Marrickville’s Barzaari to Open a Second Restaurant in Chippendale

Inner West’s beloved Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Barzaari is opening a new branch in Chippendale.

The Marrickville joint will open the doors of its new branch at the former Kensington Street Social space in the Old Clare Hotel on October 30.

Barzaari Chippendale will be a 120-seater with “raw and exposed” interior.

Just like the original Addison Road place, the Chippendale eatery will bring a modern take on Cyprus, Syrian, Lebanese, and Egyptian cuisines with a menu of shared small and large plates. The bar will also have its own menu, covering snacks such as oysters, sliced bottarga and stinging nettle and white-pepper parcels.

“People can pop in for snacks or drinks and then move to the table for a larger meal,” Darryl Martin, executive chef and co-owner of Barzaari with Andrew Jordanou and hotelier Loh Lik Peng told Broadsheet.

Kensington Street Social will be closing on October 21, around six months after the departure of British chef Jason Atherton.


Recipes: Best Salmon Mains

When it comes to healthy fish, we all know salmon is the top contender. Being an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, salmon helps reduce risks of heart disease and high blood pressure. However, it might get a bit boring to just serve salmon plainly. Here are a few ideas to spice up your salmon dinners…


Miso Glazed Salmon with Soba Noodles by Chopstick Chronicles

As the salmon is marinated overnight with miso, mirin and sake, this dish will bring deep Japanese flavour to the table.


Salmon and Quinoa Bowls with Kale and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce by Feed Me Phoebe

Hop on the health train with this recipe! The lightly seared salmon is paired with kale and tahini, carrots and Greek yogurt-based sauce.


Salmon Gratin by Contemplating Sweets

Make your salmon more indulgent with mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and milk-based sauce.


Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon by The Healthy Foodie

Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. The blend of walnuts and salmon skin creates a texture to remember.


Quick Salmon Patties by Zen and Spice

If you don’t have the fresh kind, this is a great way to peruse canned salmon. Put them in burger buns, serve with rice or eat as is!


Salmon Quiche by Frugal Mom Eh

It’s a great comfort food all-around – egg-y, creamy but still full of nutrition. Experiment with the depth of the quiche for thicker, more fulfilling portion.


Pan Seared Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce by Eatwell101

Fragrant and rich in flavours, this will be a big hit at dinner parties.

Event: Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, Sydney

For a week this month, you can enjoy scrumptious Taiwanese food from some of Taipei’s best chefs.

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney presents Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, where you can enjoy authentic Taiwanese cuisine at their Café Mix.

Guest chefs from Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei will be presenting their signature dishes such as Gua Bao, spicy hotpot, and oyster omelette. Taiwan’s signature sweets will also be present in the form of fruity bubble teas and a traditional Taiwanese dessert station.

Taste of Taiwan Food Festival menu will be available at lunch and dinner from October 20-28 for $55 per person.

For more information, visit Shangri-La Hotel’s website.

October 20-28 | Café Mix, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Recipes: Best Tofu Dishes

Tofu has long been known as vegans’ ultimate protein source. However, it is also severely underappreciated as an ingredient on its own, despite its great taste and versatility. Tofu is not only nutritious, but it also can be used in every dish, from appetizer to (seriously) dessert. Here are a few recipes to get you started…

Crispy Baked Tofu by Cookie and Kate

This simple recipe requires only four ingredients. Perfect for party nibbles, or simply serve with rice.


Vegan Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls by Delish Knowledge

Paired with fresh chopped vegetables and peanut-lime sauce, these rolls are healthy without sacrificing the taste.


Tofu and Chickpea Sandwiches by She Likes Food

BBQ doesn’t have to be all meats and steaks. Sloppy but tasty!


Spicy Ramen with Tofu by Pinch of Yum

The firm tofu will absorb the flavours of the thick, spicy miso soup. Paired with the soft boiled egg and the sleek ramen noodles, this dish is heaven in a bowl.


Silken Tofu Panna Cotta in a Cherry Chocolate Sauce by Exceedingly Vegan

Silken tofu has been a substitute to cream in vegan recipes for a while now, but it’s definitely not inferior. The mixture of tofu and agar agar flakes creates the perfect wobbly texture that would please every panna cotta enthusiast.


Vegan Chocolate Pudding by Kathy Patalsky

Another dessert recipe using silken tofu. The recipe takes less than seven ingredients – simple and practical enough for even the absolute beginners to follow.

Recipes: 8 Best Pizzas

Comedian Henry Rollins once said, “Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.” And who could blame him? Whether you’re alone in bedroom or out in a house party, your night would not be complete without pizza. The doughy crust combined with the various topping mixed with hot cheese and sauce makes everyone come back for more.

But instead of picking up the phone to order some, why not try to make your own pizza? Here are eight recipes to inspire you.

  1. Italian Pizza / Pizza Margeritha
Source: Walks of Italy

Wondering how authentic Italian pizza tastes like? Well, wonder no more with this native recipe.


  1. Chicken Pesto Pizza
Source: Ciao Florentina

With a touch of Genoese pesto sauce, this pizza will bring Italy to your mouth.


  1. Calzone
Source: Delallo

Channel your inner Ben Wyatt with this calzone recipe. A portable delicious meal that is its own container? It’s a game changer indeed!


  1. Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks
Source: Sugar Apron

This garlic bread pizza recipe is perfect for house parties and picnics. Pair with tomato sauce dip for that extra goodness!


