Sarah Allport

Sarah's weekdays are spent immersed in the hectic and ruthless corporate world but her weekends and evenings are dedicated to pursuing her true passion: food. Equally comfortable in a three-hat fine dining restaurant or a pop-up, hole-in-the-wall eatery, Sarah tries to satisfy her obsession for all things culinary with a never-ending quest to seek out the newest and most exciting dishes in Sydney. She has also travelled extensively across Europe and Asia and the first part of any trip-planning is, of course, in-depth research into the local food specialities. This globe-trotting has led to a fascination with a great variety of cuisines - from Shanghaiese dumplings to modern Australian seafood, from Turkish Gözleme to Yorkshire puddings. If there is a new restaurant or dish on the scene, Sarah won't be far away!

 
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Casual dining
 

The Dolar Shop Hot Pot Restaurant, Haymarket

Don’t worry – this Dolar Shop isn’t a bargain shop selling party props or tourist tat.  Rather a popular chain from Shanghai specialising in Macanese hotpot, Dolar Shop is the latest addition to the 1909 Dining P...
 
Casual dining
 

Who Is Madame Shanghai?

The front door of Madame Shanghai might as well be a time machine as we stepped through it into an opulent dining room decorated with Chinoiserie wallpaper, Chinese motifs and malachite fixtures reminiscent of 1930’s Shanghai. ...

 
Chinese
 

New Shanghai, An Ultimate Shanghai Dumpling Experience

Ten years ago not many people outside China had heard of “Xiao Long Bao” (小笼包). It is the Chinese name for steamed pork dumplings and owed its international stardom for its incredible juicy filling and thin wrapper....
 
Buffet
 

Taste of Indonesia 2018, Shangri-La Sydney

Last year over 1.2 million Australians visited Indonesia for holiday, making it the second most popular tourist destination after New Zealand. An agreeable climate, exotic culture and rich cuisine are just a few reasons attract...
 
Events & Festivals
 

Tantalisingly Truffle, InterContinental Sydney

Winter is not all cold weather and misery, in fact there are things that can only be enjoyed during winter seasons such as truffle. Truffle is in fact fungi grown underground near the roots of particular trees, such as oaks and...

 
Events & Festivals
 

The 6th Annual Oyster Festival, The Morrison

The Morrison’s Oyster Festival is returning for the sixth year this August and oyster aficionados will be pleased that the event will be running for the entire month. At the launch party all eyes were on two men instrumental to...
 
 
Japanese
 

Kenny Rens 2018 Autumn Menu, Woollahra

We first visited Kenny Rens in Woollahra in June last year and were taken by surprise at how outstanding the fresh sashimi, poke bowl and Wagyu steak were in such a cosy and unassuming establishment. (Read it here).  One y...

 
Breakfast
 

Cuckoo Callay’s 4th Bacon Festival

Cuckoo Callay’s Bacon Festival is back for the fourth year and it is bigger than ever. From Wednesday 4 April for 12 weeks, Cuckoo Callay Newtown and Surry Hills serve up an epic menu celebrating all things oozy and porky. Supp...
 
Best views
 

Catalina 2018 Autumn New Menu, Rose Bay

Catalina requires almost no introduction. The angular white walled building with contrasting black sign perches above the water in Rose Bay is iconic and synonymous to an immersive dining experience in a premium location. This ...
 
Casual dining
 

2018 Crab Carnival, The Morrison

The annual Crab Carnival has returned to The Morrison for the fifth year and it is bigger, better and messier (in a good way) than ever! Chef Sean Connolly has designed a menu featuring dishes from Asian, Indian, Italian and Am...