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Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney

There's an easy way to score a seat at Sydney's Momofuku Seiobo restaurant. Stroll in and pull up a seat at the bar. There's no need to make a booking. Just five seats line the bar, offering patrons the chance to eat and drink as little or as much as they please. Show More Summary

Automata, Chippendale

A three course meal at Automata for $55? Yes please. The lunchtime-only offering on Fridays and Saturdays provides an express ticket through Automata's regularly changing menu. And we're not talking a meal that'll leave you ravenous....Show More Summary

LuMi Dining, Pyrmont

Italian with a Japanese twist? Welcome to LuMi Dining. Head Chef Federico Zanellato first opened LuMi in late 2014, marrying Italian cuisine with influences from Japanese ingredients and technique. In September this year he took home...Show More Summary

Good Luck Pinbone, Kensington

Pinbone is back, but not as you know it. After a 15-month long hiatus, the original trio have flung open the doors at their newest joint, Good Luck Pinbone. Don't go looking for maple bacon tarts and chocolate crackles with parfait.Show More Summary

Superior Burger, Wakeley

Never before has Wakeley been searched so often in Google Maps. The reason? It's the home of Sydney's newest burger joint, the first standalone venture by Jovan Curic of burger fan favourite Pub Life Kitchen. Let me save you the trouble. Show More Summary

Fred's, Paddington

Chef Danielle Alvarez is bringing back the hearth. It's hard not to stare as soon as you enter the dining room at Fred's, a scene that looks more like the bustling kitchen of Downton Abbey than Paddington's newest restaurant. The open...Show More Summary

Big Pharma shells out to block cannabis legalisation

It's always been interesting to see who spends money to fight legalisation - big pharma, the alcohol industry and police and jail unions - all keen on scaring the public to increase their budgets and profits.Here's the latest in the saga, as Arizona takes the plunge."For big pharma, however, an expanding amount of data explains their fears. Show More Summary

The Dolphin Hotel Dining, Surry Hills

It's no coincidence if you're feeling Bondi vibes in the newly renovated Dolphin Hotel in Surry Hills. The new collaboration between Icebergs Dining Room and Hotel Harry has resulted in a bright and cheery dining area awash with natural...Show More Summary

Chat Thai at Gateway Sydney, Circular Quay

The latest Chat Thai at Gateway Sydney opened last weekend, bringing the Chat Thai tally to six restaurants. Already well-ensconced in Randwick, Manly, Thaitown, Westfield Sydney and The Galeries, the new Circular Quay outlet is their biggest yet, seating 145 diners. They haven't cut back on the menu either. Show More Summary

Barzaari, Marrickville

If you've never had pide bread fresh from a woodfired oven you need to. Shaped into elongated boats, fresh pide is warm in the fingers and soft in the mouth, its surface of gently puffed bubbles brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with nigella seeds. Show More Summary

Bennelong Restaurant and Bar, Sydney Opera House

The humble roast chook. You'll find it popping across more and more top end restaurants across Sydney, re-elevated to the special and celebratory meal it once was. It's the undoubted highlight of a recent meal at Bennelong Restaurant,...Show More Summary

Bodega 1904 at the Tramsheds Harold Park

First there was Bodega. Then came Porteno and Continental Deli. Now restaurateurs Ben Milgate, Elvis Abrahanowicz and Joseph Valore? have opened Bodega 1904 at the newly redeveloped Tramsheds at Harold Park. The Rozelle Tram Depot opened in 1904 before finally closing in 1958. Show More Summary

Saint Peter, Paddington

Seafood isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think of brunch, but Saint Peter doesn't believe in any rules. It's the first solo venture for chef Josh Niland (ex-head chef of Cafe Nice and Fish Face) and seafood is front and centre of everything. Show More Summary

Meatmaiden, Melbourne

Meat. It takes centre stage at Melbourne's Meatmaiden, showcased in a backlit display cabinet like precious jewels. Forget about Breakfast at Tiffany's. I'd rather eat my croissant with this view instead. I visited Meatmaiden a little while back on a work trip to Melbourne. Show More Summary

Legal cannabis revenues deliver major economic boost

The Marijuana Policy Project in the USA has been researching legal sales revenues for cannabis.In the report, Arcview found that the legal marijuana market grew from $4.6 billion in 2014 to $5.7 billion in 2015, while also projecting that the 2016 market will be $7.1 billion. Show More Summary

Aaboll Cafe, Merrylands

Ethiopian restaurants in Sydney are few and far between but that makes Aaboll Cafe even more of a treasure, tucked in amongst the multicultural hubbub that is Merrylands. Walk past the cafe set-up out the front and step through to a rear dining room splashed with colour. Show More Summary

Sixpenny, Stanmore

If there's one dessert you must hunt down right now it's the black truffle St Honore at Sixpenny. Originally only available for special occasion pre-orders, the dessert was such a hit that the kitchen will now occasionally make whole ones available for the day's diners. Show More Summary

NSW population study of medicinal cannabis challenges the official program

Further to my previous post, which questioned the approach to medicinal cannabis research being taken by the Mike Baird government, the ABC reported today on a Sydney University study in which parents of epileptic children who are being...Show More Summary

NSW is legalising medical cannabis - so why is it devolving into a Big Pharma spinfest?

Something very strange is happening in NSW. To the surprise of many, Liberal Premier Mike Baird last year announced he would legalise medical cannabis. He cited the plight of Lucy Haslam from Tamworth whose son had an incurable fatal condition and who received palliation from cannabis oil where normal treatments had failed. Show More Summary

White Taro, Surry Hills

Angie Hong is in the kitchen. The food is coming out thick and fast. If you've always lusted over the Instagram pics that are #mondayhongdinners, this is a dream come true. It's all part of the new dinner service at White Taro commencing quietly last week. Show More Summary

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