Category Archives: Sydney – city fringe

china doll – slick product from somewhere in asia

 As you know, your camel loves an asian feed. The more the meal smells of something I can’t quite place, the better.  

There’s a lot to like about China Doll. The menu hits all the right buttons for the modern asian-cuisine diner.

Only quibble is that it hits all the buttons of all the asian cuisines on the one menu…

The execution is standard, but reliable, and balanced; the wine list offers the right choices, at standard restaurant prices, and the service is confident, without being elitist. 

So this is a place that won’t let you down, but it won’t take you to any etherial heights either.


pizza e birra – easy for you….

 go on, try making it at home…that’s the point, and how this global fad began. Initially, you couldn’t replicate great quality like this at home…then the yanks got hold of the idea, but that’s another lament for another time… Continue reading

Vini – a classic remains ?

There was a time that vini was a best kept secret. The boys have moved on to Berta and others, so how does it stack up now? Continue reading

Toko – twist and shout

Your Camel’s getting on, or so it seems…when I blow $150pp on dinner, I want to be comfortable and inspired. That means a chair, not a low stool. I’m up for the bustling sound of a busy place…I love it! The sound here is loud doof and screaming customers. Don’t bother raising your voice.. pretend your companions are naughty progeny, suck up some “robata grill” air, and give it all you’ve got! Think next time I’ll bring a whistle…  That’s not to say that the food was all bad. … Continue reading

O Organic – “would you like love with that?”

          I know what you’re thinking…an egg and bacon burger at an organic cafe? This place is a real find. Yes, they have the gluten-free tofutti mung-bean pastie, but they have a huge range of real food breakfast and full lunch dishes, all day…plenty for carnivores and those other people too..and spectacularly friendly service

Gnome cafe, Surry Hills – counter-intuitively happy

 Camel’s love gnomes…we barely know they’re there. This place is similarly low-key. But the coffee and right-on-the-money meals bely its size. Probably the best of its type in Surry Hills, which has more opportunities than 12yo Rhodes Scholar.

Longrain – new Bar, another reason to return

 Camels are creatures of habit.

Returning to Longrain is not exactly hard work. More than the great food, there is such a brilliant attitude pervading throughout.

This place is friendlier than a politician on a fund raiser.

The bar is exactly what you would expect. Decor,  music, bar menu, and more candy than the easter show.

You can now book tables of 6 or more in the restaurant.