Category BOOZE

Lyle’s (London)

Lyle’s is a name you hear hushed by more London foodies than any others in recent years, and I’d been absent from the city’s graces since the restaurant’s inception back in 2014. I was however, a long standing fan of St. John – Clerkenwell’s seminal offal diner – and a far better night out than if… Continue reading

St. Leonards (London)

Amidst the palpable and often painful trendiness of Old Street, lies perhaps one of London’s best new culinary landmarks – St. Leonards. Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke of Brunswick House fame lend visionary witness to what – on surface value – appears to have developed a wecomed identity crisis. Fresh shucked Oysters remain on display… Continue reading

Fishbone (Alexandria)

I stumbled into Fishbone on a rainy day last week (as much as someone can stumble into any establishment in Alexandria), on account of having to change venues to a more accessible place, to meet a friend who was on wheels. He’d hunted down this local Fish & Chip outlet last minute, and was racing… Continue reading

Vin Allegro (Rome)

Probably my new favourite restaurant in Rome, Vin Allegro – in Trastevere – ticks all the boxes. If you happen to stop in for pre-dinner drinks in the afternoon, you can enjoy the free antipasto smorgasboard. Something I think would go a long way to curtailing alcohol related violence in countries like Australia. Partly because… Continue reading

Acre Eatery (Camperdown)

Sprawling over what looks to be around five hundred square metres of precious inner west real estate, the ‘Camperdown Commons’, and its nested restaurant ‘Acre’, are the new feather in the cap of Camperdown. Complete with meticulously landscaped rows of vegetables and herbs that lend an aesthetic charm as well as providing a decent portion… Continue reading

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

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 I find the ambience abrasive and the decor always freshly outdated.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

Pizza Madre (Marrickville)

Adjacent the mayhem that is the Sydenham and Victoria Road intersection, our conversation struggles to compete with the flight path directly above our heads. The small interior of the venue jam-packed with local families and chaotic kiddos had persuaded us to dine al fresco. If only my dinner companion could hear me better, I was explaining… Continue reading