Nev Bagriyanik is easy to talk to. I popped in for a Turkish coffee and a bit of the back story behind Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream. In the hour we chatted we covered the history of ice cream in Turkey, which “dates back to the 1600s” and incorporates a wild orchid root called salep.
Kicking off tomorrow, the Shangri-La Sydney is running a Singapore Food Festival in honour of Singapore's 50th National Day Celebration on August 9. They’re upping the authenticity by flying in Chef Chia Jue Xian from their Singapore property for the festivities, which run from August 7-16.
It’s only their tenth day but Majestic Harvest is already getting slammed by a mix of old school Petersham and those ever-present young renovators. Yet despite some hipster trappings - Edison bulbs, cold drip, food on boards, ‘cold pressed’ Daily Juice ($6.50) and dishes presented in frypans - the food is remarkably honest and free from (much) pretension.
Busshari staff are particularly proud of their Soft Shell Crab Karaage ($18) making it into the Daily Telegraph’s list of the top hundred Sydney dishes last year. For good reason, too, it’s dry and intensely savoury. It’s perfect against Kubota Manju ($33/180ml); dubbed ‘10,000 Ostentatiousness’ it’s the star of their impressive sake list.
With speakeasy-style bars upping the craft cocktail ante, it’s likely your home-based concoctions have been lagging behind. Mine certainly were before I fast-tracked my home bartending skills using a swathe of clever products from Only Bitters.
Husband and wife team, Leigh and Amanda McDivitt, turn their talents to weekend high tea, nestled inside the rich red womb of their Balmain fine diner. And, despite him being the chef, this time I’m declaring the match in favour of his talented and vivacious Missus.
Venture into Tomorrowland – otherwise known as Zetland (or ‘Zetciti’ as a clever business in the futuristic East Village shopping centre has dubbed it). Swallow down a portent dose of the future, where worker drones live in looming grey and taupe towers in fully self-contained dormitory suburbs; places where you can purchase an Audi as easily as you can order a name brand Lucio pizza.
As Sydneysiders get more familiar with Japanese ways of eating, with izakayas springing up all over town, it’s natural we’d want to start cooking these simpler Japanese drinking snacks at home. Enter Hideo Dekura, all-round expert in Japanese food.
Pungent green fire is igniting my nasal passages, but I’m smiling! The genius addition of glossy wasabi mayonnaise to Lan Yuan Angus Beef ($26) makes it an easy favourite in Top Ryde’s new ‘bamboo garden’.