Hunter & Barrel – Cockle Bay Wharf (Sydney)

Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group enjoyed a good reputation thusfar, having various brands on their portfolio including The Meat & Wine Co. and Ribs & Burgers, both multi-location restaurants that know a thing or two about good, juicy meats. The latest addition to the hospitality group’s scope is an interesting concept titled Hunter & Barrel, looking back to the days of the hunter for coal-inspired cooking and bringing in the ever-growing trend of barrel-aged drinks. The new concept will have a few locations in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the most picturesque so far is on the roof of Cockle Bay Wharf, in the unique, round-shaped space that used to be Chinta Ria (which has now moved to Double Bay).... Read More | Share it now!

Pipeclay Pumphouse – Mudgee (NSW)

Front and centre by the lake at awarded Mudgee property Robert Stein Vineyard & Winery is where one will find Pipeclay Pumphouse, one of the few fine dining options in the area. Like Kim Currie’s nearby The Zin House, the kitchen here, led by Chef Andy Crestani, has an unwavering dedication to the local region, paying homage to the surrounding land and farms. Of course, the menu changes with the seasons, and wine matching is obviously a big reason for a visit to this intimate, spacious restaurant.... Read More | Share it now!

The Zin House – Mudgee (NSW)

A trip to Mudgee is simply not complete without The Zin House in sight. Kim Currie’s acclaimed, hatted country restaurant has been embraced by locals and visitors alike since it opened in 2014, rapidly building a glowing reputation for the kitchen’s unwavering dedication to seasonal, local produce, many of which is hand-picked from the surrounding garden and skillfully crafted according to set menus. Much of this produce is picked from the 1000 acre organic and biodynamic Tinja farm property, included in the sweeping view from this charming house on the hill; a view which also includes the Zinfadel vineyard (after which the restaurant is named) and the nearby Lowe Wines.... Read More | Share it now!

Sunrise Asian – Elizabeth Bay (Sydney)

Widely referred to as a “Chef’s Secret”, Sunrise Asian is a name well known amongst the A-list of Australia’s kitchen-heads; from Neil Perry to Peter Gilmore, some of the country’s finest have been regulars to Fiat Malaniyom’s business for years, relying on him and his team to source hard-to-find produce and rare native ingredients from around Australia, many of which have been used to create some stand-out dishes at restaurants like Quay and Rockpool. It then comes to no surprise that Sunrise Asian’s brand new stand-alone restaurant in Elizabeth Bay is attracting all kinds of attention from food lovers across Sydney, doubling as a store for fresh Asian groceries, pastries, and various other produce.... Read More | Share it now!

Mach2 – Sydney International Airport T1

Long-established as an Italian dining institution, Sydney’s Machiavelli now enjoys an extended reach throughout the city, with their second sister restaurant, another incarnation of Mach2, propped up right before customs at Sydney International Airport T1. It’s part of the re-focused dining options at airports around Australia, bringing in more reliable and popular outlets to up the standard of airport dining. Turning to a brand such as Machiavelli and giving them a platform to showcase their Italian food to inbound and outbound travelers was a smart move by Airport Retail Enterprises, who have been rolling out a bunch of new food options lately and were responsible in bringing MoVida to Sydney Domestic T2 a few years ago. ... Read More | Share it now!

Popolo – Rushcutters Bay (Sydney)

Much has changed at popular Italian restaurant Popolo, but thankfully not in it’s infectiously laid-back atmosphere; it’s still got that same piazza-style cool about it, offering an incredibly relaxing dining experience that flows throughout the outdoor and indoor dining areas. Established as one of the most popular restaurants in the area, now three years into business, Popolo has switched things up with a little refurbishment, assisted by developments at the Advanx Precinct – in which Popolo stands – which have doubled the size of the courtyard that overlooks the restaurant; the biggest change has been in the kitchen, appointing ex-Pilu At Freshwater and Biota Dining chef Naomi Lowry to lead the food offerings.... Read More | Share it now!

The Tilbury Hotel – Woolloomooloo (Sydney)

As far as Gastropubs go, few venues can match up to the perfectly positioned Tilbury Hotel in Woolloomooloo, which doesn’t just have location on its side, but a reputation as one of the best dining options outside of the suburb’s iconic wharf; one which has just received a refreshed and refocused makeover, slightly switching up the interior for the first time in 12 years, while also the menu on offer, which has been designed by the venue’s new Michelin-accredited Head Chef James Wallis.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Pop-Up: Grey Goose’s Salon at Vine – Double Bay

Double Bay’s Vine paints a pretty picture on most days with an Eastern suburban feel against a soothing evening backdrop, but when paired with a French inspired pop-up bar, the vibe is taken to the next level just as the sun begins to set. I scored an early invite to the Grey Goose’s Salon at Vine pop-up, featuring the ultimate canapés and Grey Goose cocktails set against a French Riviera-inspired décor, previewing the temporary bar that will be at the restaurant until January 31st 2016.... Read More | Share it now!

Brigade Dining – Woollahra (Sydney)

Local Woollahra fav The Light Brigade Hotel has undergone quite the impressive transformation, joining the long list of contemporary pub makeovers that have been strung throughout Sydney this year. The venue’s spirit has been refined and re-imagined with a vibrant, modern approach from new owners The Bayfield family, who are most known for their long-running ownership of The Newport Arms, which they sold to Merivale earlier this year.... Read More | Share it now!