DONUT PAPI | SYDNEY
No...words...needed!!! The pic below says it all. Homemade delicioussss donuts..mmmmm!!
BIOTA | BOWRAL (NSW)
Inspired by ingredients of the landscape, and only1.5 hrs from Sydney this little gem was one we just happened to stumble upon, and what a great find it was. Relaxed, delicious food created from local produce (livestock farms, dairy's, wild ingredients, vegetable growers, wineries), amaazingg coffee, stunning cosy fit out we were even lucky enough to score the fireplace table.
INDU | SYDNEY
Indian fusion at it's best. I've been to this restaurant in Sydney's CBD twice now, and been blown away each time. Delicious fragrant food, inspired by the coastal villages of India and Sri Lanka. This food is obviously familiar and close to my heart, having Indian heritage myself so the aromas remind me so fondly of my childhood. Well executed dishes, with a great balance of flavours and textures. I would highly recommend you try the beef shin bone marrow curry, and the twice cooked lamb ribs with almond & jaggery spice. And if you have a sweet tooth, the masala chai panna cotta with pistachio & rose petal shard + the adorable bite-sized G&T cheesecakes on coconut & pistachio roti crisp with dehydrated orange YUM YUM YUM!!
GASTRO PARK | SYDNEY
I have always been eager to experience molecular gastronomy. For those of you who that aren't familiar with this style of food preparation, basically its a blend of physics and chemistry to reinvent/transform the taste and texture of food glorious food. My first experience with this intriguing cuisine, was at Sydney's Gastro Park, in Potts Point. I was simply wowed with the menu, and not to mention the way it was served and presented too. To experience as much as humanly possible, I would recommend a tasting course menu (I opted for the 10 course- hehe piggy). This food not only tastes amazing, its presented beautifully and gives you a first hand experience at a bit of culinary theatre. I loved everything I tasted, but a standout I keep thinking about (I need to get back there for this dish) is the liquid butternut gnocchi (sphered liquid capsules of gnocchi) in a mushroom consomme WOW!
UMAMI RESTAURANT | BRISBANE
I recently had the pleasure of dining at Umami Restaurant and Bar in Brisbane's, Fortitude Valley. This venue is known for their delightful modern Asian tapas and quirky cocktails, plus the funky fit out and music makes the atmosphere a great dining experience. I would recommend the SPICY beef brisket red curry with sweet potatoes and sugar snaps, the delicious duck wontons in mushroom consomme and the astro bo(y)mb (I like what they have done here haha) dessert, which will bring a little theatre to the plate using liquid nitrogen :) who doesn't love lemon curd, short crust and passionfruit jelly YUM! Ohh and don't forget to try the smoking eye of the dragon cocktail if you like passionfruit/peach and rum.. served in a smoking teapot SO GOOD!
QUEEN CHOW | SYDNEY
Merivale has done it again! Queen Chow is a fabulous little hidden gem, and if you have ever dined there before, you will know what I mean when I say 'hidden' this beauty is tucked away deep inside Enmore's Queens Hotel. Hong Kong street food at its best, the dim sum were a standout for me.
WAGAYA | SYDNEY
If you are keen for some delicious Japanese, then hit up Wagaya - located across the tram tracks from Market City in Haymarket. This Japanese style tapas bar is cheap and cheerful, food comes out nice and quick and all orders are made via touch screens that each booth has build into the table. Recommended dishes seared wagu beef, hots pots, flame seared tuna nigiri and the scallop and mushroom spaghetti with lotus root crisps. YUM!
CONTINENTAL DELICATESSEN | SYDNEY
If you're looking for a cosy, but quirky venue with good wine, cheese and charcuterie then the Continental Delicatessen in Newtown is the place to go. If you don't have time to sit in, then head to the Deli and takeaway some delights and stock up the fridge or go and have a picnic :) I love the idea of the tinned goods on offer too - anchovies, clams and cockles plus sardines canned all in house from local produce.
TRAMSHEDS IN HAROLD PARK | SYDNEY
If you haven't been to the Tramsheds in Harold Park, then pop it on your list. Interesting history, amazing architecture and food is bang on. Recent restoration of the Rozelle Tramway Depot, built in 1904 and now an upmarket and contemporary space. Vendors include Fish & Co, Bekya (Middle Eastern) Bodega 1904 (Latin American & Spanish tapas) and plenty more :)