My long weekend in Sydney

The last weekend in September in Western Australia was our Queen’s birthday long weekend. I spent it in Sydney.

The last time I took a long weekend trip over east, it was to Melbourne, and in my blog post I mentioned my preference for red-eye flights going east because it means I’ll arrive with a whole day ahead of me. The only catch with this strategy is that I pretty much skip a night’s sleep in the process. This time, I deliberately avoided the in-flight entertainment in an attempt to get some sleep on the plane. But two screaming children in the cabin put an end to my best intentions. I arrived in Sydney just after 6am having squeezed in an hour’s disrupted sleep at most.

I had left behind sunny 30°C days in Perth – I caught the airport train to Wynyard station and stepped out into 13°C, heavy rain and slippery streets. I was wearing my rain jacket but to spare my suitcase and camera bag from a drenching, inched my way towards my hotel, taking cover whenever I could.

This time around I had booked a room at the Shangri-La Sydney, a short walk to Circular Quay, a ferry ride away to my friends Craig and Caroline’s apartment. As I’d expected, my room wouldn’t be ready until closer to 3pm; but it was no problem to leave my suitcase with the hotel for safe-keeping while I began my eating adventures.

It had been over three years since I’d been in Sydney and I had one thing on my mind for breakfast: a curry Tiger pie at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. I would’ve walked to Haymarket to Harry’s on George Street but decided the wider awnings at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels in Woolloomooloo would offer better shelter from the rain. I grabbed a cab to Woolloomooloo.

Harry's Cafe de Wheels, Woolloomooloo Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, Woolloomooloo.

The menu at Harry's Cafe de Wheels Ever since my first Tiger, I’ve ordered nothing else. Hot dogs were added to the menu in the 1970s to cater for American sailors. I hear the chilli dogs are an excellent choice after a big night out.

‘Tiger’ was the nickname of Harry Edwards, the bloke who established the original Harry’s pie cart back in 1938, selling ‘pie and peas’ and crumbed sausages near the front gates of the naval dockyard at Woolloomooloo. The Tiger is a pie topped with mashed potato, mushy peas and brown gravy. You can tiger up a regular old beef pie, chicken and mushroom pie, vegetable and cheese, cheese and bacon, beef curry or curry chicken pie. This time, I chose a chicken curry tiger. The chicken curry was spicy but not fiery, with chunks of chicken. Tiger pies are messy to eat – once you break through with your first bite, the flow of gravy is hard to stop. Thankfully, there are tissues on the counter next to the sauces (Worcestershire, sweet chilli and HP), white vinegar and salt and pepper.

Chicken curry tiger pie For most, this is tucker for late night drunken munchies, but I’d eat one of these beauties any time.

DSCF9404All along the walls are old photographs – there’s a portrait of Harry Edwards himself and countless pictures of celebrities who’ve eaten at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels over the years. I always make it a point to look for my favourite photo of the bunch – Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders biting into a pie at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels in 1972 – it’s such an awesome photo.

Harry's Cafe de Wheels on George Street in Haymarket. Harry’s Cafe de Wheels on George Street in Haymarket – as you can see, not many seats under not as much awning.

After my pie and a walk around town, I went to Burger Project for a lunch date with my friend Craig (remember my friends Craig and Caroline who joined me on a photography safari on King Island?). Ever since Burger Project opened for business in World Square, I’ve been obsessively drooling over its Instagram feed. Burger Project is the burger joint of celebrity chef Neil Perry, famous for his Rockpool and Spice Temple restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne, Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, and for creating menus for Qantas First and Business class.

Craig had the Bacon Project (beef, “loads of Bar Fridge smoked bacon”, cheese, pickles and secret sauce – AU$13.90). I chose the Cheese and Bacon (beef, bacon, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce – AU$10.90) and fries (small, AU$2.90). The burgers are made with Cape Grim grass-fed beef. Add other top quality ingredients, crunchy tangy pickles, secret recipe sauce, and a chewy, squishy burger-strength bun, and wow – you’ve got yourself an exceptional burger.

Craig got a salted caramel shake (AU$6.50) and I had a strawberry house soda (AU$4.50). I’ve heard Burger Project gets extremely busy, especially on weekends – we got there shortly after opening (11am), well before the weekday lunch crowd arrived.

Bacon Project burgerJust moments before Craig’s first bite of his Bacon Project burger.

Cheese and Bacon burgerMy Cheese and Bacon burger. The beef was juicy and packed with flavour, with a gooey layer of perfectly melted cheese. The beef patties are cooked to medium (unless you request otherwise).

