Tag Archive for: Restaurant

A Book an a Bite, Coolangatta

09 Jul
July 9, 2014

Over the years I have seen many little places come and go in Coolangatta.  Being a holiday destination some businesses do suffer when it isn’t peak holiday period.  To be quite honest, I frequently visit in the quite times, have no idea how they survive off peak.

A Book an a Bite first caught my eye a couple of visits ago, but I didn’t have the chance to drop in to try them out. On my last visit I was thrilled to see they were still in business, and decided to call in for breakfast with mum.

A Book an a BiteYou won’t find them on the popular Marine Parade strip with a view of the ocean.  The Book an a Bite is located one street back on Griffith Street.  Whites and pale wood give the café that Coolie beach vibe, as well as having a lovely little quirkiness.  It was these two elements that grabbed my attention initially.  Read more →

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Eat Now, Thai Vintage, Sylvania + A Giveaway!

20 Jun
June 20, 2014

The heading almost sounds like I am ordering you to run out the door and head to Thai Vintage in Sylvania for a meal. Well you can, I’m not saying don’t. But if you live within their delivery area you are able to order on line, and have them bring the food to you.

Home delivery isn’t a new concept, restaurants have been doing it for years. I know I have been ordering home delivery for just as long, and in winter I am more tempted. Long workdays, plus shorter sunlight hours, equals me not wanting to cook or to head out the door to a restaurant. I would rather sit by the fire with a glass of wine.   I wonder if that’s just me? Would love to see the statistics on that one.

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The Daniel O’Connell, North Adelaide

04 Jun
June 4, 2014

I first met Phil Whitmarsh, Head Chef at The Daniel O’Connell, what seems like eons ago. We met through the twitterverse, as you do. He started following me, and I reciprocated. I was quite flattered that a UK chef would bother following a humble Sydney blogger. Then one morning I received a tweet asking me where’s the best place to have breakfast in Kings Cross, he was visiting Sydney.

Mind you, this was either a Saturday or Sunday morning, and by the time I saw Phil’s tweet (I sleep in on the weekends), he had surely finished up with breakfast and most probably lunch as well. To add to that, I probably hadn’t eaten breakfast in the Cross for at least a decade. The last time would have been at the end of a very good night out, and along the lines of a kebab. In any case I tweeted off some suggestions, which I had on good advice were excellent choices, and Phil seemed happy.

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All Good Things Eatery, Kingsgrove

19 May
May 19, 2014

Who would of thought there was a pretty cool little café in Kingsgrove.  Actually it isn’t too little, All Good Things is quite large and expansive.  Light industrial feel with high ceilings, exposed brickwork, modern lighting, wood and metal.

All Good Things opened its doors November last year and has been doing a swinging trade ever since.  Owners Phillip and Simon Lakis (brothers) have definitely made their mark on the neighbourhood and its surrounds.  They make as much as possible in house.  This includes making their own preserves, pickles, peanut butter, yoghurt, cheese and butter.  You will see the pickles lining the shelf above the large central communal table.

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Toriba, Shinjuku, Tokyo

14 May
May 14, 2014

A good friend of mine has a theory about restaurants in Tokyo.  They are better in the basement.  If in doubt, head down the stairs, and you can’t go wrong.

Toriba ShinjukuI was in Shinjuku for a little bit of camera shopping.  If you are ever in Tokyo and wanting to pick up some camera gear or a fantastic secondhand camera, Map Camera is the place to head.  You will pick up a good as new bargain.  After indulging in the purchase of a new camera and a few lenses, an appetite had been worked up.  Spending money can do that to you.  It had only hit 12pm, but it was definitely time for lunch. Read more →

At Your Table

12 May
May 12, 2014

At first glance it may appear that At Your Table is just another catering service. They’re a lot more than that, they fill a void, the void between a caterer and eating out at a fine dining restaurant.

At Your Table is what you would refer to as a personal chef service.   Where a chef comes to you and creates an exquisite multi course meal for you and your guests.

I am a pretty good cook and really do love to entertain at home. Over the years I have become craftier and craftier at ways I can spend more time with my guests and less time in the kitchen. No matter how well prepared I am, how much is prepped beforehand, I am generally kitchen bound a fair amount of the time. Which means when everyone else is enjoying a glass of bubbles I am pretending to be Peter Gilmore.

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Moon Park, Redfern

07 May
May 7, 2014

Move over Thai and Japanese food, Korean cuisine is moving onward and upwards along the streets of Sydney.  Cheap and cheerful KFC (not Colonial Sanders’, but Korean Fried Chicken), Korean BBQ, bibimbap and bulgolgi are loved by Sydney diners, but there really hasn’t been any upmarket Korean food around.  Well, that is until now, hello Moon Park!

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Blackfish Café & Grill, Como

01 Apr
April 1, 2014

I really can’t express what a little hidden paradise, of The Sutherland Shire, Como is.  I recently shared with you all the The Como Grill located in the Como Hotel.  This would be the most obvious place to eat, as it is the most prominent building in Como.  Actually to those not familiar with the are, you may think it was the only place to eat in this waterside suburb.

Not true, there are actually a couple of other places to eat.  One, a Thai restaurant located at the entrance to The Pleasure Grounds, and the other options quite hidden, you need to know they are there.

Black Fish Cafe 7Blackfish Café is one of these hidden gems.  You have to know it is there, be looking for it, or luckily stumble upon it by chance while strolling through the park.  Located next door to the (free) local swimming pool inside The Pleasure Grounds.  The café has stunning views over the Georges River, Como Marina and the Como Bridge. Read more →

The Como Grill, Como

18 Mar
March 18, 2014

I remember when the historic Como Hotel burnt to the ground.  The disbelief and feeling of loss by the whole community was quite amazing.  There was a great love for this beautiful old hotel.  It was part of the area’s history and landscape.

The original hotel was over 100 years old when that fateful fire ripped through her.  It started its life as a German Club, I believe for German railway workers.  It then became the ‘local’ in 1887.

The local in those days wasn’t very local.  There was nothing around it.  Day trippers would row across the Georges River to the Como Pleasure Grounds for a day of picnicking.  When the railway line eventually went in it opened up the area.  Land was subdivided into residential blocks and Como became a viable suburb not just a weekend destination.

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Bodhi, Sydney

13 Mar
March 13, 2014

This wasn’t my first trip to Bodhi, but the last visit was over a decade ago.

I remember it well.  Mac and I had dropped Josh off at Cook & Park Pool for a Saturday birthday party, and decided to have lunch while waiting for the party to finish.  We stumbled across Bodhi, which were serving yum cha at the time.  Perfect, we grabbed a table to enjoy a leisurely lunch while we waited.

What neither of us knew, is that Bodhi is a vegetarian restaurant.  I was fine with it, but as I looked across the table at Mac, I could see a look of disappointment on his face as he read the menu.  Somehow I must have encouraged him to not get up and leave and we had lunch.  Neither of us was particularly thrilled with the food, and therefore we never went back.

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