Corner Bistro, Greenwich Village

April 10, 2017

331 West 4th Street

No-nonsense burger & beers. Paper plates. Shit photo. 

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Le Bernadin, New York 

April 10, 2017

155 w 51st Street, New York

Lunch. Beautiful dining room. Buzzy crowd. There are worse places to be. My ordering was not the best, black bass/veal cheek main course was a little weak, but seafood truffle pasta was excellent. Great restaurants are not always just about the food. This is one of these places. The bottle of wine for one helped.

Russ & Daughters, New York

April 10, 2017

Getting breakfast in bed for Vanessa. Only the best bagels. Seriously dense. Nice oily salmon. Capers of course. Average filter coffee…

Lil’ Frankies, New York

April 10, 2017

19 1st Avenue, New York

A big birthday. Time to do some decent restaurants. So New York beckoned. Home of decent martinis & great pizza. 

To keep it real we rented a place on 1st street. Not the quietest. At least we were local to this cracking place to ease our jet lag. Everything outstanding, especially gnocchi Di zucca. 

Saint Peter, Paddington

April 9, 2017

362 Oxford Street.

For a country famed for its seafood, it’s pretty hard to find really good seafood restaurants. So much care is taken here to represent fish the best it can be. I wish there were more places like this. Pics from a couple of meals. Go.


Tan Viet Noodle House, Cabramatta 

April 9, 2017

100 John street, Cabramatta

“Man cannot live on fine dining.”  Crispy Chicken. Egg Noodles. Happy kids.

Moon Park, Redfern

April 9, 2017

Finally visited this highly rated Korean place the day before it closed last year. It was great. Shoutout to a Korean steak tartare and of course, the pork belly. 

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Momofuku Seiobo

April 9, 2017

The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Sydney

A return visit from last year. Thanks Sean. This time with Paul Carmichael at the helm, bringing Caribbean flavours to fine dining. It makes for a novel dining experience, especially with the flavours and spices turned up to 11. Tastebuds get a good working out. Occasionally the heat dominates too much, but better than another run of the mill degustation. 

Igni, Geelong

October 9, 2016

http://www.restaurantigni.com

Ryan Place, Geelong

Business down in Geelong. Made sure it was on a day that Igni was open. Well worth the effort.

It’s sleek & relaxed, incongruously on a lane way of this regional city. The food is mostly prepared on an open grill. There is no menu and no diner gets the same menu. Food envy is hard to avoid. 

It’s all pretty excellent. Really interesting native ingredients. 

Nice array of starters, especially chicken skin with cod roe. Notable dishes included squid noodles, wagyu/artichoke, beetroot/whey, pepper ice cream with strawberries. 

Worth a trip to Geelong.

Minimishima, Melbourne

October 9, 2016

4 Lord Street, Richmond

Pretty good sushi place. Ingredients were excellent quality, but preparations varied too much, especially in terms of temperature. The formal staff, lack of any choice apart from the otoro/caviar upsell made this a very hard place to love. You’re on a conveyor belt and are in & out in about an hour. Better as a lunchtime venue.