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Concrete Is The Way To Go With Concreate

January 3rd, 2012

After looking at so many different options for my parents new house, I have come across some pretty amazing things.

It’s not a brand new product and it’s not a revolutionary material, but it’s how it’s treated and where it’s used that is making it a popular and very attractive option in so many homes!

CONCRETE. Yep… Concrete.

I’ve had a look into and found that a Sydney based company called Concreate specialise in custom concrete creations for the

kitchen, bathroom and outdoor living area – from benchtops to bespoke tables, bathtubs, sills and steps to sinks and fireplaces.

Versatile and durable, concrete is a perfect partner to timber, brick, glass and stainless steel. It melds a rugged raw urban edge with a softer warm and sleek appeal.

Concreate design and build to the size and aesthetic each customer desires, so the concept of each piece is unique.

Whilst benchtops are at the core of what the company does, they love to innovate and can replicate almost anything in concrete.

They have combined concrete benchtops with bases of dramatic fabricated steel and timber designer replicas, and their latest work sees an entire table made of concrete.

At Grand Designs Live Sydney (October 2012), they showcased a design savvy way of bringing the outdoors in with the Concreate Harvest Table… A chunky, tactile concrete table in ‘Raw’ with a live wheatgrass centrepiece, a replica of the Emily Wettstein timber table.

Another recent addition to the range combines concrete benchtop with built-in sink, drainer and compost chute, resulting in a beautifully seamless product offering practicality and functionality.

Their new rubber mould system enables Concreate to replicate just about any shaped Concreation you conceptualise.

Choose from eleven colours such as the popular ‘Wild Rice’ or ‘Oyster’, or perhaps the green ‘Herb’ offers the pop of colour you are looking for. Alternatively specify your own custom colour.

Options such as a new rustic marble-effect or built-in lights also add your own personal stamp on these unique concrete creations.

Seriously check it out, I am absolutely loving this and making sure it’s something we use in the new house. It will look amazing!

www.concretebenchtops.com

STEEL Bar + Grill – Clinically Chic & Sleek

March 30th, 2010

As Kate and I pulled up out the front of Steel Bar + Grill and walked towards the large solid steel and glass doors, it became evident why the venue is called Steel.

We pushed the door open and all we saw was an abundance of metal throughout the venue, giving it a very clinical and industrial look, but it was very warm and welcoming in an uncanny way.

The very pleasant maître d’ took us to our table and poured chilled water immediately. We sat for a few minutes and decided we didn’t want to sit at a dining table, we preferred the high table and stools out on the terrace, so we could people watch. Once we sat there, we were content. The staff moved us with no fuss.

We started with wine, for Kate it was the 2008 Redwood Pass Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand and for myself, the 2009 See Saw Semillon Sauvignon Hunter Valley & Marlbourogh, New Zealand. Served in nice large tall stemmed glasses – one of the small things I love most.

After being a little indecisive, we agreed on sharing a Mezze with sheep’s milk haloumi, hommous, tzatziki, grilled peppers, rocket salad marinated olives and pitta bread. This was delightful and quite substantial for the price. We were both rather impressed. The olives were particularly good.

After grazing on that for a while, we decided to go for mains. We weren’t in a hurry to go anywhere, so we ordered more food, and of course we ordered more wine! Again I will make a special mention of the lovely Manager Matthew who was looking after our table and adapted to our characters quite well.

One thing I love to do is check out the bathrooms, great restaurants usually have great bathrooms, so I had to see if the ‘steel’ theme carried through. As you walk to the bathroom, you pass two live oyster tanks which look amazing! Then around the corner you go down past the giant glass wall which is actually the most amazingly merchandised fridge I’ve seen. The bathrooms are covered completely in mosaic steel tiles and basins are made of… you guessed it – STEEL.

We ordered mains, the grilled salmon, sautéed king prawns, mash and green asparagus for myself, and Kate had the eye fillet, field mushroom, spinach gnocchi and truffle dressing. Both meals came to us in good time and presented beautifully. My salmon melted in my mouth, and the prawns were so good! It’s a meal with basic ingredients, but styled perfectly. I enjoyed every fork full of food. Kate also enjoyed her meal, making a special mention on the mushrooms and spinach gnocchi.

Dessert time came around, but after a Mezze plate and a main each, how could we possibly fit it in? We did, and we had my favourite, pavlova with strawberries and cream and the baked chocolate custard, blood plum and chocolate sorbet cone. I wasn’t going to dream of sharing my Pavlova, so I scoffed that down, my spoon literally fell through the centre and the cream was rich and delicious. The desserts were very decadent!

After another glass of wine, it was time to pay the bill. Bill was payed and it was time to leave. As I walked out, a little tipsy might I add, I just had to turn around and have another look at the place, it really is a very good looking bar + grill, there is so much to look at and take in. Pleasing on the eye.

Will I go back? Yes I would. It’s great for after work drinks and dinner, watching people rushing around after work down below and relaxing with friends in a contemporary venue.

Pros: Layout, design, service and pavlova.

Cons: The noisiness of the city, particularly the buses if you are sitting outside. If you don’t like it – go inside.

Pricing: Share plates from $9.70 to $34, Mains from $26 to $110, Desserts from $10 to $16, Wines from $10 to $32 by the glass, Cocktails from $17.

Final Say: Great interior and design, friendly staff and enjoyable food. Great place to chill and catch up with friends.

Ground Floor, 2/60 Carrington Street, Sydney – (02) 9299 9997

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