Posts Tagged ‘sydney’

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.


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. 

Sepia (2), Sydney

June 26, 2016

201 Sussex Street, Sydney

A revisit back in Feb. Easily the best meal I’ve had in Sydney. Excellent fusion of east/west. Good generosity in terms of food & wine. Good chat with fellow lone diner. 

Crab/vinegar jelly, sous vide squid, scallop/macadamia cream, caviar/potato/dashi, abalone, ‘sushi’, duck, wagyu/mushrooms & host of desserts, including fennel ice cream. The only dish that was an acquired taste. 


January 11, 2016

47 Windsor Street, Paddington

Four and a half years at Leos. Leaving lunch at Lucios. A great long lunch spot. Loved the silverbeet taglioni with crab. 

Followed by laser-tag. Followed by a 24 hr journey back to the UK. That’s how I roll…..




Lumi Dining, Sydney

April 27, 2015
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.









Ester, Sydney

April 26, 2015
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.







Cafe Paci, Sydney

April 26, 2015
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…










Via Napoli, Lane Cove

April 25, 2015
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.


Chiswick, Woollahra

December 13, 2014
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 202

Did someone say ‘lifestyle’?
Food is pretty good, but it’s all about buzzy ambience, chicness and from-the-garden dining. Very eastern suburbs



Rockpool Sydney, Sydney

September 14, 2014
11 bridge street, Sydney

Have been here a few times since it re-opened in Bridge Street. This occasion was a valentines day lunch with Vanessa. There’s a lot to be said for lunching on this date. You avoid the price gouging at night, with uninspired menus (steak or salmon) and the depressing sight of 50 tables of 2 trying to enjoy themselves.

This is I suspect less of an issue for Rockpool. The room is sleek and money. The food is excellent. One could hypothesize how the chinese inspired food reflects a country that straddles the east & west. You’d sound a bit of wanker though. Regardless, the flavours are big, especially in comparison to the traditional Flower Drum. Steak Tartare with black bean dressing, chicken hotpot with potatoes dauphine. All outstanding.

A lot of iconic Sydney restaurants rely on their location to be distinctive, but Rockpool Sydney has to rely on the food. I consider it to be some of the most distinctive you’ll find ‘here’.