Review: Neil Perry’s Jade Temple is now doing premium yum cha (Sydney)

Light and bright with a great deal of character, Jade Temple is a substantial move away from Eleven Bridge for Neil Perry. The famous chef’s short-lived “fine-casual” restaurant, which replaced Rockpool last year, was all dark and moody compared to this majestic makeover helped by two beautiful cast iron Chinese guardian lions which stand guard while the rest of the interior is beautified with traditional Chinese artwork, custom-made bamboo chandeliers and wooden shutters.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Taqiza is an excellent addition to Bondi’s strong Mexican dining scene (Sydney)

It may be in the heart of Bondi Beach, but Taqiza is a journey to a small energetic restaurant hidden down a bustling street in Méjico. The restaurant size may be cosy, but the menu and taste isn’t slim in excitement. The word Taqiza, which literally translates to ‘taco party’ in Spanish, is the embodiment of what this authentic Mexican restaurant has to offer.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Catalina is summer-ready with one of their best seasonal menus yet (Sydney)

With the illustrious glow constantly surrounding Rose Bay dining institution Catalina, complacency would be understandable – unacceptable, but understandable. There’s no time to rest on ones laurels here though, a restaurant where the team know that it’s much than a sparkling harbourside location that keeps people coming back for more, adding to an enviable list of regulars who are more than happy to pay a premium price for a premium meal. This dynamism is largely credited to a strong sense of seasonality which introduces substantial changes to the menu but finds a way to balance that with consistency, sticking to what regulars know and love but always switching it up a bit with ongoing experimentation fueled by unparalleled access to high-quality ingredients.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Ballaro brings Sicilian street eats to Newtown (Sydney)

Sitting smack bang in the middle of King Street’s more energetic half, Ballaro is a small but bright new shop pumping out authentic Sicilian-style street eats. Owned by two Italians, the space draws on inspiration from the oldest and most vibrant street market in Sicily with images of fresh produce and crates used to craft a cosy little seated area – even though the main function of this shop is obviously takeaway, with pizza, crocchè and massive arancini being the main draws. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: The Bistro at Manly Pavilion finally does the heritage listed building justice (Sydney)

It’s a mystery why a number of restaurants have failed in this exceptional heritage listed building overlooking the sparkling waters of Manly, with different iterations of the former bathing pavilion over the past couple of years not quite sticking the landing. Though it’s tempting to place a fine dining establishment in this stunning space, perhaps ambition was the problem all along, which is why it seems the new owners have got things just right. It’s not exactly pared back to the point of cheap pub-style meals, but now Manly Pavilion boasts The Bistro, making complete use of the dramatic panoramic water views, spacious dining room, and lush outdoor area, albeit with food that’s much more accessible, and arguably just as – if not more – delicious. ... Read More | Share it now!

Rosebery’s Da Mario: still one of the best pizzerias in Sydney

Two years on and food lovers across Sydney are still reeling over the closure of Surry Hills’ treasured Pizza Mario. The highly celebrated pizzeria was long-established as one of the very best this city has ever seen, and its unfortunate closure in 2015 was a huge hit to the otherwise rich and consistent Italian dining scene across the city. Though the blow was somewhat softened by the news that Da Mario, the owners’ spin-off which opened in Rosebery in 2013, would remain open, boasting the same award-winning pizza located in a barely-formed dining district that has long been known for quality over quantity. ... Read More | Share it now!

Proud and powerful: Machiavelli Ristorante is still one of Sydney’s finest Italian restaurants

It seems the 2016 arrival of a spin-off restaurant, imposing Rushcutters Bay warehouse restaurant Bar Machiavelli, has sparked a new flame under Sydney’s long-standing Machiavelli Ristorante, a stalwart dining destination that has been standing since 1988. There’s a real “if these walls could talk” kind of history behind this famed Italian restaurant, a sprawling space underneath Clarence Street and just a stone’s throw from Wynyard Station. Regular clientele include the political elite and media billionaires, many of whom have their portraits circling the quintessentially European interior, beaming down on their own tables with poses so serious they feel like satire. ... Read More | Share it now!