Bespoke cocktails @The long goodbye

The Long Goodbye, drawing its name from the Raymond Chandler novel and film of the noir genre is a new bar in the hub of the darlinghurst dining precinct. Themed to fit perfectly in the film noir 40’s-50’s decades. The Long Goodbye is an exciting bar to visit due to an outrageous amount of housemade liquors produced by their ultrasonicator. The crew producing new flavours almost weekly, using seasonal produce. These liquors are mixed into inventive cocktails, based on your particular taste preferences.

Make your way upstairs and find yourself in a dimly lit room, vintage interiors, wallpaper, couches and lounges and candles to give the space an intimate feel. There’s also live jazz music on Thursday nights. 

Owners Flynn and Dennis have a passion for cocktail making and are extremely knowledgeable in all things drink related. Let the bar staff know of your flavour preferences and they’ll mix up a concoction for you. 

I mentioned that I liked ‘fruity flavours’ and I got a drink that used passion fruit liquor and cardamon, amazingly refreshing. 

Finn also conjured up a unique chestnut rye old fashioned. One our favourite to date. Bar staffer Kirsten also made us a great cocktail using prickly pear, capsicum, chilli and lime, such interesting flavours that worked really well together.

There’s no menu, no set price but around $18 based on the alcohol in the drink. Pop on in for a cool vibe and not to be missed in the darlinghurst bar scene. Thanks to Wasamedia for introducing us to this bar.

https://m.facebook.com/thelonggoodbyesydney/

http://wasamedia.com/

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A cafe with a noble cause @Gratia

Gratia cafe is as pleasant as the name suggests, with a stylish modern set up. Being a keen and active participant in the field of community service, fundraising and awareness of the importance of supporting social initiatives, we have been keen to visit here for a long while.

Situated in Surry hills near a number of local shelters, it is situated perfectly for diners to really understand what they’re contributing to. It is there to encourage compassion and understanding of others.What is remarkable in this financially driven world is that 100% of the profits  are used to enact change. They pay wages of the staff and then profits are 50% selected by staff and 50% selected by customers as to where the money goes. You place a rubber ball in a jar and the money goes to different charities.

On the counter were some amazing brownies, friands and other cakes. We opted for a meal and sat outside. From the drinks menu we ordered a cup of brewed tea and a nice honeycomb cold drip cofee called the beez neez.

Great breakfast options and a lovely environment. Servings may seem a little small, but you can always get a sweet treat to goordering a granola with yogurt, milk, rhubarb and poached pear. A lovely little dish. The fried haloumi with poached eggs and salad. 

A cafe with a noble cause, enjoy a meal whilst learning about those in need and feel good about giving back at the same time. 

https://www.gratia.org.au/

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Happy days @Fonzarelli’s bar

Fonzarelli’s a relatively new bar on Foveaux St Surry Hills. Much like Fonzi the character from the Happy Days, the bar has a cool vibe and the staff are a lot of fun. The top level where the kitchen is has some bar seating and booths if you are after a table. Fonzarellis has a good playlist with music classics from the 50’s and 60’s. There is also juke box and a pinball machine. Downstairs is a little darker and more of a cocktail bar.

The bar is well stocked with quality drinks available. There are a range of beers, cocktails and a nice tequila, gin and whisky selection.

The food menu has a range of tasty American and Italian options to share with a few beverages. The caramelised porkbelly with crackling being the perfect bar snack. The meatballs were also a good option, as was the popcorn chicken served with a chilli lime majonnaise . There is also a number of great condiments to  choose from including a range of habanero sauce.

There is always one in the group. If you are not too keen on sharing, there are also meals for the individual. There are burgers and hot dogs available. The footlong named Heather Pfister a decent option sure to line your stomach for the fun night ahead.

Fonzarelli’s great for a catch up with friend or after work drinks and a bite to eat. Thanks to Fonzarelli’s for the hospitality and great service.

http://fonzarellis.com.au/

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Peking Square for Banquets and Yum Cha @Bankstown Sports

Bankstown sports offers a great dining experience, and their latest addition – Peking Square did not disappoint. A large restaurant space decorated to theme, with red lanters hanging from the roof. There are a number of themed private dining areas too, you can dine in the Hong Kong room for instance. The walls displaying the cityscape of Hong Kong. We were visiting in a group and were seated in one of the private dining areas. In the centre of the room was a large round table that accommodated a group of 14. 

