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Sparkling Sydney Goes Off!

Pyrmont is the precinct where The Sydney Connection first began, with our progressive dinners as part of the Pyrmont Wine & Food Festival in 2013.

A new Sydney festival dedicated to all things effervescent and a first of its kind, Sparkling Australia went off recently in Pyrmont. With many different varieties of bubbles on offer, good food matches and an enthusiastic crowd. Food provodores included Goose on the Loose amazing salamis; cheeses from La Bastide; Tar10’s gourmet condiments and Hunter Valley Cheese tasting plates.

New Festival: Sparkling SYDNEY

New Festival: Sparkling SYDNEY

We are excited to announce a new event Sparkling SYDNEY happening this weekend in Pyrmont - the precinct where The Sydney Connection first began with our progressive dinners as part of the Pyrmont Food & Wine Festival in 2013. This event has been created by the original PWF team and promises to be a winner!

Sydney’s sparkling celebration of all things effervescent is a first of its kind wine festival, Sparkling SYDNEY promises a program jam packed day with fun, set against the shimmering harbourside Pirrama Park.

Hello Auckland!

Hello Auckland!

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.

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.

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: 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.