A little ray of sunshine has burst through the concrete brutalism of Australia Square. Its warmth can be felt in the greeting of Kate McMahon, who brings her expertise (and a martini) from Catalina.
The Gazebo dining room runs in a gentle curve from grand piano to kitchen, the ceiling studded with low-hanging lights.
This is a confident restaurant that knows what it is, which is more than I can say for Google Maps, who seem to struggle with displaying where it is.
It takes a strong restaurant to knock down previous tenants, The Woods, but Mark Best has cleared the trees - and a few walls – in the Four Seasons to bring his famous Melbourne bistro to town.
All eyes are on the InterContinental Double Bay, set to launch in November. Providing Sydneysiders with the perfect bayside retreat, this hotel refurbishment (it’s the old Ritz Carlton) is poised to breathe new life into Double Bay.
As people open the doors into the newly renovated Charing Cross Hotel, you’re likely to hear a sharp intake of breath.
Stolen Rum flamed at the table then liberally applied to a Rum Baba ($14) is just a taste of things to come, explains Sebastien Lutaud, Restaurant Associates’ General Manager of Culinary Services.
The Beach Boys on the speakers, pin-up girls taking orders, a cordial station, jars of sweets and gingham curtains… If this place was any cuter I could be sick.
As well as delivering a bonzer brekky, Kingsgrove’s hippest café is open for dinner, every Thursday to Saturday night. Plan your meal around the sweets.