Thoughts on club sandwiches (and room service)

In March, I was in Sydney to attend the Singapore Takeout dining event. I decided extend my stay for a few days and enjoy a mini break. Upon arrival, I took a cab to The Sebel Pier One in The Rocks, where I was staying. It’s very close to Sydney Harbour Bridge – below it, […]

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Tom’s Kitchen, Perth

Shafto Lane in Perth’s got dining options to suit different tastes and budgets. There’s The Generous Squire microbrewery and pub; Taka’s Kitchen, a student favourite for cheap tasty Japanese nosh; Durty Nelly’s Irish pub; and yet another gourmet burger bar in The Burger Bistro. And there’s Tom’s Kitchen, serving …

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Bull’s eye

Long before we met, when my partner Jac was in her early twenties and still at university, one of her jobs included short-order cooking – skills and experience she puts to good use to this day. You can see the evidence (and I love to watch) when she takes control of a fully loaded barbecue. […]

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The ‘Pear’fect Pantry, Wembley

Getting to the ‘Pear’fect Pantry is like following directions on a scavenger hunt. There are lots of signs by the side of the road so you know you’re on the right track, but the cafe’s not visible from the street. From the front of the block of flats called Moondine Gardens, head in the direction […]

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Competition: Jiro Dreams of Sushi – win one of 5 double passes

Thanks to Curious Distribution, you have the chance to win one of five double passes to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi, an 83-minute documentary (rated G) that chronicles the extraordinary life of Jiro Ono, Tokyo’s most renowned sushi chef. The film opens 10 May. Jiro has been declared one’s of Japan’s National Treasures. His sushi [&he…

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Easter afternoon tea

My family got together for afternoon tea on Easter weekend. In addition to Easter treats, meat played its usual leading role. Dimples and smiles all around, hooray for Easter treats! My younger sister Juji made scotch eggs following chef Heston Blumenthal’s as method as shown on his latest TV show How to Cook Like Heston […]

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El Loco, Surry Hills, Sydney

The bright blue doorway of El Loco, Surry Hills, Sydney El Loco Mexican cantina is located at the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills on the corner of Foveaux and Bellevue Streets. Even before stepping inside, there’s a great sense of fun about the place – the otherwise drab and dingy building exterior has been brought […]

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Becasse Bakery and Food on Five, Westfield Sydney

Last week, I gave you burger porn. This week, beautiful bakery porn. Custard choux bun; vanilla bean & passionfruit cheesecake; chestnut mont blanc; gateau Saint Honore Pear tart; eclairs Bovilian chocolate pot; carrot orange & sultana cake; pistachio & raspberry friand; strawberry & custard brioche Mille feuille; banana and sal…

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Bangbang Espresso Bar and Cafe, Surry Hills, Sydney

Bangbang Espresso Bar and Cafe is located on a hill, on one of the quieter terrace-lined streets in Surry Hills. It is owned by award-winning former Ministry of Sound DJ Alan Thompson. The cafe is stylish and funky with large windows that open out into the street. On the white wall is a painting of […]

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Jus Burgers, Leederville

I recently had a chat with chef Justin Bell about his fantastic new sausage shop in Leederville, Snags and Sons. Just a couple of shops away and still going strong is his original burger bar, Jus Burgers. Whenever interstate or overseas visitors ask for Perth food recommendations, I don’t hesitate to include Jus Burgers on […]

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