Reviews

Q Dining

Circular Quay’s Q Dining nods to autumn flavours with new menu

March 11, 2020

Circular Quay favourite Q Dining prides itself on using Australian native ingredients and a bounty of fresh local produce. And with a new autumn-indebted menu, newly appointed Exec. Chef Steven Hartert is set to further that dedication to produce. Promising prime views of the harbour yet set back from the crowds in the heart of […]

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BunBar: the new Manly joint challenging how we think about burgers

February 6, 2020

A new burger bar concept has emerged in Manly, rethinking the very idea of what a burger could be, by focusing on the bun. It’s no surprise that more and more burger lovers are swapping traditional carb-heavy buns for healthier alternatives, such as the ubiquitous naked lettuce wraps. BunBar seems to thrive on this evolution, […]

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I Maccheroni, Woollahra Review: The essence of Emilia-Romagna

November 14, 2019

Rose Bay favourite I Maccheroni has relocated to Woollahra, squeezed into a site that comes with its own lofty culinary standards. Standing on Jersey Road, the slim two-storey Victorian-era building that now hosts this fantastic Italian eatery glows with the reputation of having previously housed both Pinbone and Buzo. Now, the location is once again […]

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Chuuka, Pyrmont Review: The Star’s Japanese-Chinese experiment pays off

November 7, 2019

Replacing the spectacular Flying Fish at the apex of Jones Bay Wharf is an ambitious meeting of two accomplished culinary champions, ambitiously clashing Japanese and Chinese flavours at the behest of The Star Sydney, debuting their very first off-site restaurant. Chase Kojima (best known for Sokyo) and Victor Liong (best known for Lee Ho Fook) […]

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Kiyomi, Broadbeach Review: Chasing perfection on the Gold Coast

October 8, 2019

It’s always exciting to re-visit one of your favourite restaurants on the Gold Coast, more so when it’s even better than you remembered. When Chase Kojima (of Sydney’s celebrated Sokyo, and the more recent Chuuka) first opened this slick modern Japanese restaurant at The Star back in 2015, reception was instantly, and understandably, enthusiastic. Sokyo […]

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DOPA by Devon, Darling Square Review: An homage to the don

October 2, 2019

The folk behind Sydney’s beloved Devon Café sure are banking on the Japanese donburi with their new venue Dopa by Devon. And why shouldn’t they? The staple simmered bowl of rice and protein is a constant favourite for anyone who has ever been over to Japan (which should be everyone by now – flights are […]

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Long Chim, Sydney Review: a full-palate workout

September 26, 2019

David Thompson’s masterstroke Long Chim is all about depth. That much has been touted since the acclaimed chef opened this Sydney outpost in 2016, triumphantly returning home after swiftly building up a reputation as one of the world’s leading Thai food chefs. The shadowy industrial space just off Martin Place is lit like the pulsating […]

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Manta, Woolloomooloo Review: A legend by every measure

September 2, 2019

It would require no stretch or exaggeration to proclaim Manta a legend in Sydney’s dining scene. The high-end fixture of Woolloomooloo’s illustrious finger wharf has for 9 years now been the first port of call for schmoozy seafood-centric lunches and luscious business dinners thanks to its uncompromising worship of the highest quality produce. Nothing has […]

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Circular Quay’s Q Dining sharpens focus on native flavours

May 16, 2019

If you thought it was hard to find casual fine-dining that celebrates local flavours around Circular Quay then take a visit to Q Dining. Celebrating local native flavours, and boasting stunning harbour views, you won’t find this restaurant within the tourist-hustle bustle along the promenade. Instead, take a step inside the luxury Pullman Quay Grand where […]

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Food Review: Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) & Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters) cooked up mouth-watering dishes at their Carriageworks Masterclass

March 2, 2019

Carriageworks host an excellent farmers market every Saturday. They also feature chefs’ masterclasses which showcase the markets excellent and sustainable produce. Duncan Welgemoed of Adelaide’s Africola hosted the March edition with Shannon Martinez from Fitzroy’s vegan mecca, Smith & Daughters. They cooked up delicious dishes that were influenced by different cultural influences and fused together […]

