Surry Hills

Billy Kwong Chinese Eating House

Billy Kwong, Surry Hills

October 1, 2014

When we got word that Kylie was moving her restaurant to Potts Point we lamented the fact that we had not returned since our very first visit (and very first blog post) nearly 5 years ago. It just so happened we spotted an Instagram by Kylie saying that for the last 19 days of service […]

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4Fourteen, Surry Hills

August 27, 2014

Back in 2011 we dined at The Four in Hand Dining Room and have always talked about checking out 4Fourteen. But we talk about a lot of restaurants and of course it just ended up on that never ending list of ours. When the New Yorkers were in town they’d flagged 4Fourteen as a place they’d […]

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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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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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Emmilou, Surry Hills (Closed)

March 20, 2014

Emmilou (Lounge & Tapas Bar) is Chris Cranswick-Smith’s tapas bar and lounge. I heard about it back in 2009 when a colleagues’ brother began to import Argentinian wine. Emmilou was one of the restaurants buying their wines. I’d heard good things. Yet another ‘on the list’ restaurant that we’d simply never got to. As we […]

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UME Restaurant

UME Restaurant, Surry Hills

October 30, 2013

I am a massive fan of Japanese food. The only problem is I find it prohibitively expensive to enjoy on a frequent basis. To tell you the truth if you rewind 10 years Japanese was a cuisine I’d never experienced and sushi was something that made my skin crawl. A lot has changed since then […]

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Reuben Hills

Reuben Hills, Surry Hills

May 19, 2013

Eighteen months old and going from strength to strength, Reuben Hills is a café and coffee roastery on Albion Street in Surry Hills. Owners Nathan Borg and Russell Beard travelled to a number of Central and South American countries in search of unique coffees. The menu is a nod to the food the guys have […]

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il baretto

il baretto, Surry Hills

May 16, 2013

Thursday night saw Dylan, Mr O and I pop in to The Carrington for the launch of their new menu. While the food and drinks were flowing it was a rather chaotic party and Mr O suggested we duck over to il baretto for a quiet meal and catch up. Having never been to il […]

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Jamie Thomas

10 questions with… Jamie Thomas

April 24, 2013

Why do chefs become chefs? Who are their culinary inspirations? What at their guilty food pleasures? Yes, these are the types of questions running through my head when I meet chefs. I never had an appreciation of cooking growing up, I always saw it as a chore and always wonder how so many people clearly […]

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Crown St Assembly

Crown Street Assembly, Surry Hills (Renamed)

August 23, 2012

Quite fresh into the Surry Hills scene is Crown Street Assembly. Erez Gordon of Bistro Bruno in Balmain has teamed up with Paul Cooper formerly of O’Connell’s Centenary Hotel in Melbourne [both formerly of The Botanical in Melbourne] to bring us a new restaurant/bar with a French influence. Melbourne’s loss is Sydney’s gain it seems. […]

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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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The Carrington - Bebe Y Cene

The Carrington – $3 Pintxos Tuesdays, Surry Hills (Closed)

June 5, 2012

While still somewhat of a twitter noob there is something that I really like about it. Social networking can be a bit hit and miss these days but for me twitter is just a better way of doing things. I enjoy being able to connect not only with friends but chefs, restaurateurs and complete randoms, […]

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The Carrington

The Carrington, Surry Hills (Closed)

April 3, 2012

The Carrington – Beba Y Cene opened in July last year and since then it has been performing quite well if everything I hear is true. Lex had already been twice before this visit and loved it both times. Tuesday night is pintxos (pronounced pin-choss) night but it wasn’t why we were there specifically, it […]

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Cotton Duck

Cotton Duck, Surry Hills (Closed)

March 28, 2012

Bird Cow Fish, Rambutan and now Cotton Duck. 2012 has seen some great restaurants close. I don’t dine out as often as I would like, add to that all the new places we’re keen to check out, we don’t seem to get back to restaurants we like often enough. It seems this is commonplace in […]

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