The best Christmas gift ideas in Australia for 2017

Gift guides popping up all over your feed is a good thing; it’s another sign that the holidays are finally here. 2017 is about to be done and dusted, but first you’ve got the Olympic sport that is gift-giving to get through. However you choose to celebrate the Christmas holidays, it’s going to be all the more special if you really nail the pressies this year, and with this year stacked with excellent releases from tech to spirits to fashion, we’re here to help you sift through the noise and land on the one’s that are actually worth it. Without further ado, we present the AU review’s Christmas Gift Guide for 2017.... Read More | Share it now!

Following its 13th consecutive Chef’s Hat, Wollongong’s Caveau is as focused as ever (NSW)

Having been awarded their thirteenth chef’s hat in a row and evolving under new management, Wollongong’s treasured Caveau is enjoying an eventful 2017. The award-winning fine dining institution is now being managed by chefs Simon Evans and Tom Chiumento, both whom have been running the kitchen since late 2015 and have a strong sense of Caveau’s place in the local food scene, as well as how to ensure the acclaim is consistently met while the menu is changed every 6-8 weeks according to local Illawara and South Coast produce.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Institutions: The Buena remains one of the Lower North Shore’s greatest pubs

Welcome to Sydney Institutions, where we take a look at some of the long-standing venues serving as the beating heart fueling this city’s social landscape. First off, we take a look at a Mosman institution; a pub that has been standing since 1990, given a recent makeover with new owners an new management while still maintaining and honouring its position as the area’s hub of activity.... Read More | Share it now!

Polish Club’s David Novak lets us know his favourite Asian eats in Sydney

Turns out David Novak of Sydney band Polish Club is quite the discerning foodie, and since we here at The AU Review are constantly in-touch with both local musicians and the local food scene we thought it best to grab his thoughts on a topic he is most passionate about: Asian food. Sydney is swarming with top-quality Asian eats, both high and low profile and extending far beyond the confines of the general CBD area; ask anyone where their favourites are and you’ll be met with wildly different results, though that doesn’t mean you should ever stop adding to what is no doubt an already massive to-do list. This is where these lists come in, guiding people on the seemingly non-stop quest to find the very best of all types of Asian cuisines around, inside and outside of the city. Plus, finding your new favourite inexpensive Asian joint is a sure-fire way to save some nosh for more live music.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival: here’s what to expect at the Meriton Festival Village in 2018

Oh you thought Hyde Park was only Sydney’s most exciting destination during October’s Night Noodle Markets? Wrong. Each January Sydney Festival transforms a small but spacious section of the sprawling public park into the Meriton Festival Village, an endlessly exciting hub that dances around pop ups from some of the city’s best food and drink vendors with a dizzying, dazzling, and always daring array of art, music, comedy, theatre and more. It’s easily the hang-out spot in Sydney for the first month of each year, and with the worldly program they’ve got planned for 2018 it’ll be no surprise to see the place filled to the brim each day.... Read More | Share it now!

The Best Gifts for Dad in Australia this Father’s Day

Father’s Day fast approaches on Sunday, September 3rd, and those who plan early can often find some of the best gifts around. Make sure you’re not leaving these ones to the last minute, because they are surely going to be the popular gift choices as the big day creeps towards us. From a beer curating service to the most hipster-dad fashion of all time, explore the map; it’s probably best way to tell where you are.... Read More | Share it now!

The Best Father’s Day events in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne for 2017

Not sure where you’re going to be taking dad come this year’s Father’s Day weekend? Not to worry, plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes, event spaces and hotels will be putting on their very best for the occasion but for those who live in or around either Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra we’re picked out some of our favourites this year. Decisions are all the more harder when you’ve got options thrown at you for every direction so we’ve kept it tight this year, pushing away some of the more obvious destinations and highlighting a few of the best, most underrated options around these areas.... Read More | Share it now!

10 of the best breakfasts in and around Melbourne

Melbourne has the gold-standard locked down when it comes to breakfast and brunch. There’s no arguing against that, especially when the city has held onto that reputation for years on end without ever having to fear healthy competition like Sydney and Adelaide. It’s been a tremendously difficult job but we dived into the rich and diverse breakfast scene in and around Melbourne and emerged with a pretty damn good top 10 if we do so say ourselves. If you haven’t been to any of these then make sure you wake up early and head along, you won’t regret it. ... Read More | Share it now!

7 things you need to eat at smooth Festival of Chocolate in Sydney this weekend

This weekend the annual smooth Festival of Chocolate returns to Sydney’s harbourside the Rocks precinct, bringing an enormous amount of dessert-focused goodness including chef presentations, endless rows of stalls, and a bunch of activities. It’s grown into one of the city’s most anticipated foodie events, and to help you prepare we’ve put together a list of some of the things you should be making a bee-line for as soon as you get there. Trust us, you’ll want to know where you’re going because the crowds can get pretty damn thick.... Read More | Share it now!