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Help me WOW my English partner with amazing SF food...

Since no one seems to have commented it, I thought I'd add my two cents worth.
As a Sydneysider I went to SF last October, caught the ferry over to Sausalito for a day trip with lunch at Sushi Ran and had a lovely day. Lunch was excellent - very good sushi and much better than I have ever seen ANYWHERE In Europe (and most places in Sydney). Sausalito lovely but touristy and a great way to see the GG bridge.

Sep 17, 2012
kmh in San Francisco Bay Area

The return of Terry (Durack)

I'm happy to see him back too

Nov 04, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Best Meat Pie in Australia?

BRYANTS YES!
also the pie shop on the main road at Aberdeen.

Sep 11, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Looking for the best cookie shop in Sydney

i don't think these are going to be like the american style cookies described...

Jun 20, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

[North Sydney] Favorite lunch places in St Leonards / Crow's Nest?

the sushi at the japanese place under crows nest plaza (i.e. under ramen sun sun) is very good. Most of the places above aren't exactly appropriate for your regular lunch break.

Jun 20, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Tuna, salmon, kingfish -- but where to buy other kinds of sashimi?

Try talking to the guys at Claudios (at the fish markets). Whilst they always have sashimi grade tuna salmon and kingfish, i'm sure they can help you source other sashimi grade fish.
IMO they're the best.
Writing to the fish markets is like writing to a governmental body - they don't sell anything and will only give you arbitrary advice...

Jun 20, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

sydney itinerary, looking for feedback

At the markets, grab some cooked prawns, fresh oysters, lemons for a picnic. There's a deli within the main building, and a bottle shop - all you need for a delicious causal lunch.

But no, the cooked food really isn't worth mentioning, although the yum cha their is increasingly popular and not bad.

Jun 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Cheapie Breakfasts in Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD is full of cafes doing brisk trade Monday to Friday.
You'll get a decent breakfast just about anywhere for less than AUD15.
Pick somewhere that has a discerning queue of suits for takeaway coffees, and can smell bacon and coffee from outside and you'll be sorted.

May 25, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - the best

Oh dear. The great laksa debate!

Hands down in my opinion is To's at north sydney. More curry flavoured but also very very good is the Malay Chinese on Hunter street.

There is a facebook group dedicated to Sydney Laksa, not to mention articles in SMH and various blogs. QVB laksa is ok and better than most, but it's definitely not one of the best (IMHO).

It's become a bit of a sydney institution this laksa thinG!

May 25, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Looking for the best cookie shop in Sydney

It is almost impossible to get NorthAmerican style cookies in Austrlaia.

May 25, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Newtown, Sydney

for a fast and relatively light meal also consider guzman y gomez - a mexican cantina.

On Erskineville rd just off king street is Delhi oh Delhi with former team from Oh! Calcutta!
Slightly more expensive for Indian food but worth the extra - the goat curry is a must try.

May 25, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Best Breakfast in Sydney?

I love Bird Cow Fish for weekend breakfast/brunch. (Actually I love bird cow fish)

May 25, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - cheap dumpling places?

Cho gets my vote too. Although only one style of dumpling and they do run out from time to time. Next door is favoured by many sydneysiders but I can't remember the name.

May 25, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Essentials for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth?

Helen is a prolific blogger, but not a great one.

PhilD I have stepped back from reading (and writing) blogs in recent times, so I can't say there are no good ones. There are none I regularly would consult for a "where to go" list. Jules Clancy at thestonesoup.com is the only Sydney blogger I now visit semi-regularly but her blog is about cooking not restaurants, albeit one of the best blogs (IMHO).

Unfortunately many of the Australian food bloggers are caught up in a debate over the worth of print media vs. new media, rather than actually focusing on food writing.

I value the opinion of Pat Nourse at Australian Gourmet Traveller and am more likely to consult their website (or him) than visit a blog nowadays. The thing with restaurants (and blogs) is, it's very subjective anyways... and I have my own bias. ;)

May 25, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Essentials for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth?

I'm with Paul and Mr Gimlet on this one!
where do your relatives live?

And... I wouldn't recommend GRab your Fork as a guide. It is broad in the resto's mentioned but little by way of critique.

May 15, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Have you ever lived overseas?

I think the thing that defines my culinary diversity was completely beyond my control. Yes, my parents.

When I was 7 months old they moved to Japan (my dad worked in the beef industry). The tastes and smells that are hardwired as an infant are amazing and whilst I haven't afforded to go back to Japan as an adult, I judge Japanese food on whether it can arouse memories that I don't have in my day to day conscience. For example, I will stop for sushi if I can smell a certain type of seaweed but not eat it if I can't.

Many other travel/eating experiences (not to mention the experiences at home as a result of my mum taking cooking lessons in Japan), but the hardwiring is the most remarkable result for me...

Mar 21, 2009
kmh in General Topics

Have you ever lived overseas?

who can compete with that?

Mar 21, 2009
kmh in General Topics

40th b'day in sydney

Sounds like you've done your research well!
Happy birthday for May.

