Tag Archive for: Sydney Eats

Dylan Carter, A Culinary Tribute

20 Mar
March 20, 2014

If the name Dylan Carter rings a bell it may be due to reading about this aspiring young chef on Belly Rumbles last year.  If not you may be a Masterchef Junior fan.  I was invited to Dylan’s first ever pop up and was quite blown away by the then 14 year old school student from down Wollongong way.  I have continued to stay in touch and kept a keen eye on what he is up to.  If you haven’t read the original post, then please pop over and have a read, you will be amazed at what kitchens this young man has worked in.

A year gone by, Dylan a year older and it seems due for another pop up dinner.  The diner was organised under the wing of the Australian Good Food Guide’s (AGFG) Junior Development Program.

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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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Nomad, Surry Hills

03 Mar
March 3, 2014

After a morning of discovery in Haberfield with Maeve O’Meara you wouldn’t think we would be hungry.  Trust me, its hard work exploring your own town.  Sydney has so many delicious places to eat, that a quick lunch before continuing our adventure was needed.

Nomad opened late last year and is a pretty cool addition to a busy Sydney food scene.  It’s a cellar door in the city with great food co-owned and operated by Rebecca Littlemore and Al Yazbek.   Head chef Nathan Sasi is passionate about local produce and presents this to customers in a way that lets it shine.

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Three Williams, Redfern

11 Feb
February 11, 2014

There has been just as much hoopla over Three Williams as there has been over Brewtown.  Three Williams wasn’t actually our original destination for lunch the day we visited.  But it seems fate had decided it was going to be our destination after all.  Firstly a parking spot presented itself directly across the road.  Then, when sticking our heads in to have a nosey look, we were greeted with a big warm smile and offered a table.  What are two girls on a lunch date to say, no?

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Brewtown, Newtown

05 Feb
February 5, 2014

Brewtown, Potts Point or Brewtown, Maroubra just doesn’t have the same ring as Brewtown, Newtown.  It really had to find it’s home in that suburb for rhyming reasons alone.

I am not the first to write about Brewtown.  Social media is abuzz regarding their cronuts and great coffee, and bloggers have been blogging.  I thought I might as well join the Brewtown bandwagon.

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Hidden Bar Tour of Sydney

05 Feb
February 5, 2014

When I travel to other cities I often see what small tours may be on hand.   Not sightseeing tours, I am quite capable to getting myself around a foreign town and discovering the local prominent attractions.  I seek the knowledge of locals for the lesser known venues worth seeing.

This could be hiring a personal guide for the day and working out a bespoke itinerary.  I usually do this when I want to see specific things not on your typical tourist trail, in a country where I don’t speak the language and want to be able to learn as much as I can.

The other type of tour I like to hook up with, is one that takes you around local bars.  There are benefits of joining these types of tours.  Firstly you get introduced to establishments you would never know existed, unless you really did your homework beforehand.  Secondly, generally any queue that may be there is missed and a table/space is waiting for your group.  These tours are great for those from out of town, but just as fun for locals who may want to know a little bit more of what is in their own backyard. Read more →

Post Box Cafe, Yowie Bay

28 Jan
January 28, 2014

The Post Box Café, as I have discovered, is a hidden Sutherland Shire gem.  Located a little off the beaten track on a sleepy suburban street in Yowie Bay.

A medium sized café, with the majority of seating outside under umbrellas.  Obviously loved by locals as it is packed on the weekends.  I decide to visit on a Tuesday and as expected I avoided the weekend crowds.   Saying that, it wasn’t empty by any account, it was pleasantly busy.

Every  Tuesday and Sunday they offer a $12 lunch special, in addition to their regular menu.  On the Tuesday we visited there were three choices for the lunch special, prawn wonton stack, a pasta dish and a grilled chorizo & haloumi salad.

Post Box Cafe Yowie BayAs tempting as the specials sounded we decide to stick with the regular menu.  The menu has typical café fare, starters, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, salads and light meals.  Typical selection of drinks, but there is the nice addition of mocktails.

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Momofuku Seiobo

20 Jan
January 20, 2014

Is it worth playing the on-line reservation booking game and forking out hard earned cash to visit Momofuku?  Undeniably Yes.

Food isn’t the sole factor of importance for me when visiting a restaurant.  Of course it is a major aspect, but for me, a memorable restaurant experience involves so much more.  Attentive knowledgeable staff is crucial, they know the dishes and ingredients like the back of the hands, they make you feel right and home and welcome from the moment you step through the door.

The staff at Momofuku are this and much more.  The food is pretty okay too.

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Good Food Month 2013, Sydney

13 Oct
October 13, 2013

Good Food Month is like Christmas to some.  I know I am one of those people.  It is like living in foodie nirvana for 31 days.

For those that don’t live in Sydney or haven’t heard of Good Food Month, it is a celebration of everything that is food.  Establishments across town and in regional areas of NSW, put on special menus, organise special events and there are visiting celebrity chefs as well.

For a comprehensive rundown of what is happening around town and further afield visit the Good Food Month website.  http://sydney.goodfoodmonth.com

I thought I would share with you some events worth checking out over October. Read more →

Harbourside Beach Barbie

30 Sep
September 30, 2013

What true Aussie doesn’t love a barbie. I know when my neighbours are having one, it makes me want to run up to the shops, grab supplies and start grilling. BBQs and summer go hand in hand in Aus. It may not quite be summer yet, but Sydney’s weather is absolutely glorious at this time of the year. Perfect time to throw a prawn on the barbie. For my US readers, we don’t call them shrimps, ever. Well, unless they are a small prawn. Then we would probably say, ‘take that shrimpy prawn back to the kitchen, this is Australia, and I wants me a big prawn!’.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhead chef rhys ward throwing a few prawns on the barbie

BBQs are great and really there are only a couple of things that can make them even better. Firstly hold it on the glorious foreshore of Sydney Harbour;  where the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House are there beside you. Secondly, have one of Sydney’s talented Chefs cook your BBQ for you.

Each Saturday during October, Good Food Month in Sydney, BBQ bliss can be yours at The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. It’s no secret my love of SCOB and long history of eating there, but at $55/person for the best BBQ in town, in the best location in town, it’s too good to pass up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was kindly invited for a taste of what is being served up over October. Sydney turned on all her charms for the day with perfect weather and lots of action out on the harbour. Plus there was the action of SCOB Head Chef Rhys Ward manning the BBQ. Read more →