Review: Juicy Lucy Diner – Surry Hills (Sydney)

When the team from Sugarcane opened their fiery red and orange homage to vintage tuck shops, Juicy Lucy, success seemed slow but steady. Word of mouth helped get the thing off the ground, seeing as it was on one of the more neglected strips of Surry Hills, but once it took off Juicy Lucy became one of the casual eats of the year; Asian-styled rotisserie chicken, massive burgers and wraps are regularly devoured by discerning devotees, pushing up demand high enough to justify an expansion. This wasn’t the kind of expansion that leaped over a few suburbs though – unlike Sugarcane’s permanent move to Coogee Beach; the new Juicy Lucy is literally located right around the corner from the original, propped up in the former site of Sugarcane on Reservoir Street.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Butcher & Farmer – Tramsheds Harold Park, Forest Lodge (Sydney)

I would imagine all of the tenants in Tramsheds Harold Park are fairly happy right now. Head along on any given the day and the diverse European inspired food hall is packed full of life, welcoming the hungry as they have their pick of the litter between the likes of Gelato Messina and Belles Hot Chicken and Bodega 1904 and Osaka Trading Co.. Everyone is doing quite well for themselves, but it’s obvious high-profile chef Jared Ingersoll and his Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group collaboration Butcher & Farmer snagged the most enviable position. ... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney’s health food scene is not a trend, it is a transformation

A focus on healthy food-habits has arisen in Sydney over the past few years, and it only seems to be growing. As a nation, we are becoming more and more concerned with what we eat and how we eat, with recent data showing 69% of Aussies are cutting down on sugar, and 59% are eating more natural, fresh foods. It is clear we are increasing our focus on nutrition, with a new diet popping up every year, from paleo, veganism, sugar-free, fat-free, raw…have I included them all? Probably not. But clearly, ‘healthier’ diets and a growing concern with the way we eat are well established.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Lotus Barangaroo (Sydney)

Lotus is the latest restaurant addition to the flourishing dining destination of the harbourside Wulugul Walk at Barangaroo, a third Sydney restaurant for the brand following their original dumpling bar in Walsh Bay and their massive restaurant at The Galeries. Head chef Chris Yan (Lotus Galeries, ex-Billy Kwong and China Doll) takes on native Australian ingredients in a modern Chinese menu, a dining experience illustrated by those fantastic harbour views and a light, bright fit-out.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Barzaari – Marrickville (Sydney)

I sometimes wonder what it would have been like walking into a restaurant like Quay or Rockpool for the first time, back when they first opened. Would diners get that instant feeling of longevity, the kind that says to you “yeah, this is something special, this is going to be here for the long run”? I certainly got that feeling when I first walked into Restaurant Hubert earlier this year, and it hit me again while walking off Marrickville’s quiet Addison Road and into Barzaari. In a few years time this will be considered an indelible part of Sydney’s dining scene, I had little doubt about that as I walked back out after a very filling, inspiring meal.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Weekend High Tea Buffet, Sheraton on the Park – CBD (Sydney)

After improving the design of their lobby-level dining space The Gallery, luxe Sydney hotel Sheraton on the Park have flipped the ‘on’ switch to their new afternoon high tea experience, a decadent buffet-style approach to the elegant tradition. There aren’t many high tea offerings around Sydney which allow you access to a buffet, so this one is of particular interest, especially since the traditional approach is notoriously light on food. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: 360 Dining’s Wine Club – CBD (Sydney)

Could these be the best value wine dinners in Sydney? One would sure be hard-pressed finding one that combines the atmosphere and value like 360 Bar & Dining do with their “360 Wine Club” events. There are plenty of wine dinner series across the city but not many similarly priced events have quite the scope or altitude as this one, perched 305m above the streets of Sydney on 360 Dining’s private floor.... Read More | Share it now!

Strip clubs, live music venues, and some CBD bars are now exempt from the lockout laws (Sydney)

Much has been said about Mike Baird’s contentious Sydney lockout laws and it’s widespread effect on the hospitality industry and vibrant nightlife that the city’s tourism (and morale) kind of needs. Last week a Supreme
Court ruling may have put a crack in those laws, as there are now some venues across Sydney which will be exempt, specifically live music venues (SCORE!), strip clubs, and some CBD bars.... Read More | Share it now!