Ippudo, Sydney

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Ippudo, Sydney Westfield
Ramen to me is a bowl of comforting and nourishing noodle soup which gives my insides a big warm hug, perfect for chilly weather. One of my go-to places this winter is Ippudo, located on level five (food court level) of Westfield Sydney. This international franchise is quite consistent and authentic in flavour :) 
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Ippudo pork bun - steamed bun with braised pork and Ippudo original sauce $4 each
David tofu - flash-fried tofu with a thickened agedashi broth, topped with grated radish $10
The pork buns here are pretty awesome ^^ the Asian sandwich! I wish my parents made me this for school lunches haha. The bun is a soft fluffy steamed bread and it sandwiched a slice of tender braised pork, lettuce leaf and Ippudo’s creamy and tangy original sauce. Tofu is a wonderful source of protein and these cubes of David tofu were real delicious! The silken tofu was coated in a crisp, thin potato starch batter which was slightly gelatinous from soaking up the thickened agedashi broth. 

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Parlour Lane Roasters, Sydney

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Parlour Lane Roasters, Sydney CBD
Hidden in the laneway next to the palatial State theatre is this cosy nook filled with kitsch decor from the mannequin floor lamps to the seductive bar stools. Given the association with the quirky and provocative QT Hotel just three floors up, Parlour Lane Roasters is a great place to escape from the hustle & bustle of the city streets; open from breakfast to a late afternoon aperitivo. 
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Kim Restaurant, Potts Point

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Kim Restaurant, Potts Point
There’s a certain magnetic charm that draws me to all things Korean. So when I first heard about a new modern Korean restaurant opening up in Llankelly Place, Potts Point opposite Wilbur’s Place, I was excited to gather the girls for a dinner at Kim Restaurant. Modernised classic dishes reign the menu with a few I’m keen to go back for more and some I’ve yet to try. Whilst we were perusing the menu, we were given a really addictive plate of sweet potato ‘fries’ mmmm.. definitely was a good start to the meal!
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Haemul pajeon - Pancake, squid, prawns, octopus, shallots $14
Pajeon not as you know it. Most Korean restaurants I’ve been to serve this as a flat pancake with seafood mixed into the batter. This was soooo much better! The seafood pieces and shallots were lightly tempura battered and crisp, then tossed together to combine like kakiage. Definitely an addictive must-try dish! 

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Wharf Rd, Nowra

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Wharf Rd, Nowra
Burnt margherita - tequila, apple schnapps and cinnamon sugar $14
Limoncello blush - house made Limeoncello, cranberry and lime juice
$10
Australia is such a big place! You don’t really notice it until you go on a scenic road trip for 2.5 hours yet still remain in the same State! Late last year, mum and I decided to go on a day trip to drive my sister down the South Coast of NSW to Jervis Bay for ‘Schoolies’, end of secondary school celebrations. On the way, we stopped for lunch at Wharf Rd - Nowra, a cosy casual restaurant overlooking the water. We decided to have a light lunch since we couldn’t resist and were already munching on some fluffy warm donuts from the Famous Berry Donut Van, a mandatory road trip down South NSW pit-stop! 

For those interested, she stayed at the Pavilion Beach House, Culburra Beach

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Soft shell crab tacos $16
Ermahgerd.. heavy breathing.. best taco I’ve ever had! Soft tortilla wrapping a lightly battered and meaty soft shell crab, pico de gallo (tomato salsa), creamy housemade mayonnaise and crustacean oil. I loved how the soft shell crab didn’t leave an oily taste in my mouth, and the crustacean oil really brought the dish together by heightening the sweet fragrance of the crab.  
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