Review: Everyday Espresso brings unconventional brunch to Redfern (Sydney)

Some weekends you’re awake by 7.30 am, have had a run and a kale smoothie by 9 and you’re now ready for a productive day of adventuring. Other weekends, it’s a struggle to remember what happened the night before through the haze of  the world’s best (or worst) hangover and you’re praying Deliveroo does McDonald’s delivery to your suburb. Everyday Espresso, Redfern’s newest cafe haunt embodies this duality of the average Sydneysider’s day to night lifestyle. While some cafes have taken the down and dirty road and others, the pathway to enlightenment with appropriately ‘light’ and healthy food, Tomislav Martinovic and Justin Stevenson pose the question, ‘Why can’t we have both?’... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Neil Perry’s Jade Temple is now doing premium yum cha (Sydney)

Light and bright with a great deal of character, Jade Temple is a substantial move away from Eleven Bridge for Neil Perry. The famous chef’s short-lived “fine-casual” restaurant, which replaced Rockpool last year, was all dark and moody compared to this majestic makeover helped by two beautiful cast iron Chinese guardian lions which stand guard while the rest of the interior is beautified with traditional Chinese artwork, custom-made bamboo chandeliers and wooden shutters.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Taqiza is an excellent addition to Bondi’s strong Mexican dining scene (Sydney)

It may be in the heart of Bondi Beach, but Taqiza is a journey to a small energetic restaurant hidden down a bustling street in Méjico. The restaurant size may be cosy, but the menu and taste isn’t slim in excitement. The word Taqiza, which literally translates to ‘taco party’ in Spanish, is the embodiment of what this authentic Mexican restaurant has to offer.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Catalina is summer-ready with one of their best seasonal menus yet (Sydney)

With the illustrious glow constantly surrounding Rose Bay dining institution Catalina, complacency would be understandable – unacceptable, but understandable. There’s no time to rest on ones laurels here though, a restaurant where the team know that it’s much than a sparkling harbourside location that keeps people coming back for more, adding to an enviable list of regulars who are more than happy to pay a premium price for a premium meal. This dynamism is largely credited to a strong sense of seasonality which introduces substantial changes to the menu but finds a way to balance that with consistency, sticking to what regulars know and love but always switching it up a bit with ongoing experimentation fueled by unparalleled access to high-quality ingredients.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Ballaro brings Sicilian street eats to Newtown (Sydney)

Sitting smack bang in the middle of King Street’s more energetic half, Ballaro is a small but bright new shop pumping out authentic Sicilian-style street eats. Owned by two Italians, the space draws on inspiration from the oldest and most vibrant street market in Sicily with images of fresh produce and crates used to craft a cosy little seated area – even though the main function of this shop is obviously takeaway, with pizza, crocchè and massive arancini being the main draws. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: The Bistro at Manly Pavilion finally does the heritage listed building justice (Sydney)

It’s a mystery why a number of restaurants have failed in this exceptional heritage listed building overlooking the sparkling waters of Manly, with different iterations of the former bathing pavilion over the past couple of years not quite sticking the landing. Though it’s tempting to place a fine dining establishment in this stunning space, perhaps ambition was the problem all along, which is why it seems the new owners have got things just right. It’s not exactly pared back to the point of cheap pub-style meals, but now Manly Pavilion boasts The Bistro, making complete use of the dramatic panoramic water views, spacious dining room, and lush outdoor area, albeit with food that’s much more accessible, and arguably just as – if not more – delicious. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Platform 7 is a pleasant surprise in Glen Waverley (Melbourne)

Upon initial inspection, Platform 7 looks just like any other Melbourne cafe. Think glass, timber and black tinted steel accents. But what really separates it from the rest is its love for Melbourne culture and flavour. This aptly named venue sits across Glen Waverley train station, slowly gaining popularity as locals discover its relation to legendary destination Hash Speciality Coffee.... Read More | Share it now!