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Eataly Los Angeles Opening Soon!

October 4th, 2014

I’m so excited and the rumors are true, Eataly is opening in LA!

“Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and company will be opening a Southern California branch of Eataly, their popular Italian food court/grocery store, at the Westfield Century City shopping mall in early 2017.

After months of rumors, in an email Tuesday morning Batali confirmed that the deal had been signed.” – LA Times

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QUAY – Peter Gilmore – Food Inspired By Nature

October 15th, 2010

I don’t read all that many books, but this book is one of the most significant and emotionally stimulating masterpieces I have ever seen and read. With photography by the genius himself, Anson Smart and design by Reuben Crossman, the new book QUAY by Peter Gilmore is simply something you need to see to believe.

The culinary genius Peter Gilmore is one of the top 50 chefs in the world. From him comes this eagerly-anticipated, ground-breaking book. QUAY’s stunning design and photography perfectly echoes Peter’s nature-based philosophy and the organic presentation that is synonymous with the fine dining experience at Quay.

Peter’s recipes, including the irresistible eight-textured chocolate cake and his signature iridescent sea pearls, will take you on an inspirational adventure, exploring flavour, texture and technique. start with a single component, build to a show-stopping dish, or simply enjoy the visual and culinary journey.

“I am inspired by nature and have coined the term nature-based cuisine to describe my food. Nature offers us so much diversity – a natural elegance and beauty – and it is the organic nature of food, its textures and flavours that is at the heart of my cooking” Peter Gilmore.

To purchase a copy of the book please contact Quay on +61 2 9241 4565.

www.ansonsmart.comwww.quay.com.au

Personal And Private Dining Experience With Pello’s Thomas Johns

June 9th, 2010

dining abode is your own personal and private dining experience with award winning chef, Thomas Johns, formerly the executive chef/owner of Pello Restaurant.

A unique restaurant experience in your own surroundings and at your leisure, dining abode will make your intimate dinner party or corporate function a personable experience of fine dining quality. The former owner of Pello, Thomas was awarded two Chefs Hats for two consecutive years and winner of Best European Restaurant in the Restaurant & Catering Awards 2008 (NSW Metro), Thomas’ tailored menus are served by experienced and knowledgeable waiterperson/s with 3-course menu or 8-course degustation options.

As it is already, I love my home and never want to leave. I love entertaining and cooking for people. But I also love being cooked for – so for my next dinner party, I’m going to sit back, relax and take the journey with Thomas Johns.

Now all I need to do is decided who to invite…

Have a look at the website for full information including full contact details and mouthwatering menu options.

www.diningabode.com.au

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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Agave – Authentic Mexican Cuisine and Décor

March 15th, 2010

Walking towards Agave, you notice the small shop front and warehouse facade of the block of where it resides on Crown Street, Surry Hills. When you walk in the door and you are immediately welcomed to a large split leveled, uniquely styled restaurant. A Mexican style with deep earthy colours, bright blues, oranges and greens and a pleasant maître d’.

I arrived with my close friend Alasdair who asked for a table for two. After a quick look around, the restaurant appeared to be quite busy, but there was a table waiting for us downstairs near the kitchen.

As you walk down the stairs you can’t help but to look around the restaurant, paying close attention to the collection of hand painted Talavera plates, the fabrics and this huge Aztec calendar sculpture on the left at the entrance. Owners Jo and Gerardo made a conscious effort to make the restaurant as authentic in style, as in taste.

We sat at our table quickly and got straight into it. Drinks!

As a non-beer drinker, I thought I would try a Mexican beer. The Pacifico Clara to be exact. As a non-beer drinker, I didn’t really enjoy it, so I went for a great glass of the Evans & Tate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc which went down an absolute treat!

Ordering the appetiser was easy – Queso Fundido. Chorizo, chilli and mushrooms folded through warm cheese and served with tortillas and pico de gallo (Spicy chicken). Delicious and big enough to share between the two of us.

Our mains came in good time. Enough time to digest, and enough time to not wonder where our food was. We were enjoying the environment we were in, and watching the drunken table of ten across from us.

I had the Pollo En Mole Poblano, chicken simmerd in mexican sauces, with spices, dried chillis and cocao served on green rice. Alasdair got the Molcajetes, seared king prawns, lamb, guacamole, green rice, salsa, fetta and totillas. We both enjoyed our meals very much. Suprisingly, with all the mention of spices and chilli, our meals had a really lovely subtle taste. My chicken was tender, and absoletely cooked to perfection. I stole one of Alasdair’s prawns when I told him to look up the stairs because Hugh Jackman walked in. Of course I lied. But the prawn was succulent. He mentioned he throughly enjoyed the lamb mixed with everything else on the tortilla.

We skipped desserts and went to the Dolphin Hotel next door for a drink instead.

Will I go back again? Absolutely. I need to try the desserts!

Did I think it was over-priced? Not at all. Appertisers are all $12 and mains from $22 up to $28. Wines by the glass, $6-$12.

What did I think of the atmosphere and service? It had a great warm and homely atmos, and the service was good.

Final say: An enjoyable meal and drinks, at a great Mexican restaurant, without all the tackiness of a typical Mexican restaurant with a shop-a-docket theme.

2/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills – (02) 9326 9072