Friday, 27 September 2013

As heard on FBi Radio's The Friday Delicious

Coming back to Sydney every few weeks has actually been an interesting way to look at our fair city. Things change, things close...and even though things seem pretty dire (GFC et al), new and amazing places are opening left, right and centre. 

Riley Street Wine 

3 time small winelist of the year award winner and gun sommellier Gabrielle Webster (formerly of Newtown's Bloodwood), has opened her very own wine bar on Surry Hills' Riley Street, just near the corner of Goulburn and Riley.

It's a cafe by day (hello, who's doing $2.50 coffees anymore? Answer: THESE GUYS). There's a small and perfectly formed food menu to boot. By night, the high ceilinged, petite space turns into a wine bar, complete with a cracking charcuterie and cheese menu, delicious Italian bites and a wine list that's at once adventurous and accessible. Did I mention Gabrielle has exceptional taste in hip hop? Aligote and  Biggie works, people. 

222 Riley Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 8093 9807

Move over Bistro Moncur (we will always love you), there's a new French kid on the block and his name is Vincent. Brought to you by the crew who also own Buzo and The Wine (K-hole) Library, the colonisation continues with their take over of the ground floor food space of The Hughenden, a boutique hotel on Queen Street. So who is Vincent? Well, he's French, good looking and really loves wine There is a 100 strong French winelist, with brasserie style food on offer, including house made cheese and butter among many other things. C'est magnifique - a welcome addition for Francophiles across Sydney. 

14 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025
(02) 8039 1500


You know Toko, right? Well, when the guys behind that project decided to part ways, one of them kept running Toko and the other embarked on an entirely different kind of food concept. Occupying the space that once was Spence & Lyda on Foster Street in Surry Hills (a street that is fast becoming more about cool food destinations than interiors and design), Nomad will open this weekend. What is Nomad? Well, it's part city cellar door and part Mediterranean food destination...a format we've not really seen in Sydney. The chef, Nathan Sasi has come from Alira restaurant, after working at places like Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Husk in South Carolina, so one thing we can be sure of is good food, good wine...and hopefully good times. 

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010