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Grab Your Fork: A Sydney food blog

Sydney eats, tasty travels and a feast of photos. Because life is one long buffet table...

Updated: 2017-08-15T20:52:12.260+10:00


Xi'an Biang Biang, Haymarket


Xi'an Biang Biang might be all over your Instagram feed right now but there's a good reason. It's crazy delicious and Sydneysiders can't get enough of it. It's all about biang biang noodles, a prized specialty of the Shaanxi province, the capital of which is Xi'an. Think chewy handmade noodles doused in garlic, salt, vinegar and chilli. And then there's roujiamo, the Chinese take on the

Paper Bird, Potts Point


They're back. And the shrimp-brined fried chicken is on the menu. If you lamented the day that Moon Park closed, you need to scoot yourself to Potts Point where version 2.0, Paper Bird, has opened on the old Bourke Street Bakery site. Where Moon Park was all about modern Korean, chefs Ben Sears and Eun Hee An have spread their (paper) wings and expanded the menu to include influences from

The Sausage Factory, Dulwich Hill


The first thing you'll notice about the Sausage Factory are the knitted sausages in the front window. They've all been handmade by Chrissy Flanagan, who adds pickle pro and Sausage Queen to a comprehensive list of long-forgotten skills. Chrissy is the force behind Chrissy's Cuts, a well-loved snag supplier at local markets, pop-up events (you may have eaten her sausage dogs at this year's

Tricycle Cafe, Hobart


One of Hobart's best cafes is also the most hidden. There are no signs for Tricycle Cafe, and few would think to venture inside the Peacock Theatre foyer in the Salamanca Art Centre to find it. Look for the two tricycles hanging on an inside wall and you'll know you've made it. And look forward to a vibrancy of seasonal dishes featuring local produce and housemade pickles, misos and ferments.

Manmaru, Dulwich Hill


Few places will see you torn between Japanese braised pork, taco rice and an award-winning vegan pie, but that’s the scenario you're facing at the recently launched Manmaru in Dulwich Hill. Locals noticed the former Graff Caff was turning Japanese (I really think so) at the start of the year, with a name change and menu shift. Husband and wife owners Erich and Takako Fasolin are still on-board,

1821 Greek Restaurant, Sydney


1821? It marks the start of the Greek War of Independence. It's also one of Sydney's grandest Greek restaurants to date, with over $3 million poured into the three-storey extravaganza on the former site of the Vault Hotel and Nightclub. 1821 is the third Sydney venture for Chef David Tsirekas, following on from his 17-year stint at Petersham with Perama, and the spectacularly short-lived Xanthi

The Lansdowne Hotel, Chippendale


Guess who's back. Yep, The Lansdowne Hotel is open again. Forlorn fans will remember that the Lansdowne closed in August 2015 with plans to redevelop the site into a performing arts school. That proposal eventually fell through. Enter Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham (co-owners of Mary's and the Unicorn Hotel) and you know how it goes... they all lived happily ever after. In addition to reviving

Paddy's Night Food Markets with Sydney food trucks


Sydney's newest food truck jam? It's now happening every Saturday night at Paddy's Market Flemington. It's a clever use of the giant multi-storey car park that sits unused after dusk. The covered car park makes for one enormous food truck arena that offers both shelter from rain and plenty of parking. Win win! Chef's Kitchen food truck The Paddy's Night Food Markets are still in soft launch

Medan Ciak, Surry Hills


Surry Hills might be the last place you’d expect to find cheap and homestyle Indonesian food but that's exactly where Medan Ciak has opened. It’s a new favourite with Indonesian students and ex-pats - queues out the door are not uncommon, especially on weekends. There’s a reason for the frisson of excitement. Unlike most Indonesian restaurants across Sydney that focus on Javanese cuisine, here

Yakitori Jin, Haberfield


Sydney's newest yakitori joint has just opened in Little Italy. You read that right. And judging by the dinner crowds midweek, Haberfield locals can't get enough of it. Yakitori Jin is heaving when we visit on a Wednesday night, crowded with couples, families and Japanese ex-pats. Dining room inside Yakitori Jin The decor is just part of the charm, from the traditional noren curtain hanging

Free bread making class - French and Italian Artisan Breads at Sydney TAFE


So you think croissants are from France? Think again. It's one of the first misconceptions our teacher, Laurie Donnelly, clears up at the start of our bread making class. Croissants originated in Austria, not France. And French fries? They're from Belgium. And another surprise? Sydney TAFE holds fee-free government-subsidised classes. Today's Artisan bread making class is one of them. Our

Merchants of Ultimo, Broadway Shopping Centre


It's like a food court, but with table service. The Merchants of Ultimo at Broadway Shopping Centre is like a mini food court, complete with salad bar, pizzeria, rotisserie, cafe and patisserie. What most passersby don't realise is that eat in diners don't have to line up at each stall to place their order. Roving waitstaff offer complete table service, offering a clipboard menu of all

Ms G's, Potts Point


The humble Aussie jaffle. Two bits of bread sandwiched together to create a pocket for molten cheesy goodness. And then Dan Hong comes along and stuffs it with Korean Army stew. It's as though he's on a one man crusade to bring budae jigae to the masses. But you know what? It works. This Korean American hybrid, a stew (jigae) invented from army (budae) rations during the Korean war, combines

