Introducing: House Bistrot

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 environs of Rockpool, Merivale and Fratelli Fresh.

Introducing: Bang Tang

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We have introduced a couple of new venues to our Potts Point dining walk collection.

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!

The first Bang Tang Salad Roll was based on Llankelly Place and was well-known by locals for its fresh lunchtime salads and South East Asian rice paper rolls. Nat delights in providing a high standard of service and his take on Indo-China food to his guests for lunch and dinner at the new site.

His co-owner Tommy is passionate about coffee and has also spent many years working in the hospitality industry. He loves the industry and tasting new food & wine on his travels.

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You can look forward to clean flavours with a hint of heat in the generous salads such as Hun Bastard - with poached chicken breast, cashew nut, soy, ginger, honey and seeded mustard or the aptly named Naughty Crunch - with salt and pepper prawns, thin rice noodles, passion fruit, fresh pineapple, toasted coconut, crushed peanut, kaffir lime and mint.

This restaurant has already proved a big hit with the first groups we have taken for entrees. The UK guests love the strong Asian flavours and the mid-west Americans love the innovative use of ingredients they haven’t always come across before ie seafood:).

Perfect fare for summer in Sydney!

 

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

Our October event Crafty Dining in Redfern showcases the rich variety of contemporary design, vintage furniture, textiles and dining options on Regent & Redfern Streets. Join us for our final post introducing you to the Redfern Crew and their bar & restaurant matches for our   Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

 

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.

Alongside the  curated collection of ceramics sourced from Japan, you'll find Tom Dixon, Page Thirty Three, Futagami, Terra10, Nousaku, Kimura, Uashmama, Kinto, Menu by Norm Architects, Artistica stoneware from Portugal, Atolyia Turkish towels and robes, Marble Basics, beautiful fabrics from Australian Designer Sally Campbell, Mint Homeware, Wildfolk Candles, Mad Et Len, Luxuriate,  Reddecker, La Chamba handmade cook and serve ware, Weck Glassware from Germany, Ivy Muse, Triumph & Disaster to name a few.

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.

 

Ciccone & Sons

Ciccone & Sons is the result of 20 years of craftsmanship and artisan production by Gelato Master Mark Megahey.

Ciccone & Sons prides itself on the use of fresh locally sourced produce. Thanks to the availability of quality produce and producers in Australia, they are able to churn gelato and sorbet which has amazing taste, texture and is seasonal to Australia.

The small batch nature of our production allows them to respond quickly to the tastes of their customers and importantly market availability of key ingredients like fruit.

Crafty Dining in Redfern Menu

An especially created light caramel mini poke covered in gold caramel chocolate with sea salt from the fabulous Ciccone & Sons

Crafty Dining: Rudi Rocket x Happy D's

Our October event Crafty Dining in Redfern showcased the rich variety of contemporary design, vintage furniture, textiles and dining options on Regent & Redfern Streets. Join us in Part 2 of 6 posts introducing you to the Redfern Crew and their bar & restaurant matches for our Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

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.

Brad has a Fine Arts degree - majoring in sculpture - and Simone is an interior architect who has worked in the design industry for the past 25 years, building her private client base.

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.

They recently opened another gallery space on the corner of Chalmers and Redfern Street,  open only on  weekends. They field calls all week form people wandering past after a night out wanting to know details about what they have spied through the window.

 

Happy D’s was opened 18 months ago by mother and son duo Debra & Andrew Watts on Regent Street.

It’s a small, intimate venue with a fun ‘fake’ fish tank that runs the length of the narrow room bathed in pink neon light. You can sit at the bar and enjoy freshly steamed dumplings and a seasonal cocktail, wine, beer, sake or whisky.  They have a good variety of natural wines from independent Australian producers.

The most popular dishes at this local favourite are the Pork Soup Dumplings and Peking Duck Pancakes. The quality sound system pumps out disco, ’60s and ’70s soul and sometimes there is even a live DJ!

Crafty Dining in Redfern Menu

A selection of Happy D's Dumpling favourites

Crafty Dining: Graham & Graham

Graham & Graham + Cloth Fabrics

Our October event Crafty Dining in Redfern showcased the rich variety of contemporary design, vintage furniture, textiles and dining options on Regent & Redfern Streets. Join us in Part 3 of 6 posts introducing you to the Redfern Crew and their bar & restaurant matches for our Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

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.

The store is always full of handcrafted pieces covered in textiles from a wide range of suppliers., always a visual treat for mid-century lighting enthusiasts & collectors. Suppliers include Sydney based company Rouse Phillips - specialists in hand drawn original textiles & wallpapers, global brand Warwick Fabrics, local favourite Cloth Fabric and London based textile studio Christopher Farr Cloth. 

Crafty Dining in Redfern Menu

A glass of red or white wine

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald x Yellow Fever

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald

Our October event Crafty Dining in Redfern showcased the rich variety of contemporary design, vintage furniture, textiles and dining options on Regent & Redfern Streets. Join us in Part 5 of 6 posts introducing you to the Redfern Crew and their bar & restaurant matches for our  Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

 

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald  was opened by an avid pair of collectors Bryan Fitzgerald and Casey Chee Soon in June 1996 on Crown Street, Surry Hills. Both passionate about the decorative arts, textiles and furniture ranging from the 19th century to contemporary pieces, over the years, textiles have become their foremost stock items. In 1998 they took over the fabric agency to wholesale and retail the Finnish brand, Marimekko in Australia.

