Sydney

IMG_1775I wish I could do more weekends in Sydney. And more weeks too.

I know Sydney quite well having spent many short holidays, many weekends, and a six week holiday there, before I moved to Melbourne to live. I’m a reasonably objective observer, being from Perth, and I believe there are ticks and crosses about both restaurant scenes (mainly ticks) but the lack of AFL in Sydney was enough to make my mind up. Not to mention Melbourne has the Cup!

The first weekend I spent in Sydney since starting this blog was for “Day 1 of the Championships” which is a new series of horse races at Randwick that is trying to become like Cup week in Melbourne, but obviously not overnight.

xo diakon, tripe

Momofuku’s xo, diakon, tripe

The centrepiece of the weekend was dinner at Momofuku Seiobo which lived up to its reputation. We had a nice quick dinner at Sailors Thai Canteen which was down the road from our hotel in The Rocks. For breakfast we went to The Book Kitchen, and Yellow. It was a great weekend of eating.

The Bridge Room's Moreton bay bugs, roasted chilli paste, tamarind, endive, apple, celery salt

Moreton bay bugs, roasted chilli paste, tamarind, endive, apple, celery salt

When people ask me where to go in Sydney I think of a few things. High quality fine dining; people watching at great cafes; amazing harbour and ocean views; and terrific diversity. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to get to places like Quay, Sean’s, Icebergs, Tets, Bennelong, Aria, Flying Fish, and Pier, but some of the great experiences are in lower key places like the cafes in Bondi and Darlinghurst, Kylie Kwong and Bentley in Surry Hills, the Fisherman’s Market, Cafe Sopra and Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point, and so many others that come and go but are great in their time. Not to mention the incredible bars the city and surrounds have to offer!

On a recent trip to Sydney, Catherine and I were lucky enough to try The Bridge Room for the first time and it was fantastic. For Cantonese, Mr Wong did some nice food in a vibrant atmosphere. Tim Ho Wan provided as much entertainment during the close to two hour wait, as during our meal, and is a worthy one for dim sum lover’s lists. My love of bakeries was not dulled in the least by the incredible sweets and savouries at Bourke Street Bakery, and Four In Hand served up a Sunday roast worth writing home about. Breakfast on our final day at Three Blue Ducks found excellent food to start the day too.

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