What was ahead of us was amazing hospitality and a banquet fit for a king.
To start this amazing feast, the peking duck pancakes, always a favourite. Then another classic: the peking duck sang choy bow. Crisp lettuce cups with a tasty peking duck filling.

Then the table was full of delight with the next offerings arriving. The Peking square fried rice was provided to accomodate a delicious assortment of meals including; The mouth watering crispy Shandong chicken thinly sliced served with a flavoursome soya, garlic and chilli. The succulent 7 score wagyu beef fillet sauteed with cashews and kung pao sauce. Vegetarians do not despair, the buddha’s vegetarian delight was a spectacle: a birds nest of crisp noodles filled a medley of crisp sauteed vegetables. 

All dishes were the goods, but there was a clear stand out and that was the wok tossed lobster tails cooked in a fermented sauce similar to singapore chilli sauce. This was served with the ridiculously good mantou which are similar to a doughnut and are perfect for soaking up any remaining sauce.

When dining in a restaurant that does yum cha, the mango pancakes are a must. What a way to finish this amazing dining experience. 

Thanks to Peking Sq for the great service and hospitality, thanks Zomato for bringing us back to Bankstown Sports and for helping us experience their culinary delights of their great dining pecinct.

http://www.bankstownsports.com/PekingSq
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Cellar door at your door @handpicked urban cellar door

Handpicked Urban wineries in the heart of Chippendale in the thriving dining precinct on Kensington Street. A cellar door on your doorstep a large space with an industrial feel, complete with a wine store, wine vats, tables for you to enjoy the fruits of the urban wineries or enjoy a tasting at the bar. The winemakers ‘handpick’ fine wine  from famous wine regions around the world and craft it in the style of the region it represents. This will let you travel the world one wine at a time without leaving Sydney. Wines are from Australia; New South Wales, SA, Vic, WA, Tas as well as Italy, Chile and France. 

Wines can be purchased by the glass at $10, $15 or $18.The are small batch selections on tap for $8 a glass. Otherwise go for a tasting at the bar, ranging from $10-$20 for a choice of six wines to taste. Seats at the bar are limited and no bookings, so you need some luck for this option. You can also have a 30min tutored rating 

We also tried the prose Summer Cocktail Special  $14 where you can make your own Prose Cocktail with prosecco and sorbet, guided by the staff and DIY garnish

Charcuterie boards are pretty reasonable, one cheese for $10 or 4 for $46 and charcuterie meats for $24Cheese and Charcuterie curated by the Formaggi Ocelli Cheese Specialist, make your own selection of soft cheeses; from Camembert, Brie or Goat milk to washed rind cheeses, hard and semi hard cheeses or Blue. We opted for the Cacio di Bosco; a sheep milk cheese with shaved white truffle from Tuscany, Italy. We also had a blue cheese, complemented by crackers. You can also order salamis, Bresaola, prosciutto or serrano.

If you enjoy wine and cheese, this place is a must. The knowledgable staff willing to assist if required and do a generous pour. We enjoyed the hospitality and thank the urban winery for inviting us to visit.

http://www.handpickedwines.com.au/

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Handmade pasta @Pasta Emilia

Pasta Emilia, traditional Italian in the heart of Surry Hills. We would describe it as Italian rustic, a large space for guests to dine, pasta making out the back and a gourmet store downstairs for street access. 

Owner Anna Maria hails from Italy herself, from the Emilia Romagna region. She and her husband have significant experience in the restaurant industry, in Italy, Bronte and now, Surry Hills. 

The menu has traditional homemade fresh pasta using traditional recipes and organic products from local farms, designed to change seasonally. The antipasto, from the the Emilia region that is famous for producing these ingredients; prosciutto, ham, mortadella, salami, olives, pickled vegetables, ricotta, parmesan, fritters with aged balsamic – the Bread (pinzemonio) was wonderful. 

The famous Emilia Romagna style pasta is egg based and made on site. The pasta was al dente – we tried the beetroot spaghetti with walnut cream sauce, a beautiful pasta and the accompanying sauce worked well together and was easily our favourite dish of the evening. The duck and truffle ragu ravioli was also another top choice; fresh pasta with a tasty duck filling and a butter and crisp sage sauce.

