Category: FOOD & DRINK

Bar Lettera is new food & drink in North Sydney

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North Sydney is gearing up to embrace a new culinary gem with the grand opening of the chic Bar Lettera at Citadines Walker North Sydney on Saturday, 27th April. This contemporary Italo-Australian eatery and wine bar promises a one-of-a-kind all-day dining experience that harmoniously blends European tradition with local ingenuity in a thoughtfully curated setting, offering a glimpse into the artistic essence of North Sydney. Bar Lettera is a multisensory adventure that transcends mere dining. As a proud member of The Ascott Limited’s esteemed brand portfolio, Citadines embodies the essence of ‘City dwellers’, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the essence of urban living, both within their accommodation and beyond. The newest addition, a 90-seat haven, effortlessly straddles the line between restaurant and bar, reflecting Citadines’ core commitment to providing modern and adaptable lodging options in established and emerging urban enclaves. Leading the culinary brigade is Head Chef Ryan Perry, whose culinary vision centres on reinventing traditional Italian fare with a touch of Australian innovation and premium local produce. “Bar Lettera epitomizes a celebration of creativity. Our aim was to craft a communal space – a sanctuary where patrons could relish delightful moments, engaging conversations, and a culinary journey that pairs exquisitely with our wine selection,” remarked David Mansfield, Managing Director of The Ascott Limited Australia. “Our mission was to blend these elements seamlessly to curate a menu that caters to a diverse audience. At Bar Lettera, everyone is not just welcome but invited to partake in the experience.” Area General Manager of The Ascott… Read More

Cinco de Mayo in Sydney: The Lansdowne and The Happy Mexican Fiesta

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Get ready to spice up your Cinco de Mayo festivities, Sydney! This year, The Lansdowne, a beloved city staple since the roaring ’20s, is flipping the script from its usual brews to an explosion of margarita madness, blending its historic allure with a twist of fresh excitement. What’s more exhilarating is the arrival of Melbourne’s culinary sensation, The Happy Mexican, making its grand debut at the iconic Lansdowne Hotel to sprinkle some authentic Mexican fiesta into your celebrations. Launching the party vibes early in April, and leading into the Cinco de Mayo spirit, The Happy Mexican will be dishing out irresistible $2 tacos every evening from 5-6pm. Yes, you heard it right – it’s a taco fiesta, and everyone’s invited, no RSVPs required! Brace yourselves for a lineup of tantalizing flavors, from succulent roasted chicken breast and zesty marinated pork to crispy beer-battered fish and the show-stopping slow-cooked beef birria tacos. Vegetarian delights like Calabacitas and Nopales aren’t forgotten, ensuring a plate for every preference. Behind this culinary revolution is the genius, Julian Romero, and head chef Jesus Rios, a maestro of Mexican cuisine from Mexico City, bringing over twenty years of experience to dazzle Sydney’s adventurous palates. “We’re thrilled to serve up a spectrum of unique, authentic flavors right from the heart of Mexico to Chippendale,” says Rios. With legendary dishes like Quesabirrias and a diverse menu catering to all dietary needs, The Happy Mexican promises an unforgettable dining experience. But what’s a fiesta without drinks to toast? The Lansdowne’s drink menu is equally… Read More

Where to have a Mexican fiesta in Sydney

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It’s that time of the year again, where the flavours of Mexico descend upon us with an exuberance that can only be found at SoCal’s Taco & Tequila Fiesta! This year, we’re turning the heat up with a lineup of events that promise not just a taste, but a full immersion into the vibrant Mexican culture. From the toe-tapping tunes of a live Mariachi band to the adrenaline-pumping chilli eating contest, we’re serving excitement on a platter! Cinco De Mayo Launch Party – The Ultimate Sunday Session Mark your calendars for May 5th because we’re kicking off the festivities with a bang! Immerse yourself in the ultimate party atmosphere as we transform our space to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Enjoy live music, $15 margaritas, and tacos that will have you coming back for more. The fun starts at 1 pm with an acoustic duo and ramps up with a DJ and a surprise Mariachi band performance. Trust us; you don’t want to miss this! Find out more about the Cinco De Mayo Party Taste of Mexico, Dinner & A Show – A Culinary Journey On Thursday 9th & Thursday 23rd May, join us for a special evening that whisks you away to the heart of Mexico. Prepare to be mesmerized by a live Mexican dancing show while indulging in a sumptuous feast curated by our Head Chef Joel Doyle. At $79 per person, including a starter, main, side, and dessert – plus a welcoming margarita – it’s an experience that marries flavor with culture. Book… Read More

