Crafty Dining: Studio Enti + Embers Mezze Bar

Crafty Dining: Studio Enti + Embers Mezze Bar

Introducing you to the On Foley crew and their bar & restaurant matches for this week's Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

Foley Street is located in the heart of Darlo and is home to five creative businesses working across art, design, fashion, jewellery and home wares on the newly paved laneway. Running between Oxford & Burton Streets off Crown this is inner city Sydney's latest craft & design shopping destination.

Studio Enti

Studio Enti is the design practice of ceramicist Naomi Taplin, producing porcelain tableware, lighting and home decor. Leading restaurants Nomad & Lotus at Barangaroo use Studio Enti's dinnerware. Each unique piece of handmade porcelain is made to be used and enjoyed.  A strong belief in the necessity of good design and concepts of longevity and sustainability are the major driving forces behind the work of Studio Enti.

Naomi will give a short talk about her practice and a behind the scenes tour of her studio whilst guests enjoy a selection of tasting dishes from Embers Mezze Bar served on Studio Enti's ceramic plates, of course.

Embers Mezze Bar

Embers Mezze Bar

Discover a dining room where east meet the west within a grand Rococo style building, with an interior decorated with street art and exotic Mediterranean lamps. Embers is located on Oxford Street just around the corner from Studio Enti.

Embers Mezze Bar brings to life a truly unique and delicious style of sexy, modern Lebanese with Middle Eastern influence. Inspired by authentic flavour combinations, our menu offers a fresh and contemporary take on a traditional shared dining experience.

The Embers kitchen will by creating a selection of tasting dishes from their menu.

Crafty Dining: Fine Fellow + Edition Roasters

Crafty Dining: Fine Fellow + Edition Roasters

Part two of five posts introducing you to the On Foley crew and their bar & restaurant matches for next month's Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

Foley Street is located in the heart of Darlo and is home to five creative businesses working across art, design, fashion, jewellery and home wares on the newly paved laneway. Running between Oxford & Burton Streets off Crown this is inner city Sydney's latest craft & design shopping destination.

Fine Fellow

The brainchild of fashion blogger Giuseppe Santamaria - Men In This Town - and jewellery designer Clara Ho of Burton Street Depository. Fine Fellow is a concept retail store that presents locally designed, handcrafted men’s fashion, accessories, home wares and gifts. Supporting its aim of making Foley Street a new fashion destination, Fine Fellow offers regular events and studio talks featuring local Sydney makers.

Clara will give a short talk about her jewellery practice and Giuseppe will offer some insight into what it takes to be a street photographer & magazine publisher, whilst guests enjoy a tasting dish from Edition Roasters new spring menu.

Edition Roasters - Japanese Hotdog

Edition Coffee Roasters

Scandinavia and Japan are half a world apart, but Daniel Jackson and his crew combine the two cultures seamlessly at Edition Coffee Roasters. The result is a beautifully presented menu of about eight seasonal dishes served with a delicate, woodsy feel.

Jackson selects single origin/estate green beans and roast them for batch brew, pour-over, aero-press, Japanese drip and cold brew. The Nordic-Japanese blend can be felt everywhere, from the honeycomb of white counter tiles, to the concrete floor and lean aesthetic.

Chef Black Jacket will be creating a special dish , from a menu inspired by Japanese izakayas and drinking dens, for our Crafty Dining guests presented in the hip surrounds of the Fine Fellow store.

Crafty Dining: Bermuda Black + The Commons

Crafty Dining: Bermuda Black + The Commons

Part three of five posts introducing you to the On Foley crew and their bar & restaurant matches for next month's Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

Foley Street is located in the heart of Darlo and is home to five creative businesses working across art, design, fashion, jewellery and home wares on the newly paved laneway. Running between Oxford & Burton Streets off Crown this is inner city Sydney's latest craft & design shopping destination.

Bermuda Black

Run by self-taught shoemaker Marina Roorda, Bermuda Black offers a bespoke shoe design service, along with a range of off-the-shelf shoe and clothing designs. Bermuda Black’s Foley Street retail space is combined with an open studio and workshop where customers can watch Marina at work and see her suite of shoemaker’s tools.

