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    “There was a genuine happy vibe at Hunter Gatherer”

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43394″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]The masterminds behind The Corner House and Panama House have teamed up alongside Michelin trained head chef Paul Micklewright to create the ultimate relaxed bar and eatery on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, Hunter Gatherer (click here).

    Get ready for a menu that is on constant rotation to reflect quality, in season produce based around local and sustainable ingredients. Being the only table service licensed venue in North Sydney, Hunter Gatherer is perfect for after work drinks, nibbles or a full-blown feast.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43409″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Positioned on the roof top terrace of the Greenwood plaza, you are welcomed by the very lax outdoor seating that flows straight into the light filled dining space inside. The décor blends the charm and warmth of a rustic farmhouse with contemporary Danish design and an abundance of pendant lighting, wooden and copper features and greenery spilling out onto the rooftop terrace. The restaurants main focus is a feature wall that illuminates the venue with an Italian designed LED panelled wall with a hybrid of calming landscape imagery with a psychedelic twist.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43410″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]HG’s versatile seating plan caters for every group. Large booths located in the heart of the lodge turned over copious amounts of suits bustling in and out the door at lunch, while the lounges and high stools were also full with customers enjoying a relaxing afternoon nip. Sydney provided a beautiful warm Autumn day and patrons were making full use of the outdoor seating underneath the heritage listed Morton fig trees of the Greenwood Plaza creating a genuine happy vibe for all that were there.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43408″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]The staff were extremely knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. Being served by the charming maître d’ Steven, we were given a full run down on the ever-changing menu. The hearty carte du jour’s small and large ‘grazing’ plates provide a diverse variety for plant eaters and carnivores are ideal for sharing and are accompanied with an extensive drinks menu.

    The attention to detail using only fresh, locally sourced, sustainable and ethical produce is a large focus. “We like to champion cheaper cuts of meat to make affordability a priority. There’s not a lot of places in North Sydney where you can sit down and get a quality main and side for twenty-four dollars” Steven says.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43405″ img_size=””][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    What we ate:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]OLIVES – House marinated olives
    CHARCUTERIE – Charcuterie plate of quattro stele, salumi, Kurobota ham, house pickles & bread
    * the Kurobota ham has got to be one of the best hams I have had

    PRAWNS – Marty’s Hawkesbury River school prawns, crisp smoked paprika fried with lime and aioli
    PORK – Darling downs slow roasted pork belly, picked Windsor cabbage, roast apple
    FRIES – House fries with rosemary salt
    SALAD – Sackville mixed leaf salad with pecorino and aged balsamic

    OUR AMERICANO – Bitter orange, sweet wine & grapefruit soda
    HUNTERS LEMONADE – Dickel #8 whiskey, sour apple & PS smoked lemonade
    ROB’S YOUR UNCLE – Cocoa nib monkey shoulder, sweet wine & bitters
    BURNT BY THE STORM – Bundy small batch rum, caramel ginger beer & lime[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43411″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43403″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43398″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43400″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43402″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Stand out dishes: The succulent slow cooked pork belly accompanied with pickled cabbage with roasted apple. The pork was moist and tender; while the cabbage lifted the dish to the next level and the crisp roasted apple added a slight sweetness to the dish. The salad was perfectly dressed with creaminess of the pecorino cutting through the sharpness of the dressing.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43404″ img_size=””][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495520761689-fe47e739-bda1-5″ include=”43407,43406,43397,43396″][vc_column_text]The drinks menu offers a range of local spirits, craft beers, cocktails and places a large emphasis on natural wines. Our cocktails were as they were described on the menu and came recommended by our waiter.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43393″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43395″ img_size=””][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Overall:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hunter Gatherer is a fantastic new addition to the North Sydney dining culture making it the latest destination for a relaxing and social sitting. The venue does breakfast and lunch every weekday, lunch and dinner Wednesday to Friday with a licence until midnight on these days. Hunter Gatherer is only open for private events and functions on the weekend which is perfect for special occasions.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]*Also on a side note, since the menu is on constant rotation and a different menu is produced nearly every day, you might not find the exact dishes we ate. But with the quality of the cooking and the produce I am excited to see what else they have in store.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Hunter Gatherer
    Greenwood Plaza, 36 Blue St,
    North Sydney NSW 2060
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    Have you hunted or gathered at North Sydney yet? Did you enjoy it a much as I did? Let me know below!

