Fish & Co

Fish & Co

In so many restaurants these days, we order fish and have no idea where it comes from. Fish & Co in Annandale, on the other hand, is a sustainable seafood restaurant in Sydney’s Inner West. In fact, it was the first seafood restaurant to be certified by the...
Bloodwood

Bloodwood

I dined at Bloodwood years ago and have been meaning to go back for a long time, but since Hartsyard opened in Newtown, Bloodwood has gained some competition! That being said, Bloodwood is damn good, and probably less likely to give you a heart attack than Hartstyard!...
Nomad

Nomad

The first thing that struck me about Nomad is how similar to Ester it is. And that can only be a good thing. The owners and chefs may disagree, but for me the inner-city, trendy, urban location, warehouse style restaurant and food were all quite similar. The main...
Cafe Sydney

Cafe Sydney

There seems to be a new, hot, trendy restaurant opening in Sydney every week these days (which is great), but sometimes the classics are the best. Cafe Sydney is one of those classics, having stood the test of time for the last 16 years. I was lucky enough to dine...
Coogee Pavilion (Rooftop)

Coogee Pavilion (Rooftop)

I have been to Coogee Pavilion three times since it opened last year, including twice to the Rooftop which opened just after Christmas 2014. In a nutshell, Justin Hemmes has waved his magic wand again. Downstairs is an oasis for little and big kids, whilst upstairs is...
The Dining Room at The Park Hyatt

The Dining Room at The Park Hyatt

The hotel itself was listed on the Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Hot List after a $70m refurbishment in 2012. The restaurant was also updated to emphasise its premier position, which is obvious from the floor to ceiling windows which show off the stunning Opera House and...
Q Dining

Q Dining

A few weeks ago, my partner and I had tickets to see Billy Connolly at Sydney Opera House. We wanted to eat somewhere nice beforehand, which wasn’t too expensive, was close to the theatre and the food would arrive fairly quickly. We could not have chosen a better...
Ester

Ester

To say, I had been looking forward to dining at Ester for awhile is an understatement. Was it since they won Best Restaurants and Best New Restaurant at The 2014 Time Out Food Awards which I attended last August? Or perhaps it was when they won  Two Hats, as well as...
The Honey Bee

The Honey Bee

I have to admit that I don’t dine out in the burbs very often, but I would definitely do it a lot more, if they were all as good as this! We ate here for a family birthday and I was blown away by how good it was. That sound a little patronising, and I don’t mean it to...
Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta

Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta

I had been looking forward to going here for ages, well ever since it opened really and I heard Maurice Terzini (of Icebergs etc fame) was one of Da Orazio‘s owners. It is completely different to Icebergs though, so don’t go there expecting fine dining and ocean...
Hartsyard

Hartsyard

This was my second visit to Hartsyard and it certainly didn’t disappoint! On both visits, we were going to see Bernard Fanning perform afterwards, so we had an early sitting at 5.45pm on a Thursday evening. Despite just opening 15 minutes earlier, they were already...
Australian Youth Hotel

Australian Youth Hotel

If, like me, you thought this dining establishment sounded like a backpackers joint, think again. I have driven past here many times, but never been inside until tonight, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I might even go as far as to describe it as the ‘perfect...
Ms. G’s

Ms. G’s

A trip to Ms G’s is always fun, but I was disappointed on my second visit here in December 2012 to find out that they had changed the recipe of their famous dessert, Stoner’s Delight (pictured). It used to consist of banana ice cream, chocolate, rice bubbles, pretzel,...
Naked in the Sky

Naked in the Sky

I dined at Naked in the Sky with a few Melbourne friends on a Saturday night in November 2013.  Naked (both this roof terrace and the more casual Bar de Pinxtos downstairs) are part of the Melbourne trend to not take bookings. This is quite frustrating for those of us...
Tedder & Woodroffe

Tedder & Woodroffe

There is only one thing better than a holiday, and that is visiting friends in far away places who can act as a local tour guide and take you to the best restaurants. Friends on The Gold Coast did just that when they took us to Tedder and Woodroffe at Main Beach. I...
Garagistes

