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By the glass at One Penny Red

One Penny Red is set in the beautifully renovated old Summer Hill post office, built in 1900. The room is airy and light making it the perfect stop for our Friday lunch.  It's rare to go to a restaurant with a team that brings years of quality industry experience to the table. One Penny Red offers just that with owners Nina Alidenes and David Murphy on the floor and RJ Lines on the pans.  David's wine list is so exciting, there are always so many options I am dying to try so I usually ask him to pour me something to ease my Libran indecision. Two of my recent fav new wine finds have come from One Penny Red. With it being a cracker...

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By the glass at The Stinking Bishops

Look at the smiles! The Stinking Bishops in Newtown is my happy place. Not only do they offer more than 40 of the world’s best cheeses, but they are also some of the nicest guys in the business. Kieran Day and Jamie Nimmo who own and run The Stinking Bishops, work together like wine and cheese, a restaurant match made in heaven. Kieran was a chef with big ideas and his good friend Jamie was looking for a career change from the film industry. Jamie's design ability and Kieran's know how in the kitchen, combined with their solid business minds, saw The Stinking Bishops born. They have been catering for cheese lovers' needs for over two years now. The Stinking Bishops offer great...

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By the glass at Lucio's

Walking into Lucio's in Paddington is like visiting your most arty friend, who has a collection you can only dream of, along with a warm welcoming embrace. Every available wall space is adorned by Australia's finest artists work. We were seated beneath Lucio’s latest addition, 'Sacred Fish' by Imants Tillers, hung only that morning. Lucio's offers old school Italian charm with genuine Italian waiters welcoming you inside. And Lucio Galetto himself is the host of all hosts. The restaurant has the warmth that only a family run restaurant can create. Lucio and his wife Sally and their two children Matteo and Michela, have all worked or work in the restaurant. Matteo has now opened his own successful restaurant, Capriccio, in...

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By the glass at AJO

Ajo! and eat... Ajo is Sardinian for let's go. I was lucky enough to go and spend last Friday lunch in the light and airy dining room of AJO at the Welcome hotel in Rozelle. Ajo has just retained its Chef Hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food awards. And for good reason too. Ajo is a regional Italian styled restaurant that has a focus on Sardinia. Chef Daniel Mulligan's food philosophy is to cook food that is simple and seasonally driven, using only the freshest local ingredients. Daniel fine tuned his skills under the knowing eye of Giovanni Pilu for eight years as head chef of Giovanni's two Chef Hat restaurant Pilu at Freshwater. Well let me tell you this guy has skills,...

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