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    “Indu makes Indian food sexy”

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    The opening of Indu (click here) has transcended Sydney’s subcontinental taste buds to a new culinary level. Located at Angel Place just underneath the Ivy and just before China Lane, a dimly lit fire escape that doubles as Indu’s entrance a is placed. As you walk down each step of the narrow industrial staircase the air becomes heavier with the familiar scent of rich aromatic spices. From the moment you walk in there is a sensory explosion. The entrance is lined with large terracotta pots filled with India’s staple spices, Cinnamon, Star Anise, Clove & Chilli fills the air, while Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd and the Beatles softly plays in the background.

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43316″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Heading to our table, we passed the ‘Dosa Kitchen’ a front of house separate grill where you can watch the chef whip up some traditional delights and a heavily stocked bar. Lavish semi circle embroidered banquettes and wooden tables are intertwined while the private dining, and romantic nooks are tucked away to the side while at the back end of restaurant the hustle and bustle of an open kitchen energises the room.

    There is almost too much to take in at first but once we got seated and settled with our first drink underway, we began to really appreciate the superbly appointed décor. The P/D and romantic nooks are carved out of the heritage listed building while being softly lit with candles on the table and copper fixtures that make for a very luxe setting.  An eclectic mix of; mud brick walls, textile designs, ceramic patterns, rich hues of green and gold that look ‘spray painted’ and an exposed 120 year old deep composite terracotta ceiling have been handcrafted and preserved that make up the rest of this restaurant giving a type of ‘village’ feel that the team of Matt Woods, Project Z and Ash Keating have so wonderfully created.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/180709234″][vc_column_text]At the beginning of the meal, and inline with Mejico’s process of guacamole (which is another one of Sam’s restaurants), the coconut sambol is made right in front of us. This spicy mix of coconut, lemon juice, red chilli, roasted cashew nuts and many other delectable ingredients is served with a soft warm Indian milk bun and can be eaten on its own or used as a topping for any of the other meals we ordered.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43329″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]The menu crafted by head chef Bimal Kumar, is a reflection  Dr. Sam Prince heritage and of the time he spent doing aid work across Sri Lanka and India. Kumar shows a sense of creativity and flare that Sydney has been crying for. Using traditional techniques with a modern twist and an emphasis on light, wholesome and fresh ingredients that is common amongst the villages of south costal India.

    I assure you, no butter chicken heavily thickened with coconut cream and greasy naan will be on the menu.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43322″ img_size=””][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    What we ate:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]COCONUT SAMBOL – red chilli, red onion, devilled cashew nuts. Served with an Indian milk bun (V, HM)
    SMOKED GOAT’S LEG –  w/ zucchini ribbon raita, pomegranate, chilli & bacon jam 18
    SEARED SCALLOPS – tempered curd, smoked coconut (G)

    GOAN PORK BELLY CURRY – coconut milk, poppy seeds, cashews, cardamom, cinnamon bark (G)
    “THE GREAT” LAMB RAAN – marinated & tenderly slow roasted over 48 hours w/ fresh mint chutney & lunumiris
    LEMON RICE – crispy lentils, smashed peanuts, green chilli, fresh coconut (D, G, V+)

    AMMA’S DAAL – red lentils, mustard seeds, fresh ground coconut (D, G, V)
    HOUSE-MADE PARATHA – A North Indian unleavened bread (V)

    WHITE CHOCOLATE – coconut cream, caramelised pomegranate & fig (G)

    KERALA KOLADA – Spiced rum, coconut & chai syrup, pineapple, coconut sorbet
    THE CHENNEL CHILLER – Gin, mixed berries, basil, curry leaves, lemon juice, agave
    ACROSS THE UNIVERSE – Whiskey, pomegranate chutney, lemon juice, egg white
    THE GINGER KING – Gin, fresh lemon, INDU gingery syrup, Kingfisher lager[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43326″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43327″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]My top pick was most certainly the Goat’s leg dosa. A south Indian lentil dosa (think savoury pancake/crepe) it was cooked to perfection and was accompanied by a zucchini raita, pomegranate and chilli bacon jam (which we were told wasn’t actually bacon, it was coconut that was smoked).[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43319″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43320″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Other favourites were the pork belly curry, which was very light and had a delightful undernote of nutty creaminess and a good punch of heat. It had a generous amount of tender pork throughout and also had snippets of crispy flakes of crackling which added extra layers of crunch to the dish.

