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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: 2016-09-29T21:35:58.320+10:00

 



Bodega 1904 at the Tramsheds Harold Park

2016-09-26T00:37:51.187+10:00

First there was Bodega. Then came Porteno and Continental Deli. Now restaurateurs Ben Milgate, Elvis Abrahanowicz and Joseph Valore​ have opened Bodega 1904 at the newly redeveloped Tramsheds at Harold Park. The Rozelle Tram Depot opened in 1904 before finally closing in 1958. The heritage-listed building has now been transformed into a new shopping centre with a dozen high profile eateries.



Saint Peter, Paddington

2016-09-19T15:44:11.507+10:00

Seafood isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think of brunch, but Saint Peter doesn't believe in any rules. It's the first solo venture for chef Josh Niland (ex-head chef of Cafe Nice and Fish Face) and seafood is front and centre of everything. If sea urchin crumpets haven't already flooded your Instagram stream, they will soon. Saint Peter has been open for less than a



Meatmaiden, Melbourne

2016-09-12T16:31:35.761+10:00

Meat. It takes centre stage at Melbourne's Meatmaiden, showcased in a backlit display cabinet like precious jewels. Forget about Breakfast at Tiffany's. I'd rather eat my croissant with this view instead. I visited Meatmaiden a little while back on a work trip to Melbourne. Currently I'm a few days post-double wisdom teeth removal - hence the missing post from last week - and if there's one



Aaboll Cafe, Merrylands

2016-08-29T02:05:36.069+10:00

Ethiopian restaurants in Sydney are few and far between but that makes Aaboll Cafe even more of a treasure, tucked in amongst the multicultural hubbub that is Merrylands. Walk past the cafe set-up out the front and step through to a rear dining room splashed with colour. The cheeriness of decor is matched by a warm and cheerful reception from staff, happy to lead any newcomers through their



Sixpenny, Stanmore

2016-08-22T15:21:06.565+10:00

If there's one dessert you must hunt down right now it's the black truffle St Honore at Sixpenny. Originally only available for special occasion pre-orders, the dessert was such a hit that the kitchen will now occasionally make whole ones available for the day's diners. Individual slices are available as an additional dessert course until it sells out. It always does. 2014 Sebastien Brunet



White Taro, Surry Hills

2016-08-15T10:26:43.970+10:00

Angie Hong is in the kitchen. The food is coming out thick and fast. If you've always lusted over the Instagram pics that are #mondayhongdinners, this is a dream come true. It's all part of the new dinner service at White Taro commencing quietly last week. Minimal fanfare and muted publicity meant the dining room was only half-full when we visited on the weekend. Don't expect that to last. The



Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake, Sydney

2016-08-07T15:44:11.201+10:00

There's no shopping bag more de rigeur right now than the red and white carry bag from Uncle Tetsu's. Forget your fancy designer labels. The hottest accessory in Sydney will set you back just $18. This Japanese cheesecake shop has been inundated with queues as soon as it opened. For a cheesecake that has built its reputation in Japan on its use of Australian cream cheese, it's a neat circle of



Hana Ju-Rin Japanese Restaurant, Crows Nest

2016-08-02T12:06:08.956+10:00

The best seat in any Japanese restaurant is always at the counter. It's here that you'll score a complimentary dinner show of all the action in the kitchen. We're talking front row tickets to a performance that includes gleaming knives, pristine fillets of fish and the mesmerising balletic display of the sushi chef's hands as they press and shape rice into petite pillows. At Hana Ju-Rin in



Rising Sun Workshop, Newtown

2016-07-25T02:27:40.533+10:00

Prison bento? I bet they don't get these at Litchfield Penitentiary. Instead you'll find it part of the breakfast line-up at Rising Sun Workshop, finally opening up on bigger - and permanent - premises on what was once a Mitre 10 shop. Its original pop-up, only a few blocks away, first introduced Sydneysiders to the symbiosis between ramen and a motorcycle workshop. The new digs boast a much



i-Creamy Artisan Gelato, Sydney

2016-07-18T01:03:34.783+10:00

Scoops of gelato? Ptooey. Who wants a boring old hemisphere jammed onto a cone when you can have a lovingly shaped gelato flower instead? Sydneysiders can't get enough of these rose-inspired artworks, judging by the crowds each night at i-Creamy. The gelato itself is serious business too. i-Creamy founder Ben Chitmitrechareon learnt the trade from Gelato Messina legend, Nick Palumbo, at



Casa do Benfica Portuguese Restaurant at Marrickville & District Hardcourt Tennis Club, Marrickville

2016-07-13T00:59:14.893+10:00

Here's one reason to go to a sports club. The food. Sign in, ignore the courts and park yourself at a table for a generous feed and drinks at club prices. You can even rock up in your sweatpants and sneakers. Win. At Strathfield Sports Club, my favourite way to burn earn the calories is Korean fried chicken. At Marrickville Tennis Club, your digestive system will get a workout courtesy of



Canterbury Foodies and Farmers Market, Canterbury

2016-07-09T20:15:51.744+10:00

Inner westies have a new farmers market to wake up every Sunday with the Canterbury Foodies and Farmers Markets. This is the third market venue for the Organic Foodies Markets, adding to its current markets at Ramsgate and Peakhurst. I went along in its second week of trade (the markets started on June 26 this year) and was amazed by the number and variety of stalls. Daffodils The market



Down-N-Out at the Sir John Young Hotel, Sydney

2016-07-13T01:11:16.888+10:00

Down-N-Out has to be one of the cheekiest pop-ups to hit Sydney. Euphemistically labelling itself as a tribute to American fast food cult In-N-Out, there's an unabashed synchronicity between both menus, including a "secret menu" that is a distinct trademark of the original. When the real In-N-Out popped up in Sydney (twice), locals started queueing at 6am for the midday opening. Order counter



