April 2019 • Consume Play Like Travel


Sake tasting platter with gin bowl cocktails, The Rocks, Sydney

An Autumn tasting platter at Saké The Rocks

Becoming a Sydney meals blogger, I get invited to lots of new restaurant and bar openings, menu launches and events.

It is torture truly. But in carrying out so, I choose up a tonne of meals-filled information and it is only fair I share my newest learnings:

Saké launches new gin bowls at The Rocks and Double Bay restaurants

Saké Manly has been serving us their signature gin bowls all summer season. And praise the gin lords since these supercharged G&ampTs have crossed the bridge, and are now getting provided at Saké The Rocks and Saké Double Bay.

There’s 3 gin bowls to pick out from, all featuring Australian craft gin, and served with fresh botanicals and artisanal tonics. Your drink is produced all quite with items like dried strawberries, hibiscus and rosebuds. And these epic cocktails are served in a goblet-like glass, so you can get your nose ideal in there to sniff the flora.

So, if you have to have an excuse to stop by this leading Japanese joint (and for some unknown purpose Saké’s unicornly-fantastic dumplings and sushi ain’t adequate), these gin bowls do a adequate job. 

Gin bowl, Sake Restaurant and Bar, The Rocks, Sydney

My favourite gin bowl: Fruit of their Archery

The new Observatory Bar in Millers Point is LUXE

Continuing on the booze slinger theme, there’s a new bar in town and it shoots for the stars. The Observatory Bar – named right after the nearby Sydney Observatory – is ideal at property tucked into the ground floor of the 5-star Langham Sydney. It oozes opulence.

And the star-gazing theme continues all through a cocktail menu that is imaginative, special and rather the magical adventure. I’m a significant fan of The Neap Tide – a cocktail of wattleseed gin, finger lime, paperbark smoke and sea asparagus, topped with a Sydney Rock Oyster. I imply, there’s a fricken oyster on leading of your drink!

Study additional about Observatory Bar and some of Sydney’s other leading new city bars right here.

Neap Tide cocktail, Observatory Bar, The Langham, Sydney

The Neap Tide and its infamous oyster

Izu Village Restaurant: a new(ish) hot pot haven in the Sydney CBD

Final month, Zomato invited me to verify out Izu Village, a conventional Japanese hot pot restaurant in the Town Hall-finish of Sydney’s CBD. An all-you-can-consume trip to Tokyo? Of course, I’m keen. But offered the only factor I can cook is baked beans, occasionally fried eggs, I brought Jude along to do all the heavy-lifting at this DIY dinner.

You can study the complete story of what occurred right here. But a condensed version would involve lots of delicate meats getting dunked in a sizzling pot of broth, and an endless parade of sides, noodles, sushi platters and desserts. With broth splashed everywhere and a table bursting with colourful small dishes, our dinner at Izu Village Restaurant was a lot of enjoyable.

Izu Village Restaurant, George Street, Sydney

Winter calls for hot pot

Darlinghurst’s Rumpus Area swaps Italian for Malaysian

You may well try to remember the cute small Italian bar Rumpus Area, identified in the backstreets of Darlinghurst. Effectively it is got new owners, a new menu and a new providing that is truly rather special, as I not too long ago found.

Confusingly, you can nevertheless order a carbonara and mushroom risotto at Rumpus Area, along with a handful of other Italian dishes. And a handful of Australian classics like fish and chips have also been thrown into the mix. But Rumpus Room’s new speciality is largely Malaysian. That indicates, Sydney, we have a new spot for genuine sambal eggplant and beef rendang. Climb on board.

Beef rendang and rice, Rumpus Room, Darlinghurst, Sydney

Beef rendang, with fragrant rice and pickled vegetables

The Smoking Panda launches a new classic cocktails menu

The Smoking Panda – you know, the tiny city bar tucked above Hotel Coronation on Park Street – has just launched a new drinks menu, and classic cocktails are the show-stealing star. There’s 15 very carefully-curated cocktails to pick out from, spanning signature, tiki and retro classics. Feel Blue Lagoons, Sex on the Beach and Harvey Wallbangers. 

You know the drill. You can maintain reading about The Smoking Panda right here.

Zombie cocktail, The Smoking Panda, Park Street, Sydney

And shit gets set on fire at The Smoking Panda


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