Supernormal Canteen - A pop-up in Gertrude St, Melbourne
Published 25th November 2013 | Review
Canteen is a cool little pop-up next door to Cutler and Co in Gertrude St in Melbourne.
It is acting as a test bed for Andrew McConnell's soon-to-be-launched SuperNormal that will open in Flinders Lane in early 2014.
The space is fairly sparse as befits a pop-up, but there is a Japanese theme happening with lots of sake, Asahi beer and cherry bedecked rice paper lanterns.
And the food is an evolution of the offerings at Golden Fields in St Kilda with more emphasis on Japan, but with influences from throughout Asia.
There is a great vibe here and the food fits the vibe well. Make sure that you order the pigs head bao - it is stunning!Read more
Moon Park - Korean influenced food in Redfern
Published 7th November 2013 | Review
Moon Park is off to a very promising start. This delightful, first-floor space in Redfern overlooking Redfern Park is serving delicious, Korean-inspired dishes matched to interesting Australian and European wines. The dishes are cooked with amazing skill.
At a recent lunch we marvelled at an incredibly thin yet creamy zucchini and mussel pancake in the style of orkonomiyaki. We were also very impressed with a bi bim bap made with rice and pearl barley, corn, crab meat, cured egg, nori and gochujang. This vied for attention alongside a tarakjuk, which was a king's congee made with milk flavoured with stunning braised oxtail and braised tendons then seasoned with kimchi.
The prices are reasonable, the space is very pleasant and we think it will be the perfect venue for a long, lingering Sunday lunch.Read more
Sydney pizza experience - Cipro Pizza al Taglio
Published 7th October 2013 | Review
Cipro Pizza al Taglio is a welcome addition to the Sydney dining scene. It is relaxed and unpretentious but serves top notch food prepared with skill and care. The light-filled space and the open kitchen lend a casual, but welcoming vibe and pizza by the slice is a quick and convenient way to dine (although there are many other options available). They even have natural beer and you are welcome to bring your own wine.
Tasty Malaysian at Sawak Cafe, Hobart
Published 27th July 2013 | Review
Sawak Cafe in Hobart is an under-the-radar tiny space that you would walk right past if you didn't have inside information. However inside you will be served easily the best roti canai in the Tasmania. You can also try the laksa for which they make their own laksa paste. We also like the bak kut teh which is made using herbs and long simmered, on-the-bone pork ribs. While it might not have the complexity of the flavours of Mamak in Sydney and Melbourne, the food is honest with clean, clear Malaysian flavours.Read more
Savouring French country cooking - Valaire
Published 29th June 2013 | Review
Recently, we were lucky enough to pass through Valaire again and have yet another delightful lunch at l'Herbe Rouge where we tried a number of dishes that were presented very simply and all were full of flavour and freshness.
Despite the fact that we were deep into Loire Valley territory we couldn't resist ordering a bottle of the 2007 Prieure Roch Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire which is very hard to find, especially with a few years of age. The Gamay (a grape well known in the Loire) went perfectly a lamb dish.Read more
Natural wine bar and cave in Beaune
Published 2nd June 2013 | Review
Les Vins de Maurice has become a gathering place for lovers of natural wine in Beaune, the strategically-placed town in the centre of Burgundy. We first heard about it from Alice Feiring, who in turn had learned about it from Fanny Sabre, the young Burgundian winemaker.
The wine list has been put together by Maurice, the owner, and it is an extensive selection from many parts of France, with particular strength in Burgundian cuvees.
You can select a bottle from the cave and they will open it for a modest surcharge on takeaway prices. You can then order from the short selection of dishes which include excellent charcuterie and cheeses but also beautifully made savoury and sweet tarts.
Winemakers that you might find as you peruse the shelves include well-known Burgundy producers such as Mikulski, Lignier, Rollin, Jovillier, Durieux, Suremain, Derain, Valette and Sabre. From further afield you might find Mosse, Herbel, Grisard (extraordinary!), Bornard, Lapalu and Testard to cite just a few from this amazing selection.
Natural wine bar and cave in Lyon
Published 24th May 2013 | Review
O Vins d'Anges in Lyon's 4th arrondissement is both a wine store and a 'cave a manger' where you can order simple dishes such as charcuterie and cheese supplied by some excellent producers. The natural wine selection arranged around the walls is an exciting representation of the best of the French natural wine community.Read more
An unexpected find - great coffee in Lyon!
Published 10th May 2013 | Review
We have written in many forums about the difficulty in sourcing a decent coffee in Paris (although the situation is getting better with places such as Coutume and Ten Belles providing excellent coffee now). However once you get outside Paris the situation become diabolical.
It was therefore with delight that we discovered La Boite A Cafe in Lyon. Clinging to a narrow corner at the junction of rue de l'Abbe Rozier (aka rue Rozier) and rue des Capacins in the vibrant 1st arrondissement this small cafe buzzes with excitement and activity. The baristas are passionate about their work and always have a good selection of single origin coffee available. It is a great place to sample coffee as it should be brewed!Read more
Un Ile, Angers
Published 26th April 2013 | Review
Angers is one of our favourite cities in France and a place we are drawn back to time and time again. The area surrounding Angers also happens to be one of the hotspots for the production of natural wine - wine produced organically in the vineyard and fermented using natural yeasts in the winery and with no additions such as sugar or acid or oak chips or the use of reverse osmosis or micro-oxygenation or any of the other products or devices used to manipulate wine.
The restaurant and bar scene is also vibrant with Le Cercle Rouge being one of our favourite bars in France, Chez Remi (although temporarily closed before opening in a new space) serving fresh organic produce, Autour d'Un Cep serving beautifully cooked food matched to natural wines and, for an upmarket experience, the charming Un Ile.
Here the chef produces dishes cooked in the classic tradition but with an incredibly light hand and with modern influences peeking through. The service is charming and the list of natural wines is very well-curated.
You can read more about our recent meal by clicking on the link below.Read more