Oceans Dining & Drinks

While Merivale loudly popped the proverbial Champagne on its new rooftop venue, a rival contender quietly did the same at the southern end of Coogee Beach.

Mordeo Bistro & Bar

Nestled beneath five giant table lamps in the ultra-modern Deutsche Bank Place foyer, I find myself smiling.

Food News – Gourmet Cinema

We’re definitely entering dinner and a movie weather. Luckily Sydney Film Festival have expanded upon their inaugural Gourmet Cinema program, which last year left cinema-goers, including myself, thirsting for a glass of Bordeaux wine at Luke Mangan’s Glass Brasserie, after the standout documentary Red Obsession.


Bagels may have started the ‘Jewish food' craze but Shuk (meaning marketplace in Hebrew) is where you’ll find a genuine melting pot of traditional and modern Israeli flavours, with some Mediterranean touches thrown in for good measure.

Café Del Mar

A gently melodic tinkle heralds the arrival of Restaurant Manager Jessica Mead, wafting across the floor in a bright Camilla Franks kaftan. Her welcoming smile and down-to-earth nature suits this little slice of Ibiza, pitched to become the crowning jewel of Darling Harbour.

Tuscany Ristorante

It’s Saturday night. Date night. Leichhardt’s humming; and under new stewardship from hospitality star Darran Smith, who’s delighted at Hemmesphere, Icebergs and Glass Brasserie, Tuscany finally hums too!

Food For Thought

Last month I attended a great event at the Electrolux showroom put on by the Japan Foundation, showcasing three female chefs from the Echigo Tsumari region in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Mayu Hasegawa highlighted seasonality and the medicinal nature of food in a wonderfully rich exploration of food and culture. She thinks that as home cooks, our role is to look after the health and wellbeing of our families. While you ponder that, here is a range of good value meals to suit all budgets available all over town this March.

The Deck Sydney

With weather as it has been, spare a thought for your usual waterfront favourites. And remember, with people forgoing the shore, parking’s never been so sweet! Enter this long, waterfront space by boardwalk or through Luna Park’s ever-gaping mouth.

Olio Mediterranean Brasserie

Tucked amongst the gastronomic desert of Oporto, the arches and Indian Tucker, this warm brown part bistro, part trattoria is well placed for folk exiting St. Leonards Station.

Foodies’ Diary: Classes, Bargains & Launches

Sashimi Ahoy One of the best dining deals I’ve seen lately is the Ship-In-Port Tasting Menu at Circular Quay hot-spot, Ocean Room. Simply time your visit to coincide with a cruise ship being docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and $65 is all you’ll pay for eleven courses of innovative Japanese cuisine and a champagne cocktail.