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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: 2018-03-21T23:20:37.895+11:00


Passata Day


Passata Day. It's the Italian family tradition I've envied ever since reading Looking for Alibrandi. Who didn't dream of a romanticised day of canning with the extended family? And then it happened. Tomato pulp galore on a scorching hot day. Never give up hope, guys. Passata Day dreams can come true! How did it all go down? Read on! Organic Roma tomatoes  We started with a pick-up of 50

Yiro Yiro, Belmore


If cheese is your kryptonite, wait until you discover haloumi fries. Say what? You heard us. We’re talking thick cut batons of haloumi cheese deep-fried until golden brown. Where can you get it? Head to Yiro Yiro, yeeros shop and cheese lover’s dream house. Haloumi fries $9 You can also get the haloumi plate and savour a squeak-fest of pan-fried cheese. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon for

Southside Farmers Market, Canberra


Spending a weekend in Canberra? Add this farmers market to your list. The Southside Farmers Market has about 60 stalls every Sunday morning, set within the grounds of Canberra College. It's a good-sized market, large enough to happily browse for an hour or two, but small enough to maintain a community feel. Cherries from Drive-In Orchards in Young We stopped by on a recent mini-break to

Confiteria Lion D’Or, Carramar


Meet the Uruguayan steak sambo. Aussies call it a steak sambo. Uruguayans call it a chivito. Except we’re not just talking about a minute steak between two bits of white bread. The chivito ($12) is more like a skyscraper. Scotch fillet, bacon, ham, grilled onions, grilled red capsicum, fried egg, tomato, lettuce and mayo are all jammed into a glazed, soft bread roll. Try and get all that into

Fujisaki omakase by Ryuichi Yoshii at Barangaroo, Sydney


Sushi master Ryuichi Yoshii is back. The Nagasaki-born sushi chef opened his first Yoshii restaurant in Pyrmont in 1997 before relocating to The Rocks in 2002. Yoshii closed its doors in 2014 but late last year he opened a new set of doors, joining Chef Chui Lee Luk at Fujisaki in Barangaroo. Fujisaki is the newest restaurant for the Lotus stable (Lotus Dumpling Bar, Lotus Restaurants at The

Al Shami, Merrylands


Where can you eat Syrian food in Sydney? We're glad you asked. Head to Al Shami in Merrylands where they’re serving up dishes from both Syria and neighbouring Lebanon to a non-stop arrival of ex-pats. Couples? Friends? Families? They’re all here. Muhamara $8 Walnut and red capsicum dip The first thing you need to order is the muhammara, a spicy dip traditionally made from the Aleppo

Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point


It's barely 5.45pm on a Wednesday afternoon and Fratelli Paradiso is already pumping. The tables spilling out onto the street are the first to fill, its seats taken up by jovial locals chatting with each other, with the waiters, and anyone who happens to walk by. It's my first time here, but even so, there's a comfortable familiarity to the place, a sense that just sitting down at a table

Jasmin1, Bankstown


It’s time to embrace your inner fatteh. Never heard of it? This nourishing breakfast dish is a staple in homes across Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq. If you love chickpeas, you’ll adore this dish. If you hate chickpeas, you’ll probably still love it. Picture this: creamy yoghurt thickened with sesame seed paste and dotted with soft, but not soggy, chickpeas. Garlic, cumin, lemon juice and a

Hughes Barbecue at The George Hotel, Waterloo


"We live two streets from here but we've never visited until now!" That's the refrain most commonly exclaimed by customers at Hughes Barbecue, the American barbecue takeover now in its sixth week at The George Hotel. Pit master Anton Hughes is now the master of his own domain, opening Hughes Barbecue with partner Tanya Lumley after stints at Vic's Meat Market and Bovine & Swine (formerly

Two Chaps, Marrickville


The all-day menu at Two Chaps is chock-full of temptations. Homemade hash browns. Sourdough crumpets. Croissant French toast with blood orange curd. It'll probably take you several minutes to twig that everything is vegetarian. No wonder there are so many poached eggs with everything. Two Chaps doesn't promote itself as a vegetarian cafe. It feels more like a natural leaning, where fresh

AD's Kitchen, Ashfield


There’s nothing like seeing a batch of freshly cooked puri coming straight out of the kitchen. Puffed up like UFOs, these hollow and soft deep fried breads have slightly crisp edges and a speckled golden brown surface. They cook them all morning long on weekends at AD’s Kitchen, one of the few places offering a traditional Nepali breakfast in Sydney. AD’s Kitchen started as a home-run

Mr Liquor's Dirty Italian Disco by Pinbone at The Tennyson Hotel, Mascot


What next from the Pinbone team that gave us chocolate crackles with parfait, fried chicken paninis and Chongqing crispy spatchcock? It's Italian, of course, in a liquor shop driveway no less. Mr Liquor's Dirty Italian Disco is the latest pop-up by Mike Eggert and Jemma Whiteman, this time collaborating with the Merivale group in one of their newest acquisitions, the Tennyson Hotel in Mascot (

Restaurant Hubert Bridge Bon Appetit, Sydney


Bridge Bon Appetit? It's the newest dining space open at Restaurant Hubert, a sophisticated wine bar that runs the length of the mezzanine corridor above the main Beatrix dining room. Diners waiting for tables downstairs are redirected here for drinks but it's a worthwhile dining destination of its own, with a distinct menu separate to both Restaurant Hubert and Bar Pincer. We arrive so early

Lestari Indonesian Restaurant, Ultimo


If you know about Lestari, you're one of the few Sydneysiders about the hidden alleyway running off Harris Street. It's a poky little pedestrian laneway tucked in between the Agincourt Hotel and the UTS Design & Architecture building. Lestari, which means everlasting in Indonesian, is a fitting name for a restaurant that's been serving up cheap and cheerful fare to homesick uni students since

BCD Tofu House, Epping


Soondubu jjigae. If you've never heard of it, you just may end up best friends with it this winter. This Korean favourite is more than just a soft tofu soup. You get a quivering wobble of soft set tofu - like a savoury version of pannacotta - simmered in a mini cauldron of bubbling spiced soup. The broth is guaranteed to warm you up from the tips of your fingers right down to your toes, and

Yass Korean BBQ Buffet (all-you-can-eat), Strathfield


Wear loose clothing. If there's ever a time to follow a specific dress code it's when you hit up the Korean barbecue buffet. All you can eat? All you can meat, more like. Protein sweats aren't just a threat. They're a given. One of Sydney's best value Korean barbecue buffets would have to be Yass Buffet. We're talking $34 for dinner and $32 for lunch. What's included? Keep scrolling. Loading

Porteno, Surry Hills


There are two new things to celebrate about the new Porteno location. One - it's so much easier to get to. And two - they now take bookings! It was a sad day when Sydneysiders bid adios to MoVida (MoVida Bar de Tapas is still open at terminal 2 of Sydney domestic airport) but the arrival of the Porteno crew to Holt Street feels like an easy transition. The vertical grills, used for grilling

Adam Wolfers' Jewish pop-up at Bar Brose, Darlinghurst


Soft. Fluffy. Deep-fried bread. If you haven't tried langos, you need to. This Hungarian classic is commonly found at festivals, served up with sour cream. Adam Wolfers' (ex-head chef of Yellow and Monopole) version uses a sourdough starter for the bread, a bubbled mass of pillowy deep-fried deliciousness that you tear up and dip into smoked sour cream strewn with a paprika-heavy dukkah. It's

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