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…

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…

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,…

Chatswood’s Chao Ba Revisited, May 2017

It’s been over a year since we first ate at Chao Ba in Chatswood’s Concourse and we were eager to try different dishes from the menu to see if their other offerings were just as good as last time’s. To start, we had the prawn and crab spring rolls. These were plump mini springs rolls…

Yayoi Japanese Teishoku @ Chatswood, Mar 2017

A glossy new restaurant has popped up on the streets of Chatswood and it specialises in Japanese Teishoku, which are meal sets comprising of a main, rice, soup and various side dishes. On the inside, Yayoi Japanese Teishoku restaurant looks just as polished with its brightly lit interior and mounted electronic screens. The menu is…

Marukame Udon Chatswood, Feb 2017

If I had to use three words to describe Chatswood’s Marukame Udon it would be quick, cheap and self-service. You order your main of noodles or rice off the menu at the front and slide your tray along the counter, choosing any sides or drinks along the way. Condiments such as spring onion, tempura flakes (these are…

Teta’s Lebanese @ Roseville, Jan 2017

Teta’s offers up authentic Lebanese cuisine on the North Shore, with a bar and restaurant located in Roseville Chase on Babbage Rd. We went for dinner on a week night and despite the quiet exterior, the restaurant was bustling with noise and music when we entered. We were shown a seat upstairs where the tables filled…

Tarboosh Lebanese Restaurant @ Willoughby, Jan 2017

Located within a group of eateries at the corner of Penshurst St and Victoria Ave, Tarboosh offers contemporary Lebanese food for both dine in and takeaway. We were given complimentary pickles and olives and a basket of Lebanese bread to start with, not long before our entree of Assorted Pastry arrived. The plate contained contained…

Yang & Co. @ Castlecrag, Dec 2016

Yang & Co started out as a food truck and since winning Time Out’s best food truck of 2015, has opened as a restaurant in Castlecrag. Its cuisine is influenced by Malaysian, Singaporean, Japanese and Vietnamese (to name a few!) food. The savoury menu is divided into Small Plates, Larger Plates and Sides, and is designed to be shared. There were…

NoGoSan Korean BBQ @ Chatswood, Nov 2016

NoGoSan, tucked away at a corner on Archer St, is the place to go to enjoy a traditional Korean BBQ. Whether you’re ordering the BBQ or individual dishes, you’re presented with an abundance of refillable side dishes. The side dishes vary – ours included the staples of kimchi and bean sprouts, as well as the…

Manpuku Ramen @ Chatswood, Oct 2016

This visit to Manpuku had been long overdue, and boy was it worth the wait. The friendly service, and the menu filled with a variety of ramen and other novelty Japanese snacks and drinks made the restaurant feel authentically Japanese. On to the ramen: The Kono Deaini Kanashashite… (seriously the name of this ramen is 15 words long)…

Royal Stacks Chatswood, September 2016

What was consumed: Chocolate and salted caramel milkshakes, cheese fries, Bacon Bacon and the King burgers. The damage: $48 + a stack of calories The breakdown: The shakes were good – strong nutella flavour for the chocolate and distinct caramel flavour in the salted caramel, both not overly sweet. The fries were good, but rendered…

Chatswood’s Hakata-Maru Ramen, 2016

Tucked away in the corner of a building on the Pacific Highway side of Chatswood Interchange is a little ramen shop called Hakata-Maru Ramen. It’s been open since Jan 2015, but I’ve never noticed it due to its slightly obscure location. Our side of 8 pieces of pan-fried pork & vegetable gyoza came out first. The…

The Rice Den @ St Leonards, July 2016

It’s been over a year since the Rice Den has had an upgrade in location from its previously tiny Chatswood premises to busy Chandos St in St Leonards, just a minute’s walk from the train station. There’s a massive selection of drinks, and the complimentary bowl of crunchy, golden wonton skins is a great snack to go with whatever you…