A couple of weeks ago I was sitting at the bus-stop near the corner of Cleveland and Crown Streets (Surry Hills) and a Chinese guy came up to me, asking for directions. He showed me a piece of paper with the address "432 Cleveland Street" written on it. As I don't speak Chinese and his … Continue reading Bei Jing Dumpling
"OMG BBQ King is closing down", a colleague explained to me a year or so ago. He was genuinely concerned at the loss of a "Sydney institution" Located near the corner of Sussex and Goulburn streets, BBQ was the place where you could go with a large group or by yourself to feast on plates … Continue reading The New BBQ King
"How long before you move?", I asked the waiter tonight. "About five weeks, or thereabouts", he told me. Once the home of Greek restaurant, Dimitri's (with associated plate breaking), the building on Cleveland Street will be looking for a new life, as Porteño is moving to another Surry Hills location. In contrast to Dimitri's, which … Continue reading Finally Porteño
I had THE best Peking Duck last night at Sydney's East Ocean restaurant. Highly recommended. Peking Duck. San Choy Bau. Bottle of wine. $98. Two people. Great conversation. Bargain.
It started with a cough on Tuesday. A persistent cough. I was in a series of quite important meetings, and apologised profusely to my colleagues about my cough. Later in the afternoon, I wandered home. And almost as soon as I arrived home I had a "Hillary Moment", as I've since joked about. Within minutes … Continue reading Darlinghurst Dinner
"I'm sorry, we're fully booked", the maitre'd told us as we made our way into Hobart's "The Glasshouse". "However, we could offer you some seats at the bar or a couch", she added. We looked over at the couches near the window. Two longish couches which could have seated six, with a low table in the … Continue reading The Glasshouse – Hobart
Having previously written a few times about Sydney's Red Chilli restaurant, I was super excited to discover one in Canberra too. Over a bottle of wine and great conversation, a colleague/friend and I enjoyed a most excellent dinner there. Ham, eggplant, fish. All brilliant. Highly recommended (AGAIN).
You know how it is. Sometime you go out for dinner, and you remember every detail of the food. The waiter goes into intricate detail about what's on offer, where it came from, how it's been prepared, and you savour every moment. Truly memorable. Other times, you go out for dinner in a largeish group … Continue reading Mekong Restaurant
If you're a Sydney-sider and you're told you're going to "Christmas in July at The Carrington", you immediately think of The Carrington Hotel in The Blue Mountains. Though my memory is a little sketchy, I remember once doing that. Indeed, it's the first thing you'll find when you Google search. But my neighbourhood of Surry … Continue reading Christmas in July in Surry Hills