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We have chefs we love, and Chef Yusuke Ito is one of them. You have probably eaten Chef Yusuke’s food before. Chances are, though, that unless you’d been paying close attention, you may not have known that Yusuke had cooked the food on your plate. Quiet and unassuming, as are many Japanese chefs, Yusuke worked...
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Markeri Food is a happening place. With its accent on modern international food, Yuen’s is the cornerstone, The Journal Café and Pastry the morning greeting to patrons. They return to the centre for amazing Japanese food at Project Tokyo, cutting edge Asian fusion dishes at Lucky Bao, the best vegan yum cha on the coast...
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Espresso Moto has opened in Mermaid Waters. It’s a long way from its beginnings, a cafe that started with the great idea of mates getting together to celebrate bike culture and drink coffee at the same time. With a café at the front and a glass back wall looking through to the motorbike workshop, Espresso...
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About three years ago,  Daymaker Espresso popped up on the southern end of Pacific Avenue. Owners Andrew Madgwick (ex-52 Espresso) and Dylan Nesbit (ex-Barefoot, Elk, Blackboard and Paddock) had done their time in the hospitality trade, serving their apprenticeship under some of the best on the coast. After waiting for the right site, they made...
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There was a time when Sunday nights meant fish and chips for dinner, the aroma of salty chips escaping from their butcher’s paper wrapping. With Good Friday fast approaching, here are some of the region’s ‘must try’ fish and chipperies, open for takeaway and/or delivery during COVID-19: The Inky Squid, Terranora Owned by ex-Taverna Head...
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The back streets of Japanese cities are filled with tiny eateries, each specialising in different dishes. They’re the inspiration for travellers who have gone home to create their own version of Japanese culture with ramen and yakitori bars, sushi and teppanyaki restaurants, shabu-shabu and izakaya popping up around the world, the latter being one of...
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The vegan dining scene has flourished during the past few years. Gone are the days when ordering a vegetarian or vegan meal drew the expectation of a plate of steamed vegetables or a green salad landing on your table. Nor is it just about tofu and tempeh. Now your dining preference may be vegan, lactose...
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Project Tokyo crept up on us. Not every restaurant has a grand opening with a band playing, dancing girls or the A list in attendance. Some places just creep up on you slowly, depending on the elements of discovery and surprise; the feeling of ‘WOW! We didn’t expect that!’ That’s just how we feel when...
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There’s nothing like Italian hospitality to make you feel at home. It’s like a big warm embrace, straight from the heart. That’s just how we feel when we dine at The Italian Kitchen. For starters, the place comes with self-assurance. Not only do owners Robert and Natalie have background as restaurateurs, but they know that...
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It’s the pizza parlour with so much more, the new ‘urban’ pizzeria with ‘the lot’ – Urban Woodfire Pizza. When Darren Bedford decided to establish a family owned and run restaurant at the start of 2017, he put into place the best food preparation techniques he’d learned in his career running fast food restaurants with...