Tag Archives: surry hills

pizza e birra – easy for you….

 go on, try making it at home…that’s the point, and how this global fad began. Initially, you couldn’t replicate great quality like this at home…then the yanks got hold of the idea, but that’s another lament for another time…

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Vini – a classic remains ?

There was a time that vini was a best kept secret. The boys have moved on to Berta and others, so how does it stack up now? http://www.vini.com.au/index.php Continue reading

Toko – twist and shout

Your Camel’s getting on, or so it seems…when I blow $150pp on dinner, I want to be comfortable and inspired. That means a chair, not a low stool. I’m up for the bustling sound of a busy place…I love it! The sound here is loud doof and screaming customers. Don’t bother raising your voice.. pretend your companions are naughty progeny, suck up some “robata grill” air, and give it all you’ve got! Think next time I’ll bring a whistle…  That’s not to say that the food was all bad. … Continue reading

O Organic – “would you like love with that?”

          I know what you’re thinking…an egg and bacon burger at an organic cafe? This place is a real find. Yes, they have the gluten-free tofutti mung-bean pastie, but they have a huge range of real food breakfast and full lunch dishes, all day…plenty for carnivores and those other people too..and spectacularly friendly service http://www.organicproduce.com.au/cafe.html

Gnome cafe, Surry Hills – counter-intuitively happy

 Camel’s love gnomes…we barely know they’re there. This place is similarly low-key. But the coffee and right-on-the-money meals bely its size. Probably the best of its type in Surry Hills, which has more opportunities than 12yo Rhodes Scholar. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/70/1559146/restaurant/New-South-Wales/Gnome-Cafe-Surry-Hills

Longrain – new Bar, another reason to return

 Camels are creatures of habit.

Returning to Longrain is not exactly hard work. More than the great food, there is such a brilliant attitude pervading throughout.

This place is friendlier than a politician on a fund raiser.

The bar is exactly what you would expect. Decor,  music, bar menu, and more candy than the easter show.

You can now book tables of 6 or more in the restaurant.


Spice I am – yes you are….

number 70...don't ask, just order...

 Nobody does flavour like the Thai. Bold, brazen and as fiery as Bob Katter at a gay rights rally.


And nobody does Thai like the original Wentworth Avenue Spice I am. It can be pretty hot, and the red duck curry is a smaller portion and a few dollars more, but this is the evolution of the profile of flavours that Prasit started at Thai Pothong, Newtown about 25 years ago. Easy to get in at lunch. Dinner is a bit more challenging. Enjoy the specialities, but don’t miss number 70.