The Butcher’s Block

Kulinary Adventures of Kath had recommended to me some time ago a new cafe in her part of town, called The Butcher’s Block. I was a little taken aback by the slightly morbid-sounding name and made some inquiries, to be reassured by her that it was previously a butcher’s shop from 1882 that had been transformed…

Reel on Redleaf

I still remember a couple of years back when Reel Cafe used to be in Roseville, next to the ancient Roseville Cinemas, and I was absolutely devastated when they decided to move further north into Wahroonga. Reel introduced some of the finer points of Modern Australian dining to me, but the most reminiscent was my…

Garfish Kirribilli

‘Would it be possible to get a table inside?’ The waitress scanned the list of bookings and as I was one of the earlier bookings for dinner that evening, she agreed and led Lara Croft and myself to a table inside the restaurant. Tonight was one of my fortnightly catch ups over good food with…

Toraya

Thursdays are usually the weekday where supplies in the refrigerator are running low. With The Sister and I both often having events on both days over the weekend, we do the grocery run on Thursday nights, but then what about dinner on Thursday itself? No one is really in the mood to cook after an…

Gillian Adams Salon & Spa

‘Oh look what they’ve added over there!’ ‘And there’s the music shop that I bought my first guitar at!’ ‘That bakery is still there! I remember they had amazing custard tarts.’ After having left my old suburb of Turramurra on the North Shore for 13 years, driving back along the highway was really such a…

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…

Soban Korean Cuisine

As some may know, or maybe you’ve been able to tell through the blog – my favourite cuisines are Modern Australian, French, and Japanese. I don’t really have much of an interest in other cuisines – not out of snobbery, don’t get me wrong, but because looking at the menus and the flavours that are…

Chelsea Hotel

Eeek I have been so behind in my posts. Apologies, guys. After this one I’ve just got another quinoa salad recipe to post up, and I’ll be baking later this afternoon…..wow, it just never stops, does it?? 🙂 Anyway, this post is a review from last weekend where Blondie and I went to Chatswood to see…

Wooden Spoon Bar & Restaurant

‘ I told you we got off the bus too early,’ I hissed as we jogged across the crossing, the little red man flashing at us. ‘ Better to be safe than sorry’, Lara Croft retorted back at me as she also struggled with power-walking in her new heels. I had been invited to an…

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…

Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant

Almost everyone I know has a soft spot for Yum Cha – that is, unless you’re allergic to/have an unreasonable dislike for all forms of seafood. But there is such a novelty surrounding the whole experience: the taking of a numbered ticket and waiting for your number to be called like a raffle (and the…

Sushi-Ya Artarmon

A couple of years back now, my family and I discovered what we now know as ‘Little Japan’: a little avenue of cafes and shops on the opposite side of Artarmon to the main strip of shops. While there are a variety of odd cafes and restaurants, the place is unmistakably popular for the small Japanese grocer…