World Class Cocktail Festival comes to Sydney

Five days of quality cocktail and food experiences, epic pop-up events and parties are set to excite the city this month. At a moment when we are all looking forward following the events of 2020, Australia is set to be inspired by its own vibrant bar culture with the World Class Cocktail Festival taking placeContinue reading “World Class Cocktail Festival comes to Sydney”

Massi re-opens after a year of closure

The CBD stalwart on Little Collins Street is back. A year after the first lockdown, much-loved Italian restaurant Massi in Melbourne’s CBD will be resurrected after Easter and re-open on Monday, 12th April. Known for its modern Sicilian cuisine and intimate, convivial atmosphere, Massi has been a destination for lunch and after-work eats since openingContinue reading “Massi re-opens after a year of closure”

Merivale acquires The Quarterdeck at Narooma

Merivale has acquired The Quarterdeck in Narooma, a beautiful town in the Eurobodalla region of the NSW South Coast. This is Merivale’s first hospitality venue outside Sydney. Justin Hemmes, CEO of Merivale, said: “Narooma has become my second home and the backdrop to so many of my happiest memories with my family. I think itContinue reading “Merivale acquires The Quarterdeck at Narooma”

Coming Soon: Appellation

A new Armadale wine and snack bar from the team behind Amaru. Appellation, a new wine bar concept from Clinton McIver (Amaru), will launch in late April with a focus on grower champagnes and drinking snacks representative of the Amaru food philosophy, delivered with an informative, yet informal service style. Inspired by Amaru regulars –Continue reading “Coming Soon: Appellation”

Lunch is served at Art Gallery of NSW as ‘Crafted by Matt Moran’ opens its doors

The Art Gallery of New South Wales announces the opening of an exciting new restaurant concept, Art Gallery Restaurant Crafted by Matt Moran this Friday, March 26. The restaurant launches in partnership with newly appointed culinary advisor, Matt Moran, who will sit across the development of restaurant and catering menus, and work with food andContinue reading “Lunch is served at Art Gallery of NSW as ‘Crafted by Matt Moran’ opens its doors”

Whisky Loot Rainy Day Recipe – The Penicillin

Whisky Loot Rainy Day Recipe – The Penicillin As the rain hits Sydney, this chilly autumn day, Whisky Loot Sommelier, Joel Hauer, has put together the ultimate whisky warmer recipe, The Penicillin, to help you keep the colder temperatures out and the sniffles at bay. Check out how to make this autumnal cocktail hit below:  TheContinue reading “Whisky Loot Rainy Day Recipe – The Penicillin”

2021 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards

Supporting restaurants for a brighter future.  The 2021 NSW SOMMELIER’S WINE LIST AWARDS launched last week with a new look and a revitalised aim of showcasing and rewarding the very best ‘NSW Wine Stars’. A ‘NSW Wine Star’ is a sommelier/beverage manager or venue that offers their customers a great NSW wine experience and aContinue reading “2021 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards”

Update from Lucas Group – Yakimono to open late 2021

Yakimono, a contemporary high-energy, inner-city eating house, is a collaboration between Chris Lucas and Chef Martin Benn. Located at 80 Collins, next door to the soon-to-open SOCIETY, Yakimono will offer a Japanese-style grill menu with a pared-back, delicious and modernist take on Japanese inner-city dining. Due to open late 2021, Yakimono will combine adventurous and robustContinue reading “Update from Lucas Group – Yakimono to open late 2021”

Fine Dining Review: Jung Sung | 16/20

It is a Saturday night in the Kensington dining precinct, and it’s just a pleasure to see so many diners out after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. The industry, which lost many good restaurants during that period, needs new, exciting and quality openings to fill that void and offer hope, and Jung Sung hitsContinue reading “Fine Dining Review: Jung Sung | 16/20”

Fine Dining Review: Tonic | 16/20

With international borders closed, and state borders problematical at best due to the fluidity of COVID-19, food and wine lovers are now exploring their own state’s regions more. Tonic, established in 2003, and located in historic Millthorpe – just a short trip from Orange – is a local gem that is a must-stop on any journey. OwnersContinue reading “Fine Dining Review: Tonic | 16/20”

Fine Casual Dining Review: Fratelli Fresh (Darling Harbour) | 14/15

The original concept of Fratelli Fresh largely informed the direction of fine casual dining in Sydney, when after buying quality fresh produce, you could then relax with a well-executed pasta dish and a glass of wine and leave well satisfied without emptying your pockets. Rockpool Dining Group, who now own and oversee the brand, haveContinue reading “Fine Casual Dining Review: Fratelli Fresh (Darling Harbour) | 14/15”

Chile: A destination of contrasts

In this age of globalisation, it is hard to find a tourist location that still has any sense of real authenticity left to offer like Chile, with such a vast range of diversity. Part of three continents (South America, Oceania, and the Antarctic), with over 6,000 kms of coastline, it offers some of the most stunning and picturesque locationsContinue reading “Chile: A destination of contrasts”