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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.


Intercontinental Sydney Vivid2016

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.

Keep up to date with all the latest food and wine events happening around the nation at


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.



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.


Wolf Wine Bar – Sydney CBD – Restaurant and Bar

Once upon a time and not so long ago, at nightfall the streets of our city were a ghost town. In the blink of an eye however, Sydney’s CBD has transformed into a bustling food and drink oasis, with new venues and restaurants opening weekly and in the heart of our financial district, just a short stroll from Martin Place is The Wolf Wine Bar. Run by Chef Peter Varvaressos, who you may know from his other venues Contrabando and Barrafina Tapas, has created yet another all-day venue that seamlessly transitions from café to hip bar and restaurant.

Barbecued calamari with quinoa, lemon, chilli and ginger

Barbecued calamari with online casino quinoa, lemon, chilli and ginger

For fear of pigeonholing, the menu takes cues from across the globe. Fat, twice-cooked fries get dipped in a fragrant Middle-Eastern Harissa mayo while plumply ripe figs are baked and paired with blue cheese and prosciutto, taking a nod to Italy. Quinoa dishes can be a little lacklustre but this, speckled with toasted nuts, a generous glug of olive oil and scatted with chilli and topped with barbecued calamari, is deliciously intriguing.

Braised lamb, burnt eggplant, feta, olives and mint

Braised lamb, burnt eggplant, feta, olives and mint

I could have inhaled a bowl of fried broccoli with shaved parmesan but sanity prevailed and instead I dip into a familiar yet fresh yellowfin tuna ceviche. With a wood fire pizza oven in the works, start with an after-work tipple at Wolf Wine Bar and stay for a tapas-inspired meal or (coming soon) a slice of old-school pizzette.

Anna Lisle Follow Anna”s foodie adventures here 

Wolf Wine Bar

Michelin Star dining in Sydney at The Langham

We may not have the internationally renowned Michelin Guide Star System in Australia but The Langham, is giving Sydneysiders a taste of Michelin-standard dishes. You would have seen the billboards with Bradley Cooper, looking sharp in his chef whites, promoting his new movie “Burnt” so to celebrate, The Langham, Sydney, challenged their Executive Chef, Thomas Heinrich and Head Dessert Chef, Miguel Jocson, to deliver three Michelin star dishes from recipes that inspired the concept behind the film.

Tomato tartare created by Executive Chef  Thomas Heinrich

Tomato tartare created by Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich

While not known widely in Australia, the consultant chef for the film was Marcus Wareing, an English celebrity chef who is currently Chef Patron of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Marcus (formerly The Berkeley), in Knightsbridge. What’s the connection between the movie and The Langham, Sydney? Burnt was shot at The Langham, London. The hotel’s restaurant, The Roux at the Landau features prominently throughout the film.

Mascarpone, blood orange and streusel, created by Head Dessert Chef Miguel Jocson

Mascarpone, blood orange and streusel, created by Head Dessert Chef Miguel Jocson

The Langham, Sydney’s five- course degustation menu ($149 per person) now features two of Wareing’s dishes, Game Farm quail, heirloom carrots and corn bread and a dessert of mascarpone, blood orange and streusel.

Anna Lisle

Kent Street Kitchen at The Langham Sydney

Biota comes to the city, for a unique collaboration with Bombay Sapphire


After two sold-out seasons in Melbourne, Bombay Sapphire’s Project Botanicals pop-up is coming to Sydney, but with a unique twist.  Held at ‘The Old Rum Store’ warehouse building in the newly established lifestyle precinct, Kensington Street in Chippendale, this event is open for three weeks only.

Young celery - soured creme made from local milks & the freshest green peas. Paired with The Coriandrum Cocktail

Young celery – soured creme made from local milks & the freshest green peas. Paired with The Coriandrum Cocktail


Launching on Wednesday 18 November, the distinctive cocktail and dining experience will feature one of Australia’s most respected and awarded regional chefs, James Viles of Biota Dining, Bowral. The incredible five-course menu has been designed around the ten botanicals found in each bottle of Bombay Sapphire and will be matched with a Bombay Sapphire cocktail created by the Bombay Sapphire team and some of Sydney’s best bars, including local favourites The Barber Shop, Eau De Vie and This Must Be The Place.

