Review: The Butler’s new head chef makes some welcome changes – Potts Point (Sydney)

Newly appointed Head Chef George Fowler ha brought a sharp focus on seasonal and sustainably sourced produce to make some changes at Potts Point favourite The Butler. Now with a team that also includes Danish-born Executive Chef Kasper Christensen (ex-Quay) and regular foraging sessions with forager and chef Elijah Holland (who worked with Kasper at Noma), food at the bar and restaurant is heading in a new direction, with those foraged ingredients taking the spotlight.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Frisco Hotel (Woolloomooloo) pushes into a new era with an exciting new look and menu

A warm Summer’s day became cooler as the breeze off the Woolloomooloo water blew towards The Frisco Hotel that lies one block away from the water. Tightly-wound townhouses are stacked up the street, as the maritime blue poles of the nautical themed herald a new era for the long-standing pub. Under new management, the 13-week makeover involves the introduction of an attractive new menu where the spotlight is on seafood and vibrant cocktails.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Bangbang Cafe (Surry Hills) remains on the front line in Sydney’s ferocious burger wars

Concealed on Reservoir Street in Surry Hills, Bangbang Café remains a refuge for fresh salads, take-away coffee and gluttonous burgers, a menu which in the past year or so has placed the modest business in prime position on the front line of Sydney’s ongoing burger war. It oozes casual cool from its open, sun-lit shop front to its complete wall-sized chalkboard that teases the menu, blending into that typically laid-back Surry Hills lifestyle.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Hurricane’s Grill new Circular Quay location mixes classic charcoal with carnivorous delight (Sydney)

Floor to ceiling panes of glass permits natural light to fill the large, open space of the new Hurricane’s Grill location in Circular Quay’s The Gateway precinct. As well as allowing to people-watch as Sydney Harbour and the Ferry terminal lie in view, it brightens up the new restaurant from the popular meat-focused brand.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Devon Cafe brings their award winning food to Barangaroo (Sydney)

A few years ago, Surry Hills’ much awarded Devon Cafe expanded to include a spin-off a few suburbs over, gifting Waterloo Devon on Danks, an enormously popular venture that allowed for some bigger turns into the flavour-rich world of Asian fusion. As an essential brunch destination, the cafe dominated Danks street right up until it was sadly closed down earlier this year, leaving space for an expansion to the increasingly crowded Barangaroo precinct. It seems Sydney’s slick new waterfront destination couldn’t do without one of the most consistent cafes in the city, as if Belles Hot Chicken, Banksii, Ume Burger, and a 5-in-1 emporium wasn’t enough.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Juicy Lucy Diner – Surry Hills (Sydney)

When the team from Sugarcane opened their fiery red and orange homage to vintage tuck shops, Juicy Lucy, success seemed slow but steady. Word of mouth helped get the thing off the ground, seeing as it was on one of the more neglected strips of Surry Hills, but once it took off Juicy Lucy became one of the casual eats of the year; Asian-styled rotisserie chicken, massive burgers and wraps are regularly devoured by discerning devotees, pushing up demand high enough to justify an expansion. This wasn’t the kind of expansion that leaped over a few suburbs though – unlike Sugarcane’s permanent move to Coogee Beach; the new Juicy Lucy is literally located right around the corner from the original, propped up in the former site of Sugarcane on Reservoir Street.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Luis Tans – Bondi (Sydney)

Tucked just off Campbell Parade is where you’ll find The House of Luis Tans (Luis Tans for short), shaped into a space that formerly hosted contemporary Japanese spot PaperPlanes, ditching the Asian pop art for a mature dip into Peruvian chic, a stylish 70’s pastiche helped by vintage posters and stripes of colour. The restaurant takes its name from a ridiculously wealthy Peruvian hustler (Lui) and the luxurious estate he built with his wife (Akemi Tan), daughter of the boss in the largest yakuza syndicate since the mid 20th century. The menu however focuses on the actual union between these two characters, the blending of South American and Asian cultures which is mirrored in the distinguished fusion (yep, that word) food and drink, resulting in some very strong, well done flavours.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Butcher & Farmer – Tramsheds Harold Park, Forest Lodge (Sydney)

I would imagine all of the tenants in Tramsheds Harold Park are fairly happy right now. Head along on any given the day and the diverse European inspired food hall is packed full of life, welcoming the hungry as they have their pick of the litter between the likes of Gelato Messina and Belles Hot Chicken and Bodega 1904 and Osaka Trading Co.. Everyone is doing quite well for themselves, but it’s obvious high-profile chef Jared Ingersoll and his Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group collaboration Butcher & Farmer snagged the most enviable position. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Fratelli Fresh – Westfield CBD (Sydney)

Fratelli Fresh has long been an iconic brand for Sydney’s dining scene, a produce-driven Italian dining concept that was this year picked up by Urban Purveyor Group (now Rockpool Dining Group) and spread far and wide to new locations outside of the original and best known Bridge Street and Walsh Bay venues. One of the most central of these new locations is Westfield Sydney, where Fratelli Fresh has joined their fast-casual sister (and pizzeria spin-off) Fratelli Famous in the corner of the property’s tightly curated level 5 food hall. ... Read More | Share it now!