What’s on around town

Ramen Month is back at Cho Cho San. From Monday May 20 till Friday June 21, head in for the $49 Cho Ramen Set: a crispy chicken shoyu ramen, tuna sashimi, a pork katsu bun and a beer, sake or yuzu soda. Available for dinner Monday to Thursday, plus Friday lunch.

• Sydney, Huge Moves returns to the Ace Hotel tomorrow. There’ll be over 35 winemakers, producers and distributors on pouring duty, and snacks (like Yamba prawn rolls and local oysters) from Loam. Don’t miss tickets.

Caper starts in Byron Bay today, so if you’re into a spontaneous food-driven trip, it’s the one for you. There’s a $15 yakitori party in the hills, and a gin-fuelled fire feast.

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• Chu Fat is the next collab dinner to hit the city. Cuong Nguyen (of Penelope’s and Hello Auntie) and the team from Porkfat are hitting the Hey Chu digs on Monday May 20 and 27 for a special menu. There’ll be a pork jowl crisp to start, tamarind wings and Thai mortadella. Bookings essential.

• Shell House’s “festival of good times”, Our House, is back for 2024. Local musicians are in residence; Wet, Cold & Delicious is back; and the Vic’s Meats frontman joins the kitchen for one night only.

• Moncur Cellars’ pinot noir tasting event is hitting Bistro Moncur on Monday May 20. Try over 120 smooth red drops from Aussie producers – like Ten Minutes by Tractor and Tolpuddle – from 5pm to 8.30pm at the one-night-only event. Tickets are $50, which is redeemable on a case to take home.

• Mud crab is a Spice Temple signature, and this month they’re back for $99. They’re sourced live, then steamed to order – keeping the meat tender. The crustacean is served with your choice of sauce: XO, ginger and shallot, or black bean and salted chilli.

• Sip and snack excellently this month with the Four Pillars Martini Collective. The distillery’s Olive Leaf Gin is the hero of a mini Martini, and it’s available at 11 of our favourite restaurants with a special snack created especially by the chef.

What we covered this week

• Now open: Sandy's serves up casual poolside fare at Urbnsurf. There are hefty hashbrown-filled burritos, hotcakes and the tacos “Sydney was lacking”.

• Korean department store Kmall 09 brings 2000 square metres of Seoul to western Sydney. The two-storey complex is tipped to be the largest Asian supermarket Down Under, and packs in a fleet of Korean eateries – including the first Aussie location for a popular Korean chain.

• First look: Chuck & Sons is the brewery and taproom from the “godfather of craft beer”. Hahn, James Squire, Kosciuszko and Malt Shovel are all Chuck Hahn’s handiwork, and now he's offering pilsners and prawn po’ boys from a rooftop kitchen in St Peters.

• Iconic Sydney restaurant Tetsuya's is closing after nearly four decades. Book in now to dine in one of the final services.

• Alexandria bakery Mia Dolci pivots to Da Orazio Pasticceria, with cannoncini and maritozzi aplenty.

You might’ve missed

• Seven to try: Sydney’s best new sandwich shops for a winning lunch.

• First look: Melbourne’s Kariton Sorbetes arrived in Sydney to immediate fanfare. Lines snaked down a busy stretch, waiting for scoops of ube halaya, Milo dinosaur and Vietnamese coffee custard. Plus, a vegan taho, where tofu soft serve meets panna cotta and warm oolong syrup.

• The “Fendi of fish shops”, Uncut Seafood Delicatessen, fires fresh catch over a lava grill in an oceanside neighbourhood. And there are no hot chippies in sight.