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Bestselling cookbook author Alison Roman has shared her food diary from her recent trip to Sydney, and she did not waste time sampling some of the most popular haunts in the city’s inner suburbs.
The US food writer and chef, who is known for her viral recipes – such as her shallot pasta and dark choc-chip cookies (known as #ThePasta and #TheCookies) – was interviewed by former MasterChef winner and Good Food columnist Adam Liaw in front of a sold-out crowd at the Sydney Opera House last week.
Continental Deli’s Mar-Tinny was among the local wares sampled by international food sensation Alison Roman.Credit: Michele Mossop
On Saturday morning, after announcing her departure and thanking fans for their warm reception at the event, the 37-year-old posted a photo diary of her food adventures in Sydney to her Instagram stories.
First was Surry Hills’ Pellegrino 2000, a buzzy Italian joint by the team behind Potts Point’s Bistrot 916 which opened to such hype last year that it sold out of its branded tote bag online before it had even served a dish.
Roman ordered the peppers acqua pazza ($22) and ravioli with prawn and brown butter ($34).
She also stopped into Restaurant Hubert on Bligh Street and another Swillhouse venue, Alberto’s Lounge in Surry Hills.
This was followed by a trip to Continental Deli, with locations in the CBD and Newtown, where she had one of their famous Mar-tinny cocktails in a can ($19) and the baked scallops ($12 per person).
Roman also gave her approval to Lode Pies at Surry Hills, home of the $20 wagyu beef pie, posting a picture of a takeaway tray of two of their pastries.
To round it off, she travelled east for a quintessential Sydney dining experience: having lunch on a clear, sunny day at Icebergs Dining Room, which reopened in December after its restoration.
Posting pictures of the view from her table over Bondi Beach and Bondi Icebergs pool, Roman ordered the spaghetti with Goolwa pipis, vongole (clams) and Pilu bottarga (the dining room’s two-course menu is $125, three courses for $150).
In an Instagram post on Saturday, Roman thanked her fans who came to the Opera House event, which was the final stop on the tour for her new dessert cookbook, Sweet Enough.
“Thank you, thank you to everyone who came, asked good questions, waited in line to get a book signed or said hello after,” she wrote, adding that she loved Australia and noting her suit for the event was by Sydney designer Bianca Spender.
Roman made headlines in May 2020 when she accused model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen of having “people running a content farm for her”.
Despite issuing an apology, the resulting backlash led to Roman’s New York Times column being suspended and eventually dropped. However, her recovery was quick and she has more than 700,000 Instagram followers dedicated to her cookbooks and recipes.
“I think any time anyone feels embarrassment or public shame, the instinct is to kind of … hide your head, and you know, stay quiet for a little bit, which I definitely felt, but ultimately I was like, well, I make food and I make recipes for people and that’s the work that I do and I want to keep doing it,” she told this masthead last month.
“And the people that like me and want to follow it can follow it – and they do.”
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