Georgias Kitchen, Marrickville, Sydney

Guest blogger edition

I first went to Georgia's a while ago for breakfast and was quite impressed with the tastiness of the food. Fast forward a year or two and we were back and glad to see that it was still around. This time we popped in for a lunch and a coffee. It wasn't too busy, but had quite a few locals inside. It was a hot day so it would have been good if the place had air conditioning but we had to make do with the fans.

They have a lunch menu but they also had a specials menu. I don't know why but options on the specials always sound so much more exciting than the normal menu. Maybe because its on the specials menu it seems like its limited edition, or its the best the chef has to offer.

Anyhoo, we decided to order both our items from the specials menu for the day which meant I unfortunately forgot the prices of the dishes!

Wagyu beef burger with hand cut chips and salad -  ugghhhh, this burger on a brioche bun, packed with fresh rocket and a fat wagyu patty was just so damn artery clogging it wasn't funny. I could feel my heart beating slower with each mouthful but I just couldn't put it down. Really good burger. With a side of fluffy fries on the side, and a simple salad of capsicum, cucumber, onion drizzled with vinaigrette.

Pepperoni pizza - a simple pizza with basil, pepperoni and buffalo mozzarella on a hand rolled tomato sauced base. Simple flavours done well.

Finished the meal off with 2 coffees. Good service, good ambiance and good food.

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Burgerworld, Arncliffe, Sydney

Guest blogger edition

Old school to the max. Back in the days of my youth, the local takeaway burger was a simple family run business, the old man grilling the burgers out back, the wife working the till and preparing the salads. Hot chips cooked to order and sprinkled liberally with chicken salt. Simple stools and not much in the shop to look at except maybe an old fan and an arcade machine with Street fighter on it.

Burgerworld in Arncliffe harks back to these days, including the Street fighter arcade in the shop. The smell of hot chips drifting out the street where a few patrons are sitting outside enjoying their burgers.

Inside, there's a simple menu on the backboard, and the man behind the counter recommends the king chicken burger as their most popular option. We place our orders as he moves to the grill and starts preparing our burgers and the girl at the front prepares the salad.

King chicken burger combo ~$15- Double fillet of chicken in a toasted sesame seed burger bun, fresh hot chips with chicken salt and herb aioli and a can of coke. What a simple but great lunch meal.  Felt very nostalgic eating a meal like this >_<

Tandoori chicken with chips and garden salad ~$17 - there's a few salad options to choose from but we went with the most basic. The chicken was chargrilled to a smokey perfection and had a light yoghurt sauce to cut through some of the spices of the tandoori marinade.

As we ate, we watched the locals come and go, chatting to the owner and letting their kids run around the shop. Just like me when I was a young lad.

Lynn Shanghai Cuisine, Sydney CBD, Sydney

Guest blogger edition

Shanghai cuisine is one of my go-to options when I can't think of what to eat as there is plenty of variety to the flavours of the dishes and also the size of the servings. It's also quite easy to takeaway any leftovers were you to 'accidentally' order too much. 

A great place for those that work in the city to go to and somewhat hidden away on Castlereagh street is Lynn's Shanghai. The service, taste, portions are great here and there is also a voucher in the Entertainment book if you have one.

We got a table pretty quickly on a Thursday night, but it was by no means dead with plenty of workers and groups chowing down. If you go on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to come early. After placing our order, the food came within 10 minutes.

Pork and crab meat buns - $12.80 - First up, the classic pan-fried buns. Golden and crispy on the bottom, soft white pillowy dough on the top. Bite inside and you break into the sweet juices from the pork and crab meat inside. Be warned though, the soup inside can be very hot!

Pork xiao long bao - $8.80 - Another classic dish. These dumplings had paper thin dumpling pastry on the outside and similar to the buns, a delicious hot soupy meat filling. Dip it into the ginger and vinegar sauce for an additional kick.

Hot and sour soup - $9.80  - The names says it all- a hot and sour soup. Part spicy, part vinegary, loaded with tofu, mushrooms and bamboo shoots. This version was a bit watery for my liking as I'm use to a thicker soup base but the flavours were nice.

Spicy chili chicken - $9.80 - The best version of this dish I had was at the Waitan restaurant in Chinatown. That place had a bit of a rocky start, so not sure if they're still around. Anyways, this chicken dish wasn't as good as the Waitan version but it was definitely tasty. A strong hit of chilli mixed with the peanutty sauce mixed with deboned pieces of chicken. Note that this dish is served cold.

Hokkien Fried Rice - $14.80 - a version of the fried rice which has a thick, rich gravy loaded with shrimps, mushrooms, beans, carrot chicken and dried scallops. On the side is the super fragrant but simple fried egg rice. Mix the two sides together and you have bliss.

As mentioned, it's very easy to take these away and have the next day. I have some of the fried rice and the chicken the next day for lunch and it was still sooooo good.

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Ormeggio, The Spit, Sydney North

Guest blogger edition

Another year, another birthday. This one was a bit of a milestone but even so, I just wanted to keep it relatively low key. One of my good friends always goes to Ormeggio and so we decided to go there for dinner to celebrate my birthday. 

Ormeggio is a 2 hat restaurant located just before The Spit bridge in Mosman. It's been around for a while and the head chef Alessandro Pavoni is pretty well known, having appeared on Masterchef and other cooking shows. The great thing about Ormeggio is that it's pretty good value for money given its 2 hat status.

On Sunday's they do an awesome 5 course set menu called the 'Stressless Sunday Dinner' which has 5 courses pre-selected by the chefs and costs $69 per person (or $129 for matching wines).

Whipped ricotta with homemade sourdough -  rustic sourdough, crunchy crust on the outside but soft and warm on the inside, this went so well with the ricotta that we actually ordered another plate of this bread.

Ocean trout - having not eaten at a fine dining establishment in quite some time, I'd forgotten how different the presentation and taste of the dishes can be. This trout dish brought it all back to me. Such attention to detail in the plating with such delicate flavours. The balance between the fresh trout and the crunch of the tostada shards cut by the punch of the horseradish dollops. Doesn't look like much to the naked eye, but it was a mouthwatering experience for the tastebuds.

Spaghetti Carbonara - a modern twist on the classic Carbonara. A twirl of spaghetti cooked al dente, with a rich cheesey sauce topped with a handful of fried lardons. mmmmmm, so simple but soooo good.

Beef cheeks - These braised beef cheeks in red wine jus was literally melt in the mouth goodness. With additional texture from the kale, baby corn and broccolini, this was a tasty main course.

Coconut crumb, gelato jelly - I'm not a big fan of desserts, but this was was super refreshing for a hot summer's night.

Carrot cake - Ormeggio's famous carrot cake is not like any carrot cake you've ever had before. So super moist and soft its bloody unreal. Definitely a highlight and a great way to finish the meal.

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