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Two Aussie restaurants in world’s top 50 list

Sydney restaurant Tetsuya’s has again been named best restaurant in Australia at an awards ceremony in London recently, where a list of the World’s Best 50 restaurants was announced.

The renowned S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list celebrated its eighth year, with Spanish restaurant El Bulli coming out on top for the fourth straight year. Once again London’s The Fat Duck came second, while Joel Robuchon won the Lifetime Achievement Award. A total of 4,185 votes were tallied from 837 restaurant experts from around the world as the list continued to receive greater recognition around the world.

On the world list, Tetsuya’s fell to 17 after placing fifth in 2007 and ninth last year, while Neil Perry’s Rockpool dropped off the list altogether for the first time. Rockpool reached as high as 4th in 2002 but has since steadily lost favour amongst the selection panel. However, fellow Sydney restaurant Quay capped off a stunning twelve months when they were named on the list for the first time, coming in at 46. The harbourside restaurant, led by Executive Chef Peter Gilmore, last year won Restaurant of the Year from the Gourmet Traveller Magazine, captured the Australian Restaurant of the Year title at the Savour Australia National Awards and was adjudged Best Sydney Restaurant by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Aside from Rockpool, another familiar name to Australians was missing from the list this year, that of Gordon Ramsay. His flagship London restaurant was a notable omission, having placed 13th last year. Both Rockpool and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay failed to make it onto the extended list of the Top 100, while Sydney’s Pier Restaurant managed to edge into the Top 100 for the first time – coming in at at 94.

Article written by Daniel Palmer.

La Boheme Restaurant and Café – food review

If you are looking for something tasty and a little different, you cannot go past La Boheme Restaurant and Café. Situated in an old heritage building, a cozy feel inside and with an open and friendly feeling in the courtyard, La Bohème brings traditional European beers, hearty wholesome cuisine and the atmosphere of central European Eateries to Balmain.

The name La Boheme comes from ‘life in Bohemia’, the main part of the Czech Republic. The owners, all Czech born, have spent over a decade working their way through Europe and Australia. They have worked in hospitality over this time gaining much experience in different areas. Romana & Pavel opened the Prague Restaurant, Potts Point in 2004 before moving onto La Boheme in 2007. All four owners have a very hands on philosophy to running a business working both in the kitchen and on the floor to make your experience the best it can be.

The Czech’s are renowned for their scrumptious meats, potatoes and fine beer. If you are looking for a feast, this is the place to eat. The menu is extensive with Pan Fried Chilli and Garlic King Prawns & Lemon Aioli; Beef Stroganoff with Basmati Rice; Triple Wood Smoked Kassler Rib with Spinach Leaves & Potato Dumplings and my favourite, the Bavarian Feast Platter with the Chef’s selection of Duck, Schnitzel, Ribs, Sausages with Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage and Mixed Dumplings.

They have a wonderful wine list with a fine selection from the best Australian wines and bottles around the world. However, if you want to gain the full Czech experience, you can’t go past the beers. A huge array of brews from all parts of the globe, including the best the Czech’s have to offer. La Boheme is a fantastic place to go for a special occasion, birthday party or a quick lunch.

Article written by Chris Ellis.

La Boheme Restaurant and Café
332 Darling Street
Balmain, NSW 2041
Ph: 02 9810 0829

Dine Out to Help Out – StreetSmart Australia

You have up until Christmas! StreetSmart is urging diners to eat out at their local participating restaurants and add a $2 or more voluntary donation to their table’s bill to help raise funds for charities in surrounding areas.  I encourage people to make the choice to dine out at participating restaurants and contribute to the campaign. It’s a simple action that really has big impacts for those on the fringes of our community.

One hundred percent of the money raised helps to fund a diverse range of projects and services including food, shelter, and longer term projects that ultimately assist disadvantaged people to reconnect with their community.

With over 225 participating restaurants this year, 2008 should see an increased impact for people experiencing homelessness. StreetSmart has made it even easier for diners to support the program this year by mapping participating restaurants and previous beneficiaries …So dine out to help out now.

Launched in 2003, StreetSmart Australia was formed to support and strengthen smaller, grassroots community organisations that help the homeless. These smaller organisations are critical in helping people in crisis. The StreetSmart campaign has continued to grow in support and revenue raised, from $16,574 in is first year in Melbourne, to $224,000 from over 185 restaurants last year in VIC, NSW/ACT and QLD. StreetSmart helps out by raising funds and delivering financial grants, raising community awareness of the issues of homelessness and assisting these organisations to connect across their communities.  To date StreetSmart has raised and distributed over $485,000.

