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Avril Treasure

Avril Treasure

Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney

Avril (she/her) grew up reading food reviews before school. She learnt about balancing flavours during cooking classes in Indonesia with her mum, dived into the importance of heritage on food tours in Hawaii, and fell in love with fine dining after going to Aria at 15. No two meals were ever the same in the Treasure household, and some of her most special memories are with her loved ones are around a table laughing, eating (probably too much salt and butter) and drinking (anything, though she loves a Negroni).

Avril studied media and communications at the University of Notre Dame Sydney and graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism. She’s been a freelance lifestyle writer for a decade, writing for the likes of BroadsheetConcrete PlaygroundDeliciousUrban List NZ, and the Saturday Telegraph’s At Home magazine on food and drink, travel, culture and gardening. Avril also had a brief stint in food PR, has lived in New Zealand and travelled to every continent bar Antarctica (though, it’s on the list).

Throughout uni and her freelancing days, Avril worked in hospitality here in Sydney for close to eight years, from waitressing to hosting, enduring many a (hungover) 12-hour shift. Her respect and appreciation for chefs, as well as the front and back of house, was cemented during this time, and her love of wining and dining, grew.

Avril joined Time Out Sydney in August 2022 in the Creative Solutions team, became the Food & Drink Writer in March 2023, and the Food & Drink Editor in January 2024. In her role, Avril eats and drinks her way throughout Sydney to inspire people to get out, explore and eat and drink well. Because life’s too short for lacklustre meals. She has never loved a job more. And she probably still eats too much salt and butter.

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A visitor’s guide to Newcastle

A visitor’s guide to Newcastle

A little over two hours north of Sydney, the coastal city of Newcastle has emerged as a cultural spot. Much more than a stop off on your way to the Hunter Valley, ‘Newy’ is an increasingly vibrant city with plenty of memorable food options, excellent shops, coastal sights and wide-open spaces to explore over a long weekend.  You sort out which weekend you’re going to make the trip, and our Newcastle guide, cutated by Time Out Sydney travel lovers, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, will get your itinerary started with some suggestions. Merewether Surfhouse | Photograph: Destination NSW Eating The food scene in Newcastle is hot. So hot it’s impossible to squeeze all of your eating and drinking into one weekend, so throw caution to the wind and plan a few. You won’t regret it. First up, head straight to Euro-inspired Arno Deli for cracking sambos, ace coffee and textbook cannoli (and come back in the afternoon for a glass of vino). Alfie’s Italian pumps out flavour-packed plates, house-made pasta, and refreshing Spritzes in a relaxed and cool setting. Get around the creative snacks and impressive pastas at Humbug, which is also home to one of the most exciting wine lists in town. The Flotilla is a must – the fun atmosphere and the delicious, clever and seasonal dishes will have you planning your return visit before you leave. Fall in love with Harrison's Food & Wine’s home-style interiors, stunning coastal artworks and honest, tasty plates of food. Thermidor Oyster B

The best Margaritas in Sydney

The best Margaritas in Sydney

With the grit of a salt rim at your lips and its fresh, citrusy symphony of sweetness and tang, there's no better drink for a sunny afternoon or a balmy evening than a Margarita. Traditionally, it's made with tequila, the orange-based triple sec liqueur, and a splash of lime juice, but mixologists have run riot mixing up many and varied versions of the OG three-ingredient drink.  You can get one of these bad boys at almost every bar in the city – it's a classic – but we did the hard yards and tasted a whole host of Margs so we could show you where to find Sydney's best (that was our excuse, anyway). Don't let all our drinking go to waste – put down that unnaturally green bottle of Tommy's mix and head out in search of one of these top tipples.  Keen for more? Check out our guide to the best bars in Sydney. 

The 30 best wineries to visit in Australia

The 30 best wineries to visit in Australia

Australia’s charming climates and picturesque landscapes are a recipe for some of the world’s finest wines. You’ll find more than 100 grapes grown across our leading wine regions, which are concentrated in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, NSW’s Hunter Valley, Victoria’s Yarra Valley and beyond. You could spend weeks jumping between cellar doors in each region, sipping fine wines all day long – but that’s probably not entirely sensible. Why not start with our 30 top picks, and take it from there? Whether you opt to journey as part of a group or embark on an impromptu self-guided tour, these are the wineries to uncork. RECOMMENDED: Plan your winery tour around a meal at one of Australia’s best restaurants.

Taylor Swift events and specials in Sydney

Taylor Swift events and specials in Sydney

Swifties, get that red lip classic thing going on, because the professional lover girl is almost in town and it's time to celebrate. Whether you're one of the lucky bunch who scored tickets to one of Tay Tay's shows or you're looking for other ways to get in on the fun, hit up the town with one of these quirky Taylor Swift-related events on in Sydney.  From 'getaway carbs' at bottomless brunch and Taylor-themed jet boat rides around Sydney Harbour, find how you'll be curing your Taylormania with our list below.  Want to get your hands on some merch in advance? Check out this how-to for buying The Eras Tour merch before the concert.  Make sure you have all the intel on public transport to the Eras Tour at Sydney's Accor Stadium. Here's everything else you need to know about Taylor Swift's Sydney shows: timings, set list and more.

The best Chinese restaurants in Sydney

The best Chinese restaurants in Sydney

From specialty Sichuan spots to hot Cantonese kitchens, Sydney has some seriously great Chinese restaurants. Time Out Sydney's critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have eaten their way around town to bring you this curated and up-to-date list. So whether you want to go all out and explore regional cuisines, sit down for yum cha, grab some takeaway barbecue duck or hand-thrown noodles, you'll find your spot here. These are the best Chinese restaurants Sydney has to offer – we're hungry just thinking about them.  Recommended: Here are the tastiest cheap eats in Sydney right now Check out the best Italian joints in Sydneytown

The best breakfasts in Sydney

The best breakfasts in Sydney

Sydney's love for breakfast knows no bounds – we’ll queue for ages, seek out the most photogenic dishes and fight for the corner spot of our favourite brunch spot. This is a city where the choices are many, but the following dishes are a cut above – think classics done right, new spins on eggs, coffee like liquid gold, menus that break new ground, and service that'll have you happy you rolled out of bed. Presenting Time Out's guide to the best breakfasts in Sydney. More of a night owl? Check out the best spots in Sydney to grab a drink.

