i just shot/directed vaseline serum for singapore in bangkok. no spare time just work sleep and incredible dining. my team from rainbowbridge always takes me to this restaurant on the way to the studio and we feast. it is fresh, made in front of us, gorgeous and full of fragrance and flavour.
i have just scouted new zealand for a gorgeous job shooting june andi had the brilliant coincidence of being there for the bluff oysters. being a sydney-file i am biased towards the sydney rock, but i have to say, these are incredible.
not small, not big, less sea watery in flavour, but really creamy and pert. deliciously semi chewy but slippery and fresh. i am a huge fan. my location scout harry and i went to this gorgeous restaurant for lunch and dinner and had them both times. natural and tempura. incredible, addictive, everything.
i have been waiting a long time to eat a bluff oyster. australians guard their sydney rocks viciously but the new zealanders protect bluffs like their children.
harvested only between march and august in the Foveaux strait near the town of Bluff. a parasite knocked out approximately a billion of them between 2000 and 2003 so the harvesters have been limiting the catch since then to aid the revival. so they are not massively available. soooo, lucky for me i hit the right time and had them. incredible, and unforgettable.
also to note: we had them at the restaurant in queens town, Botswana Butchery. also delicious. fantastic New Zealand food. 17 marine parade, queens town. +6434426994
is my favourite restaurant in sydney. i don’t normally do reviews but i am going to have to with this one.i have been here many times now, lunch and dinner and it is still amazing. i am travelling and working at the moment and i miss my children and i miss this restaurant. well mainly the children…but anyway…..
owned by mauro marcucci and michael stevens, chef valerio boncompagni and designed by chris connell it has everything i need in an italian restaurant. made in house is the key here. gorgeous cannelloni, pickled onions, flat bread, liver puree, homemade foccaccia. plus the food is remarkably simple but cooked incredibly well. octopus tentacle has been tickled and teased so that is this single taste sensation nestled into a warm nest of potato. try giving any one anything of this dish. i have stolen most of everyone’s tart but gorgeously sweet baby onions with garlic rubbed toasts, and hoarded the proscuitto with flat bread. significantly though, i am obsessed with the pork chop with white beans. every time, and failsafe. a modest but cranking pork chop rubbed in coriander seeds, crisped up and served on warm simple beans. oh…my…god. a smart raddichhio, orange and olive salad sprayed with good olive oil and sprinkled with salt and I’m done. others have had the salmon, the lamb etc but the main stealing goes to the cannelloni with fresh ricotta and nettles. if i wasn’t so obsessed with the pork chop i would have the cannelloni but I’m too loyal and my breath quickens as it comes to the table. there was a remarkable custard tart to finish which we gave the baker a standing ovation for and my favourite, a simple washed rind goats cheese which we fought over viciously.
it is a small menu, which i love, the pasta is always perfect (the risotto with gamberi, ricotta and orange was a mind blast), they don’t serve too much bread, which i love, and it is not overcrowded and noisy, which i love. oh and the wine list is perfect, and it wasn’t expensive, ($60 per head for main, wine and cheese), which i love.
have an aperol with prosceco and green olive to start. you will be the life of the party. i promise.
212 riley street darlinghurst. ring to book. +612 92155140. great with big tables, drinks with the girls, or an intimate dinner. streamlined, busy, gorgeous. feels a bit new york but in sydney…..and i love that……
it is mothers day this sunday and selfishly i have made a few things that i would like for mothers day. light, gorgeous, easy. hint hint…….
organic bloody mary soup
steamed rock oysters in apple juice and white balsamic, watercress paste
honey and pepper soaked tuna belly, wasabi oiled rice, broadbeans, tamari honey reduction
crispy salmon with a roasted fig and heirloom tomato, lemon balm and oil
delicate rasberry sugar biscuits
i have a group of girlfriends that i have known for over 30 years each. we came together yesterday with our families to chat, eat, and laugh. easter friday so its gotta be a seafood mixed grill on the BBQ. encompassing, mirin calamari, green prawns with kaffir lime leaf lime and chilli water, whole atlantic salmon, with garlic butter and lime aoli, watercress salad, carrot beetroot pinenut and lemon salad, wilted asparagus, and a massive mixed grain with dried dried cranberry salad. to start we had fresh pacific oysters, burnt eggplant tahini, and an incredible buche gorgonzola cheese with balsamic onions which we also smashed for afters with bourke street bakery chocolate expresso cake, hot rasberry sauce and french vanilla ice cream.
a long gorgeous lunch with beautiful friends. the children, who are all teenagers, drifted in and out with their friends and before and after their various social engagements and we had the whole meal again for dinner. easter bliss.
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