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foodie: tummy adventures in Sydney

Friday, May 31, 2013tee

Searock Grill
http://www.searock.com.au/
Shop 15, 5 Macquarie Street
Opera Quays, East Circular Quay, Sydney

We were within the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay district. We arrived at late afternoon and we were hoping to stay up until evening to get a glimpse (and photos) of the opera house at night. We were getting hungry so we picked a restaurant by whim. It was a lucky choice because we got a great deal and good Aussie food. The Searock Grill is known for steaks and seafood, and I wasn't surprised to find out later that the chef was multi-awarded as well. Everything was cooked and served perfectly, and we came out happy and satisfied. It's a bit on the pricey side, but we saved a bit by having their dinner sets. My favorite: the crispy pork belly. Makes my mouth water just thinking of it.

Plate Restaurant
http://www.platerestaurant.com.au/
Shop 177, Harbourside Shopping Centre,
10 Darling Dr Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
We were walking at the Darling Harbour, being touristy and all that. And then it rains. Really hard. Since it was almost lunchtime, food was definitely in mind. The Darling Harbour has a stretch of bars and restaurants and pubs to choose one, but Plate Restaurant lured us in - hook, line and sinker; with its ambience. Serving modern Australian dishes, the restaurant also offers a great view to the city and the harbour. There we had our fill of seafood and chips on the side. YUM!

Spice I Am
http://www.spiceiam.com/
90 Wentworth Ave Surry Hills NSW 2000, Australia
It was our last night in Sydney and we had been hoping to try Spice I Am after hearing raves from our friend, B. Unlike the previous places, Spice I Am is a Thai restaurant and is not located at a convenient location. Nevertheless, you'd know right ahead that this casual restaurant is famous and lives up to its hype, the queue to get seated is quite long (we had to wait for 40 minutes to get in). It is fairly common to have Asian cuisine not tasting like anything Asian at all, but Spice I Am is an exception. It tasted almost like the real thing. It was reasonably priced too, something I found affordable in Sydney standards. Good food, good conversation and good friends. It was the perfect (food) ending to our time in Sydney.

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