    Secondly the Signature lamb (which you can get either in a half or full serve) is wonderfully succulent and had been slow roasted for 48 hours in rich spices and yoghurt. The mint chutney served on the board complimented the complexity of the lamb and topped with lunu miris, sweet chilli and salt to balance the meatiness of the dish.

    (The dahl was also light and creamy for you vegans!)[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43321″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43318″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]To finish the night off, we made the tricky decision to get only one dessert (we were so full by this time!) With the help of the waiter we decided to go for the white chocolate and coconut cream. This was smooth, velvety and surprisingly light that was perfectly matched with caramelized fig and the right amount of pomegranate.

    The drinks menu is full of classic cocktails with exciting twists, my favourite of the night being the Kerala Kolada ( a delicious playful twist on the ever popular Pina Colada). It was quite refreshing from the heat of some of the dishes.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43324″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]The only downfall was that the staff were a little slow at the very beginning but after our first drink order was placed the new waiter was extremely tentative and enthusiastic. After our first order was taken, the meal was out to the table in a shockingly speedy time, which made up for the lag in the beginning.

    Also that our favourite dish (Smoked Goat) was that good we would have preferred to have seen it as a main rather than a smaller serve.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43330″ img_size=””][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Overall:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]As this is one of Sydney’s newest culinary hotspots I would suggest on getting indu* it quickly as you might find in the upcoming months it will be harder to get a table.

    *sorry for the pun :)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Indu Dining
    350 George St,
    Sydney NSW 2000
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    Have you eaten at Indu before? What was your favourite dish or drink?  I would love to hear your thoughts and comments below.

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    “Set over 4 levels, each with its own unique charm. The Royal Hotel Paddington has something for everyone”

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43193″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Located in the heart of the iconic Fiveways in Paddington, the Royal Hotel Paddington (click here) is helping shape the posh pub grub scene in Sydney.

    An establishment rich in history, this 1888 building has recently undergone a $4 million renovation transforming into a multi levelled hospitality operation. Set over 4 levels, each with its own unique charm. The Royal Hotel has something for everyone. If you are after a relaxed sports pub scene, the first level “The Royal Bar” is the perfect spot for you, there is ample space for large groups and the room boasts cosy leather lounges and has live streaming of all sports.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43191″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]On the second level, the Verandah is clean cut white with splashes of navy throughout. This level is split into two sections by sliding doors; the sit down ‘al fresco’ dining area and inside bar area with communal high tables. Sitting within the ‘restaurant’ section* was warm and cosy with the sky roof open and the fire crackling in the corner.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]*The only downfall of this area on the night I went, was I would have liked to see how this level opens up, the restaurant area was boxed in with the sliding doors being closed, which then created a bottleneck for the people walking to their tables or to the restroom with the patrons lining up for a drink at the bar (which unfortunately is smack bang right in the middle of the room). On the other hand if you are after a private section for an event/function, the versatility of this level works out perfectly.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495456073064-63aab6ef-d3bc-10″ include=”43195,43194″][vc_column_text]Up on the third level is the Elephant Room, which is colonial inspired with it’s deep reds and burgundy tones throughout and many plush features and seating arrangements.

    Through to the fourth level, the rooftop area is rather small and was very packed by the time we went up for a look-see (8pm Saturday night) however, the views of the city are quite picturesque.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43192″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]The mastermind behind this newly revamped menu is Ben Varela, a seasoned Sydney chef familiar with the pub scene. Ben has combined traditional pub classics with his own personal twist.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43198″ img_size=””][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    What we ate:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]TRUFFLE FRIES – self-explanatory
    CHARCUTERIE BOARD – cured meats, house pickles & sourdough
    BEEF CARPACCIO – olives, green tomato, rocket & sourdough toast
    SPANNER CRAB LINGUINI – peas, garlic, lemon & chilli
    LAMB SHOULDER – smoked eggplant, herb coulis & macadamia crumble
    180g EYE FILLET – Gippsland VIC 150 day grain fed, mashed potato
    250g RUMP – MSA3 Riverina angus, cumin roasted tomatoes mash & fries<

