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AKI's Indian

AKI’s Indian, Woolloomooloo

January 31, 2013

It seems to be a common occurrence, a restaurant we’ve wanted to get to for quite some time but just never made it for one reason or another. Aki’s has been on the list for a very long time and when Lex and I decided to take a week off after her 30th one of […]

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Bistrode CDB

Crave SIFF 2012: Bistrode CBD’s ‘Uncorked’, Sydney

October 30, 2012

As always Crave pulled us in all different directions – would we tempt ourselves with a decadent feast at one of the ‘hatted’ restaurants or hunt down what we felt was an opportunity to be wowed by some of the smaller guys. Bistrode CBD’s ‘Uncorked’ resonated with not only Lex & I but of course […]

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Racine Restaurant

Racine Restaurant, Orange

September 2, 2012

Racine Restaurant is located at La Colline winery in Orange, an 8 minute drive from the city centre. Shaun and Willa Arantz own and operate Racine, with Shaun heading up the kitchen and Willa managing the business side of things. They’ve been running Racine for close to four years and received their first hat in […]

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Lolli Redini

Lolli Redini, Orange

September 1, 2012

Dylan and I have been together for 7 years – I know, crazy huh! We decided to get away for our anniversary and agreed Orange would be the perfect location. It’s a 3 hour drive from our place (around 3.5 hours from the CBD), up through the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and past Bathurst. Neither of […]

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Darley's Restaurant

Darley’s Restaurant, Katoomba

June 30, 2012

With the truffle hunt booked in the next piece of the puzzle was accommodation as we really didn’t feel like driving to Oberon and back in one day. With Katoomba being half way between home and Oberon it seemed sensible to book a hotel there and use it as a stepping stone to Oberon giving […]

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Catalina, Rose Bay

May 31, 2012

I’ve wanted to dine at Catalina since I first started working in advertising. It was mentioned often and always sounded wonderful. But back in the day I never got to go and with so many other places to choose from it somewhat dropped off my radar. As soon as I saw the offer of a […]

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Bacchus Restaurant

Bacchus Restaurant, Newcastle (Closed)

April 20, 2012

Newcastle sounds like a long way to go for dinner, but not when some of your best friends live up that way. Dylan grew up in the Lake Macquarie area, north of the Central Coast and south of Newcastle. Most of his friends have moved to Sydney or New York, but a couple still live […]

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Cotton Duck

Cotton Duck, Surry Hills (Closed)

March 28, 2012

Bird Cow Fish, Rambutan and now Cotton Duck. 2012 has seen some great restaurants close. I don’t dine out as often as I would like, add to that all the new places we’re keen to check out, we don’t seem to get back to restaurants we like often enough. It seems this is commonplace in […]

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Bistrode CBD

Bistrode CBD, March Into Merivale 2012, Sydney

March 23, 2012

Bistrode CBD is a place I walk past every week day. I work just a few doors down the street and have had a few sneaky drinks at CBD Hotel from time to time but have somehow never ventured upstairs to the restaurant. When deciding what restaurants to check out during March Into Merivale 2012 […]

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glass brasserie

glass brasserie, Sydney

February 15, 2012

Valentine’s Day is an odd concept when you think about it. Originally a celebration of a Saint (or two) named Valentine; somewhere along the line it evolved into a day of romance. I believe it was removed from the Christian calendar many years ago, but has been adopted by western (ironically rather secular) society. I […]

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Assiette, Surry Hills (Closed)

November 19, 2011

Mr O’s birthday was all set to be the most expensive meal of our lives: Bilson’s Epiphany degustation with matched wines. Aannnddd then Bilson’s closed. It was not to be. The challenge was on for Mr O to choose another restaurant. He tossed around many ideas… Rockpool, Berowra Water’s Inn, Bentley… but kept going back […]

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Crave SIFF 2011: 121BC, Vini & Berta’s Three Piatti, Three Posti, Surry Hills

October 22, 2011

One of the first Crave dinners we wanted to book in was the progressive dinner ‘Three Piatti, Three Posti’. Unfortunately it sold out really quickly and all we could do was go on the waiting list. Ahh well, we’d just add it to the list with the Hats Off dinners at Guillaume at Bennelong and […]

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Crave SIFF 2011: Pendolino’s Trentino-Alto Adige Dinner, Sydney

October 18, 2011

We’d heard good things through the grapevine about Pendolino, so when we read about the ‘World Dinner’ they were hosting during Crave, we quickly booked in. The degustation menu was inspired from the time head chef Nino Zoccali spent in the north-east region of Italy called Trentino-Alto Adige. The region sits in the very north […]

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buzo: b.o.b. (best of buzo) dinner, Woollahra

October 17, 2011

Sticky beef ribs, vincisgrassi, sgroppino, torta di verona… all synonymous with buzo restaurant in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It feels like we’ve known about buzo forever, but truth be told we only dined at buzo for the first time in early 2009, though it seems hard to believe. For many buzo has been a […]

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