Archive for the ‘Modern Australian’ Category

Saint Peter, Paddington

April 9, 2017

362 Oxford Street.

For a country famed for its seafood, it’s pretty hard to find really good seafood restaurants. So much care is taken here to represent fish the best it can be. I wish there were more places like this. Pics from a couple of meals. Go.


Lumi Dining, Sydney

April 27, 2015

http://www.lumidining.com
56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Nice inventive Italian – worth the escape from Terrigal. Obligatory sashimi & tartare. Pasta was standout as you would hope; a memorable spelt ravioli with liquid burnt butter & squid ink pasta was beurre blanc, sea urchin & bottarga. Very cute herb sorbet to finish.

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Ester, Sydney

April 26, 2015

http://www.ester-restaurant.com.au
46 Meagher Street, Chippendale

Birthday Friday lunch, made memorable for being interrupted by a mini-work crisis. Political fun & games. A shame because this was very decent. Predominantly small plates with no set narrative, so one ends up with entrees such as tartare (again) and cheeseburger (of course). The gnudi was worth every good cliche.

Roast chicken is a bit of a no-no restaurant order, but I would defend this one. Look at it. However, I wouldn’t defend the garlic chips on the greens. Seriously, why? And relax.

I like these kind of places – fewer rules, everyone treated as adults.

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Cafe Paci, Sydney

April 26, 2015

http://www.cafepaci.com.au
95 Riley Street, Darlinghurst

Seriously good inventive restaurant with lots of grey & hidden food – Lamb tartare, crab, mussels with creamed potatoes & chicken skin. Nice riff on beef pho. Carrot mousse. ‘Popcorn’ with pork crackling. Would return.

In no particular order…

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Marque, Sydney (3)

December 13, 2014

http://www.marquerestaurant.com.au
4/5 355 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Another Friday lunch. Had my sister in tow this time. Excellent value. Always something interesting on the plate.

Salmon with seaweed, stout ice cream etc (not on the same dish)

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Chiswick, Woollahra

December 13, 2014

http://www.chiswickrestaurant.com.au
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 202

Did someone say ‘lifestyle’?
Food is pretty good, but it’s all about buzzy ambience, chicness and from-the-garden dining. Very eastern suburbs

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Seans Panaroma, Bondi

December 13, 2014

http://www.seanspanaroma.com.au
270 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

I used to think the north/south divide in London was big. It’s nothing compared to Sydney. Northern beaches dwellers don’t go to Bondi. So it’s only taken me 2 years to get round to going to Seans Panaroma (& 6mths to post this).

Many places can be accused of being style over function (Icebergs), but there are no fads here – simple big plate cooking – monster fagioli & clam soup, roast chicken, provencale lamb rump, creme brûlée. All excellent, though it should be for the bill.

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Rockpool Sydney, Sydney

September 14, 2014

http://www.Rockpool.com
11 bridge street, Sydney

Have been here a few times since it re-opened in Bridge Street. This occasion was a valentines day lunch with Vanessa. There’s a lot to be said for lunching on this date. You avoid the price gouging at night, with uninspired menus (steak or salmon) and the depressing sight of 50 tables of 2 trying to enjoy themselves.

This is I suspect less of an issue for Rockpool. The room is sleek and money. The food is excellent. One could hypothesize how the chinese inspired food reflects a country that straddles the east & west. You’d sound a bit of wanker though. Regardless, the flavours are big, especially in comparison to the traditional Flower Drum. Steak Tartare with black bean dressing, chicken hotpot with potatoes dauphine. All outstanding.

A lot of iconic Sydney restaurants rely on their location to be distinctive, but Rockpool Sydney has to rely on the food. I consider it to be some of the most distinctive you’ll find ‘here’.

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Bathers Pavilion, Balmoral

December 5, 2013

http://www.batherspavilion.com.au

My father in town and there’s one restaurant he always wants to go back to. There are some restaurants that are unique to their location; that you couldn’t find anywhere else. Bathers is one such place. On the beach, laid back, but sophisticated. The food does the location justice – ‘rabbit cannelloni’, Murray cod encrusted with black rice & octopus etc. The mash is hard to beat. A perfect place for a summer afternoon in Sydney. A few too many vinos and a swim always beckons…

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Quay Restaurant, Sydney

November 30, 2013

http://www.quay.com.au
Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

I was a guest of a friend who was in town for business. He’d given me a bit of notice to book somewhere. Nothing less than a degustation would do. Quay it was. Premium wines all the way.

It was an excellent meal. Worthy mention to Wagyu tartare, XO seafood, pork & scallops and the guava snow-egg. Still worth the hype.

The four eaux-de-vie with four double espresso made it a five hour meal while contributing to only 3 hours sleep. And I was thinking the two would balance themselves out. Schoolboy error.

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