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I am not one for grandiose birthday celebrations. Eating out at a nice restaurant is enough. In recent years, I’ve taken to having my birthday lunch on my own. Dining out solo is one of life’s underrated pleasures. Apart from not having to worry about scheduling conflicts, there’s something so peaceful about enjoying one’s own company. For 2021, I had my ‘main’ birthday lunch on Saturday because Quay only takes lunchtime bookings on weekends during the COVID era. The standouts were: Shiitake & squid noodles with sour koji butter I enjoyed the chewiness of the noodles themselves. The prominent sesame flavours didn’t hurt its case either. The Maremma Duck with orach, gooseberries, onions & Kampot pepper Loved the duck. Wasn’t entirely sold on the onions though. White Coral This is what I would consider the successor to the OG Snow Egg. (Side note: I am still a touch salty that…

Today I caught up with one of my friends who I hadn’t seen in person for a couple of months. I think the last time we actually met up in person was before lockdown – for my birthday back in January. We had brunch at Cuckoo Callay before we did our Christmas shopping. As one might expect of any popular Surry Hills cafe, there was a wait before we could be seated. Thankfully, we only had to wait 5-10 minutes before we were given a table outside. With the weather being so reasonable, there were plenty of puppers dining out with their humans in the outdoor area. MJ and I were seated next to 2 ladies and their very sociable bulldog. The excitable pup (confirmed to be a girl by one of the ladies) continued to try and make friends with diners from the neighbouring tables, much to the bemusement…

Having meals out (especially at a nice resturant) is my favourite way to treat myself. After close to decade of sampling Sydney’s food scene, there’s a small handful of places that I find myself coming back to time and time again. Even after telling myself that I’ll try new places to expand my palette. At the top of the list is Sake. Sake is a contemporary Japanese restaurant, with locations in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The location I visit the most is the one in The Rocks. When I’m in Melbourne, I always make sure to visit the Hamer Hall and Flinders Lane venues at least once during my trip. What I love about Sake is the manageable portion sizes. I am used to smaller than average servings, so trying to repeat the experience when eating out is a bit of a challenge. The nigiri sushi (always served…