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Le Saint Hubert
Provence / France

Le Saint Hubert – Looking forward to a return visit

Prior to Le Saint Hubert We are not certain about when we will get a chance to drive around France again, but there are some things we do know will be on our list when we do. So, this story is about the events we are looking forward to and […]

Piña
Breakfast / Coffee / Lunch / Sydney

Piña Potts Point – Great Breakfasts

PIÑA Potts Point – Introduction PIÑA Potts Point is a real machine! The queue on a Saturday morning when we arrived in the pouring rain was extensive with everyone waiting patiently for their turn. The coffee beans are sourced from Mecca (we enjoyed both the espresso and the filter), the […]

Paski
Sydney

Paski Vineria Popolare – Great food, amazing wines

Paski Vineria Popolare – Introduction Anything associated with Australia’s most energetic wine importer is bound to be exciting and this place is no exception. Our friend, Giorgio de Maria is the owner of the eponymous canine, Paski and fills in his spare time racing around Europe expanding his wine importing […]

ANTE
Sydney

Ante – A Vibrant Exciting Venue

Ante – Introduction Of all the restaurants listed on this site in Sydney, this is one of the newer establishments and one we have been hanging out to visit ever since it opened. Run by Matt Young and Jemma Whiteman, this gem of a place gets everything right. The food […]

Ahiru Store
Japan

Ahiru Store – Beautiful food and rare wines

Ahiru Store – Introduction Whenever we land in Tokyo one of our first destinations is the Shibuya district and the tiny wine bar called Ahiru Store. We try to get there early because it is one of the most popular natural wine bars in this busy city. In fact, Ahiru […]

Brico
Melbourne / Australia

Brico Melbourne – Great food, wine and service

Brico – Introduction Brico in Melbourne is the new kid on the block, run by a team that is anything but new. Each of the main players here have deep experience in the restaurant game both in Australia and overseas. We were lucky enough to score a seat the first […]

Le Coquillage
France

Le Coquillage – Splendid, fresh seafood

Le Coquillage – Introduction Le Coquillage is Jane and Olivier Roellinger’s restaurant at Maison de Bricourt overlooking the Bay of Biscay in the pleasant seaside town of Cancale. Driving along the shore through Saint-Benoit des Ondes gives you a glimpse of what is in store at Le Coquillage. Trays of […]

9 Caves
France

Les 9 Caves – Great wine, nice food

Les 9 Caves – Introduction Les 9 Caves started out as a partnership between 13 people, including nine winemakers (one is renowned winemaker Bruno Duchêne, who for the last couple of years has had a run project making a wine jointly with Nico Carmarans, whose wines we import) and the […]

Natural wine bar
France

Bistrot des Claquets – Warm hospitality

Bistrot des Claquets – Introduction Bistrot des Claquets is a charming restaurant/bistro in the pretty Jura village of Arbois. It has a number of attractions. First it opens from early in the morning till late at night. Second it serves very good, hearty food that is a cut above average […]

Auberge
France / Auvergne

Auberge de Chassignolles – Exceptional hospitality

Auberge de Chassignolles – Introduction Auberge de Chassignolles lies at almost 1000 metres above sea level in the mountains south of the city of Clermont-Ferrand in the heart of the Auvergne. You drive up through winding, mountainous, forested roads to reach this tiny hamlet. The Auberge nestles comfortably in the […]