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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: 2017-04-28T01:56:02.510+10:00


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

Bathers' Pavilion, Balmoral


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


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


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


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. 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


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


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


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


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


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

LuMi Dining, Pyrmont


Italian with a Japanese twist? Welcome to LuMi Dining. Head Chef Federico Zanellato first opened LuMi in late 2014, marrying Italian cuisine with influences from Japanese ingredients and technique. In September this year he took home the award for 2017 Good Food Guide Chef of the Year. Dining room with open view of the water LuMi had been on my to-eat list for some time now. I bumped it to

Good Luck Pinbone, Kensington


Pinbone is back, but not as you know it. After a 15-month long hiatus, the original trio have flung open the doors at their newest joint, Good Luck Pinbone. Don't go looking for maple bacon tarts and chocolate crackles with parfait. Chefs Mike Eggert and Jemma Whiteman have u-turned the menu to modern Chinese, a throwback to their former gigs in the kitchen at Billy Kwong. Berri Eggert (Mike's

Superior Burger, Wakeley


Never before has Wakeley been searched so often in Google Maps. The reason? It's the home of Sydney's newest burger joint, the first standalone venture by Jovan Curic of burger fan favourite Pub Life Kitchen. Let me save you the trouble. Wakeley is next door to Fairfield West. Curic - who grew up in nearby Carramar - has taken up residence in a nondescript strip mall complete with a massive

Fred's, Paddington


Chef Danielle Alvarez is bringing back the hearth. It's hard not to stare as soon as you enter the dining room at Fred's, a scene that looks more like the bustling kitchen of Downton Abbey than Paddington's newest restaurant. The open kitchen is a heart-warming display of raw abundance: rounds of freshly baked fougasse spilling across the counter, a leg of lamb slowly spinning in front of a