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Spice Temple

Earl Carter

Sydney: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch

Locals book weeks ahead at Kazbah on Darling (breakfast for two $36), in Balmain, where days start on an exotic note with chef Zahi Azzi’s eye-opening breakfast tagines and sweet couscous with rhubarb and cardamom milk. Another reason to come to Balmain: the deliciously outré confections (rice pudding éclairs; Negroni macaroons) from Sydney’s flamboyant young pastry provocateur Adriano Zumbo (pastries for two $8) at his namesake patisserie. For lunch, the city’s fooderati favor the basement space that houses Neil Perry’s attention-worthy Spice Temple (lunch for two $58). Happiness here means crunchy salt–flecked, cumin-laced lamb pancakes followed by stir-fried quail with silky steamed egg custard from a menu that showcases the tongue-tingling cuisine of Hunan, Sichuan, and Xinjiang, among other provinces. Yes, but what if your mood is Malaysian? Then join the queue of ravenous regulars in front of Mamak (lunch for two $45), home of intricate curries, fierce sambals, and an epically flavorful roti canai, a crisp-edged, flaky flatbread that transports you straight to Kuala Lumpur. —Anya von Bremzen


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