Whiskey pop-up in Sydney with Glenfiddich

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Get ready to immerse yourself in a world where art meets whisky, colour meets taste, and every sip supports an incredible cause! Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, is thrilled to announce its latest collaboration with the dynamic Australian multidisciplinary artist Jordan Gogos. Introducing the ‘Glenfiddich x Jordan Gogos Pop-Up bar’, a spellbinding experience located in the heart of Sydney’s bustling CBD at 200 George Street. This pop-up bar, curated in partnership with the innovative ART AID, is where your love for whisky, art, and philanthropy collide. From April 17th to May 8th, 2024, Dean & Nancy on 22 will transform into a vibrant oasis of creativity. Imagine sipping on exquisite signature whisky cocktails as you’re surrounded by an eclectic mix of colourful textile art, sculptural furniture, and previously unseen art pieces by Jordan Gogos himself. This event isn’t just an exhibition; it’s an invitation to step into a realm where each element is meticulously designed to challenge the borders between gallery space and immersive sensory exploration. At the heart of this experience is the collection of unseen works from Jordan Gogos, spanning art, furniture, to fashion, all inspired by the distinct colourways of Glenfiddich’s iconic aged whisky expressions. Prepare to engage with art in a way you’ve never before, as Gogos’ installation invites you not just to observe, but to interact and become an integral part of the artistic narrative. It’s all about blurring the lines, creating moments, and inspiring conversations in an ambiance that’s entirely unique to this collaboration. Things… Read More

Four Pillars partner with LARK distillery to make whiskey barrel gin

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In a symphony of craft, collaboration, and sheer dedication, Four Pillars introduces its most exceptional creation to date – the Whisky Barrel Gin, a masterpiece born from a harmonious partnership with LARK Distillery and an unwavering commitment to innovation. Set to make its grand entrance on Tuesday 23 April, this limited-edition release of only 2000 bottles has been five years in the making, a testament to the meticulous artistry and passion that define Four Pillars’ gin-making legacy. Drawing upon a decade of gin expertise, Four Pillars embarked on a journey of exploration and experimentation, leveraging the rich complexities of whisky barrels to elevate their Rare Dry Gin to unprecedented heights. Co-Founder and Distiller of Four Pillars, Cameron Mackenzie, a visionary in barrel-aged gin, meticulously curated a selection of Sherry and Apera barrels, each brimming with the essence of excellence. The collaboration with LARK Distillery, a beacon of luxury single malt whisky craftsmanship in Australia, marked a pivotal moment in the evolution of Whisky Barrel Gin. With barrels handpicked from LARK’s renowned collection, the high-proof Rare Dry Gin underwent a transformative ageing process, acquiring intricate layers of flavour and character over the course of four years before being transferred to the illustrious LARK whisky barrels for a final maturation phase in 2023. The culmination of this intricate process resulted in a gin that captivates the senses with its dark spices, preserved citrus notes, and subtle malty undertones. Acclaimed by the discerning palates at the prestigious World Gin Masters 2023, where it earned the esteemed title of… Read More

Where to go for good seafood in Bondi

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Welcome to the future of seafood dining – welcome to Uncut Seafood Delicatessen. This isn’t just another fish shop; it’s a vibrant revolution brought to life by the dynamic Lucas siblings – Nic, Jack, and Kaitlin. Opening its doors on April 26th on bustling Bondi Road, this delicatessen is the culmination of a lifelong passion, a rich family legacy in fish mongering, and an ambitious dream turned reality. At Uncut Seafood Delicatessen, forget everything you thought you knew about traditional seafood joints. This is where the Lucas trio’s vision comes to life, offering a fresh, modern spin on seafood that’s as delightful to your health as it is to your taste buds. Gone are the days of heavy, fried fish dishes. Instead, prepare your palate for an elevated seafood experience that prioritises freshness, flavour, and nutritional value. Step inside, and you’ll find yourself enveloped in an atmosphere that blends the sophistication of a high-end designer boutique with the inviting warmth of a family-run establishment. Every detail, from the Taj Mahal quartzite countertops to the bespoke zellige tiled walls and refined brass accents, tells a story of meticulous design and an unwavering commitment to creating a memorable dining experience. But the real magic lies in the menu. Directly sourced from local Australian fishermen and the renowned Sydney fish markets, every dish served is a testament to the Lucas family’s rich heritage and unparalleled expertise in seafood. Whether you opt for dine-in or take-away, you’re in for a treat with their freshly cut sashimi, perfectly shucked oysters,… Read More

