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York & Albany, London

In this special guest post, my desk buddy Skye, who has just returned home from an 8 week jaunt through South America, finishing up in Edinburgh and London,{read about her adventures over here} takes us through her delicious, “last day on holiday” lunch at York & Albany. Enjoy!

skyeWhen I had decided that I was going to London to finish of my huge overseas trip, the first thing I thought of was doing a posh hotel and food to match. Unfortunately, I cancelled the posh hotel in Notting Hill, settling for a grubby hostel in Russell Square, but I did make a booking at York and Albany, one of Gordon Ramsay’s numerous restaurants in London. Situated between hippy Camdentown and Pretentious Primrose Hill, I thought I had it all wrong, but I guess its in just the right position for its clientele.

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Forty One, Sydney

dietmarForty One. Famous for the views from atop Chifley Tower, and head chef Dietmar Sawyere. After Taste of Sydney I was super keen to get to Forty One, seeing as it wasn’t as far as Berowra Waters Inn!

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A Tavola, Darlinghurst

A Tavola in Darlinghurst is one place I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. So when my friend’s husband floated it as a potential venue for a surprise birthday dinner, I was first to support it!
Well known for their handmade and very fresh pasta, and the large marble dining table that seats around 25, A Tavola has been bubbling away quietly like their fall apart braised guanciale. For those familiar with the area, you may know that Chef Eugenio Maiale in conjunction with Nick Palumbo of neighbouring Gelato Messina, took over Providore Pelagio, turned it into Gastronomia Pelagio and are now turning it into bar.

*UPDATE* The Bar, known as Omerta looks like it’s about to open very soon

Dinner for 9 or 10 is a big ask for a small restaurant on a busy Friday night, but this place had no problem fitting us in. We had been given the option of a set menu for about $80 per head, but we were better off ordering a la carte, including wine, salads and dessert! We were seated at a large table in the back courtyard, a space made intimate with gorgeous lighting.
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Perama, Petersham

I love Twitter. I love Twitter because it has allowed me personal access to some of the best chefs in Sydney.¬† One of these is David Tsirekas of Perama. Now, I had already heard of Perama and everyone I know who has gone there has raved about it, but if it hadn’t been for David and his description and picture of Baklava icecream it would have remained on my “to do” list.

Da Boyfriend and meet after work in Newtown for a drink, then jump on the train to Petersham. A quick walk around the corner from the station and we’re there…Yay!
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Taste on Sussex Lane, Kent Street

Birthday lunch for Ms K at work, and first stop: Taste on Sussex Lane. Having lived near the original Surry Hills outlet for sometime, I loved the new formality of the city cafe/bar/restaurant. Yet, it still manages to retain it’s laid back vibe with a roaring trade in their famous French/Viet baguettes more traditionally known as Banh Mi feeding the milling office workers around the new Westpac plaza. Our office had our Christmas Party here, and I wanted to post then, but got distracted by party games! Nestled in the bottom¬† of Westpac Place, overlooking the lane way shared by Small Bar, and a glistening hair salon, the space has been decked out in the most gorgeous french influenced style. On entry there is the quick serve baguette bar, with queues snaking out the door during busy lunchtimes, and to the left, entry into the restaurant proper. The first section in a glass atrium with cafe style seating, then near the bar: bar/lounge style seating and just a touch further a more formal dining area. The five of us are seated in the bar area on comfy couches and armchairs with the tricky challenge of eating off a very small table! We do, somehow manage. Checking out the menu, there is a choice of the baguettes, and more formal dining options. Between us we choose a range.

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The Sugarmill, Kings Cross

Easter long weekend, and it’s raining. I’ve already dragged the poor boyfriend out for a 3 hour walk to shops that were closed. So, it’s off for a pub lunch to one of the newer additions to the dining/pub scene in Kings Cross, The Sugarmill.

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The Rum Diaries, Bondi

I love going out to dinner with my friends, especially when you don’t see them as often as you should. On this occasion my esteemed dining companion and I head to Bondi on the recommendation of one of her work colleagues. The destination? The Rum Diaries.

I had heard snippets about The Rum Diaries, and it’s focus on all things rum…and this was upheld when we checked out the menu. But first, on arrival we were greeted by a lovely hostess, who welcomed us, settled us at our table, explained the menu and got us our drinks, and let us then sit back and relax over our choices.

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