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BEST PASTA – KINDRED

The pasta at Kindred is delicious. Start with the roasted carrot triangoli in burnt butter; order the bucatini with guanciale, tomato and chilli; and finish with the refreshing sheep’s yoghurt panna cotta. The menu is focused, uncluttered and boasts delightful flavours. Kindred strives to make as much as they can in house, including the pasta, […]

Otto Ristorante

“John Laws had lunch at Otto today,” my UberX driver informs me when he sees my destination. I’m apparently his second trip to this famous waterfront spot - operated by The Fink Group, who also have Quay, The Bridge Room and Firedoor in their stable. With its reputation preceding it, I was surprised to find an accessible menu of every-day food, starting with vibrantly green asparagus, broad beans and peas hiding Buffalo Ricotta ($27).

Popolo

Diving into an established all-male Italian kitchen as the new head chef could be daunting (especially as a half-English, half-Welsh woman) but Naomi Lowry has taken it in her stride. She’s maintained the menu’s confident Southern Italian focus, notching it up with Sardinian Fregola ($27/$35) resplendent with perfectly cooked cuttlefish, calamari, prawns and mussels, and topped with a generous helping of bottarga.

ACME

Last week I took some time out of my busy weekend to check out the much-lauded ACME. And yes, while the Macaroni, Pig’s Head, Egg Yolk ($18) is undeniably delicious, you might be left wondering: where’s the rest of it?

DiWine

Working the Darlo Italian wine bar turf is newcomer DiWine. It’s tucked in between perennial favourites, Lucio Pizzeria and Phamish, in the lively Republic 2 courtyard.

Food News – La Casa

Gentle bread-stuffed veal polpette with bright tomato passata, and yards of chewy-crusted, wood-fired pizza are my resounding happy memories of the relaunch of La Casa Ristorante in Russell Lea last month.

Candelori’s Ristorante & Bar

Everything’s bigger out West. Candelori’s, situated in an unassuming strip of shops in Smithfield, is no exception.

Food News – Salt Meats Cheese

Last week I popped down to the new Salt Meats Cheese pop-up store taking up temporary digs in the Sydney MLC Centre. Accompanied by a host of media personalities, including The Daily Telegraph’s new Sydney Taste Editor, Grant Jones, and NSW food producers’ best advocate, Lyndey Milan

Verde Restaurant & Bar

Despite Verde being a Stanley Street stalwart for the last six years, it had escaped my notice until a “stupendous” review in Gault & Millau’s debut entry into Sydney’s reviewing scene.