Menya Mappen

I’ve heard so many food bloggers go on about this place. I had been wanting to see Catching Fire in the first week of its release, so after buying tickets on a Cheapskate Tuesday for the George Street cinemas screening, I thought it would be a good opportunity for a quick and supposedly cheap feed….

My Chicken Karaage

One of my biggest naughty food weaknesses has got to be fried chicken. Crispy and well-seasoned, juicy on the inside, succulent and tender. Preferably boneless. Everytime I visit Ryo’s Noodles in Crows Nest for my ramen fix, I make sure to get the amazing chicken karaage as well. I can never resist digging in immediately –…

Tamageta-Ya

I don’t think I’ve ever been this eager to have a four-day long weekend. On top of my regular work-play-gym-sleep-repeat routine, The Sister has requested that I make her wedding cake for the big event next month, which of course I was more than delighted to say yes to. Little did I know that this…

Ocean Room

I’ve only had one degustation meal in my life, and that was the Sweet Disposition Dinner at Bather’s Pavillion back in 2011; a little birthday present from The Sister. Seven courses of dessert was too much even for a devoted sweet tooth like myself, and so when the opportunity came to select either the a la carte or…

Teriyaki Beef & Soba Noodles

I love a good steak, and a lot of the time I can’t be bothered to wait until I hit a gastropub to get my fill of red meat. For a good steak at home, I like to buy an eye-fillet cut (the perfect size for one) and I cook it (just salt, ground pepper…

Prawn & Pork Gyoza

Every month or so, if not less, my family likes to make our own dumplings. For the Chinese, these are known as  “shui jiao”, and to the Japanese as “gyoza”, but for the purposes of making the recipe title easier to pronounce, let’s just call them gyoza 😉 Mum and dad have always made them…

Makanai

I love my ramen, and even when the weather begins to heat up, I still get that insatiable craving for the thick soup full of infused flavours, silky noodles and oh-so-tender slabs of slightly fatty pork. Ryo‘s was a bit too far away for me on this occasion, so The Sister, Mother and I decided…

Sushi Samurai

This last year has been a little challenging for me. With a constant stream of assessments to juggle alongside full-time work and my dear hobby of blogging about my obsession with food, time is often short and I always breathe a sigh of relief when I’m one assessment down. It was a typically cold Sydney…

Akaneya

A craving for Japanese food and a positive response from Lara Croft had me frantically searching Urbanspoon for a restaurant around the main CBD one Tuesday evening after work. I try to visit somewhere new each time I eat out, despite my human instincts to go back to regular and tried favourite establishments. We arrived just before…

Ippudō

I’m not sure why, but there’s a part of my personality where I enjoy being the black sheep of the crowd. If everyone is raving about a particular movie, book or restaurant, I generally will steer clear of it. While I know that I will eventually see/read/eat it, a part of me wants to shut…

Hinode Japanese Restaurant

It’s not uncommon knowledge that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Asian cuisine in Chatswood. Fancy some BBQ duck or pork at one of the many kitchens along Victoria Avenue? Or do you feel like joining the throng of the crowd waiting outside yum cha while you stare at the seafood tanks? Or…

Ryo’s Noodles

Ramen-porn is notorious among Sydney’s foodies, there’s no doubt about it, and with the rise of colder weather I can wager I’ll be seeing a lot more of it on my Instagram news feed. Ramen is not something that is new to me anymore, however my first taste of it a few years back was…