A place to eat in Coogee: Marra Bar & Grill

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As the leaves turn and we welcome the cooler, more reflective seasons of autumn and winter, the Coogee Bay Hotel proudly unveils its latest culinary delights at the renowned Marra Bar & Grill. This eagerly anticipated menu refresh aligns perfectly with the launch of the “Quintessentially Coogee” campaign, a heartfelt initiative designed to reward patrons and cement the hotel’s deep-rooted allegiance to its local community. Nestled in the vibrant heart of Coogee and boasting unparalleled views of its iconic beach, Marra Bar & Grill has long stood as a beacon of exceptional dining. This season’s offerings bring to the table an enriched palette of flavors, starting with perfectly seared Scallops atop a rustic blend of crushed peas and potato scallops – a true homage to autumn’s bounty. The curated Charcuterie Board, with its fine selection of Ortiz anchovies, delicately shaved jamón, and De Palma salami, along with marinated olives and pickles, provides the perfect shareable feast for those crisp coastal evenings. Continuing with the theme of comforting classics, the menu features the heartwarming Bangers & Mash—pork & fennel sausages served over a bed of silky colcannon and finished with a mustard jus. The oven-roasted half chicken, accompanied by kipfler potatoes seasoned with thyme and parmesan, captures the essence of home-cooked warmth. For those seeking a more refined touch to the traditional pub fare, the Wagyu Burger offers a gourmet twist, and the zesty Chicken Wings, served with a cooling ranch dressing, promise to tantalize the taste buds. Seafood lovers are not forgotten, with the Casarecce… Read More

Go to Adrian Richardson’s new Italian joint, Pasta Bambino

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Affordable Gourmet Pasta and Classic Cocktails at Bouvier Bar In a heartwarming homage to his Italian roots and an answer to the current economic squeeze, celebrated chef Adrian Richardson unveils ‘Pasta Bambino’, a winter pop-up nestled within the cozy confines of Bouvier Bar, on Melbourne’s iconic Lygon Street. Offering an escape into the warmth of Italian cuisine, this pop-up is poised to serve up an array of classic Italian pasta dishes, alongside handcrafted cocktails and wine, all priced to please. Since its opening in 2017, Bouvier Bar has become a staple in Brunswick East, known for its classic cocktails and unmatched hospitality. Adrian Richardson, the culinary force behind La Luna Bistro and now Pasta Bambino, aims to stir the pot in the current dining scene with affordable, yet gourmet, pasta offerings reflective of his Italian heritage. Drawing from childhood memories of making pasta from scratch with his Italian grandparents, Adrian’s approach with Pasta Bambino is simple yet profound. “Some of my fondest food memories are helping my Italian grandparents in the kitchen,” Richardson recounts, tying his culinary endeavors back to his foundational experiences with food. The pop-up restaurant’s menu sings a ballad of traditional Italian comfort food, with the promise of changing offerings to keep the palette intrigued. Patrons can look forward to starting their meals with tasty smaller plates like crumbed and fried mozzarella and an antipasto board brimming with Mediterranean delights. Main dishes feature a variety of handmade and locally sourced gourmet pasta such as casarecce bolognese and fresh ricotta gnocchi, not to… Read More

ST. ALi coffee in Melbourne has a new shop

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ST. ALi, the revered Melbourne coffee institution, is thrilled to announce the opening of its latest venture on Bali’s shores. This April, coffee aficionados and culinary enthusiasts will be welcomed at the brand new ST. ALi cafe located on the ground floor of the avant-garde FURTHER HOTEL in the lively and promising district of Pererenan. This expansion marks a significant milestone, promising to infuse Bali’s blossoming coffee scene with ST. ALi’s celebrated blend of premium coffee and gastronomic flair. “Expanding into Bali presents an exhilarating opportunity for us to introduce the ST. ALi philosophy to a wider audience. Pererenan’s evolving culinary landscape and its rich, immersive culture provide the ideal setting for our brand to flourish,” proclaimed Lachlan Ward, CEO of ST. ALi. FURTHER HOTEL has quickly made its mark since its establishment in 2023, earning accolades for its innovative hotel concept that seamlessly integrates with the community ethos of Bali’s southwest coastline. This collaboration between ST. ALi and FURTHER HOTEL is set to enrich the guest experience significantly, marrying the hotel’s novel approach with ST. ALi’s expertise in coffee and cuisine. “Partnering with ST. ALi to bring the essence of Melbourne’s coffee culture to Pererenan is a fulfillment of a long-held aspiration,” expressed Simon Digby, Co-Founder of FURTHER HOTEL. “Facing some of Bali’s most sought-after surf spots, we anticipate ST. ALi will become a morning hub for surfers eager for their coffee fix.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by ST ALi INDONESIA ( In line with this partnership, ST. ALi Bali,… Read More