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Paperboy, Concord and Dutch Smuggler, Sydney CBD

November 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | Leave A Comment »

Paperboy, Concord and Dutch Smuggler, Sydney CBD

Every cafe that opens nowadays seems to have at least one pin-up dish, designed to look good when framed in Instagram. At Paperboy in Concord, there’s no doubt it’s the lamington waffles – buttermilk batter hardened and coated in drips of dark chocolate, then run through a dust storm of dessicated coconut. It’s sandwiched with […]

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, […]

Bao Town Pop-Up, Vella Nero, Sydney

October 10th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Events, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Bao Town Pop-Up, Vella Nero, Sydney

Lifting the lid off bamboo steamers is a standard Saturday ritual, but the Bao Town Pop-Up at Sydney’s Vella Nero cafe offers an inspired take on this bun-savouring custom. Theresa Nguyen’s venture goes far beyond the default options – her inventive menu includes dessert bao with a stowaway layer of lemon polenta, or one that […]

La Lupita, The Basement, Sydney

June 19th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Restaurants | 2 Comments »

La Lupita, The Basement, Sydney

La Lupita unpacks a lot of fun and firepower at The Basement in Circular Quay. This colourful installment to the music venue gives you a reason to visit beyond the bands commanding the stage. While this Mexican eatery has only recently taken up residency at this site, La Lupita isn’t entirely a newcomer to the […]

Josophan’s, Sydney

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Restaurants | 4 Comments »

Josophan’s, Sydney

Who doesn’t love an all-purpose chocolate shop? At Josophan’s new city store, which opened last month, you can find spiced drinking chocolate, nut-encased blocks, colour-splattered slabs of cocoa and, importantly, The Best Ice Cream Topping In The World (made of wafer balls, multi-flavoured chocolate pebbles and other crunchy, scoop-enhancing ingredients). There are also chocolate lollipops […]

N2 Extreme Gelato, Chinatown, Sydney

September 13th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Podcasts | 4 Comments »

N2 Extreme Gelato, Chinatown, Sydney

At N2 Extreme Gelato in Sydney’s Chinatown, the ice cream is a front-row-worthy spectacle. Unlike the usual vision of some poor staff member deep-cabinet-diving to wriggle a scoop out of a ginormous rock of gelato (and you praying they’ll be spared from end-of-shift RSI after all that wrist-heavy excavation) – at this new establishment, employees […]

Miss Chu, Regent Place, Sydney

May 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

Miss Chu, Regent Place, Sydney

The blueprints of Miss Chu have always been worth reproducing. This excellent Vietnamese canteen first appeared in Darlinghurst in 2009, a lantern-adorned pit stop that made the best rice paper rolls I’d ever had. It’s since had many spin-offs – in Melbourne, Circular Quay, Bondi – and its latest branch opened on Monday in Sydney’s CBD, […]

Fratelli Fresh, Bridge St, Sydney

November 9th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

Fratelli Fresh, Bridge St, Sydney

Sydney seems to have a limitless addiction to Fratelli Fresh and the new outlet that opened today in the city is only going to refuel that fixation. Hidden in a sandstone basement opposite the stock exchange, it expands on the usual “Cafe Sopra plus gourmet grocer” template with a mozzarella bar, where you can order […]

A Q&A with Alon Sharman, Arras

October 27th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

A Q&A with Alon Sharman, Arras

Prior to being the restaurant manager and head sommelier at Arras, you were at Quay. What were some standout memories from your time there?Choosing wine for U2; chasing Russian President Putin’s minders for an outstanding account of $17000 (which they paid in cash); having to justify the decor to guests – in one instance, a […]

The Bridge Room, Sydney

September 3rd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | Leave A Comment »

The Bridge Room, Sydney

From the wall of origami felt to the meringue with strawberry paper, there’s so much to like about The Bridge Room, a new restaurant that’s opened near Circular Quay. Not only is the Strawberry Marshmallow Meringue ($18) a joy to eat, the given instruction that you need to smash it open with your spoon – […]

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