Category Archives: Food n’ Grog

Restaurant Review: Dragoncello, Sydney

My pal Daniel went here with a friend who has worked as a chef and said it was worth a try though he was a little worried about the service. I concur with both sentiments. We were here on a … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Bang Street Food, Sydney

In four months away from Sydney, Surry Hills is awash in new restaurants and cafés. The buzz (and sometimes sadly, changeover) never seems to stop. I read a few mentions of Bang Street Food on the net, and it took … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review, Le Connétable, Paris

We’d passed this corner restaurant and bar on the way to the amazing Dessance restaurant. It looked cozy and so we managed to get back here on a dark winter night. Without a reservation (though the first to arrive), we … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Septime, er, no, the Pause Cafe

This review of Septime the Pause Cafe is for lunch on 28 January 2015. So, while this is not a review of Septime, it is a little story about it, as well as living in a foreign land. My friend Greg, … Continue reading

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Coffee in Paris

It’s slowly getting out around the world that Australians are obsessed by coffee, and Australians make very good coffee. What’s slightly confounding, I think to all concerned, is that Australian coffee is so good because it’s Australian. The Australians created it… … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Chateaubriand, Paris

 For the 2014 World’s Best Restaurants, Chateaubriand is ranked #27. I ate here about four years ago, after reading a story in the New York Times about how French style was turning to upscale bistros rather than the traditional formal … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: L’Alsacien, Paris

So, I tell my better half that I want to try this Alsatian bar that I pass by to get to my most frequent parking station for my Vélib (that’s free French bike for those not in the know). It’s … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Pavillon Henri IV, St-Germain-en-Laye

We had the special lunch on new year’s day, and what a view, a sunny clear day. It couldn’t have been better. The formula was 67 euros without drinks. The entree was a foie gras escalopine and a fleurettes of … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Le Pourquois Pas, Paris

Paris’s outer arrondisements can seem a little far away, but they’re really not. To get them can also depend on train or bike route. To get home from Bagnolet in the 20th, my Vélib cycle is an easy 20 minutes, … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: China (Paris)

Ah, you get what you pay for… Let me say first of all that while my better half refused to come to this restaurant with me, I thought: hmm, those dumplings in the window look good. See, I’m addicted to … Continue reading

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