Perth readers, if flying to Sydney’s not an option, you can get a taste of Neil Perry’s burger creations from the Burger Bar at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth.

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Burger ProjectThe lunch crowd was truly in by the time we left.

After lunch, Craig headed back to work while I made my way to Regent Place on George Street on another mission – to taste the signature sea salt soft serve at Aqua S, something else I’ve been admiring from afar on social media. Sea salt’s the permanent flavour on Aqua S’ menu, with two other flavours that change every second Thursday. On this day, they were guava and honey creme. You can have one flavour or sea salt swirled with a second flavour, either piped into a cup or on a dark chocolate cone that’s more looks than taste. And if that’s not enough, there are toppings, of which you can have one, multiple, or all: popping candy, caramel popcorn, grilled marshmallows and fairy floss.

I got my sea salt soft serve on a cone with fairy floss, an outrageously bouffant creation that was difficult to photograph and a challenge to eat as I valiantly worked my way inward and around to reach the soft serve before it began to melt and drip down the cone onto my jeans. By the time I was done, my face and hands were sticky and I felt like I’d just completed a surreal eating obstacle course. The sea salt soft serve was very creamy, slightly salty, almost buttery. Would I have it again? You betcha! But next time I’ll choose a topping that’s easier to manage, like caramel popcorn.

Wrapping my cone in fairy floss Wrapping my cone in fairy floss – as I watched the fairy floss get bigger and bigger, I almost called out: “That’s enough, you can stop now!”

Aqua S' signature sea salt soft serve with fairy flossAqua S signature sea salt soft serve in a cone with fairy floss – eye-catching, sublime and ridiculous – a touch of Lady Gaga. In the background on the wall are customer photographs. Everyone – and I mean everyone – who got soft serve here took photos before eating.

Regent Place has really come a long way since the last time I checked it out (2011) – it’s grown into a bustling food precinct. Sadly, the wonderful and cosy little Azuma Cafe is gone – their specialty was chiffon cakes (though you can still order some of the old favourites online from the patisserie and pick up from Azuma Restaurant in Chifley Plaza).

Regent PlaceTenkomori, one of the Japanese dining options at Regent Place.

Fuerza Bruta coffeeI suddenly realised I hadn’t had coffee or tea that day. I grabbed a takeaway coffee from Cafe Fuerza Bruta downstairs in Regent Place (Kent Street Laneway). There’s a cracker of a mural to get lost in while you wait for your coffee.

I returned to my hotel and crashed out in my room for a couple of hours. It’s a good thing I set my alarm, as I’d have slept right through to the morning and missed dinner.

My room at the Shangri-La Sydney My room at the Shangri-La Sydney.

I’ve been a big fan of chef Kylie Kwong ever since her first book, Recipes and Stories and her first TV series, Heart and Soul. I failed to get to her restaurant at its original site on Crown Street in Surry Hills and was determined to get to it this time, at its new location in Potts Point. I’d made a reservation several weeks ahead for the three of us (Craig, Caroline and me) at Billy Kwong for Friday night.

The restaurant was busy and we were packed in pretty tightly, but the food was fantastic and I think I’ll be back the next time I’m in Sydney. The restaurant has an award-winning wine list, but I was most impressed with my refreshing lilly pilly mocktail. We spotted Kylie Kwong’s mum (recognisable as she’s been on Kylie’s TV shows) and then Kylie herself talking to guests at an adjacent table. For most of the evening, Kylie was in full flight in the kitchen and at the pass, bluetooth earpiece in one ear. Next time I think I’ll try for a seat at the bar so I can get a better view of the open kitchen. Bookings for the restaurant are essential, but the bar is kept free for walk-ins.

Mini pork buns with rooftop honey and house chilli sauce We started our meal with mini pork buns with rooftop honey and house chilli sauce (AU$14 for 2 buns; they added a third bun for an extra AU$7).

DSCF9563We doused our pork buns with plenty of house chilli sauce. It adds quite a sambal kick, so go easy if you’re a chilli wuss.

Beef rollsRice noodle rolls with braised beef brisket, black bean and chilli (AU$28, 4 pcs). Silky noodle rolls, tantalisingly crisp on the outside, filled with savoury brisket – my favourite dish from this meal.

Mrs Jang's eggs Kylie Kwong made a simple home-style dish of fried eggs famous – this is a version of that dish, Mrs Jang’s fried eggs, with XO sauce, Tamari and lots of fresh red chillies (AU$19). The yolks are gooey, the whites fluffy, and the crinkly golden bits are the best part.