  1. Pizza Ring
pizza ring
Source: Kiss My Apron

This tear-apart pizza is sure to be a popular appetizer among your guests. For a healthier alternative, replace the pepperoni with mushroom and broccoli.


  1. Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
deep dish pizza
Source: King Arthur Flour

You don’t have to go all the way to Chicago to taste the city’s signature pizza. Famous for its thick, pie-like filling, this one will fill you up.


  1. Pizza Cupcakes
pizza cupcake
Source: Plain Chicken

Opting for something more portable? Get your muffin trays out and get your hands on this recipe. You can also customise each pizza cupcake to suit your guests’ preference and dietary requirements!

  1. Raw Strawberry Chocolate Dessert Pizza
chocolate strawberry pizza
Source: Oh My Veggies

Who says pizza can’t be sweet? With healthy, all-vegan ingredients, you can eat this one without guilt!

Pho-tastic Restaurants Around Sydney

Pho is the staple dish of Vietnamese cuisine and a must-try for those who have yet to lose their Pho virginity. Pho is a noodle soup dish consisting of rice noodles bathing in a simmering hot broth served with raw beef and garnished with herbs like coriander, bean sprouts, spring onions and basil leaves. So where can we find the best Pho to eat around Sydney? I’ve compiled a list of Sydney’s best Pho restaurants.

Pho Pasteur

295 Chapel Road, Bankstown, 9790 2900; 709 George Street, Sydney, 9212 5622; 137 Church Street, Parramatta, 9635 0782; Westpoint Shopping Centre, Patrick Street, Blacktown, 9676 1333
Much like their tagline, Pho Pasteur really is the “best noodle soup in town”. Branching across the western and inner western suburbs of Sydney, they have established a good reputation with their iconic pho recipes. Their broth is truly authentic and served without being watered down ensuring their customers enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese pho experience.

Source: Weekend Notes
Source: Weekend Notes

Pho Huong Xua
Shop 4, 219 Canley Vale Road, Canley Heights, 8764 4117

For subtle, elegant pho bac (Northern Vietnamese-style), Huong Xua is a great place to go to. The broth is clean, the beef is lightly stir-fried with fish sauce and garlic.

They’re also renowned for Australia’s biggest Pho bowl, which weighs in at 1.5 kilograms, with equal parts of noodles, beef and soup. Huong Xua is great for value – with cheap Tuesdays and a free offer for those who can finish their bowl under 11 minutes.

Source: Noodlies
Source: Noodlies

Pho Sam

19 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066, (02) 8416 5879

Pho Sam is a new Vietnamese restaurant on the outskirts of Northern Sydney. They serve great local Pho and pride themselves in great service and a Chinese twist with their Vietnamese dishes. Their perks? They accept card – which is almost impossible to find when dining in Asian restaurants.

Source: In The Cove
Source: In The Cove


Mum’s Table
 457-459 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, 02 8021 2701 

Rather than offer a conventional restaurant space, Mum’s Table mimics the ambience of a Vietnamese home. They welcome you with open arms and a selection of authentic Vietnamese pho dishes.

Source: The Urban List
Source: The Urban List

Best Fine-Dining Places in Lower North Shore

A great fine-dining experience is nice to have, whether you’re a regular patron at Michelin-starred restaurants in Mosman or just looking to have a fancy meal every now and then around Cremorne. Here’s my favourite fine-dining restaurants around Sydney’s Lower North Shore area.

  1. Public Dining Room

2A The Esplanade, Mosman NSW 2088 |

Source: Public Dining Room
Source: Public Dining Room

Located by the Balmoral beach, Public Dining Room provides you with the waterfront dining experience in a Scandinavian-inspired setting. The sous vide salmon and the seared scallops are the highlights – be sure not to miss them.

  1. The Bathers’ Pavilion Restaurant

4 The Esplanade, Mosman NSW 2088 |

Source: Bathers Pavilion
Source: Bathers Pavilion

Also facing the Balmoral beach, the Bathers’ Pavilion offers a la carte menu as well as five- and seven-course degustation in a historic 1920s building. You can also choose from an extensive list of wine to accompany your meal.

  1. Sails on Lavender Bay

2 Henry Lawson Ave, McMahons Point NSW 2060 |

Source: TripAdvisor

Sails offers seafood served with a twist on classic French cooking techniques. The menu is changed periodically, but the quality of the fish (such as barramundi) and prawn dishes has always been a reassuring consistency. With great views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, this restaurant provides an unforgettable experience.

  1. Ormeggio at the Spit

D’Albora Marinas, Spit Rd, Mosman NSW 2088 |

Source: hiddencitysecrets
Source: hiddencitysecrets

Serving contemporary Italian cuisine, Ormeggio has been awarded two Chef’s Hats in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide 2016 and ranked #25 in Gourmet Traveller’s Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants. Make sure to have their beef-based dishes, or try out the surprise five course dinner set on Sundays!

  1. Aqua Dining

Paul St & Northcliff Street, Milsons Point NSW 2061 |

Source: Zomato
Source: Zomato

Located above the North Sydney Olympic Pool and (almost) under the Harbour Bridge, Aqua Dining is also bestowed with two Chef’s Hats. The place serves from two to four courses. Although the food portion is a bit small, the dishes are beautifully plated and tasty. Highlights include the Charcoal Black Angus, which is tender and juicy, and the variety of desserts.

These are my picks for Lower North Shore’s best fine-dining restaurants. Enjoy your dinner!