East Mamma (Paris)

It’s only once in a blue moon you’ll need to scrape my verdict of a restaurant off the ceiling, after having been shot vertically out of the proverbial cannon that is the absolute perfection of any particular dish. Bring your spatulas, and your expectations, to East Mamma. Although Australia is spoiled with a few AVPN… Continue reading

Pancakes Amsterdam (Amsterdam)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Amsterdam is not a food city. Sure, if you’re up late after smashing a couple of cones at The Bulldog with your English Soccer Hooligan mates, there’s plenty of fried food on offer to satisfy your yearning for almost any matter in solid form, provided it’s… Continue reading

Fishbone (Alexandria)

I stumbled into Fishbone on a rainy day last week (as much as someone can stumble into any establishment in Alexandria), on account of having to change venues to a more accessible place, to meet a friend who was on wheels. He’d hunted down this local Fish & Chip outlet last minute, and was racing… Continue reading

Barmuda (Newtown)

The outdoor seating at Barmuda leaves precious little space between you and the adjacent lunch crowd, making awkward silences, well… awkward. No stranger to uncomfortable social situations I remained stoic in the face of silence, until the unbearable lack of chit-chat got the better of the couple sitting beside me. “Are you a local around… Continue reading

Trattoria Morgana (Rome)

Carbonara is Roman. Specifically Roman. In fact it’s only as old as the second world war, when the resident American troops supplied locals with bacon and eggs. Trust the Romans to turn that into something special. I’ve tried this dish many places in Rome, but it was time to seek out the very best. Trattoria… Continue reading

Vin Allegro (Rome)

Probably my new favourite restaurant in Rome, Vin Allegro – in Trastevere – ticks all the boxes. If you happen to stop in for pre-dinner drinks in the afternoon, you can enjoy the free antipasto smorgasboard. Something I think would go a long way to curtailing alcohol related violence in countries like Australia. Partly because… Continue reading

Acre Eatery (Camperdown)

Sprawling over what looks to be around five hundred square metres of precious inner west real estate, the ‘Camperdown Commons’, and its nested restaurant ‘Acre’, are the new feather in the cap of Camperdown. Complete with meticulously landscaped rows of vegetables and herbs that lend an aesthetic charm as well as providing a decent portion… Continue reading

Gou Sushi (Surry Hills)

Even if I had hands I couldn’t count the number of times I’d opted for dinner at this unassuming best kept secret of Surry Hills. You could say it’s my ‘Gou To’ Sushi pick (I’m SO sorry). The interior features a large sushi train that surrounds the Jedi Master, as he churns out some of… Continue reading