Archive for April, 2015

Naughty Nuris, Bali

April 28, 2015

http://www.naughtynurisbali.com

Family Xmas hols in Bali. A true Aussie now and a visit to a themed restaurant.. but it does two things exceptionally well – Martinis & Ribs.

Properly strong martinis, with a top-up. Nice. They even come with a dance, which my son enjoyed.

Worth a trip.

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Lumi Dining, Sydney

April 27, 2015

http://www.lumidining.com
56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Nice inventive Italian – worth the escape from Terrigal. Obligatory sashimi & tartare. Pasta was standout as you would hope; a memorable spelt ravioli with liquid burnt butter & squid ink pasta was beurre blanc, sea urchin & bottarga. Very cute herb sorbet to finish.

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Sichuan House, Melbourne

April 26, 2015

http://www.sichuanhouse.com.au
22-26 Corrs Lane, Melbourne

Three words – cumin pork ribs. Helps a cheap bottle of white go down in 20 mins. 10/10. Would do it again.

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Ester, Sydney

April 26, 2015

http://www.ester-restaurant.com.au
46 Meagher Street, Chippendale

Birthday Friday lunch, made memorable for being interrupted by a mini-work crisis. Political fun & games. A shame because this was very decent. Predominantly small plates with no set narrative, so one ends up with entrees such as tartare (again) and cheeseburger (of course). The gnudi was worth every good cliche.

Roast chicken is a bit of a no-no restaurant order, but I would defend this one. Look at it. However, I wouldn’t defend the garlic chips on the greens. Seriously, why? And relax.

I like these kind of places – fewer rules, everyone treated as adults.

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Cafe Paci, Sydney

April 26, 2015

http://www.cafepaci.com.au
95 Riley Street, Darlinghurst

Seriously good inventive restaurant with lots of grey & hidden food – Lamb tartare, crab, mussels with creamed potatoes & chicken skin. Nice riff on beef pho. Carrot mousse. ‘Popcorn’ with pork crackling. Would return.

In no particular order…

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Moon Under Water, Melbourne

April 25, 2015

http://www.buildersarmshotel.com.au
211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

A cosy restaurant with a nice happy vibe. Excellent service. Very on trend food, well ‘cooked’ – radishes, burrata, charcoal cooked beef, granita.

Not a birthday, just two bottles of wine shenanigans.

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Saint Crispin, Melbourne

April 25, 2015

http://www.saintcrispin.com.au
300 Smith Street, Collingwood

Weekend away in Melbourne. I come here all the time for work, so why not spend more time…. A great evening – Interstellar at Imax. Dinner at Saint Crispin. Casual dining with serious food.

The Coq au Vin was one of the best dishes I ate all year – pressed thigh, leg pastille, poached breast with a dynamite chicken liver sauce.

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Red Pepper, Strathfield

April 25, 2015

http://www.strathfieldsportsclub.com.au
4A Lyons Street, Strathfield

Continuing the healthy eating theme – taking the family to Korean Fried Chicken. My idea of course. Kids have no idea what KFC is. Incongruous place with pokies, big TVs and 5-a-side footy pitches. Chicken is excellent.

Worth the 40 minute drive…Plus there’s a kids playground round the side to alleviate the guilt….

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Via Napoli, Lane Cove

April 25, 2015

http://www.vianapolipizzeria.com.au
141 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

A post for my memories – my son trying to eat a pizza bigger than him. That’s my boy.

Sydney isn’t blessed with great pizzerias. So Via Napoli is worth the trip. Good crispy & chewy pizzas.

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Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne

April 25, 2015

http://www.leehofook.com.au
92 Smith Street, Collingwood

Monday night tasting menu of Jian cuisine with matching Whiskies. What’s not to like? Answer: Nothing

Steamed custard with prawns, scallops, bugs. Black vinegar barramundi. Duck with red salad. Red braised pork belly. Gogi berry granite. Jasmine custard with burnt caramel.

Slightly hammered. Passed out on the plane on the way home.

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