Brunch at ACME, Rushcutters Bay

Brunch isn’t high on my to-do list because I generally don’t eat before noon. I get a lot of blank faces when I tell people that I don’t eat breakfast. I also get a lot of ‘But breakfast is the most important meal of the day!’ exclamations thrown my way. Not to me, it isn’t….

Ormeggio, Mosman

We had lunch at Ormeggio a few months ago, so my recollection is somewhat hazy. What I do remember though is the mindblowing bottoni – tiny buttons of pasta exploding with a cheesy broth interior. The experience is almost like eating a xiao long bao. But instead it’s an umami-heavy parmigiano reggiano soup within the pasta. Oh lordy,…

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…