Eat & Drink

AB Restaurant

Do your body a favour, and try the supremely fresh Lebanese food on offer at the newly opened AB Restaurant ' part of the Ali Baba Empire, which was first established in 1979. In a section of George Street best known for fatty, fast food, this is a delightful alternative that's kind to both your […]

Balmain Rozelle Food Week

There's a thriving food community in Balmain and Rozelle, made up of a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and produce stores. But if you don't live in the area, it can seem daunting to work out where to go, and what stores to visit. However during the inaugural 2008 Food Week from April 21st-27th, the […]

Chocolate Indulgence

From now until Mother's Day, chocoholics should pop in to The Grace Hotel to indulge in a menu of chocolate treats from Australia's oldest family-run chocolate maker, Haigh's. They've been making fine chocolates since 1915, and if you purchase an item from the Chocolate Indulgence Menu served in the Grace Café, you'll also receive a […]

Aki’s

This is an understated, almost shy restaurant that fills the breach at the top end of Sydney's Indian dining scene. Begin your journey into Kumar Mahadevan's contemporary cuisine with an Indian Mule ($15) ' a refreshing (and original) blend of Vodka and Sake, flavoured with Coriander Root and Ginger. Later move on to explore the […]

Cru54

A breath of fresh air in a stylish modern space, this contemporary Spanish restaurant shows strong French influence in its small but inspiring menu; supplemented by a list of changing specials. I loved the boldly unadorned plate of Jamon Iberico ($20) ' excellent produce presented (as it should be) without frills; but of course complimented […]

Civic Dining

The stylishly revamped art-deco room, complete with a gleaming baby grand piano, provides a wonderful setting for Modern Greek cuisine that cruises above and beyond even 'gastro-pub' fare. Start with a flaky Blue Swimmer Crab and Haloumi Tartlet ($24) or a beautifully plated (and partially de-boned) Pomegranate Roasted Quail ($24) set atop a salad of […]

Restaurant Sojourn (CLOSED)

Whilst the food here is expensive, the extra touches like a complimentary amuse bouche (for us, a carrot soup with thyme, hazelnuts and hazelnut oil) and pre-dessert to each diner soften the prices. You will sample the cuisine of Paul Camilleri in a small yet atmospheric sandstone room, to a great soundtrack. A vegetarian entrée […]

Restaurant Atelier

Darren Templeman's food shines from the first explosive mouthful of the Duck Egg Atelier (a divine concoction of foie gras, cauliflower soubise and goat's cheese foam served in a duck egg). Let him personally create for your table one of Sydney's best value degustation menus ($80/person, $130/with wine) and prepare for the fireworks. If seven […]

Cantina Bar & Grill

More than just Spanish tapas, the menu at Cantina draws from all over the Mediterranean, with great dishes like a compelling special of Hummus with Spiced Ground Lamb, superb lime green Padrón Peppers and Olive Sourdough ($12). The Padrón peppers add an element of chance to your meal because some are hot, and some are […]

Tasty Morsels

By Jackie McMillan Jackie@alternativemediagroup.com Pimientos de Padrón Pimientos de Padrón (the peppers from Padrón, a region of South West Galicia in North West Spain) are quite amazing - some are hot, and some are not. This curious lottery of heat comes by virtue of them being picked immature, before they get their full capsaicin load […]