Street Smart – Helping the homeless

Everyday, half the people who request immediate accommodation from the homeless service system are turned away & two in three children who require support can’t be helped. In the six weeks leading up to Christmas, Street Smart will partner with restaurants & diners to help these Australians.

When you dine at a participating restaurant we add an extra $2 to your bill. It’s not much but it’s a simple idea that adds up to a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless. This campaign runs from the 10th November until the 24th December so whether you’re planning a business meeting, an early Christmas dinner or just a catch up with good friends, we ask that you think about choosing one of our participating restaurants.

To find a full list of restaurants & to find out more about the great causes your money helps support, visit

Teenage Fashion Awards National Final

The Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards (AATFA) has been an annual event for Apex Australia over the past 17 years. In conjunction with secondary schools throughout Australia, Apex provides students with the opportunity to design, manufacture and model their own fashion garments.

AATFA is a unique opportunity for students interested in the fashion or design industries to demonstrate their skill and flair through a friendly competition. The Awards are an extraordinary co-curricular activity, which offers students the opportunity and encouragement to explore their creativity in the fields of fashion, design and textiles.

To some participants, AATFA is a boost to their confidence and self-esteem, as well as providing inspiration and the chance to grow. To others, it has been a stepping-stone into the world of fashion and design. While you’re there, have a bite at one of the fantastic restaurants – Cine Restaurant or Ablaze Grill & Bar.

7pm at the “Forum” in the Entertainment Quarter
Fox Studio’s Sydney

Jellyfish Cafe – food review

Manly is one of Sydney’s landmark seaside destinations. Attractions and exciting activities await you including Manly Beach, kayaking, swimming, tennis, golf, beach volleyball, roller blading, scenic and historical walks, art, parasailing, scuba diving, fishing, dining and so much more. Manly is the perfect destination for your next Sydney escape.

When you’ve been hanging out at the beach and you need to refuel, forget combing your hair and getting the sand out of your cozzie, relax and tuck into some great food at Jellyfish Café in Manly. Jellyfish is by the water, not in the water, and is owned and run by three surfing mates who wanted a place to stretch out, grab some food and cruise through the day.

So start your cruisy day well by diving into the Jellyfish Big Breakfast piled high with sausages, eggs, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast or go for the crispy corn and zucchini fritters with roast tomato and lemon ricotta. After a swim in the ocean and a sun bake on Manly Beach you’ll be ready for lunch and with dishes like the nicoise salad with seared tuna, green beans, olives, capers and fried quail eggs; angel hair pasta with garlic, chilli and prawn broth; and the spiced seared salmon with parsnip puree and walnut salad, Jellyfish know how to keep their customers coming back for more.

The great thing about Jellyfish is that although it’s an easy-going café by day, at night the candles are lit and romance is in the air, though it still holds onto its ‘cool as a cucumber’ vibe. Head to Jellyfish Café in Manly for the fantastic surf and great food where you can rest easy with a meal and chill out for the whole day.

Jellyfish Café
Shop 5, 93-95 North Steyne, Manly
Telephone: 02 9977 4555

Written by Robbie Ryan

Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards 2008

The Sydney Morning Herald 2008 Good Food Guide Awards were announced today and the restaurant of the year award went to Tetsuya’s (ranked the fifth best restaurant in the world in April by Restaurant Magazine.) We were reading an article about Tetsuya in The Australian on the weekend about how he’s struck a close, family-like bond with his Queensland spanner crab supplier who he apparently visits most weekends (his spanner crab supplier was originally his ocean trout supplier in Tasmania – Tetsuya’s signature dish is confit of ocean trout).

Two restaurants gained a hat (Forty One and Restaurant Balzac), Three restaurants dropped a hat (Guillaume at Bennelong, Pello and Pier Tasting Room), and there were 16 new entries! (Azuma, Bistro Ortolan, Four in Hand Dining Room, Foveaux Restaurant + Bar, glass, Glebe Point Diner, Oscillate Wildly, Perama, Salon Banc, Three Clicks West, Artespresso, Bacchus, 55 on Collins, The Old George & Dragon, Restaurant Como and Rock).

