Review: Pasta and cocktails steal the show at Bar Machiavelli – Rushcutters Bay (Sydney)

Sydney’s legendary Machiavelli Ristorante has been standing proud for over 27 years now, a mature, powerful presence for classic Italian, and a shining example of an endearing dining institution. Some may have noticed that the business has been slowly expanding in these past few years, some recent openings being the streamlined Mach2 in Sydney Airport, and massive sister restaurant Bar Machiavelli. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Gojima’s crispy rice burgers taste like another win for Chase Kojima (Sydney)

Just when you thought Sydney’s overcrowded burger scene couldn’t get any bigger, renowned Japanese chef Chase Kojima, who is responsible to the Sydney’s highly regarded Sokyo and Gold Coast’s equally superb Kojima, has officially thrown his reliable hat in the ring and purposely hit left of centre. Kojima has gone for bun-less burgers, but you’d be off the mark if your mind jumped straight to lettuce cups; the chef has opted for sushi rice “buns”, meaning that your typical burger filling is sandwiched by two thick cakes of crispy sushi rice and a big nori seaweed wrap. Gimmick? Nope, it’s just a refinement of an underappreciated form of burger (similar to the ones at famed Japanese chain MOS Burger) that packs some serious punch and just may surprise the more skeptical burger fiends amongst us. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Salaryman swaps ramen for share-friendly Asian BBQ – Surry Hills (Sydney)

The popular Surry Hills restaurant and bar, Salaryman, quickly became known for seasonal left-centre takes on traditional ramen when it first opened in 2015. Glowing reviews and booming business sustained the concept for a year, but as a strong following built it became clear that a focus on ramen just wasn’t enough, hence a thorough re-do of the menu. Now ramen is nowhere to be found at Salaryman, the kitchen instead concentrating their collective talent on dishes inspired by the crisp flavours of traditional Asian BBQ; they’ve kept some of their most popular side dishes (such as the stunning prawn toast) but what you’ll find on the menu now is much more variety than ramen could ever offer.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: The Butler’s new head chef makes some welcome changes – Potts Point (Sydney)

Newly appointed Head Chef George Fowler ha brought a sharp focus on seasonal and sustainably sourced produce to make some changes at Potts Point favourite The Butler. Now with a team that also includes Danish-born Executive Chef Kasper Christensen (ex-Quay) and regular foraging sessions with forager and chef Elijah Holland (who worked with Kasper at Noma), food at the bar and restaurant is heading in a new direction, with those foraged ingredients taking the spotlight.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Frisco Hotel (Woolloomooloo) pushes into a new era with an exciting new look and menu

A warm Summer’s day became cooler as the breeze off the Woolloomooloo water blew towards The Frisco Hotel that lies one block away from the water. Tightly-wound townhouses are stacked up the street, as the maritime blue poles of the nautical themed herald a new era for the long-standing pub. Under new management, the 13-week makeover involves the introduction of an attractive new menu where the spotlight is on seafood and vibrant cocktails.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Bangbang Cafe (Surry Hills) remains on the front line in Sydney’s ferocious burger wars

Concealed on Reservoir Street in Surry Hills, Bangbang Café remains a refuge for fresh salads, take-away coffee and gluttonous burgers, a menu which in the past year or so has placed the modest business in prime position on the front line of Sydney’s ongoing burger war. It oozes casual cool from its open, sun-lit shop front to its complete wall-sized chalkboard that teases the menu, blending into that typically laid-back Surry Hills lifestyle.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Hurricane’s Grill new Circular Quay location mixes classic charcoal with carnivorous delight (Sydney)

Floor to ceiling panes of glass permits natural light to fill the large, open space of the new Hurricane’s Grill location in Circular Quay’s The Gateway precinct. As well as allowing to people-watch as Sydney Harbour and the Ferry terminal lie in view, it brightens up the new restaurant from the popular meat-focused brand.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Devon Cafe brings their award winning food to Barangaroo (Sydney)

A few years ago, Surry Hills’ much awarded Devon Cafe expanded to include a spin-off a few suburbs over, gifting Waterloo Devon on Danks, an enormously popular venture that allowed for some bigger turns into the flavour-rich world of Asian fusion. As an essential brunch destination, the cafe dominated Danks street right up until it was sadly closed down earlier this year, leaving space for an expansion to the increasingly crowded Barangaroo precinct. It seems Sydney’s slick new waterfront destination couldn’t do without one of the most consistent cafes in the city, as if Belles Hot Chicken, Banksii, Ume Burger, and a 5-in-1 emporium wasn’t enough.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Juicy Lucy Diner – Surry Hills (Sydney)

When the team from Sugarcane opened their fiery red and orange homage to vintage tuck shops, Juicy Lucy, success seemed slow but steady. Word of mouth helped get the thing off the ground, seeing as it was on one of the more neglected strips of Surry Hills, but once it took off Juicy Lucy became one of the casual eats of the year; Asian-styled rotisserie chicken, massive burgers and wraps are regularly devoured by discerning devotees, pushing up demand high enough to justify an expansion. This wasn’t the kind of expansion that leaped over a few suburbs though – unlike Sugarcane’s permanent move to Coogee Beach; the new Juicy Lucy is literally located right around the corner from the original, propped up in the former site of Sugarcane on Reservoir Street.... Read More | Share it now!