Happy D’s Dumplings Bar, Redfern

“I have no food,” Eric declares as I plonk myself down on the couch on a Tuesday evening. I look at him incredulously and retort, ‘What do you mean you have no food?!” In our de facto household, Eric is the brilliant cook and I’m the eager eater. When we’re not out for dinner or…

Bennelong Restaurant and Cured & Cultured Bar, Sydney Opera House

Bennelong is one of my favorite fine dining destinations in Sydney – the bold flavors, the moody atmosphere, and the cocktails truly appeal to my palate. After dining from the three-course a la carte menu at the restaurant once and with two sessions at the Cured & Cultured bar under my belt, I’ve come to…

Big Poppa’s, Darlinghurst

My favorite music is hip hop and R&B. Something about the heart-thumping beat makes sense to me. Something about the rhythm feels natural to me. An all time fave has been Biggie’s Hypnotize because of that thumping beat that makes your head instinctively bob up and down. Anyway, you may have guessed that Big Poppa’s…

The Best Veggie Dishes in Sydney 2016

I loathe how vegetables don’t get to be in the limelight as much as meat or seafood. I was vegetarian when I was a child. My mom would tell me stories about how I would throw up even after eating some chicken broth. Over the years I’ve had to learn to eat more meat and…

Haloumi, Watermelon & Cucumber Salad Recipe

Haloumi is one of the greatest inventions of all time. It’s salty, it’s squeaky, it’s kinda crumbly. I love eating it on its own, grilled, with a squeeze of lemon. But it’s even more delicious when you add some element of sweetness to counteract the salty hit. Recently I knocked together a summery haloumi salad…

The Stinking Bishops, Enmore

I love cheese. There’s no denying it. It’s a close second to my love of carbs. Even better if you bring carbs AND cheese together. That’s death row meal material. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to check out The Stinking Bishops given my love affair with cheese. Anyway, I’m finally here and…

Strawberry, White Peach, Tomato & Feta Salad Recipe

I hate cooking. So when I have to prepare food for myself, it tends to be super easy stuff. Quite often it’s instant noodles or frozen pizza (I’ve ranked my fave frozen pizzas here if you’re interested). But sometimes I actually bring together fresh ingredients to form some kind of dish. Salads are my go-to…

The Q on Harris, Ultimo

Benji Salim is hoping to bring Indonesian coffee into the limelight in Australia. At The Q on Harris, he roasts the green coffee beans he imported from Indonesia. The Q is also home to a cozy cafe serving an all-day menu. The Q Coffee Benji imports single-origin green beans from various parts of Indonesia, working…

The Mandoo, Strathfield

It took me a while to get into Korean food because I only perceived it (inaccurately) to be laden with meaty delights. I’m much more of a veggie-lover, so the idea of Korean BBQ just didn’t appeal to me. Luckily, in the last decade or so I befriended a few Korean friends, and especially Jeff…

Saint Peter, Paddington

Champions of Australian sustainably sourced seafood, Saint Peter changes the menu daily to showcase only the best. Well-lit and slender, the Paddington restaurant is fitted out with only a small open kitchen. The food is great for sharing, although the tables are a tad small and there’s a bit of plate Tetris going on once all…

Kindred Restaurant, Darlington

Everything from the sourdough to the cultured butter and of course the pasta is made in-house at Darlington newcomer Kindred. There’s a long list on the back of the menu outlining what they make (it’s impressive! Whether it’s vincotto or yoghurt, they make it from scratch). We kick off dinner with the sweet potato triangoli. The four delicious triangles…

Continental Deli, Newtown

There’s something inviting about parking yourself at the bar for a meal. It’s often more spontaneous (usually it’s a walk-in policy at most bars), it’s informal, and you’ll get to see some elaborate cocktail or food prep theatrics close up and personal. Generally, bar food means smaller plates that are ideal for sharing – and that’s…