Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

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.


River Cafe (2), London

June 29, 2016

Family bonding time. A beautiful spring day. Negroni, rabbit fettuccine, turbot, affogato. Done. Peerless.

Butley Orford Oysterage, Orford

June 27, 2016

Market Hill, Orford, Woodbridge

The saddest of news brought me back to the UK. Family time. Real, old-school food required.

Suffolk Coast, foreboding skies and Dover Sole served as simply as possible. 

A lovely no frills place (with Pouilly Fume). 

Tipo 00, Melbourne

June 26, 2016

361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Another rough day in Melbourne. Needed a dinner to soothe the soul. Italian of course. Glass of wine in hand by 5pm. Chefs menu. Simple, excellent ingredients – arancini, tomatoes/burrata & bizarrely two squid courses (why?) duck/gnocchi & deconstructed tiramisu. Worth it.

Estelle by Scott Pickett, Melbourne

January 15, 2016

245 High Street, Northcote, VIC

Not in Melbourne. After a 30 minute taxi ride I discovered it was in Northcote. Last minute booking etc. Big open plan kitchen, lots of fawning customers. Running the gauntlet between style & substance. Green tomatoes are clearly ingredient du-jour. tuna, salmon, lamb, duck. Chocolate, Doughnut. Text book degustation. Worth the Uber.  


SaQuaNa, Honfleur

January 14, 2016

22 Place Hamelin, Honfleur

Best meal of 2015. Wonderful seafood in the gastronomic backwater of Honfleur. My wife took the kids to a butterfly farm, so I could come here. Worth the sacrifice. Had the full range of techniques – Yorkshire pudding (!), poached monkfish in coconut broth (sublime), steamed salmon, sea-bream risotto with green tomatoes, grilled pollack with ginger/soy emulsion. Textbook pigeon. Iced baklava. 

Big flavours, sensitive technique. Can’t remember having better seafood cooking. Well worth a detour.



Lumi Dining, Sydney

April 27, 2015
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.









Sichuan House, Melbourne

April 26, 2015
22-26 Corrs Lane, Melbourne

Three words – cumin pork ribs. Helps a cheap bottle of white go down in 20 mins. 10/10. Would do it again.


Ester, Sydney

April 26, 2015
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.







Cafe Paci, Sydney

April 26, 2015
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…