    RHUBARD BOMB ALASKA rhubard gelato with vanilla meringue

    CHERRYWOOD LANE – bourbon, cherry bitters & port soaked cherries
    LAVENDER BRAMBLE – gin, Chambord, lemon juice, lavender monin & lavender
    5 WAY G+T – hendricks, St. Germain, lime, basil , mint, cucumber & lemongrass[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43201″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43199″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]I had two standout dishes in this meal, the lamb shoulder was extremely succulent and tender, the pomegranate and macadamia crumble gave the dish a nice added crunch. The crab linguini was a nice comfort meal perfectly balanced and fresh.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43200″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43196″ img_size=””][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Overall:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you are after a place for afternoon drinks to carry on into the night with somewhat upmarket pub food, the Royal has you covered.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Royal Hotel Paddington
    237 Glenmore Rd
    Paddington NSW 2021
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    Have you been to the Royal Hotel in Paddington? What were your thoughts? Leave any questions you have below.

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    “My Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb experience was fun, funny & interesting. A must for anyone visiting Sydney”

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43114″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]The Sydney Harbour Bridge, represents more than just a bridge to get from A – B. In my eyes, it is one of Sydney’s most symbolic and iconic landmark, that all of us Aussies should be proud of. When I was given the opportunity to climb the bridge on Australia Day and to take in our gorgeous harbour and surroundings. I could not have thought of anything more ‘Aussie’ to do.

    We did the express climb, which is at fast tracked pace and a slightly shorter route. Our guide was super friendly, funny and knowledgeable which made our experience even better. We learnt about the history behind the bridge, got to see and feel how it was constructed and heard the grand tales that accompanied the Bridge as it was being made . The view to be expected is absolutely breathtaking.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43116″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43115″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]I normally live by the phrase a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case, I wasn’t worried about getting the perfect shot, I wanted to take it all in and really appreciate the bridge and all its entirety.

    A big thanks to the team at Sydney Bridge Climb for creating this beautiful memory that I will never forget. If you too want to climb the bridge you can book directly here.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43118″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]

    How was your Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb experience? What was the best part of the walk? Share your thoughts, comments & photos if you want below.

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    “Mejico brings delicious home-styled Mexican fare from Mexico City to the Yucatan Penisnsula to Sydney’s Pitt Street”

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42760″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Mejico (pronounced meh-he-co) brings “market to table” goodness from Mexico City to the Yucatan Penisnsula. Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD Pitt Street, and now Miranda. Mejico (click here) is renowned for it’s fresh modern twist on Mexican classics. Oh and did we mention that it has Sydney’s largest tequila selection? Arriba![/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495367039072-861456e5-1fb1-10″ include=”42750,42759″][vc_column_text]Another restaurant under the Dr Sam Prince banner has set its sights on establishing itself as one of Sydney’s best Mexican hot spots. By focusing on sourcing some of the freshest ingredients direct from producers, the seasonal menu combines traditional classics with a modern twist. Don’t expect to see any tex mex style dishes on the menu. Instead anticipate slow roasted beef brisket, fresh ceviche and burnt jalapeño hummus.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495366835212-677c0459-c842-4″ include=”42751,42767″][vc_column_text]The venue has quite an industrial feel to it, exposed brick, concrete beams, geometric shaped wall patterns and pops of colour set the tone for an exciting and somewhat engaging meal. Mejico’s atmosphere was buzzing on the Friday night we went. It’s not a ‘quite, sit down, romantic dinner’ type of restaurant. It’s loud, energizing, entertaining and most of all fun! Not to mention a killer sound track was playing in the background.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42752″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]If the very large selection of tequila is slightly a little daunting, you are in luck! As there is nifty little tequila picker on your table, which is essentially a lucky dip type spinner.

