Category Reviews

Gou Sushi (Surry Hills)

Even if I had hands I couldn’t count the number of times I’d opted for dinner at this unassuming best kept secret of Surry Hills. You could say it’s my ‘Gou To’ Sushi pick (I’m SO sorry). The interior features a large sushi train that surrounds the Jedi Master, as he churns out some of… Continue reading

Popolo (Rushcutters Bay)

Word on the street is that Flavio Carnevale is relocating Popolo to a CBD location, and has turned the previous venue into a Roman inspired affair that goes by the name of Marta Osteria. In an ode to its departure I thought it apt to share some dishes from my last dining experience there. It… Continue reading

Firedoor (Surry Hills)

Any restaurant with a furnace that resembles something out of a Saw film, must be operating on some higher level. I learn from one of the cooks that it exists to facilitate the scorching of hot coals, inevitably to be utilised for the cooking of, well… everything on the menu. Our seat at the bar… Continue reading

Little Mule Cafe (Stanmore)

Front row centre on the wrong side of the tracks (my side) of the station, sits the ‘Little Mule Cafe’, a now-stalwart in the procession of Coffeeshops lining the commercial nooks of Stanmore. At first glance, the interior appears a hodgepodge of vaguely on-trend materials, lacking of a true sense of direction. It doesn’t look… Continue reading

Sokyo (Pyrmont)

I’ve never been a fan of Casinos. I find the ambience abrasive and the decor always freshly outdated. Not even the exemption to the Sydney lock-out laws could temporarily persuade me to lift my prejudices to this awful contrast of cashed-up tourists and mortgage foreclosure victims. There are, however, a couple of understandable reasons to… Continue reading

Orto Trading Co. (Surry Hills)

Years back, Orto Trading Co. was a staple for my friends and I. With its concealed location (advantageous for facilitating private conversations, when people-watching is off the menu), its frontage is anything but – and its al fresco garden area – comfortable for any lunchtime configuration. On this occasion I noticed an ever-so-slight dip in… Continue reading

Natty’s Cafe (Stanmore)

A stone’s throw from the horrendous sounds of nearby Parramatta Road, Natty’s Cafe service the surrounding commercial and residential streets of Stanmore, in what is beginning to become a hotbed of competition for the suburbs affections. Who would have thought Stanmore had competition in anything besides attaining junk mail. Now with Natty’s, I revel simply… Continue reading

Pana Chocolate (Alexandria)

Raw, Organic and Vegan are three words that I tend to ignore in my day-to-day life, unless I’m at Pana Chocolate in Alexandria, where it’s literally impossible to do so. But why turn down an opportunity to broaden my horizons and satiate the appetite of my vegan best friend? Well, there may be a few… Continue reading

Buffalo Dining Club (Darlinghurst)

Every now and then one needs a quick reminder of some of their city’s finest go-tos. For me, one of those is Buffalo Dining Club. For the last since-I-can-remember I’ve frequented this enclave of casual elegance – hidden in plain sight – just off Victoria Street, Darlinghurst. The ordering style here is simple. No fuss,… Continue reading