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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.

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.

From Germany with Love

Remember our lovely German family from a couple of months ago? Well they very kindly sent us some fabulous shots of our evening out in Potts Point.

Kicking off Waterman's Lobster Co. for a refreshing Australian sparkling and crunchy school prawns after a long day of touring. Our guests told us all about their adventures around Australia for the past three weeks.

We then popped over to The Roosevelt, a well-dressed dining room lined with shelves of vinatge glass decanters and whisky bottles from all over the globe. Whilst awaiting our entrees we were amused by the constant parade of fancy cocktails going past the table. Smoking 'guns' , mini-gardens in a glass and other innovative creations. We indulged in the cured salmon with cucumber foam & juniper berries - a dish created by Chef Adam Lord for our Llankelly Place Degustation a few years back - fresh Sydney rock oysters and super tasty zucchini flowers.

For Mains at Monopole on Macleay Street our guests had requested Australian only food that they could not find in Europe. so we delivered with Kangaroo tartare, Kingfish sashimi & Morton Bay Bugs. There were lots of ohs and ahs at the table when the bugs arrived, definitely not something you come across in Europe. Matched with a lovely Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir thanks to our knowledgeable waiter Glenn..

Our trip to Good Times Artisan Ice Cream finished us off completely, with decadent lashings of Ziggy Stardust natural soft serves. They were even able to provide a dairy-free option on request. We were so full we went for a mid-evening walk down to Fish Park in front of Elizabeth Bay House to check out the harbour view and digest..

All in all a wonderful evening in our hood of Potts Point.

Llankelly Long Table - Kings Cross Festival

Photo Credit: Andy Lowe

Congratulations Llankelly Place on a fabulously successful Long Table event as part of the recent Kings Cross Festival.

Big thanks to all participating restaurants, bars, the locals,  Flowers by Mill & Co Mansion Lane DJ's and of course our client Potts Point Partnership for whom we curated the food for the evening. You should all feel very proud of yourselves!

Nine of the laneway restaurants showcased their specialty cuisine for our street food menu for the evening. The 2000 strong crowd lapped it up with most of the food sold out by 9pm. We peaked at around 7:30 with lines outside most restaurants as people waited to order and pay in the currency of the evening: pink tokens! People ate, drank and danced their way through the evening.

Kings Cross rocks!

Sydney Mardi Gras - Surry Hills Walk

Thanks to our guests and restaurants for last weeks Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras  Festival dining walk of Surry Hills. We were a small but enthusiastic group.of food lovers who loved all our courses. Very international too with a Sydney-based couple originally from LA, a Hamburg resident - who is currently globe trotting and a Chinese/Australian plus the (originally) Kiwi guide!

We enjoyed a vigorous discourse about Sydney's lockout laws - consensus: needs a major re-think! And discovering new cocktails - rum seems to be the flavour of this summer.

Thanks to Golden Age Cinema & Bar Longrain Sydney Baccomatto Osteria and Rosie Campbell's for hosting and feeding us so well.

Menu Highlights - European Flavours

With the first of our Good Food Month dining walk events less than two weeks away we have decided it's time to reveal some of the menu highlights!

For the European Flavours walk of Llankelly Laneway we will be meeting for a pre-walk drink at the newest-kid-on-the-block: Waterman's Lobster & Co. Situated at the Orwell Street end of the laneway, with a humming summer vibe as the bi-fold windows look out onto the lane and the funky outdoor seating.

We will enjoy a refreshing glass of either Jamsheed Madame Chard Chardonnay / Bress Sparkling. Accompanied by a juicy, lightly flavoured side dish of School Prawns seasoned with lime salt & aioli this will be a great start to our evening of indulgence!


For the finale of the European Flavours Dining Walk The Roosevelt will be hosting us in the decadent Monroe Room. Decorated in high-style this is the heart of a New York-style venue. Slip back in time to an era when dames drank martinis and men boasted loudly about the number of whiskies they had over lunch. Originally owned by renowned underworld identity Abe Saffron, The Roosevelt takes its inspiration from the 50’s and 60’s and offer them up with a modern twist.

Prepare yourself for the spectacular baked pear dish created by chef Adam Lord - formerly of Wilbur's Place - port poached pear with smoked orange & ginger ice cream. Served with a dash of liquid nitrogen! But make sure you leave room for one of the Roosevelt's most popular cocktails:  the Cognac Classic.

Watch out for more menu highlights over the coming days!