Located in the sophisticated Meriton Dining Precinct, Parramatta’s latest dining destination, The Meat & Wine Co brings a modern steakhouse to the area. A few weeks ago I was invited by FCBA (Food Critics and Bloggers Australia) to join them for an exclusive media dinner organised by The Meat & Wine Co to celebrate the opening of their latest branch in the heart of Parramatta.
During our recent break on the Central Coast, we were going for two things: catch up with our friends and food. So if food is something you’re looking forward to on your next trip to the Central Coast here are some of our new discoveries including some old favourites, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or those thirsty moments.
Middle Eastern food aficionados rejoice! Prepare to be delighted by SaltVine Lebanese Tapas Bar, a new player along Crown St in Surry Hills that’s making a buzz big time with their modern twist on Middle Eastern cuisine. Whether you are seated outside or inside, you’ll find yourself under the sun of Lebanon with its warm, friendly and inviting vibes.
Japanese food doesn’t get any finer than at Toshiya Japanese Restaurant, nestled along Military Rd in Cremorne. At the helm is owner/chef Toshiya Kai who will take your palate on a fantastic journey of Japanese food combining the traditional with inventive and sensational flavour combinations.
Newtown, a vibrant inner west suburb of Sydney is synonymous for trendy eateries, coffees, pubs, bars, designer boutiques and vintage shops. It’s one of Sydney’s most colourful suburbs, and an epicentre of multicultural food. It is just a matter of making a decision of what type of cuisine you want to dazzle your palate and satisfy your culinary wanderlust with.
It has been a forever question battling it out between Sydney and Melbourne who owns the title as the foodie capital of Australia. I’d say it’s Sydney because I live in Sydney but if you ask a Melbournian, definitely the answer would be Melbourne. Fair dinkum!
Located in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown, Yebisu Bar & Grill is an authentic Japanese Restaurant specialising in Izakaya dining, serving a mixture of small plates or tapas-like dishes to be shared. If you’re game, Izakaya is best enjoyed with accompanying drinks like sake or beer which are very popular, otherwise you can always have a non-alcoholic drink to go with your food.
Another fantastic location for a view of Melbourne’s skyline from a distance is to try the the bay walk between Port Melbourne and St Kilda. This walk is a leisurely one and it will take you around 2 hours, a total of 4.4 km via the Bay Trail. The views of Melbourne from this walk are picture perfect.
Thanks to Dr. Stanley Quek, founder and owner of the much loved Kensington Street Mekong in Chippendale for recently launching its North Shore branch Mekong – Bistro Mekong Castlecrag. Eager diners wanting to try the Chippendale branch don’t need to cross the bridge anymore, it’s all here, right in the heart of Castlecrag.
If you’re looking for a new HOT SPOT for Italian dining, Zona Azzurri is the one. The 140 seater restaurant is the latest addition to the ever changing restaurant scene in the inner-city suburb of Alexandria. This suburb was once the epitome of industrial Sydney, but now it’s switching gears to becoming a mix of high-rise residential areas, upscale offices, and home to trendy restaurants, cafes and shops.
Decades ago, the leafy Kellet St in Potts Point was once a busy social and dining scene in the Cross, a mixture of top notch restaurants, trendy cafes, massage parlours, pubs and residential area. Over the years, a number of businesses have closed their doors except for a few iconic venues that have become Sydney institutions. Thankfully new places are popping-up and hopefully they will bring back the once buzzing scene of this lovely street.
Adding to the vibrant food scene in Surry Hills is the Chin Chin Restaurant which opened late last year, a sibling to the very popular and successful Chin Chin Melbourne which offers a modern take on South East Asian fare, particularly Thai cuisine. The restaurant occupies the Griffith Teas Building along Commonwealth St, one of Sydney’s landmark buildings.