Crafty Dining: Rudi Rocket x Happy D's

Our October event Crafty Dining in Redfern will showcase 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 up-coming  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

Accompanied by a glass of red or white wine  

Crafty Dining: Collezione Santina x Pitt Street Diner

Our October event Crafty Dining in Redfern will showcase 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 up-coming  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!

 

Pitt Street Diner

Pitt St Diner 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

Accompanied by a glass of red or white wine

 

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

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Mama's Buoi

Mama’s Buoi is a homage to the mother of the restaurant owner Bau Hoang, whose parents began working in the rag trade to feed their family. The Mama’s Buoi menu is inspired by both his Mum and Aunt’s home-cooked goodness. Their best childhood memories are of family meals and the banter that echoed around the dining room. Everyone was happiest when enjoying great food in good company.

Mama’s Buoi welcomes everyone to sample their home-cooking from Mama Hoang's kitchen - fresh, authentic, and a little bit special. Seeking to emulate the flavour, soul and communal spirit of eating in Vietnam. The Buoi (a large grapefruit species) was a mainstay of Mama’s garden and the Hoang family table and the other reason behind the name of the restaurant.

So make yourself at home and make some memories at Mama’s Buoi and do as mum says: “Eat, enjoy, and never leave the table hungry!”

Spring Tasting Trail Menu

Homestyle Chicken Curry (GF) - Lemongrass, potato & carrots

Tamarind Curry - GF/V - Vibrant & sour coconut cream, eggplant, mushrooms, sweet potato & carrots

Mama’s Beef Stir Fry - Lemongrass, Asian broccoli, chilli & oyster sauce

 

Crafty Dining: Seasonal Concepts x Isaac x Moya's Juniper Lounge

Seasonal Concepts

Our October event Crafty Dining in Redfern, will showcase the rich variety of contemporary design, vintage furniture, textiles and dining options on Regent & Redfern Streets. Join us in Part 1 of 6 posts introducing you to the Redfern Crew and their bar & restaurant matches for our up-coming  Good Food Month and Sydney Craft Week dining walk event.

Seasonal Concepts opened its doors in 2009 and is the collaboration of Ken Wallis and his partner TR Keller. Wallis and Keller initially wanted to create a florist unlike any other in Sydney. “We wanted to marry fresh in-season flowers with the contents of Grandma’s kitchen and Grandpa’s shed and present it with all the wonder that I experienced as a kid in the country,” says Ken.

The shop has a history as rich as its contents, originally a two-story Georgian style house built in 1856, some of the house’s original features are still evident as you enter the shop from Redfern Street. In 1926 the backyard of the house was enclosed by an engineer and used as his workshop until the 1970s.

“Delight the Eye Cheer the Heart” – is the motto of Ken Wallis and his crew. The shop is an emporium filled with an eclectic collection of pre-1950s treasures including furniture, collectables, decorative items and gifts – bought to life with an array of fresh in-season flowers. Seasonal Concepts sources and sells pre-1950s furniture, decorative objects and giftware with an Australian bent.

Knowledgeable Ken always has a yarn or two to tell. His natural curiosities include: Marine, Botanical, Geological and Taxidermy – all of which are ethically sourced. Seasonal Concepts source unique pieces for clients from all over Australia. The space is also available for hire for special events and has an in-house florist.



At home in Redfern, this chic eatery has all right elements to create the perfect dining experience. Isaac serves up delicious Italian inspired dishes such as whole Snapper Aqua Pazza with clams, fennel and tomato to homemade pasta with lamb ragu and pecorino.

The interior feels very luxe with smashed black and white marble flooring, dark timber bistro chairs, a concrete bar and white paneled walls creating an intimate,  contemporary Mediterranean vibe.

Charles Casben is co-owner / operator of Moya's Juniper Lounge with his sister Jess. He has a twinkle in his eye as he asks you what you fancy from the impressive cocktail list.

Situated at the gateway to Redfern from the city on Regent Street, with traffic streaming past at all times of the day, the bar is not immediately obvious from the outside. Just look for the window full of plants, bottles and unusual lights to find this hidden gin palace.

There are worn mid-century lounges, rugs lining the floor and an impressive line-up of bottles behind the beautiful wooden bar.