Penang Cuisine, Epping


Never tried lobak? It’s a dish much loved in Penang, and central to any celebration or festival by Straits Chinese. These Malaysian five spice rolls ($6) combine tenderised pork mince with the crunch of water chestnuts, all wrapped up in a beancurd sheet and deep fried to a crisp. They’re one of the house specialties at Penang Cuisine, easily missed in its hidden corner within a modest

Sweet Envy, Hobart


Walk into Sweet Envy and you're guaranteed to feel like a kid in a candy store. This pastry shop and cafe is a throw back to all your childhood favourites, all handmade with textbook finesse. That includes the Tim Tam reinvented as the Mit Mat, and the Ro-Vo, a spin-off of the iced Vo-Vo. Classically trained pastry chef Alistair Wise is the mind behind the madness, a Hobart local who worked at

Restaurant Sasaki, Surry Hills


Only locals know about Nithsdale Lane, a shortcut through the backstreets of Surry Hills. It's about to get a whole lot more foot traffic, with the opening of Restaurant Sasaki, the first solo restaurant venture by Cafe Cre Asion owner and chef, Yu Sasaki. It's a restaurant concept that's been a long time coming. Sasaki, whose CV includes stints at Marque, Universal and French Laundry, had been

Miam Patisserie, Pyrmont


Miam? It means yum in French, uttered by many who venture into this cute and cosy bakery in inner city Pyrmont. Owner and head pastry chef, Meylissa Yusuf, threw in an accounting career for one with a sweeter bottom line, training at Le Cordon Bleu before working at Adriano Zumbo in Rozelle and then Cheeky Chocolate in North Strathfield. Miam is her first solo venture. Counter seating The

Masaaki's Sushi, Geeveston


The small township of Geeveston, popuation 1,431, is the last place that most people would think of to head for sushi. Tasmanian locals know better. This picturesque town in the Huon Valley is the home of Masaaki's Sushi run by Masaaki Koyama, a Japanese sushi chef who followed his heart, and a Tasmanian sweetheart to her home. Koyama, who worked as a sushi chef in Osaka, has been a sushi chef

Flying Tong, Enmore


Melted, oozing, gooey, stringy, stretchy cheese. Buried within it are kernels of sweetcorn. Wait until the cheese starts to brown and form a crust all along the edges. If you just experienced a frisson of excitement over that description, the cheesy corn at Flying Tong is your dream come true. The whole shebang arrives on a hotplate, the kind you get for sizzling Mongolian lamb, except here you

Afghan & Arab Bakery (Afghan Sufra), Lakemba


You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten Arabian bread fresh from the tandoor oven. We’re talking a round of piping hot fluffiness that’s softer than a baby’s cheek. They’re bigger than a dinner plate and only a dollar each at Afghan & Arab Bakery, one of the latest additions to Lakemba’s Haldon Street. Arabic bread $1 each Join the queue of families grabbing bags of bread to take home or get it

Top 5 Things to Do on Bruny Island, Tasmania


Have you ever eaten a wild oyster straight off the rocks? You should. It was just one highlight from our visit to Bruny Island during our recent Hobart holiday. Pristine beaches, crystal blue waters, stunning views and incredible produce. Bruny Island has it all. Here's a Top 5 list of things you should do when, not if, you visit. 5. Eat Bruny Island Oysters at Get Shucked Half dozen Bruny

Jasmin1, Punchbowl


Looking for a cheap feed that'll suit the vegetarians, meat eaters and carb avoiders in your life? Jasmin1 ticks every box. Deliciously. No wonder this Lebanese restaurant has been a longtime favourite with locals, as well as those happy to travel for good food. You'll find a mix of families, couples and large groups of friends gathered here, for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. The

Salamanca Market, Hobart


Over 300 stalls line Salamanca Place, the home of Hobart's famous Salamanca Market. Think Eveleigh Markets combined with The Rocks Market and you'll get some idea of the broad mix of fresh produce, food purveyors and arts and crafts on offer. You won't be alone if you visit. Salamanca Market is Tasmania's most popular tourist destination with 25,000 - 40,000 visitors every Saturday. We spent

Pigeon Whole Bakers and Pigeon Hole Cafe, Hobart


Hobart. Just do it. I spent five days in Tasmania's capital city last week on an impromptu mini-break organised with three fellow food-lovin' friends. Pigeon Whole Bakers was high on our list - okay we had a spreadsheet - of spots to visit. Sourdough bread? Croissants? Eclairs? I'm there. Pastry counter at Pigeon Whole Bakers The bakery is beautiful to look at, all sleek lines, gleaming

Yan Restaurant, Wolli Creek


Smoke doesn't usually come to mind when you think of Chinese cuisine but that's exactly what co-owners Narada Kudinar and chef Raymond Lim (ex-Attica and Les Amis in Singapore) are doing at Yan Restaurant. It's the newest eatery to open in Wolli Creek, located a short stroll from the proliferation of apartment high rises now clustered around the train station. Yan isn't their first