Lured in by their award-winning artisan bacon, I came to be at Canberra’s latest dining destination, Farmhouse, a mere week after they opened. Youthful Chef Brendan Walsh has produced a mature menu that reflects his time with Alain Ducasse at London’s Dorchester and at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde.
A Bondi institution has joined the 21st century – this launderette-cum-convenience store is now a dining destination complete with organic produce, cold-pressed juices and paleo. options.
Immersed in fragrant Thai basil, my teeth register pleasure at the resistance in long slivers of bamboo, and crunch in tiny green eggplants.
“When I was a kid, the first world aid concert was for Bangladesh. It seems weirdly, vicariously colonial to make it into a hipster street food outlet, and I’m absolutely sure they don't eat duck egg omelet with blue swimmer crab.”
It’s a brave restaurateur that jumps into the space formerly occupied by Christine Manfield’s Universal, not least of which because of the Tetris-style pack down required every shift.
Assuming I was heading to another Surry Hills hipster bar, I invited a date, promising quirky cocktails, bar snacks and laughs. And at first glance, that’s what this deep brown Cleveland Street drinking den suggests...
With Sydney’s largest collection of gin - currently sitting at 95 - in the hands of star mixologist, Grant Collins, I really didn’t expect to be raving about the food.
Two words: Bacon Festival. Cuckoo Callay, the whimsical King Street Café inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky, have teamed up with Black Forest Smokehouse in Marrickville.
With “Make Food Not War” neon leading into the Lebanese street food dugout bar; huge murals of Middle Eastern people in the cocktail bar; and a flight path map centralising the Middle East across the dining room; Kazbah’s Potts Point empire might be just what we need.
Everything’s bigger out West. Candelori’s, situated in an unassuming strip of shops in Smithfield, is no exception.