Review: Lucio Pizzeria celebrate “Australia’s Best Pizza” win (Sydney)

Walking away with the title of best pizza in Australia is nothing to be taken lightly. That’s exactly what Lucio De Falco did at this year’s authoritative World Pizza Championships, snatching the title from the usual suspects and bringing it home to his two Sydney restaurants, Darlinghurst’s acclaimed Lucio and its more recently opened Zetland location. What’s more is that this was the first year in which Lucio competed in the championships, attracting much attention with his award-winning signature STG (specialita traditionale garantita) which highlights the traditional Naples style with ease. ... Read More | Share it now!

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!

Review: Waterloo’s Allegra Dining is a hidden gem worth digging for (Sydney)

Sydney’s food blogger community has been raving about Waterloo’s Allegra Dining for quite some time and it seems, in this particular case, it’s perfectly fine to buy into the hype. Tucked away at the far end of the breezy courtyard of 18 Danks Street, which also hosts Kepos & Co and a bunch of showrooms, this almost-one-year old is a stunning addition for an area that’s not at all lacking when it comes to quality options. It’s Italian by taste, with pasta and crudo regular finds on a menu which seems to evolve with seasonality in mind, and is beautifully spaced with the same kind of bright, chirpy demeanour and minimal, effective design Sydneysiders have come to expect from modern eateries.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Catalina is summer-ready with one of their best seasonal menus yet (Sydney)

With the illustrious glow constantly surrounding Rose Bay dining institution Catalina, complacency would be understandable – unacceptable, but understandable. There’s no time to rest on ones laurels here though, a restaurant where the team know that it’s much than a sparkling harbourside location that keeps people coming back for more, adding to an enviable list of regulars who are more than happy to pay a premium price for a premium meal. This dynamism is largely credited to a strong sense of seasonality which introduces substantial changes to the menu but finds a way to balance that with consistency, sticking to what regulars know and love but always switching it up a bit with ongoing experimentation fueled by unparalleled access to high-quality ingredients.... Read More | Share it now!

Rosebery’s Da Mario: still one of the best pizzerias in Sydney

Two years on and food lovers across Sydney are still reeling over the closure of Surry Hills’ treasured Pizza Mario. The highly celebrated pizzeria was long-established as one of the very best this city has ever seen, and its unfortunate closure in 2015 was a huge hit to the otherwise rich and consistent Italian dining scene across the city. Though the blow was somewhat softened by the news that Da Mario, the owners’ spin-off which opened in Rosebery in 2013, would remain open, boasting the same award-winning pizza located in a barely-formed dining district that has long been known for quality over quantity. ... Read More | Share it now!

Proud and powerful: Machiavelli Ristorante is still one of Sydney’s finest Italian restaurants

It seems the 2016 arrival of a spin-off restaurant, imposing Rushcutters Bay warehouse restaurant Bar Machiavelli, has sparked a new flame under Sydney’s long-standing Machiavelli Ristorante, a stalwart dining destination that has been standing since 1988. There’s a real “if these walls could talk” kind of history behind this famed Italian restaurant, a sprawling space underneath Clarence Street and just a stone’s throw from Wynyard Station. Regular clientele include the political elite and media billionaires, many of whom have their portraits circling the quintessentially European interior, beaming down on their own tables with poses so serious they feel like satire. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Rocker is an essential new dining spot for North Bondi (Sydney)

North Bondi was chosen as the location for Rocker, a high-profile new opening from Sweet & Chilli’s Cam Northway and the always-excellent Darren Robertson, best known for being one of the driving forces behind Three Blue Ducks as well as his new stint on My Kitchen Rules. Reputation is nothing without execution though, and fortunately this casual all-day restaurant and bar delivers, both with it’s locally-appropriate laid-back atmosphere and gorgeous share-style dining.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Darlinghurst’s Lucky Suzie brings modern Malaysian to a whole new level (Sydney)

Darlinghurst’s Lucky Suzie is one of the area’s best kept secrets; there’s no doubting that. What chef Zachary Tan (widely known for Devon Cafe) has worked up in his experimental modern Malaysian kitchen is a consistent burst of big traditional flavours mixed into modern, eye-catching dishes with a menu that seems to be changing regularly. Being as it’s winter, that change has landed on the ever-loved truffle, Tan imbuing many of the current dishes with the premium ingredient to really switch things up for customers both loyal and new. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Efendy remains at the forefront of contemporary Turkish cuisine – Balmain (Sydney)

We’re seated outside at Efendy in Balmain on a beautiful sunny Sunday. The courtyard has a casual atmosphere that’s friendly and inviting, extending through to the contemporary Turkish food. There’s nothing too fussy going on with everything we order, just authentic and bold flavours. With a new focus on charcoal grilling, chef Somer Sivrioglu was inspired by a recent trip to his home country.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: 12-Micron is a stunning new entry on The Streets of Barangaroo (Sydney)

What is Australian cuisine, and in particular, modern Australian cuisine? At 12-Micron, this means creating a space that showcases the very best this country has to offer, from the cuisine to the interior, from the produce to the plates they ultimately sit on. This is what Barangaroo’s latest stands for right down to its namesake, after the desirable fine 12-micron wool fibre which, much like an ingredient in the kitchen, can be refined into something beautiful and delicious.... Read More | Share it now!