My food bucket list!

Sydney is full of great restaurants and more and more of them seem to be popping up each day! Shows like Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules contribute to the growing interest in restaurants, chefs and food in general.

Here is a list of some of the Sydney restaurants I am looking forward to trying!:

  1. Quay
  2. Marque
  3. Flying Fish
  4. Assiette, Surry Hills
  5. Est.
  6. Aria
  7. Guillame at Bennelong
  8. Ms. G’s
  9. Pilu at Freshwater, Manly
  10. 360 Bar and Dining
  11. MissChu
  12. Jamie’s Italian
  13. Bavarian Bier Cafe
  14. Xanthi
  15. Mamak- Chatswood and City
  16. Zaafran
  17. Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Surry Hills
  18. Claude’s Woollahra
  19. Kazbah
  20. Din Tai Fung
  21. Hard Rock Cafe
  22. Jordan’s Seafood Restaurant
  23. The Meat & Wine Co.
  24. The Malaya
  25. Four in Hand
  26. El  Jannah
  27. Guylian Chocolate Cafe
  28. Lindt Cafe
  29. I’m Angus Steakhouse
  30. Hurricane’s Grill
  31. Ribs n Rump
  32. Grill’d Burgers
  33. Kingsley’s Steakhouse
  34. Nick’s Bar and Grill, Seafood, Steakhouse
  35. Rocks Teppanyaki
  36. Tetsuya’s
  37. Kobe Jones 
  38. Ash Street Cellar
  39. Danks St. Depot
  40. Buon Ricordo, Paddington
  41. Adriano Zumbo’s
  42. Patisse
  43. Opera Bar and Restaurant
  44. Cafe Sydney
  45. Rockpool Bar and Grill & Rockpool
  46. Mad Cow
  47. Bather’s Pavillion, Balmoral
  48. Sepia
  49. Spice Temple
  50. Universal, Darlinghurst-closing soon
  51. Catalina, Rose Bay
  52. Wagamama
  53. East Ocean
  54. Foveaux
  55. Bridge Street Garage
  56. Icebergs, Bondi
  57. Otto Ristorante
  58. Billy Kwong
  59. Bodega Tapas restaurant
  60. Oscillate Wildly, Newtown
  61. Felix
  62. Sake restaurant and bar
  63. Altitude at the Shangri-La
  64. The Cook’s Garden, Turramurra
  65. Wildfire
  66. Aki’s Indian
  67. Jonah’s, Whale Beach
  68. Fish Face
  69. Tomislav Restaurant
  70. Sean’s Panaroma, Bondi
  71. Garfish
  72. The Sailor’s Club
  73. Orto Trading Co
  74. The Bridge Room
  75. Hartsyard
  76. Sous le Soleil
  77. Burch and Purchese Melbourne
  78. Monopole
  79. Darley’s Lilianfel’s
  80. Papi Chulo, Manly
  81. China Republic
  82. Gowings Bar and Grill
  83. Palmer & Co
  84. MoVida
  85. Mr Wong
  86. House of Crab
  87. Nomad
  88. La Maison De L’eclair
  89. The Boathouse, Palm Beach
  90. Longrain
  91. The Fat Duck, UK
  92. Blackflower Patisserie
  93. Ministry of Crab, Sri Lanka
  94. Three Williams, Redfern

Also see High Tea TO DO List.

Keep checking my blog to see my reviews and posts about the restaurants as I tick them off my list!

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15 Great American food adventures!

While in the US (for about a month in total), I ate many American-style foods which were both delicious and overwhelming at the same time! It was exciting to be able to try new things which I wouldn’t be able to have in Australia.

This is a list of some of the delicious American food adventures I had. Make sure you also have a look at my posts on The Cheesecake Factory, Cafe Mason and the Plaza Hotel’s Palm Court Tea.

1. Noah’s Bagels, San Francisco

This place is great! The variety of bagels (see below) is amazing and they offer both sweet and savoury options. Service is pretty quick and the place has a great buzzing atmosphere.

My cranberry bagel with strawberry jam (or “jelly” as the Americans call it), went down a treat and was the perfect start to the morning!

2. Buffalo Wild Wings, Los Angeles

This is the all-American wings and football joint. Located on Hollywood Boulevarde, my friend and I unwittingly came across this place after a day spent sight-seeing in Los Angeles.

We were absolutely hungry, and although we weren’t really in the mood for heavy, fatty foods we decided this was the best option available at the time.

Every meal comes with a trivia toy/game that you and your companions can use to compete against the other tables in the restaurant and against people from other restaurants as well, for the top spot on the TV screens around the room.

The menu comes with different sauce options (see below), ranging from “smilin'” to “screamin'”. We decided to go for 8 buffalo boneless chicken wings to share, with a buffalo sauce. Not being a fan of chicken wings because of the annoying bones, I absolutely loved the boneless wings.

