Eats & Sips
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Written by Jo Hombsch
Jo here again! Welcome back to my unsolicited monthly round-up of newly opened restaurants, a cocktail special, chefs to take note of, where to stay and venues you’ll find us making a reservation or two.
xx Jo Hombsch
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Gantry New Head Chef – Rhys Connell
Rhys Connell has made his way back to Sydney, calling Pier One’s The Gantry his new home. The waterside restaurant opened its doors in early March for a limited preview until June, allowing him the time to develop a new menu before reopening after a heritage restoration and design refresh. His menu takes cue from the architectural beauty of the heritage-listed Pier and its harbour location, serving diners a seasonal seafood-centric menu.
Aperitivo hour at Frabbica Pasta Shop
So you’ve clocked off work, it’s too early for dinner but a little salty snack and spritz would go down a treat. Frabbica Pasta Shop, Raggazi’s sister restaurant has the answer – Aperitivo Hour. Every weekday in the court, the team are pouring $10 Negronis, $10 Aperol Spritzes and $5 Peroni’s paired with bite-sized snacks from 3-5 pm to get you through to dinner time.
QT Sydney’s Gowings Reopens with a new menu
As we welcome the first flights of tourists back into Aus, the iconic Gowings building has reopened its namesake restaurant, Gowings just in time. The New York City-inspired steakhouse has welcomed Sean Connolly on board as the creative director, with a menu that is set to be a crowd-pleaser.
Southern Highlands new luxury hotel
A new hotel in the Southern Highlands that was held behind closed lips right until the opening day. Osborn House is the perfect English countryside inspired getaway and a piece of paradise right in the Southern Highlands. Think Sohoesque vibes, the 22-suite property is nestled in Bundanoon a short two hours from Sydney.
The Shop & Wine Bar Reopens after a reno
After some delays, Bondi local’s favourite The Shop & Wine has reopened its doors with a revamped space that will transport you straight to the Mediterranean coast. Pop by for their lovely fresh loaves, home-cooked meals, antipasto and a Pet Nat.
Ovolo Group Commits to going 100% vegetarian
Ovolo Hotels Group has made a world first to become the first hotel group committed to an all-vegetarian food offering. Plant’d by Ovolo is set to be rolled out across all its hotel restaurants across the globe.
“We believe that the world changes, therefore we continue to evolve – we want to ensure we are doing our bit to help preserve our environment, promote healthy eating and enhance the image of amazing vegetarian and plant-based dining,” said Ovolo Group’s Founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala.
An All-day laneway snack bar
Bar Mammoni is the Quay Quarter Sydney’s newest resident and by bar the cheekiest to date. It’s small but mighty with a zippy collection of laneway food and drinks shepherding you from your first cappuccino of the day to your last cocktail. Seating only 30 Bar Mammoni’s menu draws on the pastry prowess of Grana Bakery and cocktail concoctions of Apollonia, sister venues located next door at Hinchcliff House.
Is This Australia’s Most Expensive Steak?
Botswana Butchery has opened its doors at the newly opened dining and drinking destination 25 Martin Place, right across from AALIA. It’s the menu that needs special mention, in particular the ‘Botswana Gold’, a 1.6kg Wagyu Tomahawk with a gold twist seeing the juicy tender piece of steak covered in gold leaf.
Smith St Bistrot Opens Its doors
Scott Pickett opens the doors to Smith St Bistrot in Melbourne’s inner-north, the French bistro takes inspiration from Pickett’s favourite French dishes from Lille to Lyon. The interiors celebrate the building’s eclectic history with the sentiment of a ‘20s Parisienne Bistrot.
Experience Melbourne Food And Wine With Food Activist and Educator
Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple are celebrating the long-awaited return of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and celebrating with one very special night. Acclaimed Chef Christine Manfield and Minyunbal woman, food activist and educator Arabella Douglas takeover Rockpool for one night only on March 29th.
Australia’s most indulgent hotel package
Celebrate the new roaring twenties, in style, with the most indulgent hotel package in Australia at $49,999.00 for the night. The collaboration between The Inchcolm and Grey Goose Vodka welcomes you and your closest 39 friends to the most lavish event.
Mingle privately at The Inchcolm Bar with a Grey Goose martini tower and 5-hour premium beverage package, then spoil your tastebuds with an exquisite 3-course dinner personally created by renowned chef Ian Curley or Masterchef winner Diana Chan. Enjoy your choice of a live Jazz Band or DJ in the background as you take place in an intimate martini masterclass where you’ll learn to shuck an oyster and indulge in caviar.
Adelaide’s first open flame restaurant
Without a doubt this is Adelaide’s most anticipated restaurant of late. Opening in the leafy suburb of Norwood, Arkhé is more than just another restaurant to open in the already flourishing Adelaide foodie scene. At the helm is Jake Kellie, having returned from Singapore as head chef at Burnt Ends (World’s Top 50 Restaurant), Arkhé’s centrepiece is the open firewood in the middle of the kitchen, with each dish having some kind of fire element to it.
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