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  • CBD & Inner City
    Bodega Tapas Restaurant & Bar; Rockabilly + Pin Up Girls + Tapas = Modern dining at its best!
    tapas - (esp. in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer. There is much ado about Bodega, its been listed as the best tapas restaurant in Sydney by almost every food writer, food critic and food blogger. I had to go taste for myself what all the noise was about. It had been a hard week at the office, I was adamant that Pizzaboy and I go out for dinner that Friday night. There is nothing better than a good meal to cleanse the soul. We arrived at the premises 10 minutes before opening. We were second in line and the summer heat had cooled off, mercifully. Once 6pm came around we were promptly shown our seats and offered drinks. Pizzaboy and I don't usually drink alcohol with our meals, so we politely decline and are given the food menu. A quick look around I instantly fall in love with the place. The walls are adorned with a tripped out graffiti-come-pop art mural of the sexiest bullfighter you'll ever see. And then there are the staff! The boys in the kitchen are channeling modern rockabilly and the girls on the floor are all red lips and pin-up girl hair. There is an incredible range on the menu. There are some things I do not recognise. The lovely waitress more than politely explains the items in question. Pizzaboy is stunned and leaves the ordering up to me. I choose 2 must-have dishes (according to many food critics)…
  • Asian Restaurant Reviews
    AB Lebanese Restaurant – Broadway
    From the outside this restaurant looks like any other kebab shop. In fact, it is a kebab shop... at the front. However, if you look a little further in, you will find a lovely little restaurant. We came upon AB one day when Pizzaboy and I were craving lebanese food and we were stuck in the city. The only lebanese eateries that we knew of - that weren't overly expensive - were kebab shops. So I went on the trusty www.eatability.com.au and found this place with 7+ ratings. I haven't regretted a visit, never. Lorraine is always there to greet us, she is the most lovely and hospitable host. She is one of many reasons for why we visit AB. The food is always great and Pizzaboy and I always walk out with our tummy's full and our mind's at ease. AB has most of the traditional dishes that you would find in another lebanese restaurants, plus more. We order our favourites but we keep an eye on the specials board for something different. I usually do not like baba ghannouge, but I am obsessed about AB's version. Lorraine explains that it may be because they do not include tahini, therefore it is lighter in flavour and less creamy. I could eat this everyday and never tire of it! The basket of lebanese bread that comes with the dip is so fresh and soft. I judge a lebanese restaurant on their tabouli. The tomatoes must be plump, the parsley must…
  • American Restaurant Reviews
    Mars Hill Cafe – Music, Poetry, Photography
    On the ever so popular Church Street in Parramatta, there are many places that can tickle ones fancy. There are big loud pubs and clubs, wine and dine restaurants, swish sport bars, hip cafes. Mars Hill Cafe sits quietly amongst them without much ado, it is the hidden gem amongst all the eateries. It describes itself as "a local music and art venue as well as a cool place to hang out. The cafe provides ethical coffee, affordable food, outdoor dining and performance spaces." This isn't far from the truth. Mars Hill Cafe would not be dissimiliar to any other cafe you would find on King St, Newtown. Its bohemian atmosphere and friendly staff makes it the most approachable eatery on Church st. It is host to many events such as: * Art Exhibitions * Music Acts * Poetry readings * Writer groups * and other social events Pizzaboy and I decide to head to Mars Hill after a visit to the cinemas. The coffee is always dependably great and this would be the first time we order food. With much elation, the food is just as great as their coffee. Light, clean, smooth, but with a punch of flavour. Mars Hill Cafe 331 Church Street Parramatta (02) 9893 9888 http://marshillcafe.com.au Monday CLOSED Tuesday 5pm to late Wednesday 5pm to late Thursday 5pm to late Friday 5pm to late Saturday 12pm to late Sunday 1pm to late