Friday, 23 April 2010

new eats in Sydney

This week, I'm particularly excited about the injection of new blood into the scene, a much needed transfusion of ideas, atmospheres and experiences. Here are three new places to check out.

Manly Pavillion
West Esplanade, Manly
02 9949 9011

You know it's worth going when every chef in Sydney has already bothered to make the pilgrimage across the waters to check out peer Jonathan Barthelmess (aka. Johnny B)'s new project. A known entity in the industry for being a rising star and a chef with ideas, Manly Pavillion is an amalgamation of old and new (choose to dine in classic white linen or the more contemporary area) - combining classic Italian know-how with a lighter, more modern approach to the cuisine Sydney knows and loves so well.

Check out dishes like grilled beef short rib with bone marrow, olive and a cress salad and the chocolate ravioli...if it's good enough for Terry Durack...

La Scala
Above the Light Brigade Hotel
Corner of Jersey Road and Melrose Lane
Woollahra NSW 2025
9357 0815

Chi of Coogee

102-104 Brook St
Coogee 2034 NSW
Phone: (02) 9665 5447

His uncle is a partner in Chinatown's BBQ King restaurant, his family are almost all chefs with the distinct exception of fashion designer cousin Lisa Ho. Hailing from acclaimed restaurants around the country including Seamstress in Melbourne and Terroir in the regional NSW's Hunter Valley, Darren Ho is back in Sydney and don't let the rugby club location fool you - it's chic, zen dining here in this dark, intimate space and the food is the furthest thing from a chicken parmie. Think modern Asian meets great Australian produce, under the hands of a creative spirit - you'll find dishes like panko and nigella seed crusted lambs brains with rhubarb compote, alongside perfect slow roasted pork belly with pickled watermelon rind and apple mash. Don't miss the carrot cake with walnut soil, cheesecake foam and star anise's like Christmas on a plate.