White-cooked chickenI chuckled at the list of nightly specials, presented on a sheet of paper in Kylie’s distinct, almost illegible scrawl. We ordered one of them: white-cooked Saskia Beer chicken with ginger, spring onion, fresh chilli & coriander (AU$45). The chicken was exquisitely tender, the fragrant sauce drinkable and delicious on steamed rice.

Dry-fried green beans with with miso, chilli & sesame seeds (AU$10) Our final dish was dry-fried green beans with with miso, chilli & sesame seeds (AU$10). The toothsome beans were well coated in miso, which added a caramel-like flavour to the dish.

I slept well that night but woke up bright and early to meet Craig and Caroline at Circular Quay. We caught the ferry to Balmain East, had a quick look at the shops in Balmain and jumped on a bus to get us to Orange Grove Market, on Saturday mornings at Orange Grove Public School in Lilyfield.

Orange Grove Market Orange Grove Market

My friend Jackie M has a Malaysian food stall at Orange Grove Market, and I simply followed my nose, smelling the hot smoky wok in action well before I saw it. I’d told Jackie I was coming to Sydney but we hadn’t made plans to meet up – so she was pretty surprised when I rocked up with Craig and Caroline at her stall at the market. Jackie’s curry puffs and chicken char kway teow made a brilliant breakfast.

Jackie M Jackie M serving up my chicken char kway teow.

I got a minted lemonade from here I got a minted lemonade to wash down my Malaysian breakfast.

Pashom These gorgeous slippers at the Pashom stall made me wish my feet were small enough! I’d get the white bunnies or ladybird slippers.

So many good things in this fridge... So many good things in this fridge…

Avocados

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Bacon and egg rollWe may have eaten bacon and egg rolls too…

DSCF1235If you like baked goods, cakes and pastries, you’re in luck. Lots of goodies at this market.

Scrolls Looks like it’s been snowing on these icing sugar encrusted cinnamon scrolls!

Flour and Stone stall Flour and Stone has a bakery/cafe shopfront in Woolloomooloo, but can also be found at markets on Saturdays: Eveleigh Market, Fox Studios Market and Orange Grove Market. They had an impressive array of items for sale.

I want the ducky!Caroline chose a penguin iced gingerbread while I ummed and aahed over my choice. I narrowed it down to the spotted pig and the duck. Thank goodness I chose the piggy, because as I walked away, I heard this little kid exclaim: “Ducky ducky ducky! I want the ducky!!”

The gingerbread was for later; for now, I got stuck into Flour and Stone’s famous panna cotta lamington, which comes in its own box. I have friends who don’t like lamingtons because they find the cake too dry. This is the answer: a lamington cake that has holes poked through it before a panna cotta mix is poured over and allowed to soak in. The result is a super moist lamington. A similar technique is used in making tres leches cake. The panna cotta lamington is halved and filled with raspberry jam, coated in chocolate and covered with a mixture of desiccated and flaked coconut. It’s a big call to make, but I proclaim this the best lamington I’ve ever eaten.

Panna cotta lamington from Flour and Stone Flour and Stone’s panna cotta lamington

DSCF1276A bus and ferry ride, then a walk to Craig and Caroline’s place.

Iced gingerbread and coffee Iced gingerbread and coffee back in Craig and Caroline’s lounge room.

Tim Tam isn't fussed, but Misu wants to make a run for it I’ve missed these guys! Craig and Caroline’s boys – Tim Tam (left) purred and gave me a head bump hello, but Misu (right) wanted to make a run for it!

MumbleTheir sister Mumble chirped at me, then watched (before falling asleep) in her cubby.

We drove to Zeus Street Greek in Drummoyne for a very late lunch. All that eating at the market had put our meal times out of whack and I had dinner plans to keep in mind – so Caroline and I shared a Papou Niko (AU$10.50) – slow cooked pork, Aegean slaw, caramelised onion, preserved lemon mayo and parsley wrapped in a house-made pillowy pita. Craig managed one on his own. We all shared a serving of feta and oregano chips (AU$8.50). I can see why so many Sydney food bloggers raved on about Zeus – it’s terrific! On a future visit, I’d like to try their signature slow cooked lamb, perhaps ‘nude’ (the lamb, not ME!) rather than in a pita, served with tzatziki and lemon, and I’ll plan it better so I’ll have room for some loukoumades (Greek hot doughnuts soaked in honey syrup and covered in cinnamon sugar). See, this is why it’s so glorious and impossible every time I visit Sydney – I have old favourites I want to revisit, discoveries from the previous visit I want to go back to, but always, a long list of new places I want to check out – and not enough meals or stomach to do it all…

DSCF1366The grill where the meats are roasted makes compelling viewing.

