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Yarra Valley / Melbourne

If you go nowhere else in Melbourne you must go to Coda - I and others have mentioned it before - but it is ther perfect Melbourne dining experince - do book though. Wish i could go there now!

Feb 09, 2010
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Sydney & Melbourne suggestions

Melbourne - especially if you are into Asian Fusion - please PLEASE, go to Coda - right off Flinders lane. Is amazing Vietnamese and French fusion - fabulous wine list. Touch base with them about kids, it might be a night for a babysitter - was the highlight of my recent trip to Melbourne - I can't rave about it enough.
Do take up the suggestion below for Din Tai Fung in Sydney - they have been called the best dumplings in the world - and not lightly - the silkiest and thinest wrappers you would ever find - and it is just the same as the one in Taiwan.

Dec 06, 2009
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Australia

Hi - in my mind, sorry renee, and that of many punters (check out eatability.com.au) Flowerdrum has unfortunately lost it's charm, even the once immaculate decor is looking shabby, I cancelled my booking when I was down there recently after some bad reviews from friends.

I'm from Sydney, and just had a weekend in Melbourne - you MUST go to Coda, it's a few months old, with chefs and staff from some of Melbourne top resturants - it is Vietnamese and French, not fusion, but small dishes of each - but a very approachable menu - we went before the ballet - and came striaght back afterwards - I can not rave highly enough about this palce - but book before you go!

There are lost of other posts with good Melb and sydney finds - I just add Coda as it's new and AMAZING - will stop raving now!

Sep 15, 2009
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Sydney, good cheap eats list

please don't assume music tastes mr gimlet - having lived in bondi, surry hills, glebe and now newtown i can verify it has alot more to offer than very dated music.

Back to the food - Oscillate Wildly is fabulous, but certainly not cheap.
Black star is great too - I can't believe I forgot it!

Sep 14, 2009
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Sydney, good cheap eats list

That is a really mixed list you've been given there!

If you like things a little less sydney-glossy - do head to inner west newtown ($10 cab ride from city, or on the train line) for the best coffee in Sydney (Campos), amazing Vietnamese (Tre Viet the best), great Tapas (Sonis, with funky cocktail lounge 'Madam Flong Flongs' upstairs) and down to earth pubs and cafes. Definately more cheap - hole in the wall than the city, and much more soul. Newtown is a grat place to visit during the ay with interesting shops and a nice main street to wander along.

Sep 13, 2009
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Melbourne and Sydney Child Friendly with Great Food?!?

The best thing you can do is still come - and spend your money! Tourist dollars will really help,
Speaking from Sydney - it really is much like Melbourne, with one small child you could eat in most places, but aim to go early.
The cafes in Bronte are perfect for kids, for lunch or dinner, with the park and beach right in front - better than Bondi with a little one.

Feb 25, 2009
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Cafes and Bakery in Eastern Beaches

There are other great cafes in bronte - i usually choose based on the specials. Though I find the coffee at Jennys disappointing.
Best Eastern Suburbs breakie is at Trio in Bondi, you might ahve to wait for a table - but worth it - http://www.triocafe.com.au/ - but if you;re on a budget, head to north bondi to Speedos cafe, well cooked food in a buzzy little spot with people still dripping from their surf,
Best hidden cheap gem is definately Spice I am. Bird Cow fish can be expensive - I had their meat pie special - over $40! for a pie! but ye, it was damn good.

Jan 13, 2009
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Unique Australian Foods

'Many restaurants count potatoes as greens' = this really upsets me. I can't imagine where you were eating.
Bush Tucker is a made up concept by white people to try and understadn the way indigenous australians used to live off the bush - shame this board doesn't have more Australians contributing

Mar 05, 2008
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Chinese Dumplings

the shame is I'm sure they put msg in them - seriously, you get a little high after them. I must admit I now have a few bags in my freezer - great to pop in the steamer with some veggies for an easy mid-week dinner.

Nov 05, 2007
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Amazing Coffee House Down Under?

Am presuming you're American with your very broad request - as per the other posters - we got big countries down here! It's like saying ' what coffee is good in the US?'.
In Sydney the best coffee, and widely aggreed as such - is Campos coffee in Newtown - tiny little place - but the beans are to die for - Aussie foodies aggree - http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydne... - enjoy!

Oct 29, 2007
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Local seafood? What to order in Melbourne.

Though they are traditionally from Sydney, also avail in Melbo - Balmain Bugs - truely Aussie shellfish. Barramundo is the best Australian fish I think

Oct 23, 2007
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Christmas Day Lunch

This year we will not be having the full traditional Christmas lunch, with siblings over seas it is just my parents and me (youngish food lovers). I'm really stuck - we don't want to be ona boat, we'd love a view, we don't want a buffet. At this stage I'm considering Bel Mondo and Coast, but would love any other suggestions please?

Oct 22, 2007
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Chinese Dumplings

I am obsessed with dumplings. The very best in Sydney (outside of Shanghai according to my chinese born friend) is at the super dodgdy looking place in China town, with fake grapes hanging from the ceiling, tucked in a little corner off thomas street haymarket. Now don't be fooled, next door is the 'dumpling king' - this is NOT the place. http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydne... - you want the one next to this place.

