Eating my way around Sydney

Sydney is a place I don’t visit often enough – I love it not just because of the shopping and friends but also discovering another restaurant while also visiting old favourites.

Our first stop was discovering a new place, which ended up discovering it was in an old place.  I first visited Barangaroo as the home of Noma’s pop up restaurant.  What has happened in 12 months is a transformation of a couple of dining places to being “Sydney’s new food scene”.  We headed to Lotus (the new home of the old Noma) – where their dumplings are creamy and their pork belly crispy. After lunch we thought a cheeky martini was required and what better place to go than Banksii – Sydney’s first vermouth bar. As you can tell there are so many options for plenty of tastes down at Barangaroo.

throwback to NOMA

throwback to NOMA

After a quick visit to the Queen Vic Building, we headed to check out the newest roof top bar in the city.  For a city with the most stunning views, there are not enough roof top bars – hint hint. The latest is found on the 12th floor at the Hyatt Regency; Zephyr is the place to watch the sun set over the harbour enjoying from chilled cocktails and cool sounds.

The next day I headed to the familiar David Jones Food Hall for lunch with the wonderful Andreas.  For at least 10 years, Andreas has looked after me at the Deli with a glass of Chandon and Ploughman’s Platter.  When I turn the corner and see him there – I know I am going to have a great day.

My standard order at DJ's

My standard order at DJ's

This evening was a special night that started with finding a bar that served a good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for the boss. Found it at QT Sydney’s Gowings Bar and Grill; it was so good we visited again for after dinner whiskeys in the upstairs Gilt Lounge.  In between drinks at QT, we headed to Neil Perry’s modern Chinese establishment - Spice Temple.  Though a private door beside a fire exit; down the stairs and you step into a euphoria of red and black décor, moody lighting and smells that tease the senses.  The banquet was fit for a king with my pick being the cucumber with garlic and ginger.

Champange seldcrtions at QT

Champange seldcrtions at QT

My final day saw me heading to Sydney’s Coogee Beach and into a friend’s “local”; though this local has a better view than my local, in the country. Coogee Pavilion is another roof top bar with everything from Mediterranean tapas, pizzas and burgers.  The mojitos can go down too easily, so we changed and took advantage of a Veuve special to toast a great friendship.  What a way to finish a fab weekend, than with an orange labelled bottle.

Jules, Champagne and I

Jules, Champagne and I