La Lucciola, Seminyak, Bali

The restaurant by night

The absolute joy of a dining experience that exceeds expectations. La Lucciola is a very well known and very established restaurant in Seminyak.  It’s right on the beach and as the name suggests, serves Italian cuisine.  The people who own La Lucciola recently opened Bambu, our favourite restaurant while in Bali.  La Lucciola is a […]

Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Streetfront

Many years ago when I had just finished school, a friend of mine, Paul, invited me to a B&S Ball in Bathurst, a town west of the Blue Mountains.  I’ll spare you the goings-on of the B&S Ball, but on the way home Paul said, ‘I’ll take you to lunch at my grandmother’s restaurant’. The […]

George’s, Sanctuary Cove

A blue carpet entrance

While the Gold Coast is envied by Australians living in other cities because of its almost continuous days of sunshine and warm temperatures and its outstanding tourism attractions, generally, the envy stops with the food scene. I know things are improving and I know one day I’ll have the dining experience that’s going to make […]

Kisik Bar and Grill, Ayana, Jimbaran, Bali

Most tables are on the cliff edge

Kisik is just one of many restaurant choices at Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali. The reason we dined at Kisik is not only because we were attracted to the novelty of the sand floor and the restaurant’s position down on the water’s edge, but also because it’s a short stroll from the very famous […]

Bebek Tepi Sawah, Ubud, Bali

Bridges to cross the waterways

We have friends who love Bali and seem to fly there at least once a year for some respite from Sydney.  They told us that when we’re in Bali we absolutely must book a driver to take us to Ubud for the day. Wanting to make a full day of it, we booked at driver […]

Breeze, at The Samaya Seminyak, Bali

Twilight

Prior to leaving for Bali, we had friends give a list of restaurants where we absolutely must dine while in Bali.  It turned out to be a case of too many restaurants and not enough time.  And towards the end of the five days we spent in Seminyak, we were worn out from racing around […]

Sweet Sour Salt, Orange, NSW

Son In Law Eggs:  $16.00 for 2 eggs, halved

I’m going to tell you about a restaurant that’s a four-hour drive from Sydney, and how the people of Orange are extremely fortunate to have a local restaurant serving such incredibly good food. While we were driving from Sydney to Orange for our weekend mini-break, I googled restaurants for where we could have dinner.  I […]

Bambu, Seminyak, Bali

The dining area is surrounded by water features

Before we left for Bali, we had quite a few friends telling us where we ‘absolutely must’ dine.  One name that kept popping up was Bambu and so it was definitely on our list of experiences we must have before we fly back to Sydney. Without even trying, we actually stumbled upon Bambu.  On the […]

Mumu Grill, Crows Nest

Moo

As the name suggests, this is a restaurant where the specialty is beef and quality beef because it’s all grass-fed. A good friend of ours invited us to join him and a few of our mutual friends for dinner at Mumu Grill, and as he loves his steak, this is a restaurant where he dines […]

Chiswick, Woollahra

Very pretty

In a part of Sydney where space is at a premium, stepping onto the large grounds of Chiswick is like finding an oasis. Walking off busy Ocean Street and onto the property set in established gardens feels almost like you’re being led towards a private residence.  A walk along the arbour leads to the restaurant’s […]