May 23rd, 2013

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Altitude


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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

Altitude
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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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