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Top 10 Sunday Roasts in Sydney

Top 10 Sunday Roasts in Sydney

| June 15, 2015

* updated for 2015 As the weather cools, we always look forward to warming up with our favourite winter dishes.  None more comforting than the traditional Sunday roast. Check out our Top 10 list of venues (in no particular order) serving up delicious Sunday roasts: Hotel Centennial 88 Oxford Street, Woollahra / +61 2 9362 3838 Every […]

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Top 10 BYO Restaurants in Sydney

Top 10 BYO Restaurants in Sydney

| June 1, 2015

These days, it seems fewer and fewer Sydney restaurants are offering BYO.  Sad but true, it’s slim pickings.  Just because you want BYO doesn’t mean you will accept a sub-standard resto.  We hear you. So we decided to come up with a list of our Top 10 ‘quality’ BYO picks (in no particular order). So, bring along […]

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Top 10 Degustations in Sydney

Top 10 Degustations in Sydney

| May 23, 2015

Degustations have come a long way.  Once reserved solely for fine dining restaurants and usually exorbitantly priced, the modern degustation is being taken up these days by some of our favourite Sydney spots.  White tablecloths optional. Check out our list for the top 10 best degustation restaurants in Sydney (in no particular order): Gastro Park […]

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Top 10 Burgers in Sydney

Top 10 Burgers in Sydney

| May 3, 2015

A good burger is one of life’s simple pleasures.  There’s nothing quite like biting into the perfect burger.  With its soft bun, juicy meat, gooey cheese and sweet sauce dripping down your hands (and probably your chin), life seems pretty much complete at that moment, right?  Add in salty chips (crispy on the outside and soft in the […]

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Top 10 Italian Restaurants in Sydney

Top 10 Italian Restaurants in Sydney

| May 2, 2015

In our on-going global food discovery journey, we’ve not met many who don’t love, LOVE, Italian food.  And whilst carbs have become somewhat of a taboo word in certain health circles, and we’re big balanced diet believers, you’ll never see us giving up that bowl of steamy hot, al dente goodness.  Pasta.  Risotto.  Osso Buco. […]

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Top 10 Hottest Young Chefs in Sydney

Top 10 Hottest Young Chefs in Sydney

| April 25, 2015

Who says age equals wisdom?  There is currently a new breed of young chefs transforming the Sydney dining scene and rocking our tastebuds in the process.  Pushing the boundaries of food to new heights these young-guns are the rockstars of the future to watch out for.  Actually, they are the rockstars of right now with many […]

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REVIEWS

Bake Bar

Bake Bar

| June 10, 2015

Hands up who likes baked goods?  So, that was a rhetorical question.  Everyone likes baked goods right?  Who doesn’t love a crusty loaf of sourdough or a crispy croissant?  Seriously.  Who? (Sorry Celiacs – but they even have amazing gluten free bread here, so don’t feel left out!) Well, we here at Urban Chic Guides […]

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Hotel Centennial

Hotel Centennial

| June 8, 2015

Featured in:  Top 10 Trendy Restaurants Hotel Centennial has been a firm fixture on the Eastern suburbs radar for years, but good to see they are not resting on their laurels and are moving with the times. Their most recent fit out is warm and inviting and kind of feels like you’re in somebody’s home.  Albeit […]

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Marque Restaurant

Marque Restaurant

| May 23, 2015

Featured in:  Urban Chic Hot List | Top 10 Restaurants in Surry Hills | Top 10 Degustations | Chef Nelly Robinson’s recommendations Since 1999 Marque Restaurant has been serving up exquisite cuisine in its Surry Hills digs.  During this time, chef and owner Mark Best has won countless awards and well and truly cemented himself as one of […]

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TopHat Coffee Merchants

TopHat Coffee Merchants

| May 3, 2015

Featured in:  Top 10 Coffee Spots | Matt Moran’s recommendations | Justine Schofield’s recommendations We think coffee connoisseurs are going to love charming Clovelly local, TopHat. The interior is minimalist with a black and white mural painted on one wall, bare lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling, mismatched stools and a recycled timber floor.  They’ve got the […]

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The Swinging Cat

The Swinging Cat

| April 12, 2015

Featured in:  Urban Chic Hot List | Top 10 Small Bars The small bar phenomenon is alive and well in Sydney with the opening of New Orleans themed underground bar, The Swinging Cat. Appropriately unsigned you’ll need to look for the entrance to Subway and head down a flight of stairs to find this jazzy gem.  Once you’ve […]

