Degustation

Billy Kwong Chinese Eating House

Billy Kwong, Surry Hills

October 1, 2014

When we got word that Kylie was moving her restaurant to Potts Point we lamented the fact that we had not returned since our very first visit (and very first blog post) nearly 5 years ago. It just so happened we spotted an Instagram by Kylie saying that for the last 19 days of service […]

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Guillaume

Guillaume, Paddington

August 15, 2014

If there was a more anticipated reopening in the Sydney restaurant scene than Guillaume Brahimi’s self-titled Guillaume I have not seen it. After 12 years at Bennelong the December 31st closure was quite a public affair but thankfully ‘only’ 8 months later the French inspired Modern Australian establishment was ready to reopen. And open just […]

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sixpenny

sixpenny, Stanmore

February 16, 2014

A fine dining restaurant in the ‘burbs that launched as degustation only. That is pretty much unheard of. But we have heard of the two men behind sixpenny – James Parry and Daniel Puskas. James’ CV includes Icebergs, Billy Kwong, Bird Cow Fish, Oscillate Wildly (where he won the 2009 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of […]

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Maha

Maha, Melbourne

February 14, 2014

Maha is Shane Delia’s Middle Eastern fine dining restaurant in Melbourne. I initially came across Shane on Twitter and thought his style of cooking sounded rather interesting. When he appeared on Masterchef I became even more curious. Then SBS Feast magazine were giving away Shane’s Spice Journey DVD with every subscription – sold. Dylan loves […]

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Racine Restaurant

Racine Restaurant, Orange

January 26, 2014

Australia Day in Orange, what better way to spend it than with a special lunch at our favourite restaurant in Orange. Starting the day we had a lovely three course breakfast at Black Sheep Inn to line our stomachs before setting off for a quick little wine tour. After a few tastings and purchases we […]

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Esquire

Esquire, Brisbane

December 27, 2013

Christmas was a low key affair and so we decided while we were in Brisbane we had to do something big. We decided to tick off the only other three hatted restaurant in Australia that we hadn’t been to (having previously ticked off all The SMH Good Food Guide and The Age Good Food Guide […]

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UME Restaurant

UME Restaurant, Surry Hills

October 30, 2013

I am a massive fan of Japanese food. The only problem is I find it prohibitively expensive to enjoy on a frequent basis. To tell you the truth if you rewind 10 years Japanese was a cuisine I’d never experienced and sushi was something that made my skin crawl. A lot has changed since then […]

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momofuku seiōbo

momofuku seiōbo, Pyrmont

October 19, 2013

We booked our return visit to momofuku seiōbo on a whim. We couldn’t wait to get back and see what changes had been made to the menu and enjoy one of my favourite restaurants again. First time around Lex had sat out the beverage pairing as she had been cutting back on her alcohol intake. […]

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Pilu at Freshwater

Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater

September 22, 2013

Countless times we have talked about our ‘list’ so why should we stop now? There are many great places out there that have been around for ages, before this fad or that fad, yet somehow never end up being talked about. Pilu at Freshwater is one of those places and a place that has been […]

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Vue de Monde

Vue de Monde, Melbourne

September 14, 2013

Shannon Bennett opened Vue de Monde in 2000 at the grand old age of 24. The restaurant quickly attained a cult following and Shannon was awarded the Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Best New Talent in 2003. In 2005 the restaurant was relocated to the historic Normandy Chambers building, where it achieved higher accolades and was awarded […]

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Flower Drum

Flower Drum, Melbourne

September 14, 2013

If you are someone who grew up eating Chinese food that was recreated by your Austrian mother from the ‘Women’s Weekly Chinese Cooking Class Cookbook’ like I was then you may have found that something was missing all these years. It’s not that my mum was an inept cook (quite the contrary), but for the […]

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wd~50

wd~50, New York, USA

August 20, 2013

Our New York plans were coming along nicely. The bride and groom seemed rather relaxed and had everything under control, we had a HUGE bucket list of restaurants, bars and sites to visit and we had reservations at Le Bernardin and Eleven Madison Park. But that wasn’t quite enough. Dylan and I realised that although […]

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Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA

August 15, 2013

Normally a story needs to be told from the beginning but on very rare occasions the ending of a good story must come first. And the story of our afternoon at Eleven Madison Park is one of these exceptions. This was the best dining experience of our lives. Ever. No really, ever! Saying it is […]

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Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin, New York, USA

August 13, 2013

Deciding which restaurants – and in particular which Michelin starred restaurants – to go to in New York was one of the hardest things I had to do (#firstworldproblems). We decided we *had* to dine at Per Se or Eleven Madison Park (yes, sadly we had to choose between the two) but selecting other restaurants […]

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