Lodge Tapas, Lane Cove- Restaurant Review

Nestled on the popular Burns Bay Road dining precinct, Lodge Tapas brings modern European dining to the heart of Lane Cove, Sydney. With a vertical garden of vines and abstract copper light fittings, there is a warm and quirky style that can also be found throughout the diverse menu.



Settle into the plush leather chairs to devour a long brunch on a sunny morning and watch the world go by with French toasts and fruit bowls. Light bites for lunch include juicy burgers and fresh salads. Diners can choose from a range of tapas plates to share on order a more serious feed from the mains menu.



Indulge in earthy flavours with the arancini balls with wild mushroom, white truffle oil, and a vegetarian’s delight of chargrilled haloumi, tofu, and grilled vegetables. For the cooler months, the double cooked pork belly served with granny smith apple accompaniments are homely and tastes as stunning as it presents on the plate.



Mains are rustic and feature a great spectrum of flavourings and combinations from Corn fed chicken with beetroot pasta, herb crusted lamb cutlets and the crowd favourite gnocchi with goats cheese.


A welcome addition to the Sydney dining scene creating an inviting space where great food and good times can be shared amongst family and friends.


Sydney’s VIVID 2016 Dining Events

Secure your seat at some of the most popular dining events taking place for Sydney’s VIVID 2016 festival. Enjoy views of the harbour and city as it comes to life through a show of neon bright lights whilst dining on some of Sydney’s best gourmet dishes.

Book now to experience Sydney’s lively side from May 27th til the 18th of June.


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Opening Night at Aqua Dining- Milsons Point

Celebrate the opening night of the VIVID 2016 festival with spectacular views of Sydney at Aqua Dining. Milsons Point. Book your seat now for a Four-course degustation dinner $125 pp with optional wine matching only $65 additional.


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InterContinental Sydney

With several foodie events taking place at one of Sydney’s most prestigious hotels, diners can choose from Supper Club’s Lumière Package, a delectable three-course meal by the talented 117 Dining, seafood heaven at Cafe Opera and the mysterious and exclusive VIVID pop-up laneway experience.


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The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf

Located within the Sydney Theatre’s home, The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf offers diners prime waterfront views of the city. Crafted by Fresh Catering, explore a VIVID inspired menu of cocktails and dishes that channel the creativity from light to plate.

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QT Sydney and Sydney Opera House

Indulge in the ultimate VIVID dining and accommodation package QT Sydney and Sydney Opera House. The package includes an exclusive backstage tour for two people of the Opera House, cocktails and to finish the night a stay in the King Deluxe room at the QT Hotel. Complete the experience the following morning with breakfast at Gowings.


Cruise Bar

Three levels and three exciting events, Cruise Bar is one of Sydney’s popular hotspots with a vibrant atmosphere. Whether it’s celebrating with a group function on The Wharfside Level, one of the many private rooms in the Junk Lounge or for an exclusive event your guests will be sure not to forget, hire out the rooftop.

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Dining Hotspots: Brisbane, Eagle Street Pier

Each capital city seems to have their own dining hotspots and for Brisbane, this is the lively Eagle Street Pier. Choose to dine from an array of restaurants representing all corners of the world from refined Japanese to contemporary Australian cuisine.

This is the first in our series of capital city dining hotspots, giving diners a guide to the most popular restaurants precincts.



With stunning views of the Story Bridge and city skyline, Matt Moran’s ARIA is where diners go for a quintessential fine dining experience. Local produce is transformed into dishes of art against a backdrop of a modern and contemporary interior. A great venue for celebrating something special.

Customs House

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Full of character the historic Customs House is a piece of the past being celebrated in contemporary fashion. Enjoy the ornate rooms of inside the house or dine alfresco with relaxing views of the river. A popular choice with locals, especially seafood lovers.


Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse


Find a winning combination of waterfront views, juicy grilled steak and succulent seafood at Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse. Complimented with an extensive wine list featuring some of Australia’s finest. Focusing on local produce diners can enjoy a taste of regional delights from land and sea.


Sake Restaurant & Bar

Vibrant Japanese dining where traditional ensembles of sushi are revamped in this sleek, ultra modern dining institute at Sake. Fresh flavours are crafted into modern dishes that look too good to eat. Try one of their many boutique signature brands of Sake to complete the experience.


Il Centro

A favourite amongst the locals Il Centro is known for its prime position on the Eagle Street Pier, breath-taking views of the city and stunning modern Italian inspired menu. Friendly service that makes you feel at home every time you dine, a must visit with family and friends.


Alchemy restaurant and Bar

One of Brisbane’s hidden gems, Alchemy Restaurant and Bar is ideal for a romantic evening of elegant Australian cuisine and well-crafted cocktails. Embracing the highlights of the city, the views, and atmosphere of this place is well worth reserving a table for.


