Quanjude

I’m a total commitment-phobe when it comes to food. I absolutely loathe to order large dishes unless I absolutely can’t avoid it, because I’m always worried that it means I’ll be missing out on something else delicious as a result, even if I know that I love what I’m ordering. With that said, it really comes as no surprise that I haven’t had Peking Duck for a very long while, given that you’re often obliged to order the whole bird. But one thing I do love is a good bargain, so when I saw the Scoopon voucher that offered $100 of food at Quanjude for a mere $49, I was all over that. So what’s so special about Quanjude? Oh…

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Gyradiko

This may seem hard to believe, but one of the best gyros/souvlaki I’ve ever had was from an unassuming little shop in Christchurch, New Zealand called Dimitri’s Greek Food. Never before or since have I had a wrap with such fluffy bread, such juicy meat, or such a perfect mixture of sauces. And although I haven’t held out hope for one that’s just as good, I will admit to keeping my eye out for something that can potentially match up. So when I heard that Gyradiko does one of the best gyros in Sydney, well, call me intrigued.

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Malay Chinese Takeaway

In preparation for my Thailand trip, cheap and cheerful has been the name of the game recently. Luckily, even in a city as expensive as Sydney, there’s still plenty of delicious food to be had for the penny-pinchers if you know where to look. And Malay Chinese Takeaway has been one of those places since 1987. Malay Chinese Takeaway is pretty much exactly what it promises to be – a canteen-like establishment specialising in the Chinese-influenced Malaysian dishes. The laksa is their biggest drawcard, the 13 different variations bringing in punters from all across the CBD and beyond. Laksa aside, there’s also a fair selection of fried noodles, curries, and stir-fries for those who prefer something a little less soupy.…

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Shanghai Night Chinese Restaurant

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I last had to write a guest post for the blog. A fair bit has happened since then – we moved to Sydney, I got a new job, and we got engaged!! But in these times of change, if there’s anything we can rely on to remain constant, it’s simply got to be our shared love of dumplings (...oh, and each other I guess). It’s this shared love that saw us venturing out to Ashfield to get some good old-fashioned dumplings at Shanghai Night Chinese Restaurant. The venue is a little difficult to find; not because it’s out of the way, but because you might get a little confused when you stand outside…

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Contrabando

The only thing better than tacos is cheap tacos, and until I can get myself to Mexico where they’re a dollar a pop, Taco Tuesdays is the next best thing. And whilst plenty of places have some semblance of that going on each week, no one does it quite like Contrabando. Instead of offering up subpar tacos at a cheaper rate, the entire taco menu is fair game at $3-4 each, instead of the usual $6-8. Talk about a bargain! Coupled with a discounted drinks list, it’s no wonder that the restaurant was absolutely frantic by 6pm on a Tuesday afternoon. Despite seating close to 100, the only seats available without a booking were in the rather sparse al fresco…

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Holy Crumpets

After a stunning, but incredibly rich dinner at Cheek the night before – followed by a proposal from my now fiancé! – I was in the mood for something a bit more simple and wholesome for breakfast. I had read about Holy Crumpets a little while back, and being a big fan of places that focus on getting just one thing perfect, I was more than happy to forego hotcakes at Higher Ground to give these crumpets a try. Tucked under an awning just around the corner from Melbourne Central, you’re guaranteed to miss this little hole-in-the-wall if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Seating consists of just a couple of benches, and if you’re not paying attention, it’s…

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