The best restaurants in Manly

The best restaurants in Manly

It's common knowledge that Manly locals are reluctant to leave the 'insular peninsula’ on which they live. One day spent there – swimming in the clear blue waters, kayaking to nearby coves, strolling over to Shelly Beach and surfing the waves – and you’ll see why. But it’s not just the beautiful beaches that Manly has going for it. Over the last decade, the seaside suburb has welcomed excellent restaurants – from kitsch Italian joints to luxe Cantonese restaurants and fresh salad bars – a boon for Manly locals and visitors. Catch the ferry over to check them out for yourself. Here’s our guide to the best places to eat in Manly, curated by Time Out Sydney's critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure (who is a proud born-and-raised northern beaches gal). RECOMMENDED READS: These are Sydney's best beaches for sun, sea and surf. Check out our guide to the best waterfront restaurants in Sydney. Have a look at our list of the best easy day hikes near Sydney.

The best luxury hotels in Australia right now

The best luxury hotels in Australia right now

Looking to live it up on your next Aussie getaway? We’ve got you covered. Our country is practically swimming in great hotels, from new boutique stays with heated infinity pools to revamped classics boasting five-star rooftop bars. Whether you’re a local looking for a gram-worthy staycation or a tourist eager to be in the heart of the action, here are our picks of Australia’s top hotels. Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel or accommodation offering featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best new restaurants in Sydney

The best new restaurants in Sydney

The new year has kicked off with a bang, with Sydney’s restaurant openings showing no signs of slowing down. And thank god, because we’re hungry. Keen to make a booking at the hot new spot? You’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ve rounded up the best new restaurant openings in Sydney right now, curated by Time Out’s Food & Drink Editor and professional eater (and drinker) Avril Treasure. Currently, we’re lusting over the killer Snack Kitchen by Icebergs’ Maurice Terzini and his son Sylvester, Coogee’s fiery and chic spot Yana, and Double Bay’s swish and modern Japanese diner, Tanuki. Dig in. Looking for something to wash it all down with? These are our favourite bars in Sydney right now. Keen to eat your way around the city? These are the best restaurants in Sydney, from hot newcomers to the OGs.

The best restaurants in Sydney right now

The best restaurants in Sydney right now

Summer 2024 update: Summer is in full swing, and we reckon there’s no better time to get out of the house and experience everything this great city has to offer – including its top restaurants. Not sure where to even start? (We don’t blame you.) Lucky, you’ve come to the right place. Here's our list of Time Out's best restaurants in Sydney right now, from hot newcomers to time-honoured institutions, curated by our expert local editors and critics who have tasted their way through Sydney, including Time Out's Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure.  How did we narrow it down to the very best? When deciding, we considered fun, flavour, creativity, value for money – and 'wow' factor. So yes, of course, you’ll find a fine diner inside the Sydney Opera House here, but you’ll also find neighbourhood pasta, hole-in-the-wall Thai and venues right by the sea. Our picks right now would be legendary coastal spots Sean's and Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Clam Bar when you're keen for a good time and cracking feed, and for something more low-key, Bar Vincent and Jane always deliver. (Be sure to check out our guide to Sydney's best new restaurants, too.) Bon appétit. RECOMMENDED READS: After a drink? Check out our favourite bars in Sydney. Or: Our list of the best cheap eats.

The 24 best wine bars in Sydney

The 24 best wine bars in Sydney

No two ways about it, Sydney's wine bar scene is flourishing. Full to the brim. Spilling over. A decade ago, there were only a handful of wine bars. Now? They're all over town. And we're here to happily drink them up. What's more, wine bars are now some of the best spots in Sydney to grab a nice dinner with friends.  It makes no difference whether you're a novice or an expert, fancy something natural or classic, old world or new, or whether you want to spend moderately or extravagantly, Time Out Sydney's critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have curated this list for every palate, at every price point. Bottoms up. Can't get enough of that boozy stuff? Check out the absolute best bars in Sydney here.

The best bars in Bondi

The best bars in Bondi

Yes, Bondi has got the beach. And babes. And surf. And smoothie bowls (or is it bone broth now?). Regardless, the coastal suburb has also got great bars, for when the only exercise you want to be doing is bending the elbow. Check out our guide to Bondi's best watering holes. Bottoms up. Keen to keep the party going? Check out our ultimate guide to best bars in Sydney.  Hungry? Have a look at our guide to the best restaurants in Bondi here.  

