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…

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…

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…

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…

Dera-Uma in Sydney, March 2017

There’s a little shopping arcade on George St called Skyview Shopping Plaza that houses a few cheap Japanese and Vietnamese eateries. One of those eateries is Dera-Uma, which offers a selection of Japanese bento boxes and donburi (rice bowls). It’s order and pay at the counter then collect your food when the buzzer sounds. We…

The OHBAR Thai @ Sydney, Apr 2017

The Ohbar Thai offers up a bar and dining experience and with its large, orange-lit “The Ohbar” sign at the corner of Liverpool St, it’s hard to miss. On its menu is a decent selection of rice, noodles, curries, entree and dessert. We had the vegetarian spring rolls to start and they were plump with…

Four Frogs Creperie, Circular Quay

Not far from Circular Quay is the bustling Four Frogs Creperie. The eatery has a seating area as well as a window for takeaway. On offer is a selection of sweet crepes and savoury crepes (called galettes). For sweet, the simple but tasty butter and sugar was a sure pick. The crepe was thin and fairly crispy around the…

Lunch Teishoku at Nazimi Sydney CBD, Feb 2017

What is Teishoku? Teishoku is the Japanese term for “meal set”, which depending on the main dish you order usually comes with rice, miso soup, pickles and a variety of other side dishes. Nazimi is a restaurant on York St (right opposite the QVB) that offers Teishoku daily – and it’s proving popular with the lunchtime crowds….

Cute Animal Pastries @ Doux Amour, Sydney

These animal puffs appeared in a Doux Amour pop up store on the lower levels of QVB last month. The actual store is located in Rosebery, probably worth a visit to savour more of their artistic and mouth-watering creations. The animal collection includes a black sesame cream penguin, a rose and lychee cream pig and a Nutella-filled bear….

There’s Something About Japanese Baked Goods – Uncle Tetsu’s and HBCT

There seemed to be a craze for Japanese patisseries that swept through Sydney last year with the opening of Uncle Testu’s, then Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tarts (a.k.a. HBCT) – and with them came the massive queues. Uncle Tetsu opened in Sydney on busy George Street in June last year. The below was taken a month after its opening, on…

Cafe Oratnek @ Redfern, Jan 2017

You can smell the aroma of cooking wafting from the kitchen and the clink of cutlery as you approach the small terrace house that has been converted into Cafe Oratnek. We arrived just after 12pm and the outdoor seating was already full. On a hot day, the peach, mango and mint iced tea was a refreshing…

Fratelli Fresh & Doughnut Time Sydney CBD, Nov 2016

Fratelli Fresh in Westfield Sydney was busy even at 3pm on a Saturday, which was when we were having a late lunch. To start: Arancini Taleggio with mixed herbs, served with salad cream. A tasty starter with a crispy outside and soft cheesy rice filling. For mains: Porcini Ravioli Cacio e Pepe Pecorino with a butter sauce (no photo)….

Night Noodle Markets in Sydney 2016

The Night noodle markets are back on again, with the return of many past stallholders as well as some new additions. The markets have upgraded to card payment only, meaning faster-moving queues, though food being cooked to order will still require some patient waiting. We sampled from three stores with some of the longest queues…