Guests can choose between two menus – ‘Plants & Roots’ and ‘Berries & Bark’. At a special media event, we were fortunate to sample ‘Plants & Roots’ which was a selection of some of the most beautifully presented and perfectly executed dishes we have experienced. A tribute to the seasons, Chef Viles has a unique flair for pushing culinary boundaries while still ensuring his food is accessible and enjoyable to the humble diner.

Native lemon soft serve. Paired with Lemon Peel Eye Opener

Native lemon soft serve. Paired with Lemon Peel Eye Opener

As James explains, “I’m constantly challenging myself to work with new and unusual ingredients. Working with the ten botanicals found within Bombay Sapphire was really exciting in creating flavour combinations that emphasised what is at the core of Bombay Sapphire”.

With Biota Dining one of Australia’s most in demand regional restaurants, Project Botanicals is likely to sell out quickly. To avoid missing out, tickets should be purchased ASAP from:

  • Sittings available at 6pm and 8.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday evenings
  • Tickets are $105 + booking fee and include a five course menu matched to five Bombay Sapphire cocktails and can be purchased here.

Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence winners announced last night!

Last night, NSW’s best restaurants, caterers and cafe operators were recognised at the annual Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence.

2015 marks the 17th year of the awards with PR guru and long-term industry advocate Stewart White national chair of judges for the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. The Savour Australia HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence is a nationally recognised, independently judged awards program that recognises exceptional service and culinary talent across Australia.

We would like to make special mention for many of our Best Restaurants client – a huge congratulations to the following finalists and winners.

WINNER – Red Lantern on Riley, DARLINGHURST

Intermezzo Ristorante, SYDNEY

Chefs Gallery, SYDNEY
The Eight Modern Chinese Restaurant, HAYMARKET
Zilver Restaurant, HAYMARKET

360 Bar and Dining, SYDNEY
Catalina, ROSE BAY

Botanic Gardens Restaurant, SYDNEY
WINNER – Ripples Chowder Bay, MOSMAN
Sydney Tower Buffet, SYDNEY

Tetsuya’s Restaurant, SYDNEY

WINNER – Intermezzo Ristorante, SYDNEY
Otto Ristorante, WOOLLOOMOOLOO

Coogee Pavilion, COOGEE
The Governor’s Table, SYDNEY
The Spice Room, SYDNEY

GPO Cheese and Wine Room, SYDNEY

The Meat & Wine Co, CIRCULAR QUAY

Waterman’s Lobster Co. – Potts Point – Sydney

Nothing could stop us from visiting Waterman’s Lobster Co. Our dining party of 10 dwindled to just four, as our group, one-by-one fell prey to the nasty cold currently engulfing Sydney. The weather Gods turned against us too, promising nothing but torrential rain and even a few spots of hail, to add to the drama of trying to find a park in Potts Point. Alas, our loyal quartet arrive, slightly soggy but in good spirits, eager to feast like royalty.

Potts Points' Waterman's Lobster Co pays homage to the Maine lobster roll (pictured), popular in New York.

Potts Points’ Waterman’s Lobster Co pays homage to the Maine lobster roll (pictured), popular in New York.

The menu’s attention is drawn towards the sea, which will undoubtedly work a treat on hot Sydney summer days. We whet the palate with an Asian-ified tartare of Kingfish, seaweed and radish which hits the spot and gets us in the right head space for our Maine-style lobster roll. Claw and knuckle meat is tossed with a decent amount of mayo, butter, flecks of celery and a squeeze of lemon. Stuffed inside a not-too-sweet hot dog-shaped bun and served with matchstick fries and a pickle, there’s nothing to criticise. It’s perfect. It seems odd to order the lobster salad but once it arrives, there’s no regrets – tossed with fennel, orange and bottarga (which we requested on the side), the only thing lacking was a dollop of aioli, which was quickly brought to the table and completed the dish. There’s sides galore and we opt for a purple cabbage slaw and a baby cos salad with smoked oyster mayo and croutons, which are happily devoured. Even with such adversity, our Waterman’s experience is flawless – we will be back with the full troop.

Anna Lisle
Waterman’s Lobster Co.