The Mandoo, Eastwood

Website: https://www.facebook.com/themandoodining/

I spotted The Mandoo whilst waiting for my friend one night before we headed to Incredible Chicken for dinner (refer to the last post). The Mandoo is located on the Korean side of Rowe Street in Eastwood, inside the building that houses Aldi as well. I stumbled upon it as I came up from the Aldi car park to road level and was intrigued with a newspaper cutting they had pasted on the wall, a write up stating they serve one of the best Korean dumplings in Sydney. Ooo, I must come back and try this next time I thought.

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Incredible Chicken, Eastwood

Outside Incredible chickenWebsite: http://incrediblechicken.com.au/

Incredible Chicken is located on the Korean side of Rowe Street in Eastwood. One weekend I had a craving for fried chicken. Chatting to my friend from primary school who was having her hair straightened in that area, she suggested for me to check out Incredible Chicken as the city branch of the same brand is very popular. So we decided to meet up for dinner there that night.

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Chanoma Cafe, Sydney CBD

Website: http://www.chanoma.com.au/

Located not too far from Aqua S is another popular cafe/ice cream parlor, Chanoma! Chanoma cafe specializes in Japanese matcha (green tea), still the craze going around Australia at the moment. They provide a selection of ceremonial grade Japanese matcha served in a variety of hot/cold matcha infused beverages and desserts. Besides matcha, they also have Asian flavors including black sesame (my fav!), adzuki (red bean) and yuzu (citrus).They also serve a few traditional and modern Japanese snacks (hot dogs and chips).

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Aqua S, Sydney CBD

Aqua SWebsite: http://www.aquas.co/Inside Aqua S

Aqua S, located within the Regent Place Arcade on George Street has probably one of the most ‘instagrammed’ photos of their soft serve ice-cream in Sydney. I’d always thought it was located somewhere right beside the ocean as the photos always look so whimsical and dreamy. To my surprise, it is actually a small parlor situated in the middle of the CBD and looks quite normal except for the cleverly painted side wall of blue and white giving the illusion of ‘floating clouds’ amidst a clear sky. Topped with some airy fairy floss surrounding the cone and good lighting, the photos look surreal and are an instant attraction!

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La Cantina, St Leonards

La CantinaWebsite: http://www.lacantina.com.au/cafes/st-leonards/

La Cantina is located on Atchison Street in St Leonards underneath the Air apartments and is in very close proximity to the train station. I had first noticed the cafe whilst walking around during lunch time at work. It looked so nice! When I had to go into work one Saturday, I dropped by to have a quick breakfast. It is always good to get a hearty meal before getting stuck in the office!

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Left of Field, Rhodes

Left of Field Left of FieldWebsite: http://leftoffield.com.au/

While surfing the internet one night for a good brunch spot, I found Left of Field (LoF) in Rhodes. I was heading to the Homebush DFO outlet the next day and LoF was on the way so it was the perfect spot to stop by for a nice brunch 🙂 Excited!

Left of Field is located on Gauthorpe Street underneath a block of apartments. There are still construction works happening around the area so parking was a bit of a problem. I found parking on the street a couple of blocks away.

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Maroo, Ryde

1aWebsite: https://www.facebook.com/maroodining/

Sunday afternoon is usually grocery shopping time for us and we always head to Top Ryde City as it is only 10 minutes away from the church we attend in the morning. We’d been to a number of the eateries in Top Ryde City and decided to venture out onto the streets this time round for lunch and found Maroo!

Maroo is a Korean restaurant located on Church Street, Ryde diagonally opposite Top Ryde City. The front of the restaurant is plastered with photos of the dishes they offer which really make your mouth water as you look at them. Love it! It was not busy that afternoon we visited so there were ample of seats to choose from. As we sat down, I realized that the restaurant is actually quite massive. It extends right to the back, and there is another corner of seats behind the kitchen!

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est. Restaurant, Sydney CBD

Website: http://merivale.com.au/est/

est. Restaurant is an elegant and beautiful dining room located on George Street in Sydney CBD. It boasts Modern Australian cuisine with a French influence by the renowned Executive Chef Peter Doyle. We booked a weekend spot here in anticipation for a lovely night with delicious food and it did not disappoint! Service was impeccable and friendly too. What a great experience!

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Gumshara Ramen, Haymarket

Gumshara menuWebsite: https://www.facebook.com/Gumshara-Ramen-257609477284/

Recently I had an intense craving for ramen (it’s still semi-cold here in Sydney!) but could not find any ramen shop near my office in North Sydney. The nearest is probably Ryo’s in Crows Nest which is still a fair distance to walk 🙁 It was a disaster! Luckily I had a day off and after meeting up with an ex-colleague who I haven’t met in almost 9 years in Wolli Creek, I headed to the city in search for a ramen to satisfy my cravings!

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