    I have dined here quite a couple times, and the staff always blow me away with how friendly they are and knowledgeable of not only the food menu but the extensive tequila/drinks menu.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/180709994″][vc_column_text]One of the many novelties that comes with dining at Mejico is the ordering the guacamole which is assembled right in front of you at the table (comes with a full detailed run down of the ingredients and why they use them) and is accompanied by tasty platain chips, that really go down a treat ! This has always been a winner when I’ve dined at Mejico, although this time, it could have done with a little bit of extra spice.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42755″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]

    What we ate:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]GUACOMOLE – Avacado, serrano chilli, Spanish onion, coriander, pistachios & plantain chips
    BURNT JALEPNO HUMMUS –  Smashed chickpeas with scorched jalapeños, served with hand cut tortilla chips
    CORN LOLLIPOPS – 3 lollipops of corn, topped with chipotle mayo, queso fresco, coconut & popcorn
    COCHINITA PIBIL TAMALE – Traditional tamale stuffed with slow roasted pork & topped with pink pickled onions

    TUNA (RAW BAR) – Tuna with avocado, ginger & capsicum, topped with spiced tapioca pearls & served on tortilla chips
    SNAPPER (RAW BAR) – Fresh line-caught snapper, pickled ginger & pomegranate tossed with jalapeño & creamy goats cheese

    SlOW ROASTED PORK (TACO) – Slow roasted pork, chilli caramel salsa, aioli @ crispy pork scratchings
    6 HOUR SLOW ROASTED BEEF BRISKET – Ancho & coffee crusted brisket, smokey chipotle sauce, chilli mac & cheese
    PATATAS BRAVAS – Smashed garlicky potatoes topped with paprika & chipolte aioli[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42768″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”42758″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”42761″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Standout dishes were: Cochinita Pinil Tamale, this was very soft and the pork melted in your mouth, the pickled onions balanced the dish out really nicely, think (soft polenta/baked omelette/frittata) with shredded pork throughout. Pork Taco, this was hands down my favourite dish of the night, I am a sucker for a good taco. The pork was perfectly cooked, with the nice crunch factor of crackling on top, the subtle cinnamon note made for the perfect sweetness to this juicy taco.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42753″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”42756″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Tuna tacos were incredibly fresh, Half spicy and peppery, half lemony, slightly sweet and packed full of flavour & the Patatas Bravas, these bad boys are a serious side dish, caramalised to perfection with the right amount of outer crispness and inner softness that perfectly accompanied the extremely tender Brisket.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42763″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”42762″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”42769″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]The only downfall from the night was as the team at Mejico recited our order, one requested dish  missed making an appearance at the table. Besides this slight mishap, the service was practically faultless.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42757″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]

    Overall

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Dining at Mejico has always been a great experience for me. The restaurants buzzing atmosphere, the food & drinks are certainly crowd pleasers, but what really makes this restaurant stand out from the rest, is the staff. On every occasion they have been quite simply, fantastic. Mejico is great option for after work drinks or the perfect ‘south of the border’ culinary destination.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Mejico
    105 Pitt St
    Sydney NSW 2000
    02 9230 0119[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_gmaps link=”#E-8_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” size=”250px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

    Have you one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor @ Mejico before? Would love to hear about your experience below!

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    “My night at one of Sydney’s Dog Friendly Hotels, Pier One was fantastic”

    [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”35140″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]Our humans decided for Christmas to spoil us with a night out on the town at Sydney’s dog friendly hotel Pier One (click here) to relax from a very stressful 2017 and let me tell you, it was paaaawfect!

    The day started out waiting for our masters to finish work (like usual) we then made the leisurely trip into the city were we got to look and growl at everything. We parked at the rocks and had a lovely walk around and under the harbour bridge where we had to stop by every 2nd person to get patted and pampered…. naturally :)[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”35142″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_single_image image=”35144″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1491574501456{margin-top: -45px !important;}”]

    Hang’n at the ‘The Dogue’

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]From here we made our move to the hotel room for some R & R. We stayed in Pier One’s ‘DOGUE’ room, which was sooo nice. They really looked after us. We got our own separate beds, squeaky toys, more jerky than we could ask for and a couple of relaxing Neem Miracle sandalwood misters. We were in heaven.
    We checked in around 4pm, and the music downstairs at the bar was already pumping and the mood was very festive. We ordered room service from The Kerrigan and indulged in some brisket and pork ribs. After all the festivities and food we were exhausted, one more brisk walk so we could do our business and that was us for the night.

