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Sydney Grapevine May June 2019

Posted: May 2, 2019

Featuring: The Butcher’s Block, Alberto’s Lounge, Tayim... THERE'S been a spate of restaurants that started in the burbs opening spin-offs in the CBD. The latest entrant to try its luck in the Big Smoke is The Butcher’s Block, a Wahroonga...

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Sydney Grapevine March April 2019

Posted: March 1, 2019

Featuring: Flying Fish, Peter Robertson, Sang by Mabasa, Ivan Orkin... STAYING open and remaining popular for 14 years is the equivalent of a Jurassic Age in Sydney’s fast-moving dining scene. I enjoyed many lunches, dinners and events at the original...

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Sydney Grapevine Annual 2019

Posted: January 10, 2019

Featuring: Acme & Co, Quarrymans Hotel, The Rooftop, Gweilo... IN the middle of Sydney’s long run of wet weather in October, Matteo Downtown was packed for lunch on a dreary Tuesday. Once inside the dining room, after traversing the bar...

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Sydney Grapevine November – December 2018

Posted: November 2, 2018

Featuring: Chubby Cheeks, Bang Bang, Bistecca... WHEN a restaurant is packed with locals, not the foodie equivalent of tyre-kickers, within a week of opening it’s a sure sign of longevity. Chubby Cheeks is named after the toddler daughter of owners...

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Sydney Grapevine September – October 2018

Posted: September 1, 2018

Featuring: Ortzi, Mama Mulan, The Wine Library... IT’S strange that it’s taken so long for someone to open a restaurant dedicated to Basque cuisine in Sydney. San Sebastian in northern Spain is one of the food capitals of Europe and...

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Sydney Grapevine July – August 2018

Posted: July 1, 2018

Featuring: Jaaks Restaurant and Bar, The Imperial Hotel... THE LOCAL joke in the southern waterfront enclaves of Kyle Bay, Oatley and Connells Point is that most people leave the area on a one way trip - in a coffin. Full...

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Sydney Grapevine May – June 2018

Posted: May 1, 2018

Featuring: Mama’s Buoi, Bert’s Bar & Brasserie, Seventeen... MIRVAC’S Tramsheds development at Forest Lodge attracted hordes of sticky beaks from its opening in September last year and the fascination with one of Sydney’s most interesting urban renewal projects shows no...

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Sydney Grapevine March – April 2018

Posted: March 1, 2018

Featuring: Ete, Culina et Vinum, Monte... IN a strange twist of fate, Ete (French for summer) finally opened in December during the appropriate season. Originally the debut date was in the autumnal month of May last year. It was worth...

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Sydney Grapevine Annual 2018

Posted: January 6, 2018

Featuring: Alex & Co, Frenchies Bistro & Brewery, Banksia Hotel... IT’S always interesting to discover how people acquire their nicknames. Following their arrival in Australia after an adventure trip of a lifetime hiking through eastern Siberia, Vincent de Soyres and...

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Sydney Grapevine November – December 2017

Posted: November 1, 2017

Featuring: The Grill at The Four, Verace Pizzeria, District Brasserie... DUBLIN-native Colin Fassnidge redefined Sydney pub dining in the 10 years he presided over the kitchen at the Four in Hand in Paddington. His nose-to-tail philosophy produced memorable dishes such...

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Sydney Grapevine September – October 2017

Posted: September 1, 2017

Featuring: Nour, Mordeo, Flour Eggs Water... WHAT happens when a cuisine becomes so popular that an outpost springs up in every suburb? In the case of Chinese, Indian, Lebanese and more, it gets a contemporary makeover. There’s still plenty of...

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Sydney Grapevine July – August 2017

Posted: June 27, 2017

Featuring: Nola Steakhouse & Bar, Johnny Fontane’s, Tokyo Laundry... A MAJOR point-of-difference or a theme has become crucial to success in Sydney’s rapid-fire dining scene where a clutch of new eateries seems to open on a monthly basis. At Nola...

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Sydney Grapevine May – June 2017

Posted: April 11, 2017

Featuring: Eastside Grill, The Provincial, Frisco Hotel... THE Eastside Grill acquired its liquor licence on the day we fronted up at the latest addition to the Kensington St eating precinct in Chippendale, aka Hippendale. But the New York-style grill with...

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Sydney Grapevine March – April 2017

Posted: February 22, 2017

Featuring: Gateway Sydney, Popina Kitchen, The Plump Duck, Queen’s Hotel... APART from Cafe Sydney, the culinary delights of Circular Quay used to begin and end with chips and indifferent pizza. Last September, the first stage of Gateway Sydney opened, a...

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Sydney Grapevine Annual 2017

Posted: February 22, 2017

Featuring: The Garden, Cirrus, Paddington Inn... IN 2014 The Vine took over the back street location in Double Bay once occupied by Zigolini’s. Success was instantaneous, thanks to owners Gavin Douchkov and Manny Karson and gun chef Drew Barton. You...

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Sydney Grapevine Special Edition 2016

Posted: February 22, 2017

Featuring: One Penny Red, Luis Tans, Trunk Road... THE social wheel has turned full circle in Summer Hill. The inner west suburb boomed with the arrival of the railway in the late 19th century, becoming the swanky area of choice...

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Sydney Grapevine November – December 2016

Posted: November 1, 2016

Featuring: The Resident, Alpha Restaurant, Beta Bar, Yellow... SENIOR police officers must have wept when NSW Police Headquarters were relocated from College St in the CBD to Parramatta in 2003. No more million-dollar views of Hyde Park and a quiet lunch...

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Sydney Grapevine September – October 2016

Posted: August 19, 2016

Featuring: Lazy Suzie Restaurant, Nomad, Folonomo… To read the full article click here.

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Sydney Grapevine July – August 2016

Posted: July 1, 2016

Featuring: Anason, Bistrot Gavroche, Four in Hand by Guillaume… To read the full article click here.  

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Sydney Grapevine May – June 2016

Posted: May 1, 2016

Featuring: Indu restaurant, Primus, Stambuli… To read the full article click here.  

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Sydney Grapevine March – April 2016

Posted: March 1, 2016

Featuring: One Ford Street, The Cricketers Arms, Cho Cho San… To read the full article click here.

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Sydney Grapevine Annual 2016

Posted: January 15, 2016

Featuring: Nel Restaurant, Mercado Europa, Majestic Harvest Restaurant, Old Clare Hotel… To read the full article click here.  

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