Category Archives: Sydney CBD

Machiavelli: Three decades and here to stay

It’s the stalwart of Sydney CBD fine dining where some of the biggest deals in town will be negotiated.  Enjoying the accolades of hosting a regular stable of clientele, moguls in business, media and politics, there’s extra care apparent in the service style and Neopolitan menu and beverage lists

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4 cocktails to try on World Gin Day

Chief mixologist and founder of Gin Lane & Spritz Bar, Grant Collins will be flooding Kensington Street with a day full of celebrations to mark World Gin Day.   From 12pm-5pm sip your Saturday away with the special Happy Hour gin cocktails at Sydney’s home of gin cocktails, Gin Lane.  Then, as the sun sets, make your way to Spritz Bar to enjoy
5-7pm Happy Hour featuring creations showcasing unique and authentic Victorian gins from Patient Wolf Gin Co., Hemp Gin, Lyre’s and Four Pillars.  Prior to Spritz’ Happy Hour, the venue will let drinkers get up close and personal with a “Meet the Makers” gin tasting session from 1-4pm.

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Snuggle up to Luke Jacobz on National Doona Day, 17 June – Martin Place Pop-Up (FREE COFFEES FROM 7AM)

The rudeness of Winter showing up ealy last week sparked the idea for Moconna Coffee who are on a mission to heat things up this season!   As we switch modes in search of interesting pastimes to keep us entertained indoors, we are reminded of the soothing effects of the rich pedigree of these craft blends.

To celebrate National Doona Day on Monday 17 June – Sydneysiders are invited to escape the warmth and share a Winter coffee moment in bed with the much-loved Australian Actor and TV presenter, Luke Jacobz.  Yes you heard, a pop-up, a bed – taking centre stage on the Martin Place strip!

Coffee lovers can indulge their senses in a one-of-kind Moccona coffee house pop-up and discover the delicious taste of a freshly brewed Barista Reserve coffee.  FREE COFFEE.

WHERE:  Martin Place Moconna Pop-Up
WHAT:  National Doona Day – IN BED – with Luke Jacobz (swooooon)
WHEN: Monday 17 June – from 7am

Mary’s Underground: An evolution from burgers to fine dining – Revisiting ‘The Basement’

For long time fans of Mary’s burgers in Newtown and Sydney’s CBD, the new grown up rendition of fine dining meshed with remnants of the old Basement vibes calls for a new refinement to our palettes.   Down the staircase there’s familiarity yet mystery as we place our trust in the stirling reputations of Mary’s and wondering what has become of Sydney’s oldest live music venue which was supposedly almost going to be used as commercial office space had it not been for the saving grace of Kenny Graham and Jake Smyth.

Jake’s smile and personable greeting sets the tone for this visit while Kenny oversees the backroom clam bar.  Turning over your menu, the resident live acts for the month are shown and its the feelgood sounds of The Pocket Trio that provide the mood music.   A salute to the emerging artists of yesteryear, the Mary’s Underground re-invention pays homage to that tradition as their stage continues to be a platform for local artists.

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Rise of the Hawaiian Finn Poke: From Byron Bay to Westfield Sydney

In just two years the brother and sister duo behind Finn Poke in Byron Bay, Burleigh Heads, and Broadbeach, Jem and Joelle Jacinto, have seen their Hawaiian poke bowls flourish with the recent opening of their Westfield Sydney store.

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Duck Pancakes or Chinese BBQ and Rice? Deciding between hunger and value.

Whether it’s a new item or not, it’s never appeared on our radar before as it’s all about the roasted duck with its crispy skin and the roasted pork belly with its crunchy crackling.   However, this dish seems to be the ‘higher end’ offer of their menu if you like in comparison to the $10.80 (Choose two meats – duck, pork two ways) special.

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Quick and easy low-budget soups and laksas: Meat or Seafood laksa?

Probably the eighth or nineth visit in the last four months and this visit is the consistency check having now sampled variations of the Seafood Laksa ($17.80) and Combination Laksa ($15.80).  Typically charging $4-$7 for extra meat or seafood respectively, its a low budget outlet for those days you won’t feel like cooking and prefer a budget meal options that’s hearty and filling.

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