With the weather gradually getting cooler, I’ve recently been craving some hearty Mexican food. I’m used to only eating this at food courts and not at proper restaurants, so it’s about time I found an actual Mexican restaurant. My friend told me about this place at Gladesville which is allegedly super authentic and one of the best Mexican restaurants in Sydney, so of course I had to check it out!
Last year, Cafe Opera at the InterContinental Hotel introduced their “A Taste Of…” food series – a degustation showcasing and supporting local produce. After a successful last year, three more series have been introduced this year including:
- A Taste of The Dairy – April 1st – 30th
- A Taste of Head to Tail – May 19th – June 14th
- A Taste of Foraged Feasting – July 14th – August 11th
Tucked away in a laneway in Manly is Fika Swedish Kitchen, a small and homely cafe that opened last year. Characterised by beautiful and modern designs which the Swedish are so well known for, they’ve gone all out to transport you halfway across the world – the concrete floor has been painted to mimic the iconic Segels torg, framed on the walls are famous Swedish brands and in the back corner is even a cupboard selling imported snacks. Attention to detail is key here to their authenticity.
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There’s a French reality TV show filming in Sydney at the moment called “Les Anges de la Télé-réalité” (Angels of Reality) which rounds up previous winners of reality TV shows and places them in another country Big Brother style, with various challenges set to their career aspirations. One of the contestants in the current season is previous Top Chef winner Latifa Ichou, whose challenge was to serve up a 3-course French dinner at La Brasserie to a restaurant full of guests. On the night that we visit, the Latifa’s menu was open to the public for $80 pp and since we had visited La Brasserie in the past, we knew they served up classic French cuisine and couldn’t wait to see what Latifa could spin up with the local chefs.
Tucked away on the main Military Road of Neutral Bay is the Japanese restaurant Izakaya Samurai (previously known as Sushi Samurai). They’re part of a wider Japanese restaurant group which also includes Yebisu Izakaya. The food and drinks menu here is huge and can be ordered on their iPad selection system (similar to Yebisu Izakaya), with multiple categories including fried dishes, sushi and sashimi, yakitori, rice/noodles and more! Most of the dishes are small and designed for sharing (izakayas are traditionally drinking establishments in Japan with small bar dishes) so it’s ideal to visit in a group.