Vesta, Darling Harbour

I remember being pleasantly surprised by the tasty and reasonably priced Italian fare that I had at Janus about a year ago, as it’s a pretty hard combo to nail in the Sydney CBD.¬†This year, Janus at Darling Quarter has been rebranded into Vesta, but luckily apart from the new name and menu they have kept their winning formula of delicious Italian dishes at decent prices.

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Highlights of Honolulu, Hawaii

We had a whirlwind trip to the main Hawaiian island of Oahu late last year (thank you Jetstar 2 for 1 sales!) and because we were only there for 4 full days, we tried to pack in as many activities and meals as we could to make the most of it. We were there over Thanksgiving weekend as well, so that was an experience in itself – but any time of the year, there’s a lot to see, do and eat in this exotic island with a melting pot of cultures (note – all prices in this post are quoted in USD).

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Izakaya Samurai, Neutral Bay

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.

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Vapiano, Town Hall

I’ve found over the years that pasta in Sydney is quite hit or miss and rather overpriced in general…so newcomer Vapiano is like a breath of fresh air with its upmarket canteen concept, serving up affordable Italian cuisine made to order in front of you.

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New Shanghai, Chatswood Chase

New Shanghai is one of those few Chinese restaurants which just keeps getting better, and has since managed to open 4 branches across Sydney. Tonight we’re visiting their second Chatswood branch which is located in the higher-end Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre (the other one is located in Lemon Grove) and the menu has gotten significantly larger since I last visited a couple years back.

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