Otto Ristorante

Otto Ristorante, Woolloomooloo

January 8, 2015

While everyone else was returning to work after the Christmas break Dylan and I had an extra week off to enjoy some downtime and make the most of summer before kicking off another busy year. And while everyone else was at work the smart thing to do was book a long lunch at a restaurant […]

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Chin Chin

Chin Chin, Melbourne

November 1, 2014

One of the very best things about Chin Chin has to be the variety of dishes. Their focus spans the cuisine of South-East Asia which is vast and contains some of the best flavours on earth. A lot of my favourite dishes come from this part of the world. Being our third or fourth visit […]

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Four Frogs Creperie

Four Frogs Creperie, Mosman

September 21, 2014

The last time we were in Melbourne we sussed out the crepe offering at Roule Galette which wasn’t too shabby at all, but I was keen to find a crepiere closer to home to satisfy my crepe cravings. And when in the space of just a few days a handful of people told me about […]

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The Oxford Tavern

The Oxford Tavern, Petersham

August 31, 2014

I can’t say the old Oxford Tavern is a place I ever visited. But the new digs is somewhere I’ve wanted to suss out for a while, especially since Jamie Thomas installed ‘Black Betty’ the smoker. A catch up with friends was the perfect excuse for a Sunday sesh. And what better way to spend […]

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Papi Chulo

Papi Chulo, Manly

August 28, 2014

Following on from our weekend away in the Hunter Valley we had two weeks of holidays booked for a Sydney ‘staycation’ and one place we were quite keen to hit was Papi Chulo, partly because we were heading to Oxford Tavern for a taste of what ‘Black Betty’ has to offer a few days later […]

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El Loco

El Loco, Surry Hills

August 27, 2014

If there is one annoying character trait I find in regards to dining out it would be that I dislike bandwagon jumping for the latest restaurant opening. I actively avoid quite a lot of new places in the first weeks because of this. El Loco was one such place, there was so much blogger attention […]

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County Dining

County Dining, Morpeth

August 24, 2014

We first met Heather Moore in her managerial role at Bacchus Restaurant in early 2012. Heather is one of those hospitality folk who just ‘get it’. She’s a welcoming host who ensures her guests are well looked after. When I heard Heather was opening her own restaurant with Chef Jamie Ryan I couldn’t wait to […]

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Muse Kitchen

Muse Kitchen, Pokolbin

August 23, 2014

When Marcos & Missy made plans to visit from NYC we decided a trip to the Hunter was required. Our group hired a luxurious architect-designed house and left Sydney for the weekend. We decided it would be best to have lunch out and about during our day touring the wineries, and Muse Kitchen seemed the […]

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Mary’s, Newtown

June 15, 2014

Ever since going to New York I have had burger withdrawals. Shake Shack has left a gaping hole in my heart and I have been trying to fill it ever since. There have been many attempts to find a burger that is on the same level as the ShackBurger but alas I have been out […]

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Emerson's Cafe & Restaurant

Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant, Lovedale

April 12, 2014

We used to travel to the Hunter Valley rather frequently but have spent less time there in recent years. We were overdue for a visit and as it’s only an hour from Dylan’s mum’s place we decided the Hunter would be the perfect place to celebrate her birthday. A friend mentioned Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant […]

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sixpenny, Stanmore

February 16, 2014

A fine dining restaurant in the ‘burbs that launched as degustation only. That is pretty much unheard of. But we have heard of the two men behind sixpenny – James Parry and Daniel Puskas. James’ CV includes Icebergs, Billy Kwong, Bird Cow Fish, Oscillate Wildly (where he won the 2009 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of […]

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Chin Chin

Chin Chin, Melbourne

February 15, 2014

We had a few ideas of where to eat on our last day in Melbourne but after our night at Maha (which turned out to be quite a late one) we awoke closer to check out time than intended. We had to get ready, pack up, check out and reassess our plan. We wandered down […]

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Roule Galette

Roule Galette, Melbourne

February 14, 2014

If you’ve ever had a crepe in Paris you’ll know they’re simply irresistible at any time of day. During our trip to Thailand last year I came across a lady with a crepe maker cart. She’d position her cart right outside our hotel and sit on her scooter all day, tempting guests on their return […]

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Jimmy Grants

Jimmy Grants, Fitzroy

February 13, 2014

Keeping with our ethos for this Melbourne trip we walked the 2km from our hotel up to Fitzroy to check out George Calombaris and George Sykiotis’ souvlaki bar for a fitting lunch before an evening of drinking. Situated in a fairly nondescript building just off Smith Street in Fitzroy you could easily walk right by […]

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