Trattoria Morgana (Rome)

Carbonara is Roman. Specifically Roman. In fact it’s only as old as the second world war, when the resident American troops supplied locals with bacon and eggs. Trust the Romans to turn that into something special. I’ve tried this dish many places in Rome, but it was time to seek out the very best. Trattoria… 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

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