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Three Blue Ducks

Three Blue Ducks

| April 2, 2015

 Featured in:  Urban Chic Hot List | Top 10 Breakfasts What do you get when chefs (with a background working at world renowned fine dining establishment Testuya’s) come together to open a cafe?  Why Three Blue Ducks of course. Just up the hill from Bronte Beach, you will find Three Blue Ducks.  Cafe by day, bistro by […]

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WHAT'S ON

Italo Dining & Disco Club – 31 May – 7 June 2015

Italo Dining & Disco Club – 31 May – 7 June 2015

| May 19, 2015

Carriageworks is set to become home to 4 of our favourite hot spots, Fratelli Paradiso, 10 William Street, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar and Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta as they come together for the Italo Dining and Disco Club as part of the annual Modulations event at VIVID Sydney. A celebration of food and […]

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Flavours of Autumn Seasonal Dinner @ Bishop Sessa – 30 April 2015

Flavours of Autumn Seasonal Dinner @ Bishop Sessa – 30 April 2015

| April 9, 2015

Bishop Sessa Bistro & Wine Bar is honouring the season of Autumn with a Flavours of Autumn Seasonal Dinner on Thursday, 30 April. Chef Paul Cooper is creating a special 5 course tasting menu for the evening utilising the best ingredients from the cooler months. Best of all, it’s only $129 including matching wines! Click here to […]

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Foodies Guide to the Spectrum Now Festival – 11 – 29 March 2015

Foodies Guide to the Spectrum Now Festival – 11 – 29 March 2015

| February 21, 2015

The month of March will see the Spectrum Now Festival hit Sydney.  There’s a huge program celebrating diversity in music, film, books, the stage, dance, contemporary art and design with over 150 exhibitions, talks, performances and events. But, we are most excited about these favourite foodie highlights: Spectrum Playground The Domain will be transformed into a […]

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Summer Playground @ The Opera House – 4 January – 1 February 2015

Summer Playground @ The Opera House – 4 January – 1 February 2015

| January 9, 2015

This Summer The Opera House is once again hosting your ultimate Summerhouse. Foodies will definitely want to check out alfresco beach bar, The House Eatery by George, open from Breakfast until late.  Seek shade under your beach umbrella and relax in your cabana chair with a cocktail and some nibbles and soak up the view of […]

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Ananas does Brunch

Ananas does Brunch

| December 7, 2014

So, we’re fans of the opulent French chic Ananas Bar & Brasserie. The venue is as perfect for your girly catch up as it is for your intimate date.  Men – take note. But, did you know Ananas is now hosting brunch on Sundays? What a way to spend a Sunday… French inspired brunch menu, […]

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Rum Journal and Rum Flights at The Lobo Plantation

Rum Journal and Rum Flights at The Lobo Plantation

| November 7, 2014

One of our favourite small bars, The Lobo Plantation have launched their very own Rum Journal and are now hosting Rum Flights. Wine Flights are so yesterday. There isn’t much about Rum the bar tenders at this Cuban Jungle don’t know.  So they’re perfectly qualified to take you through the intricacies of this classic yet sometimes little appreciated liquor. With […]

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INTERVIEWS

Q & A with Justine Schofield, TV personality & former MasterChef contestant

Q & A with Justine Schofield, TV personality & former MasterChef contestant

| April 24, 2015

Justine Schofield found fame on the first series of one of Australia’s favourite cooking shows, MasterChef.  These days, she has her own cooking show (Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield) and is a foodie celebrity in her own right.  She is all about empowering the home cook to become more confident in the kitchen and has a […]

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Q & A with Nelly Robinson, Chef & Owner, nel. restaurant

Q & A with Nelly Robinson, Chef & Owner, nel. restaurant

| April 1, 2015

UK Chef Nelly Robinson who is the Head Chef and Owner of the degustation only restaurant  nel. restaurant, has trained under some of the greats, including acclaimed chef Nigel Haworth from the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor, UK.  So it’s fair to say he knows a thing or two about food.  Don’t let his young age fool you. We […]

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Q & A with Michael Moore, Chef & Owner, O Bar & Dining

Q & A with Michael Moore, Chef & Owner, O Bar & Dining

| November 1, 2014

Michael Moore started his 26 year career running some of London’s finest establishments.  Now he finds himself owning one of Sydney’s highest venues, O Bar & Dining. Michael’s food follows his healthy eating philosophy, set out in his Cookbook, Blood Sugar. Michael favours healthier ingredient substitutes that are flavour filled, vibrant and balanced.  He is also a […]