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Stickybeak Festival

Stickybeak Festival

Award-winning Aussie distillery Archie Rose is teaming up with the National Art School (NAS), P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants, and for the first time ever, FBi Radio, to bring back food and booze festival Stickybeak over two days this March. On Friday, March 8, and Saturday 9, the National Art School will be taken over by an all-star line-up of Sydney’s best restaurants and bars, with top diners like Bar Copains, Gildas, King Clarence, Raja, Red Bird, Porcine, Bloodwood, Takam and more pumping out delicious eats. Outstanding booze by Archie Rose, as well as tipples by PS40, Grifter Brewing Co, Tucano’s, The Waratah, Double Deuce Lounge and the soon-to-open The Emerald Room will be keeping punters well sauced. FBi Radio will be making their Stickybeak debut across the two days, with a killer line-up of FBi DJs spinning bangers as well as Sydney-based music acts performing. NAS will be opening their incredible campus and gallery at the former Darlinghurst Gaol for all to have a wander and stickybeak around. And if you’re keen to get your Libby Haines-on, there will be art workshops – including drawing, screen printing and heat press collaging – across the two days (spaces are limited and tickets go on sale soon). This is the third year for Stickybeak Festival, and something tells us this is going to be the best one yet. Tickets are just $20 (plus booking fee) per person. Your ticket gets you a free Archie Rose tasting, a bumper gift bag valued at $50, plus you get to take home thre

Palomino Lounge Enmore

Palomino Lounge Enmore

The team behind Enmore’s slice of Middle America, Fortunate Son, has opened a 60-seater Nashville-inspired booze den called Palomino Lounge Enmore. Cocktails are a strong focus here, as is old-fashioned service and a ripping vibe, with a soundtrack of Southern twang, hard rock, and blues. One of the best bits is its location – Palomino Lounge is right next door to Enmore Theatre, so you won’t have to take many steps for a pre- or post-gig bevvy. Hospo gun and owner Dylan Howarth is keen for Palomino Lounge Enmore to contribute to Enmore’s growing live music scene, with live music sessions held each Sunday. The new boozer joins a slew of live music venue openings in Sydney, including The Trocadero Room, The Caterpillar Club and Pleasure Club, as well as established nearby bars Earl's Juke Joint, Jacoby's, Enmore Country Club, and Bar Planet. Howorth says: “You can draw a lot of similarities between Nashville and Enmore - especially the venues on Nashville’s Broadway that surround the Ryman Theatre. And now with the council actively supporting the Entertainment Precinct, I think we have a real opportunity to support live music in the area.” On the drinks line-up you’ll see house cocktails, a selection of rare spirits, frozen Irish coffee made from an Italian slushie machine and a rotating selection of seasonal Margs. Haworth will also host spirit classes spanning whisky, tequila, rum and more, so if you’re thirsty, keep a look-out for that. And if you’re wondering about the nam

Danielle, Louella and the Revolution

Danielle, Louella and the Revolution

Celebrate International Women’s Day under the sails with this special Sydney Opera House event. Hosted by Trippas White Group’s sommelier Louella Mathews, Danielle, Louella and the Revolution will feature 16 of Australia’s top female winemakers as well as gorgeous eats by star chef Danielle Alvarez (ex-Fred’s). Hear from the trailblazing women as they share their stories of what it’s like to be a female winemaker in a male-dominated industry, and snack on the grazing tables of your dreams. When you arrive you’ll receive a Plumm tasting glass to make your way around and taste the delicious wine. These are the winemakers who you can expect to meet on the day: Meredith Wines, Mem Hemmings, NSW Bremerton Wines, Rebecca and Lucy Wilson, Langhorne Creek SA Sabi Wabi, Peta Kotz, Hunter Valley NSW See Saw, Monica Grey, Orange NSW Oliver’s Taranga, Corrina Wright, McLaren Vale SA Inkwell Wines, Irina Santiago-Brown, McLaren Vale SA Little Frances, Erin Poolet, Beechworth VIC  Werkstatt, Bridget Mac, Mount Gambier SA Tillie J Wines, Natillie Johnson, Yarra Valley VIC Yayoi Wines, Steffi Snook, Geelong VIC Eck Wines, Emily Eck, Heathcote VIC  Moorooduc Estate, Kate McIntyre WM, Mornington Peninsula VIC Quealy Wines, Kate Quealy, Mornington Peninsula VIC  Lady Garden Wines, Kelly Pearson, Geelong VIC  Pipan Steel Wines, Paula Pipan, Mudgegonga VIC Oates Ends, Catherine Oates, Margaret River WA South by South West, Liv Maiorana, Margaret River WA  Wangolina Wines, Anita Goode, Mt Benson

Crystalbrook Kingsley

Crystalbrook Kingsley

5 out of 5 stars

You can’t miss Crystalbrook Kingsley even if you wanted to. Maybe if you had a blind fold on. And that’s not because of its ace location (though, found on King Street in the civic precinct, the hotel is smack-bang in the centre of the steel city’s action). It’s because Newcastle’s first five-star hotel is a towering, striking sight to behold, resembling a circular spaceship rather than a luxury hotel. Originally built in 1977, ‘the Roundhouse’ (as it was known then) spent most of its life as the City Administration Centre, until leading sustainable luxury hotel group Crystalbrook Collection snapped it up, renovating and breathing new life into the heritage building while respecting its historic bones. In 2021, Crystalbrook Kingsley opened, and Newcastle has never looked back. It’s my second time staying at Kingsley, and it takes me less than three minutes upon walking in to remember why I never wanted to leave in the first place. And that’s because this hotel is really, really nice. The kind of place you feel at ease as soon as you step inside. Suede Interior Design is behind the fit-out of the 130-room hotel, which channels an effortlessly elegant, sleek and chic look. Each room is decked out with soft curtains, hanging statement lights, herringbone flooring and cloud-like beds. The colour palette draws on canary yellows and splashes of charcoal as a nod to Newcastle’s mining past, as well as birds, footprints and feather motifs to celebrate the natural world. Be sure to tak