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Second Taste: Porta’s Revamped Menu Gives Something for Everyone & Doesn’t Skip On Quality (Singapore)

January 21, 2019

I first tried Singapore restaurant Porta during my stay at Park Hotel Clarke Quay and while I didn’t say so in the small paragraph I wrote about it, I did immediately notice the lack of diversity on their menu in terms of dietary options. I mentioned that I was a pescetarian quite immediately when I sat […]

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First Taste: Doncaster’s popular Fish & Burger Co is back

December 18, 2018

Last Wednesday saw a launch night to celebrate the re-opening of trendy restaurant, Fish & Burger Co (F&BC). Located in Doncaster East just outside of Melbourne, the venue has been beautifully decorated and modified by design agency, Studio Equator. Light bulbs and greenery dangle from the ceiling, whilst natural light floods through to create an open […]

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Food Review: Going all in at Melbourne’s Grand Lafayette in Prahran

November 23, 2018

At first sight, with its minimalistic interior design complete with cool pastel walls and plywood furniture, the Grand Lafayette feels just like any other Melbourne café. And in many ways, that’s exactly what it is. The breakfast and lunch menus consist of popular western dishes infused with Asian flavours and ingredients, resulting in dishes like […]

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Review: Alpha Restaurant (Sydney) – Greek institution makes some welcome changes

September 3, 2018

Sydney’s Greek dining institution Alpha has refined their menu further to make Peter Conistis’ cooking more accessible to a wider variety of diners. The major change is that they’ve taken some of their most popular, larger dishes and also included options for smaller sizes so those who really want to indulge, especially groups, can have […]

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Eating with the AU: Gelato Messina X Airwick ‘Edible Life Scenes’ pop up (Syndey)

November 18, 2015

Let’s just say trying to explain how a partnership between connoisseurs of fine gelato and a major air fragrance company may work to anyone elicits some pretty intriguing reactions. However, given Gelato Messina’s rather unique and quirky approach to producing their flavours, it makes sense they’d take inspiration from Airwick’s new Life Scents range, don […]

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Eating with the AU: Grill’d Nourish & Flourish Burger launch with nutritionist Lola Berry

July 3, 2015

Grill’d Ambassador Lola Berry with celebrity personal trainer Dan Adair There’s nothing like a good burger, one that barely fits in your mitts or your mouth, the crunch of fresh ingredients and soft bun giving way as you bite into it, catching driblets of juicy goodness before they stain your shirt. Yep, there are a […]

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Eating with the AU: The Smoking Panda’s first birthday – CBD (Sydney)

June 21, 2015

The Smoking Panda is one of those blink and you’ll miss it places, a nameless sign stamped with a cute furry panda is the only clue that this hidden gem of a bar even exists. Which is just the sort of thing to be expected from its cheeky collaborators barman/mad scientist Grant Collins (White Hart, The Powder […]

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Eating with the AU: Taste of Sydney 2015 – Centennial Parklands

March 16, 2015

Not even sporadic torrents of rain on Friday night could deter the most eager food enthusiasts flocking to the heart of picturesque Centennial Parklands for a chance to dine, shop and learn from a selection of Sydney’s finest culinary innovators, as part of the annual Taste of Sydney premium food and drink festival. A comfortably spaced array of restaurant […]

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Eating with the AU: OzHarvest’s fourth annual CEO Cookoff

March 4, 2015

Larry Emdur with Matt Moran, Ronni Kahn and Guillaume Brahimi In its fourth year of operation OzHarvest’s annual CEO Cookoff gives true meaning to the term ‘pop-up restaurant’ by bringing together the nation’s top chefs and CEOs in a bid to increase awareness of food security, homelessness and food wastage in Australia. The event saw over 120 business leaders […]

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Eating with the AU: Gazebo – Dining with Head Chef Jason Dean – Elizabeth Bay (Sydney)

