“What to eat?” is the perennial question for every foodie. I use the term ‘foodie’ to loosely describe anyone who loves to eat, in the same spirit as Nike’s definition of ‘athlete’ as being anyone with a body.

Below are my personal favourite food haunts which I humbly offer as suggestions the next time you find yourself asking “what to eat?”. I’d like to call out that the key word here is “personal”, in acknowledgment of one’s “favourite” being inherently subjective – so leave the hating to the haters please! and I would love to hear what your personal favourites are! 🙂

SOUTH-EAST ASIAN

Char Kuey Teow: Alice’s Makan, CBD NSW / Surry Hills Eating House, CBD NSW

Curry Laksa: Malay Chinese, CBD NSW / Laksa King, Flemington VIC

Har Mee (Prawn Mee): Malay Chinese, CBD NSW

Roti Canai: Mamak, CBD NSW

Chicken Rice:

Thai (overall): Spice I Am, CBD NSW

Thai (southern): Surry Hills Eating House, CBD NSW

Indonesian (Chinese): Fajar, Kingsford NSW

Pho:

Tomato Rice & Flame Grilled Chicken: Hoa Tran, Springvale VIC

Tomato Rice & Crispy Skin Chicken: Pho Toan Thang, Flemington NSW

Sticky Rice & Charcoal Grilled ChickenHai Au Lang Nuong, Canley Vale NSW

JAPANESE & KOREAN

Sushi: Makoto, Chatswood NSW

Ramen: Ryo’s, Crows Nest NSW / Manpuku, Kingsford NSW

Udon: Marukame Udon, Chatswood NSW

Korean Fried Chicken: Red Pepper @ Strathfield Sports Club, Strathfield NSW / Kozy Korean BBQ, Sydney CBD NSW

CHINESE / CANTONESE

Peking Duck: Simon’s Peiking Duck, Box Hill South VIC

Yum Cha: Shark Fin Inn, Keysborough VIC

Cantonese (overall): Marigold, CBD NSW

PERSIAN / SOUTH ASIAN

Dosai: Malabar, Crows Nest NSW

Persian: Darband, Auburn NSW

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN

Brazilian: Bronte Belo, Bronte NSW

AMERICAN / AUSTRALIAN / CAFE FOOD

Bagels: Brooklyn Boy Bagels, (various markets) NSW

Pies: Bakerie, Gordon NSW

Burger: Huxtaburger, Collingwood VIC / Mary’s, Newtown NSW / Elvis Burger @ Brewtown, Newtown NSW

Reuben: Bowery Lane, CBD NSW

Cotoletta / Schnitzel: Bowery Lane, CBD NSW

Pancakes / Hotcakes: Proud Mary, Collingwood VIC / Bills, Darlinghurst NSW

Croque Madame: Salvage Specialty Coffee, Crows Nest NSW

Brunch (all-rounder): 485, Darlinghurst NSW / Reuben Hills, Surry Hills NSW

DESSERT

Dessert (American): Hartsyard, Newtown NSW

Dessert (Thai): House, CBD NSW

Dessert (Gelato): Messina, Darlinghurst NSW

Dessert (Granita): Cremeria de Luca, Five Dock NSW

Cake (overall): Watermelon cake @ Black Star Pastry Cafe, Newtown

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