Food & Drink

Drew Barrymore

Recipe: Cook Harissa Spaghetti from Drew Barrymore’s new cookbook Rebel Homemaker

Actress Drew Barrymore is joining the ranks of lifestyle authors, with her debut lifestyle guide and cookbook Rebel Homemaker.  In Rebel Homemaker, Barrymore takes you inside her kitchen and her life, as she shares stories, recipes and personal photos. Alongside thirty-six recipes, she will also be sharing personal essays and stories about topics such as…

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How Fratelli Fresh got its groove back: A level-up for Grosvenor Place and Pacific Concepts

Now that Pacific Concepts is ready and willing to trudge forth into new territory, it seems the group has chosen to kick the post-lockdown life off by taking the somewhat inescapable Fratelli Fresh brand and upscaling it with a new standalone restaurant at Grosvenor Place. Carving out the same space that was once occupied by…

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The AU Review’s Christmas food & drink guide 2021

We’ve already let you know our top picks for gifts this Christmas, but that isn’t all that you’ve got to fork out for when it comes to bringing the festive cheer to your home. Food & drink is always going to be a big part of the big day, so we’ve rounded up some of…

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The AU Review’s Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2021: From tech and grooming, to kitchen and design

2021 has been tough for Aussies, and it seems that quite possibly things are going to be… complicated… for months to come. There’s still a lot of gloom about despite many cities now enjoying life out of lockdown, which is why the upcoming Christmas holidays just may be the most important ones yet. There’s no…

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Aussie restaurants are set to bring the PlayStation experience to the plate

Gaming fans and foodies alike can rejoice as PlayStation launches PlayStation to Plate, giving Aussies across Sydney and Melbourne a taste of the many exclusives the platform has to offer. From 3 December, three restaurants will bring to life meals inspired by classic franchises including The Last of Us, Ratchet and Clank and Uncharted. Dish 1:…

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Lyre’s Spirit Co hooks up with QT Sydney for alcoholic-free Bar None in Sydney

A few years ago most discerning drinkers would have scoffed at the idea of a bar exclusively slinging non-alcoholic spirits, but times have almost certainly changed. In 2021, Lyre’s Spirit Co – a company that produces award-winning non-alcoholic spirits – is sitting pretty with an impressive $500 million valuation, and the appetite for sippin’ on…

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These are the 3 best Sydney restaurants with live music

Restaurants are back. As Sydney keeps on opening up, more and more people are flocking back to their old and new favourite spots to make up for lost time when it comes to eating well, drinking even better, and catching up with friends. Throw some live music in the mix from talented local bands, from…

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Forget the chicken parm: Surry Hills icon The Clock Hotel now has a great French bistro menu

Surry Hills iconic The Clock Hotel has been through more than a few changes in its lifetime, and I’m hoping the latest is nice and permanent for the long-standing venue. That would be moving away from the typical pub grub associated with such a popular hotel into undeniably French territory, dissing the parma for some…

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Fireball Whisky and Vic’s Meats team up to offer Aussies a unique glazed Christmas ham

Fireball Whisky won’t end 2021 without making an impact. The raucous label is known for its spicy collaborations, and the latest just might take the cake. The label has teamed up with Vic’s Meats in Sydney to launch a Fireball-laced limited edition Christmas ham for anyone who wants something a bit different cooking in the…

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Woolloomooloo’s Wharf set for a big change as Il Pontile brings regional Italian flare

Woolloomooloo’s iconic Finger Wharf would be a dream location for any restaurateur, so I couldn’t even begin to imagine how overjoyed Mario Percuoco is right now as he collaborates with the latest opening by Audacia Enterprises. As the son of Buon Ricordo’s Armando Percuoco, there’s an obvious pedigree and love for hospitality that sits behind…

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Lorraine’s Bistro is a fantastic French home run for Waverley’s Robin Hood Hotel

Sydney will never have enough French restaurants. The cuisine can arguably outmuscle Italian and Japanese when it comes to density, with some of the city’s most beloved dining institutions favouring the regional delicacies of France. Sydney’s already got a new spat of finer dining, more upscale French restaurants with Porcine and Bistro 916, but our…

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Interview: TV Personality and Expert Foodie, Matt Preston, Discusses His New Cookbook Matt Preston’s World of Flavour

Australia’s king of cravats and statement suits, Matt Preston, doesn’t just spend his time as a charismatic television personality and food journalist, he has also written a string of bestselling cookbooks – and we spoke to him about the release of his latest: Matt Preston’s World of Flavour. Have you ever felt bitter that New…

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Sheep Dog Peanut Butter Whiskey is the star at what may be Sydney’s most indulgent menu

The more indulgent Sydneysiders looking for the hot new dessert in town are going to want to make a bee-line for Peanut Butter Bar as soon as possible. The Leichhardt eatery has become known for their intentionally OTT creations, but their latest collaboration takes the ca…err..sundae. For a limited time only, Sheep Dog Peanut Butter…

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Legendary Glebe cafe IKU has launched a huge plant-based meal delivery service

With the swift uptick in prepared meals on the market, from My Muscle Chef to Youfoodz, it’s never been a better time for IKU to jump onto the fast-rising trend. The chef-led, plant-based concept started off as an eatery in Glebe over 35 years ago, but has now become a full-blown home meal delivery service…

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This weekend, Sydneysiders can get their haircut with a side of whiskey and a brisket sandwich at The Cut

