Top 5 lists

Everyone loves lists, including myself. Here are some of lists of my favourite places to eat in various categories. These lists will change as I go to new places and discover new, exciting food. I will also come up with new lists from time to time.

My 10 best meals of all time (updated)
  1. Takazawa, Tokyo, Japan (Go-to dish: Candleholder)
  2. L'Arpege, Paris, France (Go to dish: Bouquet of roses-apple tart)
  3. L'Astrance, Paris, France (Go to dish: Mussel ceviche) 
  4. The Ledbury, London, UK (Go to dish: Flame grilled makerel)  
  5. Waku Ghin, Singapore (Go to dish: Marinated Botan Ebi with Sea Urchin and Oscietre Caviar)
  6. Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, London, UK (Go-to dish: Meat fruit)
  7. Brae, Birregurra (Go to dish: Parsnip and apple)
  8. Fat Duck, Bray, UK (Go to dishes: Roast foie gras)
  9. Rockpool, Sydney (Go to dish: Vacherin of pandan custard)
  10. Pierre Gagnaire Seoul, South Korea (Go to dish: Around the lobster)

Top 5 restaurants I dream of eating at
  1. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. Alinea, Chicago, USA 
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  4. Per Se, New York, USA
  5. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy 

Top 5 favourite restaurants in Sydney (<$150 per person) 
  1. Ormeggio at the Spit, Mosman (Go-to dish: Any carnaroli risotto)
  2. Sixpenny, Stanmore (Go-to dish: Crab, Silky Macadamia and Camomile)
  3. LuMi Bar and Dining, Pyrmont (Go to dish: Evergeen)
  4. The Bridge Room, Sydney (Go to dish: Black sesame dessert) 
  5. Ume Restaurant, Surry Hills (Go-to dish: Wagyu sukiyaki)

Top 5 restaurants for a splurge in Sydney  (>$150 per person) (updated)
  1. Rockpool, Sydney (Go to dish: Vacherin of pandan custard)
  2. Guillaume, Paddington (Go to dish: Marron, pork cheek, cauliflower)
  3. Sepia, Sydney (Go to dish: Chocolate forest)
  4. est. , Sydney (Go to dish: Steamed Murray Cod fillet)
  5. Sokyo, Pyrmont (Go to dish: Sushi omakase)

Top 5 favourite Japanese restaurants in Sydney 
  1. Sokyo, Pyrmont (Go to dish: Sushi omakase)
  2. Ume, Surry Hills (Go to dish: Shiki no Salad)
  3. Cho Cho San, Potts Point
  4. Jugemu and Shimbashi, Neutral Bay (Go to dish: Any dish with handmade buckwheat soba noodles)
  5. Sake Restaurant and Bar, The Rocks

Top 5 favourite ramen stores in Sydney
  1. Osan Ramen Bar, Haymarket
  2. Ramen Ikkyu, Haymarket
  3. Gumshara Ramen, Haymarket
  4. Ryo's, Crows Nest
  5. Chaco Bar, Darlinghurst

Top 5 favourite Italian restaurants in Sydney
  1. Ormeggio at the Spit, Mosman
  2. Lucio's Italian Restaurant, Paddington
  3. Osteria di Russo and Russo, Enmore
  4. Restaurant Pendolino
  5. Via Alta, Willoughby

Top 5 favourite places for a burger in Sydney
  1. Rockpool Bar and Grill
  2. Five Points, North Sydney
  3. Mister Gee's Burger Truck
  4. Burger Project
  5. Mary's, Newtown

Top 5 favourite places for breakfast in Sydney
  1. Kepos St Kitchen, Redfern
  2. Bills, Darlinghurst (Go-to dish: Scambled eggs)
  3. Devon Cafe, Surry Hills (Go to dish: The Devon ultimate toastie)  
  4. Cornersmith, Marrickville (Go to dish: Anything with soft poached eggs)
  5. Single Origin, Surry Hills (Go to dish: Black pudding, creamed corn, chilli relish, radish salad & sourdough)

Top 5 favourite places for coffee in Sydney
  1. Artificer Coffee Bar, Surry Hills
  2. Coffee Alchemy, Marrickville & Gumption
  3. Single Origin, Surry Hills
  4. Workshop Espresso
  5. Joe Black, Surry Hills

Top 5 favourite patisseries or bakeries in Sydney
  1. Black Star Pastry, Newtown (Go-to dish: Watermelon & strawberry cake) 
  2. Bourke St Bakery, Surry Hills (Go-to dish: Ginger brulee tart)
  3. La Renaissance, The Rocks (Go-to dish: Salted caramel macaron)
  4. Lorraine's Patisserie (Go-to dish: Macadamia and chocolate tart)
  5. Sweetness the Patisserie, Epping (Go-to dishes: Marshmallows)

Top 5 favourite macaron stores in Sydney 
  1. MakMak Macarons, Newtown
  2. La Renaissance, The Rocks
  3. Cre Asion, Surry Hills
  4. Adriano Zumbo, Rozelle  
  5. Laduree
Top 5 favourite chocolate stores in Sydney
  1. Kakawa Chocolates, Darlingurst and Sydney CBD
  2. Zokoko, Emu Heights (does this count as Sydney, close enough lol)
  3. Belle Fleur, Rozelle and Petersham 
  4. Boon, Darlinghurst
  5. Josephan's Fine Chocolates, Sydney CBD and Leura

Last updated: 31 July 2015