Spotlight On Cronulla NSW: Exploring a refreshed and refocused dining scene

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!

First Look: Cuckoo Callay’s Bacon Festival 2016 – Newtown (Sydney)

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!

Review: Glass Brasserie’s Chinese New Year Menu 2016 – CBD (Sydney)

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!

Review: Indu – CBD (Sydney)

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!

Review: The Ternary – Pyrmont (Sydney) (revisited February 2016)

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!

First Impressions: Kensington Street Social – Chippendale (Sydney)

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!

Review: Cheekyburger – Chippendale (Sydney)

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!

Lotus, The Galeries x Black Star Pastry’s Lunar New Year Menu – CBD (Sydney)

As a special treat during Lunar New Year in 2016, lofty CBD restaurant Lotus, The Galeries has brought in Sam Yeo from Sydney dessert staple Black Star Pastry to help newly appointed Lotus Head Chef Tiffany Jones (Four in Hand, Banc Restaurant) create an exclusive dessert degustation, exploring both the various textures and tastes of Asian desserts, representing the three blessings of wealth, prosperity, and longevity. The menu will be offered for just five days in February, from the 10th to the 14th, at a set price of $68 per person ($98 with matching wines), and brings in unique twists and turns on traditional flavours, delivering complex, layered desserts that follow a round of Lotus’ savoury dumplings.... Read More | Share it now!

Calaveras Mexican Cantina and Tequila Bar – Newtown (Sydney)

It’s no secret that there’s plenty of places to get your Mexican fix in Sydney. From chain restaurants to independent eateries, you have a vast array of options depending on where you are, how much you’ve got in your pocket, and whether you want to spend the entire night with a tacky plastic sombrero on your head or not. However, despite the number of choices, the moody Calaveras Mexican Cantina and Tequila Bar should certainly be near the top of your list.... Read More | Share it now!