Category Archives: Asian

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: 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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Sydney Food Diary: Gogyo, Surry Hills

Oh, I wanted to like this so much: ramen, regional ramen, and a dish I’ve never tried before. Plus it’s in my ‘hood, taking over from Salaryman (with its slightly objectionable theme and decor but really very good food). And … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Chinatown

My marketing advice to the Chinese Noodle Restaurant is that when you’ve got a relatively Unique Selling Point (USP, kill me now, I know) you should flaunt it. Why hide under such a generic name like Chinese Noodle Restaurant when … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Sven-San, Paddington

Are Japanese-Scandinavian restaurants the new trend in Sydney? Following Edition Coffee Roasters in Darlinghurst comes Sven-San, at the top of Oxford Street in Paddington, just across from an entrance to Centennial Park. It looks rather casual from the outside (and … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

Around the corner of Haven and a few blocks away from Meet Mica, Devon is the original purveyor of Asian-Western fusion brunches and lunches. I last reviewed the Devon in 2015, three years ago, and it’s good to report (bringing … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Gojima, Star City, Pyrmont

So, advice first of all if you’re at Star City and you’re with a group and some people are sitting outside and you want to try Gojima: you can bring the food out of the Gojima but not their alcohol … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Yok Yor, Chinatown

They say that good Thai food in Sydney can be even better than in Thailand because the chefs have access to better quality produce and are free from tradition to create better dishes. When my family was visiting from overseas, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Xage, Surry Hills

A casual Vietnamese meal with the family during the Christmas holiday period. My favourite Vietnamese dish are Nem, the deep fried spring rolls with a delicate rice noodle crust or wrapper. These were suitably delicious and the highlight of the … Continue reading

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