International Women's Day at Lil Sis

International Women's Day at Lil Sis

Seven of Sydney’s top female sommeliers and chefs from Aria, Chiswick, Opera Bar, Chez Blue, and Lil Sis are coming together for a two-night-only series at Chippendale coolest wine bar to mark International Women’s Day. The killer talent will be joining forces across the two evenings at Lil Sis to create a gorgeous menu and wine spread based on their shared love of excellent drops, delicious food, and a damn good time. Sydney hospitality and hotel group Solotel is behind the special chick soirée, which will feature a top-tier line-up of somms, including Lil Sis’ own Zoe Brunton, master of wine and Solotel’s lead sommelier Annette Lacey, Aria’s Vikki Lou Peng, Chiswick’s Georgie Davidson-Brown and Chez Blue’s Eva Santaguida. Throughout the evening they will be pouring a selection of their favourite female-produced vino, and yes, we would like another glass, please. Food wise, Opera Bar chef Naomi Xavier will be teaming up with Aria’s head pastry chef Aoife Noonan to put on a six-course share-style menu, featuring produce from top female Aussie producers like Alto Olive Oil, Holy Goat Cheese, Garlicious, Grassland Poultry, Allous chocolate and Singing Magpie figs. Think: charcuterie with fig leaf sourdough and olive oil; jamon and manchego croquettes with black aioli; chicken ballotine with butternut squash and agrodolce; and coffee cremeux with a white chocolate and vanilla cream puff pastry with Amaretto caramel. The IWD event at Lil Sis will be going down on Thursday, March

The Barrenjoey Boatshed

The Barrenjoey Boatshed

The Barrenjoey Boatshed was originally built in 1947 to store and maintain boats in the local area. Over the years, it became an iconic Sydney destination, partly thanks to its idyllic waterfront location overlooking the Pittwater side of the Palm Beach peninsula, and partly due to its starring role on Home and Away. Most recently, the historic building was known as the relaxed coastal café, The Boathouse. Now, after being acquired by hospitality professionals Rob Domjen and publican Ben May – and undergoing a whopping $7 million rebuild and refurbishment – it’s reopened under its founding name, The Barrenjoey Boatshed. Though, everyone’s calling it ‘The Joey’. And while The Joey’s million-dollar views are the same, don’t come expecting a similar beachy vibe to its predecessor. Here, the fit out is more refined, grown-up and polished, with leather banquettes, mid-century-style chairs, oak tables and splashes of greens and blues. Think less Alf Stewart and more Vogue Living. Cya scones, hello lobster frites. From the outside, you’ll be met with a navy exterior and lush garden before walking on through to the Dining Room & Bar. The seafood-focused menu includes all of your favourite ocean hits: Sydney rock oysters; tiger prawns on ice; and kingfish crudo dressed in cucumber and dill. Plus, you can get your hands on stracciatella with watermelon, mint, and heirloom tomatoes; market fish with tarragon butter; garlic butter lobster frites; and a scotch fillet with a peppercorn and

Casa Esquina

Casa Esquina

Balmain has welcomed a fire-hot Argentinian-inspired grill from the team who brought us Paddington-favourite Tequila Mockingbird and Mexican CBD restaurant Esteban. Sydney-based hospitality group Atticus Hospitality are the ones behind the stylish Casa Esquina. Casa Esquina has taken over a historic building on the corner of Elliott Street in Balmain, previously home to L'Unico and Efendy. Anchored by two gorgeous 80-year-old camphor laurel trees, the site has transformed into a white-washed and sun-drenched Argentine dream. Inside, the space is fitted out with natural stone, concrete and warm timbers with earthy colours – rust, sand and pebbles – set to evoke the Andes in Patagonia and the Aussie outback. And if you’re looking for a place to host your next soirée, Casa Esquina has a wine cellar which doubles as a private dining room. Esquina’s head chef Will Quartel and Atticus Hospitality director Michael Fegent spent weeks travelling throughout Argentina in 2023 – as well as stints cooking over fire in the Aussie dessert – to ensure the offering at Casa Esquina is as authentic as possible. Come Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes only, the leafy courtyard will pump out Argentine-style street food, and on Sundays the custom-made parrilla grill will flame-cook suckling pig and lamb. Other highlights on the menu include charred and flavoursome premium cuts of steak, including a whopping 1kg 60-day dry-aged Rangers Valley rib eye; four types of empanadas (think chicken and choriz

Callao

Callao

Nikkei cuisine sees the harmonious blend of Japanese and Peruvian flavours, which is showcased at new restaurant Callao, now open in Barangaroo. The moody and handsome 104-seater – which is by the team behind the Wild Sage cafés and trendy Mexican restaurant, Alegre Bar and Dining – features textured walls, a striking backlit terracotta bar and sculptured lighting, decked out in an earthy colour palette. "Callao is the name of the port in Peru where the first 790 Japanese immigrants docked," says head chef Jihwan Choi, who cut his teeth at Surry Hills pioneering Bar H. "For us, this destination was such a beautiful representation of the merging of these two cultures and their respective cuisines." Here at Callao, Choi pays homage to Nikkei by taking Peruvian spices, herbs and sauces and combining them with traditional Japanese dishes. Take the scampi tartare, for instance, which is served on crispy rice with avo, pickled jalapeno and Siberian caviar. Sashimi gets a Peruvian twist with the seared bonito tiradito, served with a tiger’s milk spiked with ponzu and fresh wasabi. And wood-fired prawns are grilled on the custom-built parrilla grill before being lathered in a Peruvian-style tomato bisque, sea urchin butter and tobiko mayo. Don’t forget about dessert at Callao. For something fun and refreshing, go for the pineapple paddle pop – a riff on the popular Peruvian dessert helado de piña – made up of grilled pineapple, pineapple sorbet and rum caramel. Take it one step furth

