May 23rd, 2013

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Altitude


Perched in probably the only spot in Sydney where a bridge-long queue of luminous red brake lights is seen as positive, I’m glad I got here early.

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The mesmerising scene is reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi, with the beauty of this metropolis notched up even brighter whilst Vivid Sydney paints the town.


Enough about what’s happening outside, what’s happening inside the dark room is pretty exciting too!


Camera flashes two tables over clue us in to watch a live engagement, and in the kitchen young Chef Matthew McCool is making waves too.

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For a good overview, choose his 7-course Epi-Curious Menu ($150/head) with wine matches in half ($65/75ml) or full ($100/150ml) pours - great for couples that don’t imbibe at the same rate.


Or dive straight at the hits, like Swordfish, Corn, Curry, Coconut ($40), which showcases the best local produce in an inventive yet accessible way. It eats even better with a glass of the 2012 Phillip Shaw No. 11 Chardonnay ($14) in your hand.


For the wilder side of combos, try his 9+ Wagyu Tongue with Caviar, Crab and Ponzu ($28).


Despite all the tasty extras from bread (onion and sage brioche) to butter (vanilla and thyme) being made in-house, try to save space for the Milk Chocolate Tart ($19) – it’s amazing!


PS: Apologies for my awful photos, this restaurant is incredibly dark. It's hard to argue with their lighting choice though, because it helps to showcase the incredible view.

Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Ph: (02) 9250 6123

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Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Crane Bar

Alex Harmon seems a bit converted by her Japanese review this week...

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Push past the thumping nightclubs and bright young things falling over in their heels, and you'll find this inviting late-night Japanese oasis.


Conveniently, it's open 24-hours, so you can kick your senses back into action with a Miyagi Mule ($18), a Japanese take on the classic with a wasabi zing; couple it with spicy Edamame ($8) and you're in for a real buzz.


Snacking options are vast, so take some friends and share everything, including the Gorgeous Sushi ($20), aptly named with scallops and delightfully seared trout.

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Chicken Karage ($17) is insanely good – and addictive - with a subtle wasabi mayo. Likewise, the Balmain Bug ($36) with miso emulsion sauce - it's a little exxy, but the bug is perfectly cooked and the sauce is worth its weight in gold.


An interesting option is the Kangaroo Tataki ($22) - the kangaroo is sliced and seared, served Italian-style on
pita bread.


We couldn't decide on dessert so ended up sharing the Milky Brulee ($16) and Chocolate Pot ($13), both cute gifts on an already rewarding experience.

Japanese food can often seem like sensory overload but Crane offers it within a natural environment - make sure you retire to the atrium out the back to keep the night alive.

Crane Bar
32 Bayswater Road, Potts Point
Ph: (02) 9357 3414

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