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…

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…

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…

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…

Sydney’s Vivid Festival of Lights 2017

It was good news for this year’s Vivid Light Festival as it was extended to run over 3 weeks, with a new light installation area at the Barangaroo precinct. We visited on a weeknight and the lights still pulled a large crowd. The Barangaroo walk along the harbour was quite pretty, with hanging manta rays lining the street…