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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 […]

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 […]

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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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