Marinwill give a short talk about her practice whilst guests enjoy a selection of tasting plates from The Commons.

The Commons

The Commons

A local eating house that indulges Sydney locals with seasonally influenced, ingredient-focused cuisine. The name 'The Commons' refers to the ‘shared environmental and cultural resources of a city’, and they are proud to support Sydney producers wherever they can.

Their produce is sourced as ethically as possible utilising fresh produce from around Sydney, and supporting local artisan food makers. Located in an old sandstone cottage on Burton Street, with an upstairs dining room and the Downtown Bar on the lower level opening out onto a green courtyard.

The Commons will serve a selection of tasting plates from their seasonal produce menu.

Crafty Dining: The Tribe + Pocket Bar

Crafty Dining: The Tribe + Pocket Bar

Part one of five posts introducing you to the On Foley crew and their bar & restaurant matches for next month's Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

Foley Street is located in the heart of Darlo and is home to five creative businesses working across art, design, fashion, jewellery and home wares on the newly paved laneway. Running between Oxford & Burton Streets off Crown this is inner city Sydney's latest craft & design shopping destination.

The Tribe 

Where we are starting our evening with a fun cocktail from Pocket Bar, was already a successful online design emporium before landing in Foley Street via the City of Sydney's Creative Spaces program on Oxford Street.

The store / gallery space features artwork, jewellery and homewares by both local Sydney artists and talented regional designers. Founded by visual merchandiser Jess Polaschek, The Tribe aims to provide a platform for emerging creatives to develop their brand and showcase their work to a wider market. The Tribe’s Foley Street space also hosts a variety of exhibitions and workshops.

Paper artist Jeff McCann will be giving a short talk on his practice whilst guests sip their yummy cocktail.

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Pocket Bar

Established in 2009 as one of the first small bars in Darlo'  Pocket Bar has built a reputation over the past eight years for fabulous cocktails and tasty bites. Set in a former old mechanics garage the space has an inner city vibe - with graphic comic-style street art on the walls and comfy old chesterfields to lounge in while you wait for your crew to arrive.

Mr Charlie Ford,  Pocket's Resident Mixologist has created two very special cocktail concoctions exclusively for Crafty Dining. Expect bright colours and fun flavours to kick-start your night! Woo Hoo!

 

 

 

 

 

Eastside Sydney Media Famil

Dear Sainte Eloise

Dear Sainte Eloise

Last month's dining walk with various media guests of Eastside Sydney was epic!

We kicked-off at Ovolo Woolloomooloo with a sneak peak behind the scenes and front of house of Trip Advisor's current No 1 hotel in Sydney. Everyone loved the quirky decoration of each rooms - that included bright retro style furniture and the latest in technology - including a voice-activated system of all the rooms functions in the ACDC tribute room. We were lucky to receive a gift of the Biology brand skincare from our hosts, which is included in all the guests bathrooms.

Smoking Gun Bagels

Smoking Gun Bagels

Next we headed down Bourke Street to the very funky and minimalist interior of Smoking Gun Bagels on Cathedral Street. The super-friendly Mark - one of three co-owners - explained how they had a Canadian oven specialist come out to Oz and build the oven in the space. An imported bagel chef then gave the team extensive training in the Montreal technique of bagel making. Which consists of creating a crusty outer which includes a short boil as part of the process.. With names like 'Bitch Peas' and 'Kim Got Beef' this is not your average bagel cafe experience. Our guests enthusiastically wolfed down all the bagel flavours placed in front of them.  I tried to warn then to leave space for the dishes still to follow!

Johnny Fishbone

Johnny Fishbone

We then jumped in cabs to speed up William Street to Kings Cross where we headed down Llankelly Place to our current favourite wine bar: Dear Sainte Eloise. We enjoyed the French speak-easy style ambience of this intimate space whilst co-owner Matt described the flavours in the light French wine being served and spoilt us with Salmon Roe, smoked mussels on char- grilled Iggies bread and Burrata with mint pesto.