    We woke up so early because we were so excited to explore the hotel some more. Our humans took us quickly downstairs so we could do our morning business, then it was back up to the room for some more pampering. We got to run around and play with our new toys some more then it was time for us to hit the town and get some puppychinos.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”35141″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]On our way down to get our breakfast we tried to convince our humans to take us for a bike ride, but they needed to get to work. So we had a quick run around again, said hello to some friendly people unpacking some trucks with what looked like bacon. We then helped pack the car (full of all of our new toys thanks to Pier One) and headed home.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”35143″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]Thank you Pier One for making us feel so special and VIP, we can’t wait to visit again!

    Smooches xx

    Herc & Hector (woooof)

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    “Overlooking Sydney’s glorious Circular Quay and Harbour, The Pullman Quay Grand offers spacious and refined accommodation in arguably one of Sydney’s most sought after locations”.

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”34839″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]Boasting neighbours like the Opera House, The Rocks, The Botanical Gardens and within moments of Circular Quay’s ferries and train station, The Pullman Quay Grand (click here) is the envy of most of the hotels in Sydney.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”34840″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Check’n In

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Entering either from Macquarie Street or from the walkway below, the lobby is understated and simple with the friendly staff greeting you as you come and go. Rebadged under the Pullman brand in 2012, the hotel has become one of Circular Quay’s five-star hotels.

    The team also prepared a bottle of champagne on arrival which was quite unexpected but was lovely nonetheless :)[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42029″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    The Room

    [/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495361007928-18bfb911-45d6-4″ include=”42024,42027″][vc_column_text]With 68 spacious one and two bedroom suites, the rooms feel slightly more like an apartment than a hotel. We were in the One Bedroom Harbour Suite that boasted a fully equipped kitchen, living room and dining area, laundry, large bathroom with spa tub and balcony looking straight out onto the glorious Sydney Harbour.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42021″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]While the décor itself is quite simple and somewhat basic, the overall feel of the suite was elegant and understated. The kitchen in particular is what suggests that the suite is an ideal choice for longer stays or families, with its’ marble bench tops, oven, stove top and all the cooking equipment needed.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495361007932-635a7666-3c37-8″ include=”42035,42034,42033,42037,42031,42025,42030,42010″][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Food &  Beverage

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Pullman has 24 hr room service and is home to Quay Dining and Hacienda.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42020″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_single_image image=”34841″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]You can read more about Hacienda here and more about Quay Dining here.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42062″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1494982727922{margin-bottom: 3px !important;}”][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495361007943-23abdefb-ce5b-7″ include=”42059,42056,42058,42057″ css=”.vc_custom_1494982803510{margin-bottom: 3px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”42061″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Pool & Gym

    [/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495361007948-38a70846-046e-2″ include=”42014,42013,42015,42012″][vc_column_text]The Pullman Quay Grand ticks all the amenities boxes with its’ indoor heated pool, sun deck, spa, sauna and gym.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42016″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_masonry_media_grid gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495361007952-9a91eaf3-f789-8″ include=”42018,42011,42017″][vc_separator][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1487034586925{margin-top: -25px !important;}”]

    Overall

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Pullman Quay Grand is a great hotel, being central to everywhere in the city and having some of the best views of Sydney Harbour has to offer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Pullman Quay Grand
    61 Macquarie St,
    Sydney NSW 2000
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    Have you stayed at the Pullman Quay Grand before? What did you think of the view? Leave any questions or comments below.

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    Disclaimer: My stay at The Pullman Quay Grand was provided complimentary for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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    “The Pullman Quay Grand has opened its doors with the newly appointed Hacienda”

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42425″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]Hacienda (click here) is a lavishly appointed “vista bar” situated in the gorgeous Pullman Quay Grand above Circular Quay.

    Applejack Hospitality (think The Butler, Bondi Hardware & So Cal) have joined forces with AccorHotels to create this delightful harbour-side bar setting.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495161581603-121754cb-00c1-0″ include=”42426,42433″][vc_column_text]Hacienda is inundated with stunning panoramic views of the city and harbour but even with these gorgeous views, the bar is a view in itself. Inspired by the grand plantation architecture of Cuban and Miami vintage hotels in the 1950’s. The glamour and glitz of Miami has been combined with the more relaxed, fun and colourful influence of Cuba.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42424″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]Featuring brass detailing, lush greenery and pastel lounges, this Harbourside setting is a great place to unwind and relax or to start the beginning of a night out on the town.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495161581608-4af2b582-0ffb-0″ include=”42427,42430″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1487034687171{margin-top: -25px !important;}”]

