REVIEW: Gumtree Restaurant

The Metro Aspire Hotel has an understated frontage on a quiet street in Ultimo. It is very conveniently located and easy to get to, but hidden from the passing traffic. And that’s a good thing - because once you’ve eaten at their newly refurbished Gumtree Restaurant you’ll want to keep the place a secret. It’s […]

Lotus @ The Galeries

From slickly modern private dining rooms, to texture-rich ceramics and stone, highlighted by natural light flooding into what must have been a difficult u-shaped space, DS17 have taken the lessons of Alpha and outdone themselves. Equally so, in Head Chef Chris Yan’s hands, the now-extensive menu builds upon the ideas germinated in Lotus’s initial Walsh Bay outlet, but far surpasses them.

Food News – InterContinental Double Bay

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.

Food News – Taste of Australia

When a cookbook from one of Australia’s favourite food personalities, Lyndey Milan, landed on my doorstep, I was excited. Lyndey has rolled up her sleeves, donned her gumboots and set out to explore Australia.

Bar Fly: Easy Tiger

The disco decade has never looked as good. Well not (wink) since Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis did a 70s basement bar. Everything about Easy Tiger from design to mood to cocktails, music and food stays true, so you can play that funky music white boy.

Watsons Bay Hotel

Coming to this hotel, perched on Sydney’s South Head, on a sunny winter’s day wasn’t the most original idea I’ve ever had. You see on the day I dined, nearly 1500 other people also took in lunch, across the variety of indoor and outdoor spaces it offers.

Sweethearts Rooftop Barbeque

You climb seemingly millions of stairs and erupt onto a rooftop. You’re handed an order pad and sharpened pencil. That’s not to say you’re left entirely to your own devices – sparkly, vivacious Keystone crew are everywhere, attending to your every need. The first brings drinks that take me back to my teenage years - scoffing a packet of Samboy BBQ chips then reaching for a (warm), sandy bottle of beer. It’s called the BBQ Shandy ($8) and while it won’t be to everyone’s taste, it certainly put a smile on my dial.

Food News

With so many people driving north these holidays, I thought I’d offer up my favourite Pacific Highway food pit stop. It’s called the Salty Dog Seafood Café and Gallery, and after travelling the highway between Sydney and Taree numerous times, I can attest to it being pretty much the best food on the highway. It’s located in Coolongolook (just north of Bulahdelah) and has a focus on locally caught seafood - including excellent Wallis Lake Oysters. For a clever leftfield choice, try their prawn and bacon loaded potato skins – perfect with a bottle of Matilda Bay’s Minimum Chips.

Pies Aren’t Square

Buoyed by my recent enjoyable pub experiences at The Norfolk and The Abercrombie (two of Jaime Wirth’s babies) I was excited to take on the Coopers Pie’n Pale Challenge last weekend. To give my adventure legs, I decided to take in three pubs in one day, in three different Sydney suburbs. Steering clear of my local favourite, 3 Weeds Rozelle, was hard though. Leigh McDivitt is cooking at the top of his game right now, so I’m sure his picturesque pie, The Boozy Boar, will be the best twenty bucks you’ve ever spent on pub grub and a Coopers Pale Ale.

Kelly’s Bar & Grill

TrueLocal claims this is the best steakhouse in the state, so I had to see whether it deserved the meaty medallion. Located on top of Westfield Bondi Junction, I am blown away by the view – I’ve never been much of a shopping mall diner until now.