We demolished these crunchy little morsels and moved on to the next course. I ordered a buffalo ranch chicken sandwich and my friend ordered a wrap. Both came with chips/fries.

Whilst at the restaurant we witnessed some fellow diners participate in the wings challenge where they had to eat as many wings as possible within a set time frame. Although kind of crazy and disgusting, it was fun to watch and made for an interesting night out!

3. Hotel Food- Monte Carlo, Las Vegas

Whilst a bit overwhelming and very filling, a big buffet meal is a MUST when in Vegas. The city is famous for its clubs, casinos and overload of food in buffets!

We tried the one at the Monte Carlo, where we stayed, and tried to get a bit of variety on our plates with some salad and fruit as well. I also previously stayed at the Hilton in Las Vegas and found their food great as well. As long as you stay at a good hotel (and there are many in Vegas on the Strip), the buffet should be satisfying 🙂

4.  Little Italy: Buon Appetito and a little gelato/coffee bar, San Diego

On our first night in San Diego, my bestie and I were starving and wanted something that wasn’t fast food.

The staff at the Hilton Doubletree suggested Little Italy, and we found ourselves here:

The place was beautiful and had a lovely atmosphere with a large crowd and little candles on the tables.  We really enjoyed our meal there and I always remember it as one of the best Italian meals I have ever had!

Insalata Fantasia – Escarole and baby greens tossed in or raspberry vinaigrette with sliced pears and topped with Gorgonzola cheese

Linguini allo Scoglio- Fresh clams, mussels, bay scallops and shrimp

Basil Pesto Gnocchi

Here are some photos of the coffee and gelato bar:

5. Max Brenner, New York City

Everyone knows I love Max Brenner. It is my ultimate chocolate heaven and while in New York I was determined to visit the store there.

We went one night after dinner, around 11.00pm and caught the subway. It didn’t take long before we had found our way over to the familiar looking store.

The store was extremely busy and we were told that there would be a wait of 30-45 minutes for a table. We decided to do take-away instead and were able to get a cocktail table and some stools to sit on.

I ordered a waffle which I hadn’t had since I was in Australia 6 months ago, but found it was smaller, and less crisp than the ones here. I also noticed the food didn’t seem as fresh as the ones back home. Nonetheless, I do love Max Brenner and was very happy to visit this chocolate lovers paradise!

Chocolate Pizza

6. Wipeout Bar & Grill, Pier 39 of Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

Pier 39 is a beautiful place and we wished we had more time to spend here as we only had a few hours after our Alcatraz Tour and day of San Fran sight-seeing!

We found this little beach themed bar and grill and thought we would get into the Cali spirit and dine there! The restaurant has a beachy feel and the staff are “totally awesome dude”! Very chilled and laid back.

We enjoyed our burger + chips and fish + chips and then went to explore the rest of the Pier!

7. Serendipity, Las Vegas

A lovely eatery with great dessert and drink options including a frozen hot chocolate :p

8. Planet Hollywood, Times Square New York

An American favourite, we had to dine at Planet Hollywood before we left!

With great food, very interesting props and decor, and entertaining waiters, we had a unique and fun, if not overwhelming, dining experience!

9. Magnolia Bakery, New York

This famous bakery is known for its amazing cupcakes. A “sugarholic” like me couldn’t possibly leave New York without a visit to this cute cupcake store.

It was great to be able to see the cakes being iced right in front of you and my little choc cupcake was a great after dinner treat!

10. Dylan’s Candy Bar, New York

This New York Wonkaland is owned by Ralph Lauren’s daughter, Dylan, a self-confessed sugar addict.

The store in New York features 2 levels of lollies, lollies and…more lollies!

I loved this place and anyone with a sweet tooth is sure to have a blast in here!

11. New York Pizza

If you don’t try anything else in New York, make sure you have a slice of GIANT New York pizza. Cheap as chips and as common as Lindsay Lohan arrests, these babies will fill you up and give you your money’s worth!

12. M&M World

There are plenty of these around and everyone will enjoy exploring the cute and colourful home of the world’s most famous chocolate buttons!

 

Yes Folks, that’s m&ms in those tubes!

13. Coca-Cola World

There are almost as many M&M World Stores as there are Coca-Cola ones. I saw these stores in New York, Vegas and LA. Great for Coke lovers to grab souvenirs, vintage items and vitamin water flavoured lip glosses!

14. Lolly stores

See also the Sugar Factory, It’s Sugar and Universal Studios lolly shops for more swweeet treeeats! 🙂

 

 

 

 

15. Flip Restaurant, Bloomingdale’s New York

A great burger joint for shopping fuel. Check it out if  you’re in the area!

