Khanh Nguyen – eat/drink sydney

Khanh Nguyen; 2015 Young Chef National Finalist is now flexing his culinary talents at Noma, Sydney. Khanh recommends his best places to eat/drink in Sydney.

Where do you go for coffee before work/after work/not at work?

Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville. They have delicious coffee and that is all they specialise in. Also very close to home. Gumption Coffee in Sydney CBD. Also owned by the owners of Coffee Alchemy, you can tell they take their coffee seriously. Considered best coffee place in the city in my opinion. Brewtown Newtown. Delicious coffee and simple food. Also a decent menu with sweets to have with your coffee

Favourite places for breakfast and brunch?

Cornersmith in Marrickville for their light organic food breakfast/ brunch, specials which change daily. Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, this place serves the most delicious breakfasts in Sydney in my opinion. It’s definitely a heavy breakfast which is what I love, I usually order one dish and add all the extras! The black sausage is something you must try. Devon on Danks in Waterloo has a hearty menu with great options for a high protein breakfast/ brunch, very delicious and they will have truffles when it’s in season. Their truffle soft serve is amazing!

Favourite Sydney restaurants for special occasions?

Sepia because I love Japanese flavours and this restaurant is doing some great things. Definitely a world class restaurant. Sokyo is hands down my favourite sushi restaurant in Sydney. There is no place like it and nowhere else in Sydney can even compare with it. Monopole  is a busy restaurant with delicious food and excellent vibe. Also love how the menu is designed to share.

Where do you go for fresh seasonal produce and market bargains?

Eveleigh Markets  has a great selection of seasonal produce, not only vegetables but also great proteins. Marrickville Markets many of the stalls here are certified organic with a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Also some great food here and a great market vibe. Sydney Morning Herald Growers Market in Pyrmont is a very large market often with cooking demonstrations. Can enjoy a great coffee and also a breakfast here.

Where have you had the best interstate dining experiences?

Attica Melbourne – the food isn’t only the great thing at Attica but also the service, paired together with it creates a memorable experience. Gerard’s Bistro  Brisbane, don’t be fooled by the name, this restaurant isn’t bistro food at all. Some very clever food served here and The Town Mouse Melbourne is a great small restaurant with delicious food and love how the menu is designed to share.

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