Black Label Burger Project – Sydney CBD (NSW)

Jurisdiction: Burgers Salient features: The black label burger; vanilla malt shake; sriracha mayo; sweet potato waffle chips Verdict: Despite what are hopefully teething issues from its first week in operation, there was plenty to like about the "black label" edition of Neil Perry's Burger Project. What sets the black label's signature burger apart is the … Continue reading Black Label Burger Project – Sydney CBD (NSW)

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Gyradiko – Bexley NSW

Jurisdiction: Greek (Gyros) Outcome: Unanimous Verdict Ratio decidendi: It may be out of the way for some but the drive to Bexley for gyros is worth it. Generous portions and big on flavour, Gyradiko would quickly reach institution status if they opened up a branch in the city to serve the late night crowd. Case … Continue reading Gyradiko – Bexley NSW

Red Pepper @ Strathfield Sports Club – Strathfield NSW

Jurisdiction: Korean (Fried Chicken) Outcome: Unanimous Verdict Ratio decidendi: It may take you some time to find your favourite style of fried chicken on the menu but rest assured that you've come to the right place for authentic, benchmark-setting, crunchy fried chicken. Salient features: It's probably safe to assume you're here on a fried chicken mission … Continue reading Red Pepper @ Strathfield Sports Club – Strathfield NSW

Spice I am – Surry Hills NSW

Jurisdiction: Thai. Outcome: Unanimous Verdict. Ratio decidendi: Still the benchmark for Thai in my book and a reliable go-to place to bring interstate visitors for an authentic meal that's hard to get elsewhere. Salient features: basil crispy pork belly ($18.50), sour curry with cha-om leaves and king prawn ($26.50) Case note: In my mind, crispy pork belly to … Continue reading Spice I am – Surry Hills NSW

Brickfields – Chippendale NSW

Jurisdiction: Cafe / Bakery Outcome: Majority Verdict Ratio decidendi: Brickfields feels like a 'tricked up' version of Bourke St Bakery which offers atypical baked goods and sandwiches. Despite the small-ish menu, a rotating line up of baked goods helps to maintain its repeat-visit value and I've yet to be disappointed with what I've tried to date. Only … Continue reading Brickfields – Chippendale NSW