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TOP 100 QUEST: Queen Chow, Sydney


Merivale just keeps on opening winners. This one – Queen Chow. I hadn’t had time to research this place before I went so all I knew (or assumed from the name) is that it was going to be Chinese food. I was pleasantly surprised to find a rather quirky Chinese meets Aussie pub where east meets west – something I can certainly relate to!

It’s located in what used to be the Queen Victoria Hotel Read more


Duck hearts, red cabbage, capers, za’atar


Firstly, let me say that Automata is pronounced Au-TOM-ata, not Auto-MA-ta, so please everyone, stop trying to correct my pronunciation. Yes, I used to think it was the latter too, but a magazine review told me otherwise, and when I dined there, I double checked with them. Automata theory is the study of abstract machines – machines Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: ACME, Sydney


When I was growing up my dad used to cook stir-fried spaghetti – Chinese ingredients, substituting spaghetti for Asian noodles. It made perfect sense to me. I think this is where I grew to love the texture and slipperiness of spaghetti and for me, it’s still a big comfort food – I could literally eat a bucketful. Speaking with people over the years, I came to learn Read more


Clams with fermented corn and smoked butter from Pei Modern, Sydney

I’ve been to Mark Best’s Marque in Surry Hills and Pei Modern in Melbourne and had great experiences, so it was a no brainer to book myself into his latest restaurant in Sydney. You’ll find it across the foyer of the Four Seasons Hotel, a very cool and modern fit out.  It’s a large space and I like the use of black paint.  It was lunch time and there was a good vibe about the place. The service Read more

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