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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: 2017-05-29T08:52:53.896+10:00

 



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

2017-05-29T02:17:12.479+10:00

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

2017-05-21T17:43:13.744+10:00

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

2017-05-09T22:47:52.693+10:00

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

2017-04-30T01:14:48.359+10:00

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

2017-04-23T22:42:33.153+10:00

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

2017-04-20T10:33:18.985+10:00

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

2017-04-08T17:12:51.827+10:00

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

2017-04-23T22:43:53.245+10:00

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

2017-03-26T01:23:34.431+11:00

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

2017-03-19T21:32:31.162+11:00

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

2017-04-02T23:17:17.328+10:00

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

2017-02-27T00:46:55.469+11:00

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

2017-04-02T23:18:20.948+10:00

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

2017-04-02T23:11:32.935+10:00

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

2017-02-04T12:00:00.186+11:00

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



Bathers' Pavilion, Balmoral

2017-01-30T01:54:08.300+11:00

In a city seemingly obsessed with restaurant openings and closings, it can be a welcome change to revisit the classic stayers. Bathers' Pavilion still has one hat, boasts one of the prettiest beachfront views, and head chef and owner Serge Dansereau can regularly be found on the pass. The modern Australian menu includes touches of French influence (a nod to Dansereau's French Canadian



Tipo 00, Melbourne

2017-01-25T01:19:42.211+11:00

Seven different housemade pastas and two risottos make up the standard menu at Tipo 00. If carbs are your weakness, this bustling little pasta bar could well be your kryptonite. We're talking tortelloni with king brown mushrooms, risotto with Moreton Bay bugs, seashell pasta with nettle pesto and pappardelle with braised wagyu. Just. Take. My. Money. Complimentary housemade ricotta with



Yang Tz River, Eastwood

2017-01-16T02:03:38.087+11:00

If you’ve ever watched a Korean drama – and if you haven’t, you should – there would have been at least one scene featuring black bean noodles. In South Korea, jajangmyeon is as ubiquitous as pizza – cheap, fast, home-delivered and hugely popular with anyone too lazy to cook. The dish has its roots in the Shandong dish zhajiangmian, but now it’s a Korean Chinese classic made with thick ropes of



Queen Chow by Merivale at Queens Hotel, Enmore

2017-01-08T22:13:04.411+11:00

If you haven't tried stir-fried milk, you need to rectify this. Immediately. It's one of the highlights at the newly opened Queen Chow, finally flinging open its doors in December after months of delays. But you know what? The wait has been worth it. There's been some serious investment in the concept, fit-out and menu by the Merivale group, resulting in a quirky mash-up of suburban hotel bar



2016: The food that was

2016-12-31T16:31:27.913+11:00

2016. Where did you go? It was a tumultuous year on a global scale but there were still moments of joy and happiness, many of them close to home. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the low points but it's important to note the good times, and acknowledge all the things we take for granted every day. I'm grateful for family ties, the strong bonds of friendship and the good deeds of strangers.



Stomachs Eleven Christmas Dinner 2016

2016-12-24T15:18:12.781+11:00

Let's face it. The best part about Christmas is the food. And eating it with your loved ones. Sure we all have dysfunctional families and friends that drive you crazy sometimes but who wants to squabble when there's a groaning table of plenty to be eaten? If there's one thing that Asians do well, it's hiding emotions with food. Our annual Christmas dinner with Stomachs Eleven is always one I



Chef's Menu at Stanbuli, Enmore

2016-12-19T12:45:17.198+11:00

I went to Turkey for my birthday, a night filled with smoky charcoal grilled meats, zingy salads and soft and fluffy bread fresh from the oven. Except we didn't need our passports and no flights were required. We took a trip down the road to Enmore to Stanbuli and found ourselves transported to Turkey, snacking on meze and charcoal grilled meats in a non-stop two hour feast. Cocktails We've



Cirrus Dining at Barangaroo, Sydney

2016-12-13T13:47:54.637+11:00

Leather jacket cheeks? Honey bugs? Marron with lemonade fruit? It's all at Sydney's newest seafood restaurant, overtaking the space once occupied by Noma. Cirrus is the latest undertaking by Chef Brent Savage and Sommelier Nick Hildebrandt, joining a stable of restaurants that includes Bentley, Yellow and Monopole. You only have to look up to see the inspiration for the restaurant's name.



Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney

2016-12-07T13:41:14.098+11:00

There's an easy way to score a seat at Sydney's Momofuku Seiobo restaurant. Stroll in and pull up a seat at the bar. There's no need to make a booking. Just five seats line the bar, offering patrons the chance to eat and drink as little or as much as they please. You can slip in any time Monday to Friday night. And why wouldn't you when there are chicken skin tacos on the menu. Oh. Did that



Automata, Chippendale

2016-11-27T15:00:09.469+11:00

A three course meal at Automata for $55? Yes please. The lunchtime-only offering on Fridays and Saturdays provides an express ticket through Automata's regularly changing menu. And we're not talking a meal that'll leave you ravenous. Appended to your three courses are complimentary snacks plus the famous chicken jus butter that accompanies their housemade bread. Now we're talking. Clayton