This past Saturday saw Cuckoo Callay’s inaugural Bacon Brewfest take over Central Park for a full day of over 30 food and drink stalls dishing up their best bacon-centric creations. From 12pm to 9pm, two areas throughout the unique precinct (aMBUSH Gallery on the top floor and the lawn area downstairs) were packed out with people scrambling to try all these quirky, exclusive creations which came from the likes of Black Star Pastry, Brewristas, Mr Bao, Textbook Boulangerie, Burgers by Josh, and The Stinking Bishops; all of whom gave us our fill of bacon from bacon ice creams and bacon cakes to bacon burgers, bacon shakes, smokey bacon tea, bacon baos, bacon mac’n’cheese, bacon pizzas, bacon croissants…you get the point.... Read More | Share it now!
As most Sydneysiders know, it’s pretty hard to find a decent curry in this city, but that’s quickly changing across town, with a great example being the truly authentic fare at Manjit’s in Balmain. The reputable dining destination has built up a large local following with traditional but distinctive Indian food whipped up by a family-run business. It’s been so successful that the brand has recently expanded to their newest venture, Manjit’s at the Wharf, on King Street Wharf and it’s apparent that, just like their Balmain eatery, the focus here is on good service and authentic food.... Read More | Share it now!
Every week it sounds like there’s something new opening in Cronulla, a reasonably isolated beachside town outside of Sydney that seems to have a dining gem around any corner. For now, they’re keeping a lot of this to themselves – but at the end of last year, we spent a weekend in Cronulla and thought we’d bring you four of our favourite dining experiences. ... Read More | Share it now!
Last year imaginative Newtown cafe Cuckoo Callay staged their very first bacon festival, with a temporary menu lasting several weeks offering nothing but inspired bacon-centric dishes, leading to a whopping two tonnes being sold throughout the event and an even bigger dedicated following since. At the end of this month, the Bacon Festival will return, bolstered by it’s popularity to be even bigger than last year, with a one-day launch event called Bacon Brewfest to be held at Central Park and aMBUSH Gallery on February 27th, featuring collaborations by a whole heap of Sydney’s best including Grumpy Donuts, N2 Gelato, and Black Star Pastry. After the Brewfest, Cuckoo Callay will be in it for the long haul with a very carefully considered menu of brand new bacon dishes offered for about 12 weeks. We were given a preview of that menu this week.... Read More | Share it now!
Luke Mangan’s grand Glass Brasserie is still one of the most reputable in the area, attached to the lush Hilton Sydney with it’s thousand-deep list of wines and award-winning food. A dining experience here has a premium feel but unlike many other restaurants of a similar ilk, there’s still something charmingly casual and easy-going in the air, offering an atmosphere that is as well balanced as anything on the menu. For those looking at a more up-scale Chinese New Year dining experience for 2016, it’d be hard to go past the excellent offering of a specially created four-course menu at Glass, available throughout this week, until Saturday 13th February.... Read More | Share it now!
Indian food isn’t hard to come across in Sydney, but whether or not that Indian food is good, unique, and worthwhile is a different story. Amidst all the excessively creamy take-a-way butter chickens and greasy cheese naans (always a guilty pleasure), there are some truly fascinating dishes to be had in Indian restaurants from Woolloomooloo all the way to Harris Park, you just need to know where to look. Within the past few years good and distinctive Indian dining has been dominated by restaurants like Aki’s and Vrindavan, but now this new restaurant, Indu, from the owner of Mejico Dr. Sam Prince, has shot to the forefront of the list, having only been open for a few months but providing enough to instantly place it as a “must” for Sydney’s dining scene. ... Read More | Share it now!
Both Sydneysiders and visitors to this great city may know the large, salmon-coloured Novotel building in Darling Harbour. What they may not realise is that this hotel also houses a great restaurant called The Ternary. This is the brain-child of Executive chef, Anthony Flowers and the perfect place to experience a memorable dining experience, which we were fortunate enough to do.... Read More | Share it now!
British Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, he who runs Pollen Street Social and was once behind Gordon Ramsay’s famous Maze, has now seen his first Sydney restaurant and bar, Kensington Street Social officially open to the public. Part of Loh Lik Peng’s Old Clare Hotel, KSS is directly in-line with what has made Atherton such a renowned culinary force, fashioned by an award-winning architecture and design firm (Neri & Hu), and serving up some interesting, unique food and drink.... Read More | Share it now!
Cheekyburger, once a Paddington-only exclusive, has opened up shop a little closer to the CBD locale. You can check out their fresh new look at The Chippendale Hotel, located a stone’s throw from Broadway. One can get nice and cosy in the dimly lit interior of the pub or make like my friends and I did and enjoy the longer daylight hours in the outdoor seating area.... Read More | Share it now!
Little is done in half measures at Coco Cubano. The Cuban restaurant with locations across Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle sprang from the Surry Hills institution which has sat on Taylor Square for decades. Perhaps reflecting the country’s love of a good time excess is the order of the day with this satisfying Cuban fare.... Read More | Share it now!