February 2, 2015

Gazebo has been recently transformed, re-opening its doors late last year to a freshly decked interior celebrative of its rich past. An appreciation for the seamless duality of the venue’s formal indoor and casual outdoor settings is only trumped by Head Chef Jason Dean’s (Pier, Gastro Park) lovingly prepared menu, accented with the special touches […]

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Eating with the AU: Beer Deluxe – Federation Square (Melbourne)

January 12, 2015

Next time I’m heading into the city to meet up with friends at Federation Square they will find me round the back enjoying a beer (or two) at BEER DELUXE – isn’t that just the most fabulous name for a place serving over 250 types of beer plus a decent food menu! Tucked at the […]

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Eating with the AU: La Svolta Italian Restaurant – Prahran and Hampton (Melbourne)

November 21, 2014

As I enter La Svolta I am warmly welcomed by owners Valerio Calabro and Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Russo and I immediately feel like I’ve come to an Italian home as my hand is shook, names are vocalised and I am ushered outside to their new, ready for summer, dining space to eat and drink their exclusive […]

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Eating with the AU: OzHarvest 10th birthday celebrations and new HQ launch

November 13, 2014

“Our Purpose is to Nourish our Country” is proudly emblazoned on the freshly painted walls of the converted warehouse in Alexandria that OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, has recently opened, with the support of founding partner Goodman Group. The opening is testament to the organisation’s continuing growth and success and is the perfect place to celebrate 10 […]

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Party with the AU: Melbourne Emporium Official Launch Featuring Baz Luhrmann – CBD (Melbourne)

August 31, 2014

On a recent, starry night Melbourne’s reimagined retail icon Melbourne Emporium, created and hosted by creative visionary Baz Luhrmann, promised to be one of the biggest, most celebrated events on Melbourne’s calendar this year. We were lucky enough to head along to the launch, melting into the glitz and glamour as this lush shopping precinct […]

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Drinking with the AU: Matilda Bay Brewery 30th Birthday (21.05.14)

May 22, 2014

Matilda Bay Brewery, founded in 1984, threw a 30th birthday party and we were invited to help celebrate their occasion. It was perfect that the party reflected that delicious era of music from the 1980s, but mixed it up with music from the 90s and now. A cab took us to the Matilda Bay Brewery […]

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Eating with the AU: Gourmet Food Safari's Italian Gourmet Tour of Haberfield (Sydney)

November 29, 2013

From the Turkish delights around Auburn to Korean in Eastwood, Greek in Marrickville and Laotian in Canley Heights, Sydney and its surrounds is a treasure trove of some of the world’s finest cuisines. The reasons are perhaps quite obvious: it’s in these areas where you find these nationalities in their greatest numbers. In the case […]

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Eating with the AU: Janus Italian at Westfield Sydney

October 3, 2013

Since the Centrepoint Tower’s shopping centre remodeled and re-opened its doors a few years ago as Westfield Sydney, the emphasis on quality food has been as much a priority as the hosting of the hottest international clothing brands. Their food court is widely regarded as the best in Sydney – with upmarket restaurants providing many […]

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Eating with the AU: Taxi Dining Room – Federation Square, Melbourne

July 15, 2013

I head down to Melbourne several times a year and always stop off at Federation Square for one reason or another; the latest exhibit at ACMI, a meeting at one of the area’s cafes, a concert in the square or a beer at Transport. But never had I had the opportunity to experience the much […]

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Eating with the AU: Devon Cafe – Surry Hills, Sydney.

July 14, 2013

The latest cafe to enter the trendy Surry Hills scene is Devon, appropriately named on the Central end of Devonshire Street; a sort walk away from the crowded Crown and Bourke Streets, in an area of the suburb which always seems to be reinventing itself. Devon is by far the most upmarket cafe to approach […]

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Eating with the AU: Marly Kitchen – The Marlborough Hotel (Newtown)

July 8, 2013

Everyone wants tacos. Tacos tacos tacos. It’s the pub food craze that has turned places like the Norfolk in Sydney into a must go destination (especially on Taco Tuesdays!). They followed a similar objective with the relaunched Abercrombie and even the Newtown Hotel, while the old Excelsior is making a killing as the rebranded Mexican […]

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