1821 | Sydney CBD

From tzatziki and dolmades to Greek 'san choy bau' and moussaka with mushrooms and truffle, 1821 offers Greek cuisine which is traditional, warm and comforting at heart with a distinctly contemporary and refined style...

Turka | Crows Nest

Occupying the corner where Willoughby Road meets the Pacific Highway, Turka is a newly opened cafe, bar and restaurant this year, which is immensely popular with the locals. Known for its traditional Turkish big breakfast, which presents a smorgasbord of items such as cheeses, spreads, yoghurt, fruit and traditional Turkish scrambled eggs with capsicums, tomato and parsley, its a refreshingly different offering from...

The Mews | Mosman

At first glance, the menu is filled with the usual cafe suspects - granola, smashed avo, eggs benedict and a ricotta hotcake. Upon further inspection, you'll notice a burst of yuzu gel, a drizzle of lemon garlic balsamic, hollandaise speckled with nori and lashings of black sesame caramel. These elements add so much unique dimension and pure deliciousness that it shames regular avo on toast into hiding...

Pillar of Salt | Richmond

The kind of eatery that makes me consider the move to Melbourne! Pillar of Salt's menu is dotted with influences from around the world where Japanese matcha pancakes and eggs with Turkish sausage mingle with a Greek breakfast board, Korean bibimbap, Italian linguine and Malaysian duck roti. Confused? Perhaps. Brilliant? For sure! Paired with...

Gogyo | Surry Hills

Hands down one of my favourite new restaurants this year, Gogyo has reconfirmed my admiration forΒ Shigemi Kawahara, i.e. the same guy that brought us Ippudo, i.e. the creator of my ramen dreams. After two visits, I'm absolutely in love with this eatery, which serves up stunning, refined small plates alongside big bowls of slurpable Kogashi-style ramen...

John Smith Specialty Coffee | Waterloo

Back in 2015, I stumbled across John Smith and fell in love with a certain avocado on toast with goats cheese, chilli jam and a snowstorm of rainbow coloured edible flowers. Fast forward a few years and I've rediscovered this glorious little corner cafe, which is full of character and really (really) good food...