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The best non-alcoholic drinks in Sydney

February 7th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest | Leave A Comment »

The best non-alcoholic drinks in Sydney

You no longer have to cosy up to a bottle of lemonade or keep re-ordering Coke if you’re after a booze-free night out. Many top restaurants are now offering inventive drinks for people who are skipping the alcohol for health, religious, philosophical and I-don’t-want-to-lose-my-provisional-licence reasons. I wrote about this recently for Good Food, covering the […]

Yellow, Potts Point

February 26th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

Yellow, Potts Point

When both Time Out Sydney and Gourmet Traveller make an open-and-shut case about how great the weekend brunch is at Yellow in Potts Point, then it’s hard to find a watertight excuse for not going. An overtaxed diary and inability to find a free table are the only plausible defences available. As if you’d want to […]

Bentley Restaurant and Bar closing in Surry Hills

August 1st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Bentley Restaurant and Bar closing in Surry Hills

The first time I was adrenalised by a meal was at Bentley Restaurant and Bar in Surry Hills. It was visit number one, the beginning of many trips. That dinner was charged with high-voltage flavours; and it unlifted so many surprises, I was amazed when my feet hit the ground again and life resettled to […]

Monopole, Potts Point

December 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Bars | 4 Comments »

Monopole, Potts Point

Monopole in Potts Point is a small space (so watch your elbows), but it’s still generous on flavours and ideas. It’s the new venture for Brent Savage, Nick Hildebrandt and Glen Goodwin, the creative forces behind the brilliant, two-hatted Bentley restaurant in Surry Hills. Last week, Monopole opened in the old Sailor’s Thai site; into […]

Bentley revisited and a book giveaway

November 11th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Bentley revisited and a book giveaway

Pictures from the new Bentley book, available now through Murdoch Books At Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Brent Savage uses a colourful mix of ingredients – lychee glass, coffee puree, orange blossom gel, red miso oil – to create dishes that are spring-loaded with flavour. It’s one of my favourite places in Sydney and it was […]

Sergi Arola and Brent Savage at World Chef Showcase

October 13th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | Leave A Comment »

Sergi Arola and Brent Savage at World Chef Showcase

Din Tai Fung dumplings being prepared outside the World Chef Showcase at Star City The lifespark of this blog has to be the very first dinner I had at Bentley Restaurant and Bar in Surry Hills. That one meal led to a full-blaze curiosity about this city’s food districts, as well as immense awe for […]

Four Course Dessert at Bentley, Surry Hills

September 2nd, 2008  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Four Course Dessert at Bentley, Surry Hills

Eating birthday cake is nice, but having four-course dessert ($35) is taking it to the next candle-blowing level. With Bentley restaurant in Surry Hills offering a quadruple-scoop of such sweets on their menu, that’s how we ended up celebrating Will’s birthday. First, we got the support-act savoury dishes out of the way – nibbling small […]

Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Surry Hills

January 20th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Surry Hills

Sometimes a meal out can be so good you want to laser it into your memory so you can remember it forever. In fact, my first visit to Bentley Restaurant and Bar made my brain light up so much that it inspired me to start a food blog, ensuring that I’d have some digital keepsake […]

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Hi, I'm Lee Tran Lam. When not blogging with my mouth full, I'm usually writing, presenting Local Fidelity on FBi radio, making zines, producing podcasts or continually breaking promises about how I really am gonna get through my book pile one day.

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