Category Archives: Modern Australian

Sydney Food Diary: Chin Chin, Surry Hills

For my birthday, I wanted to go somewhere special, and it’s been almost three years since I went to Chin Chin for lunch with my friend Lai Heng and meant to come back (here’s the review from then). This time, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Sea Salt, Clovelly

It’s pretty hard to go wrong in a location like this, a classic Sydney location, where you have views of the water, of some kind, from nearly anywhere in the restaurant. What a lucky guy I was. My friend John … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Arthur, Surry Hills

It was fun to go with friends to their favourite restaurant, and it’s so close to us in Surry Hills, and I’d already had recommendations to check it out. Arthur is doing a fantastic job at really elegant food, in … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bennelong Restaurant, CBD

I think I may have managed to not dine, even once, during Guillaume Brahimi’s 12 years running the Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House, though I believe that I did dine there once, a few years before that, perhaps … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Firedoor, Surry Hills

What does a 169-day dry aged rib of beef taste like, cooked medium rare, over fire, and costing $200? Well, it tastes like steak, the finest steak I’ve ever eaten. The crispy burned bits of fat melt in the mouth. … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Johnny Goes Italian, Darlinghurst

I never made it to Fishbone, the previous incarnation of Johnny Goes Italian but I have made it to Buffalo Dining Club, a sister restaurant, and here, I got the same vibe. It’s a really cool vibe. It’s hipster and … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Son of Frank, Darlinghurst

We were looking for somewhere for an easy meal after drinks at the Green Park and one of our party mentioned this restaurant, which I’d heard of and had been meaning to try. Long ago, I remember Sel et Poivre … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: The Unicorn Hotel, Paddington

In May 2017, when I stopped by the Unicorn with my pal Trevor, it was on the back of some great reviews and a quite different menu. This time my friend James suggests that we have to try the place … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Song Kitchen, CBD

As far as I can tell, this humble restaurant is part of the Song Hotels, which is the new name for the YWCA hotels. Well, not so new now, I think. So you’d think that a YWCA restaurant, and a … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Orana in Residence, Surry Hills

When I saw news that Orana coming to Sydney, and not a ten-minute’s walk from our apartment, I knew I had to book in. They took over the Longrain space for about a month or so, bringing down some core … Continue reading

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