Malai Thawng Thai, Nelson Bay, NSW

When we arrived at Nelson Bay during a cyclone that caused the entire area to lose power resulting in every restaurant shutting its doors, I did wonder if we would have any luck finding somewhere to eat for the night. By a stroke of good fortune the power was returned to our part of the […]

Bathers’ Cafe, Balmoral Beach

My sister is out from LA for a one-week business trip and in between meetings we squeezed in lunch at Bathers’ Cafe. The iconic building has a lot of history.  It was commissioned by Mosman Council in 1928 and was essentially built as a large changing shed known as Bathers’ Pavilion.  It was opened in […]

The Oaks, Neutral Bay

The Oaks, oak tree

The Oaks is an iconic pub in Sydney’s Neutral Bay.  It opened its doors in 1885 and throughout its 120 year history, it has never failed to be a place that Sydney-siders will frequent time and time again. By a stroke of good fortune, Lorraine had an appointment at The Oaks and asked if, along […]

Cranky Fins Holidae Inn, Palm Beach

Chocolate & Peanut butter fudge ice-cream sundae - $12.00

Ever since the fine-dining restaurant, Beach Road, closed its doors, I have been eagerly waiting to see what new establishment would open in its place. We were on our way to Palm Beach to have lunch with our good friends, Marcus and Lou.  ’Where are we going?’ they asked. ‘That new restaurant in Palm Beach’. […]

Nomad, Surry Hills

All the kitchen-action happens right in front of you.

Towards the end of last year, Celia, Tania, Lorraine and I wanted to got together to celebrate making it through another year, the joy of the Christmas season with the exchanging of home-made gifts, and the treat of getting together over a meal. We decided to go to Nomad, a newly-opened restaurant in Surry Hills. […]

Beach Rock Cafe, Baie Des Citrons, Noumea

Finally it was our turn in the car

When Alfred dropped us back to the beautiful Baie Des Citrons (Lemon Bay) we certainly didn’t need lunch as we’d been to the patisserie and the milkshake shop and it seemed we’d been eating all day.  However, across the road from the beach we saw a cafe in the very new retail complex, Le Mirage […]

Ms Oosterdam – The Pinnacle Grill

And the night begins

The signature restaurant onboard the MS Oosterdam is the Pinnacle Grill.  Unlike the ship’s two main dining options, the Lido Buffet and the Vista Dining Room, there is an additional charge of US$29.00 (AUS$34.00) per person to dine in this restaurant.   The executive chef of the Pinnacle Grill is Rudi Sodiman who is the Holland […]

Manfredi at Bells, Breakfast

Outdoor dining on the verandah

Remember when we went to Bells?  Well after our enormous degustation dinner you wouldn’t think we would be wanting a huge breakfast but it’s amazing what a bit of sea-air in a country setting will do to your appetite.  Breakfast at Bells is served from 8am until 10am. We sat on the verandah where there […]

Manfredi at Bells, Killcare

Featured on the verandah

A romantic getaway isn’t a perfect romantic getaway without a fine dining experience and when you stay at Bells at Killcare, you will have that fine dining experience at Manfredi at Bells. Stefano Manfredi has now enjoyed three decades of service to the Australian hospitality industry and as part of that celebration, Manfredi at Bells is offering a […]

Flanagans Dining Room, Thirroul Beach

The view from a table at Flanagans

Just one hour from Sydney in the small and quiet coastal town of Thirroul is a totally unexpected fine-dining restaurant that takes you completely by surprise.   Flanagan’s Dining Room is in the heritage-listed building that was originally the Thirroul Beach Kiosk situated on the Promenade.  Being heritage-listed the building’s character, charm and soul from […]