BOOZE

Olio Mediterranean Brasserie

Tucked amongst the gastronomic desert of Oporto, the arches and Indian Tucker, this warm brown part bistro, part trattoria is well placed for folk exiting St. Leonards Station.

Dining With Altitude

If you’ve traveled internationally since 2007, you’ve probably experienced being shunted down long, boring makeshift tunnels. You might have looked for something tasty to pass the time between check-in and checking out, only to give in to the golden arches due to a lack of decent, conveniently placed eating options.

Mizuya

Good food and good fun have finally sprung up on George Street in the subterranean spaces formerly occupied by Bar Ace and Maloney’s. This is Australia’s largest izakaya (pretty much the Japanese equivalent of a gastro-pub) with 1200 square metres and a $3.5 million dollar refit!

LotForty

Sydney’s small bar revolution produces a real gem – the only downside is finding this tucked-away hidey-hole. A cute little cocktail list; spunky staff emanating warmth on a cool night; mouth-watering aromas from the open kitchen; and a few knockout wines from owner Damien Healey’s great list, all made my evening here a pleasure.

Foodies’ Diary: What’s For Dinner?

If you follow Duncan Garvey and his Springer Spaniel Pickles around the oak and hazelnut trees on Rosewood Trufferie in the Southern Highlands, there’s a good chance that you might find a great addition to any dinner – a truffle!

Foodies’ Diary: Charity Begins In The Stomach

Never one to pass up a free lunch, I was delighted to be invited to Astral Restaurant by Table4Ten. If you're not aware of their work, they raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia utilizing people's appetites!

Monkey Magic *UPDATED*

Since my last visit, this dark and modern venue has headhunted sushi superstar Michiaki Miyazaki. Miyazaki began his training at age eighteen at two Michelin star restaurant Kikunoi in Kyoto, Japan; a decade later his talent saw him take over as head chef!

Foodies’ Diary: Baguettes, Beer & Foie Gras For All

One of the most important days on the French calendar, 'La Fête National' or Bastille Day, is on the 14th July. The day celebrates the storming of the Bastille Saint–Antoine prison back in 1789, marking the beginning of the French Revolution. The peasants were all up in arms over a lack of bread, so it’s natural that celebrations include food and drink!

Ruby L’otel *UPDATED*

With most people’s finances tighter than ever, it’s nice to see specials abound at venues like this truly local, twenty-first century Australian inner city pub. It’s my local too, so Tuesdays are diarised for Wagyu Burgers ($9.95); Thursdays for mammoth kilo serves of meaty Baby Back Pork Ribs ($19.90). Wednesdays are now ‘2 for 1 Curry Night’.

The Dolphin Hotel

This hundred-year-old pub avoided the usual slick, stainless steel renovation for a light and airy job with cane basket lamps, brightly lit candy stripes, potted palms, white louvers and roaring antique fireplaces.