Pu’er – Waterloo

puer_osmanthusphoenixWith the tea name of Pu’er, this chic Waterloo eatery not only serves Chinese food with a Western flair, it is also a tea house with an extensive tea collection imported from China.

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The Tall Lemongrass – Crows Nest


Peter and I recently had the privilege of being part of the 5th anniversary celebrations of The Tall Lemongrass in Crows Nest. This modern Thai restaurant is run by Chef and Owner, Wendy Khouphongsy.

The mood lighting, décor and hospitality of Wendy and her team will take you from the North Shore to a place where you will experience classic Thai food with a modern twist. Continue reading

Restaurant Botanica – Hunter Valley

I have more posts from Japan but I thought I’d post this from my Hunter Valley trip last year as it was still sitting in my drafts!

We came across Restaurant Botanica on Trip Advisor whilst trying to find a place that opened on Wednesday evenings and wasn’t booked out for a private function (Tip: Many restaurants in the area are closed between Monday to Wednesday, so make sure you plan ahead!)

Like many restaurants in the Hunter, Restaurant Botanica is located in a vineyard, this one was at Spicer’s Vineyards Estate. As we were there at night, we didn’t get to see the scenery but we were able to experience the cozy atmosphere inside the restaurant.


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Ichiran Ramen – Shinjuku


Ichiran is a popular ramen noodle chain in Japan and we went based on the recommendation of our friends, Jason and Gloria. The one we visited was in Shinjuku Tokyo and although we couldn’t work out how to read the address, we were able to find it by walking towards the shops once getting out of JR Shinjuku Station’s Higashi exit.

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Méjico – Sydney

I visited Méjico in Sydney at the end of October 2013 with my colleagues to celebrate Yvette having a baby and going away. Since this is a belated blog post, Yvette has since given birth to baby Joel who is super cute! Hope you are enjoying your time off from work 🙂

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Jamie’s Italian – Sydney

IMG_4388After waiting 90 minutes for a table, the five of us were finally seated in a semi-private dining table downstairs with a corner view of the kitchen. Whilst this wasn’t my first time at Jamie’s Italian, it was the first time I had to queue (last time I came for lunch and arrived on the dot when they opened at noon).

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Basil’s Seafood Restaurant – Marsfield


Basil’s Seafood Restaurant is a hidden gem in Marsfield. I first discovered this with my family a couple of years ago when my dad received a gift voucher for Basil’s as a Christmas gift for being on a school board.

I recently visited Basil’s again, this time for lunch to celebrate a friend’s birthday and to catch up. The three of us decided to have their $39 lunch special which was a 2-course menu with a glass of NZ wine. Continue reading

Il Locale – Haberfield


My aunt enjoys a bowl of authentic Italian pasta and a slice of woodfired pizza, so it’s a good thing that she lives in Haberfield – home to a number of good Italian restaurants.

It was a rather quiet night on Ramsay street when we visited Il Locale on a Sunday evening for a family get together, there were just a couple of other patrons dining at Il Locale when we arrived at 7.30. The first thing I noticed on arrival was the backdrop at the bar, the pattern and colour reminded me of the toffee layer of a creme brûlée (my photo doesn’t give the full snapshot). Continue reading

Tokonoma – Surry Hills


Having read reviews and seen photos of Tokonoma, I snatched up a 12 dish tasting menu for two with a bottle of wine deal for Tokonoma when I saw it on Spreets. Peter and I decided to use it to celebrate our sixth month wedding anniversary (it was really just an excuse to eat good food!). Continue reading

Kam Fook – Chatswood


With the restaurant booked out for their big day, Wendy and Samuel had about 300 guests present at Kam Fook Restaurant to celebrate the start of their marriage. Kam Fook at Chatswood Westfield Shoppingtown is a popular Chinese reception venue due to its high ceilings, traditional decor, location, food and the capacity to sit the entire village. Continue reading