Modern Australian

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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Cumulus Inc.

Cumulus Inc., Melbourne

September 14, 2013

Opened in 2008, Cumulus Inc. is part of Andrew McConnell’s growing empire (think Cutler & Co, Golden Fields and Builders Arms Hotel). The restaurant and bar is open seven days a week from morning until late. Designed by acclaimed Melbourne architect Pascale Gomes-McNabb (who also designed Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole, Yellow and Stokehouse) the […]

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momofuku seiōbo

momofuku seiōbo, Pyrmont

May 4, 2013

A question that comes up four times a year with our crazy fine dining crew is ‘Where are you having your birthday dinner?’ In turn we select the one place that is the top of our respective list for whatever reason. For me it HAD to be momofuku sei?bo (pronounced say-oh-bo). Sure it was awarded […]

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smolt

smolt, Battery Point

March 31, 2013

Back so soon, well yes and no. After our great evening on the Friday our waiter suggested we should come back in the morning for breakfast. We had already decided on Machine Laundry Cafe for the Saturday morning but beyond that we were open to suggestions for anything open on the Easter long weekend. Sunday […]

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Garagistes

Garagistes, Hobart (Closed)

March 30, 2013

From the moment we decided on hitting up Tasmania social media was our beacon, the best way to find out what the must visit places in Hobart are. There were a LOT of café suggestions, I think we need to head back for a week just to check them all out. Besides cafes there were […]

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smolt

smolt, Battery Point

March 29, 2013

Planning our trip to Hobart the first thing we did was ask for restaurant recommendations. smolt was a name that popped up a number of times and dinner was booked in well in advance of our trip. smolt, meaning baby salmon, is a partnership between Kif Weber and Scott McMurray, owners of Tasmania’s largest salmon […]

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Tavern 42 Degrees South

Tavern 42 Degrees South, Hobart

March 29, 2013

We finally made it to Hobart. Late last year Mr O suggested we fly to Hobart for the Easter long weekend and surprisingly we all agreed within minutes. Flights were booked on New Year’s Eve between a few caprioska and negroni pre-drinks before our dinner at Bishop Sessa. We instantly knew there was an epic […]

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Monopole

Monopole, Potts Point

March 22, 2013

Monopole is Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt’s newish restaurant and wine bar. The duo have taken the knowledge learnt from running the hugely successful Bentley Restaurant & Bar and carved out an impressive looking eatery in Potts Point. Somewhat of a recent change, the restaurant now takes limited reservations with half of the tables for […]

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Bondi Hardware

Bondi Hardware, Bondi Beach

March 13, 2013

We rarely venture over to Bondi but an invitation to Bondi Hardware’s first birthday lured us in. Half of my colleagues are Bondi locals and a few have mentioned Bondi Hardware on a number of occasions. Share plates and a funky vibe, sounds like fun to me! Although my family now lives North West of […]

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Bacchus Restaurant

Bacchus Restaurant, Newcastle (Closed)

March 9, 2013

Heading to Newcastle for a sneaky weekend getaway, we were keen to check out a restaurant where a Sydney chef and Bacchus’ ex-restaurant manager were working. However as our trip approached everything changed when we heard both the chef and manager had resigned. Hmm where to now? It was only too easy to lock in […]

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subo

subo, Newcastle

March 8, 2013

subo is a tiny restaurant on Hunter Street in Newcastle that I heard about through Twitter and decided I would have to try out. Beau Vincent and his wife Suzie run the show with Beau on the pans and Suzie managing front of house. Beau has worked at many Sydney restaurants including Tetsuya’s, Guillaume at […]

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Cafe Sydney

Café Sydney, Sydney

February 17, 2013

Lunch with a long lost friend on a summery Sunday. Café Sydney had to be the choice with stunning water views and a contemporary menu where everyone can find something they like. Previously I’ve received nothing but hospitable service at Café Sydney. Unfortunately this time around we didn’t seem to hit things off with our […]

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Universal

Universal, Darlinghurst (Closed)

February 15, 2013

Same old story, different restaurant. We have wanted to go forever, but never actually got around to it until they decided they were closing. Yes, that’s right, after six years Christine Manfield has decided to close Universal at the end of April to focus on other projects. So naturally when I heard the news I […]

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Quay

Quay, The Rocks

January 26, 2013

It has become a bit of tradition for the four of us (Lex, Em, Mr O & I) to make birthdays the pinnacle of our gastronomic explorations. The 4 days of the year we let loose – literally, I went sans belt – and do not let our logical budget conscious minds interfere with our […]

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