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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 […]

New podcast – Gregory Llewellyn, Hartsyard

July 29th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Gregory Llewellyn, Hartsyard

Working at a restaurant run by the Mafia – that was no big deal for Gregory Llewellyn. In fact, whether it’s blitzing through 300 covers a service in New York, enduring sanity-testing celebrity demands for hotel riders or watching smoke clouds billow into parts of a restaurant where they definitely don’t belong – Gregory has […]

The Gretz, Enmore

March 10th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Bars, Latest | 3 Comments »

The Gretz, Enmore

Even before the team from Hartsyard opened its new bar in Enmore, I think we were all already pre-enrolled in The Gretz Fan Club. Owners Naomi Hart and Gregory Llewellyn have deservedly gained a huge, unshakeable following for their original venture in Newtown – where Hartsyard’s supersized flavours (and charms) can still conjure a wait […]

New podcast – Andrew Bowden, Hartsyard

July 3rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 6 Comments »

New podcast – Andrew Bowden, Hartsyard

Andrew Bowden is the “lord pastry master of Hartsyard“. You may know him as Andy Bowdy if you follow him on social media, where you can see the next-level desserts he makes for the hatted Newtown restaurant. This includes his ever-changing soft serves and pies – which incorporate everything from deep-fried cheesecake, wasabi peas, toasted […]

Rootstock Sydney

February 1st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Events, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

Rootstock Sydney

Whatever your battle plans are for next weekend, make sure they involve a visit to Rootstock Sydney, which is on at Carriageworks in Eveleigh. Since its debut last year, this artisanal food and wine fair has upsized and is now taking place over two days, with an impressive program of masterclasses, workshops and markets. Each […]

Hartsyard birthday cakes

February 21st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Restaurants | 4 Comments »

Hartsyard birthday cakes

If you need to step up your birthday-cake game, then get something made by Hartsyard. Pastry chef Andrew Bowden will produce something that’s traffic-stopping and stunning. I recently placed an order for a party and the resulting creation was so good-looking, it probably deserved star management and its own agent. The restaurant does custom orders […]

Instagram Interlude

August 23rd, 2012  |  by  |  published in Restaurants | 6 Comments »

Instagram Interlude

Here’s a confession of guilt: I’ve declared war on some unending to-do lists and I’m not sure if I’m winning. So, being time-poor, here’s the laziest blog post I’ve come up with: a recap of recent meals via that hazy-coloured memory prop, Instagram. Youeni Foodstore, Surry Hills. The wedges, roasted with rosemary, thyme and Parmesan […]

Hartsyard, Newtown

June 11th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Restaurants | 7 Comments »

Hartsyard, Newtown

The old Gourmet Viking site in Newtown has been regenerated into Hartsyard, a brilliant new restaurant run by Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart. The couple score “A for effort” on many fronts: for making their own cocktail syrups, coaxing heirloom vegetables and intriguing herbs from their own greenhouse/garden and ingeniously constructing bar shelves from plumbing […]

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Hi, I'm Lee Tran Lam. When not blogging with my mouth full, I'm usually writing, presenting Local Fidelity on FBi radio, making zines, producing podcasts or continually breaking promises about how I really am gonna get through my book pile one day.

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