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…

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,…

Dee Why Hotel’s Famous Trufflenator Burger, May 2017

If there’s one thing you should try from the Dee Why Hotel’s Brasserie menu, it’s their Famous Trufflenator burger. Double wagyu patty, truffle mayo, truffle butter, infused havarti cheese, truffle maple syrup, crispy bacon, American cheddar, onion rings, all sandwiched between a sweet Japanese milk bun. Size-wise, the burger actually didn’t look as large as…

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…

All About Pho: Eastwood’s Pho Gia Hoi, Feb 2016

Pho Gia Hoi offers up a Vietnamese menu that’s in a similar vein to Me Pho and Tan Viet. Funnily enough, the 3 competitors are also located along the same stretch of road in Eastwood. Upon inspection though, Pho Gia Hoi’s menu is more extensive than the other two’s. We ordered the net rice paper…

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…