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  • CBD & Inner City
    Bodega Tapas Restaurant & Bar; Rockabilly + Pin Up Girls + Tapas = Modern dining at its best!
    tapas - (esp. in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer. There is much ado about Bodega, its been listed as the best tapas restaurant in Sydney by almost every food writer, food critic and food blogger. I had to go taste for myself what all the noise was about. It had been a hard week at the office, I was adamant that Pizzaboy and I go out for dinner that Friday night. There is nothing better than a good meal to cleanse the soul. We arrived at the premises 10 minutes before opening. We were second in line and the summer heat had cooled off, mercifully. Once 6pm came around we were promptly shown our seats and offered drinks. Pizzaboy and I don't usually drink alcohol with our meals, so we politely decline and are given the food menu. A quick look around I instantly fall in love with the place. The walls are adorned with a tripped out graffiti-come-pop art mural of the sexiest bullfighter you'll ever see. And then there are the staff! The boys in the kitchen are channeling modern rockabilly and the girls on the floor are all red lips and pin-up girl hair. There is an incredible range on the menu. There are some things I do not recognise. The lovely waitress more than politely explains the items in question. Pizzaboy is stunned and leaves the ordering up to me. I choose 2 must-have dishes (according to many food critics)…
  • Asian Restaurant Reviews
    Monte Carlo Reception – Celebrating 30 Years in Australia
    I was only 10 days old when my parents escaped war-torn Vietnam in 1979. They, along with half of our hometown, Camau (located on the southern tip of South Vietnam), jumped on boats and made the brave and dangerous journey towards freedom. After Ho Chi Minh took power and the threat of communism was fast becoming a way of life, my parents (and many others) were sent to re-education camps because they were of Chinese-descent. Almost everything that was worth building a future with was taken away from them, for fear of a revolt. My parents had to sell their precious belongings to a black market to feed their 5 daughters. Brave, but full of fear, they boarded strung-together boats to look for safer shores, leaving behind memories of atrocities that were never spoken of ever again. I am not quite sure how long the journey took, but we made it the border of Australia, only to be turned away and sent to a refugee camp in Indonesia. We were there for nine months. The moment we received our rushed visa to Australia we were on a plane to beautiful Sydney. One year later, we became proud citizens of Australia. My father is quite a jovial, social man. He is opposite to my quiet and shy mother. He and his friends had been organising a fund-raising function to celebrate the 30 Years in Australia. They invited their former neighbours (from Camau, Vietnam) within Sydney and from all around the world.…
  • Asian Restaurant Reviews
    AB Lebanese Restaurant – Broadway
    From the outside this restaurant looks like any other kebab shop. In fact, it is a kebab shop... at the front. However, if you look a little further in, you will find a lovely little restaurant. We came upon AB one day when Pizzaboy and I were craving lebanese food and we were stuck in the city. The only lebanese eateries that we knew of - that weren't overly expensive - were kebab shops. So I went on the trusty www.eatability.com.au and found this place with 7+ ratings. I haven't regretted a visit, never. Lorraine is always there to greet us, she is the most lovely and hospitable host. She is one of many reasons for why we visit AB. The food is always great and Pizzaboy and I always walk out with our tummy's full and our mind's at ease. AB has most of the traditional dishes that you would find in another lebanese restaurants, plus more. We order our favourites but we keep an eye on the specials board for something different. I usually do not like baba ghannouge, but I am obsessed about AB's version. Lorraine explains that it may be because they do not include tahini, therefore it is lighter in flavour and less creamy. I could eat this everyday and never tire of it! The basket of lebanese bread that comes with the dip is so fresh and soft. I judge a lebanese restaurant on their tabouli. The tomatoes must be plump, the parsley must…