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The Lansdowne, Chippendale

June 23rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

The Lansdowne, Chippendale

Watching The Lansdowne rebound and regenerate into Sydney’s new favourite venue is now my favourite spectator sport. Last rites were read for the Chippendale pub back in August 2015, when the 1930s building was set to be developed into a private music school – and many people read this as certification that, yet again, Sydney […]

Restaurant Sasaki, Surry Hills

April 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Restaurant Sasaki, Surry Hills

You no longer need to make travel arrangements to end up in Japan – the most direct route involves just a few footsteps down a Surry Hills alley. Restaurant Sasaki feels exactly like a place you’d chance upon in a country that has a world-beating habit of hiding great eateries in modest locations. The more […]

Africola, Adelaide

April 15th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants, Travel | 2 Comments »

Africola, Adelaide

If I hit replay on the best meals I had in the last year, strong memories of dinner at Africola in Adelaide keep resurfacing. Sure, I’ve been lucky enough to have dined at some of the “lifetime greats” in the past 12 or so months (and have the scorch marks in my bank accounts to […]

Saga, Enmore

March 18th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 4 Comments »

Saga, Enmore

Saga in Enmore isn’t just named after a pair of sneakers that Andrew Bowden (aka Andy Bowdy) bought for nearly a grand (blame shipping costs and unfriendly exchange rates for that eyebrow-raising price). It’s also a tribute to the many chapters of his life spent with partner Maddison Howes – they met at Hartsyard, where […]

Burger Head, Penrith

January 13th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 1 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 | 1 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 | 8 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 […]

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 Bars, 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 […]

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