Modern American

LP’s Quality Meats

If there’s a better BBQ Beef Short Rib ($44) in Sydney, I don’t know where to find it. Luke Powell coats his fat, juicy ribs in little more than salt and pepper, and sticks 'em into the wood-fire smoker for nigh on sixteen hours. Yep, they go in at 11pm and come out just in time for dinner the next evening.

Food News – New Dining Options

Despite the colder weather inclining us to stay indoors, Sydney’s restaurateurs have been busy diversifying our dining options this winter. I recently popped into Walsh Bay’s Lotus Dumpling Bar for a steamer basket of prawn dumplings and scallop shumai, only to hear they’re kicking things up to the next level with Lotus Galeries opening this month in the heart of the CBD.

Food News – Chef

"Why don't I just cook you something?" It’s the kind of line women like me dream about, especially conveyed by a chef with a knife tattoo running the length of their forearm.

Food News – American BBQ

I might have just reviewed The Oxford Tavern but after just getting word from Drink’n’Dine power couple - Aimee Bayliss and Jaime Wirth - that they now are cranking the American BBQ every Saturday and Sunday, I think I already need to go back!

Ruby & Rach at Strattons Hotel

Having your coleslaw, hotdogs and burgers stolen overnight doesn’t equate to a good day in the kitchen, but Chef Tony Gibson certainly took it in his stride.

The Balmain Hotel

Busting out the best kid-friendly, women-friendly and traditional-pub-goer-friendly beer garden in the inner west, the Riverview Hotel crew have put the former West End Hotel back on the map! It’s themed Pasifika with bright colours, thatched-roof cabanas, hanging macramé baskets and Astroturf

Kobe Jones

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this stylish King Street Wharf stalwart is just for those with fat corporate credit cards, tax deducting their way through leisurely lunches on Las Vegas style Japanese/American fusion cuisine.

City Hotel

Out with pub-grub and in with head-chef Elaine Lee’s gastronomic posh nosh (to borrow BBC’s ‘spoof’ cooking show name).

My Bad… Valentine

Transvision Vamp sang it best: “I guess it never really ends, it just comes around again.” Another year is over and we’re back in the lead up to Commercial Exploitation Day er… I mean Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I’m anti-love - really! I just happen to think that ANY night is a good night to take the one that you love to a restaurant. Truth be told, any night bar Christmas night is probably a better one to dine than the 14th February, 2011. However it is on the social calendar, and if you need an excuse to re-energise your love life like a little chocolate/flower envy at the office or a saucy dinner invitation, who am I to dissuade you?

Jazz City Diner

Follow the cool cats into a New Orleans inspired neo-diner, dishing up deconstructed and exciting modern American cuisine. Owner/Chef Dan McGuirt’s fine dining experience at Melbourne’s Vue du Monde stands him in good stead with the menu that takes as its starting point traditional diner food.