Ramadan Food Festival, Lakemba

2016-07-01T01:15:50.097+10:00

If there's ever a time to visit Lakemba, it's now. Every evening Ramadan night markets transform the main strip of Haldon Street into a convivial food festival. Families, young kids and teenagers roam the footpaths crowded with charcoal barbecues, juice stands and food stalls. Everywhere you look, there's something happening. The hiss of fat hitting charcoal. Plumes of steam rising from a



Mercado, Sydney

2016-07-13T01:13:45.733+10:00

They're not garlic cloves. The glistening hillocks on our wagyu beef shortrib are melt-in-the-mouth dabs of bone marrow, splashed over with a richly sweet jus poured with ceremony at our table. It's a dish that exemplifies the approach at Mercado - simple and uncomplicated fare that doesn't rely on fancy garnishes or plating. Mercado, which means market in Spanish, is the latest undertaking



Marrickville Food Tour: Open Marrickville and Community Kouzina

2016-06-24T11:19:13.897+10:00

Fifteen kitchens in Marrickville. Fifteen kitchens in Kos, a small island in Greece. Eleni Christou came up with the idea of Community Kouzina Project, a means of insight into what, how and why different people cook the way they do. Eleni, who has a Masters in Applied Anthropology, visited the homes of friends and strangers in Marrickville and Kos, backed by a grant from Marrickville Council to



Eat Fuh, Marrickville

2016-06-21T14:50:54.104+10:00

The first thing you'll notice when you walk into Eat Fuh is the gargantuan stock pot. We're talking over a metre high; tall enough so a six-year-old child could stand inside it and you could still fit the lid on. The other glaring thing you can't miss are the crowds. Eat Fuh has only been open for a month but the dining room is full, packed wall to wall with punters slurping their signature pho



Thy Vietnamese Eatery, Bankstown

2016-06-21T01:29:18.503+10:00

Banh xeo bigger than your face. It's hard not to feel your heart flutter when the giant-sized Vietnamese pancake descends on your table at Thy Vietnamese Eatery. They pump these out all day and night, churned out by a small team of wizened women. The signature hiss when the turmeric-tinted batter hits the pan gives the dish its name. Banh xeo means sizzling cake. The real test of a good banh



Shancheng Hotpot King and Sydney's Top 50 Cheap Eats 2017

2016-07-04T18:28:58.583+10:00

It's hotpot season. Cold nights call for simmering vats of hot soup and a cook-your-own smorgasbord with friends. Hot pot. Steamboat. Either name will do. It's social. It's casual. It's all about fighting over the last fish ball. There's been a huge surge in hot pot joints in Chinatown with at least half a dozen now lining the area I like to call Dixon Street north. On a chilly evening we went



Appetite for Excellence Young Chef of the Year 2016 Final Cook Off

2016-06-10T01:17:04.132+10:00

Few of us ever get to really see behind-the-scenes in the kitchen. The ding of the bell is usually all we hear before front-of-house staff ferry your plate from the pass to the place setting in front of you. Rarely do you get to see the rapid fire slicing of onions, hear the whoosh of a gas flame being lit, smell the sizzle of butter being basted over a steak in a hot frypan.  I got to see, hear



Restaurant Orana, Adelaide

2016-07-04T18:37:42.277+10:00

Green ants. Moreton Bay fig shoots. Wild Australian raspberries. Twenty courses. Nope, this isn't Noma but a cosy 31-seater in Adelaide. Restaurant Orana is doing what so few other Australia restaurants prioritise: celebrating local and native ingredients in an inventive and sophisticated way. At the helm is Jock Zonfrillo, the Scotsman who flitted across our TV screens as the host of the



Yang Guo Fu Malatang, Dixon House Food Court, Haymarket

2016-06-07T20:19:51.062+10:00

Hello winter. Sydney seemed to go from a stretched-out summer to bone-chilling winter in an instant. The cure? Hot pot. Specifically malatang. Don't know what this is? It's a street food-style hot pot that originated in Sichuan but has become increasingly popular in Beijing. Mala means hot and numbing, the sensation you get from Sichuan peppercorns. Tang means boiling hot. If anything is going



Gelato Messina HQ, Rosebery

2016-05-23T01:28:28.906+10:00

Messina without a queue? Messina gelato cakes at the drop of a hat? You can get both at one of Gelato Messina's lesser known outlets in Rosebery. The Rosebery store is Gelato Messina HQ, home to a bright and shiny kitchen classroom for gelato-making workshops and gelato appreciation classes. It's where all Messina gelato cakes are made - that means you can stop by and pick one up without having



PAZAR Food Collective, Canterbury

2016-05-19T12:21:18.042+10:00

If he had it his way, Attila Yilmaz would be back in the police force tomorrow. After twelve years as a police officer, Yilmaz was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, retiring as a leading senior constable in 2011. Five years later, he still struggles to sleep. Those restless nights are now used to jot down ideas and recipes for his flourishing new career, as chef and owner of Pazar



BBQ Pitmaster Rodney Scott at Harpoon Harry, Surry Hills

2016-05-16T20:55:30.445+10:00

If there's one man that knows barbecue, it's Rodney Scott. The barbecue pit master of Scott's BBQ in Hemingway, South Carolina, barbecued his first whole hog at eleven years of age. When Anthony Bourdain visited Scott's BBQ for Parts Unknown: Charleston, he introduced Scott as "a man sought after all over the world for some of the finest whole hog barbecue there is". South Carolina? That's a