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Itacate

When I found Rico’s Tacos, I thought my Mexican drought in Sydney was finally over. And whilst that was definitely the case, I apparently don’t know when quitting while ahead means. After all, if there’s one good Mexican place in Sydney, then there’s bound to be more, right? Like most people with their ear to the ground, I have heard of Tamaleria and Mexican Deli in Dulwich Hill, which until recently, was reputed to be the only authentic Mexican restaurant in Sydney. However I’ve never managed to make it out there, so it was just as well that Rosa Cienfuegos, the matriarch responsible, decided to open Itacate in Redern. Although it’s meant to be a restaurant-ier take than the original,…

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Rico’s Tacos

After a decidedly flaccid meal at Gringo’s earlier in the week, it would be an understatement to say that that my Mexican craving remained unsatisfied. But despite my constant complaints that there was nowhere to get good tacos in Sydney, there’s actually been a promising candidate on my radar for the last 6 months or so – Rico’s Tacos. So if Rico’s is so promising, why has it taken me so long to visit? The answer is a simple one: sheer laziness. But when I actually made the drive down to Rosebery, I was kicking myself for not having come down sooner. The vibe is fantastic on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the young, happy crowds surrounding the taco truck giving…

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Tres a Cinco

Remember what I said about being devastated over missing out on many a Melbourne restaurant whilst I was stuck in Sydney due to Covid? Well one of the restaurants that I was most upset about not getting to eat at was Bar Tini, the brainchild of Frank Camorra, aka the father of Spanish food (and tapas in general) in Melbourne. Unfortunately, before I had a chance to get myself to Bar Tini, it had shut down, and that boat has sailed forevermore. But it’s not all bad news; for once it’s not Covid that took down Bar Tini, at least not directly in any case. Being both an amazing chef and a shrewd businessman, Camorra realised that as popular as…

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Ms G’s

I have a personal vendetta against course-based fine dining that Sydney stills seems to be so very fond of. As far as I’m concerned, 4 dishes served in procession is just not a good use of a few hundred dollarydoos, not when there’s the option of a table-full of share plates, or dozens of exquisite nibbles served degustation style. Thankfully, although the high-end restaurants in Sydney tend to prefer stuffy, traditional-styled dining, there are a few places that eschew that old-fashioned habit, and Ms G’s was one of the first in the city to do so.

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Arepa

My biggest fear when it comes to going out to eat in Sydney is finding a cool new place, only to have it close before I can make my way to it. Given how fast the restaurant turnaround can be, coupled with the fact that there’s usually a 6 month gap (minimum) between me finding a place and actually going to eat there, it’s happened more than once before and left me quite upset. And to be honest, I had half expected Arepa to be gone by the time I actually got around t eating there, but as far as new openings go these days, they’re rather tenacious, and have been doing a brisk trade for the last few months…

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Jimmy’s Falafel

Until I moved to Sydney, I was never keen on falafel. In Melbourne, they were more often than not an afterthought, thrown onto the side of the obligatory vegetarian platter. Even at restaurants that specialised in falafel, they were never quite as delicious as the ones I’ve become used to in Sydney. These days however, the thought of a bit of fried chickpea gets me rather excited. So when news emerged of Jimmy’s Falafel, where the chef apparently spent 3 months perfecting his special falafel mix (which unusually, is a combination of fava beans and chickpeas, rather than one or the other), I was there and ready to be delighted.

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