Moya's is influenced by the 200-year span from when gin appeared on the scene in England, to when American cocktails made their way to London. Each cocktail has its own page with exact ingredient measurements, historical tales, personal notes from the Casbens and footnotes about each cocktail’s origin. All but one (a simple Americano) are gin based.

Many use local distillers, such as Poor Tom’s, Archie Rose, Applewood, Four Pillars or Hippocampus. Beers are almost exclusively NSW craft brews, and the wine list is impressively varied.

Crafty Dining Menu

Isaac

Antipasto platter of Arancini, Salami, Caponata, Burrata, Octopus Confit, Olives and Grissini

 Moya's Juniper Lounge

Choose from either an Americano or Negroni to wet your whistle!

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Muum Maam

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.

Muum Maam (moom mum) named after the Thai slang for ‘little glutton’.
Muum Maam Surry Hills was established in 2010 as one of Holt Street’s most vibrant eating destinations.

By day, the street style Tuk Shop serves quick and delicious meals from the cart. A casual eatery some may say, absolutely full to the brim every lunch time. By night, Muum Maam serves classic Thai cuisine in a relaxed, cool environment.

Menu : A selection of Thai treats

 

 

Hidden Sydney Gems for Celebrating Melbourne Cup 2018

It's never too early to start planning your Melbourne Cup 2018 celebration. Whether it's before, during or after the race these are the places to celebrate your win or get over your losses! So get your crew together and check out a few of Sydney's best hidden gems.

Golden Age Cinema Bar

 Golden Age Cinema Bar – 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills - An oldie but a goody you don’t have to be attending one of their art house films to enjoy the comforts of this bar. Order a cocktail named after a cinema classic and sink into the leather banquettes. Formerly the office of Paramount Pictures this subterranean treasure is a local favourite.

 Baccomatto Osteria - 212 Riley St, Surry Hills - Modern Italian at its best, where you will be greeted at the door like a long lost relative by an Italian Nonna. This dining room can accommodate an intimate date or your whole crew, with an abundant banquet of antipasto delights and made-on-the-premises seasonal pasta accompanied by a fine wine.

Black Bottle - Shop 2/118-116 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst - Co-owned by two Frenchman who really know their cocktails and Mediterranean share plates. A lovely courtyard outback in which to sip your champagne & enjoy a dozen oysters natural after your win at the track.

 PG’s - 169 King Street, Newtown - The latest bar on King Street. Hidden in plain sight: just look out for the book lined shelves set behind glass doors. Featuring a  high ceiling, with old masters in gilded frames, this two-level bar can definitely accommodate your crew for your post-cup celebrations.

Love Tilly Devine – 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst - A classic Sydney gem on a discrete laneway and one of Sydney’s first small bars. Stocking a hand picked selection of natural wines from around the globe. Rustic bar food served up in an old bottle shop storage area.

Dear Sainte Eloise

 Dear Sainte Eloise - 5/29 Orwell St, Potts Point - A French salon style venue with a 300 strong wine list. Tasty morsels available from the late-night kitchen, everything from roe boats to burrata served with chunky slices of Brickfields bread, whilst you take in the laneway parade.

 Et Al.7/24-30 Springfield Avenue, Entry Via Llankelly Place, Potts Point - Located at the other end of Llankelly Place, this small but perfect formed restaurant has a constantly evolving menu of contemporary Australian food complimented by an elegant organic wine list.

  * Sponsored blog post for Racenet

 

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Alchemy

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.

Alchemy located on the corner of Crown and Devonshire Streets,  is set in a cosy and elegant yet unpretentious dining room known for its menu of delicate meals made in the traditional Polish way. The restaurant is famous for its freshly-made traditional Polish dumplings (pierogi), goose, duck, polish borsch (barszcz czerwony) and stuffed meat.

Fresh flowers, tables covered in embroidered tablecloths, soft light and unobtrusive smooth jazz music create a relaxing atmosphere. After sunset, soothing candle light and romantically lit chandeliers deepen the intimate atmosphere of this place.

Alchemy is more than a restaurant: it’s an invitation to enjoy fine Polish cuisine that draws on tradition served in a contemporary setting. An embassy to the soul of Poland.

On the Tasting Trail menu: a selection of Pierogi dumplings including: mushrooms & sauerkraut, beef and potato & cheese.