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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


The amazing duck dish - shredded duck leg confit, hazelnuts and radiccio leaves dressed with apple balsamic vinegar and dusted with freeze-dried raspberry


As you’re walking up the stairs to an unmarked door, you start to wonder if you’re in the right place. With its lack of door signage and flaking paint, it’s not the usual entrance to a restaurant that’s made the Gourmet Traveller Top 100 list.  Walking in, you find yourself in a sparse, industrial space featuring grey, grey and more grey.  There’s an impressive feature Read more


Live marron, blood lime, native herbs from Firedoor, Surry Hills


Firedoor is the hottest new place in Sydney, and not just because all of their food is cooked over hot wood charcoal or in the flaming furnace.  Firedoor boasts 10 different woods that they use for their cooking, including ironbark, mallee root, pecan, pear, and grapevine.  Different woods are matched to particular ingredients based on their unique properties.  For example, grapevine burns a rich Read more


Broccoli, marron and seaweed butter


I often get asked ‘What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever been to?’  In Australia, this is it.  Ok – I won’t lie – this place was hard to get into.  You can only book online, and you can’t book too far in advance – which makes it a little difficult when you’re trying to make travel plans around it.  It’s even harder when you’re wanting a table for 1 or 2 people.  At the time I was trying to book, they were releasing tables for 4 people first, and smaller tables were only Read more


Shrimp brined chicken from Moon Park, Sydney


Well, this place is a surprise – firstly, it’s in Sydney’s Redfern, and secondly, from the outside, it certainly doesn’t look anything like a Top 100 restaurant. In fact, we went past a couple of times in the taxi trying to find something that looked like a restaurant. It’s upstairs on a corner and there’s hardly any signage to be seen. But, one thing is for sure, the food is Read more

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