Monkey King Thai

A couple of years ago when I was still living with my folks, I remember the week we had new neighbours move in – a couple with three kids. They were friendly, quiet and easy-going, but it wasn’t the people that charmed us; it was the little bundle of fur by the name of Louis….

Eat Now/Hanuman Thai

I like to set some rules for myself. When I eat out, I hold nothing back. Entrees, croquettes, sides of truffle fries, why just have one dessert when you can sample two? This way, I get the most expansive perspective that I can of a restaurant’s menu – what’s good, what’s bad, what’s worth ordering again – all…

Makiato

It was the day of my graduation. And as graduations go, you generally have a celebratory meal with friends and/or family. Unfortunately on the day of mine, The Sister had an interstate flight for work in the afternoon, so dinner wasn’t possible. The whole family were in the mood for something light, perhaps Japanese, and…

Café Lyon

I still remember the ripple of discussion that swept through the mid-North Shore when the old Food & Plonk premises had been bought out and the notices outside the restaurant proclaimed that a European-style bistro would be opening. It was seemingly out of place with the various casual Thai restaurants and chicken shops lining the…

The Blackout Cafe

The majority of the North Shore is notorious for not having many ‘trendy’ dining places. Most of us common folk can’t be bothered to make the trek to our hipster neighbours in Neutral Bay, so instead we mingle in bar bistros and more casual, laidback restaurants with pizza or Thai. It was with great excitement…

Tablespoon Cafe

Brunch is one of those meals where you know that whatever you order off the menu, you can never go wrong. There is the use of classic ingredients: fresh eggs, crispy charred bacon, soft yet crusty aromatic sourdough, crunchy salad leaves of peppery rocket and tender baby spinach, smoky and silky slabs of sunset-pink smoked…