Friday Foodie: The Birdman in the Bistro rediscovers Mr Wong and Peking Duck

Sparrow also visits a 6 Head steakhouse, his fave Totti’s, Mr Yip and he’s back at Bill’s!

With agencies and media companies back in the office in force this year, Mediaweek Birdman in the Bistro columnist, and legendary Sydney diner, Greg Graham updates the Mediaweek audience with establishments that should be on their lunch list. There’s something for all budgets too.

On the Corporate Expense account for a VIP client

Mr Wong – CBD

Wow, I had forgotten how wonderful Mr Wong really is. The quality of the food and the service were outstanding. Some of the best Peking Duck I’ve had plus the dim sum was super special. My AMEX got a workout however the food and experience were worth every cent.

Birdman in the Bistro

The dish you must try: Can’t go past the incredible Peking Duck.

6 Head – The Rocks

This premium steak house does deliver, and the signature Tomahawk was incredible. Plus, the beautiful harbourside dining room adds to a very special foodie experience.

The dish you must try: Any of the Wagyu plus the dry-aged Tomahawk.

Fun team lunch

Totti’s – Three Weeds, Rozelle

My favourite Totti’s is in Rozelle, still with the great vibe and food of the others, but it feels extra light, friendly and more neighbourhood. The famous wood-fired bread and the antipasti are standouts however the lamb ragu pasta and the josper roasted prawns with chili and lemon are downright delicious.

The dish you must try: Burrata with other antipasti and the wood-fired bread.

The Birdman tucks in at Totti’s

Mr Yip – Neutral Bay

A no-nonsense dumpling place with good food and value. Everything is fresh and made daily so the food is really delicious.

The dish you must try: Pork xiao long bao is delicious.

Brekkie Favourites

Bills – Surry Hills

Still one of my breakfast favourites hence I keep coming back. You can’t go past the two signature dishes – ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. Yum. And the sweet corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach, bacon, and avo salsa.

Café Giulia – Chippendale

Nothing fancy, however this local café has one of the most extensive breakfast menus I’ve seen. I build my own breakfast feast with every side imaginable. The big brekky is a must.

Cheap & cheerful lunch with crew (and I’m paying for myself)

Palie – Tramsheds

Who doesn’t love meatballs and the wonderful selection is incredible? Feels like the owner’s Nona’s recipe is certainly made with love. I can’t go past the simple delicious meatballs and pasta.

The Eight – Haymarket

On a weekend this place is crazy with yum cha devotees. The selection and freshness of the delights on the trolleys are first class. Go early to avoid the queues but well worth the wait anyway.

Pick of the Day: Peaking Duck pancakes at Mr Wong 

Read previous Birdman in the Bistro columns here.

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