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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My flight from Sydney to Los Angeles was on a Qantas A380, and after spending time in the lounge, I headed down to the gate, ready to board.

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To find the Qantas International Business lounge, look for the Travelex desk next to a set of escalators once you have survived the duty free maze after security and immigration.

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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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Wow. That pretty much sums up our first class experience on the A380. It was amazing. You can read about it, see pictures of it, but nothing prepares you for how truly great it is until you are actually sitting in that seat.

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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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