#thegraduationdiaries: Sydney

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SYDNEY2017. Oh Sydney, where do i even start?

I spoke to many friends before heading to Aussie, and almost everyone told me i’d love Melbourne, yet failed to mention Sydney. After experiencing both cities (let’s not take into account i barely had 4 full days in each one), everyone was surprised to hear i felt more connected towards metropolitan Sydney.

Perhaps it was the vibrant city and night life, or streets dotted with the many epicurean restaurants and cafés. No doubt Melbourne had many as well, but i assume my excitement came from seeing the many places i could cross out on my “to-try” list.

My favourite was undeniably, Celcius Coffee Co. Kirribilli is a small town located up north from central Sydney, easily accessible by train (Milson’s Point). The cafe sits atop the north harbour, surrounded by a 180 view of the sea and passing ships. The location was enough to win us over, but the food was amazing. We polished off every bit of fried butter mushrooms, avocado, crispy bacon, burrata cheese, eggs and fluffy pancakes with peanut butter cream cheese. It’s a place i’d go back just for the cafe itself.

Kensington Street Social was a beautiful dinner location. Albeit slightly pricey, the food, wine and ambience was worth it. The tuna tataki with pickled daikon was seasoned superbly. The lamb came with petit pois, sweet potato mash and a red wine reduction-not gamey at all, with a great blend of flavours and textures. We headed over to Koi Dessert Bar for desserts and coffee after-they were divine.

Other places i’d recommend include The Potting Shed(try their steamed chicken buns, we had 2 servings that day) which has pretty lights in the evening, and Drake Eatery (the best crumpets with honey i’ve ever tasted) in Bondi for brunch and local street shopping. A few misses for me were Sydney fish market and Black Star Pastry. They were not horrible/absolutely disappointing places, just that the food tasted  “alright” to me, with nothing much to shout for. If you’re looking to have some drinks, head to Sydney Opera Bar at the Opera house-the night scape of the harbour is stunning.

Another favourite, most unexpected and hilariously coincidental-Bistro Rex (Hi Love, heh!). It was our final evening in Sydney where we decided to splurge a little more on dinner. The interior was gorgeous-high bar stools, a hanging wine glass counter, mirrored walls, marbled tops and a fancy open kitchen(just my kind of place). It’s an Australian-French bistro with a good variety of starters, mains and specials. We started with seared scallops and truffle omelette, followed by wagyu rump steak, barramundi and a side of gruyere cheese cauliflower. The desserts (a coconut sobert special and peanut butter brittle and chocolate) were delicious as well. It’s a sure place to visit if you are in the area.

I guess that is (sadly) the end of my graduation diary, with just 1 trip for me. Still, i have no regrets visiting Australia, and i will be back again for a full taste of Melbourne and Sydney (maybe even more cities this time!). I shall be posting up some photos of my actual graduation and shots from some official grad shoots soon.



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