EAT & DRINK
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.
Food News – Moutai
Last week I joined a select group of people from Richard Nixon to Jackie Chan, who have been afforded the opportunity to drink Moutai. While their experiences probably came at Chinese feasts with foreign heads of state or distinguished guests, mine was at the launch of Kweichou Moutai.
Bar Fly: Fiore Cafe & Bar
Today the Tozzi name might be better known as one of the judges on Australia's Next Top Model. Yet Tozzi the father has a long history in the Sydney food café and club scene. When Nicola Tozzi arrived in Sydney, he opened thriving Italian venue Caffe Roma, which still operates today after almost 27 years.
Bar Fly: Soiree
The Wentworth Hotel was a famous Sydney hotspot in the 60s, and the first five-star hotel in Sydney. So, it’s not surprising that their ground floor bar has Cocktails of the 60s as part of the list: Blue Hawaii, Mint Julep, Moscow Mule, Rob Roy, Sidecar, Tequila Sunrise, Blood and Sand, and my retro tipple of choice: the Vesper Martini ($18).
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!