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Tokyo Bird, Surry Hills

January 6th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Bars, Latest | 2 Comments »

Tokyo Bird, Surry Hills

Just opened: Tokyo Bird in Surry Hills. Having followed this yakitori bar on Instagram for nearly a year, it’s nice to see that it’s transformed from small-screen pixels and eatery-in-progress to an establishment you can step inside and happily sink a few hours. It’s still early days (it only opened on Boxing Day, after all), […]

New podcast – Kerby Craig, Ume

November 4th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Kerby Craig, Ume

As a 15 year old, Kerby Craig was fascinated by the world of restaurants – seeing a chef breakdancing in the middle of service (!) confirmed for him that this was the industry that he wanted to work in. By accident, he ended up at the original Tetsuya’s as a teenage apprentice chef and, after […]

Chaco Bar, Darlinghurst

September 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 5 Comments »

Chaco Bar, Darlinghurst

My friend Marc Brandon hit Chaco Bar in Darlinghurst with the title of his “FAV JAP Joint in Syd” a month ago, and I’ve been badly wanting to check it out ever since. And if you thought that Marc’s just talking up this joint as a favour to his pal, chef Keita Abe – simply because […]

Cho Cho San, Potts Point

June 18th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 6 Comments »

Cho Cho San, Potts Point

Cho Cho San in Potts Point opened last week to such mega-wattage interest – I’m surprised that a power surge and blackout didn’t immediately follow in the area. You could trace this highly-charged reception through the fast-breaking write-ups this new izakaya received – it was covered in SMH Good Food, Gourmet Traveller, Two Thousand, Broadsheet, […]

Rising Sun Workshop, Newtown

April 21st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 2 Comments »

Rising Sun Workshop, Newtown

In Japan, there’s a minor thrill in finding a ramen bar in unlikely corners – unassuming alley ways, busy railway stations, the turn of a street corner. Here in Sydney, you might reloop your footsteps once you walk by Rising Sun Workshop in Newtown and realise that this communal motorcycle garage does double-duty as a […]

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

September 17th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Restaurants | 7 Comments »

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Walk into a Japan restaurant, and you’ll instantly hear “Irasshaimase!” upon arrival. At the new Harajuku Gyoza in Potts Point, this greeting is ramped up to rock-star levels. The overloud cheers are quite something – the staff really amp it up and stretch out the catchcry, like it’s a break-out chorus at karaoke. It’s fun to […]

Japanese brunch, Kuki Tanuki, Erskineville

March 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Japanese brunch, Kuki Tanuki, Erskineville

If you feel battle-tested by the idea of eggs and sides (again!) for weekend breakfast, then you’ll be happy to know Kuku Tanuki in Erskineville is now offering a Japanese spin on brunch. This sake bar has been doing cool things, neighbourhood-wise, since it opened around new year. Having just relaunched, it scores extra grades […]

Izakaya Fujiyama, Surry Hills

July 20th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Izakaya Fujiyama, Surry Hills

The Chocolate Cake with Baked Quince and Condensed Milk Ice Cream ($11.50) is one of many good reasons to check out the new Izakaya Fujiyama. (And I say that as a choc-cake skeptic, given how people will over-praise a floury brick ‘cos it has some cheap cocoa thrill inside.) The choc in this cake is […]

Toku Toku, Glebe

April 11th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

Toku Toku, Glebe

Named after the sound of sake as it’s poured into glass, Toku Toku is a new izakaya in Glebe. As you’d expect, a shortage of Japanese alcohol is not one of its problems. It’s an inviting spot on Glebe Point Road – an airy space with big windows, black-stained timber and high-patterned cushions; the courtyard […]

Soba, thanks

February 22nd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Soba, thanks

In case you ever get Dumpling Burnout in Ashfield, it’s good to know that there’s an alternative to jiaozi and wontons on Liverpool Road. A new Japanese place has opened and I sure hope it has a longer survival rate than the previous sushi and udon eatery that sprung up (and just as quickly vanished). […]

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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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