    What we ate

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]EMPTY EMPANADAS – beef empanadas with guacamole

    VACA FRITA – Charred skirt steak w/ chimichurri

    PORK NECK MOJO – Pork neck marinated in garlic w/ pineapple & parsley

    JAMON CROQUETTES – served w/ cheese sauce

    BUENA VISTA CLUB – Banana infused pisco, Tio Pepe, lemon, honey, egg white

    HACIENDA BOTTLE MOJITO – #2 20 Havana especial rum, vanilla syrup, yuzu juice, mint soda water[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42439″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_single_image image=”42438″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_single_image image=”42429″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_single_image image=”42431″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]For us, it was more of the atmosphere, the location and the drinks that made our evening enjoyable. Our top picks for the food would have been the Jamon Croquettes and the Pork Neck Mojo, while the other items were a little bit of a miss. The pre-mixed drinks (such as the mojito) were a great touch to the menu and made service extremely quick considering how busy it was.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42428″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1495158627110{margin-bottom: 3px !important;}”][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495161581617-d4866039-1bd9-3″ include=”42423,42437,42440,42432″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1487034701764{margin-top: -25px !important;}”]

    Overall

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hacienda is a fabulous place for a drink (or two) and enjoy some nibbles while enjoying the stunning view of Sydney’s harbour and CBD.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”42436″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Hacienda
    61 Macquarie Street
    Sydney NSW 2000
    (02) 9256 4000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_gmaps link=”#E-8_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” size=”250px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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    Have you been to Hacienda before? Where is your favourite bar with a view in Sydney? I’d love to hear any questions or comments you have below.

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    “The iconic and historic 100-year-old Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo has been yet again transformed. This time into the quintessential The Ovolo Hotel”

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43807″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]The iconic and historic 100-year-old Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo has been yet again transformed. This time into a tantalizing and quintessential hotel The Ovolo. Part of the Ovolo Hotel group (click here), the all inclusive hotel focuses on giving back to its customers in a playful (yet seductive) and up-market way.

    Located on the fringe of Sydney’s CBD and amongst some of the city’s busiest restaurants and cafes, the once wool exporting hub (for most of the 20th Century) is now home to one of Sydney’s newest and exciting hotels.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43830″ img_size=””][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Check’n In:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Unlike its historic teal trimmed Edwardian façade, the interior of the hotel represents a more futuristic and playful vision, with it’s sassy artwork, bright neon lights and charismatic charm. Walking up the stairs into the foyer, the mesmerising 86kg Swedish clock designed by Humans Since 1982 immediately grabs your attention.

    Past the check in counter, there is the Lo Lounge. The Lo Lounge is where hotel guests can relax, unwind and refuel with complimentary tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day and between 5-7pm they can indulge in free drinks (house wines, beer and spirits) and a more extensive snack menu at the bar.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43794″ img_size=””][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495767335194-f84cc097-1292-0″ include=”43796,43799,43798,43792,43795,43793″][vc_column_text]Everything is included when you stay at the Ovolo, even down to the free self service laundry, free wifi, smart TV/ipad system in room, happy hour and your very own tote. The 100 room hotel has a very unique feel to it, with every room slightly varying from the floor plan, making every stay completely different.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Food & Beverage:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Sitting right below the hotel is a plethora of Sydney’s best restaurants. China Doll, Otto & Kingsleys just to name a few are at your doorstep.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495767585512-99a7bea5-6392-0″ include=”43789,43805,43803″][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    The Room:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I stayed in the CityVoo Loft room. Although loft’s are not my favourite kind of room, this one was quite cute and quirky. It had a nice expansive living area that looked out to the city and water. Upstairs, there was the bedroom, cupboard and bathroom with clean lines, mischievous connotations everywhere (including the Proper in the bathroom!)[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495766948956-4341b310-ad10-7″ include=”43831,43804,43812,43802,43813,43810,43808,43801,43800″][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Pros:

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    • Great all inclusive hotel
    • Quirky and playful
    • Great location
    • Gym & Pool area

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    Cons:

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    • The room was slightly dirty, I found a few hairs in the bathroom, bedding and also on the floor
    • Slightly noisy from the below restaurants (but hey, who is complaining when you have the culinary delights such as Aki’s and China Doll at your doorstep?)

