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New podcast – Shannon Martinez, Smith and Daughters, Smith and Deli

October 22nd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Shannon Martinez, Smith and Daughters, Smith and Deli

“The chef said he was going to the bank and never came back.” Shannon Martinez was working as a bartender at The East Brunswick hotel in Melbourne when she was asked to take over the kitchen. She happened to put a vegan parma on the menu and it blew up – the pub sold close […]

Yellow, Potts Point and other vegetarian stories

September 30th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Yellow, Potts Point and other vegetarian stories

Last year, Yellow in Potts Point got reclassified as a vegetarian restaurant. Adam Wolfers and Brent Savage kept the brunch menu intact (bacon and its friends got protected status), but switched dinners to be all-vego and it was fantastic. I went three or four times in 2016, and each time, the restaurant was more crowded […]

Bad Hombres, Surry Hills

August 24th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Bars, Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 4 Comments »

Bad Hombres, Surry Hills

“I don’t know what I’m eating, but it tastes amazing,” my friend Tabitha says about the menu at Bad Hombres in Surry Hills. You don’t need to carry out an intelligence operation to enjoy the dishes here – the tacos and quesadillas are optimised for strong rat-a-tat bursts of flavour that’d score well on any […]

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 rise of vegan dining in Sydney

April 28th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

The rise of vegan dining in Sydney

Sydney’s always had long-time vegan institutions (the original Bodhi opened 28 years ago and Green Gourmet’s been kicking it for 16 years), but something has happened in the last year – vegan dining has jumped to a new level. I wrote about this in my cover story for Good Food this week (you can read […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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