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Rosetta, Southbank

December 30, 2014

Rosetta is the only Rockpool Group restaurant that we were yet to dine at – and that is only because it happens to be interstate. But for New Year’s Eve we decided to do things a little different and celebrate down in Melbourne. To make it more ‘fun’ we decided it would have to be […]

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Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Sydney

May 3, 2014

Having respect for every venue under the Rockpool umbrella and great admiration for the man behind it all, I have recently found myself becoming a bit of a fanboy of sorts. So when news hit that there had been a fire at Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney with extensive damage I was a bit sad. […]

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MoVida Sydney

MoVida Sydney, Surry Hills

April 5, 2014

Impromptu is what I would call this adventure. There were more booking changes and phone calls to and from the restaurant than I’d ever experienced before. A VERY late attempt at booking on a Saturday night only a day ahead may have been the catalyst but the MoVida team took it in their stride and […]

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Cutler & Co.

Cutler & Co., Fitzroy

February 12, 2014

Choosing restaurants to dine at during a relatively short stay in Melbourne is never an easy feat. The list is long, the recommendations endless. But with each trip we make we manage to tick off a few more (and add a few others). Cutler & Co. is Andrew McConnell’s flagship restaurant located in an old […]

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Pilu at Freshwater

Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater

September 22, 2013

Countless times we have talked about our ‘list’ so why should we stop now? There are many great places out there that have been around for ages, before this fad or that fad, yet somehow never end up being talked about. Pilu at Freshwater is one of those places and a place that has been […]

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MoVida Bar de Tapas

MoVida Bar de Tapas, Melbourne

September 13, 2013

When you fail to secure a table at a restaurant you desperately want to go that thought lingers in the back of your mind. When you finally land a table at a restaurant you’ve previously missed out on the anticipation runs high. Three years in the making, we were finally going to dine at the […]

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Universal, Darlinghurst (Closed)

February 15, 2013

Same old story, different restaurant. We have wanted to go forever, but never actually got around to it until they decided they were closing. Yes, that’s right, after six years Christine Manfield has decided to close Universal at the end of April to focus on other projects. So naturally when I heard the news I […]

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Ormeggio at The Spit

Ormeggio at The Spit, Mosman

January 27, 2013

It was a cold and dreary day in the middle of summer but it was my thirtieth birthday and nothing could put a dampener on my spirits – not the lack of sleep from being out the night before, the pounding headache or the never-ending rain. Dylan had organised a surprise birthday lunch for me. […]

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Bentley Restaurant & Bar

Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Surry Hills (Relocated)

July 17, 2012

Everyone has heard about the current state of affairs in the Sydney restaurant scene. Restaurant upon restaurant is closing due to a number of reasons – one of those being the drop in numbers of people dining out. There is very much a ‘use it or lose it’ vibe around town. Having had enough of […]

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Tetsuya’s, Sydney

May 1, 2012

I love birthdays and as Dylan was turning 30 this year I knew I had to take him somewhere special. And I knew it had to be Tetsuya’s. We celebrated Dylan’s 29th with a group of friends at Tetsuya’s last year and it immediately became one of his favourite restaurants. I made the booking and […]

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Spice Temple

Spice Temple, Sydney

February 4, 2012

Birthdays were never a huge deal to me growing up. Yeah I loved getting presents (who doesn’t) but it was never some grand celebration I counted down the days for. Things changed when I met Lex because in her family birthdays are always celebrated with great fanfare, presents intricately wrapped and themed, your favourite food […]

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Four In Hand

Four In Hand, Paddington

September 28, 2011

To be honest I’d not heard a great deal about Four In Hand Dining Room until late 2010 when they received their second hat in the SMH Good Food Guide. Ever since then Mr O has been telling us we have to go. A two hatted pub is not something you see very often and […]

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Guillaume at Bennelong

Guillaume at Bennelong, Sydney (Closed)

August 13, 2011

Birthdays seem to be the best excuse to tick off restaurants from our wish list and this year for Em’s 29th she chose Guillaume at Bennelong, a place that has been on all of our bucket lists for many years. Born in Paris, Guillaume worked at several highly regarded French restaurants, including four years at […]

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Tetsuya’s, Sydney

April 30, 2011

There is no better excuse than a birthday to go for something a little over the top, and for my 29th it had to be Tetsuya’s. This was the last of the ‘big ones’ on our list of restaurants to eat at, well at least in this country anyway, and I was more excited than […]

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