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April 24, 2012

PaperPlanes

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Paper Planes

Okay, I admit that I have a little crush on the Barge brothers and the delectable cocktails and dishes they bring to the scene. Teamed up with Phil Capaldi, the boys have a new addition to the family in a hidden, reformed alleyway along Campbell Parade. Walking in, your eyes are casted to the 400 and something skateboard roof, flying origami cranes and an enticing long bar at the back.

Paper Planes

We kick off with some chilled beverages and in true LL Wine & Dine style, there’s an innovative cocktail menu. Tonight I’m on the Tokyo Pop, a fruity mix with a cheeky popping candy rim. The boys are on tap beer, Orion, which is of course Japanese.

Paper Planes

The menu is designed to share and there’s a mix of old and new Japanese. The entrees and mains are a modern take, while the sushi menu keeps it simple but offering good ol’ favourites with a sprinkle of PaperPlanes magic.

Paper PlanesHomemade Pork & Cabbage Gyoza

Paper PlanesSalmon Tartare Nachos

Entrees kick start with dishes of edamame, gyoza and salmon nachoes. The homemade gyoza is limited each week and are served with a chili oil and ponzu mix; the ponzu adding the perfect amount of tartness. Th salmon nachoes are kept cool in a wooden bath of ice and served with crispy prawn crackers.

Paper PlanesSpicy Tuna Makisushi Roll

There’s a selection of sushi and sashimi to choose from; my favourite is the spicy tuna with the refreshing inclusion of apple while the spider roll has a firey kick with hidden fresh wasabi.

Paper PlanesSake Flamed Teriyaki Chicken

Paper PlanesBraised Beef Short Ribs

The mains are hearty and keep us warm from chill and rain – the sake flamed teriyaki chicken is deceptively flavoursome and perfect with a bowl of rice and the sauteed mushroom mix. The braised beef short ribs are perfect for the lazy as they are off the bone swimming in a sauce of yakiniku (sake, mirin, soy) – all balanced with the sourness of pickled vegetables.

Paper Planes
Tokyo POP plant

Paper Planes
The Black Egg

The desserts are adventurous. Our Tokyo POP plant is a lemon cheesecake in disguise, all of which would have been complete if there was a super crumbly biscuit base which we were all digging for! The black egg on the other hand, is delectable. It is a layered “egg” of macadamia nut oil, coconut milk curd and a floating disc of chocolate sauce (there’s not much, so you have to fight for it!).

Paper Planes

Follow the lighting strike and have a cocktail, or two.

PaperPlanes
178 Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach, Sydney
www.paperplanesbondi.com

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March 28, 2012

The Blocks by Penfolds

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The Blocks by Penfolds

The Blocks by Penfolds is pop-up wine bar by the water. Nestled along the pier, the sky high warehouse is filled with art installations, wooden totems and plenty, plenty of wines. The concept of The Blocks is to provide the full experience from smelling totems, eating tasty morsels, subtle music and exploring intriguing art installations.

The Blocks by Penfolds

A glass of vino is in order at the bar before we wander through the five wooden totems… and we do as we’re told; drinking and smelling each one. One smells woody, one smell sweet and fruity while one is complex and requires multiple sniffs to decipher. Luckily, there are sommeliers around who guide us through each totem explaining the story behind each one and its correlating art installation.

The Blocks by Penfolds

In true form, I’m naturally drawn towards the multi-layered oak totem with a wave of fresh and fruity flavours, symbolising the aromatic whites family; your rieslings, sauvignons and pinot gris.  The multi layers represent the high altitudes which these grapes are grown. Gosh, I’d wish all furniture would smell this great!

The Blocks by Penfolds

Five Australian artists were also invited to design pieces for the event, with #3 being one of the hot favourites by Kit Webster. Representing the varietal blends, the blending of the wines; the artist uses the ripples from underneath the pier moulded together by images of grapes. I love #5 so do check that one out, especially the awesome story behind the Russian styled, Kirlian photography and capture of “aura” from vineyards.

The Blocks by Penfolds

It’s not all art, as slowly, the temptation of food baits us towards the back of the warehouse where communal tables are set up and a exquisite menu with matching wines. The creative menu is created by Chef Jock Zonfrillo using locally sourced ingredients, and of course with his repertoire and numerous of awards including winner of Restaurant of the Year (Magill Estate Restaurant, Adelaide) – there’s no denying why the dishes are so delectable.

Without spoiling too much of what’s to come, there’s a sneak peak below…

The Blocks by PenfoldsNative Pepper Crab

The Blocks by PenfoldsWagyu Beef w/ truffle 

The Blocks by PenfoldsPotato & Pork

The inside will be for you to discover! My absolute favourites is the native pepper crab, silky smooth wagyu beef and for dessert, the chocolate, current and myrtle; a perfect sweet end. Only nibble sized, so don’t be alarmed if you’re not satisfied by the end.

