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Buffalo Dining Club

Buffalo Dining Club was the first restaurant to bring the Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe ($25), tossed in a wheel of pecorino at the table for maximum dramatic effect, to Sydney. But this isn’t just some gimmick; in fact, this is the best pasta I’ve had since the legendary Tipo00. The twirl of fresh spaghetti (perfectly al dente, of course) in the cheese wheel emulsifies the cooking liquid into a lusciously rich coating, its flavour augmented by little nuggets of salty parmesan the server expertly chips off with the tongs as he goes. Seasoned with nothing but salt and pepper, this is a champion of one of the simplest and most unadulterated pleasures in life – good carbs with good cheese.

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Chaco Ramen

In the two-odd years I’ve lived in Sydney, I’ve pretty much blitzed my way across all the well-regarded ramen restaurants in Sydney… without crossing the bridge that is. One of the very few ramen-ya on the right side of the river (fight me) I’ve left to try is Chaco Bar, but because they only served noodles for lunch a couple days of the week – the rest of the time is reserved for yakitori – I’ve never gotten around to visiting. So I was doubly delighted when I heard the news that Chaco Bar had gotten popular enough to split into two; the new Chaco Bar now does yakitori full time, whilst the original site has been converted to Chaco…

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Lankan Filling Station

Here’s to the end of the third year of med school! After some really rather gruelling times, I’ve finished (and hopefully passed!) all my exams, and am keen on making the most of my 9 days off before having to head right back into the thick of it. Sometimes it feels like it just never ends, but I guess I’ve made my bed now so I may as well enjoy it! Like every other even remotely important occasion in my life, this was the perfect excuse for me to splash out on dinner at a restaurant I’ve been eyeing up. This time around I had my mind set on Lankan Filling Station, the one-hatted, somewhat modern taken on Sri Lankan…

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Love, Tilly Devine

One good thing about Covid – hold on, hear me out here – is the fact that restaurants that never used to take bookings are now pretty much forced to do so. I’m usually pretty resigned to having to show up to a restaurant early and still run the risk of not getting a table, but frankly Sydney is a such a pain to get around compared to Melbourne that I’m much less keen to make that gamble. And that is also pretty much the reason I’ve never visited Love, Tilly Devine up until now, despite it being exactly the kind of wine bar I love and miss so much.

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Lucio Pizzeria

It’s been a pizza-y couple of weeks. Not only did dinner at Bella Brutta last week not quench that (wood)fire, I found myself craving pizza even more than my usual amount throughout the entire next week. So when Friday came around, there was nothing for it but to treat myself to a couple of yum discs at Lucio Pizzeria. Lucio Pizzeria actually holds the title for Best Pizza in Australia for 2018, as well as being accredited by the AVPN – the coveted stamp of approval confirming that yes, this is the real-deal Neapolitan-styled pizza. Yet you wouldn’t be able to tell any of this just by looking at it. Located in a very out-of-the-way part of Darlinghurst, the small…

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Bar Tapa

As someone who usually identifies as a glass-half-empty sort of person, I can be remarkably optimistic when it comes to food. Despite an appalling experience at the well-rated Encasa, as well as the general consensus that Spanish food in Sydney just isn’t that great, I was still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when I heard about Bar Tapa, which promises to be unapologetically Spanish. On a Saturday night, Bar Tapa has a convivial, buzzing vibe, and if it feels a little everyman, it’s made up for by the energy of the diners. The wall-to-wall Spanish memorabilia makes for some good conversation starters, and definitely adds to the authentic feel.

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