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 that Nike defines an ‘athlete’, as anyone with a body.

Below are my personal favourite food haunts which I hope will help the next time you need an answer for the question 🙂

Last updated: November 2014



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

Mamak (Roti Canai etc.): Mamak, CBD NSW

Fish Head Noodles: Grand Tofu, Glen Waverley VIC

Nyonya Kuih: Alice’s Makan, CBD NSW

Indonesian (Chinese): Fajar, Kingsford NSW



Thai (overall): Spice I Am, CBD NSW / Khao Pla, Chatswood NSW

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

Thai (street food): Yok Yor Thai Food Factory, Haymarket NSW



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

Salted Fish & Chicken Fried Rice: Pho Toan Thang, Flemington NSW



Sushi: Makoto, Chatswood NSW

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

Udon: Marukame Udon, Chatswood NSW

Gyoza: Little Ramen Bar, Melbourne CBD VIC



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

Korean BBQ: Madang, Sydney CBD NSW



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

Yum Cha: Shark Fin Inn, Keysborough VIC

Cantonese (overall): Marigold, CBD NSW

Handmade / Hand-pulled Noodles: Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket NSW



Brazilian: Bronte Belo, Bronte NSW



Bagels: Brooklyn Boy Bagels, (various markets) NSW / Garden Park Kitchen (aka The Bagel Shop), Sydney CBD NSW

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

ReubenRuby & Rach @ DJ’s Food Hall, Sydney CBD NSW



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

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

Croque Madame: Salvage Specialty Coffee, Crows Nest NSW

Pies: Bakerie, Gordon NSW

Cotoletta / Schnitzel: Bowery Lane, CBD NSW



Pasta: Panzerotti Cafe, CBD NSW

Pizza: Via Napoli, Lane Cove NSW



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 NSW

Cake (cheesecake): Ricotta cheese cake @ Pasticceria Papa, Haberfield NSW


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