The Blocks by Penfolds

The Blocks by Penfolds

The installation has been organised by London based designers Studio Toogood and teamed up with Penfolds Bin & Luxury wines, great local artists and Chef Jock Zonfrilo. Get in quick before this closes as this is one amazing pop-up wine bar.

The Blocks by Penfolds is open 16th March till 5th April 2012. Reservations can be made at http://www.theblockslive.com or on 0407 412 640.

The Blocks by Penfolds
Pier 2/3, 13 Hickson Rd
Walsh Bay, Sydney
www.theblockslive.com

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June 9, 2011

Girls Picnic Lunch @ The Winery by Gazebo, Surry Hills

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The Winery

It isn’t long before I am back here absorbing the sunshine and quirkiness of The Winery again. This time, I’ve brought along some girlfriends for the Girls Picnic Lunch which is The Winery’s suave terminology for a cheeky afternoon and alcohol high tea-esque lunch. I have the pleasure of sitting in the upstairs dining filled with draped curtains, mismatching couches and cane chairs, but still many deer heads, photo frames and lamps dangling from the walls.

The Winery
The WineryWhite wine sangria

The tables are dressed in black and white polka dots and there’s a nice flute of bubbly upon arrival (they know how to get girls giggly and the party started!). And if that’s not enough, there are bottleless jugs of minted lemonade throughout. My fellow girlfriend also raved on and on about the white wine sangria, so we couldn’t go pass without ordering a jug. It’s a wonderful concoction of chardonnay, cointreau, martini bianco (an Italian type of vermouth; dry fortified wine) mixed with mint, lychees and lemons. Let’s say that we didn’t stop at one jug…

The Winery

The starters come out in a beautiful wicker basket filled with a cheese platter, prosciutto and a tomato & buffalo mozzarella salad – all to have with our fresh stick of baguette. I love a good tomato salad, and it was mixed with torn basil and lightly tossed in balsamic vinegar; the best marriage for tomatoes.

The Winery

Next on the agenda is the grand platter; a moderate twist away from the traditional high tea but nonetheless, very delicious. The top tier filled with seasonal fruits, pink baby macarons, marshmellows, chocolate brownie triangles – all hugging a bowl of chocolate sauce. The next tier with small buns filled with an assortment of fillings from prawn & lemon, mozzarella & tomato and chicken & cider roasted apple. Finally, the bottom tier of feta, pinenut and spinach quiche on a bed of rocket.

The best bites had to be the mozzarella & tomato with a generous smear of pesto (simple yet so delicious!), baby macarons and of course, the chocolate brownie triangles (much like the massive one I devoured here).

The Winery
The Winery
The food here isn’t mind blowing out of this world, but it’s a gorgeous location with an amazing decor that can entertain for hours. The service is extra attentive and on a cold Winter’s day, it’s the next best place than bed.

The Winery by Gazebo
285A Crown St
Surry Hills, Sydney
www.thewinerybygazebo.com.au 

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November 5, 2010

Love, Tilly Devine

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It’s great to see Sydney take advantage of little alleyways with quirky new bar set ups. Love, Tilly Divine is the latest addition to the neighbourhood; freshly opened and hidden away in the back alleyways of Darlinghurst. The little wine bar is nicely furnished with rustic features, intimate corners that you can nestle in with a glass of good quality wine.

The staff are super knowledgeable and wine is their expertise, so like me, let them know what you enjoy out of a wine and they are kind enough to pick one that will tickle your fancy. While you’re there, grab a few nibbles – the salami platter and flavoured olives are good starters.

Love Tilly Devine

Love, Tilly Devine
91 Crown Lane
Darlinghurst, Sydney
www.lovetillydevine.com

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August 9, 2010

Fico

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This little gorgeous wine bar is hidden away within the quiet suburban streets of Surry Hills. With the curtains pulled down, anyone can easily pass on by without a second thought, that is until you carefully listen for the whispers of chitter chatter and the clanking of wine glasses.  Enter inside and it’s a warm, homely feel with modern wooden accents and dark corners to sink into with a glass of French wine.

Snuggled away from the rain, wind and the cold, we have a few glasses of wine and tapas to share. The food are your Italian staples from meat and cheese platter, ravioli, lasagne and small plates of good ol’ pasta favourites. My highlight of the evening setting aside the vino, is the mixed dessert platter. Favourite dessert platter to date with all three hitting the right notes; the tiramisu has the perfect balance of sweet and bitterness (even satisfying my non-coffee loving companion), the chocolate mousse has a surprise burst of peppermint and the pannacotta just jiggles in all the right places.

Fico
544 Bourke St
Surry Hills, Sydney

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