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New Players: Dulcie's Kings Cross

Photo credit |  Josh Raymond

Photo credit | Josh Raymond

1930s Kings Cross Sydney is resurrected through the atmosphere, style, flavours and culture of Dulcie's Kings Cross.

The subterranean space – which seats 60 patrons – 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.

The venue features decadent fabric, rugs and antique furniture. Old portraits of Deamer, posters of old maps and photos of Sydney before the Harbour Bridge was built hang on the walls. Re-creating a bohemian abode and a very comfortable place for a drink.

The stage of the former venue remains intact and will be used for tarot reading, burlesque, cabaret and monologues. Live shows and talks on the history of the Cross are also planned.

Dulcie’s is also about showing and celebrating modern Australia says General Manager Brandon Martignago; it's serving only Australian wines, spirits and produce. Which we are sure will be a big hit with our guests, who love to discover Australian beverages on our dining walks.

The cocktail list has been inspired by people and places that have defined Sydney culture. The Burn ’em Down Dawn is named after Dawn O’Donnell, a prominent supporter of Sydney’s LGBTQI community. It’s a concoction of Starward Two-Fold whisky, lemon-myrtle liquor, and a dash of fig and cinnamon bitters, before it’s set ablaze with Jezebel absinthe.

Homage is also paid to activist Juanita Nielsen, who saved Victoria Street from high-rise development in the 1970s, with the Darling Juanita – a mix of Remedy dry gin, cucumber juice, basil, cracked pepper and mandarin syrup. There’s a dedicated list for Martinis, a drink that rose in popularity during the 1930s.

While cocktails are the main act, attention has been paid to the wines. Most are sourced from South Australia, with the odd Riesling from Canberra’s Mallaluka Wines. A changing cured meats & cheese platter is also available to compliment the drinks. 

We are thrilled that Dulcie’s has opened on the strip. We need more brave and innovative operators to open small bars, restaurants and retail stores to fill the Cross with life and colour once again.

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 Special Dining Walk Menu:

Choose from a selection of House Staples including: a House Martini, South Side or a Manhattan matched with a cured meats or cheese board.

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.

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Muum Maam

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Muum Maam

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.

M.A.D. Monday in Sydney

M.A.D. Monday in Sydney

We got lucky a few weeks ago when Dee from The Realness walked into our day job. After a chat about what the lovely kiwis were doing in Sydney, we ended up with a free ticket to the M.A.D. FEED Resilience episode at Carriageworks that night!

M.A.D. - taken from the  Danish word for food - is a nonprofit organization that brings together a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change.

Roma Food Tour

Roma Food Tour

On our second-to-last night in Rome we went on a food tour with Claudia from Raphael Tours & Event - who was a very charming and knowledgeable guide.

After a brief introduction to the dark history of Camp di Flori our meeting place, we started out with a salami tasting and wine in the back room of the oldest Salami shop in Rome Norcineria Viola dal 1890 who export cured meats around the world.

Crafty Dining: Studio Enti + Embers Mezze Bar

Crafty Dining: Studio Enti + Embers Mezze Bar

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.

Crafty Dining: Fine Fellow + Edition Roasters

Crafty Dining: Fine Fellow + Edition 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.