Canberra Eats: All-you-can-eat @ eightysix, Sep 2017

Where: cnr Eloura and Lonsadale St, 3 mins walk from the Avenue Hotel. When: Dinner – we pre-booked for a Monday night. The Spread: The menu is a list of share plates ranging from small to main size dishes. We opted for the all-you-can-eat for $86 per person. Two duck buns with hoisin and cucumber…

Canberra Eats: Akiba, Sep 2017

Where: Bunda St, 2 mins walk from Canberra Shopping Centre. When: Lunch The Spread: Akipop lemonade & Pork belly bun with char siu and Asian slaw The bao was soft and fluffy and the slaw was creamy and not too tangy. The pork though was inconsistent. One of the baos had a piece that was…

Canberra Eats: Marble and Grain, Sep 2017

Where: Adjoining the Avenue Hotel. When: Breakfast – we had a deal when booking with the hotel to include buffet breakfast at the restaurant for the duration of our stay. The Spread: Various types of bread with condiments, raisin French toast, cereal, juices, milk, fruit, scrambled and poached eggs, house made baked beans, crispy bacon rashers, sausages,…

The Brooky Pie, September 2017

There’s one name that keeps popping up when searching for the best pie on the Northern Beaches, and that’s The Brooky Pie. Their pies and other pastry goods are freshly baked on the premises several times a day. They have an impressive number of different flavoured pies and we opted for the chicken, broccoli and cheese pie, a sausage…

Chimichuri Cafe Review: Aethetics vs Taste, Sep 2017

Chimichuri is all about serving instagram-worthy food and they’re not ashamed of showing off that fact. The decor is quirky and chic, and the attentive staff regularly refresh each individual table with a new vase of flowers like clock-work. It’s understandable that restaurants are placing more emphasis on visuals nowaday, but to a true foodie…

Rahmen Genki Artarmon, August 2017

A stone’s throw from the Artarmon train station is Rahmen Genki, which was bustling with diners even on a chilly weeknight. We ordered at the counter and sat in the heated area outside as the restaurant was full. The Genki croquette arrived shortly after. It came with two pieces on a bed of cabbage salad…

Chicken & Sons, August 2017

Next to Manpuku Ramen in Chatswood is Chicken & Sons, a casual eatery serving up chicken, burgers and a range of sides and salads. We couldn’t go past their delicious-looking signature buttermilk fried chicken burger with cheese, pickles, red cabbage coleslaw and chipotle aioli. The star and highlight of the burger was the buttermilk chicken, which had a…

Malaysia Fest in Sydney and D21 Ice Cream, Aug 2017

We stumbled upon the annual Malaysia Fest on the weekend, held in Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. The music and the smell of traditional Malaysian food cooking was enticing. The festival only had a handful of stalls, but it was lively, with the Durian stall drawing a queue for a sampling of the Malaysian fruit. If…

Black Star Pastry @ the Chocolate Festival, Aug 2017

Plenty of people turned out for another year of the Smooth Festival of Chocolate at the Rocks in Sydney. There were big queues for My Donut Box, Zumbo and Black Star Pastry. From the latter, we tried the Pistachio Lemon Zen Cake which was extremely rich. It was a little heavy and too sweet, even with the tangy…

Mr Grigor’s @ Allambie Heights, July 2017

At the back of Allambie shops is a fairly new café called Mr Grigor’s. I’ve visited on a few occasions for lunch. The off-the-menu Cajun chicken burger with chips was a special on the day. The juicy chicken breast had a spicy and crunchy crumb, and was sandwiched between a buttery milk bun and accompanied by lettuce and cheese. The calamari with chips…

Criniti’s Manly, July 2017

There is an abundance of Nutella on display when you walk into this Italian restaurant chain. And if that’s not enough to tingle the tastebuds, we were also greeted by the sight of a 0.5m pizza being gobbled up by a table of four. The menu is a monster to go through, with a long…

Brunch at Brookvale’s Flower Child, July 2017

There’s no place prettier to have brunch than at Flower Child at Warringah Mall in Brookvale. Located in the heart of the revamped shopping centre next to the Dolphin fountain, the little café is housed in its own round, white building decorated with an abundance of plants and flowers. We had a lychee and mint…

Korean BBQ At The Bulgogi, June 2016

I’ve been to The Bulgogi in Chatswood a few times and have tried their soup, sushi and bibimbap. This was a visit to satisfy carnivourous cravings with their Korean BBQ, which is the popular option at the restaurant. We went on a Friday evening and the ground floor was already full so we were shown a…

More Animal Puffs from Doux Amour Plus Uncle Tetsu’s Cheese Tarts

I’ve added two water animals to my collection of cute choux conquests from Doux Amour. The bright purple taro-flavoured octopus and the whale with a vanilla and blueberry filling. Cutting open Mr Octopus reveals a vibrant purple inside. It’s distinctly taro and extremely creamy, which is a big plus. I did like that the little…

Le Saigon @ St Leonards, May 2017

A minute’s walk from the train station, the recently opened Le Saigon offers a rare all day menu with a wide selection of drinks. They also have cakes on display at the counter near the entrance. Inside, hanging lightbulbs and leaves line the ceiling and a piano sits in the middle of the dining area,…