Chips with feta and oregano Feta and oregano chips (AU$8.50) – great combo.

Pork kebabPapou Niko pita (AU$10.50), with pork, Aegean slaw, caramelised onion, preserved lemon mayo and parsley. The pillowy pita really makes this special.

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Zeus Street Greek, Drummoyne Zeus Street Greek, Drummoyne

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My second eldest sister and her hubby have recently returned to Sydney after many months of world travels. My younger sister Juji and her hubby Jay were in Sydney for the long weekend too – though we didn’t follow exactly the same itinerary. We all met up on Saturday night and went to Bar H in Surry Hills for a late dinner.

Bar H is dark and noisy, and reminded me of MoVida Melbourne somehow, although the food is entirely different. My Sydney sis told me the menu was previously Chinese-inspired but is now definitely Japanese-style. I liked it and would happily eat there again. As is the style of now – the menu’s designed to be shared.

KingfishHiramasa kingfish sashimi, yusu kosho and nori (AU$21).

DSCF9727We unrolled the tender, fleshy pieces of kingfish and dipped them in the yuzu kosho (spicy paste made with green chilli, yuzu peel and salt) and the shiny black nori goo. A superbly balanced combination.

Corn Bursty tempura corn kernels, creamed smoked corn and black salt (AU$14). The secret to transforming parsley from much hated herb to ‘eat all the parsley!’ is clearly tempura. I couldn’t get enough of the tempura parsley.

Croquettes Pork and smoked eel croquette, yuzu cream and Japanese BBQ sauce (AU$4.50 each). Deceptively substantial and marvelously crunchy. Warning: leave them to cool before attempting a bite.

Eggplant Eggplant, dashi and mochi (AU$14) – agedashi eggplant with a difference. There really was mochi in the broth with the eggplant – stretchy and gluey, yet strangely alluring.

Kurobuta pork Slow cooked Kurobuta pork pork shoulder, quandong and grilled lettuce (AU$36). Probably my least favourite dish, as the pork was dry and the grilled lettuce was stringy.

Brussels sprouts Fried Brussels sprouts, soy and bonito (AU$14) – you can’t hide the bitterness of Brussels sprouts, even when you fry them, but doused in sauce and topped with bonito flakes, they’re pretty good.

Doughnuts We all shared a serving of Japanese kinako (roasted soybean flour) doughnuts with caramel ice cream and yuzu (AU$16). I don’t think my sisters liked the combination of yuzu and caramel, but I did.

Bar H, Surry Hills Bar H, Surry Hills

Craig and Caroline picked me up from the hotel on Sunday morning for a road trip to the Hunter Valley. We stopped for breakfast on the way at Cafe F3 on the M1 (previously known as F3 – which is where the cafe gets its name). We had roast pork sandwiches (AU$7.95) with butter and gravy on soft white bread, each with a piece of crackling.

DSCF9819Order at the counter at Cafe F3

DSCF9804The woman making our sandwiches didn’t mind me taking photographs; she was quite amused, actually!

Roast pork sandwichCafe F3 is next to a McDonald’s. I have nothing against McDonald’s, but it really is no competition for THIS!

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Cafe F3 Cafe F3

Lunch was at the Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe in Lovedale. It was quiet, practically empty. We shared a dish with sausages (smoked chorizo sausage, smoked chicken and forest mushroom sausage, smoked Austrian pork and cheese kransky), roasted potatoes, mixed leaf salad, mustard and chutney (AU$27) and one of the platters for two (The Talga, $47.50 – with thin slices of smoked chicken breast, mild ham sausage salami (Sunkarica), smoked pepperoni with black pepper and garlic, grapevine-smoked ham loin, house baked ciabatta rolls (served warm), smoked local Green Verdale olives, mixed leaf salad with balsamic vinaigrette, smoked local cheddar and tomato, apple and date chutney. Craig and I ordered a couple of old-fashioned spiders (ginger beer for Craig and lime for me).

DSCF9879Our lunch-time view.

Platter

Sausages and platterThe chicken sausage was meant to be chicken, honey and macadamia but our waiter informed us they’d run out and we’d get chicken and forest mushroom sausage instead. That turned out to be one of our favourite items on the plate.