Liana’s Italian Restaurant – food review

If you are looking for a little ripper of an Italian Restaurant you cannot go past Liana’s Italian Restaurant in Parramatta. Situated on the corner of Phillip and Church St, Liana’s Italian Restaurant is back in the original owner’s hands and better than ever.

Whether it is for a quick pasta or special occasion this is a great place to eat. Liana’s offers a wide variety of fine Italian cuisine which portrays both the authentic and classic flavours of Italy. The menu is extensive so there is something for everyone.

We at Two Flat Whites have been a few times in the recent weeks and have been delighted trying a wide range of dishes from the Pasta, Risotto, Salad and even a wonderful Steak. As you would expect with an Italian Restaurant, there are Pizzas to be had and Liana’s offers something very different to most with its famous square Pizzas which are hearty and full of fresh ingredients. What also will entice customers is the size of the servings which are very generous and come at a very reasonable price.

The food is scrumptious, but you cannot beat the fantastic service. The waitresses are friendly, enthusiastic and always smiling. So now is the time to venture into Parramatta and have a great meal. Let them know that Two Flat Whites sent you!

Liana’s Italian Restaurant
306 Church Street (cnr Phillip Street)
Parramatta NSW 2150
Tel: 02 9687 7979

Article written by Dean Lawrence.

Prime Restaurant – food review

Two Flat Whites dined at Prime Restaurant & Grill Room at the GPO in Sydney recently. This restaurant oozes class. Prime Restaurant has been named best steak restaurant on many occasions & has been awarded so many other honours. If you are looking for the ultimate fine dining experience this is the place for you.

As you make your way to the GPO Martin Place in Sydney & walk into Prime Restaurant the first thing that makes you realise that this restaurant is something special is it’s décor. With its New York style & sandstone interior, relaxed feel & friendly service, your fine dining experience has already begun.

The food was scrumptious. All the food is fresh & made daily by their top class kitchen. We started with the Sautéed Porcini Mushroom & Goat Cheese Risotto which was breathtaking. It was the best risotto we have ever tasted. As side dishes, we chose the Pan Fried Potatoes, Rocket & Mixed Herb & Leaf Salads.

We then proceeded to consume our Wagyu beef. Now if you haven’t heard of Wagyu beef, they are cattle bred in Japan & this meat is regarded in many parts of the world, as the best beef. For those of you who appreciate red meat Wagyu is regarded as the highest grade beef in the world, with a marbling score of A12.

Wagyu beef is the most flavoursome & tender beef you will ever try. It melts in your mouth. We chose to dine at Prime Restaurant for its range of Wagyu beef mixed with the best Australian beef. If you enjoy your steak, you should try Wagyu. To accompany this gorgeous meal, we chose one of the many Australian & worldwide selection of wines, a little French Red number called ‘Montirius 2004’.

Last but certainly not least, was the dessert. The Apple Terrine; it was Apple Pie with a strip of pastry & topped with cinnamon ice-cream. If you haven’t tried cinnamon ice-cream, give your tastebuds the chance and they will not be disappointed.

Prime Restaurant (best steak restaurant 2001-2007)

GPO Sydney – No.1 Martin Place
Ph: 02 9229 7777

Little gems in Sydney’s west!

Two Flat Whites has been on the hunt to find our best restaurants. We have been licking our lips & over the coming months, we will rate Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane’s best restaurants not only by quality & service, but also by location & price. If you have a suggestion, let us know.

The following restaurants are little gems. All are hidden wonders in Sydney’s west. All have demonstrated great service, tasty food & all of this at a great price. There is something here for every taste.

Let them know that Two Flat Whites sent you.

Ani – American Restaurant
86 Blaxland Rd
Ryde NSW 2112
Phone (02) 9808 1944

Fortune8 – Yum Cha Restaurant
Shop 1, 44 Park Rd,
Cabramatta NSW 2166
Phone (02) 9727 8988

El Jannah Lebanese Charcoal Chicken
4-6 South St
Granville NSW 2142
Phone (02) 9637 0977

Pendle Hill 888 Asian Food Restaurant
146 Pendle Way
Pendle Hill NSW 2145
Phone (02) 9688-3388

Bai Bua – Thai Restaurant
20 Woodriffe St
Penrith NSW 2750
Phone (02) 4722 8422

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