Contemporary

District Dining

Posted by D on 23 May, 2011 in Australian, Contemporary, Sydney | 11 comments

District Dining

Another brainchild of Warren Turnbull of Assiette fame, District Dining has brought fine dining quality at a price for the masses. Gone are the crisp ironed white table clothes, the fine china and the silverware changed at each course – instead District Dining has a warm wooden interior with marble top tables and large blackboards advertising the daily specials which all add to the contemporary tone.

When we enter dining room on a busy Saturday night, the place is buzzing. Conversations are flying everywhere and we strain our heads over the crowd to find our dining companions. One thing I’m struck by

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Pier Restaurant

Posted by D on 20 March, 2010 in Australian, Contemporary, Sydney | 14 comments

Pier Restaurant

Ask me what my favourite seafood restaurant with fine dining in Sydney is and my answer would definitely be Pier Restaurant at Rose Bay. I first visited here as a poverty stricken university student when a single meal here could have easily paid for over a week’s worth of university cafeteria sandwiches. Many years on, I still remember the meal I had there. So when a high school friend announced a quick visit to Sydney and Pier pipped as the place for our catch up, I didn’t have a moment’s hesitation in saying yes at the chance to re-visit.

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Sake Restaurant

Posted by D on 26 January, 2010 in Contemporary, Japanese, Sydney | 10 comments

Sake Restaurant

I’ve always had a rule that I generally stick by and rarely break – never order food from a joint where the chef isn’t from the same background as the cuisine. Not to be discriminatory in any way, the simple fact is that I like my food authentic as I can get. Also, call it a quirk of mine, but my mind simply refuses to comprehend the disassociation.

There are however a handful of chefs that beg to differ. Sake Restaurant at the Rocks as can be expected by the name serves contemporary Japanese food and but the executive chef is not Japanese, but a gaijin by the name of Shaun Presland (previously of Sushi E and Establishment

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Monkey Magic

Posted by D on 19 December, 2009 in Contemporary, Japanese, Sydney | 7 comments

Monkey Magic

The last few months at work has been manic to say the least. With starting up the blog, a rebounding market and the resultant influx of work, I was fast running out of steam and eagerly looking forward to the lead-up to Christmas. Historically, this has been a time when work slows down and you’re given the opportunity to wind down and let your hair down. No luck there.

In the end, the hard work paid off its dividends when I was fortunate enough to be invited to a dinner organised to celebrate the successes of our overall team during the past quarter. The place that was chosen

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Bentley Restaurant & Bar – Let’s Do Lunch

Posted by D on 2 November, 2009 in Contemporary, European, Sydney | 4 comments

Bentley Restaurant & Bar – Let’s Do Lunch

One last Let’s Do Lunch last week to close off on a month of good eating thanks to the Sydney International Food Festival. This time, we decided to head towards Surry Hills and gave Bentley Restuarant & Bar on Crown Street a try. The restaurant is housed in a refurbished pub which has an unassuming aura about it. In that respect, it’s almost too easy to forget that this restaurant has been awarded two chef’s hats for several years running.

The set menu this time for the Let’s Do Lunch special was a roast spatchcock with sweet corn polenta, pistachio and aspagarus. On the

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Gallery Tea Lounge – Sugar Hit

Posted by D on 17 October, 2009 in Contemporary, Dessert, Sydney | 0 comments

Gallery Tea Lounge – Sugar Hit

Making up for missing the Glass Brasserie Sugar Hit the previous week, our friends decided to cash in their raincheck and we hit up the Gallery Tea Lounge for another Sugar Hit.

Best known for their extravagant afternoon tea menus, the  Gallery Tea Lounge is located in the lobby level of the Sheraton on the Park. Coming here is like a little bit of luxury. Entering the hotel, you’re greeted with the cavernous lobby featuring two large marble columns on either side of a grand staircase. This feeling of opulence is continued when you take a quick left from the entrance and into the Gallery Tea Lounge.

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