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lunch | Posse - Part 2

Eat like an Italian at Bertoni

November 20, 2014 at 5:09 pm
Carbonara. Image by Paula F Machado

Carbonara. Image by Paula F Machado

Typically Italian from the food to the facade, Bertoni’s Farrer Place restaurant is one of the greatest city spots for easy pasta. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

We’ve mentioned before that we love Bertoni’s restaurateur talent – their original Balmain venture a dear friend whenever we want to opt for some hearty Italian. But we’re yet to introduce you to their most recent establishment that’s opened up on the northern end of the Sydney CBD.

Sitting underneath a busy office tower on the corner of Bent and Phillip Streets, the pasta palace has been given a rustic Bertoni branding. With glossy white tiles covering the walls contrasted against elegant black wooden bench tops, the décor is subtle and not overpowering, leaving the quality and colours of the food to stand out.

Upon entry you’re greeted by friendly staff smiles and the cheeky odour of pastries splayed out in the counter display. The welcoming smell of brewing coffee (we all know Italians can whip together the greatest coffee) punctuates the nostrils and the aromas of the open kitchen waft throughout the restaurant.

Marinara. Photo by Paula F Machado

Marinara. Photo by Paula F Machado

Separated by a sleek shelving unit dotted with vino bottles and glasses, patrons can see, hear and smell their orders being freshly prepared – the one sense it leaves you without is taste, but the intimate atmosphere of the lunch crowds puts you at ease while you wait with anticipation for your dish (Take note, they’ll be staying open later for dinner very soon).

And what dishes they are! Prosciutto paninis and the famous favourite, the wonderfully cheesy lasagne burger, are all on the menu. It’s also worth trying the Pasta Bertoni for a delightful blend of baked pasta with smoked ham, salami, peas, mozzarella and Napoli sauce.

You’ve got to give it to them – as much as your Italian pals insist their mother makes the best pasta, Bertoni certainly sets a new benchmark.

 

This ain’t your ordinary bistro

November 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm
Fish of the day. Source

Fish of the day. Source

An impressive list of restaurateurs has made Southbank’s fare synonymous with high quality dining, and our introduction of Downstairs Bistro & Lounge is no exception. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Binge eat through Balmain

November 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm
The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

The Cottage Bar & Kitchen. Source

Sitting proudly along Balmain’s blossoming tree-lined streets are a generous number of dining spots pouring some of Sydney’s best coffee, and plating up tender treats for their patrons.

Many among them are already local institutions, but we think it’s time the word got out for people far and wide to swing on by, enjoy a cuppa and chow down for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any naughty snacking in between. We’ve done the intense work (if you call eating your way through two suburbs a life-ruiner), and come up with our favourite dining order – but that doesn’t mean you can’t commit to a future return for any other mealtime munching. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Copo load of this joint

November 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm
House smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraiche, herbs and toast

House smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraîche, herbs and toast. Image by Eileen Kha

We have finally tracked down a Sydney brunch spot worth taking your mother-in-law to. A round of applause to Copo Cafe & Diner in Drummoyne. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Taco tour of Auckland: Where to find the best tacos in town

May 13, 2014 at 1:20 am
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Seemingly overnight, the humble taco has taken the world by storm. In Auckland, Tex Mex and Americana cuisine is the hottest new food trend; a myriad of different tacos are making appearances on menus everywhere, leaving foodies spoilt for choice. Succulent meat fresh off the grill, soft warm tortilla, hot sauce, crisp coriander and luscious creamy guacamole – it is the epitome of comfort and soul food. Let’s visit some of the best places that serve these bundle-of-joys.

A day in Hong Kong: Where to shop, eat and drink

May 12, 2014 at 12:53 am
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What’s there to do when you find yourself roaming around the foreign city of Hong Kong? Here’s my one-day guide to this extraordinarily small but monstrous city!

Chifley’s Favourite Meeting Places

August 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

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Chifley is located in the heart of Sydney’s finance and banking precinct, and houses a broad selection of cafes, fashion retailers and services from dry cleaners and barber to travel agent and florist. For your next client meeting and team catch up, skip the coffee and opt for a gourmet experience at Chifley’s favourite ‘meeting places’.


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