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New podcast – Jock Zonfrillo, Orana, Blackwood Bistro

At age 11, Jock Zonfrillo started working in restaurants – initially, as a dishwasher. “I very quickly surmised that I was on the wrong side of the flying frying pan.” Only a few weeks in, he became a chef, an experience that would take him from Scotland to the rest of the world: from cooking […]

New podcast – Myffy Rigby, Palisa Anderson, Trisha Nelson (Live at Rootstock)

Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby, Chat Thai and Boon Cafe co-director Palisa Anderson and an actual legit winemaker, Trisha Nelson who runs Ajola in Lazio, Italy, joined me for a chat recorded live at the most recent Rootstock food and wine festival at Sydney’s Carriageworks. So, we talk about memorable experiences with booze, totally […]

Juan Bowl & Tea, Redfern

Juan Bowl & Tea in Redfern is pretty upfront about what it does – this eatery has a hyper-focused interest in serving donburi (Japanese rice bowls) and well-brewed tea. So, no surprises right? What might catch you offguard is how popular it is – and how small the whole operation is. So, you could take […]

New podcast – Morgan McGlone, Belles Hot Chicken

Morgan McGlone’s fried chicken has scored a standing ovation. At an event run Noma’s René Redzepi, no less. Feeding the top chefs at MAD, the famous Copenhagen food symposium, is just one of many memorable instances of Morgan’s eventful career. Long before he launched Belles Hot Chicken, Morgy started out cooking for huge volumes of Japanese […]

Yes, there’s a sandwich at Saga named after me

So file this under “Unexpected Things That Happened To Me This Year”: I have a sandwich named after me. Yes, if you go to Saga in Enmore, you can order the “Lee Tran”. It’s been on the menu since July, and initially I wasn’t sure whether to post about it or not (because, what if […]

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New podcast – Ben Shewry, Attica

Ben Shewry’s Attica is ranked #32 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and it’s Restaurant of the Year in the first national Good Food Guide – but according to his son Kobe, Attica is “not bad” for a restaurant that doesn’t have a burger on the menu. Many years before Ben gained international acclaim […]

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Paperboy, Concord and Dutch Smuggler, Sydney CBD

Every cafe that opens nowadays seems to have at least one pin-up dish, designed to look good when framed in Instagram. At Paperboy in Concord, there’s no doubt it’s the lamington waffles – buttermilk batter hardened and coated in drips of dark chocolate, then run through a dust storm of dessicated coconut. It’s sandwiched with […]

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New podcast – Sarah Doyle, Bodega, Porteno, Continental Deli Bar Bistro

Sarah Doyle has played a pivotal role in Sydney’s hospitality scene. But there was a time she worked three jobs just to help keep Bodega running. It was the first restaurant she opened with husband and chef Elvis Abrahanowicz, fellow co-owner and chef Ben Milgate and their business partner/sommelier Joe Valore. And it was a game-changer […]

New podcast – David McGuinness, Bourke Street Bakery, The Bread and Butter Project

David McGuinness has frequently taken his sourdough starter on holidays with him to keep it alive. “You have to feed it regularly, like a baby,” he says. This dedication to bread is not surprising, given that he’s the co-founder of Bourke Street Bakery, the Sydney institution that is loved for everything from its chocolate ganache tarts […]

Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco, Tennyson Hotel, Mascot

A bottle shop used to be a quick booze-hoarding stop before heading somewhere more important. Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco proves why it should be the main destination. See, when Merivale took over The Tennyson Hotel in Mascot, they wisely handed the keys for the drive-thru bottle shop to the Pinbone crew and Mr Liquor’s […]

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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.

All the good pictures on this blog are by photography ace (and patient boyfriend), Will Reichelt, (all the dodgy ones can be credited to me)!

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This is a blog I do for pure fun and zero influence – there's no sponsorship, sneaky advertorial or advertising. I pay for all the food mentioned, 'cos it seems the ethical thing to do.


This is a blog about eating and drinking in Sydney, Australia (with the odd cross-border or off-topic detour). BYO appetite.

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