Sydney’s Bourke Street Bakery

It’s easy to take a place for granted.  Sometimes you forget to share or celebrate the sheer brilliance of a place because it is part of your regular routine.  I came to that realisation as I walked into Bourke Street Bakery yet again, as I placed my order, looked around, and with a smile on my face thought, “that’s right, this is great.” Continue Reading →

Chef Diego Oka, expanding the Peruvian culinary empire

Diego Oka

Diego Oka is a chef who started his culinary career with direction at a young age, but his trajectory as a chef has been quite different compared to most.  He quickly skyrocketed to roles of high responsibility, travelling the world, managing restaurants in North and South America from the young age of twenty-one.  Diego studied hospitality while working in one of Lima’s oldest traditional Japanese restaurants, Ichiban, where he spent three years learning all the essentials, from dishwasher to working behind the sushi bar. Continue Reading →

A Peruvian seafood bounty in two of Lima’s delightful cebicherias

Cebiche without leche de tigreDuring my most recent trip to Lima, I visited two prominent seafood restaurants famous for their cebiche: La Pescaderia and Pescados Capitales. Continue Reading →

Fresh catch off the coast of Lima, Peru

Boats on the dock in PucusanaCebiche is Peru’s national dish.

Also spelled ceviche, seviche, or sebiche, the former being the English-speaking community’s preference, probably because of the pronunciation: SAY-VEE-CHAY. Continue Reading →

Vietnamese dude food at Ms G’s in Sydney

Ms G's counters and sitting areaMs G’s is a fun space.   From the name, you know this isn’t somewhere to take yourself too seriously. A play on the acronym for the common food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG), this modern Vietnamese restaurant has kept strong and steady since it opened in Sydney two years ago. Continue Reading →

Japan blossoms in Sydney restaurant Ume

Ume prawns, dengaku, lambUme is a charming restaurant.  Like the plum which it’s named after, it is sweet, and it is delicate.  This modern Japanese eatery feels like it was taken straight out of the old streets of Kyoto and seamlessly placed in a leafy area of the otherwise buzzy Surry Hills, in Sydney. Continue Reading →