Published in the Bondi View and City News.
As the weather cools, my desire to stock the pantry and nest grows. There are few better places to do so than Pyrmont’s recently opened Signorelli Gastronomia. I took a trip to see what all the fuss was about, and found myself marveling at brimming shelves of must-have gourmet products, with locally produced 100-mile items indicated by ‘pick me’ tags. I loved the chance to peer into the impeccable Doltone House kitchen, and the sexy red 1898 Berkel meat slicer makes the antipasto bar mighty enticing. Did I mention wood-fired pizza? I'd plan on grabbing a bite to eat before exploring their dedicated red, white, champagne and cheese rooms.
Stunning harbour views and a Mediterranean dining experience await at the newly opened Manly Pavilion. Back in 1923, the space was originally built as a dressing room for the comfort of bathers. These days it's a world-class restaurant with the pans manned by handsome young chef-to-watch Jonathan Barthelmess. His exciting, fresh menu for the 150 seat restaurant includes dishes like Grilled yabbies, Celery Ragu and Bagna Cauda. I’m told he’ll be hand-making pasta, sorbetti and gelato as well as aging his own meats. Sounds like a trek across the harbour is in order soon...
Feel like a weekend with the girls? Vibe Hotels have got together with Napoleon Perdis to create the ultimate great value girly-get-together, packing over $240 worth of 2-for-1 cocktails, full buffet breakfast, make-up and a makeover in with a nights’ accommodation that’ll cost you just $180 if you stay in their centrally located Sydney CBD property. Perfect to combine with a spot of shopping and a visit to a day-spa, if you ask me...
Most people probably don’t need another reason to put the award winning Bentley Restaurant and Bar on their must-dine list, but if you do, try a face-lift from acclaimed Melbourne designer, Pascale Gomes-McNabb, with a matching menu revamp by Head Chef Brent Savage. I’m more than a little tempted by his Slow Cooked Duck Breast with Zucchini Flower and Hazelnut, and I’m told that his progressive desserts are a must!
To the Airport
Jumping on a plane is not the only reason to visit Sydney International Airport these days. Savvy locals are also making the trek to visit the outpost of Jared Ingersoll’s Danks Street Depot, gobbling up seasonal and sustainable offerings like his Wild Rabbit and Pork Terrine. I'm pleased to report that after being a good-food desert, the airport now boasts five new world-class eateries. If you are lucky enough to actually be traveling, try and save some room until after Customs for the newly opened Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar which offers premium champagne, Prunier caviar, smoked Tasmanian salmon, shellfish and foie gras. It's sure to get your holiday off on the right foot.