The Food Light Market, Jun 2018

With a new line up of food stalls occupying the pedestrian mall in Chatswood for the duration of the Vivid light festival, we decided to hit the market for dinner. There was a slew of international foods on offer including Greek, German, Turkish, Italian, Taiwanese, Spanish, American and Japanese, and of course desserts. Mary’s Burgers…

Monte Alto and C9 Gelato @ Crows Nest, April 2018

We came to this neat little eatery, located on busy Pacific Highway for dinner on a weeknight. Service was extremely friendly from the beginning, a big plus! After perusing the interesting menu, we opted for the restaurant specialities of Coffee Rubbed Pork Roast and Wagyu Meatballs Spaghetti. The Stuffed Chicken Marsala was our initial choice,…

Pancakes on the Rocks @ The Rocks, April 2018

It’s not just the pancakes that tingle the tastebuds at Pancakes on the Rocks. We went to the branch on Hickson St for a late lunch feeling ravenous, and ordered the Pork Ribs and American style Beef Brisket. Each main came with a pile of golden wedges, which were crunchy and well-seasoned, and a side salad of lettuce and…

Lotus Dining @ the Galeries, Sydney Feb 2018

Located on the 2nd floor of the Galeries shopping precinct in Sydney CBD, the Lotus restaurant spans a large dining area complete with a bar. We came one night for dinner, having heard good things about their about their dumplings in particular. We opted for two from their dumplings selection – the steamed mud crab…

Mizuya Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke, Jan 2018

We came to Mizuya for lunch and were escorted to one of the dining booths which came equipped with an electronic ordering panel. We decided to start with the spider roll. It arrived with a warm, freshly fried soft shell crab and cucumber filling. The roll itself was a little skinny, but the combination of spicyness from the generous sprinkling of…

Mr Stonepot @ Chatswood, Jan 2018

We had heard about the long queues for this fairly new restaurant in Chatswood, and when we entered the Lemon Grove food court, we could already spot a group of people milling around the front of the shop. We had a group larger than 2, so it was quite a wait for the scarce, larger…

Delicious (and Quick) CBD Lunchtime Eats, Dec 2017

Hotto Motto, the Galeries food court This Japanese chain sells tasty bentos as well as donburi (or rice bowls). Of the appealing choices on the menu, I opted for the grilled mackerel and chicken karaage bento. The mackerel is naturally quite fishy so it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it was crispy, well-marinated and…

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…