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Queen Chow, Enmore

January 11th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Queen Chow, Enmore

“I started telling people that we weren’t ever actually opening a restaurant, but it was a performance art piece to see how long we could keep people’s interest,” jokes Patrick Friesen, co-executive chef for Enmore’s Queen Chow – a venue that’s been flagged for launch for a year now. The opening date kept playing slip-and-slide, […]

New podcast – Patrick Friesen, Papi Chulo, Queen Chow

February 9th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

New podcast – Patrick Friesen, Papi Chulo, Queen Chow

Patrick Friesen originally thought he was going to be a doctor. He also planned to be in Sydney for a short spell – but luckily for Australians (and their appetites), he did a U-turn on both points and we’re now fans of the talented chef and his menu-ruling work at Merivale’s many venues: Ms Gs, […]

2016 restaurant openings to look forward to

January 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Summer Melon Salad

2016 is more than just working out how much wriggle room you have with your New Year’s resolutions (all our good intentions will totally kick in tomorrow, right?), but a box-fresh January also means a year of new openings to look forward to. Here are some places to get excited about. –Toby Wilson’s “not shit” […]

Work In Progress @erickoh, Sydney CBD

November 14th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest | Leave A Comment »

Work In Progress @erickoh, Sydney CBD

Newsbreaking update! Eric Koh’s Work In Progress pop-up has been extended until December 23 – so you can power through the silly season on A-grade dumplings if you need to. If you want proof of how strong Eric Koh’s dumpling game is, he’s currently at Work In Progress in the Sydney CBD, fully flexing his shumai […]

New podcast – Dan Hong, Merivale

February 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Dan Hong, Merivale

A good restaurant doesn’t have to be a stuffy one – Dan Hong has highjacked traditional expectations of fine dining in Sydney, and as executive chef at Merivale, re-engineered them so that a strong voltage of fun charges through the places he oversees. He looks after Ms G’s, Mr Wong, El Loco and Papi Chulo and there’s […]

Mary’s CBD, LuMi and other 2014 highlights

December 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants, Travel | 2 Comments »

Mary’s CBD, LuMi and other 2014 highlights

If you’re gonna compile a 2014 highlight reel of Sydney dining, Mary’s CBD outlet has to score a top-ranking spot. Broadsheet was dropping intel about the new takeaway branch way back in July, and anticipation was as supersized as the mega Breakfast Burger ($12) that made it onto the eventual menu. Mary’s city branch opened […]

Papi Chulo, Manly

January 8th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Restaurants | 4 Comments »

Summer Melon Salad

Some winning streaks can not be stopped. The new Papi Chulo restaurant in Manly continues Dan Hong’s hitmaking record with Merivale (Ms G’s, El Loco, Mr Wong) and the executive chef is joined here by two brilliant co-conspirators and head chefs, Patrick Friesen (who has been running Ms.G’s for the last two years) and Christopher Hogarth […]

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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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