In true Italian style, the second main course, following the pastas was a great sharing dish with beef tagliata with fregola, balsamic and seasonal leaves as well as another highlight – the creamy burrata with salad.

You also can’t go past a dessert, and we certainly didn’t, with a shared platter of flourless chocolate cake, amaretto ice cream, pannacotta, and a divine tiramisu. 

It wouldn’t  be a true Italian experience without wine, and we had an Italian Red from the Emilia region and a refreshing Aperol Spritz. There are plenty of choices for an authentic dining experience. 

Underneath the restaurant is a garage space with a cliched vespa, walls adorned with in house produced small goods and earthen ware selling little marionette coffee, sauces, fresh frozen pastas to continue your Italian experience in your own home.

We had an extremely attentive Italian waiter, Fabrizio and we would like to thank the owners for extending the invitation and the staff for making this an enjoyable dining experience and the welcoming and friendly hospitality that Italians are known for.
A perfect setting to enjoy great Italian food with family and friends.

http://emilia.com.au/

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Chinese cuisine on display @Chefs Gallery

Chefs Gallery is well known for producing great Chinese food. They have numerous locations due to the quality if their product. We visited their Town Hall site. A large restaurant situalted in Regent Place, with an open kitchen catering to the masses, with the staff easily servicing the restaurant without too much fuss.

 

The menu is a book of excitement with dim sum, hand made noodles, stirfries and desserts. The drinks menu also has a number of interesting options including the lychee and mint ice crush and also some infused hot teas. 

Foodwise, we were torn by choice, wanting to order almost everything on the menu. Instead we limited ourselves to some key options of fresh noodles and interesting flavours we hadn’t tried before. We ordered a variety of meals from each section of the menu. To start, we couldn’t go past the light flaky roti and the prawn har gau dumplings – wonderful transparent pockets filled with goodness. You can certainly tell how fresh they are from first bite. 

We of course had to order the  noodles, made in house and went with their prawn and pork combination wonton and noodles. Pretty spicy but great flavour! 

We are also fans of the flavour known as numb, a strange sour like metallic taste which comes from the szechaun pepper.  When we spotted the numb chicken on the menu we had to order this. An intriguing dish to try if you enjoy spice; combining chicken, vegetables, cashews, chilli and the flavour explosion from the numb sauce. 

Make sure you save room for dessert. The desserts at chefs gallery are always fun. Whether it be a farm scene, fairies and unicorn in the clouds or an emoticon custard bun, which is what we got this time . Remember when your parents would tell you not to play with your food, forget that. We had the custard bun, knowing we could have fun by poking a hole in the mouth and giving it a squeeze to have some custard spew out. This was not only fun, it was tasty too.

Thanks to Chef’s Gallery for their hospitality and for the invitation from Matt at Cardinal Spin.
We recommend a visit to Chefs Gallery for an enjoyable and tasty experience.

http://chefsgallery.com/

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Vegan Thai delights@Kindness Cafè

When you go to a cafe called the Kindness cafe, you’re expecting a lovely place and really positive atmosphere. That’s exactly what you get! Quite possibly the nicest lady ever, Dusadee the owner takes us to our table and gives us a rundown of the concept. She wanted to deliver beautiful and delicious Thai food that was organic and doesn’t harm any animals in the process. That said, it is a vegetarian / vegan restaurant. Normally wouldn’t be our scene, being protein lovers, but we were completely satisfied. 

We had seen some beautiful pics of their famous corn fritters on Instgram and had to visit the Kindness Cafe. Situated in a nice little dining precinct in Darlinghurst with. Kindness cafe is situated between two extremely busy restaurants. We tried a couple of starters – the wonderfully fresh rice paper rolls, with tofu, the corn fritters which the corn tasted incredible and some roti! Loved them. 

For the main, a delicious vegetable red curry named Thai garden. As expected with Thai it had some spice to it, but it was managable! We decided to have rice and some awesome crispy noodles with vegetables aswell. 

They also have rice pudding and fruit for dessert. It is BYO and they offer delivery as well. The owners are lovely and really believe in their concept. We left fulfilled, worth a visit for some great Thai cuisine even if you are a carnivore.

http://www.kindness-cafe.com/

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