Mar 21, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Sushi in Sydney

The one under Myer in Pitt street in the food court always triggers my sense of smell. They use decent seaweed even if it's not especially glamourous. Well they did. I haven't been in years.

Mar 21, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

early lunch near Circular Quay?

I think young alfred would be convivial enough and moderately enough priced
1030am isn't really lunchtime so you need to focus on all day cafes, etc.

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

One night in Sydney

I'm too late for the OP on this one but thought I would pitch in in case anyone else reads the board.
The question was about seefood restaurants - Tetsuya is a set degustation menu and does not fit the ticket for recommendation for all questions no matter how sublime it may be!
Four fish restaurants spring to mind whenever this question is asked...
Fishface for low key
Flying fish (Pyrmont)
Pier (Rose Bay)
The boathouse at blackwattle Bay (Glebe)

As a lone diner I would be more relaxed in the latter two, but i've yet to stumble across anywhere that doesn't "tolerate" lone diners.

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Restaurants from Byron Bay to Sydney

Byron Bay - Pacific Dining Room & Dish are only open for dinner but definitely very good. Nothing in Byron is formal! If you're prepared to do the 45min drive, fins at Kingscliff is also very good and as the name would suggest, focused on seafood. I believe they are open for lunch as well as dinner.

Avoid Fisheads in Byron and Bangalow - it's overrated and the people that work there need to remove their heads from the orifice at the other end!

In Byron also... Nice relaxed pizza at the northern hotel, the Bangalow hotel has a nice little bistro (not top food but nice) and Satiate in Bangalow does a 5 course degustation for $65 which is great fresh produce and good value if you want something formal.

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Cheap Indian Sydney

As per the two responses above...
Abhi's in Parramatta and Aki's on Finger Wharf are well regarded but not cheap.
Surjits on Parramatta Road has the reputation for the Indian Cricketers
And Delhi oh Delhi on Erskineville Rd (just off King Street) Newtown is the ex Oh! Calcutta! chef.
IMhO Good, cheap indian is an oxymoron in Sydney.

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Best Vietnamese In Sydney?

An in Bankstown is supposedly the best Pho you will get in Sydney.
Closer to town is Xic Lo in Chinatown
and in Newtown Tanh Bien has a restaurant also.
More modern and upmarket is Red Lantern on Crown street in Surry hills.

For some research into vietnamese is Sydney go to sbs.com.au and head for Maeve O'Meara's "food safari" as her episode on Singapore will provide the list of resources for the SBS team.

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney & Melbourne - what is new and well regarded?

PhilD back inda hood!
lol!
Sorry.

Ok, I think a few have hit the main points...

a tavola & bodega are definitely new and worthwhile additions within the past 18months in Sydney and are definitely worth the respect they've been given.
Mamak is sydney's latest and greatest on the "return to true Asian flavours" journey that restaurants have, whilst Simon Thomsen recently panned Spice I am's new upmarket venture.
I'm personally looking forward for a return to longrain after a hiatus and fyi hamish ingham left billy kwong (has anyone EVER seen kylie kwong there?) last year to go to the teppenyaki joint at ivy but has already moved on again.

In terms of guides, I don't think the SMh guide reflects my experiences for many restaurants since Matt Evans moved on. I don't particularly agree with Simon Thomsen's style I suppose. For some research you could always head to Australian Gourmet Traveller's website (gourmettraveller.com.au) where there guide is available online as well as the reviews of the magazine. I am much more in agreement with Pat Nourse...

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Los Angeles Chowhounder visiting Sydney in March

Not uniquely Australian but I'd like to add
a tavola to the list as it offers good value for money and great food.
I always add Bird Cow Fish when this question crops up as it dishes up honest fare using fresh local produce. It's a good example of Australian Bistro food without getting stuck in the fusion zone.
I can't think of singaporean food standing on its own here but Mamak and To's are great for Malaysian...

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Wagyu Steak dinner

As aid by mr gimlet, most top end restaurants will have wagyu on the menu.
Although I haven't been for some time Matt Moran at Aria is a meat man so if in doubt, he'd be worth a go. Likewise the team from Balzac (and the Burlington )
AVOID Sean's Kitchen in the casino.

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Commercial lamb stock in Melbourne.

Try contacting Moredough.
Or make it yourself...

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne and Sydney Child Friendly with Great Food?!?

There is an excellent and recent thread on eating out with littlies in Sydney:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/569038

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand

early lunch near Circular Quay?

price range? cuisine? occasion?
You could go from cafe scenario, opera bar would be nice and relaxed if food isn't your primary concern. Likewise the bar under customs house, or next door to that is young alfred
(http://www.youngalfred.com.au/) pizza cafe from the originaln alberts on oxford street team.
The overseas passenger terminal on the western side of the Quay is full of swanky places, but avoid Doyles as it's not great; it's not even good. Further around in MCA cafe and then of course, options in the rocks including Sailors' Thai (which gets a surprising number of mentions in here considering David Thompson left years ago) and Lorn Nelson (pub).

Being Circular Quay you're going to pay more for the occasion.

Mar 02, 2009
kmh in Australia/New Zealand