days. It’s good to do so for the environment and for my health. But sausages are a weakness. I’ve wanted to try the Snag Stand many a time, but flashier fare has called … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Grand Duk, CBD

Does this look like a restaurant to you? I think that’s definitely part of the charm of this breakfast and lunch eatery in the CBD right in the middle of Grosvernor Place across George Street from the cool new Ernst … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: The Paddington

Hey, I’m not even going to note in the title that the Paddington is in Paddington, but I was surprised to learn that Merivale took over not only this pub, the Paddington, and started a restaurant, Fred’s, with a hot … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Merchants of Ultimo, Broadway

It’s really impressive. They turned a non-descript corner of Broadway Mall into a hipster chic dining area. As designed by George Michael (yes, seriously), and modelled after NYC’s Eataly, it’s a perfectly designed little food experience with a barista, a … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bad Hombres, Surry Hills

Bad Hombres is so hip that it doesn’t have a website, nor Facebook page. It only has an Instagram page. The way you make reservations is that you find a mobile number on their Instagram page and then arrange a … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Neptune Palace, Circular Quay

Neptune Palace has been around forever. At least it seems that way to me. Every once in a while, I’d stop in and use an Entertainment Guide coupon, usually as a quick meal before an event at the Opera House. … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: The Spice Room, Circular Quay

Review sites and restaurants intrigue me. How does the Spice Room consistently make it into the Top Ten restaurants on TripAdvisor, when it’s not a particularly known restaurant, say, in other listings or guides? Is it that TripAdvisor’s clientele all … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Izakaya Fujiyama, Surry Hills

  It’s impressive any time a restaurant can keep going so long in the tough and fickle Sydney market, and remain busy, buzzy and popular. Izakaya Fujiyama has been around for yonks and many friends consider it a favourite place … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Ze Pickle, Surry Hills

So, looks like a successful concept imported from the Gold Coast (and then Brisbane) and now to Foveaux Street in Surry Hills. I’ve walked by this place a few times, and been intrigued: it’s a huge, open space and certainly … Continue reading

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