 

So those are a few of my favourite dining experiences in the USA.

I’d love to hear what your favourite American restaurants or cafes are. What was the food like? Was it something unique you hadn’t seen before? Let us know by posting a comment below!

More exciting desserts and restaurants to try!

Thanks to the SMH I have a few more desserts and restaurants to add to my To Do List

Quay’s ‘Eight textures of chocolate‘ is right up there on my list, along with their Snow Egg which I am also yet to try. I am waiting for a special occasion so that I don’t feel so guilty about forking out so much money for a dessert! 

Some of the other desserts featured include:

  • Japanese Stones- Sepia 
  • Tiramisu – The Sailor’s Club
  • Austrian Truffles- Rockpool on George
  • Rhubarb and pomegranate trifle -Orto Trading Co
  • Bourbon Baba with chestnut sorbet and poached pears – Jonah’s
  • Strawberry marshmallow meringue with raspberry ripple and strawberry paper -The Bridge Room
  • Lemon, milk ice, muscovado, averna jelly -Claude’s
  • Peanut butter and banana sundae – Hartsyard
  • Compost Cookie -Momofuku Milk Bar New York
  • Just Like Lego -Burch & Purchese Melbourne
  • Lemon Curd, citrus shortbread, candied endive, liquorice, pink grapefruit -BLACK 
  • Jordi Roca
  • Garden of Aphrodite -t Xanthi

My TO DO High Tea List

I love a good high tea. Whether at home, at a friend’s house or in a swish hotel, high tea is my favourite meal.

I’ve been to a fair few high teas in my day, the best so far being at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Canada. Here is my list of top places to have High Tea. The crossed off ones are the ones I have been to!

International

  1. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa
  2. The Plaza Hotel, New York
  3. Cinnamon Grand, Colombo Sri Lanka (next year!)
  4. Hilton, Colombo Sri Lanka (next year!)
  5. The Ritz, London
  6. Empress Hotel, Victoria Canada
  7. St Regis Hotel, New York
  8. Angelina, Paris
  9. Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires
  10. Secret Garden Tea House, San Francisco
  11. The High Tea Cottage, Woodland Hills California
  12. Mount Lavinia Hotel, Colombo Sri Lanka
  13. Fairmont Frontenac, Quebec City Canada
  14. Sky City, Auckland
  15. Alberton, Mount Albert NZ
  16. Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo Sri Lanka
  17. The Verandah, Galle Face Hotel Sri Lanka
  18. Cliveden Hotel, Berkshire UK (most expensive high tea in the world- 550 pounds per couple)
  19. Larnach Castle, Otaga Peninsula, NZ
  20. Amberley Castle, West Sussex UK
  21. The Langham, Auckland
  22. TransAsia Hotel, Colombo Sri Lanka
  23. Mount Nelson Hotel, South Africa
  24. Raffles Hotel, Singapore
  25. The Peninsula, Hong Kong
  26. The Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet
  27. The Intercontinental Park Lane, London
  28. Amanpuri, Phuket
  29. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
  30. Vier Jahreszeiten, Munich
  31. The Berkeley Hotel, London
  32. The Balmoral, Edinburgh
  33. Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich
  34. Claridge’s, London
  35. Four Seasons Park Lane, London
  36. Royal Garden Hotel, London
  37. Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo
  38. The Drake, Chicago
  39. The Beverly Hills Hotel, LA
  40. Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill
  41. Brown’s, London
  42. The Langham, London
  43. The Dorchester, London

Australia

  1. The Tea Room, QVB Sydney (The best and most wll-known)
  2. Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat
  3. The Tea Room, Gunner’s Barracks Sydney
  4. The Windsor, Melbourne
  5. Madame Brussels, Melbourne
  6. Room with Roses, Brisbane
  7. Mamor Chocolates, Melbourne (Hungarian style)
  8. Top of the World Revolving Restaurant, Adelaide
  9. Queenie’s Traditional Tea House, Nundah QLD
  10. C Restaurant Lounge, Perth
  11. The Duxton Grill, Perth
  12. The Brasserie, Adelaide
  13. The Victoria Room Tea Salon, Westfield Sydney
  14. The Westin Sydney
  15. Bicicletta, Acton Canberra
  16. The Four Seasons Sydney (going there in October)
  17. Observatory Hotel, Sydney
  18. Sir Stamford, Circular Quay
  19. Swissotel Sydney (they have a choc fountain!)
  20. Lillianfels, Blue Mountains
  21. Park Hyatt, Sydney
  22. Museum of Sydney Cafe
  23. Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
  24. Garden Court, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
  25. The Victoria Room, Darlinghurst Sydney (by recommendation)

If you have any photos or recommendations, please let me know so I can add it to the list!