Martinez

Martinez

4 out of 5 stars

A white bowl with blue squiggles is placed in front of us. Inside is a medley of mussels, clams and a bug, with one scallop shell looking like the beautiful sister holding a scallop- and prawn-stuffed zucchini flower. There are dots of saffron-spiked rouille around the seafood, and delicate fronds of fennel draped on top like sunbathers at Bronte Ocean Pool. It smells like prawns and summer holidays and a light sea breeze. The bug meat is tender and sweet, and the garlicky sauce, which has a hint of chilli thanks to gochujang, pairs well with the clams and mussels. But it’s the bright-orange bisque that makes me close my eyes and smile. Studded with small balls of fregola, the soup is bursting with prawn flavour. It’s rich and silky thanks to a whack of butter, and seasoned to the very edge. With help from fresh sourdough, I mop up every last drop of the bouillabaisse, and just like my first highschool crush, wish it never ended. Martinez is the latest restaurant to open in Circular Quay's Quay Quarter Tower from House Made Hospitality, the Sydney group behind oceanfront-Promenade Bondi Beach, subterranean sandstone bar Apollonia, and Italian-leaning Grana and Lana, both of which are found a pasta’s throw from Martinez. Named after the famous Hôtel Martinez in the French Riviera, the restaurant is inspired by the south of France and its idyllic neighbours. And while you will find steak frites on the menu (served with bone marrow butter), as well as a crumbed pork cutlet with

Matteo

Matteo

Matteo is a slice of Italy in Double Bay. Head chef Angelo Malerba (ex-Otto and Via Alta) draws on his memories of growing up in Puglia, Southern Italy, to create the menu. Here, the focus is on quality, seasonal ingredients, and not doing much to them, allowing the taste of the produce to shine. So sweet heirloom cherry tomatoes are paired with crunchy cucumber, gazpacho and golden croutons; ruby jewelled tuna is amped up with fried baby capers, olive ash, sliced chillies and lemon dressing; and linguini is twirled with fresh, salty clams, zucchini, garlic and bottarga dust. The pasta is hand made daily, and there’s a courtyard perfect for knocking back Spritzes in the sunshine It’s a formula that’s clearly been working well. This Eastern Suburbs hotspot – which is owned by Eddie Levy (Lobo Plantation and Kittyhawk) and Adam Abrams (The Island and Osborn House) – has been open for more than six years and still pumps daily. And while the antipasto and pasta are great at Matteo, we reckon the woodfired pizza is where it’s at. The dough is rolled and hand-stretched by the chefs, toppings are added, and then it’s fired in the oven. The crust comes out charred and blistered by the flames, with a perfect pillowy bite. There are 12 options to choose from, including the Siciliana with ricotta, smoked mozzarella, tomato, eggplant, parmigiano and basil; the Capri with fior di latte, tomato, leg ham, mushroom, artichoke and black olives; and Porchetta with succulent and crispy pork, ro

The Lane Retreat

The Lane Retreat

5 out of 5 stars

I wake up to the faint sound of magpies singing. Opening my eyes, I look out past the veranda and see rows and rows of vines, some leaves beginning to turn a shade of apricot, marking the end of summer. Two kangaroos are feeding on grass. In the background is the towering bush-cloaked Broken Back Range. I pick up my current book – one of Jane Harper’s page-turners – and relax back into the soft and cloud-like bed, the thought of fresh coffee not far from my mind. In short, when it comes to mornings, this is pretty much as good as it gets. I’m staying at The Lane Retreat on Palmers Lane in Pokolbin. It’s one of the Hunter Valley's newest accommodation offerings, located about a two-hour drive north of Sydney. There are 60 premium charcoal retreats scattered across 15 hectares of natural bushland – but it feels like there are far fewer. That’s because each retreat is cleverly designed so the properties face the idyllic views, while maximising the privacy of guests. Sitting on my veranda with a glass of wine in the afternoon, I felt like I was the only one there. Well, me and the ’roos. It was only when I was heading out at night that I saw other guests – couples sitting down with a cheese platter and a side of romance, friends spilling out on the grass cracking jokes, and others admiring the flaming sunset. Each modern and chic studio retreat comes with a king bed, a shower with two rain shower heads – and enough space to fit eight people – a private deck, and a couch to kick b

Ramadan Nights Lakemba

Ramadan Nights Lakemba

For people of Islamic faith, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this time, Muslim folks fast from dawn to dusk. But once the sun sets, iftar begins – a fast-breaking feast that runs late into the night and where family and friends gather to enjoy an array of rich treats and moreish morsels. To coincide with this time of year, Sydney’s popular month-long celebration Ramadan Nights Lakemba is returning, kicking off on Saturday, March 9 and running until Monday, April 8 2024. What time does Lakemba Night Markets open and close? From 5pm until 3am every evening, more than 70 local businesses will transform Lakemba’s Haldon Street into a vibrant, global food bazaar with traditional cuisine from Indonesia, Burma, Pakistan, Lebanon, the Cocos Islands, Syria and more. It’s not only Sydney’s Muslim communities that comes together during Ramadan Nights – people of all backgrounds are welcome to flock to sample the fare of pop-up kitchens lining Haldon Street and Railway Parade. Last year saw 1.4 million people experience the celebrations, with organisers saying this year is going to be even bigger and better than ever.  What started as a single street barbeque back in 2012, Ramadan Nights Lakemba is now considered by many to be one of Australia's best places to celebrate the ancient tradition. What kind of food will there be? Break fast with with roti and gentle lentil curries from the Cocos Islands; Malaysia's famously buttery grilled pastry parcels, murtabak; and

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Inside the luxe $38k Crown Sydney suite where Taylor Swift is rumoured to be staying

Inside the luxe $38k Crown Sydney suite where Taylor Swift is rumoured to be staying