Darlinghurst duo Red Lantern and The Cut Barbershop have hooked up with iconic American bourbon distillery Buffalo Trace Kentucky for a very limited edition offering Sydneysiders should be jumping all over this weekend. This weekend only, The Cut owner Mark Jensen will be opening up a limited number of chairs so anyone can get a…

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World's Best Biscuit

Recipe: The World’s Best Biscuit from Matt Preston’s World of Flavour

Award-winning food journalist, radio presenter, TV personality and bestselling cookbook author Matt Preston is back with a new cookbook: Matt Preston’s World of Flavour. The premise of this new cookbook is very much in the title. In this colourful new release, Preston brings together our favourite, flavourful dishes from around the world. Some of the…

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Jerked Chicken

Recipe: Matt Preston’s Jerked Chicken from his new cookbook World of Flavour

Award-winning food journalist, radio presenter, TV personality and bestselling cookbook author Matt Preston is back with a new cookbook: Matt Preston’s World of Flavour.  The premise of this new cookbook is very much in the title. In this colourful new release, Preston brings together our favourite, flavourful dishes from around the world. Some of the…

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4 things you should know about French gin to help you broaden your cocktail horizons

I don’t know what it is about gin, but it’s a pretty divisive spirit. Vodka is a cocktail classic, whiskey we tend to get around, but when you ask a room full of people about this robust spirit named gin, some very mixed opinions often erupt. For the superfans among us, you’ll know it’s officially…

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Sydney’s The Big Easy is slinging Tasty Toobs burgers and unique cocktails for a limited time only

The end of Sydney lockdown (thanks to increasing vaccination rates) doesn’t just mean restaurants and bars are open for business again, it means the city’s love of left-centre brand collaborations is back. The latest: Master of Mixes and Stanley Street favourite The Big Easy, teaming up to celebrate the return of iconic Aussie snack Tasty…

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You can now get Gelato Messina Lamington Gelato ice creams from your local supermarket

Given summer is just around the corner, it seems the time is right for some of the most prolific sweet-leaning brands in Australia to start collaboration to produce unique new ice cream flavours. We already saw it with Koko Black as they teamed up with Connoisseur for two brilliant flavours. Now it’s Peters Ice Cream’s…

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Singapore Tourism hook up with Anna Polyviou for limited edition Honey Bean Coffee Gin Liqueur

We often become too accustomed to drinking the same thing each and every week, so when a limited edition collaboration of this magnitude comes along, it’s worth paying attention. That would be a new limited edition coffee gin liqueur created by the Singapore Tourism Board in collaboration with famed pastry chef Anna Polyviou, coming straight…

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This weekend’s Bon Fromage Festival of Cheeses brings online masterclasses to your living room

Looking to brush up on your cheese board skills (yes, putting together a platter is art) or perfecting the art of the savoury crepe? You’re going to want to hit up Bon Fromage Festival’s digital component, which runs this year from 22nd to 24th October entirely online. The great festival of French cheese is prepping…

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Aria Sydney is back with a vengeance; debuts new spring menu with chef Thomas Gorringe

Now that Sydney’s most reliable restaurants are starting to open back to up to fully vaxxed patrons, we’re beginning to see some of the city’s finest establishments reveal new seasonal menus across the board. One of the best we’ve seen so far has been the new spring menu at Matt Moran’s long-standing Aria, with exec….

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Domino’s just dropped a cheesy vegemite pizza… and it’s actually pretty damn good

There’s always a special time and place for Domino’s, and even if the time between finishing a full large pizza and being slapped with guilt and shame gets increasingly shorter the older you get, you’d be a fool for thinking you’d never go back to Australia’s most consistent pizza chain. The brand has nailed consistency,…

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Koko Black & Connoisseur team up for new Australian ice-cream range

Artisan chocolatier Koko Black has been quite the busy brand this year, with numerous new releases dotted throughout 2021 and keeping us well chocolate’d-up through lockdown. Their latest collaboration is perhaps their best yet, teaming up with Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream to deliver a new collection straight to your freezer. Released to align with World…

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New Meat Substitutes are Winning Hearts and Mouths by Focusing on Taste and Texture

More people than ever are convinced things need to change, but we also really like meat. We humans may be omnivores, but we really like meat. Some 86 percent of people surveyed by data-gatherer Statista say their diet includes meat. So, when you read articles about “strong trends toward veganism” or with provocative headlines such…

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Five spots to book next week now that “Freedom Day” is upon Sydney

Not that it should be grotesquely touted as “freedom day” like it’s a signal to the ongoing pandemic is over, but October 11th has now been confirmed as the day when the fully vaccinated will be able to once again start enjoying fewer restrictions in Sydney. That means that we’re now able to book in…

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Here’s how to make a MILKLAB Lamington Oak Milk Latte to celebrate World Coffee Day

Today marks World Coffee Day so naturally every single thing about the art is going to be picked apart, analysed, and written about online today. From coffee beans and the perfect grind, to your city’s best coffee shops and latte art. One of the most discussed things today, however, is always going to be milk….

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Wine Journey is Australia’s newest intrepid service bringing the world’s best regions to your door

Having a wine subscription services curate and deliver you new and exciting wines regularly has become one of the most popular ways to discover the local and international growing regions during lockdown. Although there are also similar services that have been popping up lately, again focused on curation but without locking people into any ongoing…

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The Ghan has launched its first ever day-trip to Clare Valley

Australian icon The Ghan has been roaming Australia’s countryside for decades now, but for the first time ever the train will be leaving on a special epicurean adventure to the world-renowned Clare Valley. Straight from October 8, the single-day itinerary will be a complete food and wine-focused adventure, designed to showcase a new railway journey…

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