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Q & A with Pasi Petanen, Chef & Owner, Cafe Paci

Q & A with Pasi Petanen, Chef & Owner, Cafe Paci

| July 16, 2014

Pasi Petenan.  Ex- Head Chef of awarded fine dining restaurant, Marque Restaurant.  Most recently behind his first solo (pop-up) restaurant, Cafe Paci.  Finish born and a pioneer of modern Scandinavian cuisine in Sydney.  Pasi’s food is experimental.  It is innovative.  It is thought provoking.  It is anything but boring. We caught up with Pasi to […]

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Q & A with Sean Connolly, Chef, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

Q & A with Sean Connolly, Chef, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

| April 13, 2014

Most of us will recognise Sean Connolly as the Executive Chef at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room.  But the truth is, this is just one of his global ventures.  Hailing originally from Yorkshire and commencing his cooking career when he was just 13, Sean has won numerous cooking accolades over the years.  Today, he is […]

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Q & A with Adriano Zumbo, Patissier

Q & A with Adriano Zumbo, Patissier

| April 9, 2014

Adriano Zumbo of Masterchef fame has become one of the hottest names in Australia when it comes to the sweet stuff.  From a childhood spent growing up in the country, Adriano has gone on to create an impressive empire, comprising 5 stores throughout New South Wales and Victoria.  He has released 2 cookbooks and even […]

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COMPETITIONS

Good Food & Wine Show – 27 – 29 June 2014 + Win Double Passes! * NOW CLOSED*

Good Food & Wine Show – 27 – 29 June 2014 + Win Double Passes! * NOW CLOSED*

| April 27, 2014

This years Good Food & Wine Show is once again taking place at the Sydney Showgrounds.   As with previous years it is set to be an epic foodie event.  Expect to see your favourite iconic chefs such as Adriano Zumbo, Miguel Maestre, Bill Granger, Martin Boetz and more, alongside a huge lineup of foodie events. […]

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*NOW CLOSED* The Local Producers Masterclass & Lunch + win tickets valued at $220!

*NOW CLOSED* The Local Producers Masterclass & Lunch + win tickets valued at $220!

| March 21, 2014

Salt Meats Cheese is hosting The Local Producers Masterclass & lunch on Saturday, 12 April. Local NSW Artisan producers will host a series of Masterclasses, giving guests the opportunity to learn about fresh local produce and the importance of sustainable, organic ingredients. The producers include: Pepe Saya’s Butter Country Valley Dairy Yarra Valley Caviar Lowe Wines […]

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*NOW CLOSED* Cake Bake & Sweets Show – 21 – 23 March 2014 + win tickets!

*NOW CLOSED* Cake Bake & Sweets Show – 21 – 23 March 2014 + win tickets!

| March 3, 2014

Calling all sweet tooths!  Get your sugar fix at the Cake Bake & Sweets Show. Celebrating all things baking and cake related, the Cake & Bake Sweets Show is jam packed with live demonstrations, seminars, classes and interactive workshops, a Producers’ Marketplace plus an Expo Hall full of baking equipment, cake decorating, artisan bakers, chocolatiers […]

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*NOW CLOSED* Take our survey for your chance to WIN!

*NOW CLOSED* Take our survey for your chance to WIN!

| November 12, 2013 | Reply

We think you’re pretty special.  In fact, we want to find out all about you. So, we’ve created a little survey to do just that, the more we know, the better we can serve you fine folk. Staying true to our mantra, ‘you get back what you give out’, we’re giving away a $100 voucher […]

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*NOW CLOSED* Win 1 of 2 copies of Bill Granger’s brand new cookbook – Bill’s Italian Food!

*NOW CLOSED* Win 1 of 2 copies of Bill Granger’s brand new cookbook – Bill’s Italian Food!

| August 30, 2013

Bill Granger is, by his own admission, a self taught cook.  He is the author of numerous best selling cookbooks, he is the man behind much loved Sydney institution bills and is often fondly referred to by locals as ‘Sydney’s Breakfast King’.  A Melbournian, raised in a family of butchers and bakers, Bill moved to Sydney when he […]

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*NOW CLOSED* Exclusive Giveaway:  Win 1 of 5 fabulous prizes!

*NOW CLOSED* Exclusive Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 fabulous prizes!

| July 21, 2013 | Reply

We at Urban Chic Guides know you enjoy eating and drinking at the best spots around town and we have decided you deserve to be rewarded. We are giving away 5 great prizes to our fabulous foodie community! Prizes to be won include: Dinner for 2 to the value of $150 at Bar Tapavino Dinner […]

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