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There’s no sin in gluttony here

Moom mam? Mum Mam? How the hell do you say the name of this place? Let’s just call it “Little Glutton”, which is a very appropriate description for the restaurant and also the meaning of its unusual Thai name.

A colourful wall mural livens the restaurant’s space

On a Wednesday night, Little Glutton is packed. Is it full of people who couldn’t be bothered waiting in the queue for MoVida? Having visited pre- and post-Camorra craziness, I can happily assure you, it has nothing to do with Frank. Rather, the queue may be accounted for by a vegetarian and gluten-free menu that actually looks appealing even to a carnivore. Or perhaps it’s the unusual selection of Thai flavoured gelato and desserts? Maybe the reasonable prices and the option for BYO? For me, it was none of the above – all it took was a shredded banana blossom salad, bursting with prawns, roasted cashews and coriander.

Banana blossom salad with roasted cashews, coriander and prawns

Alright, I’ll admit, I’m not that easily won over. Turmeric grilled spatchock with a green papaya salad and the ‘crying tiger’ wagyu beef both made a stamp in my culinary consciousness. Add to that a couple of dishes from the specials board – including ocean trout larb and a prawn and chilli jam stir fry – and I was sold.

Trout and caviar betel leaf with coconut, ginger and tamarind

It’s not as cheap as your local takeaway, but the food is a definite notch above your mid week snatch and grab meal anyway. The atmosphere is lively and the décor suave. I fear Muum Maam has turned me into a little glutton.

Anna Lisle

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Discovering the new Darling Quarter dining precinct

With a 21-metre long firefox, water buckets, climbing ropes, swings and slides, the new Darling Quarter may not sound like a dining destination, but while it is a child’s fantasy-land, it doesn’t leave us adults unhappy either. Tucked cosily between the Chinese Gardens and the Darling Harbour waterfront, this new dining mecca offers a plethora of beautiful dining options.

Darling Quarter

On a glorious summer day I decided to do a little restaurant investigation at the new Darling Quarter. Desperate to find out whether this harbourside precinct would rival my beloved Level 6 at Westfield, I headed down there for a quick power lunch.

Excitedly, I perused the long strip of restaurants. Around me, well-suited businessmen, families and tourists all seemed to have flocked here to soak up the warm sunshine. It had been open only a few weeks and already, the place was buzzing.

My stress levels reached fever high as I pondered what I should have for lunch. A green curry at the open-plan kitchen at Nok Nok Thai Eating House (from the founders of Stir Crazy)? A gourmet salad from either Fat Duck Rôtissoire Kitchen and perhaps a wine from Italian bar Janus? Or a Mediterranean meal in the swish Michael McCann-designed (Flying Fish, Vic’s Meats Woollahra) Stacks Taverna? The choices were endless and after much deliberation, I finally settled on a sushi train feast at Umi Sushi and Udon.

The colourful fit-out at Taste Baguette

Perched at the sushi bar, with the chefs there to keep me amused, a selection of sashimi, miso eggplant and crispy salmon skin was the perfect lunch combination. The excited vibe of Darling Quarter was contagious – and I walked back to the office nourished, and in high spirits. Darling, I will see you again soon.

Anna Lisle

Perched at the Umi Sushi + Udon's sushi train

Darling Quarter restaurants:

Meno Diciotto
Best for: Italian gelati

Son of Tuysuz
Best for: chicken or lamb kebab

Nok Nok Thai Eating House
Best for: authentic Thai curries and stir fries

Stacks Taverna and Bar
Best for: DIY “cook your own” aged rump Angus beef

Best for: “The Classic” Vietnamese baguette

Best for: cachaca! (a Brazilian spirit made from sugar cane juice). Braza has the first cachaca bar in Sydney

Best for: boutique Italian wine bar

Best for: Belgian waffles with Guylian chocolate dip and praline ice cream

Box & Bowl
Best for: takeaway pho

Umi Sushi + Udon
Best for: sashimi and sushi from sushi train

Fat Duck Rotisserie Kitchen
Best for: rotisserie-roasted pork roll

Address: Darling Quarter, Darling Walk, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney


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