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Wholemeal French Toast at RAD Mt Eden

Wholemeal French Toast at RAD Mt Eden

On our recent trip to Auckland we were pleasantly surprised to find that the city is now divided into 'precincts' resulting in a lot of new additions to the dining out mix.

Such as the former industrial area of Morningside which now features several warehouse space cafes including Crave, KIND and even  a bar The Morningside Tavern , amidst the new apartment developments. Feels a lot like Alexandria in Sydney but on a smaller scale.

Another great discovery was the village-like Mt Eden, which sits on the side of it's namesake.
On our first night in town we enjoyed catching-up with a  dear friend over fresh, handmade pasta at Pasta & Cuore, where you can watch all the action as pasta is made whilst your meal is being prepared. It's got a buzzy vibe and was super busy on a Wednesday night - a great sign in a local restaurant mid-week.

Across the road on a big corner site is  Fraser's a cafe-by-day /restaurant-by-night, where we enjoyed another fabulous dinner with crispy snapper and the current 'hot dish' on both sides of the Tasman: Watermelon Salad.
Keep impressing us like this Auckland and we will have to open-up shop soon!

New Players: Dulcie's  Kings Cross

New Players: Dulcie's Kings Cross

1930s Kings Cross Sydney is resurrected through the atmosphere, style, flavours and culture of Dulcie's Kings Cross. The subterranean space was once a popular strip club by the name of Strip a-rama. You can view the old club neon lights in the bathrooms. Named after Sydney’s queen of bohemia, Dulcie Deamer, who was also a novelist, poet, thespian, journalist, founder of the Fellowship of Australian Writers and the first female boxing reporter.

New Players: Brix Distillers

New Players: Brix Distillers

Brix is Sydney’s only dedicated craft rum distillery and bar situated on leafy Bourke Street in the heart of Surry Hills. Through a combined distillery, cellar door and hospitality space, Brix introduces the public to an experience that is as informative and enlightening as it is inspiring and delightful.

Introducing: House Bistrot

Introducing: House Bistrot

Located on the once notorious Kellett Street, on the Kings Cross side off Darlinghurst Road, this small bistro feels cosy but sophisticated. Owner / Operator Mauro Forgillo - originally from Milan - wore all the hats to get his first restaurant open - from painting the chairs to writing the blackboard. A far cry from the busy & swanky evirons of Rockpool, Merivale and Fratelli Fresh.

His menu is seasonal and changes weekly. Assisted in the kitchen and on-the-floor by the lovely and very French Amel – she makes dam fine petit fours - this Victorian terrace house has an easy Australian vibe with a European touch. Making their own sourdough and pasta on a daily basis, everything is fresh and ready to be enjoyed for lunch or dinner.

Introducing: Bang Tang

Introducing: Bang Tang

Bang Tang is situated mid-way down the lovely tree-lined Victoria Street, opposite the back-packer hostels that are fast reverting to their original residential mansion status, as the gentrification of the area continues. With half of the restaurant floor space dedicated to alfresco dining it’s a very pleasant place to spend a beautiful summers evening in Sydney.

Nat - the co-owner and executive chef - is originally from Thailand and has studied Le Cordon Bleu. He has spent many years working in Australian fine-dining restaurants - including the famous Sailors Thai - and also dined around the world at many top hat restaurants. Hey it’s all an education in food!

Crafty Dining: The D.E.A Store x Ciccone & Sons

Crafty Dining: The D.E.A Store x Ciccone & Sons

The D E A Store is a peaceful haven on Regent Street, Redfern, featuring a delightful collection of objects for the home or kitchen, chosen by owner Karin Huchatz for their utility and intrinsic beauty, their whimsy and intelligence.  Complimenting the eclectic offerings of the nearby retro furniture and design stores, the shelves are updated weekly with carefully selected products from local and international designers and producers.

D.E.A. also proudly support local artists and artisans, with an exquisite selection of unique ceramics and homewares by Timna Taylor, Sharon Muir, Its A Public Holiday, Yvonne Terkildsen, Ode Ceramic. Furniture by sculptor Stephen Ralph and Vincent Buret sit alongside a limited number of works by an amazing group of emerging new artists, such as Murray Hilton, Gemma Avery, Michael McIntyre and Kyle Murrell, all from the former Galleria Vicino stable. D.E.A. have developed a range of ceramics exclusive to our store by young and talented Australian ceramicist Peter Anderson.

Crafty Dining: Rudi Rocket x Happy D's

Crafty Dining: Rudi Rocket x Happy D's

Rudi Rocket have been in business on Regent Street for over a decade. Simone & Brad met socially and found they had a lot in common when it came to their mutual taste in interior design and objet.

The store is full to the brim with Scandinavian, post-modern and original art, furniture, object and lighting from the 1930’s -to the 90’s. Bold primary colours jostle with wood-paneled surfaces and smoky glassware.  Rudi Rocket buy interstate from Adelaide and Brisbane as well as Sydney sources and often have random walk-ins of random wanting to sell them pieces.

Crafty Dining: Graham & Graham

Crafty Dining: Graham & Graham

Graham & Graham Design are a Sydney based multi-disciplinary design business that specialise in custom handmade lampshades & lighting. They also have a beautiful range of mid 20th century design ceramic lamp bases that can be paired up with lampshades of your choice. Graham & Graham offer an in-house custom lampshade service at no additional cost. 

Designing and making their own range of handmade 'G&GD Lamps' (table & floor lamps) with bespoke lampshades made to order in local & international designer fabrics. Their selective range of vintage ceramic lamp bases are sourced from around the world, with a particular focus on high quality, collectible mid 20th century Italian Ceramics  such as Bitossi.