Via Napoli

Though there are often waiting crowds outside Via Napoli, located on Crown Street, Surry Hills, there was no need to book for Sunday lunch, I was told. As a resident of Surry Hills, the crowds you often see on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night drive me a little crazy. Whether people are queuing for [...]

Måndag’s Views

Until I began to research this trip, I hadn't known of the "Backfika" phenomenon in Stockholm, where Michelin-rated restaurants often operate lower priced bistros. Last week, I visited "Oaxen" and today, I had lunch at a place called "Eriks Backfika", which in this case, is a close relative of Gondolen, the iconic Stockholm restaurant with [...]

Take The Other Turn

I was on my way to see a new exhibition at the ABBA Museum, highlighting the artists who have appeared over the years at Stockholm's amusement park, Grona Lund. However, as I got off the ferry, I took a right turn instead of a left. I've long been on the view that it's often a [...]

Recent Dining

"Have you ever been to Nomad?", a colleague asked me the other day. What followed was a passionate conversation, as we extolled the virtues of the restaurant in Surry Hills, which I've been to a few times, though not recently. This review, takes you back to when my friends Sandra and Robert were visiting, and [...]

Bei Jing Dumpling

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting at the bus-stop near the corner of Cleveland and Crown Streets (Surry Hills) and a Chinese guy came up to me, asking for directions. He showed me a piece of paper with the address "432 Cleveland Street" written on it. As I don't speak Chinese and his [...]

The New BBQ King

"OMG BBQ King is closing down", a colleague explained to me a year or so ago. He was genuinely concerned at the loss of a "Sydney institution" Located near the corner of Sussex and Goulburn streets, BBQ was the place where you could go with a large group or by yourself to feast on plates [...]