Review: Motif Restaurant highlights exceptional produce from Hokkaido (Tokyo, Japan)

Very few words can describe just how exciting the dining scene in Japan really is. It’s almost dizzying to think just what kind of journey your palate will be taken through on a trip to the famously unique country, presenting you with everything from the standards like ramen, sushi and yakiniku through to the likes of okonomiyaki and yakisoba. Though meat and seafood are most definitely the most common just about everywhere, vegetarians would be mistaken to think they are left out, given there are some truly beautiful “farm-to-table” experiences to be had, with local seasonal vegetables showcased in playful, inventive ways. Case in point: Tokyo’s all-class Motif Restaurant & Bar.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: 1821 is a strong entry for Sydney’s rich Greek dining scene

A long wait preceded the recent opening of 1821 in Sydney’s CBD, mid-way between the kinetic action of Pitt Street Mall and the business-minded Martin Place. The modern Greek restaurant is an ambitious offering from renowned chef David Tsirekas and restaurateur Jim Kospetas, who have pulled no punches with the three-level space which was created in Athens and then shipped over by designer Dimitris Economou.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: The Alley’s focus on delicious vegan food works like a charm (Melbourne)

Melbourne is swiftly gaining a reputation as one of the leading cities in the world when it comes to everything vegan. We have the festivals, the stores, the people, and most importantly the food. It’s no surprise that there is always a new vegan restaurant popping up somewhere, so it was my absolute pleasure to call into the grand opening of The Alley, Melbourne’s newest plant-based eating experience. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: a progressive dinner from East to Man Tong Kitchen (Melbourne)

Melbourne is a multicultural hub brimming with an array of delightfully diverse cuisines from all over the globe. In particular our range of Asian eateries that are sprinkled throughout the CBD brings so much variety to that one condensed area, meaning it really does take a lot to stand out from the crowd. The Hutong Group are big players on the scene, a crew behind some of the city’s most popular contemporary Asian bars and restaurants, and hopping between their several venues only goes to show the invaluable contribution they’ve had to the F&B landscape. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Zeus Street Greek justifies their recent growth with high quality casual eats

A few years ago Zeus Street Greek didn’t seem like it’d reach the level of growth it enjoys today. Their first store was out in Drummoyne, quietly building an empire as a fresh take on Greek street food, that offered more than just souvlakis and gyros, rightfully earned the business a loyal following. Fast forward to the present and there are multiple stores for this fast-casual gem, spanning Sydney, Brisbane, and more recently Perth. Zeus has surely joined the ranks of other fairly recent fast-casuals snatching dominance from established chains, adding to the great variety we have in Australia for those who need a quick bite that doesn’t involve mushy salads and sugary burger buns. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Brick Lane brings the lighter side of Indian dining to Darlinghurst (Sydney)

“Experimental Indian” isn’t something you’d hear often around Sydney’s dining scene a few years ago. Now, it’s picking up, and a few inventive restaurants across the city are really highlighting a side of Indian cuisine that moves far away from excessively creamy butter chicken and puffy, indulgent cheese naan. Brick Lane is but the latest to join that inventive few, mirroring London’s popular restaurant of the same name, molded to fit Sydney sensibilities in an old terrace on the increasingly viable Stanley Street. Settling into its inner-city spot, Brick Lane seems to be focused on light and casual eats, flipping Indian influences to present something wholly original and exciting.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: The Sheraton Melbourne Hotel offers a contemporary flair to their Parisian Afternoon High Tea

High tea, often synonymous with indulgent, luxurious and grand, is now a more contemporary affair at The Sheraton Melbourne Hotel. Affectionately (and appropriately) located at the ‘Paris end’ of Little Collins Street, the hotel’s newly launched Parisian Afternoon High Tea is the newest destination for a fashionable luncheon with friends and family.... Read More | Share it now!