Oro Rosso Luncheon, Osteria Balla Manfredi

The recent Oro Rosso Luncheon held at Osteria Balla Manfredi (Stefano Manfredi’s Italian masterpiece at Sydney’s The Star) saw a culinary collaboration from some of Sydney’s top Italian chefs, showcasing the humble Italian tomato in all its canned, sundried and fresh forms.

Organised by the Italian Trade Agency, diners were privileged to taste a five-course degustation crafted by the collective talents of Francesco Spartaro (Aperitivo), Eugenio Maiale (A Tavola, Besser), Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater, Pilu at Akuna Bay) Gabriele Taddeucci (Osteria Balla Manfredi) and Danny Russo (Russolini).

Creative dish highlights included Pecorino Tortellini in a tomato broth and bottarga and a very left of field Tomato Cannoli with saffron cream gelato. With the event all about paying homage to the big red, this was a rare opportunity to try some truly inventive dishes that demonstrated artistic finesse.


No.10 Bistro, Sydney

No. 10 Bistro – Sydney – Restaurant Review

Opening its doors earlier this February, No. 10 Bistro is the latest Sydney restaurant to open from Fresh Catering. Housed in Sydney Living Museums historic The Mint building, No.10 Bistro occupies the upstairs dining rooms, verandah, catering events within the turfed courtyard and the No.10 Store on the ground level.

The dining rooms are decorated under the talented direction of Kristie Paul, with large-scale photographs capturing historic buildings of the Sydney region and clean lines of black and white table settings create a modern yet formal vibe. Large pots of luscious ferns line the verandah adding a touch of refreshing greenery to the lofty, sun-rich space.

There is a  focus on delivering dishes of exceptional bistro quality, through a particular assortment of European-inspired flavours crafted to suit a lighter contemporary Australian palette. Fire-engine red heirloom tomatoes are dazzled with silver strips of anchovies and shreds of fennel creating an impressive starter.

No.10 Bistro Sydney Restaurant Review

Anchovy and tomato

A contrast of neutral and dark painted plates fill tables, with dishes  ideally shared between guests to experience the full spectrum of flavours and textures which range from the crispy skin of the fish fillets in the Fritto Misto to the delicate creamy richness of the gnocchi dressed with portobello mushrooms, spinach, thyme and garlic.
Catering for lovers of the long summer lunch or for those in a hurry (a prix fixe menu available at lunch times) to more formal corporate events held in the downstairs courtyard, No.10 Bistro is fast becoming a favourite Macquarie Street dining institute.

No.10 Bistro Sydney Restaurant Review

Roast goats cheese


Manjit’s @ The Wharf- Sydney – Restaurant Review

For over thirty years, Manjits has been bringing classic North Indian cuisine to the tables of Sydney, with restaurants in both Balmain and Corrimal. Their latest venture has opened its doors on food meccas King Street Wharf. It is modern and elegant in style, with patrons treated to a stunning backdrop of the harbour as they devour exuberant flavours of the motherland.


Meals are presented in contemporary shaped pieces of dinnerware, complimenting the heritage inspired menu. Coming from a pedigree of family chefs spanning over a hundred years, head chef Varun Gujral injects a life of freshness and creativity out from his inherited recipes.


Fish Malai arrives from the kitchen innovatively served on a ceramic plate which has been crafted as an artist’s palette, embellished with splashes of brightly coloured infused oils resembling a montage of edible stained glass. The delicate balance of flavours created in the Kochin bug curry sparingly employs the punchiness of green chillies and cloves, mellowed by the creamy coconut milk sauce and sweetness from the Balmain bugs.



Rich coloured curries


Dessert is no exception from the artistic influences found throughout the Manjit creations, as a spire of layers arises from the crisp white bowl, creamy mango ice-cream on top complete with a base of crunchy pistachios the kulfi with falula, it is a fruity textual delight.


This is sophisticated Indian dining right in the heart of Sydney, luxe and modern in furnishings but as warm and inviting as a New Delhi family dining room.



Inside Manjit’s @ The Wharf

Happy New Year from Best Restaurants!

2015 has been an exciting year! We have not only relaunched Best Restaurants but have also launched Australia’s first dedicated gift card website called Best Gift Cards – which now has both restaurant and spa cards which is already proving a huge success.

Best Gift Cards is where you’ll discover Australia’s best luxury gift cards. Choose from the ever-popular BEST RESTAURANTS GIFT CARD or a BEST SPA GIFT CARD for a friend, family member or colleague.


Best Restaurants Gift Cards are currently accepted at over 800 restaurants Australia-wide. Best Spas Gift Cards are welcomed at over 300  luxury day spas, beauty / hair salons, 5 star Day Spas, Wellness Retreats and Resorts throughout Australia.  We are adding new restaurants and spas regularly so the list to choose from is constantly growing.

The cards are available from selected stores across Australia including Australia Post, Woolworths, Coles, Australia Post, Officeworks and Big W. Our Gift Cards are also available to buy online with a fast track delivery option and you can also choose to purchase an elegant gift box, to make your present even more special.


