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Lunch at Vue de Monde at $1 a minute

Lunch at Vue de Monde at $1 a minute

Each table is assigned a chef from the open kitchen at Vue de Monde At $60 for the 1 hour lunch at Vue de Monde it is not the cheapest in town by far. But it adds up to so much more than two courses and a glass of wine as an experience; I defy you to not order more or want to return. The whole experience is high theatre and extreme camp from the ornate cutlery, the colourful chaise […]

Mac Forbes Cibi cellar door

Mac Forbes Cibi cellar door

Wine in the groove at Cibi. Picture: Adriane Strampp Cibi is rapidly defining itself as one of the most interesting cafes (or should I say happenings) in Melbourne as I have written before. Not only does it serve a terrific Japanese breakfast at weekends, have a quirky shop of Japanese design objects but it also treats itself like a gallery with its regular opening nights. Then there was the recent pop-up store in the Aesop store in Flinders Lane and […]

Not another review of the Aylesbury

Not another review of the Aylesbury

These are the doors to The Aylesbury. Beautiful aren’t they, guarding the space that until it closed was the lovely pizza restaurant Barbagallo Trattoria E Pizzeria. It wasn’t any pizza restaurant but one started by Pietro Barbagallo who brought us, and sold, the much loved I Carusi in Brunswick East. It just goes to show how tough it is on this corner, 103 Lonsdale St. The original crew at Seamstress a few doors away found it similarly tough and went […]

The cult of the wineglass

The cult of the wineglass

Consult a financial adviser before drinking from a Riedel. Dishwasher tablets erode your glasses and crockery. Use liquid instead. Decant heavier reds at least 8 hours before drinking. If you want to drink champagne (usually a blend of chardonnay pinot pinot meunier and pinot noir) rather than sip it, use a pinot noir glass. I’ve spent my whole life avoiding scrapes with cults. There was the incident in London on the Tottenham Court Road where, bunking off school aged 14, […]

Restaurant and Catering on social media

If you were at my talk at Restaurant and Catering last week, I’ve published my ideas on social media on my Tomato Media Facebook Page here, including a short presentation that the talk was based on and some links to resources. There are also some useful links in the presentation.

Diary of a food festival: day 3

Diary of a food festival: day 3

Saturday 0830 Attend Barbeque Madness at Sydney Morning Herald Grower’s Market at Pyrmont Park. Join David Tanis of the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, and a stellar line up of 10 Sydney chefs including Kylie Kwong. Sessions are held every half an hour.
 We all stumble down to breakfast about 10ish before stumbling on to the BBQ. It’s all pretty chaotic but we get our seared meat just as they start packing-up around us. I take a look […]

Diary of a food festival: day two

Diary of a food festival: day two

View from the Steyne Hotel. Not bad eh? Enjoy breakfast in Cafe Opera, Level 1. Breakfast is available from 6:30am -10:30am daily.

 As a hotel breakfast it ain’t bad. Passable (just) scrambled eggs but best of all streaky bacon and decent sausages. A highlight is the honeycomb, yoghurt and fruit. Nice filter coffee. 0845 Meet with your Destination NSW host Lauren Zoneff and make your way on to the Harbour Master Steps for your Manly Fast Ferry. 

 Myself, Kerry […]

Diary of a food festival: Day one

Diary of a food festival: Day one

1540: Flight DJ849 arrives into Sydney Meet your Astra Limousines driver for your transfer to the InterContinental Sydney. Delays! The storms in Melbourne means that I don’t arrive until after 5pm for a drinks party at 6pm. 1800: Meet Destination NSW in the lobby of the hotel for transfer to the Hilton Hotel for the Crave Sydney International Food Festival Official Launch Party I meet David Lebovitz in reception together with Helen from Grab your fork and Chocolate Suze and […]

The Brix: A taste of Paris in Fitzroy

The Brix: A taste of Paris in Fitzroy

Even though, the windows were covered and it hadn’t opened, I immediately liked the look of The Brix from the Moooi Pig Table to the Gerard O’Connor photo ( somewhere between an Earl Carter and a Marian Drew) and the chefs who possess enough tattoos to put a Russian prison to shame. The idea behind The Brix is a modern day French bistro, modelled on Le Chateaubriand in Paris, which in four years has gone to being one of the […]

Q&A: Will you support Bread for Good?

Q: Hope you’re having a great Tuesday. I’m a big fan of your blog and just wanted to get in touch about an upcoming campaign you may be interested in. As part of Good Food Month, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald are encouraging restaurants to help make a difference for children affected by the famine in East Africa through the Bread for Good project. I’ve posted some more details below and you can also find out more at www.breadforgood.com.au. […]