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Kingdom of Rice, Tennyson Hotel, Mascot

October 29th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

Kingdom of Rice, Tennyson Hotel, Mascot

Kingdom of Rice in Mascot is a best-of compilation of Cambodian food – as remastered by some familiar names from Acme. Mitch Orr, Cam Fairbairn, Lillia McCabe (back from Singapore’s Blackwattle) and Sophia Thach have taken over the location left by Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco and transformed it: now it’s essentially a landing strip […]

Bella Brutta, Newtown

October 16th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Bella Brutta, Newtown

It’s a telltale sign: over its opening weekend, I had pizza from Bella Brutta in Newtown three times. I guess I’ve been caught out being a mega fan? Not that I was ever going to be heavily opposed to the place: Luke Powell (LP’s Quality Meats) teaming up with Elvis Abrahanowicz and the Porteno team to […]

Juan Bowl & Tea, Redfern

December 29th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

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 […]

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

October 25th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites | 2 Comments »

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 […]

Madre, Marrickville

September 1st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 4 Comments »

Madre, Marrickville

Madre in Marrickville opened last week and already qualifies as my new favourite pizza place. Maybe I’m a fast mover or maybe I was always pre-destined to be in its fan club, as this new eatery is from the excellent team behind Two Chaps – a venue I’m always happy to cheerlead for. Like its […]

Bad Hombres, Surry Hills

August 24th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Bars, Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 4 Comments »

Bad Hombres, Surry Hills

“I don’t know what I’m eating, but it tastes amazing,” my friend Tabitha says about the menu at Bad Hombres in Surry Hills. You don’t need to carry out an intelligence operation to enjoy the dishes here – the tacos and quesadillas are optimised for strong rat-a-tat bursts of flavour that’d score well on any […]

Restaurant Sasaki, Surry Hills

April 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Restaurant Sasaki, Surry Hills

You no longer need to make travel arrangements to end up in Japan – the most direct route involves just a few footsteps down a Surry Hills alley. Restaurant Sasaki feels exactly like a place you’d chance upon in a country that has a world-beating habit of hiding great eateries in modest locations. The more […]

Saga, Enmore

March 18th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 4 Comments »

Saga, Enmore

Saga in Enmore isn’t just named after a pair of sneakers that Andrew Bowden (aka Andy Bowdy) bought for nearly a grand (blame shipping costs and unfriendly exchange rates for that eyebrow-raising price). It’s also a tribute to the many chapters of his life spent with partner Maddison Howes – they met at Hartsyard, where […]

Queen Chow, Enmore

January 11th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 1 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, […]

Bar Ume, Rising Sun Workshop, Fred’s, Wilmer and other places I’m glad opened in 2016

December 31st, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 8 Comments »

Bar Ume, Rising Sun Workshop, Fred’s, Wilmer and other places I’m glad opened in 2016

Given all of 2016’s well-documented lowlights, no one is especially keen to give the year a rerun. But it is worth recapping about the notable restaurants, bars and cafes that launched over the last 12 months in Sydney. There was a blockbuster-sized explosion of venues opening in 2016. There were spin-offs aplenty (Bentley hoisted up […]

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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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