I recently travelled to NSW for work. I had one night in Newcastle and then one night in North Ryde before flying home (exhausted) on the Friday evening.

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Before J jetted off to the States on another work trip he had to go to Sydney to attend WineTech (Australian Wine Industry Trade Exhibition).

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J still talks about how much he enjoyed our first dining experience at Ormeggio at the Spit, and that was two years ago. And he wasn’t feeling well that day!

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I think it is safe to say that Rockpool on George is Neil Perry’s flagship restaurant. It had been on the list for a long time, and J and I finally got there on a weekend trip to Sydney.

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After a great day in Sydney I headed of to dinner to catch up with my friend Bella at Restaurant Arras.

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The Shangri-la hotel in Sydney is a five star establishment, and had been on my wish list for quite a while. So, it was a no brainer that this was where I was going to stay when I decided to pop up to Sydney to catch up with friends.

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My quick trip to Sydney started with an early morning flight after a tea and toast breakfast in the Qantas Club.

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Qantas’ First Lounge in Sydney is its flagship lounge and after spending almost three hours here I can see why.

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As mentioned in a previous post, a lot of the restaurants we wanted to try in Sydney do not open for lunch on the weekend. We weren’t sure what we were going to do until we saw Alessandro Pavoni, head chef of Ormeggio on Masterchef.
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Sunday morning in Sydney and it was a gorgeous day. We hopped on a busy ferry to Manly (we didn’t realise the Manly food and wine festival was on) and enjoyed the sights from the water.
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Saturday night in Sydney and it was time for Tetsuya’s! We had a late booking and when we stepped out of our hotel it was raining. This made it harder to get a cab. When we did, traffic was the worst I have ever seen, anywhere.

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J and I had enjoyed Japanese food for a while before heading to Japan for a belated honeymoon at the end of 2008. We now LOVE Japanese food, and have a mission of finding the best Japanese food outside of Japan.

 

So far, in Australia, Sake is coming out on top. J has also had excellent Japanese while in Nelson, New Zealand and in San Francisco. These were work trips and I was not with him, so therefore missed out. :-(

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Our first stop on our foodie weekend in Sydney was Bill’s in Woollahra. This café is tucked away in a courtyard off Queens street, and we selected this Bill’s as it was in the same area as the Victor Churchill butcher that we wanted to have a look at.

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Back in September 2010 J spotted cheap fares to Sydney and decided to book us flights to spend the weekend before my birthday in the harbour city. The idea being we would try and get to some of the restaurants in Sydney we want to try.

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