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!
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!
What do you get when two of the kings of Sydney’s brimming burger scene collaborate to the benefit of hearts and minds across the city? You get a brilliant summer residence from Pub Life Kitchen and Barrio Chino at inner-west fashion-slash-cafe staple Deus Ex Machina, propped up in the large space that has become known as Deus Cafe. With the official title of Deus Presents PLK x Barrio this summer-long pop-up brings together two minds which have shaped and lifted Sydney’s burger game to a level of unprecedented feverish demand.... Read More | Share it now!
Just a few months ago, the artsy Harbour Rocks Hotel replaced their attached antique souvenir shop with a nice and simple French creperie, working with the title Creperie Suzette. Modeled with a vintage, raw aesthetic in mind, remaining consistent with the area’s historic past, the venue has been a daytime hit for the hotel, attracting locals and visitors with their rustic approach to French soul food and dedication to quality coffee.... Read More | Share it now!
One of the The Rock’s newest and most exciting cafe openings this year has been Kansas City Shuffle, a venue that occupies the space formerly home to the Cadbury Chocolate factory, and is just a stone’s throw from Wynyard station. The very conveniently located cafe has already racked up a solid fan-base, thanks to those involved in KCS, including Benny Sweeten (ex-Joe Black, Rose Bay Diner) and Chef Kayne Mordini (of Melbourne cafe Proud Mary), and has thus far proved a necessary addition to the area’s casual dining scene.... Read More | Share it now!
Before he helps man the kitchen at Enmore’s forthcoming Queen Victoria Hotel, Merivale Dumpling Master Eric Koh has a few more weeks left running his dim sum pop-up, @EricKoh, at CBD bar Work in Progress. The pop-up was originally intended to last for six weeks through September, but an unsurprisingly high level of demand has forced Merivale to extend the residency until 23rd December this year.... Read More | Share it now!
We have but no choice to be more discerning when it comes to Italian food in Sydney; the proliferation of authentic, good quality Italian restaurants across the city has educated us all on the beautiful diversity this inescapable cuisine delivers. While the new ventures are consistently giving us a reason to fall in love with Italian food over and over again, it’s the older, established Italian institutions that remain at the head of the pack, and a brilliant example is Da Vinci’s in Summer Hill which, after making a name for itself amongst locals, was re-imagined by Nicola Piteo and Valerio Rossi after they purchased it over a year ago.... Read More | Share it now!
North Bondi Fish is at the head of North Bondi beach just below the RSL, a casual eatery looking out over that iconic beach scene with a breezy, playful interior. There’s little surprise as to why this extended from a six month pop-up into a permanent venue back in 2013; there’s something about fresh, clean seafood and salad that not only pair up with the wine, but the atmosphere as a whole, blending North Bondi Fish with it’s surrounds to make for one of the most well-rounded businesses in the area.... Read More | Share it now!
French hotspot Ananas Bar & Brasserie has been hosting special Champagne Brunches once a month for awhile now, pulling on various themes from Willy Wonka to Winter Wonderland. The well-received concept is refreshing and playful, spinning the traditional champagne brunch into lively buffets with free-pour packages, and a DJ for background music (themed, of course), established now as one of the essential Sunday Sessions in Sydney for those that love their food and drink.... Read More | Share it now!
Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café in The Rocks has a prime location for foot traffic, whether it’s tourists from the many cruises that ship in and out of Circular Quay or regulars who recognise the area as a regular haunt. As a chocolate-cafe chain (they have two other locations in Sydney, both by the water), Guylian are relatively new to the scene, but the brand is just as well established as Lindt or Max Brenner and has been for a very long time in Australia, thanks to those magnificent chocolate sea shells you grew up with an addiction for.... Read More | Share it now!