Opened just a few weeks ago in Darlinghurst, Madame Shanghai is an old-school Shanghai street food and yum cha spot by the same team behind Sydney’s beloved Lotus restaurants and Papa Bo Min. Vintage-minded with a love of all things Chinoiserie, the new venue overlooks Hyde Park and brings a bit of Sydney’s leafy icon into its cocktail area with a Shanghai garden aesthetic, surrounding drinkers and diners with lush greenery and playful dabs of colour ranging from malachite to retro pink.... Read More | Share it now!
“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!
Welcome to Burger Watch, where we acknowledge the constant creativity bursting from all sides of the epic burger wave that regularly sweeps Australia. The highest-of-high demand is reserved for this timeless food staple and just about every interpretation of it, whether it to be an over-the-top glutton-fest or a focus on simple burgers done well. We acknowledge that it’s not just enough to compile a list of the best burger joints for each city, because we all know the cream of the crop have space on their menu for revolving specials. That’s why every now and then we’ll be paying close attention to some of the absolute best burger joints across the country and picking limited edition specials we feel you need in your life, so you’ll never have to miss out again.... Read More | Share it now!
How has Sydney gone this long without Chicago-style deep dish pizza? The famous mid-west style of pizza has long been an indulgent fantasy for Sydney diners returning from vacation in the States, but up until now it’s been hard to come across. That’s going to change with the opening of Johnny Fontane’s, a new venue on Darlinghurst’s Stanley St with a name and theme taken from fictional swing singer, film actor and the godson of mob boss Vito Corleone from The Godfather.... Read More | Share it now!
Inside The Kirketon Hotel in Sydney lies a cocktail bar that will excite every sense of your body, leaving little wonder as to why it’s remained one of the most respected and referenced cocktail bars in the city’s history. From smoking beechwood, to liquid nitrogen, to adding sea salt and citrus aromas in the form of smoke to fill cocktail glasses, Eau De Vie – which also has an acclaimed venue in Melbourne – is a masterclass in imagination and reinvention.... Read More | Share it now!
Three different set menus – with the option to mix-and-match or add dishes – define the offering at new Darlinghurst restaurant Classico Moderno, which sits modestly behind the Hyde Park end of Oxford Street. Chef Bryan Gerlini seems to have been inspired from his time spent at the highly acclaimed Café Paci with Pasi Petanen, gifting Sydney diners an exciting short-run restaurant that serves as a dedicated showcase for the Emelia Romagna region of Northern Italy. The dining here is charactertised by interesting, soulful dishes that move away from the expected and present beautifully designed dishes packed with strong flavours and textures, a testament to Gerlini’s love of his home and a reminder of his the indelible mark he left as the founding head chef of Leichhardt favourite Capriccio Osteria.... Read More | Share it now!
The Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy is about to see a major champion with new Sydney pop-up restaurant Classico Moderno, a concept from young local chef Bryan Gerlini who is determined to showcase the best of his home and its classic cuisine. Aside from being the founding Head Chef of Leichhardt’s excellent Capriccio Osteria, Gerlini is perhaps best known for his time helping renowned chef Pasi Petanen achieve legendary status with award-winning pop up Café Paci, an inspiring short-run restaurant that remained one of the city’s most popular dining spots until it popped-down late last year.... Read More | Share it now!
Executive Chef Zachary Tan has been kicking all types of goals at Darlinghurst’s Lazy Suzie which opened earlier this year in March, dishing up unique twists on Malaysian street food with some of the best cocktails in the area (and that’s saying a lot). However, somewhere along the way the owners faced a potential trademark conflict over the name “Lazy Susan”; rather than let this slow anything down, the team have decided to swiftly re-brand to the new name of Lucky Suzie, and with the quick name change comes a brand new menu.... Read More | Share it now!
Apex burger joint Pub Life Kitchen have ventured on down to the former digs of Darlinghurst’s notorious Club 77 (where Starfuckers regularly had night-crawlers in a frenzy), which was recently overturned and transformed into a stylish subterranean diner simply called 77. In the underground diner, PLK have set up a residency called PLK Express, offering a limited menu of two burgers and two sides.... Read More | Share it now!
Darlo Country Club has been alive with a spirited L.A Hamptons theme for a little over half a year now, fitting out the former Victoria Room space with a bright, energetic bar and restaurant full of playful cocktails (like the Eton Fizz and Gentlemen’s Agreement) and indulgent bar food. It didn’t take long for them to switch things up though, dimming the lights and tapping the team behind Barrio Cellar and Fei Jai to help flesh out the menu and move towards a more sophisticated restaurant aesthetic while maintaining that youthful bar atmosphere.... Read More | Share it now!