Kake Cha-shu Udon ($8.9, regular)

MAPPEN NOODLE RESTAURANT

I love a good cheap feed. Even though eating frugally has long since stopped being a necessity (can you believe I used to think anything above $10pp is pricey?? But then again, I was 18, and the year was 2011), there’s nothing quite as gratifying as filling the tummy with good food for loose change. So between scoping out the fanciest places in Sydney to [...]
Matcha Fondant ($8)

CAFE CRE ASION

Despite the horror that is the med school workload, I have managed to find occasional pockets of peace and relaxation. Every now and then, I’ll be blessed with a free Friday afternoon, during which I’ll allow myself a couple hours off for a nice meal, and maybe wander around the city for a bit of retail therapy. You know, for sanity purposes. One of the [...]
Pork Soup Shoyu Ramen ($12)

MANMARUYA

Hello Sydney! After a whirlwind week of moving up from Melbourne, which included driving a Corolla packed to our ears (literally – see the picture here) with belongings 800km across the country, and building Ikea furniture at 1am, we’ve finally more or less settled in. Mind you, there are still bits and pieces of furniture to pick up, and med school to wrap my head [...]
Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle ($8.8)

HAWKER CHAN

I’ve always thought it was a shame that Australia isn’t on board with the Michelin Star system. As great as our hat system works, it just doesn’t quite have the punch and prestige of saying that a restaurant has three Michelin Stars. In addition, it also makes it hard to compare our restaurants to those overseas, and I’m often left wondering how our hatted restaurants [...]
Arnie ($11)/Kotter ($11)/Small Chips ($3)/Greek Salad ($5, small)

HELLA GOOD

It may seem unbelievable, but despite living in Melbourne for all of my adult life, I’ve never had a souvlaki from Stalactites. Sure, I’ve eaten there enough times, but ordering a souva for a sit-down meal has always seemed silly to me, so I usually end up getting one of the platters instead. Plus, I got a little bit mad at them the last time [...]
No. 5 ($14.9)/Hawker ($13.9)

PEZZO

Ever since eating the fabulous food at Miznon, I’ve been obsessed with anything that’s pita-pocket-esque. I’ve always thought the sandwich to be one of the greatest inventions in food history, and pita pockets are basically sandwiches 2.0 – served warm, and often armed to the hilt with ingredients worthy of a sit-down dinner. And although the pockets at Pezzo are made with 48-hour fermented sourdough [...]