Review: Catalina has some new tricks but their signatures remain the highlight (Sydney)

We don’t all have the funds to be regulars over at storied Rose Bay restaurant Catalina, but while many may keep this as an occasional indulgence, it’s always well worth seeing how this dining institution is constantly evolving thanks to their unwavering commitment to change. Like most seasonally-focused restaurants, Catalina switches up their signatures with dishes according to the best produce available at the time, and with that billion-dollar view as a constant, it’s the perfect dynamic and reason enough for its revered position in Sydney’s dining scene.... Read More | Share it now!

South-African burger bar RocoMamas makes Australian debut in Melbourne

The internationally recognised burger brand, RocoMamas has recently chosen Melbourne’s endless dining precinct, Chapel Street, to open its first flagship Australian joint. If you’re planning a visit, expect to get your hands, mouth and face dirty, as the idea behind this menu is to put down the knives and forks and attack their iconic ‘smashed burgers’ with your hands.... Read More | Share it now!

Vision Direct opens shop in Melbourne, is giving away 100 designer glasses for free this week

Over the next three days, Melbourne locals will be able to get their hands on a free pair of prescription glasses as popular online retailer VisionDirect.com.au opens its very first Vision Direct Optical Centre in the heart of the CBD. They’ll be going large for their opening week, committing 100 free premium acetate frames and prescription lenses for a first come, first serve basis, which locals can walk away with if they rock up between today and Thursday 28th June.... Read More | Share it now!

Matt Moran is bringing an 80-seat Chiswick pop-up to Splendour in the Grass

For the first time ever Matt Moran will be taking his iconic Sydney restaurant Chiswick and hosting a 80-seat pop-up iteration at this year’s Splendour in the Grass. The iconic three-day festival will no doubt benefit from Moran’s planted-to-plated approach which has seen Chiswick, both the original in Woollahra and the extension at the Art Gallery of NSW, become one of Sydney’s most celebrated and consistent dining institutions.... Read More | Share it now!

A giant Arnott’s Shapes box has popped up in Circular Quay (Sydney)

Arnott’s Shapes are still very much top of the line as far as Aussie snacks go, which should come to no surprise seeing as 230,000 packs of the things are consumed every day across the country (compare that with 100,000 packs of Jatz, and 43,000 packs of Vita-Weat). In a response to the strong-as-ever popularity of Shapes, Arnott’s will today be launching a new campaign (#whatacracker) in Sydney by turning a section of the Overseas Passenger Terminal into a free-entry life-size Shapes box, popped up for today and tomorrow only.... Read More | Share it now!

Japanese dessert chain PAFU opens in Macquarie Centre (Sydney)

We’ve already got Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tarts and Ippudo, so it was only a matter of time before ST Group bought down another very well-known Japanese brand, dipping back into the sweet side with Pafu. Last year the Japanese puff-pastry dessert made a successful debut at QV in Melbourne, so now it’s Sydney’s turn to experience the unique treats as PAFU’s first store opens in Macquarie Centre.... Read More | Share it now!

Four of Melbourne’s top bartenders plan to open new venue “Fancy Free” this year

Four bartenders who have been instrumental to the rise of Melbourne’s highly regarded Black Pearl will open a new venue in the CBD later this year. Rob Libecans, Chris Hysted-Adams, Matthew Stirling and Ryan Noreiks will lead the charge at Fancy Free, helping shape the bar as a neighbourhood watering hole in the middle of the CBD where cocktails, wine, beer and food will all be held to an equally high standard.... Read More | Share it now!