Food & Drinks

8.0

Haven Specialty Coffee, Surry Hills

‘Tailoring Coffee Joyously’ is the tagline and ethos behind Haven Specialty Coffee situated directly opposite Central Station in Surry Hills. Coffee geekiness in all its glory is on show at Haven with well made—and presented—coffees available via practically…

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7.7

Tailor Espresso, Maroubra

Tailor Espresso is Vedrana Grozdanic’s (Vee) charming cafe in an old tailors shop in Maroubra. Serving Single Origin Roasters coffee, pastries and toasted sandwiches, this cafe has a local feel, reflective of the area. The space has…

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8.2

Cho Cho San, Potts Point

Cho Cho San is a stylish, izakaya restaurant serving modern Japanese cuisine in Sydney’s fashionable Potts Point neighbourhood. Opened in 2014 by the team behind the nearby Apollo, architect George Livissianis has used polished concrete,…

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8.3

Rakushokusha Maru, Tokyo

Rakushokusha Maru is one of two Tokyo restaurants run by owner-chef’s Keiji Mori. Descending into the basement of the Aoyama restaurant, the decor is stylish and discrete with nothing out of place. On our visit, we opted for the ‘tasting…

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8.6

Beard, Tokyo

Beard is the kind of neighbourhood restaurant that I have always dreamt about. Voted one of best restaurants in the world by Monocle, the husband and wife duo have created a casual dining experience where refined cooking is served in friendly…

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8.8

Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo

Of all the wonderful dining experiences we had in Japan, the ultimate for us was the three Michelin-starred sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro. Made famous in the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, 89 year-old Jiro is…

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8.5

Switch Coffee Tokyo

Switch Coffee in Tokyo’s Meguro neighbourhood is a charming, boutique coffee roaster with a small cafe attached. Like many of Tokyo’s cafes and boutiques, Switch Coffee makes the most of its diminutive space with an inviting…

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8.3

Kurosawa restaurant, Tokyo

Acclaimed film director Akira Kurosawa was said to be a connoisseur of Japanese cuisine, in particular an aficionado of fresh, handmade soba noodles. Made from buckwheat flour and often eaten with the simplest of dipping sauces, this quintessential…

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8.0

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee, Tokyo

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee is located in the heart of fashionable Shibuya. The good looking industrial fit out features a concrete floor, wooden bar and plethora of coffee making implements. Expect more Japanese hipster…

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7.8

A. Baker, Canberra

Short for Acton Baker, A. Baker is widely regarded as having one of the best breakfasts in Canberra. Situated amongst the trees in the NewActon courtyard, A Baker hums with activity as dishes are whisked from the kitchen-to-table by a…

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7.4

Grazing at Gundaroo

Thirty minutes outside Canberra in the historic 1865 Royal Hotel is Grazing at Gundaroo, a multi-award winning restaurant showcasing some of the Canberra District’s best food and wines. Sunday lunch is a rural treat for city dwellers with…

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7.8

NEL, Surry Hills

NEL, the creation of chef Nelly Robinson, is a fine-dining jewel located in concrete and wood panelled basement in Surry Hills. The menu is degustation only, catering to meat eaters and vegetarians alike. The individual dishes are probably best…

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8.8

Ortiz anchovies

There is something very Wodehouse about anchovies on toast. These Ortiz anchovies are so simply sublime that nothing more needs to be said. Placed on freshly toasted, well-buttered Bourke Street Bakery Sourdough, they make for…

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7.4

Madame Nhu, Surry Hills

Step inside Madame Nhu’s mock Vietnamese-French villa on Campbell Street and you’re in for slice of old Saigon in Sydney. The striking interior maximises the use of the small corner terrace and is the founders tribute to the…

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