Garagistes

No offence to Tasmania, but when I researched best restaurants in Hobart for my birthday weekend, only a handful of places came up. Garagistes consistently was one of them.  The name may look French (probably because it refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux...
Peat’s Bite

Peat’s Bite

UPDATED on January 14th 2016 – Last weekend I dined at Peats Bite for the third time, and I can honestly say it just gets better on every visit. Each time I build it up so much, I am worried that my friends who have not been before will be disappointed. I am...
Mori Sushi

Mori Sushi

My partner & I ate here tonight in Glebe, and it was pretty good. You can order a la carte, or choose the All You Can Eat option. We chose the latter of course. It costs $29.50 each for the Standard menu, where you can choose anything on the a la carte menu...
The Winery

The Winery

The Winery is a great spot in Surry Hills for a pre-dinner drink (there are so many great restaurants nearby, such as Zushi next door), but they also do great food themselves. In fact, it is the kind of place where you might pop in for one or two with plans to get...
Movida Aqui

Movida Aqui

I had eaten at Movida Sydney 8 months earlier, but was excited to be finally dining at one of the originals in Melbourne, Movida Aqui. Phew, they also had Slowly braised beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez on cauliflower puree on their menu. Who would have thought I could...
Movida Sydney

Movida Sydney

When I heard Movida was opening a restaurant in Sydney, in October 2012, I was very excited but also very nervous. Nervous that it would not be open in time for my birthday that is. Luckily it opened a few days before and that is where I celebrated with friends. At...
Attica

Attica

After overtaking Quay Restaurant in Sydney, Attica in Melbourne was named the 32nd Best Restaurant in the World last year, the highest in Australia! They were also voted Restaurant of the Year 2015 by Gourmet Traveller magazine. I was extremely lucky as my generous...
Biota Dining

Biota Dining

Biota Dining is located in Bowral, in the Southern Highlands, about 1.5 hours south of Sydney. It is on a train line, so if you want to have a few drinks but not stay over, it is easy enough to do a day trip by train. I was lucky enough to dine here for my 40th...
Chur Burger

Chur Burger

I haven’t tried Burger Project yet, but Chur Burger surely must be in the Top 3 burgers in Sydney (Rockpool Bar & Grill is in there too, holding out judgement for number 3). Chur Burger is another example of a renowned Sydney chef closing a fine dining restaurant...
25th Floor Restaurant

25th Floor Restaurant

As you can see, the panoramic views from this little known restaurant and bar are stunning! It was located in the Sydney Boulevard Hotel in a somewhat strange location (half way between Hyde Park and The Coca Cola sign), but once you took the lift to the 25th floor,...
Quay

Quay

My expectations were high when I found out my boyfriend was taking me Quay (the World’s 60th Best Restaurant) for our anniversary, but nonetheless I was extremely impressed. The views were outstanding, the food was amazing and the service was good (they could have...
A Tavola

A Tavola

I should start by saying that I really wanted to go to Da Orazio Pizza after Sculptures by the Sea, but unfortunately so it seemed did everyone else and there was an hour wait for a table. So, my friends and I went to A Tavola nearby instead. It turned out to be a...
Harringtons

Harringtons

Admittedly, our visit here at Harringtons in Quay West was not a usual one. It was New Year’s Eve 2014/15 and the 6-course menu included 6 full courses. We were expecting a degustation menu, but no, there were 2 full-sized entrees, 2 full-sized mains and 2 full-sized...
Mulga Tree

Mulga Tree

Great family restaurant in Oatley, with a garden out the back for the children to play in. There is a courtyard with a roof, if that makes sense, with fans and heaters just in case. The staff at Mulga Tree are all extremely obliging and nothing is too much trouble....
Balla

Balla

This swordfish looks amazing. Unfortunately though, both my partner & I ended up ill after eating here and we think it was the swordfish. Such a shame as it looked great and tasted fine. Other than that, Balla‘s pre-theatre menu is a good deal, the service and...