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2016 restaurant openings to look forward to

January 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

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2016 is more than just working out how much wriggle room you have with your New Year’s resolutions (all our good intentions will totally kick in tomorrow, right?), but a box-fresh January also means a year of new openings to look forward to. Here are some places to get excited about. –Toby Wilson’s “not shit” […]

The Paddington and other 2015 highlights

December 31st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

The Paddington and other 2015 highlights

So I’m writing this literally hours before 2015 is about to wind up, so I hope you don’t mind if I do a little time-tripping via memory lane and drop some of my culinary highlights of 2015. One of the most-amped-up openings of the year was The Paddington in (non-spoiler alert) Paddington. Given that it […]

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 […]

Dead Ringer, Surry Hills

October 12th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Bars, Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Dead Ringer, Surry Hills

The name Dead Ringer might evoke mirror images and carbon copies – so it’s ironic that this new Surry Hills bar is unlike anything else around in Sydney.  But its one-of-a-kind impact is what makes it so great; and, like Automata, it’s one of my favourite places to open this year. Dead Ringer is by […]

Automata, Chippendale

September 29th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Automata, Chippendale

You’ve already seen the raves blowing up your Instagram screen. Automata may have only opened recently in Chippendale, but the restaurant is already straight-out-of-the gate awesome. It’s like an incredible time-lapse trick, the way Clayton Wells’ solo venture for The Old Clare Hotel has fast-tracked itself to greatness so quickly. My friend Shannon even announced […]

Rosso Antico Pizza Bar, Newtown

September 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Rosso Antico Pizza Bar, Newtown

We walked into Rosso Antico Pizza Bar in Newtown with plenty of in-built enthusiasm – when Jamie Nimmo of The Stinking Bishops gives a place a good scorecard, you want to fast-track your visit there. (Not only did he rate it well – “Finally, some good pizza on Enmore Road” – but ended up staging three visits in one […]

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, […]

Kepos & Co, Waterloo

June 27th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Kepos & Co, Waterloo

Michael Rantissi has so many great ideas that he’s basically had to create a sequel to his much-loved Kepos Street Kitchen. Kepos & Co in Waterloo is his new spin-off: it recently opened footsteps away from the chef’s other restaurant. Both venues have flavour-vibrant menus evoking Mediterranean coastlines, but Kepos & Co takes a “more […]

Mary’s Kebabs at Cliff Dive, Darlinghurst

May 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Mary’s Kebabs at Cliff Dive, Darlinghurst

Update: sadly, Mary’s Kebabs is no longer running at Cliff Dive – but will be popping up at other events and venues. Follow ’em on Instagram to see where they’ll be next.  You can still get your Mary’s fix in Newtown and the Sydney CBD, though! Mary’s is a repeat offender at making the city more awesome […]

Besser, Surry Hills

May 3rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Besser, Surry Hills

You wouldn’t want to throw a brick through the window of Besser in Surry Hills, it already has a tidy collection of 96 Besser blocks that line up its bar. But your reflexes will probably lean more towards the bouquets and applause end of the spectrum, instead of projectile-launching mode (plus, that kind of thuggish […]

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