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Clementine’s, Pyrmont

August 10th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 2 Comments »

Clementine’s, Pyrmont

From the “I’m glad you exist” files is Clementine’s in Pyrmont. Sure, the menu is as tight and tiny as the space, but it proves you don’t have to go blockbuster big to make a point. My fave thing here is the Belluci ($10), which is a mushroom thyme sub that’s just an excellent transit […]

El Chapel, Marrickville

May 30th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 3 Comments »

El Chapel, Marrickville

“Everything dies on Enmore Road!” That’s what Piero Pignatti Morano was (cheerily) told when he set up his latest cafe, El Chapel. A local helpfully pointed out the high mortality rate of all the businesses that had optimistically tried to set up on this unforgiving stretch of Marrickville. I’m gunning for El Chapel to get […]

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 […]

Dinner at Two Chaps, Marrickville

December 1st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Dinner at Two Chaps, Marrickville

Two Chaps in Marrickville is one of my favourite places for dinner right now. You’re given such an insanely generous amount of food that you wonder if the waiter might secretly be your grandmother – you know, the kind that sees empty plates as their arch-enemy. The set menu here is rustic, Italian and such […]

Lotus Restaurant, The Galeries, Sydney

August 3rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

Lotus Restaurant, The Galeries, Sydney

Lotus Restaurant at The Galeries isn’t just a good spot for recovering from Muji-Browsing Fatigue, it’s a fine choice if you’re plain hungry, too. This 270-seater restaurant is the blockbuster-sized sequel to the tiny dumpling bar of the same name down at Walsh Bay, but doesn’t feel like a cynical franchise at all. In fact, […]

Sunday Brunch, Bar H, Surry Hills

November 1st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Sunday Brunch, Bar H, Surry Hills

Here’s an excellent way to jumpstart your Sunday – try the new brunch menu at Bar H in Surry Hills. Bring a supersized appetite, because the extensive menu is designed to ruin strict diets and make you want to order enthusiastically. There’s none of the standard-issue eggs/toast/muesli cliches – in fact, Bar H has taken […]

Veggie Patch Diner, Paddington

October 28th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Veggie Patch Diner, Paddington

Some people aren’t for settling down, but I’m glad that the much-loved Veggie Patch Van has a spin-off that’s permanently in the park position: its new project, the Veggie Patch Diner, recently opened in Five Ways, Paddington. There’s no need to chase or tailgate this offshoot to get your fix of the Veggie Patch’s vegetarian […]

Knox Street Bar, Chippendale

August 26th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Bars, Latest | 2 Comments »

Knox Street Bar, Chippendale

Usually an unassuming place, Chippendale’s current standard operating procedure is to hook you right in. Recently, the postcode has been scoring touchdowns with places like Brickfields and Ester (which landed the double hit of Restaurant of the Year and Best New Restaurant at Monday’s Time Out Sydney Food Awards); and it’s now home to LP’s Quality […]

Where we ate in Tokyo

March 28th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Travel | 11 Comments »

Where we ate in Tokyo

Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city – a place that launches you to the outer limits of the hi-tech universe, while rewinding timelines so seamlessly that its reverence for slower-paced tradition and ceremony also trips you out. It’s one of my favourite capitals in the world, seemingly built on standard units of things I love: good […]

Pinbone, Woollahra

December 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest, Restaurants | 3 Comments »

Pinbone, Woollahra

Pinbone in Woollahra is a sharp, fresh shot of oxygen to the local dining scene. By taking over the old Buzo site, this establishment does more than just hit the reset button. Chefs Mike Eggert and Jemma Whiteman (Billy Kwong, Three Blue Ducks) and front-of-house whiz Berri Eggert (Cafe Paci) manage to sneak in redefinitions […]

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