Look, unless you have been a) living under a rock or b) not consuming any media in the past week, kept your eyes and ears shut and didn’t open your phone even for a quick peep, you will know that Taylor Swift is here in Sydney. Swift arrived in Sydneytown on Monday, February 19, following her three Melbourne shows the previous weekend. She has a few days of downtime before her Sydney leg of the Eras Tour kicks off this Friday, February 23 to Monday, February 26 (are you going? If so, check out this handy guide, which covers her set list, timings and everything you need to know). Last week, we wrote about where Taylor Swift is rumoured to be staying in Sydney, and everywhere we think she will be eating – and she did end up visiting one of our predictions. Keen to take a peek at the seriously luxe room Ms Swift is allegedly staying in? Let’s go behind the walls of Crown Towers Sydney. Photograph: Supplied/Crown Sydney Where is Taylor Swift staying in Sydney? As Crown Sydney is the official partner of Taylor Swift – The Eras Tour, it’s been reported that Swift will be staying at Crown Towers while she is in Sydney (did you see the Crown Towers suite she reportedly inhabited in Melbourne?). Photograph: Supplied/Crown Sydney Inside the luxurious Crown suite in Sydney where Taylor Swift is rumoured to be staying... While Crown Sydney is being tight-lipped and not spilling any goss (fair enough), word on the street is that Taylor Swift is staying in Crown’s $38k a night Presiden

The Sydney restaurant that Taylor went to last night is our Food Ed's fave – this is what we love about Pellegrino 2000

The Sydney restaurant that Taylor went to last night is our Food Ed's fave – this is what we love about Pellegrino 2000

Last night, superstar Taylor Swift dined at Surry Hills Italian restaurant Pellegrino 2000 – and we’re chuffed to say we called it from the get-go (you can read our story on where Taylor is staying in Sydney and all the places she may dine at, over here). I have to say, Swift has excellent taste – Pellegrino 2000 is an absolutely cracking Italian restaurant. In fact, it’s my favourite spot to dine in Sydney. Photograph: Supplied/Pellegrino 2000 Last night, donning her statement red lip and a chic black and brown look, the global icon walked out of the small trattoria after dinner to be met with a host of paps. Swift is currently in Sydney ahead of her four sold-out shows at Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park, which are kicking off this Friday, February 23. The Eras Tour is set to be a three-hours-plus performance, so it makes sense that Swift would want to fuel up on pillowy focaccia and silky, perfect pasta. We just wish we could have joined her and support act Sabrina Carpenter there. Photograph: credit/Katje Ford As Time Out’s Food & Drink Editor, I eat and drink for a living (hard job, someone has to do it, etc etc), and get asked nearly daily what my favourite restaurant is. Pellegrino 2000 is always in that list. So, what makes it so hot? The guns behind Pellegrino 2000 (Dan Pepperell, Mikey Clift and Andy Tyson) know how to create a rocking venue with a feel-good vibe, seriously delicious and balanced food, and a fun atmosphere. Which makes sense when you consid

Taylor Swift is in Australia – here’s where she is staying in Sydney and all the places she could be eating at

Taylor Swift is in Australia – here’s where she is staying in Sydney and all the places she could be eating at

Taylor Swift – the world’s biggest pop star, Time magazine’s Person of the Year and new fan of the Kansas City Chiefs – is in Australia. She's already kicked off the Eras Tour Down Under in Melbourne, to her biggest ever audiences yet, before she performs four massive shows at Accor Stadium, from February 23-26, 2024. (Check out this handy guide to The Eras Tour set list, dates, times and everything you need to know before you go.) And while we don’t have Swift’s official Sydney run sheet, we’ve chucked on a coat and our detective hat à la Inspector Gadget. Here’s where Taylor Swift is reportedly staying while in Sydney and the places she will likely be eating at. Photograph: Avril TreasureThe pool at Crown Sydney Where is Taylor Swift staying in Sydney? As Crown Sydney is the official partner of Taylor Swift – The Eras Tour, it’s been reported that Swift will be staying at Crown while she is in Sydney (did you see the Crown Towers suite she reportedly inhabited in Melbourne?). And Crown’s luxurious Presidential Villa – found on the 88th floor, costing a whopping $38,888 per night – is likely the place she’ll be. The seriously incredible villa features a private heated infinity pool, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Sydney Harbour, an open-air terrace, massage suite, butler’s quarters, fitness room, marble spa bath and king-size bedroom with ensuite. In the meantime, we’ll be over here in our share house wearing Taylor Swift merch. Photograph: Supplied Where will Tay

Australia's biggest Valentine’s Day vibe killers have been revealed – and it turns out mentioning your ex at dinner is a bad idea

Australia's biggest Valentine’s Day vibe killers have been revealed – and it turns out mentioning your ex at dinner is a bad idea

In case you’ve managed to bypass the hundreds of thousands of Valentine’s Day marketing emails, Cupid’s day of love is tomorrow, with research from restaurant reservation site OpenTable saying more than 46% of Aussies are planning to spend February 14 out for dinner with their lover. (If you’re in need of any last-minute recommendations, check out the best Valentine's Day dinners in Sydney here, and if they’re fully booked out, check out our guide to Sydney’s most romantic Sydney restaurants and bars here.) OpenTable conducted Very Important Research to uncover the top date night vibe killers – and what you and your hot date should avoid if you’re keen for the mood to stay fun and flirty, as opposed to a big ol’ flop. So whether you're heading out to flash Bennelong, pasta-heaven Pellegrino 2000 or neighbourhood spot Jane, read this first. Unsurprisingly – or perhaps not, depending on how you flow – the top date night killer was bloating, with a whopping 64 per cent of Aussies admitting to ending a date early if they were feeling more gas than yas vibes. And in more deflating news, 46 per cent of Aussies said they would avoid bedroom shenanigans if they were feeling bloated. So, be sure to drink enough water, perhaps skip the full degustation, and avoid chewing gum.   Photograph: Supplied/Bennelong   Having an argument mid date is another top date night dampener (42 per cent) as well as being rude to waitstaff (40 per cent, and we strongly agree), as well as using an ex’s n

JUST IN: NSW chef is the first Australian to be awarded three Michelin stars at his own restaurant

JUST IN: NSW chef is the first Australian to be awarded three Michelin stars at his own restaurant

