The News Feed: Sydney's big openings, Adelaide laneway bars and allergy-proof desserts

By
Claire Davie
Added
06 August, 2014

Sydney winter newbies

The new restaurant openings are coming at Sydneysiders thick and fast this winter. Chef Guillaume Brahimi has just opened the doors of Guillaume in Paddington, following his decampment from the landmark site at Sydney Opera House that was Guillaume at Bennelong for 12 years. The Merivale restaurant group has opened the first phase of its blockbuster revamp of the Coogee Pavilion: the ground floor alone houses a pizzeria, oyster bar, grill, juice stand, cafe, cocktail bar and a raw bar, with plans to introduce further venues on upper floors at a later stage. And the duo from Greek restaurant The Apollo in Potts Point, Jonathan Barthelmess and Sam Christie, are turning Japanese with their hugely popular Cho Cho San, further down on Macleay Street. Nic Wong, formerly at Ester, is their izakaya head chef.

Food and wine at the Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival Program Coordinator and author of the food blog Wandering Spice, Yasmeen Richards, has curated an excellent stream of events at this year's Festival dedicated to food, wine and travel. Highlights include a session with Lake House owner/chef Alla Wolf-Tasker and baking legend Phillippa Grogan, three events with renowned food critic Ruth Reichl (former restaurant critic for the New York Times and last editor of Gourmet Magazine), and a panel on food ethics with Sustainable Table co-founder Cassie Duncan, ethicurian pig farmer Tammi Jonas and editor of the Locavore Edition, Ewan McEoin. The Festival kicks off on 21 August.

Adelaide drinks and dining in a laneway off a laneway

The small bar scene in Adelaide has been burgeoning since the State Government introduced small venue licences a little over a year ago. One of the most recent openings gaining attention is Maybe Mae, a basement bar whose circular doorway is hidden in a white-tiled tunnel connecting Leigh Street and Peel Street in the Adelaide CBD. Above the bar is sister venue Bread & Bone Wood Grill, a classy burger and hot dog joint from restaurateur Simon Kardachi (no stranger to good burgers at his other venue Press Food + Wine).

Specialty desserts for all, Roelofs-style

Melbourne dessert chef Pierre Roelofs is in his 5th year of running his famous Dessert Evenings at Fitzroy's Cafe Rosamond, offering guests a one, two or three course degustation of brilliantly creative desserts each Thursday night. Having noted increasing numbers of guests with allergies or dietary requirements, he's decided to run three specialty menu series that allow guests of all dietary persuasions to enjoy the full Dessert Evening experience. Pierre's 'Ode to the Gluten Free' is running until 21 August, followed by 'Everything But the Nut' from 25 September to 16 October and '¡Vamos Vegans!' from 20 November to 11 December.

Claire Davie writes the blog Melbourne Gastronome. She tweets @melbgastronome and her favourite thing to cook right now is Philippa Sibley's Sablé breton with roasted figs, white chocolate mousse and port.

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