Posts tagged ‘quirky’

July 27, 2011

Grandma’s

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Grandma's

Continuing the trend of “hard to find”, Grandma’s is hidden in the basement below a complex of corporates on the ever so busy Clarence St. Stumble downstairs to the basement and there’s a nice feel to it. Cheeky vibrant wallpaper, vintage lamps, mismatching ottomans, teacup candles and a wooden rocking chair fill up the bar. At Grandma’s, there’s an added element to the bar, with a pot of ginger bubbling away behind the bar.

Grandma's

It’s a Tuesday night so it was comfortably pleasant to swing around and breathe (on other nights, you may find it difficult to….) I had the pleasure of my fellow girls bringing the cocktails at my disposal. Grandma’s cocktail list is hella extensive and every single cocktail we had was absolutely delicious.

My pick of the night had to go to the Basil Grande, with all my favourites; vodka, basil leaves, Grand Marnier and Chambord, strawberries and cranberry juice, all shaken up – even my sour loving companion loved it.

Grandma's

In the words of Grandma’s, “drink less but better!

Grandma’s 
Basement, 275 Clarence St
Sydney
www.grandmasbarsydney.com.au

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July 25, 2011

Stitch

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Stitch

Cleverly concealed underneath the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle of Sydney’s CBD, Stitch is our first stop on the cocktail trail. From the outside, it could easily be missed as the dry cleaners with business shirts hanging, an old Singer machine and plentiful of yarns and threads. Push through the old wooden doors and follow the grand stairs to the bar that meets you at the bottom.

Stitch

Stitch’s interior is quirky chic with dimly lit intimate little booths and private areas for groups. The no bookings policy means we’re left to eagle eye all the diners like prey and prepare to pounce on them as they begin to leave.

Stitch

We’re fortunately lucky though to score one of the relatively private areas decked out with a velvet drapes, ol’ fashioned lights, spoon collections and a rather intriguing royal dog painting…

StitchThe French Poodle

StitchPork Burger

First things first, food is on the agenda – and for once, it’s not the “tease your tastebuds” tapas to share but solid hearty dishes of hot dogs, burgers, potato chunks and curly fries. The French Poodle sounds ever intriguing with a Toulouse styled sausage (French, pork & smoked bacon) flavoured with red wine and garlic topped with brie, pickled pear and dijon mustard. The Pork Burger also catches my eye, with BBQ pork with the usual burger suspects of carrot, cabbage, slaw and homemade spicy BBQ sauce – simple but oh so delicious. And not to forget the mountains of curly fries.

Stitch

The cocktails were a hit and miss, my Pineapple Head was a delicious mix of rum and citrus flavours, whereas my fellow girls didn’t quite enjoy their overwhelming cocktails. Though if you like them straight up, here’s the place to go.

Perfect bar for a catch up after work with “hit me up I need a serious drink” attitude.

Stitch
61 York St
Sydney
www.stitchbar.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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