• AB Lebanese Restaurant – Broadway
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    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…

  • Mars Hill Cafe – Music, Poetry, Photography
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    On the ever so popular Church Street in Parramatta, there are many places that can tickle ones fancy. There are big loud pubs and clubs, wine and dine restaurants, swish sport bars, hip cafes. Mars Hill Cafe sits quietly amongst them without much ado, it is the hidden gem amongst all the eateries. It describes itself as “a local music and art venue as well as a cool place to hang out. The cafe provides ethical coffee, affordable food, outdoor dining and performance spaces.” This isn’t far from the truth. Mars Hill Cafe would not be dissimiliar to any other cafe you would find on King St, Newtown. Its bohemian atmosphere and friendly staff makes it the most approachable…

  • Chef’s Armoury – Japanese groceries and knives
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    Driving along Botany Rd the Chef’s Armoury caught my eye. The sign outside said so many things that I had been looking for: – Japanese Knives – Quality Wagyu Beef – Cooking classes and events – Japanese groceries I punch the air and say, “Yes!” Entering the premises it’s designed like all those modern ramen bars that seem to be popping up everywhere. It is sleek black with specks of red, well lit and minimalist. The store has been open for only 4 months and is in the midst of growth. Their business had started as just selling imported Japanese knives and has expanded into Japanese groceries, grilling accessories, teapots and tea tools. They also offer…

  • The Dutch Shop & Cafe
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    When i heard that there was a quaint Dutch Cafe in the middle of nowhere in Smithfield I told pizzaboy we had to go for a visit. We happen to have gone on the hottest day of the year so far. Its 40+ degrees outside and we drive over to Smithfield in a car with no-aircon. Without even thinking i say, “there had better be air-con at this place”. The entire car goes quiet. None of us have ever been to the Dutch Cafe and do not know what to expect. We are following the GPS and tomatogal asks me, “Where the hell is this place? We’ve reached the end of the road”. I look ahead and we are in the middle of nowhere. There are residential houses to our left and closed…

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