Publisher Shannon Cremer (left) attending the Urban Vineyard Event

Who are we?

Curated by Shannon Cremer, we are a website for adventurous eaters.  We are your new BFF (Best ‘Foodie’ Friend).  

Think of us as your well connected and well fed  foodie friends, providing you with hand picked recommendations on where to eat and drink in Sydney, with some gourmet travel thrown in for good measure.  Truth be told we travel to eat.  Is there any other way?

We eat high and low to bring you discerning dining advice you can trust.

We personally taste test every restaurant and stay at every hotel we recommend to ensure we serve you honest content.

Our bar is set higher than Harrry’s pants (get it?!).  Unlike some other sites, we do not feature every restaurant, bar or hotel in town.  We filter our recommendations.  Put simply, we recommend the best of the best so you’ll never have to drink a lack lustre latte or stay at a sub standard hotel again.

Who are you?

We know you.

You like to eat, drink and travel, but you like to do it in style.  You want good quality all the way.  You know when your pasta’s cooked al dente, you appreciate the perfect brew (and/or tea for that matter) and you certainly don’t drink cask wine, in fact you won’t even use it for cooking.

You don’t have much free time so what you do have, you want to spend wisely.  You want to get straight to the source and you want to get there in a few short clicks.  You want trusted recommendations and you want them at the snap of a finger.

Boy oh boy, have we got you covered.

How does it work?

Our rating system is simple.  We focus on fare (or booze if that’s the offering), service and ambience.  We keep it straightforward.  If it doesn’t meet our high expectations on all fronts it’s not featured.

At the end of the day we always ask ourselves one simple question:  ‘Would we recommend this [restaurant/bar/hotel] to our friends?’.  The answer must always be yes to be featured on Urban Chic Guides.

We only feature what we can’t stop raving about for all the right reasons.  Life’s too short for negativity.

Apart from our epic Sydney Restaurant & Bar Reviews, we also feature:

Editorial Policy

We visit most of the restaurants, bars and hotels we review unannounced and we pay for our meals and accomodation out of our own pockets.

However, sometimes we are invited as a guest of a venue.  In that case, our Publisher Shannon Cremer researches every venue before accepting an invitation.  Only those who have good word of mouth, positive online reviews and who seem a good fit for the Urban Chic Guides audience are accepted.  Sadly, many invitations are declined.

Even if an invitation is accepted there is no guarantee that the venue will be featured on Urban Chic Guides.  We have in the past and no doubt will in the future experience a hosted meal or stay that does not live up to our ultra high standards.  In that case, it is simply not featured, no matter how much Champagne may be poured.  We only feature what we can’t stop raving about for all the right reasons.   We maintain our editorial credibility at all costs.

Should we be invited as a guest of a venue we will disclose this at the bottom of each post.  However, rest assured our reviews are always our honest and unbiased opinion – free food or not.

From time to time we will bring you insights from products and brands we love, but only those we think YOU’D be interested in.  These features will be clearly marked at the bottom of each post ‘Brought to you in partnership with’.  We thank you for supporting our partners who make Urban Chic Guides possible.

Click here for more information about partnership opportunities with Urban Chic Guides.

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Meet Shannon Cremer, Publisher of Urban Chic Guides

About Urban Chic Guides

Shannon Cremer, Publisher, Urban Chic Guides

Food, wine and travel are three of Shannon’s greatest passions.

It’s fair to say she has spent the majority of her free time eating and entertaining her way through the globe’s greatest cities. When she’s not busy planning dinners and events and consulting to some of the world’s top and most discerning CEO’s, that is.  Many an event venue has been found and restaurant recommendation lovingly penned by her hand and thus, Urban Chic Guides was born.

Shannon believes wholeheartedly in foods ability to bring people together, to share and connect and it is this passion that drives Urban Chic Guides.  Watch this space and get your appetites ready!

Follow Shannon’s adventures on Instagram @shannoncremer

We’d love you to join us!  You can join our foodie clan here.