In breaking news, Newcastle born-chef Brett Graham has been awarded three Michelin stars for his restaurant The Ledbury in Notting Hill, UK. And while fellow Australian chef Matt Abé leads the kitchen of the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London, Graham is the first-ever Australian to win the prestigious three stars for a venue he owns, making this a historic moment in the culinary world. Growing up by the beach in Newcastle, Graham started cooking at age 15 at a local seafood restaurant. From there he moved to Sydney, refining his skills at Banc restaurant, where he won the Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year Award. Then, Graham relocated to London, where he was mentored by Phil Howard at The Square in London. At age 25, he opened The Ledbury in 2005, serving modern yet refined English fare, which won him his first Michelin star in 2006, and subsequent two Michelin stars in 2010. Now, The Ledbury has been awarded the prestigious three stars, regarded as the highest accolade in the food world. Passionate about giving back to his community and mentoring up-and-coming chefs, Graham is heavily involved with the The Hunter Culinary Association, a not-for-profit association which supports the region's chefs and restaurants. Each year one chef in the region is awarded the Brett Graham Scholarship, which involves a trip to London to work and learn with Graham himself. Time Out heard Brett Graham speak at the Hunter Valley Food Fight in 2023 and was moved by

This Sydney venue made National Geographic's Best Restaurants list 2024

This Sydney venue made National Geographic's Best Restaurants list 2024

The good folks over at National Geographic know a thing or two about travel. Each year, the nature swooning-editors, journalists and photographers compile National Geographic’s Best of the World lists, featuring everything from awe-inspiring experiences to cultural spots and flash hotels worthy of a trip. Now, they’ve just released their Best Restaurants in the World list for 2024 – with only one Australian venue making the cut. And the best bit? It’s right here in Sydney. Pioneering fin-to-tail Sydney restaurant Saint Peter was the only Aussie restaurant to make it on the coveted list. Created by the talented Josh and Julie Niland, Saint Peter scored top marks for its “acclaimed sustainable seafood” offering as well as Saint Peter’s upcoming relocation to Paddington’s The Grand National Hotel (slated to open sometime this year). The new location will continue to serve Niland’s trademark mind-boggling, incredible food – just on a bigger, grander scale – including tuna ‘salami’ and fish fillets wrapped in swordfish ‘bacon.’ Photograph: Supplied/Saint Peter 21 restaurants from around the world made it onto the list, with the judges looking for venues that “surprise, innovate, delight, and, most of all, convey a sense of place and community.” Elsewhere, you’ll see Ecuador’s Foresta, which looks like a greenhouse and cooks native produce on a heated slab of volcanic rock; Udatsu Sushi, an innovative sushi temple flipping omakase on its head in Tokyo; and Market 57 – a food hall

A 100-metre-long Nutella pizza is getting made this weekend in Sydney – get your slice of the action

A 100-metre-long Nutella pizza is getting made this weekend in Sydney – get your slice of the action

Sweet tooths, this one’s for you. On Sunday, January 21, chefs at The Home Grounds in Sydney’s Five Dock will be attempting to make a 100-metre-long Nutella pizza and smash the current Guinness World Record for the world’s longest dessert pizza. The current world record belongs to Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar in Broadbeach for their pie at 46.6 metre long. Italian-born pizza master Giuseppe Santoro from Skinny Tony's and his team will be rolling out the dough on the day, aiming to make history with their delicious elongated creation and come out on top. It’s fair to say the (dough) stakes are high. And you’re invited to join in on the chocolatey action and cheer them on. The official event will kick off at 8am, but you’re welcome to come on down from 7am and help them warm up. Notable celebs that will be be there on the day include OG blue Wiggle Anthony Field his daughter Lucia, journalist and Sunrise sports host Mark Beretta; 2022 winners of My Kitchen Rules Janelle Halil and Monzir Hamdin; Olivia Frazer from Married at First Sight and loads more. There’ll be face painting and balloon making to keep the little ones out of mischief, and coffee to keep the bigger ones caffeinated. One hundred per cent of the money raised on the day will be donated to The Starlight Foundation, a non-profit organisation which helps kids who are unwell experience their bucket-list wish. Plus, the team will be giving away more than 4,000 slices of Nutella pizza on the day, so bring your mates, your lo

Chuck E. Cheese is coming to Australia and we’re ready for cheesy pizza

Chuck E. Cheese is coming to Australia and we’re ready for cheesy pizza

Mega American franchise Chuck E. Cheese is coming to Australia, and while we’re not sure we need another US chain Down Under, we’re pretty keen to try a slice of the iconic cheesy pizza. Founded in 1977 in San Jose, California, the family entertainment chain has reached global success thanks to its winning formula of restaurants combined with impressive arcades decked out with all the bells and whistles, creating kids parties on steroids. Chuck E. Cheese announced that it has signed a partnership with Aussie company Royale Hospitality Group, who are behind burger joint Milky Lane, pizza and arcade spot Planet Royale, and bar and grill Outback Jacks. And while the first Chuck E. Cheese location is not set in stone, Royale Hospitality is reportedly actively looking for locations across the country and it’s highly likely there will be one in Sydney. Though Melbourne, you’re welcome to go first. Photograph: Paul Lewis The Aussie Chuck E. Cheese is slated to have dance floors, trampolines and climbing walls throughout the venues. As well as kids' food including chicken wings, pizzas and birthday cake, there will also be a ‘grown-up menu’ and honestly we just hope they also sell wine. We will keep you updated when we hear about the opening date, but in the meantime, we’re hitting the arcades to start warming up. RECOMMENDED: Love pizza? These are the best slices in Sydney. Luna Park is launching a brand-new attraction, an enchanting $15 million immersive Dream Circus experience.

