Toriciya

It’s three weeks now to my Japan trip and every time I experience something in Sydney that’s remotely Japanese I tend to do a little (or a big) squeal of excitement. It’s every-day things like stirring the instant miso for my afternoon pick-me-up or picking up two sushi rolls after my dance class on the…

Tokkuri

Ugh, Valentine’s Day. The price of flowers hikes up by 150 per cent, enormous teddy bears everywhere clutching love cushions, restaurants advertising their “Valentine’s Day Special Menu” as soon as New Year’s Eve is over. I saw it as the most revolting day during my single years, and even now that I’m in a relationship (which continues to…

Saké, Double Bay

My friend M has a funny way of showing her affections. A prime example is over a year ago, when we had the time to meet up every couple of weeks or so to explore what Sydney had to offer. This mostly involved jumping around the inner western suburbs – an area which I was…

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…

Sushi E

Sushi e is located on Level 3 of the Establishment Hotel; one of the city’s most notable Merivale venues in the middle of the Sydney CBD. Upon arriving at Level 4, I was slightly surprised to see that it was right in the corner of Hemmesphere, which occupied most of the floor. It was a…

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…

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…

Saké Restaurant & Bar

It was probably one of the first times ever that The Sister and I had made a drive from the North Shore into the city during peak traffic in less than half an hour, meaning that we arrived very early for our booking time at Saké Restaurant & Bar. We were very excited for our…

Sails on Lavender Bay

What an absolute scorcher of a day! 36 degrees and the slightest hint of a breeze. It was a true Sydney summer at long last. Today was Mum’s birthday, and while she had proclaimed she wanted to go to Cabramatta to try some ‘cultural food’, Sister & I pointed out to mum that she didn’t…

End of Exams Carousing

Having your exams finish early is always a joy, but there are also the downsides. Less time to study being one… the other being that there’s no one to celebrate the end of exams with! Luckily this semester I didn’t have to wait long. Girlfriend Lara Croft also had her last exam for her degree this week,…

Sister’s 34th Birthday (at Kai Restaurant)

Happy 34th Birthday to my big sister! It’s hard to believe she’s a full eleven years older than me sometimes… She decided to take the day off work today, and shout mum and I for lunch, to a Japanese restaurant that her and her boyfriend have been to before in Neutral Bay, called Kai. Kai…