Category BOOZE

The Grilled Cheese Factory (Paris)

Very few people in their right minds could resist the gooey temptation of a proper grilled cheese sandwich. Vegans perhaps. The Grilled Cheese factory is tucked safely away around the corner from the Bastille, just far enough away that the only ‘Jaune’ you’ll see is from the ‘Fromage’ and not the ‘Gilets’. A warning though,… Continue reading

Un Vinito? (Paris)

The definition of a quintessential Parisian restaurant has long been etched in the scriptures of cuisine and cliches run rampant on this concept. But I would argue that the quintessentially of Parisian establishments is far more transient today than ever before. Paris is multicultural. A melting pot of cuisines, and only those who cook with… Continue reading

La Perla Bar (Paris)

Mexican is a cuisine rarely done well the world over, and while not always strictly authentic, there are places that give it a red hot go, and succeed. La Perla Bar is one of these places. If you find yourself in the lower Marais, and in need of a cheap meal, La Perla bar also… Continue reading

Where’s Nick (Marrickville)

Gorrondona, Dormilona, Poggerino, Damiano and Colombiere. No, this is not some ’Lorem Ipsum’ style placeholder text. It’s the name of a bunch of wines I’ve never heard of before, and they’re all available by the glass at Marrickville newcomer Where’s Nick. I first stumbled across this breath-of-fresh-air the week of its inception, completely by accident…. Continue reading

The Owl House (Potts Point)

Anyone who frequented the Stanley end of Crown Street, would know that I may as well have been painted as a mural on the wall outside number 97, slowly sipping my martini. This address, of course, was the old hat stand for Amir Halpert, owner / operator of The Owl House. They say change is… Continue reading

The Wild Rover (Surry Hills)

If you’re a fan of finding out what exists on the other side of doors like this, you’ll probably really enjoy sticking your head into The Wild Rover. Officially a Whiskey Bar, the somewhat aesthetically conflicted interior combines zoological images with exposed brick, brass and dark woods in an unpretentious display, that surprisingly proves easy… Continue reading

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 welcomed 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