Tag Archive for: Restaurant

Blackfish Café & Grill, Como

01 Apr
April 1, 2014

I really can’t express what a little hidden paradise, of The Sutherland Shire, Como is.  I recently shared with you all the The Como Grill located in the Como Hotel.  This would be the most obvious place to eat, as it is the most prominent building in Como.  Actually to those not familiar with the are, you may think it was the only place to eat in this waterside suburb.

Not true, there are actually a couple of other places to eat.  One, a Thai restaurant located at the entrance to The Pleasure Grounds, and the other options quite hidden, you need to know they are there.

Black Fish Cafe 7Blackfish Café is one of these hidden gems.  You have to know it is there, be looking for it, or luckily stumble upon it by chance while strolling through the park.  Located next door to the (free) local swimming pool inside The Pleasure Grounds.  The café has stunning views over the Georges River, Como Marina and the Como Bridge. Read more →


The Como Grill, Como

18 Mar
March 18, 2014

I remember when the historic Como Hotel burnt to the ground.  The disbelief and feeling of loss by the whole community was quite amazing.  There was a great love for this beautiful old hotel.  It was part of the area’s history and landscape.

The original hotel was over 100 years old when that fateful fire ripped through her.  It started its life as a German Club, I believe for German railway workers.  It then became the ‘local’ in 1887.

The local in those days wasn’t very local.  There was nothing around it.  Day trippers would row across the Georges River to the Como Pleasure Grounds for a day of picnicking.  When the railway line eventually went in it opened up the area.  Land was subdivided into residential blocks and Como became a viable suburb not just a weekend destination.

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Bodhi, Sydney

13 Mar
March 13, 2014

This wasn’t my first trip to Bodhi, but the last visit was over a decade ago.

I remember it well.  Mac and I had dropped Josh off at Cook & Park Pool for a Saturday birthday party, and decided to have lunch while waiting for the party to finish.  We stumbled across Bodhi, which were serving yum cha at the time.  Perfect, we grabbed a table to enjoy a leisurely lunch while we waited.

What neither of us knew, is that Bodhi is a vegetarian restaurant.  I was fine with it, but as I looked across the table at Mac, I could see a look of disappointment on his face as he read the menu.  Somehow I must have encouraged him to not get up and leave and we had lunch.  Neither of us was particularly thrilled with the food, and therefore we never went back.

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Darwin Pub Crawl

11 Mar
March 11, 2014

Darwin has more than one pub, actually it seems to have pub breeding program, and there are a lot of them.  All very laid back and casual.  Places to escape the stifling heat of this tropical town,  places to grab a cold one and relax.

We were on holidays, and when in Rome, we decided to try out a few of the different pubs around town.  We barely scratched the surface, but here are a couple of the ones we did try.

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Hotel Darwin

Is a gorgeous old hotel.  It managed to survive both the Japanese bombings of World War II and Cyclone Tracy.  It has a colourful history and is known as the ‘Raffles’ of Darwin.  She is a grand old hotel.

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Café 2232, Sutherland

09 Mar
March 9, 2014

Thrilled to discover another decent coffee joint in The Shire.  Though I am kicking myself.  I have walked past Café 2232 countless times over the past three years to visit Sally’s vet a few doors up. You could say that Sutherland Veterinary Clinic is a second home for us of late.  It was after dropping Sally off again for a procedure, yet again, that Josh and I decided to call in and have breakfast. 

Café 2232 is situated on the ‘other’ side of the tracks.  Prime location directly opposite Sutherland train station and just down from the main bus terminus.  You could say that this is the ‘quite’ side of Sutherland.

Cafe 2232 Sutherlandcoffee $3.50  & orange juice $5

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Double Roasters, Marrickville

05 Mar
March 5, 2014

Confession, I have become a coffee snob.  I don’t blame myself at all, mind you.  I blame all these wonderful little cafes that roast their own beans, and boutique roasters popping up all over Sydney.  My snobbery is their fault completely.

I am slowly making my way around town and trying some very good cups indeed.  It has come to the point that my coffee pod machine at home isn’t satisfying me any more.  I am seriously thinking of buying a real machine in order to buy some beans to take home from the various places I visit.  Next you will be reading about me taking a barista course.

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Nomad, Surry Hills

03 Mar
March 3, 2014

After a morning of discovery in Haberfield with Maeve O’Meara you wouldn’t think we would be hungry.  Trust me, its hard work exploring your own town.  Sydney has so many delicious places to eat, that a quick lunch before continuing our adventure was needed.

Nomad opened late last year and is a pretty cool addition to a busy Sydney food scene.  It’s a cellar door in the city with great food co-owned and operated by Rebecca Littlemore and Al Yazbek.   Head chef Nathan Sasi is passionate about local produce and presents this to customers in a way that lets it shine.

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Three Williams, Redfern

11 Feb
February 11, 2014

There has been just as much hoopla over Three Williams as there has been over Brewtown.  Three Williams wasn’t actually our original destination for lunch the day we visited.  But it seems fate had decided it was going to be our destination after all.  Firstly a parking spot presented itself directly across the road.  Then, when sticking our heads in to have a nosey look, we were greeted with a big warm smile and offered a table.  What are two girls on a lunch date to say, no?

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Brewtown, Newtown

05 Feb
February 5, 2014

Brewtown, Potts Point or Brewtown, Maroubra just doesn’t have the same ring as Brewtown, Newtown.  It really had to find it’s home in that suburb for rhyming reasons alone.

I am not the first to write about Brewtown.  Social media is abuzz regarding their cronuts and great coffee, and bloggers have been blogging.  I thought I might as well join the Brewtown bandwagon.

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Hidden Bar Tour of Sydney

05 Feb
February 5, 2014

When I travel to other cities I often see what small tours may be on hand.   Not sightseeing tours, I am quite capable to getting myself around a foreign town and discovering the local prominent attractions.  I seek the knowledge of locals for the lesser known venues worth seeing.

This could be hiring a personal guide for the day and working out a bespoke itinerary.  I usually do this when I want to see specific things not on your typical tourist trail, in a country where I don’t speak the language and want to be able to learn as much as I can.

The other type of tour I like to hook up with, is one that takes you around local bars.  There are benefits of joining these types of tours.  Firstly you get introduced to establishments you would never know existed, unless you really did your homework beforehand.  Secondly, generally any queue that may be there is missed and a table/space is waiting for your group.  These tours are great for those from out of town, but just as fun for locals who may want to know a little bit more of what is in their own backyard. Read more →