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Firedoor – Surry Hills


To quote their own website “The kitchen will burn a collection of different woods daily to create coals that will then be used to enhance the natural characteristics of the ingredients” this is evident when tasting the dishes a smokey flavor of varying intensity is present in the food providing another layer of flavor.  The menu changes every day and consists of  20 or so simple dishes as you can see below most have only a few ingredients. The restaurant its self-has a modern open plan fit out with an open kitchen so you can see the chefs work the fire in the ovens and grills.

The chefs menu is very good value at $85 for which you get all this food you see here! I was surprised when dish after dish kept coming out all the time thinking that this must be the last one by the time the final savory dish of quail was presented I was so full that I could only bring myself to have a small portion. Another thing I like about chefs menus is that you get dishes that I would not otherwise order so it forces you to try new/different things and often its the dish I would not have ordered that I liked the most.

Firedoor is worthy of  the hype that it has received; the food , service and atmosphere are excellent. Well worth checking out if you have not yet done so.



Wood fired bread with house butter and olive oil

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Smoked jersey curd with pickled vegetables

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Garfish , bagnet vert , nasturtium

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Grilled leaves , guanciale, walnut

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Sugar snaps on almond sauce

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Swordfish belly with fennel and blood orange

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Jurassic quail , radicchio toasted spelt

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Smoked parsnip ,apple , riesling


Firedoor -23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
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Italian, Japanese

Lumi Dining – Pyrmont


Japanese and Italian are two of my favorite types of food , the idea of a fusion of the two sounded interesting but I was not sure how they would go together. However after trying it out at Lumi Dining I am defiantly a fan and at $95 for the 8 course menu with matching wines $80 its really good value for food at this level.

The service was laid back but still professional and the waiters had a good knowledge of the food. A couple of the courses were served up by one of the chefs which I thought was cool.  All the food was excellent with interesting flavors and textures along with some beautiful presentation.

Lumi defiantly deserves the two hats they were recently awarded at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide awards. I dont often return to a restaurant shortly after going there once however I see another meal here for me in the near future.


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Chawanmushi – I dont like Chawanmushi  I find the combination of the egg custard with a fishy/soy taste not to my liking. This however is an  Italian  take on Chawanmushi with the fishyness replaced with Parmesan cheese making it top dish for me and a perfect way to start off a meal like this.

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Beetroot , black seaseme , cream – this one missed the mark for me, salty beetroot topped with a sauce and cream.

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Spanner crab , kolhrabi , yukari

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Ravoli , guyere cheese , porcini butter – my favorite dish of the meal! This ravoli was amazing so much flavor and the mixture of textures makes it a perfect dish. I wish I could have a main sized portion of these.

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Brunt semolina spaghetti , quail , marjoram

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Lamb rib , red misso , leek, lime kosho

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Yuzu , mandrine , licorice,  wakame powder

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Ginger ice cream , white chocolate , passion fruit


LuMi Bar & Dining  – 56 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009

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Modern Australian

Icebergs Dining Room – Bondi


There are few restaurants in Sydney with a more iconic view than the Icebergs Dining Room in Bondi.  On a bright sunny day it seems like the perfect spot from a long lunch. However everything other than the view did not meet my expectations. The service was friendly but unprofessional ,  the waiter had little knowledge of the menu and we repeatedly had to ask for drinks to be topped up and plates to be cleared off the table. Not the level of service and professionalism you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.

The food also did little to impress dish after dish just missed the mark and simply had no wow factor. I would not rate any dish better than OK and some were I wouldn’t say bad but totally uninspiring.

It just leaves me thinking how did this place ever get two hats?



Burrata alla Caprese $28 – locally produced burrata , Sorbello tomatoes, verjuice jelly, black olive and basil


Piatto di Salumi $39 – A Combination of Shaved Salumi, Olives, Pickles & Grissini



Maccheroni con Gamberoni $42 – organic durum maccheroni with king prawn pieces , safron & fragrant citrus.


Gnocchi Vongole $32 – Handmade gnocchi with spicy clam sauce & herbs


Costoletta di  Maiale $48 – Marinated and grilled free range pork with pickled cherries & crackling


Tiramisu Special $50 – for a “special” dessert it certainly did not look like one, zero effort into the presentation if anything it looked a bit sloppy.


Cioccolato e Olio $22 – Zokoko 68% Chocolate & Olive Oil Mousse, Salted Caramel Crisp & Chocolate Sorbet. This dessert totally missed the mark for me , the olive oil taste was so strong it overpowered the other flavors and made the desert inedible. I passed it around the table and everyone else had the same opinion so it went uneaten.

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View from the table 

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Icebergs swimming pool

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