eat: our top 10 feeds in sydney


She says: Amazingly enough, I’ve been back to Sydney three times now over the past two years for weddings and family matters. On this particular occasion in December 2012, I decided to bring Him here to visit my hometown to meet many of my family and friends and provide a little glimpse into Aussie lifestyle. Plus, do a bit of a show and tell of all my favourite eateries in Sydney and the food I crave when in London.  It’s apparent that on the drinking and dining front, there’s much more happening in Sydney now with new restaurants, cafes and bars popping up all over the place.

Here is our top 10 roundup of our favourite places we visited and food we remembered, a mixture of old haunts that I’ve frequented often and a few of the newer establishments recommended by our foodie friends at gluttonous hipster and eatshowandtell.

In no particular order…

1. Ju-Rin Japanese Restaurant, Crows Nest –
Favourite dish: Unagi Mabushi (not your usual eel served with rice, the awe inspiring moment was when the dashi was poured into the hot stone bowl with nori and spring onions to form a delicious and tasty soup)


2. Quay Restaurant, Circular Quay –
Favourite dish: Snow egg – perfectly executed, a wonderful explosion of white peach oozed out when cracked open and tasted absolutely sensational with the refreshingly cool granita. Inside the ‘egg’ once breaking through the caramelised outer, you’ll also find a layer of fluffy meringue that mimics an egg white enveloping the liquidy peach ‘yolk’. He had seen our family friend Adam in the Masterchef finale construct this rather intricate and infamous Peter Gilmore dessert and immediately put this on our ‘to-visit’ list. Must reserve several months in advance (we booked in July for December!).


3. Three Blue Ducks, Bronte –
Favourite dish: Coddled egg – yolk is runny as it should be! The coffee is great here too. Recipient of one chef hat in the 2013 SMH Good Food Guide, breakfast session was busy even on a Friday morning. He had the poached eggs which came with a nice slab of ocean trout (the non smoked kind!).


4. Hurricane’s Grill, Bondi –
Favourite dish: Full rack of ribs. After an amazing breakkie at Three Blue Ducks, we chilled at Bondi beach then lunched  at Hurricanes. To minimise the volume of food we ate, we shared this 🙂


5. Longrain Restaurant & Bar, Surry Hills –
Favourite dish: Caramelised pork hock – infused with the chilli and five spice it hit the spot! The eggnet pork and prawn salad came in a close second. We also enjoyed a nice cocktail at Shortgrain downstairs before our dinner. Lovely lychee cocktails!


6. Kensington Peking Restaurant, Kensington –
Favourite dish: Our friend Liv took us here to her dad’s restaurant! It’s always nice to have someone who knows the food intimately to order on your behalf. We devoured the salt & pepper lamb chops like there was no tomorrow! Nice fatty meat and awesome crunch factor!


7. Reuben Hills, Surry Hills –
Favourite dish: Love this new brunch place in Surry Hills! We came back twice. First time I ordered the trademan’s brioche but stole a bite of his crab tacos! Second time we came here, I ordered the tacos for myself! Combined with my favourite ingredients of avocado, sweet corn, rocket and smoked tomato – it was a brilliantly light dish with a fusion of flavours from Mexico and Asia. Great, wholesome and healthy!


8. Kepos Street Kitchen, Redfern –
Favourite dish: Another new brunch joint focused on modern Mediterranean flavours, located on the outskirts of Redfern. I enjoyed the soft baked eggs and tomato shakshuka served up with coriander tahini and a slice of sourdough. 


9. Chat Thai, Sydney CBD –
Favourite dish: Used to be a favourite of mine for good value Thai food! Hadn’t tried this ‘bpla dtra khai’ dish – crisp whole snapper with fried and shredded lemongrass with wild ginger. If you can’t handle hotness then try the ginger and yellow bean sauce.


10. Doyle’s on the Wharf Takeaway Bistro, Watsons Bay –
Favourite dish: Grilled fish and seafood for the health conscious and the creamy and decadent oyster! He had fish and chips mate! Brilliant water views, a must visit on a sunny day at a fraction of the restaurant price!


And there you have it folks – the top 10 places we visited, we wined, we dined, we savoured and we conquered. Our visit literally revolved around breakfast, lunch and dinner over the three weeks. It was a sight for sore eyes when we arrived back in London, with the realisation that work pants didn’t seem to fit us. January 2013 brings us a new year and a detox to help get back into tip-top shape. Until we meet again Sydney! 🙂


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