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

October 25th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

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 […]

10 years ago today, I started this food blog. And …

October 21st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 12 Comments »

10 years ago today, I started this food blog. And …

Food has become my favourite conversation-starter. Anyone – from a three-year-old to a gastroenterologist to a taxi driver – has an opinion on what’s worth eating. It’s probably not a coincidence that the ice-breaker question used, when testing someone’s microphone for a broadcast, is “what did you have for breakfast?” It’s the no-brainer anyone can […]

Yellow, Potts Point and other vegetarian stories

September 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Yellow, Potts Point and other vegetarian stories

Last year, Yellow in Potts Point got reclassified as a vegetarian restaurant. Adam Wolfers and Brent Savage kept the brunch menu intact (bacon and its friends got protected status), but switched dinners to be all-vego and it was fantastic. I went three or four times in 2016, and each time, the restaurant was more crowded […]

Cool Mac, The Grounds of the City, Joe Dough, Joseph Hyde and more

September 21st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

Cool Mac, The Grounds of the City, Joe Dough, Joseph Hyde and more

Cool Mac in Kirribilli offers a version of avocado on toast that’s a) not boring b) legitimately worth ordering and c) good enough to almost “compel you to give up any shot of housing affordability”. It cross-breeds the breakfast staple with nasu dengaku (miso-glazed eggplant). You can read my article about the cafe here – […]

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 […]

The Lansdowne, Chippendale

June 23rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

The Lansdowne, Chippendale

Watching The Lansdowne rebound and regenerate into Sydney’s new favourite venue is now my favourite spectator sport. Last rites were read for the Chippendale pub back in August 2015, when the 1930s building was set to be developed into a private music school – and many people read this as certification that, yet again, Sydney […]

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 […]

Africola, Adelaide

April 15th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants, Travel | 2 Comments »

Africola, Adelaide

If I hit replay on the best meals I had in the last year, strong memories of dinner at Africola in Adelaide keep resurfacing. Sure, I’ve been lucky enough to have dined at some of the “lifetime greats” in the past 12 or so months (and have the scorch marks in my bank accounts to […]

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 […]

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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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