Category Archives: Italian

Vesta, Darling Harbour

I remember being pleasantly surprised by the tasty and reasonably priced Italian fare that I had at Janus about a year ago, as it’s a pretty hard combo to nail in the Sydney CBD.┬áThis year, Janus at Darling Quarter has been rebranded into Vesta, but luckily apart from the new name and menu they have kept their winning formula of delicious Italian dishes at decent prices.

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Vapiano, Town Hall

I’ve found over the years that pasta in Sydney is quite hit or miss and rather overpriced in general…so newcomer Vapiano is like a breath of fresh air with its upmarket canteen concept, serving up affordable Italian cuisine made to order in front of you.

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York Trading & Co, Town Hall

It feels like everytime I walk through the city these days, there’s a new restaurant or bar sprouting up somewhere. York Trading & Co seems to have appeared overnight in the narrow space between Dulce Luna and the Bavarian Bier Cafe on York Street and injects a sleek dose of style into this part of town in the form of a trendy wine bar/eatery combo. The restaurant is deeper than you would expect, so after you pass the dimly lit long bar set up near the York Street entrance, it opens out into a brighter, white tiled dining space near the back entrance (accessible from King Street).

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Whitewater Restaurant, Manly

It’s refreshing to see that Manly is becoming more of a foodie haven, following in the footsteps of its more famous beachy cousin Bondi, which is home to some top notch restaurants making the most of their scenic location. Whitewater Restaurant is just one of the many restaurants lining the main promenade facing Manly beach. When we drop by for lunch on a picture perfect summer weekend, we are lucky to be seated on one of the outdoor facing tables which lets us soak up the stunning view.

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The Moody Chef, St Leonards

Contrary to its slightly gloomy name, The Moody Chef is a vibrant cafe decked out with bright green chairs, lighting and colourful modern accents in the decor everywhere. It’s one of the many new cafes surfacing in the business district of St Leonards, just down the road from the more popular Crows Nest strip of cafes on Willoughby Road. I’m liking the easy, breezy vibe of The Moody Chef and while it’s a bit of a challenge to get the attention of the waiter at first, we are soon putting in our orders from their extensive menu which is a mishmash of modern Australian, classic brunch dishes and Italian for lunch.

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