The Sydney Opera House is opening a fish and chip shop for summer

The Sydney Opera House is opening a fish and chip shop for summer

The Sydney Opera House is bringing back its harbourside fish and chip shop this summer, and we’re pretty sure tucking into fresh seafood by the sea is as good (and as Aussie) as it gets. Inspired by the original seafood restaurant that traded in the exact spot in the late '80s, the restaurant – called 'The Harbour' – will be popping up at Sydney’s favourite house for one month only from Tuesday, January 9 – and it's dishing up both dine in and takeaway. Come for golden fish and chips, freshly shucked oysters and potato scallops with a stellar harbour view. Live music, outdoor seating and retro photos will complete the idyllic space. Photograph: Kitti Gould The Harbour’s menu is broken up into small catch, big catch, sides and kid’s meals. We’re gearing up to be hooked on things like the prawn cocktail with iceberg lettuce and Marie Rose sauce; the seafood basket with crumbed prawns, salt and pepper squid, battered fish, chips and tartare sauce; and grilled salmon with mango salsa and coconut rice. Located in the Yallamundi Rooms, The Harbour can be found on the Opera House’s Northern Boardwalk. While there is space for walk-ins, more than 6,000 people visited The Harbour last summer, so if you’re keen to get amongst the action – and we reckon you should – it’s best to make a booking here. RECOMMENDED: These are the best new restaurants in Sydney right now Danielle Alvarez is the new culinary director of the Sydney Opera House event venues Check out our guide to the best sea

The Sydney bar where Denmark's new Queen and King met is putting on a royal Danish spread this month

The Sydney bar where Denmark's new Queen and King met is putting on a royal Danish spread this month

Tasmanian-born Crown Princess Mary, along with husband Frederik, are now Denmark’s new King and Queen – after Frederik’s mother, Queen Margrethe II signed her abdication in Copenhagen on Sunday, January 14, 52 years after becoming monarch. Thousands of people lined the streets of Copenhagen to witness the historic coronation, with the new King and Queen sharing a kiss on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace to the delight of the crowd. Mary, who has been Denmark’s crown princess for the past 20 years, is now Queen Mary, and it’s fair to say us Aussies are pretty chuffed. Because not only was Mary born in Australia, Mary and Fredrick also met for the first time in Sydney bar Slip Inn back in 2000 during the Sydney Olympics. You could call us Cupid. Photograph: Supplied/Slipp Inn To celebrate the Danish royal coronation, the usually Mexican-inspired bar and restaurant has transformed into a Danish extravaganza, decked out with Danish flags throughout the venue, King and Queen thrones for you to sit on a snap a pic, and daisies – Denmark’s national flower – blooming throughout. Slip Inn’s executive chef Tal Bucknik has created a Danish-inspired hotdog for the occasion. Called the ‘El Frederiko Hot Dog’, it features a smoked hot dog, ancho chilli ketchup, mustard, white onion, gherkins, fried shallots, served with fries and remoulade sauce. Photograph: Supplied/Slipp Inn You can pair your hotdog with the Danish cocktail special, ‘There’s Something About Mary’, made with Absol

These are the best hot chips in Sydney right now, as voted by you

These are the best hot chips in Sydney right now, as voted by you

Like icy poles on a summer’s day and snags on a barbie, hot chips are an integral part of our national food identity. But where can you find the best hot chips in Sydney? Whether you like yours with maximum crunch-factor, smothered in tomato sauce or sprinkled with chicken salt, our mates over at the City of Sydney asked fellow Sydneysiders on Instagram to name their favourite hot chips in town – and the results are in. From the best late-night chips to the finest kebab shop chips, we’ve got all the golden answers for you. So, did your favourite potato fingers make the cut? Let’s dive in. Photograph: Mitch Lui Best late-night chipsWinner: Mary’sRock 'n' roll beer and burger joint Mary’s is home to the best chips for late-night snacking, according to you. The good news is that you can get your hands on these bad boys post-gig at the Entertainment Quarter, in Circular Quay or after you’ve been bar hopping in Newtown (you can see our favourite ones here). And don’t forget to add hot sauce and gravy to take your chips to take them to another level. Best chunky steak house chipsWinner: Elements Bar and GrillSteak and chips is a near-perfect combo in our dinner books, and Element’s Bar and Grill takes home the winner for the best chunky steakhouse chips. We’re talking thick chips, crisp and golden on the outside, but still fluffy on the inside. Best shared with your mates (or not). Best chips with a viewWinner: Pyrmont Bridge HotelIf you like to enjoy your chips with a side of st

Sydney's 2023 dining trends: From bone-chilling Martinis to late-night eating

Sydney's 2023 dining trends: From bone-chilling Martinis to late-night eating

Forget New Year’s resolutions – as 2023 comes to a close we're keen to take a moment and look back at the year that has been. Because in the land of the food and drink, there’s been a lot. And while some trends have managed to stay firmly in the zeitgeist and on menus (burrata and crudo, we’re looking at you), 2023 had some new exciting food and drink trends pop up. From Martinis to new fine French restaurants, we’ve had a hell of a year eating and drinking around town, and it looks like you have, too. So, what were the big dining trends of 2023? Let’s dive right in. The Martini was the drink of the year In an odd juxtaposition, 2023 was the year of the Crocs, it was also the year of the Martini – and we’re on board (or, trolley) with that. Whether you like yours extra dirty (us), with vodka instead of gin, and served ice-cold (everyone), the punchy-tipple graced many a bar and restaurant menu this year. Bonus points to those who shook things up, like Le Foote with its two-sip Martini, and Alfie’s with its minus-10-degree Martini, served from a thermos to ensure it’s ice ice cold, baby. We dug the on-point cocktail at Bistro George and Longshore, too. Photograph: Steven Woodburn Wine bars that are more like restaurants Back in the day, it was all about the vino at Sydney’s wine bars. And don’t get us wrong, that’s still the case. But in 2023, there have been loads of wine bar openings where there’s just as much attention, focus and care on what comes out of the kitchen, as