Oct 21, 2007
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Moving to Sydney. Best Place to Live?

Am so glad someone mentioned Fratelli Fresh! the best grocer/ deli/providor I think in Sydney

Sep 27, 2007
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Sydney restaurants that showcase Australian food (modern and traditional)

Darlo Bar on Victoria Street heading down to Kings Cross is a good place to drinks solo, the comfy chairs mean you do end up chatting to the people next to you.

Aug 14, 2007
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Sydney restaurants that showcase Australian food (modern and traditional)

Oh - I love this debate over Bills! For my 2 cents, the food is still good, but my sister now cooks the recipes from his book better than the current chefs. 3 eggs in North Bondi is much better

Aug 14, 2007
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one night in sydney for solo san francisco foodie

It's not bad at all, I used to live there, you just never know quite who is going to be on your doorstep when you go out!

Aug 09, 2007
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one night in sydney for solo san francisco foodie

Kirkton is a great idea, but it is a grungy area- but a real mix of people - but it will be perfect for my resturant selection - Jimmy Liks - you can eat at the bar and the modern asian food is fantastic - it's in Kings Cross, a short walk away.

Aug 07, 2007
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Breakfast with a view/ambience in Sydney

Bathers is more $$$ - have fun!

Aug 05, 2007
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Looking for Restaurants in Sydney

I can't beat this list - you've totally nailed it kmh! I'd have to add Golden Century at China Town as best chinese, but for a really lovely environment and carefully cooked authentic Chinese, try Mah Gong Room on Crown Street - the owner used to be a part owner at Fu Manchu (another funky Chinese), but the gorgeous mah jong tables from China give it so much atmosphere - crab gow gees a must! I also like The Malaya on King Street Wharf, this chef has been cooking arguably the best Malaysian in Sydney for over 20 years.

Aug 05, 2007
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Breakfast with a view/ambience in Sydney

Bronte - perfect for UNSW, and a row of lovely cafes, Bogey Hole my fav, perfect for the quinessential Sydney breakfast! and close by to the cliff walk for a stroll to walk off the breakie.

Aug 02, 2007
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Sydney - what is new for us to try?

Longrain ordinary? I've died and gone to heaven every time - but aggree Spice I am is just as good for flavour - but hardly has the experience. Agree with xanadu below, Golden Century is the best Chinese in Sydney.

Jul 30, 2007
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Sydney restaurants with the fussy in-laws?

Sunday lunch - Watsons Bay - either Doyles proper, or even at the pub (outdoors) - you have a lovely ferry ride across the harbour, eat with an amazing view (even fish and chips in the park is great for a really casual lunch). I think Doyles food is outdated, but it is still quality. Would they be open to Asian food? some of the best moderately prices meals in Syd are Asian. Also, where will you be staying?

Jul 29, 2007
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Best Meat Pie in Australia?

thankyou for solving this - my taste buds thought they were too similar!

Jul 18, 2007
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Sydney Airport

You can get into the city quickly, but most of the cafes etc around the sight seeing palces in Cirqular Quay are very touristy and average, I'd consider getting a cab to Bronte for breakfast, then a cab over to Bondi for lunch- Seans Panorama or Icebergs - then you get the very best of Sydney beaches, and food, without the bustle of the city.

Jul 17, 2007
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Best Meat Pie in Australia?

Very Similar to Harrys is Hannahs in Ultimo - chunky steak with dark peppery sauce. Now if you are driving, from Bowral to Kangaroo Valley, there is a little country store with a very big sign (and an even bigger queue on Sundays) claiming 'The worlds best meat pie'; they are home made, I have even driven two hourse from Sydney for one once, in fact........hmmmmmm

Jul 17, 2007
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Melbourne must-eats

oh yes! if you can forget about thw waist line for a moment, at the Vic markets make sure you ahve a hot spanish jam dougnut from the vans - as a child who went to Melbourne once a year I craved them for the 12 months each year I had to wait!!!!

Jul 17, 2007
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Melbourne must-eats

Definately try Movida, now billed as the best Spanish in Australia, it is fantastic, and has a great Melbourne feel to it too.

Jul 17, 2007
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Sydney - what is new for us to try?

Am really surprised noone has mentioned Longrain or La Sala, La Sala is newer, Darren Simpson the chef - is out of this world. Longrain is some of the best Asian in Sydney - make sure to have a cocktail before hand. Do also try billy Kwongs on crown st- combining the amazing talents of two of Australias best chefs, Bill Granger and Kylie Kwong

May 20, 2007
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Sydney - Glamour and views without breaking the bank -Wine too

not sure if you;ve already left on your trip - but Icebergs and Seans will hurt the wallet if you're in Bondi, go to Mocean for dinner - outside with views, amazing seafood and very reasonalble prices - and uber funky bar downstairs where you can pretend your a local!

Nov 20, 2006
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