Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel, Whale Beach

Recently I treated Eric to a surprise getaway at Jonah’s at Whale Beach for his 30th birthday. At first I was tempted by the bed, breakfast & dinner package the hotel offers. But after a few calculations, I was befuddled to find that the packages are more expensive than if you just book everything separately. So I went…

Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point

Sydneysiders are often possessed with FOMO, flocking to new restaurants and fads like moths to a flame. Sadly, I can’t say that I’m exempt from this sweeping generalization. And the most unfortunate part is that more mature eateries like Fratelli Paradiso are sometimes overlooked. It’s taken me way too long to get here. And it was…

The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney

The Dining Room at Park Hyatt is a vastly underrated dining experience. With a dazzling view of the Sydney Opera House, a fine meal, and a glass of wine in hand, The Dining Room is hitting all the right marks. You’ll get bang for your buck, especially for lunch when it’s $39, $59, or $69 for 1, 2 or…

Automata, Chippendale

Housed inside the newly revamped The Old Clare Hotel, Automata hits fine dining with unpretentious stride. Clayton Wells, formerly sous chef at Momofuku Seiobo (which I loved, by the way – check out my post here), has found a new home in Chippendale. Menu changes crop up in the blink of an eye, so there’s a very good chance…

Besser, Surry Hills

It’s casual. It’s a bit retro. But most importantly it’s simple (and delicious) Italian food. From the mind hive behind A Tavola, Besser takes on Italian cuisine with a laid-back vibe. The colorful chairs are the kind I sat on through my school years, which is a bit fun and odd at the same time. There…

Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne

Other than my insane dining adventure at The Fat Duck, Lee Ho Fook was one of my most memorable dinner experiences in Melbourne. Exec Chef Victor Liong does Modern Chinese food that’s stylish and light-hearted all at the same time. The tea egg with avruga and dill comes in two halves and is as unctuous as it is beautiful. Chongqing style chicken…

Barrafina Tapas, Sydney CBD

For tapas, a cheeky sangria, and a good time, it’s hard to beat Barrafina in the heart of the Sydney CBD. The eatery brings Spanish share plates to life. The vibe is casual and playful. A wall is painted with a pertinent expression in Spanish: ‘una comida sin vino se llama desayuno’ which translates to…

The Fat Duck Melbourne

The word I use most to describe my experience at The Fat Duck is ‘insane’. Closely followed by ‘mind boggling’. It’s by far the most amazing and surreal dining adventure I’ve ever experienced. People ask me if it was worth the $550 and my reply is always ‘worth every penny’. We arrive at the Crown for our…

Chester White Cured Diner, Potts Point

When Suze invited us to a last minute lunch at Chester White, I couldn’t say no because I had heard about the truffle cacio e pepe served in a giant wheel of truffled cheese. I adore the cacio e pepe at sister resto Buffalo Dining Club, so I knew I was in for a treat….

Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Sydney CBD

At Bentley Restaurant & Bar Brent Savage not only brings innovation to the table, but also shows off his effortless flair for extracting the perfect balance of flavors in every dish. Relocated from their smaller Surry Hills space, the bigger and better Bentley is now housed in Radisson Blu Hotel. Before ur tasting menu gets going, we…

Morimoto Waikiki, Honolulu

Our two-week holiday in Hawaii culminated with a stellar dinner at Morimoto. The restaurant was conveniently housed in The Modern, which is where we were staying for the last four nights in Honolulu. (PS. Seriously awesome hotel. More on that in an upcoming post about more general Honolulu tips) Our dinner is off to an…

Chinese Noodle House

So I’ve already written about Chinese Noodle House over at Weekend Notes when I first went in 2011, but I’ve since then probably been another 20 times. It’s without fail one of my all time favorites in Sydney. And I still order the same dang things as that first time I went four years ago, though I’ve…