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    Overall:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]My stay at The Ovolo Woolloomoolo was extremely fun and enjoyable. The little touches and inclusions really make you feel that you have gotten your bang for your buck.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Ovolo Woolloomoolo
    6 Cowper Wharf Roadway,
    Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
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    My stay at Ovolo Woolloomooloo was provided complimentary for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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    Have you stayed at any of the Ovolo Hotels before? Did you like the quirky touches as much as I did? If you have any comments or questions please leave them below.

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    “Walking into Brooklyn Depot, old school hip hop was playing and everyone was in a great mood”

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43758″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Brooklyn Depot (click here) has made its way down from the sunny Gold Coast to Surry Hills, Sydney. The American style burger joint is bursting with atmosphere and has an abundance of burgers, fries, drinks and nibblies to choose from.

    Having just opened up on the Gold Coast only a year ago, Brooklyn made a name for some of the best burgers around town, the owners decided to break into the Sydney market, where burgers and loaded fries are so in trend right now.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43772″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Walking into Brooklyn Depot, the beats and vibe are pretty in your face (in a good way), old school hip hop was playing and everyone was in a great mood. The diner is a mix of catch phrases, booths, neon lights, novelties, painted murals of some of New York’s finest and was filled with heavy American influences (even down to our bubbly waitress who had a thick American voice).

    We took a seat in one of the booths, which for myself was fine, but my significant other who is quite larger said it was a tight fit. These are definitely better suited to couples as I would not be comfortable sitting here for a group of four.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495761026079-4e270841-9b6e-5″ include=”43768,43766,43771,43759,43760,43757″][vc_column_text]At first glance of the menu I noticed there was a lot to choose from and everything sounded so good. So we decided to go for the signature burger and the special.

    * I don’t know if having so much on a menu is a good thing or a bad thing. My preference in any restaurant is having fewer items on the menu and really nailing them rather than having lots to choose from and being mediocre.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1495761078315-90f773a5-4b60-8″ include=”43770,43769″][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    What we ate:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]MAC N CHEESE – Macaroni & 3 cheeses (gruyere, mozzarella, parmesan) baked in béchamel sauce served with crispy bacon bits, garnished with spring onion

    BROOKLYN BBQ BOARD – selection of chicken wings, BBQ pork ribs, pulled lamb shoulder, depot slaw, cowboy caviar, served with toasted brioche slices.

    BROOKLYN CLASSIC + BACON– grass fed beef, American cheese, oak leaf lettuce, tomato, depot special sauce

    FUGGEDABBOUTIT – grass fed beef patty, beef chilli, American cheese, onion rings, chilli relish and a choice of lethal injection hot sauce[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43764″ img_size=””][vc_single_image image=”43765″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]Standout dish would have had to be the Brooklyn Classic, the burger was as you’d expect, it’s a classic, with a soft grass fed patty, dripping with sauce and just enough cheese to melt in your mouth, the bun itself was slightly more dense so it held integrity while eating and of course you have to get it with bacon. The ribs from the bbq board were good but not great, the pork was soft and had a sweet, sweet bbq sauce which was a nice change but I could only eat a few without getting sick.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43762″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]I wanted to make a little side note about some of the other meals that we had. The mac and cheese was extremely underwhelming, with little to no flavour coming out of the actual dish itself. With the only slight flavour coming from the snippets of spring onion and bacon garnish on top. The Chicken wings were soggy as well, the sauce they were in was tasty but the skin had a quite unpleasing texture.

    We were eating during rush hour at lunch, so I question whether these might be cooked differently or longer normally?[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43763″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]This “burgers and more” trend is really taking Sydney by storm at the moment, while Brooklyn depot is a great location and a great atmosphere for after work drinks and a little snack to eat on the side, the menu is quite over-indulgent. For me personally I’d only have a full-blown meal here once in a blue moon.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”43767″ img_size=””][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

    Overall:

    [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Brooklyn Depot and it’s New York attitude is a really fun and social venue. Whether you’re feeling indulgent or just want a few brewskis after work with friends the Brooklyn gang has you covered.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Brooklyn Depot
    65 Holt Street
    Surry Hills NSW 2010
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    Do you have a favourite burger at Brooklyn Depot? Have you tried one of their shakes? Have you got any questions? Let me know below.

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