My old-fashioned lime spider. I used to love making spiders at home with lemonade and vanilla ice cream.  This was great! My old-fashioned lime spider. I used to love making spiders at home with lemonade and vanilla ice cream. This was great!

Lovedale SmokehousePlenty of seating inside.

DSCF9859There are Lovedale Smokehouse products and items from other local producers for sale.

DSCF9910The signage was somewhat lacking here – we weren’t 100% certain we were at the right place when we parked the car and had to get out and walk right up to the building to confirm. Signage wasn’t great in general for wayfinding in a car – signs were either too small or not legible from the road, and sometimes there were no signs at all.

We went to Sabor in the Hunter, a dessert bar located at Lambloch Estate, a 20-acre vineyard in Pokolbin. There are over 50 desserts on the menu here, which can be enjoyed with coffee, tea, or matching dessert wines. The desserts are individual creations – nothing is served by the slice. The dessert bar at Pokolbin is the second, bigger Sabor location in Hunter Valley – the original is only 5 minutes away in Lovedale. It was difficult choosing what to have – there were at least ten things I’d have happily tried.

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DSCF9932The mind-boggling decision to be made…

Caramel wave Caroline’s Double Chocolate & Caramel Wave (AU$14 dine-in) – flourless chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse centre, surrounded with milk chocolate mousse and caramel glitter glaze. A real stunner.

BanoffeeCraig and I chose the same dessert – Biku Banoffee (AU$14 dine-in) – crumbed chocolate cookie base, South American-style thick caramel (dulce du leche), a layer of fresh sliced banana, topped with Chantilly cream and shaved Belgian chocolate. This was seriously decadent – I got through two-thirds and had to admit defeat.

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DSCF9962The views out to the vineyard and Brokenback Mountain Range are breathtaking… if you can look up from your dessert long enough to notice!

Sabor Dessert Bar Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar, Pokolbin

On Sunday night, I met up with Juji and Jay for dinner at Yebisu Izakaya in Regent Place. We didn’t have a booking and had to line up, but were seated within around 15 minutes.

Line up here Line up here

DSCF9979There’s seating at the bar and in the dining room.

You order via a tablet menu, which is very convenient, but it was positioned at a fixed, upright angle that we found uncomfortable to use after a while. This wasn’t the most amazing Japanese food I’ve eaten but I enjoyed my dinner – especially the spicy edamame and garlicky fried rice, which I couldn’t stop eating.

Juji vs tablet menu Juji vs tablet menu. She’s not cross – she’s concentrating.

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EdamameChilli garlic edamame (AU$6.80)

Lotus root chips Lotus root chips (AU$5.80)

Kingfish Kingfish sashimi (AU$15.80)

Salmon Salmon sashimi (AU$14.80)

KaraageNot a very good rendition of chicken karaage (AU$8.80). The chicken needed to be fried for longer (or hotter) – just a tad underdone.

MocktailThere’s a good selection of mocktails on the menu.

Beef tataki Angus beef tataki (AU$9.80 – small) This was our least favourite dish – four slices of very chewy beef hidden under spring onions and bonito flakes.

Tofu Agedashi Tofu (AU$7.80) – silken tofu fried in light batter and served in dashi broth.

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MackerelGrilled mackerel with salt (AU$12.80) I love the gleam (and taste) of mackerel skin. The fish was delicious but hard work as there were small bones to watch out for.

Garlic and scallop fried rice Scallop and garlic fried rice (AU$16.80, small size) – the scallops were large, but under-seasoned and underwhelming (size isn’t everything!). I’ve eaten garlicky fried rice in Japanese restaurants and love it, but whoa, this was heavy duty garlic! The small serving was plenty to share between the three of us.

I skipped a breakfast excursion on my final morning in favour of a more leisurely start to the day. I slept in and had breakfast buffet at Cafe Mix, one of the restaurants at my hotel. It’s pretty standard buffet fare. There was a very simple congee station (rice porridge, pickled vegetables, fried shallots, soy sauce), cold meats and fish, cheeses, fruits, breads and pastries and a range of hot dishes. I had two cups of coffee, fruit juice, assembled my own fry-up and ordered an omelette with ham and tomato (the breakfast buffet includes eggs cooked to order, to your liking).

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My final meal in Sydney was lunch at Devon on Danks in Waterloo with Jackie M (with her son Noah) and Twitter/Instagram friend Karen, who picked me up from the Shangri-La. I couldn’t believe it – after all the rain, the sun came out blazing on my last day. Love the menu with Asian twists at this cafe. Devon on Danks is the sister cafe to the original Devon (another Sydney bloggers’ darling) on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills.

