Published in the Bondi View and City News.
Now before the weather really takes a turn for the Antarctic, get thee to a restaurant like Kings Cross’s own gleaming ice-breaker, Blanco, for one of the great dining specials popping up all over town. On Sundays they’re doing home-style comfort food in a familiar form – the classic roast. The prices are nuts – two courses for $25, three courses for $29.50.
Nothing warms you up faster than a good curry, and Kumar Mahadevan has been turning out good curries for twenty years at his iconic Indian Restaurant, Abhi's in North Strathfield. If my sums are correct, that’s about 654,800 Chicken Tikka dishes since the opening back in 1990. He’s holding a three-day birthday party on the 13th, 14th & 15th July. With dishes like Crab Mutta Poriyal in Scallop Shells With Curryleaf Oil on the $55/head menu, it’s one birthday bash I’d book for today.
While I’m jumping about in a congratulatory manner, Alio hits the big ten year mark this month. Check out my reviews for the low-down on their month-long ten-course Greatest Hits Degustation. It’s got a dish from every year of their operation and it’s a steal at $80/head – you do the math!
Enrol Write Away
Find your own Julie & Julia moment with one of my favourite Australian food writers, John Newton, at the NSW Writers’ Centre in Rozelle. Give over three Sundays (4th, 11th and 18th July) to learn tricks of the trade in all manner of food writing from cookbooks to reviewing to fictitious foodie fun.
Thai it at Home
If you’re hell bent on staying in, a new cookbook is a perfect rainy day companion. Helen Briety and Annette Fear have a renowned Sunshine Coast restaurant, The Spirit House, and a cooking school. Their new book Essentially Thai (RRP $45) is a great way to demystify Thai cooking. It’s got an Australian focus (and metric measures) and starts at the beginning with items you should stock in your pantry, making basic red and green curry pastes, and understanding Thai flavours. Simple, easy to follow recipes will help ensure your Thai cooking adventures begin on the right foot.