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Top 10 signs you know you’re in a good restaurant

Top 10 signs you know you’re in a good restaurant

| March 5, 2015

We often ask ourselves at Urban Chic Guides ‘What makes a good restaurant?’   Is it the food?  Is it the service?  Is it the ambience?  Is it the new it-chef?  Is it the price? So, we put our heads down and came up with our list of the Top 10 best signs you know […]

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Top 10 Restaurants in Bondi

Top 10 Restaurants in Bondi

| February 23, 2015

Bondi’s food scene has come a long way over the past few years with the hipster suburb becoming somewhat of a mecca for new bar and restaurant openings.  The quality of drinking and dining in Bondi has come ahead in leaps and bounds with a plethora of options now available to suit all tastes. So, skip the tourist traps […]

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Top 10 Breakfasts in Sydney

Top 10 Breakfasts in Sydney

| January 30, 2015

Who doesn’t love a long, leisurely breakfast?!   The sweet aroma of coffee, gooey eggs and maybe a dash of Champagne if we’re lucky.  Ah yes.  Whether it be for a long overdue catch up with your bestie, to nurse a hangover, or just because it’s Sunday and the sun is shining, Sydney has breakfast down pat. Check […]

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Top 10 Restaurants in Potts Point

Top 10 Restaurants in Potts Point

| January 14, 2015

This suburb may be just minutes away from Sydney’s seediest strip, but don’t be fooled.  There are some class act restos in Potts Point and surrounding suburbs.  In fact, some of our favourite hot spots reside in this neighbourhood. Skip the kebabs and check out our list of the Top 10 best restaurants in Potts Point […]

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Top 10 Summer Bars in Sydney

Top 10 Summer Bars in Sydney

| November 18, 2014

We can’t think of many places we’d rather be than in Sydney when the weather warms.  With its glistening harbour and stunning beaches, it sure is hard to beat the Emerald City. But with so many choices to refresh our thirst, it can be hard to know which bars to hit up this Summer.  So, we’ve […]

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Top 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Sydney 2014

Top 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Sydney 2014

| November 10, 2014

So, you want to have your finger on the pulse for the hottest, coolest and hippest restaurants to hit the scene in 2014.  We hear you. Well, look no further.  Here, we’ve compiled our list of the hottest restaurant openings for 2014. You can’t truly call yourself a ‘Sydney Foodie’ unless you’ve ticked off every […]

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REVIEWS

Nel Restaurant

Nel Restaurant

| March 30, 2015

Featured in:  Urban Chic Hot List | Top 10 Degustations At a time when new Sydney restaurants seem to be trending more towards casual, share plate dining, newcomer Nel Restaurant is a breath of fresh air. Fine dining is the name of the game at this underground bunker.  In fact it’s degustation only.  Bold move. Twenty-something Head […]

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Coogee Pavilion

Coogee Pavilion

| March 22, 2015

Merivale have completely transformed the iconic beachside Coogee Pavilion and it’s about time. With its spot on laid back beachy interior, Coogee Pavilion offers three levels to enjoy, including a spectacular rooftop and we think it fits the bill any time of day. The ground floor offers casual share-style dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Think seafood, grilled meats, […]

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Button Bar

Button Bar

| February 24, 2015

Featured in: Top 10 Small Bars Ahoy mateys… Button Bar is brought to us by the same chaps behind Stitch and Pocket Bars but pirates rule in this small bar. The dim interior is warm and inviting and its not hard to see why it’s become a favourite local haunt for many Sydney-siders.  There’s plenty of […]

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Sefa Kitchen

Sefa Kitchen

| February 23, 2015

RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2015 Featured in:  Top 10 Restaurants in Bondi | Top 10 BYO Restaurants Sefa Kitchen is a charming Bondi local located on Bondi Road.  ‘Sefa’ means ‘pleasure’ in Turkish and Arabic and it certainly appears pleasure is served up on a plate here at Sefa Kitchen. The interior is a […]

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Mr Moustache

Mr Moustache

| January 18, 2015

Featured in:  Top 10 Restaurants in Bondi  The suave Mr Moustache and his bow tie bring a welcome touch of class to the Bondi scene. It’s an intimate establishment with a French bistro theme and a nod to the Art Deco era.  He’s glam and grown up yet still manages to retain a laid back local vibe. However, […]

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The Butler

The Butler

| January 14, 2015

The Butler takes up residence in the old Mezzuluna site in Potts Point. Brought to us by the Applejack Hospitality Group, the same good people behind those fine establishments The Botanist, SoCal and Bondi Hardware, you can expect to find a similar uber cool quirky resto/bar at The Butler. The Butler takes it name from the […]

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WHAT'S ON

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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Sydney Craft Beer Week – 18 – 26 October 2014

Sydney Craft Beer Week – 18 – 26 October 2014

| October 16, 2014

Connoisseurs of beer, or more accurately ‘craft’ beer must be counting down the sleeps to Sydney’s Craft Beer Week. Over 40 venues in Sydney will host Craft Beer Week celebrations, with more than 100 events happening around town. Festivities kick off with the Gala Opening.  A night of brews, bands and food trucks. We suggest adding Sip […]

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Meatball Making Class with Beer Tasting – 16 & 30 November 2014

Meatball Making Class with Beer Tasting – 16 & 30 November 2014

| October 15, 2014

Salt Meats Cheese are hosting Meatball Making Classes with Beer Tasting!  Yessss. If you’ve ever wondered how to master the humble, yet oh-so-popular-right-now meatball, this is just your ticket. Plus, Newtown’s Micro-brewery Young Henry’s will explain exactly how to match beer with meats. The interactive class concludes with a meatball and beer tasting. Tickets are $89 each. […]

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INTERVIEWS

Q & A with Michael Moore, Chef

Q & A with Michael Moore, Chef

| 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

Q & A with Pasi Petanen, Chef

| July 16, 2014

Pasi Petenan.  Ex- Head Chef of awarded fine dining restaurant, Marque.  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 get […]

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Q & A with Sean Connolly, Chef

Q & A with Sean Connolly, Chef

| 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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Q & A with Rodney Setter, Sommelier

Q & A with Rodney Setter, Sommelier

| February 19, 2014

Rodney Setter, Sommelier at Urban Chic Hot Listed Sepia Restaurant is one of Australia’s top Sommeliers.  In fact, he was awarded the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide’s ‘Sommelier of the Year’ for 2013.  So, it’s fair to say he knows a thing or two about our beloved wine. We caught up with him to […]

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Q & A with Dan Hong, Chef

Q & A with Dan Hong, Chef

| February 3, 2014

Dan Hong.  Merivale royalty and Executive Chef at much loved favourites Ms G’s, Mr Wong and El Loco.  Dan’s cooking draws inspiration from his Vietnamese heritage and his style of cuisine is fresh, simple and downright tasty.  It’s no wonder he has gained a loyal following. We caught up with him to get his take […]

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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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