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Burger Head, Penrith

January 13th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Burger Head, Penrith

There is no shortage of ultra-overqualified chefs opening burger joints in Sydney – so what makes Burger Head stand out? It’s the first example of this trend in Western Sydney. This Penrith venue is run by three incredibly young guns – Richard Borg, Timothy Rosenstrauss and Joshua DeLuca (DeLuca is the ‘ancient’ one, at age […]

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, […]

New podcast – Toby Wilson, Ghostboy Cantina

January 7th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Toby Wilson, Ghostboy Cantina

It was dragonboat racing – of all things – that led to Toby Wilson running his own cafe at 22. The Wedge Espresso in Glebe was a sliver of a space; when it launched, Toby managed to run the whole place with just a sandwich press and a fridge – “that was all my cooking […]

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 […]

New podcast – Lauren Eldridge, Pei Modern, Marque

December 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Lauren Eldridge, Pei Modern, Marque

In the last year, Lauren Eldridge has worked at the world’s best restaurant (Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana), impressed the greatest living Italian chef with fairy bread and a punch to the face, whipped dessert with ropes in India and rolled croissants in Paris with Guy Savoy, the ‘magician of French cuisine’. Not bad for someone […]

New podcast – Mike Bennie, Rootstock

November 20th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

New podcast – Mike Bennie, Rootstock

In a past life, Mike Bennie used to help famous figures like Russell Crowe, A Tribe Called Quest, Baby John Burgess, as well as (future Prime Minister) Malcolm Turnbull and then Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull pick wines. The Rootstock Sydney co-founder and award-winning wine communicator takes us on a few flashbacks to that memorable time […]

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. […]

New podcast – Glen Goodwin, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole, Yellow

October 1st, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Glen Goodwin, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole, Yellow

The band Kiss has played a surprising role in Glen Goodwin’s career. A love of the group led to his first job, as delivery boy to restaurateurs such as Neil Perry. It also played a pivotal part in how he ended up in New York. He worked there for 12 years – with bosses such […]

New podcast – Ibrahim Kasif, Stanbuli

August 29th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

New podcast – Ibrahim Kasif, Stanbuli

“The fire was creeping up on me,” says Ibrahim Kasif. “It was pretty scary.” He was working at Porteno – on what was meant to be a normal day – when smoke began to billow through the atrium. He headed up to to the roof to check for problems – and found it raging with […]

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