Top 5 Country Pubs

Top 5Country Pubs Pubs are a great part of Australian culture, egalitarian spaces where tradies and CEOs drink side-by-side and everyone feels at home. In the old days there was a public bar for the blokes and a ladies’ lounge for the gals, with no cross-pollination. Today’s public bars welcome anyone who enjoys gaming and […]

Top 5 Places To Drink (& Eat)

Sometimes (OK, often) what I drink is as important as what I eat – and sometimes it’s more important. The eats still have to be good of course (and inclusion on this list is in no way an indictment of the food at these establishments), but sometimes I just feel like grazing my way through […]

Top 5 Vegetarian Menus

Top 5 Vegetarian Menus Have you noticed how ‘plant-based menus’ have replaced ‘vegetarian menus’? It makes sense; while vegetarian smacks of mung beans and anaemic-looking hippies – plant-based speaks to concern for the planet’s limited resources and our own well-being. Vegetarian is a lifestyle but plant-based is just a menu option. Far from being fringe, […]

Top 5 Chicken (and Duck) Joints

Top 5 Chicken (and Duck) Joints When I was a kid, chicken was a delicacy saved for Sunday best and Mum’s roast chook was the highlight of the week. Then charcoal chicken shops spread throughout the ‘burbs, supermarkets installed rotisseries and it became a quick midweek meal. Now chickens (and their feathered cousins) are regaining […]

Top 5 Private Dining Rooms (PDRs)

Top 5 Private Dining Rooms (PDRs) Some of my best times have been sharing a meal with friends tucked away in a private dining room in one of my favourite restaurants. There’s something special about gathering in a space away from everyone else, you can laugh a little louder, eat and drink with more abandon, […]

Top 5 Sydney Seafood Restaurants

Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Sydney Love seafood? You’ve come to the right place! Sydney is arguably the best seafood city in the world – freshness, diversity and smart chefs that know how to treat it right! Most of our top restaurants have seafood-heavy menus showcasing the great produce that’s caught locally and arrives by […]

Top 5 Gueridon in Sydney

I like a bit of theatre with my food – and it doesn’t get much more theatrical than gueridon, the art of finishing and plating dishes tableside! Crêpes Suzette and steak Diane come immediately to mind, but there are many other possibilities as these restaurants show. I’m pleased to see a bit of a gueridon […]

Top 5 Shared Menus

Top 5 Shared Menus I’m greedy! Not for quantity, but for variety. I love sharing food – sampling lots of different dishes rather than just having a plate or two to myself. More and more restaurants are writing menus designed for sharing, and most of them also make decision-making easy by offering a selection of […]

Top 5 Lunch with a View

Top 5 Lunch with a View I’ve been accused of featuring the eastern suburbs too heavily in my Top 5 lists … but I can’t help it if there’s a concentration of great eats (and drinks) in that part of town. So this week I’m delighted to be celebrating something that the northern suburbs (my […]

Top 5 Fast Food

I love language almost as much as I love food and I enjoy combining the two, discovering what the original meaning of food words tells us about the history of that food. Lately I’ve had cause to think about two terms often used synonymously: ‘Fast Food’ and ‘Junk Food’. For the word geeks out there, […]