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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 […]

New podcast – Lennox Hastie, Firedoor

September 7th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 2 Comments »

New podcast – Lennox Hastie, Firedoor

Massimo Bottura once cried while eating Lennox Hastie’s food at Firedoor. When the chef behind Osteria Francescana, named world’s best restaurant in 2016, tears up while eating your steak, you must be doing something right. Perhaps that’s why Lennox was compelled to smuggle his signature dry-aged meat all the way to Italy when he visited Bottura […]

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 […]

Dead Ringer, Surry Hills

October 12th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Bars, Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Dead Ringer, Surry Hills

The name Dead Ringer might evoke mirror images and carbon copies – so it’s ironic that this new Surry Hills bar is unlike anything else around in Sydney.  But its one-of-a-kind impact is what makes it so great; and, like Automata, it’s one of my favourite places to open this year. Dead Ringer is by […]

Besser, Surry Hills

May 3rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Besser, Surry Hills

You wouldn’t want to throw a brick through the window of Besser in Surry Hills, it already has a tidy collection of 96 Besser blocks that line up its bar. But your reflexes will probably lean more towards the bouquets and applause end of the spectrum, instead of projectile-launching mode (plus, that kind of thuggish […]

Dr Faustus, Surry Hills

March 26th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites, Latest | 1 Comment »

Dr Faustus, Surry Hills

Dr Faustus in Surry Hills offers fast-acting relief against hunger, thirst and cafe-menu fatigue. With its inventive offerings – from an addictive Pulled Mushroom Bun ($14) to its Australian take on cereal milks – this establishment brings a booster shot of originality to the Sydney dining scene. In fact, it’s an excellent prescription for anyone […]

Subcontinental, Surry Hills

March 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Subcontinental, Surry Hills

Subcontinental in Surry Hills spells out its direction as clearly as a compass: walk in and there are photos from The Singh Project; cocktails are christened after prominent South Asian cricketers (you an bat for a Sourav Sour, Miandad Punch, Murali Negroni, etc); and the regional familiarities – such as Samosas ($5 a serve), Vego […]

Bang (Bangladeshi Street Food), Surry Hills

January 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 7 Comments »

Bang (Bangladeshi Street Food), Surry Hills

Bang recently fired its opening shot, offering a smart and attention-drawing introduction to Bangladeshi street food on Crown Street, Surry Hills. This restaurant is full of target-hitting appeal, thanks to how it translates a cuisine that’s relatively underexposed in Sydney. The head chef is Tapos Singha (Est, Gowings Bar and Grill, Lucio’s), and his menu […]

Tokyo Bird, Surry Hills

January 6th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Bars, Latest | 2 Comments »

Tokyo Bird, Surry Hills

Just opened: Tokyo Bird in Surry Hills. Having followed this yakitori bar on Instagram for nearly a year, it’s nice to see that it’s transformed from small-screen pixels and eatery-in-progress to an establishment you can step inside and happily sink a few hours. It’s still early days (it only opened on Boxing Day, after all), […]

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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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