Sydney CBD

Review: The Resident – Darlinghurst (Sydney)

August 15, 2016

  From the people who brought us Lotus Dining, The Resident is a different beast, bringing Mediterranean flavours and Australian ingredients to life. Overlooking Hyde Park, the restaurant is helmed by Pablo Tordesillas, formerly of Brisbane restaurant Ortiga. Drawing on his history growing up in Spain, Tordesillas unites the traditional and contemporary on The Resident’s dinner menu. […]

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Primus Hotel Sydney is doing high tea with a dude food twist (Sydney)

August 7, 2016

Art-deco CBD property Primus Hotel Sydney have just recently switched up their offerings at adjoining restaurant The Wilmot, and now they have put the finishing touches on their latest high tea menu, going for a bit of a dude food twist and calling it The G’N’Tea (Gentleman’s High Tea). Though they’ve already got tradition covered […]

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The Swinging Cat experiments with cold-pressed spirits for new cocktail menu (Sydney)

August 1, 2016

Dimly lit New Orleans themed small bar The Swinging Cat are moving in a healthier direction with their inventive new cocktail menu, experimenting with the techniques of cold-pressed juicing and crafting cold-pressed spirits, infused and pressed with dried fruits, seeds, and spices. Dark Rum that has been infused with dried banana is used for new […]

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MakMak and Bakedown Cakery open a collaborative dessert store in the CBD titled MADE (Sydney)

May 26, 2016

Both MakMak and Bakedown Cakery are, as separate entities, two of the most sought after dessert purveyors in Sydney, fueling many a sweet tooth over the years with successful pop-ups and residencies. Now the two businesses have teamed to open a store in the CBD (near QVB) that they are called MADE, a small, playfully […]

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Review: Vicolo CafĂ© – CBD (Sydney)

May 15, 2016

The great cafĂ© revolution that has swept the outskirts of Sydney CBD for the past few years hasn’t quite cleaned up the clutter in the annoyingly one-way streets around Town Hall and Wynyard. Sure, there’s some excellent long-established institutions that have withstood the test of time, but for the most, it’s often a gamble walking […]

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The Balvenie brings a high-powered telescope and exclusive Whisky cocktails to Shangri-La’s Blu Bar (Sydney)

February 28, 2016

A dizzying 36 floors above Sydney, atop the famous Shangri-La Hotel, now sits a one-of-a-kind handcrafted telescope thanks the team behind single malt The Balvenie. From March 1st to April 10th, the masterfully crafted telescope, which has been handmade by Mark Turner of Moonraker Telescopes and master wood maker Paul Cruickshank-Inns, will be facing the […]

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Review: Manjit’s at the Wharf – King Street Wharf (Sydney)

February 23, 2016

As most Sydneysiders know, it’s pretty hard to find a decent curry in this city, but that’s quickly changing across town, with a great example being the truly authentic fare at Manjit’s in Balmain. The reputable dining destination has built up a large local following with traditional but distinctive Indian food whipped up by a […]

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Review: Glass Brasserie’s Chinese New Year Menu 2016 – CBD (Sydney)

February 7, 2016

Luke Mangan’s grand Glass Brasserie is still one of the most reputable in the area, attached to the lush Hilton Sydney with it’s thousand-deep list of wines and award-winning food. A dining experience here has a premium feel but unlike many other restaurants of a similar ilk, there’s still something charmingly casual and easy-going in […]

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Review: Barrio Cellar’s Mexican Banquet – CBD (Sydney)

February 7, 2016

Barrio Cellar, near the corner of Martin Place and Elizabeth Street, is unarguably one of the best late-night bar and diners in the area; an underground hub of Tequila, Mezcal, and Mexican eats that keeps drawing people in like flies unable to tempt the bright red neon “Everything with Tequila” sign which greets you before […]

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Review: Indu – CBD (Sydney)

February 7, 2016

Indian food isn’t hard to come across in Sydney, but whether or not that Indian food is good, unique, and worthwhile is a different story. Amidst all the excessively creamy take-a-way butter chickens and greasy cheese naans (always a guilty pleasure), there are some truly fascinating dishes to be had in Indian restaurants from Woolloomooloo […]

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Fresh Catering set to open No. 10 Bistro in Sydney CBD this month

February 1, 2016

Sydney-based catering company, Fresh Catering, is set to open a new restaurant at 10 Macquarie Street in the Sydney CBD. Named No. 10 BISTRO, it will open on February 3rd and follows their recent news of acquiring new business from The Mint and Justice and Police Museum. Fresh Catering will also operate the ground floor […]