The displays of Marimekko's bold prints and vibrant colours attracted the attention of clients of the late Marion Hall Best. A prominent and important importer, retailer and interior designer in Sydney from the 1940's to the mid 1970's. Best was a pioneer of the use of Scandinavian in modern Australian interior design. The range has expanded over the years to include: Jim Thompson silks (both vintage and new), original vintage Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, Japanese grass weave wallpaper and Scandinavian studio glass and ceramics.

In April 2013, CSF relocated to their new home in the dynamic and raw creative hub of Redfern. In thier new location on Regent Street they have combined well designed and well made products in both vintage and contemporary pieces in one chic showroom.

The product range includes new pieces from both Australian and imported brands; Studio Lisa Bengtsson, Third Drawer Down, Marimekko, Seletti, Sandsmade, Cybelle Blakebrough, Berto Pandolfo, Trent Jansen, as well as their homebrand CSF. They have also  included one-off antique and vintage pieces ranging from African textiles and decorative arts to Japanese textiles, ceramics and folk art.

In addition CSF offer specialised services in made-to-order cushions, lamp shades and window treatment options to suit individual interiors and spaces.

Yellow Fever offers a fresh, gourmet take on the banh mi and other traditional favourites, fusing inner-city cafe culture with Vietnamese street food. 

Anthony Nguyen and his business partner Rosie Nguyen, began the venture a year ago with almost no hospitality experience. Anthony – who has a background in banking - spent 18 months refining the recipes and taste-testing different flavour combinations before they opened the café on Regent Street. 

The cafe has a minimalist aesthetic with a monochrome colour scheme of black & yellow  creating clean, sharp lines, in a room filled with natural light. To add a touch of personality, cuttings from Vietnamese-Australian newspapers, from Anthony's dad's personal collection, are papered across the back wall. 

The lunch menu is divided into three main offerings: rice paper rolls or "rollies", salad bowls with a choice of rice or vermicelli noodles, and banh mi.

 

Crafty Dining in Redfern Menu

A mixed selection of Yellow Fever’s mini-rice paper rolls.

Including: Char-grilled Chicken / Five-spice Pork / Tofu, Tomato & Pineapple / Salmon & Dill

Crafty Dining: Collezione Santina x Bistro St Jacques

Our October event Crafty Dining in Redfern showcased the rich variety of contemporary design, vintage furniture, textiles and dining options on Regent & Redfern Streets. Join us in Part 4 of 6 posts introducing you to the Redfern Crew and their bar & restaurant matches for our Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

Santina  is a Rag Trade baby, having grown up amongst Australia's iconic designers in the once bustling fashion industry hub of Surry Hills in the 1970’s, 80’s and early 90’s. This year she is proudly celebrating 30 years in the fashion business.

Santina comes from a long line of textile makers and dressmakers, including her mother who is still an integral part of the creative process. Creating and working with beautiful fabrics is a natural occurrence for Santina. Having had the opportunity to dress women for all occasions since 1987, Santina is passionate about the use of quality fabrics and textiles, allowing the fabric to dictate the design of the final creation.

Just like no two women are alike, neither are Santina’s creations. Each individually crafted to meet the needs and wants of her clients. With a firm belief that all women have an inner glamour, Santina ensures each of her clients feel good about themselves when wearing a Collezione Santina gown.

Recently Santina introduced ‘Woman’ by Collezione Santina, a collection of limited edition ready-to-wear clothing.  These garments are specifically created to suit the modern woman’s busy lifestyle, taking you from the office to dinner. Or from the races to the bar. 

Clothes that are cut well fit well. For women of all ages and sizes, designed & hand-made right here at the Collezione Santina Redfern Atelier!

 

Bistro St Jacques ( formerly Pitt Street Diner)

Bistro St Jacques is owned by Gary & Jane Prebble, who started in Redfern in 2013. 'The Diner' is a French bistro located on Pitt Street in Redfern offering friendly, relaxed service and modern French food at great prices. Here regulars keep coming back for the freshly shucked oysters, tasty steak-frites, and ridiculously delicious cheese boards. 

Fully licensed with outdoor seating - if you wish to go Alfresco - and comfortable banquette seating in a relaxed dining room. With over 150 international and natural, organic & bio-dynamic wines, local craft beers such as Pale Ale, Flying Ram Lager and German favourite Kölsch, plus a selection of classic cocktails to choose from you can settle in for a very pleasant afternoon or evening of dining at this local favourite.

Crafty Dining in Redfern Menu:

Twice-baked truffle soufflé with Cacio di Bosco pecorino

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Li'l Darlin

We are proud to announce that we are part of the Surry Hills Festival programme this year! In the lead-up to the festival date the Surry Hills Creative Precinct are staging five different creative trail events. They kindly invited us to create a dining walk that includes six restaurants from the Devonshire and Crown Street precinct. Choose from two different three course dining walks and re-discover the hood.

Li’l Darlin Surry Hills is an institution with Sydney’s party crowd. Located on the corner of Elizabeth and Devonshire Streets a stones throw from Central this is the place to bring your crew for a fun time!

There’s something here for everyone – from tapas, delicious pizzas a menu for every taste. Enjoy an Intricate cocktail menu or enroll for their Cocktail Masterclasses –  surrounded by the style and ambience of the beautiful venue. Dressed in flowers and music event posters with low lighting the laid-back atmosphere encourages you to have a good time.

Spring Tasting Trail Menu

Your choice of either:

Fairy Floss Martini - Swedish Vodka • raspberry sorbet • cane sugar • fairy floss rose

Vera Green -  Dry London Gin • muddled cucumber • lemon peel aperitif • aloe vera juice