First Impressions: Garden Kitchen & Bar at Jupiter’s – Broadbeach (Gold Coast)

The Gold Coast is in the midst of great change in the lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, motivating the city to truly match it’s beautiful landscape and famously stunning weather with modern, attractive restaurants, cafes, and bars, putting it in the perfect position for the expected increase in tourism. The iconic Jupiters Casino is at the forefront of this change, rolling out a massive $345 million redevelopment which has already seen two acclaimed, well-designed restaurants brighten up the property. The property’s latest big opening does away with the dated Prince Albert pub and replaces it with the sightly Garden Kitchen & Bar, a large 350-seat restaurant that flows into a gorgeous, imposing al-fresco scene and makes use of the large grassy area around the side of Jupiters main entrance. ... 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!

Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie – Alexandria (Sydney)

Tucked away on the corner of Botany Road and Mandible Street Alexandria unassuming Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie has been a long term goal of John Ralley and Steve Anderson, realised when they opened for business a mere five months ago. The duo, having met over a decade ago during their apprenticeship in the Southern Highlands, have reconvened with a stack of experience under their belts both locally and abroad, having worked with a multitude of the industry’s best.... Read More | Share it now!

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!