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Westfield Sydney announces series of Lunar New Year events

January 25, 2016

Westfield Sydney will celebrate the start of the Chinese (or Lunar) New Year, the Year of the Monkey, by hosting a range of in-centre activities. From 28th January onwards, shoppers and visitors alike will be able to get a taste of Chinese culture by participating in beautiful events such as the Chinese Calligraphy demonstration or […]

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Spotlight on Meriton Festival Village 2016 – Hyde Park (Sydney)

January 8, 2016

Sydney Festival is back for their huge 40th year anniversary, once again propping up their central hub in the leafy surrounds of Hyde Park, this year presenting a re-brand of sorts as what was once known as Sydney Festival Village now becomes Meriton Festival Village. Not much has changed aside from the name though, and […]

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Taste of Shanghai – World Square (Sydney)

December 28, 2015

The various branches of Taste of Shanghai around Sydney are consistently sticking to the standard of inexpensive, good quality Shanghai cuisine, but also bringing in influences from various other Chinese cuisines to offer a comprehensive, share-focused dining experience. Their newest outlet is on the ground floor of World Square, adding greatly to the improved dining […]

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Tim Ho Wan will open a store at Sydney’s Town Hall Station

December 19, 2015

After a successful flagship store in Chatswood and a recent opening in Burwood, one of the world’s most famous Dim Sum restaurants Tim Ho Wan will open in one of the most central locations in all of Sydney, Town Hall Station. For awhile now, the entrance to Town Hall station opposite Event Cinema and next […]

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Sydney gets a new three-level establishment with Lot.1

December 13, 2015

2015 is ending with a burst of exciting new openings for Sydney and front and centre is Lot.1, a lush three-level establishment in the heart of the CBD that offers a premium dining experience, leaning towards classic Italian favourites and focused on local seasonal ingredients handled with a refined modern twist. The venue has a […]

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Kansas City Shuffle – CBD (Sydney)

November 28, 2015

One of the The Rock’s newest and most exciting cafe openings this year has been Kansas City Shuffle, a venue that occupies the space formerly home to the Cadbury Chocolate factory, and is just a stone’s throw from Wynyard station. The very conveniently located cafe has already racked up a solid fan-base, thanks to those […]

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Eric Koh’s Dim Sum Pop-Up at Work In Progress – CBD (Sydney)

November 22, 2015

Before he helps man the kitchen at Enmore’s forthcoming Queen Victoria Hotel, Merivale Dumpling Master Eric Koh has a few more weeks left running his dim sum pop-up, @EricKoh, at CBD bar Work in Progress. The pop-up was originally intended to last for six weeks through September, but an unsurprisingly high level of demand has […]

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Papa Gedes enter their third year with a brand new cocktail menu (Sydney)

November 13, 2015

Sydney’s Papa Gedes have recently turned two, entering into their third year operating as one of the most charming small bars in the CBD. Themed towards the voodoo history of New Orleans, the tiki-esque bar has maintained a balance that doesn’t go over-the-top yet remains playful with a distinctive aesthetic that is clear in both […]

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Eric Koh’s popular Dim Sum pop-up extended to late December (Sydney)

November 7, 2015

Highly regarded dumpling master Eric Koh initially planned to stay a temporary resident at Work in Progress for just six weeks in September, but his @Erickoh residency at Merivale’s small bar has met with such a huge response that demand has forced him to remain in the kitchen until 23rd December. Koh’s dim-sum pop up […]

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Kansas City Shuffle opens up in The Rocks (Sydney)

November 7, 2015

Kansas City Shuffle (KCS) has given The Rocks has a shiny new cafĂ© to play around with, and this one is far from your standard newbie. For one, it comes from the ultra reliable Ben Sweeten, standing as his seventh cafĂ© venture, after involvement in successful venues like Joe Black CafĂ© and Proud Mary. Secondly, […]

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New Shanghai – Westfield Sydney

November 6, 2015

New Shanghai’s CBD restaurant on the lower ground of Westfield Sydney has only been open for less than a fortnight, and it’s already pumping out dumplings with a vengeance. On a Thursday evening, we step into the bustling restaurant that’s been decked out with imported Chinese furnishings. Everything from the shutters and lanterns to the […]

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Yayoi Garden – CBD (Sydney)

November 6, 2015

Popular CBD Japanese restaurant Yayoi Sydney is now Yayoi Garden, and while the interior has the same casual elegance, the menu has slightly changed, with set tasting menus introduced to reflect the spring-summer season, while the sake list is even more extensive than before. My previous visit was a pleasant experience, delivering a Japanese dining […]

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