Bloodwood

Worth the wait I’m not a patient person, especially when I’m hungry and kept waiting. Luckily I pre-empted the wait at Bloodwood, but I underestimated by how much. Rocking up just before 8pm on a Friday night, I knew the wait would push two hours but I did think I would sit down before 11pm. Favourable reviews, a no-bookings policy and the fact Bloodwood is a rare experience in this part of town mean you need to arrive early. Preferably midweek. Set in a long, narrow space with exposed brickwork, red tables and yellow pipes snaking through the walls, it’s …

Signorelli Gastronomia

It’s deli-cious Stepping inside Signorelli Gastronomia feels as though you’re entering a giant deli rather than a restaurant. A marble island with a mouthwatering array of cured meats occupies the centre of the large, dark space while tables are scattered around it. But then you notice the bright lights and frantic pace of the kitchen and the pizza oven at the other end and you know you’re in the right place. As well as the deli-island, there are fridges recessed into the walls containing delectable gelatos, cheeses and produce; cool rooms for beer and white wines; and a room for …

Eau de Vie

Hidden Love You can’t beat a good game of hide and seek, even if you have graduated from the sixth grade. There’s the methodical searching, anticipation as the moment of discovery looms and the rush of satisfaction when you’ve found your target. Locating Eau de Vie is a bit like that. This cocktail bar is hidden right up the back of the Kirketon Hotel in Darlinghurst. The hotel itself has subtle signage and from the outside there is nothing to indicate that a bar lies inside. After checking with reception, we are informed to head out the back and pass …

Alira

Food to share Mezze is the perfect mode of eating for those that suffer from food envy – it doesn’t matter if someone else orders a tastier dish, because you also get to dig in. The only problem with that is if you’re the orderer and you don’t want to share. I feel a little bit like this when The Boy digs into my Meredith’s goats cheese shanklish style ($8). The creamy cheese is formed into a ball and rolled in za’atar, a mix of dried herbs and sesame seeds and drizzled in olive oil. Spread across fresh Lebanese bread, …

Faheem Fast Food

Fab fast fare Sometimes you crave the simpler things when dining out. Things such as bare walls, rickety tables and a self-serve drinks fridge. Why? Because if the surroundings aren’t much to look at but the place is packed, you know that the crowd is there for the food. The Pakistani/Indian restaurant Faheem Fast Food is noisy, the lighting is bright and it’s halal, so no grog not even BYO on the premises. You come here for the food. It’s great, the service is swift and a group of four will leave the place completely stuffed. Don’t expect to see …

Ormeggio at the Spit

Dreamy dinner A sunny weekend with nothing better to do calls for a long, lazy evening by the water,  which is how we find ourselves driving to Mosman. Ormeggio at the Spit is right on the water and, from where we are sitting, we can practically reach over and touch the houseboat moored next door because the dining room is housed in the marina. The wooden floorboards and super-sized windows make the space look like a large, open deck while the white tablecloths and uniformed waiters make it that little bit fancy. The Boy and I are the youngest here, …