Tag Archives: Dinner

Ripples at the Wharf, Pyrmont

I love dinner. I love dinner even more on a cold and stormy night when you’re all warm and cosy, with belly warming food. The next best thing, is practically sitting in a restaurant kitchen with belly full of warming food! On this particular night, courtesy of Ripples Sydney Wharf via Prue at The Mint Partners, we were given the opportunity to test drive their version of a chef’s table. What’s a chef’s table? It’s when you can dine in the kitchen of the restaurant and get up close and personal with the crew preparing your food. Matt Moran has been doing it for some time at Aria, and I’m sure there are other gems hidden away, and only accessible on request.

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A Tavola, Darlinghurst

A Tavola in Darlinghurst is one place I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. So when my friend’s husband floated it as a potential venue for a surprise birthday dinner, I was first to support it!
Well known for their handmade and very fresh pasta, and the large marble dining table that seats around 25, A Tavola has been bubbling away quietly like their fall apart braised guanciale. For those familiar with the area, you may know that Chef Eugenio Maiale in conjunction with Nick Palumbo of neighbouring Gelato Messina, took over Providore Pelagio, turned it into Gastronomia Pelagio and are now turning it into bar.

*UPDATE* The Bar, known as Omerta looks like it’s about to open very soon

Dinner for 9 or 10 is a big ask for a small restaurant on a busy Friday night, but this place had no problem fitting us in. We had been given the option of a set menu for about $80 per head, but we were better off ordering a la carte, including wine, salads and dessert! We were seated at a large table in the back courtyard, a space made intimate with gorgeous lighting.
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Perama, Petersham

I love Twitter. I love Twitter because it has allowed me personal access to some of the best chefs in Sydney.  One of these is David Tsirekas of Perama. Now, I had already heard of Perama and everyone I know who has gone there has raved about it, but if it hadn’t been for David and his description and picture of Baklava icecream it would have remained on my “to do” list.

Da Boyfriend and meet after work in Newtown for a drink, then jump on the train to Petersham. A quick walk around the corner from the station and we’re there…Yay!
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Ikea, Rhodes

ikea_pansIkea: It’s not the place I think of when thinking food. I do however,  think of drawer organisers, the klippan sofa that everyone I know had at university, and kitchenware bought when I first moved out of home.  Living in the inner city and not having a car, I don’t get out to Ikea often, and when I do it’s usually a quick visit because I’m relying on a lift!

I was very surprised to receive an invitation to attend a foodblogger meet up at Ikea to try out their food and check out their products. Now this was no hardship and the perfect opportunity to figure out the public transport situation and see if it was do-able (just in case of future visits to score goodies & homewares).

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Taste on Sussex Lane, Kent Street

Birthday lunch for Ms K at work, and first stop: Taste on Sussex Lane. Having lived near the original Surry Hills outlet for sometime, I loved the new formality of the city cafe/bar/restaurant. Yet, it still manages to retain it’s laid back vibe with a roaring trade in their famous French/Viet baguettes more traditionally known as Banh Mi feeding the milling office workers around the new Westpac plaza. Our office had our Christmas Party here, and I wanted to post then, but got distracted by party games! Nestled in the bottom  of Westpac Place, overlooking the lane way shared by Small Bar, and a glistening hair salon, the space has been decked out in the most gorgeous french influenced style. On entry there is the quick serve baguette bar, with queues snaking out the door during busy lunchtimes, and to the left, entry into the restaurant proper. The first section in a glass atrium with cafe style seating, then near the bar: bar/lounge style seating and just a touch further a more formal dining area. The five of us are seated in the bar area on comfy couches and armchairs with the tricky challenge of eating off a very small table! We do, somehow manage. Checking out the menu, there is a choice of the baguettes, and more formal dining options. Between us we choose a range.

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Pony, The Rocks

pony_menu1Hen’s Night. Bachelorette party. Bridal Shower. All terms to describe the coming together of ladies to celebrate the imminent marriage of the Hen. It usually involves copious amounts of alcohol, silly games, and sillier costumes. Luckily for me, and everyone else, the Hen in question is one of the classiest ladies you will ever meet, so the standard Hen’s Night debauchery was totally off the menu. Thank god. What did we do instead? We drank great wine and ate beautiful food.

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The Rum Diaries, Bondi

I love going out to dinner with my friends, especially when you don’t see them as often as you should. On this occasion my esteemed dining companion and I head to Bondi on the recommendation of one of her work colleagues. The destination? The Rum Diaries.

I had heard snippets about The Rum Diaries, and it’s focus on all things rum…and this was upheld when we checked out the menu. But first, on arrival we were greeted by a lovely hostess, who welcomed us, settled us at our table, explained the menu and got us our drinks, and let us then sit back and relax over our choices.


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