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Style Craft x Toki Italian

Crafty Dining East Sydney

This October we are present our third Crafty Dining experience as part of Sydney Craft Week and Good Food Month.

This time we are heading for East Sydney, showcasing the rich variety of contemporary furniture design, vintage fashion and dining options on the streets of East Sydney and Potts Point.


In a past life we worked in the interior design business, selling furniture, ceramics and glassware to interior designers and their clients. When your in an industry you always want to know who your competitors are and what they are up to. So Stylecraft was on our radar and never failed to impress with it’s modern approach and vast showroom on Liverpool Street.

Since those days they have moved to a new and even bigger space on William Street. To us it has a sophisticated seventies vibe with sophisticated Italian designs mixing with local design names.

Stylecraft has introduced an inspiring showroom in Sydney & Melbourne. From the largest pieces to the very smallest, StylecraftHOME isn’t so much a place you go to buy furniture, as you do to experience it.

With every visit rich in sensory experiences and bristling with contemporary charms, you’ll discover new spaces, stories and ideas at every turn in a living showroom that’s ever-changing, day and night.

Be inspired by collections from local designers together with ranges from Europe and Japan. Immerse yourself in pieces for the indoors and out, rugs and homewares, each with a story for you to uncover.

Toki Italian

We first discovered Toki Italian Inspired a small but impressive restaurant thanks to our boss at the day job, who lives around the corner in downtown Darlo and recommended we check it out.

Post an art opening - across the road at the Australian Design Centre - we popped in for mushroom arancini and a chicken schnitzel and were very impressed at the quality of the food and the warm welcome we received.

This is a great example of a neighbourhood restaurant serving-up great food at a good price. A quick, tasty dinner with friends and family in a clean-cut minimalist interior with an open kitchen for the delicious smells to waft over you while you catch-up with each other.

Toki opened in January 2015 by Chef Toki and wife Cherry. This is a place to sit down, relax, and enjoy a traditional Italian menu with Asian influences.

Chef, Toki, has over 20 years experience in contemporary Italian cuisine. He is inspired by the cuisine of various cultures such as Italian, French, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Modern Australian. His passion for cooking has also been influenced by his grandma's authentic Thai cuisine from the "Thai Royal Kitchen". Most recently, Toki worked as a Sous-Chef in a busy hatted Italian/Modern Australian restaurant located in Mosman. During his impressive career he has also worked alongside many acclaimed and talented chefs.


Toki Italian | Mushroom Arancini made with: Carnaroli rice | mushroom | garlic | mascarpone | mozzarella cheese | breadcrumbs

Wine match: Brown Paper Wine Pinot Grigio & Farriers Yard Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

New Player | The Bistro at Manly Pavilion

The Bistro at Manly Pavilion

Discover one of the jewel's of the Northern Beaches hospitality scene: located on the first floor of the stunning white heritage building, The Bistro at Manly Pavilion is one of the best Italian restaurants in Sydney.  With an amazing outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the harbour, you could not ask for a more beautiful place to dine al fresco in Sydney.

Built during the interwar period when Manly was a favourite and fashionable seaside resort. The largely intact exterior retains the ambience of the interwar Mediterranean style; white painted rendered brick, decorative ceramic tile insets and arched colonnade.

Manly Pavilion

The Pavilion is a short stroll from Manly Wharf, where you can take in spectacular quayside views. Offering an Italian-inspired menu that caters to a broad variety of tastes. From the antipasto plate to the suckling pig, each dish features the freshest of ingredients from local Sydney providores.

Seasonal Ravioli

A popular venue for weddings - with that view why wouldn’t you - and other large events the space easily converts to a sophisticated restaurant and bar of a beautiful Sydney summers day.

We are looking forward to introducing our guests to the mains menu and a glass of matching Australian wine on our new Manly Long Lunch walk launching this summer


New Player | Bartolo

Aperitivo at Bartolo

Introducing Bartolo from Jared Merlino - one half of the team behind Big Poppas and Kitty Hawk - as one of our new hot spots for summer in Surry Hills.  Embracing traditional Italian ingredients, flavours and hospitality, and pairing them with a creative, dynamic approach.

This contemporary restaurant and bar has been designed to reflect the timelessness of Southern Italian coffee and wine bars. Think blue velvet banquettes and low lights with beautifully framed famille photos from the old world lining the walls.

Bartolo Dining Room

Ragu at Bartolo

The menu entwines the taste of traditional Italy with contemporary preparations, world class cocktails and a sophisticated wine selection. We are sure our guests are going to love the decadent decor and divine food.

Bring on summer!

Manly Long Lunch


Our newest dining walk is in Manly - a laidback beachside suburb situated on the Northern shores of Sydney.

Home to surfers, famous authors & actors and many Sydneysiders who are happy to commute to the city daily in exchange for ‘living the dream’ by the beach.

We jump onto the Manly fast ferry to reach our destination, discussing the key features of Port Jackson whilst on our sea journey. To begin our long lunch enjoy a fun cocktail & seafood at a local laneway favourite. Next-up is a swanky coastal restaurant for decadent mains and a refreshing glass of wine. Pop into a seaside art gallery to view the latest contemporary Australian art.


Discover a Palm Springs-style bakehouse on a hidden laneway, that creates a daily ever-changing bottomless batch of innovative and delicious pastries for our cheeky arvo treat.  Why not try a Cherry Ripe Twice Bake, Beetroot Cheesecake or crème brulee Croissant?

Amazing filled croissants at Rollers bake house

Or you might want to stay for a quick swim and sunset tipple, at one of the many small bars popping-up in this beach side destination. You can reply on us for a good recommendation.

Sparkling Sydney Goes Off!

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.

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: Brix Distillers

New Players: Brix Distillers

Brix is Sydney’s only dedicated craft rum distillery and bar situated on leafy Bourke Street in the heart of Surry Hills. Through a combined distillery, cellar door and hospitality space, Brix introduces the public to an experience that is as informative and enlightening as it is inspiring and delightful.

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.