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Biang Biang

About a month before I was due to leave Melbourne for Sydney, I saw the Sydney instagrammers on my feed go a little nutty over the newly opened Biang Biang. Apparently, no one could get enough of their Xi’an-styled wide noodles, and the burger-like pastry of rougamo. Unsurprisingly, Biang Biang has been on my to-eat list since day one, but it’s only now that I’ve finally managed to drop in to see just what the fuss is about.

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RaRa

Old habits die hard, and although I now live in Sydney with its bounty of amazing ramen options, I still find myself jumping at the news of a new ramen restaurant as if I were living in the ramen wasteland that was Melbourne circa 2014. But then again, RaRa isn’t just any old ramen place. Apparently, the chef and co-owner, Scott Gault, travelled to Japan to learn and perfect this tonkotsu recipe, which is kept so strictly under lock and key that ‘if we go on holidays, that tonkotsu will come off the menu if we don’t make it in advance.’ All we’re told is that the broth is made from just water, garlic, and pork bones, and as for…

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An Restaurant

When was the last time I had a really good bowl of pho? Because unlike Melbourne, where good pho is spread pho and wide (HEE HEE), The good stuff in Sydney seems largely confined to the outer west (please correct me if I’m wrong – I would actually really like to be wrong in this case). Combine that with the fact that the ramen scene is THE BOMB in Sydney, and before you know it, it’s been the best part of a year since my last good pho. Still, the pho craving can only be kept down for so long, and one evening after exams, I found myself at An Restaurant.

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Home Thai

I snuck off to Sydney for some serious business last week, and of course, with serious business comes serious eating. I’ve long come to accept the fact that Thai food (and maybe even Asian food in general) in Sydney is superior to what’s available in Melbourne, and although it will never cease to upset me at least a little, it also gives me an extra reason to be excited when flying interstate. Spread out over 3 levels (well, more of 2.5 levels – you’ll need to see it for it to make sense), Home Thai is one of the most popular and highly-rated Thai restaurants in Sydney, and so there were predictably half a dozen tables ahead of us when…

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Gelato Messina

‘The gelato was so good that I cried.’ I don’t remember the last time I’ve received a recommendation that glowing, but after two friends who came back from Sydney babbling like religious converts, as well as the influx of sunshine, I decided it was high time for me to visit the gelataria that makes what has been voted Australia’s best gelato – Gelato Messina. This isn’t actually my first experience with Gelato Messina. The first run-in occurred at the Night Noodle Markets, where I had a peanut and coconut sundae, and was immediately enchanted. And 10 minutes later I had penned in a visit to the newly opened store in Fitzroy, to be visited as soon as humanely possible.

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