Reviews

This page contains a log of all the places that I have reviewed so far. Of course these are based on my opinion and my opinion only (and my wife’s too for the vegetarian dishes). I also try to be honest as I can in my reviews. Food is very subjective so you may not agree with everything I say. Even my wife and I can’t agree on most things (we agree to disagree I suppose). Another important thing to keep in mind is that my reviews are often based on just one visit, so the quality of your meal at places I visit may differ. I will do my best to share my favourite places to eat and will be rating my experiences out of 10 (the rating scale with the corresponding descriptor is shown below). The aim is to talk about good food so I hope that I don’t use the bottom half of the rating scale too often, if at all!

10 The best! The pinnacle of dining
9 Outstanding. Worth a special trip
8 Excellent. Highly recommended
7 Great. Recommended
6 Good. Worth considering
5 OK. Adequate with some faults in the food
4 Below Average. Below the level expected of professionals
3 Mediocre. Weak cooking
2 Bad. Very weak cooking
1 The worst! Avoid at all costs

I've also listed my *favourite* places to eat below (i.e. venues that I would visit regularly if I had the money haha).   

Sydney

Fine Dining
The Bridge Room
Cara and Co (closed)
Est. #1, #2 Peter's Best at Est.#3 Spanish Inquisition *favourite*
Guillaume, Paddington *favourite*
Lucio's Italian Restaurant, Paddington
LuMi Bar & Dining, Pyrmont *favourite*
Momofuku Seiobo, Pyrmont #1 , #2 Ssam Bar 2007 
Ormeggio at the Spit, Mosman #1, #2 Land vs Sea, #3 Stressless Sunday Dinner *favourite*
Quay, Circular Quay *favourite* 
Rockpool #1 dinner, #2 lunch *favourite*
Sepia *favourite*
Sixpenny, Stanmore #1, #2 Sixpenny & Co. *favourite*
Sokyo, Pyrmont *favourite*
Spice Temple, Guangxi Pork Bun
Sushi E
Tetsuya's *favourite*
Tomislav, Darlinghurst (closed)
Universal, Darlinghurst (closed)

Casual Dining
Albion St Kitchen (closed)
Azuma, High Tea
Bistrode CBD, Lambs Hearts and Minds
Blancmange Bouchon (closed) #1, #2
Cho Cho San, Potts Point
Claire's Kitchen at Le Salon
Ester, Chippendale 
Felix Bistro and Bar
Fish Shop
Ippudo Westfield Sydney, #1, #2
Hartsyard, Newtown
High St Bistro, Willoughby (relaunched as Via Alta)
Kefi Greek Tavern, Kingsgrove 
LP's Quality Meats, Chippendale
Moon Park, Redfern (Sachal Umsik, Korean temple cuisine) 
Mr Wong
Osteria di Russo & Russo, Enmore #1, #2 *favourite*
Picada, Balmain East
Pinbone, Woollahra
Tokyo Syokudo, Croydon
Ume Restaurant, Surry Hills #1 , #2 *favourite* 
Vacanza Pizzeria, Margherita Pizza

Cafe
Coffee Alchemy, Marrickville *favourite*
Cornersmith
Devon Cafe, Surry Hills #1, , #2 Devon by Night
Grounds of Alexandria
Gumption by Coffee Alchemy *favourite*
Jones the Grocer #1 , #2
Vella Nero Coffee Couture, Pork Belly Slider

Bar
Bar H, Surry Hills
Darley St Bistro, Newtown
El Loco, Hot Dog 
International Nippon Australia New Zealand Club (closed)
Mary's, Newtown
Parma Cucina, Surry Hills (closed)
Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining #1 burger, #2 alcoholic dessert,#3 spring cocktail launch party

Pop up restaurants
Cafe Paci, Darlinghurst
Minus 8
Outboned at Pinbone, Woollahra

Fast Food
Chur Burger
El Jannah, Granville
Fish Place, Hot Smoked Salmon
Gumshara Ramen, Tonkotsu Ramen *favourite*
Hakata-Maru Ramen, Haymarket 
Ramen Ikkyu *favourite*
Yasaka Ramen *favourite*

Dessert / Bakery / Patisserie
Azuma Patisserie, Azuma Roll Cake (closed)
Blackflower Patisserie 
Black Star Pastry, Watermelon and Strawberry Cake *favourite*
Bourke St Bakery, Surry Hills *favourite*
Cow and the Moon Artisan Gelato, Enmore *favourite*
Gelato Messina Dessert Bar, Darlinghurst
Kakawa Chocolates, Ice Cream Sandwich *favourite*
Lorraine's Patisserie, Bread and Butter Pudding *favourite*
MakMak Macarons, Newtown *favourite*
MooBerry, Newtown
N2 Extreme Gelato, Haymarket

Other
Australian Truffle Season 2014
Bert's Pies, Various Merivale Locations
Day out at the Blue Mountains (incl. Zokoko Chocolates)
Food Highlights, 2014
Macarons (my quest for the best)
My birthday weekend 22 - 23 June 2013
Sydney Cellar Door, Feb 2014
Taste of Sydney, March 2014
 
Regional NSW
Berry, NSW
Biota Dining, Bowral *favourite*
Lochiel House, Kurrajong Heights
Tyler's Pantry, Mogo (closed)

Melbourne, VIC
Attica, Ripponlea *favourite*
Auction Rooms, North Melbourne 
Bistro Guillaume, Southbank 
Cecconi's Flinders Lane 
Hammer & Tong, Fitzroy
La Belle Miette *favourite*
Minamishima, Richmond  *favourite*
Mister Jennings, Richmond
Pei Modern  
Rosetta Ristorante, Southbank 
Saint Crispin, Collingwood 
The Town Mouse, Carlton 
Vue de Monde, Melbourne 

Regional VIC
Brae., Birregurra *favourite*

Japan
Kit Kats 

Hokkaido
Sushi Tanabe, Sapporo
 *favourite*

Tokyo
Narisawa, Tokyo
Takazawa, Tokyo *favourite*
Tempura Kondo, Tokyo *favourite*

Hong Kong
Lung King Heen 
Tim Ho Wan, North Point branch *favourite*

Singapore
Waku Ghin *favourite*

South Korea
Pierre Gagnaire, Seoul *favourite*

UK
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London *favourite*
Ledbury, London *favourite*

Paris, France
Cake Blitz in Paris
L'Arpege, Paris *favourite*

5 comments:

  1. Hey MAB, where's Narisawa review?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Qoo01, patience is required. It is coming shortly...

      Delete
    2. After 3+ months, Narisawa review is finally up.

      Delete
  2. Yo MAB, waiting for Europe reviews

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Stop nagging me. I will get onto it soon lol

      Delete