Izakaya Den: Melbourne hot spot serves fabulous Japanese small plates, sake and beer

Izakaya Den is one of Melbourne’s coolest places to hang out. It’s almost impossible to find because the sign on Russell Street at Little Collins Street is not obvious and you have to go down two flights of stairs. When you arrive, you are shocked to see a packed, vibrant industrial-chic restaurant with high ceilings […]

Bars and small plates in Sydney

If you want just drinks (wine, beer) and small plates (pizza, tapas, nibbles), there are 3 places I like in Sydney: (1) Glass Bar at the Hilton Hotel (downtown Sydney) The Glass Bar is part of the Glass Brasserie, a stunning restaurant in the Hilton Hotel located in Sydney’s CBD. Airy and filled with natural […]

Best breakfasts in Sydney: Bill’s, Tiger Bakers and Cafe Bondi

Brekkie – that’s what locals call breakfast and I find Sydney’s breakfasts to be among the best in the world because of the freshness of local ingredients (especially the fruit). Here are my favorites: (1) Bill’s: I reviewed it yesterday. Bill Granger has outposts on Surry Hills and Woollahra. Read my review of Bills. No […]

Bill's: perfect place for breakfast in Sydney

Bill’s is a Sydney institution. It is the cafe of Sydney celebrity chef, Bill Granger, who is also known for a series of beautifully photographed cookbooks. It is a place where people hang out for breakfast, lunch and in between. I went to Bill’s in Darlinghurst for the first time in 2002 and returned last […]

Zushi: fresh sushi and sashimi in Darlinghurst (Sydney)

If you are staying in the Darlinghurst area of Sydney (or find yourself there), and you are craving sushi, stop at Zushi, a trendy local sushi place on Victoria Street. There are outside tables if you want to watch the unfolding daily street parade. The sush and sashimi dishes are very fresh. We went there […]

Spice I Am: spicy, delicious Thai food in Surry Hills (Sydney)

If you are looking for very delicious spicy Thai food in Sydney, not far from the Central Business District (CBD), stop by Spice I Am, a small Thai restaurant in Surry Hills (they have a restaurant in Darlinghurst as well). We went to Spice I Am for lunch and were impressed. The food is quite […]

Tastevin: excellent French bistro and wine bar in Sydney, open till late

We came upon Tastevin, a French bistro and wine bar in Darlinghurst (Sydney) by accident. We had just seen a production of “Tosca” at the Sydney Opera House and were famished at 10:30 p.m. But where to go?  We had already been turned away by a couple of restaurants in Darlinghurst, a district in Sydney […]