nel. restaurant – Sydney City

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nel. Restaurant would definitely have made my list of top 5 eats of 2016 – if only I’d gotten round to putting up this post before the end of the year!

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Classico Moderno – Darlinghurst, Sydney

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Classico Moderno is an Italian pop-up restaurant currently located in Darlinghurst, set up by Italian chef Bryan Gerlini. You may know that name in connection with Darlinghurst’s most loved pop-up restaurant to date – Cafe Paci. Apparently he did a stint there! However, don’t expect the food to be anything like Cafe Paci’s. It’s an Italian restaurant and well, everything about it is very…Italian.

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Afternoon Tea at Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon – The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong

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I have mentioned before, that high tea never fails to impress. Though this incarnation may not literally have been ‘high’, it was absolutely superb and special. JYSL and I had talked about going to one of Joël Robuchon’s many institutions around Hong Kong but unfortunately L’Atelier is slightly beyond our budget. So we hadn’t really planned to visit Monsieur Robuchon, however a walk through The Landmark in Central, Hong Kong, led us past Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon and we thought, why not? Click through for more…

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Ms G’s – Potts Point, Sydney

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There’s something super appealing about the kitschy-ness of cocktails served in bubble-tea containers, fat straw and plastic lid included. And what’s that? – the pearls/sago balls are included too?! Winning all round. A group of four of us headed over to Ms G’s in Potts Point for a good feed of Asian fusion food – click through to see the rest of our meal…

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Let’s Do Dessert – Shangri-La Hotel, The Rocks, Sydney

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Every year, for the month of October, Sydney has Good Food Month – a food-filled month with highlights including the Night Noodle Markets at Hyde Park, various deals for each meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert) at restaurants and amazing, special dinners brought to you by some of the world’s best chefs. The only thing I don’t enjoy about Good Food Month is that it falls in the month just before exams (which also happens to be the time I’m trying to save money for my summer break!) and so goes the inner battle with myself – do I book ahead and fill my weeks with foodie-related activities? How many times can I get away with going to the Noodle Markets instead of studying in the evenings? Dilemma.

However, the arrival of great friend M from Germany meant a girls night out for dessert as part of the Let’s Do Dessert deal. We decided on the Shangri-La Hotel Lobby Lounge because of the nice venue and the sampler of 3 special desserts which you get, making the $20 deal quite worthwhile.

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