Rosie Campbells

Rosie Campbells

We then legged it along Darlinghurst Rd to Johnny Fishbone - the latest venue of the Buffalo Mozzarella crew. Wood paneled walls and a honeycomb moscaic floor make this space feel slick & elegant. As we sat on high stools at the marble topped bar Bruno - the beautifully mostaschedwaiter - ran us through the ingredients included in the Spanish tapa feast placed before us. Including padron peppers, ceviche, Anchovies & pickled onions and slow roasted brussel sprouts - all delicious and quickly devoured.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

A quick walk through the back streets that connect the two ends of Darlo and we were at the colourful Rosie Campbells, our last stop for the day. Welcomed with a decadent Rosies Coco Colada - a new version of the classic Pina Colada. Super yummy and refreshing! Our guests left sated and excited about the dining possibilities on the eastside. Big thanks to to Ovolo Woolloomooloo Smoking Gun Bagels Dear Sainte Éloise Johnny Fishbone Darlinghurst Sydney Rosie Campbell's for hosting us so generously. TSCx

A Night with Dear Sainte Eloise

We popped out for a ladies night on Saturday at Dear Sainte Éloise and it was buzzing! Dark & sexy with warm reds, dark stained wood and a touch of velvet the space has been transformed from it's previous incarnation as Waterman's Lobster Bar. The name Dear Sainte Éloise was taken from George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London, in which the writer prays for "just enough to buy some bread and a bottle of wine". (see the photo below for a partial view of the bar's black board with the chapter scrawled across it).

Attracting an elegant crowd imbibing in delicious wine and rustic food, this is the place to be on a cold winters night.

We tried the celery hearts w/ with burnt onions, goats curd and marjoram , smoked mussels and the burrata & mint served on char-grilled bread. All very tasty & moorish dishes. Accompanied by a glass of Luneau - a lovely dry sparkling and Dumarcher - from the extensive lists of reds for our friend The Jam Alchemist. Be smart and get there early though - the small space fills up fast. Congrats to Matt, Jazz, Nate & Ben on the successful re-branding.

One2One Ponsonby

Re-discovering Ponsonby Rd on this trip back to our hometown of Auckland.. One2One Cafe is where the original Atomic cafe used to be and next door to our favourite Magazino store.

Co-owner Chris Priestly has put the focus back on the beans and the food - with his former chef from Kerouac days the gifted Mark Nicholson in the kitchen. The is an amazing coffee bean wall art piece above the counter made of thousands of coffee beans and inlaid with paua shell. We loved our papaya salad with raw coconut topping which is part of the short but good menu for breakfast & lunch diners.

Priestly's strong interest and background in the jazz & folk music community is the reason behind the weekly open mic sessions and guest performers.There is even an impressive CD collection at the top of the staircase. No Spotify playlist to be found here.

There is a restful courtyard out back with a glimpse of the city skyline and a healthy garden.. We look forward to seeing this place thrive again!

Sokyo Love

We had the rare pleasure of dining at Sokyo at The Star last week, before attending a performance of the fabulous Ladies in Black as part of Sydney Festival in the Lyric Theatre.

What a dynamic environment in which to enjoy contemporary Japanese cuisine! At 6:30 on a Wednesday evening the place was buzzing with date-night couples and little families. Situated in the foyer of the stunning Darling Hotel with minimalist Japanese screens dividing the sexy bar and restaurants spaces, we started with a refreshing mock tail of Hibiscus, apple, mint and lime. Sydney is experiencing 40 degree days right now so this went down a treat after our walk over the Pyrmont Bridge from the city.

We started with the very colourful creation of Usuzukuri - snapper in a soy & lime vinaigrette covered with micro herbs & ediable flowers.sasaddsa. Followed by some very well-dressed Hokkaido Scallop Yuzu Honey, onion, capers, crunchy miso, yuzu honey which was a total taste bomb in the mouth.
We also tried a Robarta each of Corn-fed Chicken, Shallots, w/ yakitori jus and the Queensland Sushi Roll w/ Spanner crab, spicy aioli, avocado wrapped in soy paper.

Being on a restricted diet for the start of the new year we really appreciated the good, clean flavours that Sokyo's menu delivers on both counts. The service was also knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. A perfect pre-show dining experience.