Check the board for the day's specials Check the board for the day’s specials, including soft serve, cronut and doughnut flavours

Affogato Jackie’s affogato made with the soft serve of the day, jasmin and blue pea flower milk tea.

Chicken saladKaren’s Ying Yang Chicken Salad (AU$18) – poached free range chicken breast, lettuce, soft-boiled egg, sesame dressing, zucchini, witlof, snow peas and crunchy fried bread crumbs.

SakumasMy dish, Brunching with the Sakumas (AU$27) – roasted king salmon, potato noodles, clam and miso butter, onsen egg, furikake. The menu mentioned enoki and chives, but I didn’t find any. I savoured every bite of the two beautifully cooked pieces of salmon with salty crispy skin. A gentle poke of my fork released the soft yolk into the buttery sauce where a couple of clams were lurking. I devoured it all.

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DoughnutsWe shared the day’s doughnuts – Oreo, Strawberry cheesecake (served with a strawberry puree pipette injection) and kaya (Malaysian coconut jam).

CousinWe also shared My Second Asian Cousin Gone Summery (AU$15.50) – sago and coconut pudding, mango, freeze-dried lychee and coconut jelly. A very refreshing mush. Jac would love this.

Soft serveThe day’s soft serve (AU$5) – jasmin and blue pea flower milk tea. It’s decorated with candied blue pea flowers which I didn’t care much for (too dry and chewy for my liking) – they looked like giant bugs crawling on the soft serve. A crunchy surprise was at the bottom of the cup – Rice Bubbles. I liked Aqua S’ sea salt more than this flavour.

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We laughed and told stories over lunch and I wished I could stay for another round – but I had to get to the airport and Jackie gave me a lift. I had a pleasant flight home, mostly thanks to an upgrade to Business Class using my Qantas Frequent Flyer points. Dinner was smoked salmon, wasabi mayo and pickled onions (starter); beef massaman curry with rice (main course); and Maggie Beer Burnt Fig, Honeycomb & Caramel ice cream (dessert).

I had fun catching up with my friends and family, and the eating was as great as ever. Sydney really is one of my favourite cities away from home. I’m determined not to take another three years to get back there – hopefully my next visit will be within the next year or so.

I took this panorama from the rooftop of Craig and Caroline's place – click on this image to see it at a larger size. I took this panorama from the rooftop of Craig and Caroline’s place – click on this image to see it at a larger size. Spectacular view, right?

Mentioned in this post

I stayed at the Shangri-La Sydney
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000
I had breakfast (buffet) at Cafe Mix at the Shangri-La on my last morning.

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels
I went to the Woolloomooloo Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, on the corner of Cowper Wharf Roadway and Brougham Road. I’ve also been to Harry’s in Newcastle and Haymarket, and at Sydney Airport (since closed down). See more Harry’s Cafe de Wheels locations.

Burger Project
World Square, next to Din Tai Fung, upstairs on Level 1
644 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Aqua S
Shop 27 at Regent Place – 501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Aqua S is also at Macquarie Shopping Centre in North Ryde

Cafe Fuerza Bruta
Kent Street laneway, Regent Place

Billy Kwong
1/28 Macleay Street, Potts Point NSW 2011

Orange Grove Market
Orange Grove Public School, corner of Perry Street and Balmain Road, Lilyfield NSW 2040
Saturdays 7am to 1pm
Jackie M
Flour and Stone

Zeus Street Greek
187-189 Lyons Road, Drummoyne NSW 2047
Zeus Street Greek is opening soon in Cronulla, Dulwich Hill and Rosebery.
They opened recently in South Bank, Brisbane QLD.

Bar H
80 Campbell St Surry Hills 2010

Yebisu Izakaya
Regent Place, 501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Devon on Danks
2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW 2017

Hunter Valley day trip

Cafe F3 is on the M1 (used to be the F3, hence the cafe name) on the way to the Hunter Valley. It’s next to a McDonald’s. If I ever find myself down that road again, you can bet I’ll stop for another roast pork sandwich.

Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe
64 Majors Lane, Lovedale NSW 2320

We went to Sabor Dessert Bar in Pokolbin, 2342 Broke Road (onsite at Lambloch Estate), Hunter Valley NSW
There’s another Sabor Dessert Bar in Lovedale, also in the Hunter Valley region.

We also bought handmade fudge at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company and stopped at Pukara Estate for flavoured olive oils and vinegars.

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