La Puerta Latino Flavours – Neutral Bay – Sydney – Restaurant Review

Just a hop, skip and samba over the bridge, Sydney’s newest Latino addition offers food lovers a truly authentic South American dining experience. La Puerta Latino Flavours in Neutral Bay embraces the true essence of South American culture making one feel like they have walked straight into an Argentinean dining room.

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Leche de Tigre, King fish Peruvian style

Red hearts hang from the ceiling and there’s a painting of tango dancers in a fiery embrace adorning the wall and this passion extends to the flavour rich menu. Start with a creamy smoked butter served with cassava flat cheese bread or, my favourite, the Costillitas of bite size deep fried pork ribs.

Seafood fans will rejoice with the Tiradito- thinly sliced fish served with a chili style Peruvian sauce that expertly balances the heat from the chilli with zest of fresh lime. The coastal prawn cocktail is a modern Latin twist on this 70’s classic with fresh prawns elegantly presented on a layer of tomato, aioli and their signature crispy platanitos. The dish encapsulates summer in a cocktail glass.

The passionate decor of La Puerta

The passionate decor of La Puerta

A soundtrack of buzzing patron conversations mixed with the mellow tunes of a Spanish guitar make La Puetra ideal for a romantic date night, or a vivacious birthday celebration with family and friends.

Chloe Varga

La Puerta Latino Flavours

Brigade Dining – Paddington – Eastern Suburbs – Restaurant Profile

The Bayfield Family have ventured across the bridge to the East, after selling iconic venue, the Newport Arms, earlier this year. Under this new ownership, Paddington stalwart, The Light Brigade has not only been given a fresh facelift, but La Scala has been replaced by Brigade Dining, under the direction of Executive Chef Marco Adler.

Scallops, Salmon Belly Tartare, Pea, Watermelon  $23 GF

Scallops, Salmon Belly Tartare, Pea, Watermelon $23 GF

Rather than soaking up the attention of his doting customers, Chef Marco takes refuge in the kitchen. Unlike many chefs, the former executive chef at Fresh Catering seems almost daunted by the prospect of any attention. This is something he will have to overcome, as his dishes are attention seekers. Beauty is only skin deep, except when it comes to the food at Brigade. In fact, the worst bit about dining here is not being able to decide which dish to upload to instagram, they’re all worthy of a spot on your news feed.

Fried Squid, Squid Ink Mayonnaise, Sorrel $22 GF

Fried Squid, Squid Ink Mayonnaise, Sorrel $22 GF

Beyond aesthetics, the menu is well thought out – it doesn’t stray too far from classic flavour combinations yet still offers the diner something new and unexpected. Simply fried squid is paired with a black-hued squid ink mayonnaise which is so subtle that it appeals to all palates, even those wary of seafood. A little mix-and-match plate of just-seared scallops, salmon belly tartare, pea puree and cubes of watermelon sounds unusual but is a standout dish, with each element complimenting the other. A classic heirloom tomato, burrata and basil salad is given an upgrade with the addition of a salty olive soil and rhubarb. An exciting new addition to the Paddington restaurant scene.

Anna Lisle
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Brigade Dining

The new Chefs Gallery – art and artistry, all in one place

Fifty years ago in Australia, Chinese food consisted of deep-fried honey chicken, sweet-and-sour pork and a bowl of fried rice. Despite Australia’s large Chinese population, due to the goldrushes in the 1850’s and 1860’s, it has only been in the past couple of decades when ideas of what Chinese food can be have expanded. Forging this way is Chefs Gallery, which, due to its popularity, now has restaurants all across Sydney.

Host Claudia Chan Shaw speaking with Sourced by Art Atrium gallery director Simon Chan and artist. Photo credit: Mick

Host Claudia Chan Shaw speaking with Sourced by Art Atrium gallery director Simon Chan and artist Fan Dongwang. Photo credit: Mick Ross

Not only has the modern Chinese menu had an upgrade, Chinese-influenced artwork will now hang on Chefs Gallery restaurants at Town Hall in the City, Macquarie Centre at North Ryde and the new Little Saigon Plaza in Bankstown.

I have a new appreciation for those handmade noodles - this was tough!

I have a new appreciation for those handmade noodles – this was tough! Photo credit: Mick Ross 

Chefs Gallery has established a reputation for its modern, and sometimes cheeky, interpretation of Chinese cuisine. Their handmade noodles are a star attraction and not just on the menu. Behind glass windows, the chefs roll, swing and swirl noodles in front of customers, creating a multi-sensory theatrical experience. Now, the chefs will have to vie for attention as the artistry is not only on the plate and in the kitchen, but also the surrounding the walls. Sourced by Art Atrium gallery director Simon Chan, the displayed artwork – including paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics – will all be for sale.

Anna Lisle

Chefs Gallery Town Hall
Chefs Gallery Macquarie Shopping Centre
Chefs Gallery Metcentre
hefs Gallery Bankstown
Opening soon, Chefs Gallery Parramatta