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Event Recap: Bertoni Risorante and Bar Official Launch - CBD (Sydney)

When Bertoni brothers Alberto and Antonio gave up their corporate day jobs to follow their passion for sharing the simple, hearty Italian food they grew up on, they may not have envisioned it taking them to the opening of their fifth establishment in Sydney’s CBD over a decade later. However, this week saw them open the doors to their first fully fledged ristorante and bar, a place which encompasses the family’s values of generosity, warmth and hospitality.

Pop Up Bar: Tanqueray Botanical Lounge Launch at Cruise Bar - Circular Quay (Sydney)

On a wet, windy and chilly opening night of the Vivid Sydney festival Tanqueray provided perhaps the best seats in the city to enjoy the lights. The celebrated global gin has launched a pop-up bar on level 2 of the newly refurbished Cruise Bar in the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay – the Tanqueray Botanical Lounge.

Eating with the AU: The Ternary - Pyrmont (Sydney)


Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder

Versatility is what new Pyrmont restaurant The Ternary is fast becoming known for. Located in Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour, the new concept restaurant boasts three very different kitchens for a true 3-in-1 dining experience that attempts to cater to a very wide range of tastes and preferences. All three kitchens are neatly arranged in a row, each distinct from one another, designed to fit different moods and preferences, while at the same time in harmony with one another. It's this design which sets Ternary apart the minute you walk in, and whether you're after a relaxing hang at the very The Wine Bar, or a decadent experience at The Grill Kitchen, you're very well catered for.

F&L News: Darlinghurst's Civilian Bar & Kitchen introduces new Head Chef and new menu (Sydney)

Darlinghurst gem Civilian Bar & Kitchen is starting to prepare to winter with a new menu, a brand new Head Chef, and a new direction. The focus is now on casual dishes designed to share, put together by Aaron Mihelic who joins the kitchen with a wealth of experience from his previous roles at Fish Face, Becasse, and Guillaume at Bennelong.

Drinking with the AU: Grandad's Supper (Good Beer Week 2015) - Beer Deluxe (Melbourne)

Beer lovers, rejoice! The fifth Good Beer Week has hit Melbourne in style. Featuring more than 250 events across Melbourne and Victoria, this is a festival that attracts some of the best local and international brewers, providing a platform for them to team up with local venues and the wider food and beverage industry to showcase what they do best. This year, the festival hub is located in Beer Deluxe at Federation Square, where we headed for the distinguished return of the much-lauded event, Grandad’s Supper.

F&L Guide: Vivid Sydney 2015 - pop up bars, food markets, giant karaoke, Italian dining precincts, pac-man pizzas, Daft Punk tributes, and more

I know I've been waiting for this all year, and I'm surely not alone in my exciting. Vivid Sydney once again kicks off tomorrow and it's going to be amazing to watch it spread even further across the city, picking at the many precincts to make room for a dazzling and various display of light, music, and ideas. So many venues across Sydney are getting involved this year and this is only some of what you can expect throughout the duration of the festival. From unique pop up bars and pac-man pizzas to giant karaoke and arty silent discos here is your food and lifestyle guide to Vivid Sydney 2015.

Weekend Highlight: Mary's bringing their burgers to Melbourne for one day only (Melbourne)


Photo: thegreataussiebite.com

The popularity and hype that STILL surrounds Mary's and their glorious burgers doesn't come without reason. This Newtown-birthed burger hub in a converted Church now has two outlets feeding Sydney, with pop ups at various festivals around the city constantly - and rapidly - building up queues and selling out faster than you can say those saliva-inducing five letters. Now it's Melbourne's turn to see what all the fuss is about.

F&L News: Negroni Week is coming to Australia

From 1st to 7th June, Australia will join many countries around the globe in celebrating one of the most popular classic cocktails in the world, the forever-loved Negroni. The first week of June is Negroni Week and Campari Australia are making sure the country does it justice this year by spreading the love across the country's many top bars and restaurants; for a good cause too.

F&L News: Jamaican Bar & Diner 'Rosie Campbell's' coming to Surry Hills (Sydney)

The Experience Group, also recognised as the people who brought you The Soda Factory, now bring you Rosie Campbell's, a Jamaican diner with an American twist. It will be easy to spot on the corner of Crown and Campbell St in the heart of Surry Hills.

Eating with the AU: Sake Restaurant & Bar (Autumn Menu 2015) - Southbank (Melbourne)

Autumn is a wonderful season in Japan, when temperatures have cooled and pleasant sunny days give way to mild yet invigoratingly chilly nights. It is a time of hearty eating and is also known as 旬の食材 (shun no shikuzai), which literally translates to “season of food”. A deep awareness of the intricacies of the seasons and progression of the cycles of nature is a defining part of Japanese culture. Thus, it is only fitting that Executive Chef Wayne Brown has launched a new autumn menu at Saké, Southbank’s contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar.

F&L Guide: Our picks of World Class Cocktail Week 2015


Pictured: Darlinghurst's members-only Magazin bar. Credit: Christian Blencke

From Monday 25th to Sunday 31st May, both Sydney and Melbourne will be home to a curated series of cocktail-focused events as the World Class Cocktail Week returns to Australia for yet another year, celebrating all things mixed, muddled, shaken, and stirred. The week-long celebration of this constantly evolving art of cocktail making follows the recent Australian grand finale of the Diageo World Class Competition, which crowed Australia's Bartender of the Year 2015.

F&L News: AFR announces Australia's Top 100 Restaurants for 2015


Source: goodfood.com.au

The Australian Financial Review have officially announced the order of one of the most anticipated lists of the year, the Australian Top 100 Restaurants - formed from a pool of 500 of the best restaurants in the country. The order was decided by Australia's top chefs and was announced at a special awards ceremony at Melbourne's Crown on Monday.

Eating with The AU: Martin Place Bar - CBD (Sydney)


“Cone Bay” Barramundi with cauliflower purée, chat potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes and crispy leek ($25)

You may know Martin Place Bar as the busy tavern or watering hole found right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. What you may not know is that this family-owned business has recently undergone a renovation and makeover and that they’re totally committed to selling good food. This is reflected in a menu that boasts lots of locally-sourced produce, tasty superfoods and home-made items (like sauces, terrines and pâtés).

Rekorderlig Cider announces return of Sounds in the Snow festival

High profile Aussie dance and electro bands in the snow fortress that is Thredbo? Yes please. Rekorderlig Cider have announced that their popular live music series Sounds in the Snow will indeed return later this year, popping up a winter playground at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel from June 6th.

Weeknight Highlight: The Dove & Olive's 3rd annual Burp-day (Sydney)

To celebrate three years of delivering brews and massive pub grub to Sydneysiders, the team at the great Dove & Olive in Surry Hills are putting on a special event this Thursday from 5pm, featuring a brew created exclusively for the occasion. Dubbed a 'Burpday', Dove & Olive are set to treat their loyal customers and newcomers to complimentary finger food, the first look at their new winter cocktail menu, and of course, a huge selection of local beers.