Category Reviews

Chinese Noodle Restaurant (Haymarket)

Once a household name amongst my friends group, the unimaginatively named Chinese Noodle Restaurant (or “Dumpling Drama” as we referred to it. Don’t ask), has been off my radar for the last couple of years, until my interest was recently reignited by mention from a friend. A return visit was in order. You could just as easily… Continue reading

Double Zero (Broadbeach)

Calling all Gold Coastians! There’s an AVPN accredited Pizzeria right in your hood, and it appears somewhat underappreciated. Those of us who probe the globe, pursuing establishments with this OG seal of Neapolitan approval, know all too well the eyebrow raise this bat-signal elicits. For those of you unaware, Neapolitan style pizza is to regular… Continue reading

Bia Mara (Antwerp)

You may be asking yourself – who goes to Antwerp? Business people? Anarchists? The Dutch? While all of these may be true, we stopped through here on our way to Bruges, and in an attempt to avoid Brussels. We also had a friend who’d been living in the city for the months prior and was… Continue reading

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