Eat & Drink

Lien’s

I went into this modest Glebe Point Road offering expecting little more than decent, inexpensive suburban Vietnamese. Imagine my surprise when I strolled through the large foyer (perfect if you want to wait in comfort for take-away) into a warm, child-friendly family restaurant with an amazing city view! The décor is nothing special; but the […]

Deep Blue Bistro

The cuisine is 'modern Australian with a native twist' according to manager and sommelier, Richard Hargreave, who quickly had us sipping a sterling drop - the 2006 Palliser Estate Pinot Gris ($59). In the kitchen, chefs Wayne Farmer and David Lee do a wonderful job with strong French technique backing up good produce and imagination, […]

Le Pain Quotidien (UPDATED)

Sometimes it's the simplest things that impress the most. A perfect toasted Ham and Cheese Croissant ($6.50) made with Gruyere cheese, and served with cucumber and radish, and a pot of mustards, won me over here. A warm bowl of well-made Caffè Latte ($4.50) was the perfect antidote to the chilly air; and their Mocha […]

The Cheese Whiz’s Cheese Quiz

If most courses about cheese leave you feeling that you should be teaching the class, why not pit your palate against the best in the McIntosh and Bowman blind cheese tasting competition' You'll eat your way through six tables filled with mystery cheeses and wines over a ninety minute period. Your culinary ability will be […]

For the Sake of my Education

By Jackie McMillan At a recent visit to try the food at Toko Restaurant and Bar, I was introduced to the pleasures of sake, by Bar Manager Paul Birtwistle. His did this in such an interesting and wonderful way, that I had to follow up with an interview. Paul is one of the world's leading […]

Bonsai Japanese Restaurant

One of the true joys of winter is being able to park close to the popular restaurant row at Bronte Beach; in fact during my recent lunch time visit I had my choice of parking spaces. Equally pleasant is warming up in the sun at an al fresco table with a great view across beautiful […]

Le Pain Quotidien

Sometimes it's the simplest things that impress the most. A perfect toasted Ham and Cheese Croissant ($6.50) made with Gruyere cheese, and served with crisp, thin slices of cucumber and radish, and a small pot containing three mustards, won me over here. Cupping my hands around a warm bowl of well-made Caffè Latte ($4.50) was […]

A’Mews

You're certain to find something entertaining to your tastebuds at A'Mews, where quiet British refinement meshes with French decadence. I'd recommend the well-priced 6 Course Chef's Degustation Menu ($72/head, $105/with wine). If you do, Dani, who manages the floor with friendliness and an obvious soft spot for the cuisine of Chef Richard Moyser, will direct […]

Element Bistro

I felt like an impostor sneaking into the city under the cover of darkness to dine in this restaurant; by day full of the legal profession, but by night a warm, intimate, well-priced little bistro. Suit world has left an impression on the menu, which is written in English and quite accessible, so even diners […]

Iron Deficient Chef

By Jackie McMillan  It's always nice to run into people who get as excited about food as I do. When I recently bumped into Suzy Spoon (who used to own the popular MacDonnas vegetarian burger bar which was opposite the Newtown Police Station) I was keen to hear about her new food related project. These […]