Food News – The Rocks Vintage Dinner
With drizzly weather predicted The Rocks Vintage Dinner took place under a gorgeously intimate, street-length fabric marquee. Seated at the long, beautifully adorned communal table between seasoned attendees and enthusiastic, young newcomers,
Le Pub Balmain
As I got stuck into an excellent crusty French-bread take on Sydney’s obsession with miniaturisation - Le Petit Dog ($6) with lamb shoulder, lime labne, green chilli jam and coriander - the ladies at the next table mused: “I guess if I order a Grilled Chicken Salad ($18), I won’t feel so bad about the wine.”
Café Del Mar
A gently melodic tinkle heralds the arrival of Restaurant Manager Jessica Mead, wafting across the floor in a bright Camilla Franks kaftan. Her welcoming smile and down-to-earth nature suits this little slice of Ibiza, pitched to become the crowning jewel of Darling Harbour.
While the outward facelift hadn’t attracted my attention, the steampunk interior of this Pyrmont stalwart made me smile. From boilerplate bar, to repurposed materials like cracked leather stools and a railway signboard listing two dozen on-tap Aussie craft brews, it was hard to take it all in!
Bar Fly: Parke Davis
When my eyes hit the blackboard I knew I was in luck; filled with cocktails, my favourite test drink jumped out at me. The Parke Davis Sazerac was not only based on my preferred Cognac, but was innovative and exciting with the absinthe contained inside an ice sphere.