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Queen Chow, Enmore

January 11th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Queen Chow, Enmore

“I started telling people that we weren’t ever actually opening a restaurant, but it was a performance art piece to see how long we could keep people’s interest,” jokes Patrick Friesen, co-executive chef for Enmore’s Queen Chow – a venue that’s been flagged for launch for a year now. The opening date kept playing slip-and-slide, […]

Bar Ume, Rising Sun Workshop, Fred’s, Wilmer and other places I’m glad opened in 2016

December 31st, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 6 Comments »

Bar Ume, Rising Sun Workshop, Fred’s, Wilmer and other places I’m glad opened in 2016

Given all of 2016’s well-documented lowlights, no one is especially keen to give the year a rerun. But it is worth recapping about the notable restaurants, bars and cafes that launched over the last 12 months in Sydney. There was a blockbuster-sized explosion of venues opening in 2016. There were spin-offs aplenty (Bentley hoisted up […]

Good Luck Pinbone, Kensington

December 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Good Luck Pinbone, Kensington

Pinbone’s re-entry on the Sydney dining scene last month was met with high readings of hype and anticipation – and some tokens of fortune, too. The crew’s latest pop-up, named Good Luck Pinbone, was aptly greeted with charms aplenty after launching in Kensington. A gold chicken wishbone, lucky wooden spoons carved from durian, a rusted […]

Auto.Lab, Chippendale

November 30th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites | Leave A Comment »

Auto.Lab, Chippendale

You always knew that Auto.Lab in Chippendale wasn’t going to deliver your regular scheduled programming when it came to brunch menus. After all, the Automata spin-off (which takes over Silvereye’s vacant site at The Old Clare) is run by some high-powered talent and they’re not going to resort to lazy avocado on toast and other […]

Messina Creative Department, Darlinghurst

October 11th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Messina Creative Department, Darlinghurst

Going to the Messina Creative Department in Darlinghurst is – hands down – one of the most delightful things you can do in Sydney. You walk in wondering, “is a seven-course dessert degustation really a wise move?” and walk out so cheerfully light-headed and un-anchored by gravity that you could basically be a balloon float. […]

Bar Brosé, Darlinghurst

July 15th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

Bar Brosé, Darlinghurst

If you were playing time-keeper, you’d notice that Bar Brosé has made a blazing impression in the short spell it’s been open. In just over three months, it’s scored a near-perfect record of good notices from pretty much every food-fixated outlet you can think of. Plus, head chef Analiese Gregory’s poulet vin jaune d’Australie has already […]

Meet Gerard, Alexandria

June 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites, Latest | 1 Comment »

Meet Gerard, Alexandria

So Meet Gerard has staged an impressive introduction on this borderline between Alexandria, Redfern and Erskineville. On a corner that’s seen a wipeout of short-lived cafes (RIP), this eatery has not only scored lasting attention, it’s quickly become busy and much-visited. As I wrote in Good Food, Meet Gerard “might finally break the curse of […]

Noma Australia, Barangaroo

March 29th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 5 Comments »

Noma Australia, Barangaroo

So I’m still in a life-altered daze after eating at Noma Australia – even though my visit was a month ago. It might seem like wild overpraise to think that one meal could radically affect my oxygen levels and offer so many moments worth freeze-framing. But this isn’t a restaurant where plate after plate is […]

Ghostboy Cantina, Dixon House Food Court, Haymarket

March 1st, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

Ghostboy Cantina, Dixon House Food Court, Haymarket

Ghostboy Cantina was one of the 2016 venue openings I was most wired about, and it’s proved to be worth the calendar countdown. Owner/chef Toby Wilson set himself a launch date of Chinese New Year, which meant he found himself dodging lion dancers and Chinatown crowds in setting up his Haymarket taqueria and, as you’d […]

The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar, Redfern

January 15th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Bars, Cafes, Favourites, Latest | Leave A Comment »

The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar, Redfern

The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar reopened in Redfern last week, so it’s a good time to respark interest in this great one-of-a-kind venue. It’s gotten a lot of worthwhile attention for proving that there’s more to tea than a bag thoughtlessly dunked into a mug – and even though steeped leaves are a headline […]

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