We’ve made it – it’s the new financial year and we’ve struggled through the shortest day. That means the hard part is behind us and you should find ways to treat yourself. This is what I’ll be up to – follow my adventures here.
Chuuka gets my vote
A restaurant I’ve been waiting for since we first reported on it in March finally opens on July 3. And although some people reckon “fusion” is a dirty word, this – and so many more places in this fine city bringing two cuisines together – looks like it’s nailed the blending of two great food traditions.
Taking over the Jones Bay Wharf space once occupied by Flying Fish, Chuuka is run by two of this country’s most highly regarded chefs: Sokyo’s Chase Kojima, who brings the Japanese nous, and Victor Liong, of Melbourne’s Lee Ho Fook (he also did stints in Sydney at Mr Wong and the now-closed Marque), who brings extensive knowledge of Chinese food. The concept has some history. “Chuuka” were Chinese dishes introduced to Japan in the late 19th and 20th centuries by Chinese immigrants that were adapted for Japanese tastes. Check out our story on how the Pyrmont restaurant has given it its own spin.
Carriageworks’ Night Market goes wild
It happens twice a year: a huge evening of Australia’s best chefs and producers serving Sydneysiders delicious snacks and drinks in the one huge space. Kylie Kwong has curated it, as have Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate of Porteño. Now James Viles of Southern Highlands fine-diner Biota has pulled together a long and impressive crew for the July 19 Carriageworks Night Market.
The theme is “wild”, and he’s given the chefs and producers a brief to think creatively about where they’re sourcing ingredients from and to then use them in their entirety. The list of participating makers is long and impressive and you can find more info here.
Two Sydney fashion labels pop up in the CBD
You have until July 19 to stop by the Charlie Middleton x sixD store, that has opened for a short stint in the CBD. I’ve got a couple of bags by leather accessories brand Charlie Middleton and they’re soft, beautifully produced and handmade on Bondi Road with longevity in mind. It’s an ethos shared by sixD founder and jewellery designer Daisy Daet. She uses techniques such as wax casting and intricate wirework, and she sets gemstones by hand. It’s all handmade in her Sydney workshop using sterling silver, 14- to 18-carat gold, freshwater pearls, rubies, sapphires and other precious gemstones.
Book a weekend getaway
It sounds almost too good to be true: a villa floating just off the coast at Sydney’s Palm Beach, in the northern beaches. Yet it exists, and now the once-membership-only accommodation has opened its bookings to the general public. Lilypad used to be a whooping $3600 a month as part of a 12-month contract (or $43,200 a year), but now guests can book one-off stays or hire the space for events. On board there’s a loft bedroom with a king bed, a fireplace and an outdoor patio, and it comes with a private chef and a 40-bottle cellar.
A new bar to try
It’s been coming for months and now it’s open. Find Double Deuce Lounge in a basement a couple doors up from the Australian Stock Exchange. It’s a plush space with leather-lined booths, soulful tunes and retro snacks such as cheese cubes and cabanossi. I also like its two-person “kissing booth” and the good times in abundance care of the crew who also brought the CBD the Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern.
If beer and cider is your thing
The Sydney Craft Beer and Cider Fair rolls around for its eighth year at Sydney’s best bottle shop, The Oak Barrel. Meet the faces behind 22 Australian and international craft producers, and try more than 120 varieties of beers and ciders. (Actually, that seems like too many to try in an afternoon, but you could try that many if it were humanly possible.)
Buy something with your tax return
If you’re lucky enough to get a little cash back from the ATO, I reckon you should splash some on yourself, your main squeeze or your bestie. My fave homewares store is without a doubt Redfern’s DEA, run by Karin Huchatz, who has amassed not just one of the most exciting collections of artisanal pieces from Sydney and abroad, but has peppered her store with affordable, attainable selections. Trust me, once you visit you will return here for all your gift-buying needs.
But if you have to pay the ATO money …
… maybe you’ll appreciate this: Broadsheet’s guide to the 11 best happy hours. Or, take advantage of the 65 Sydney restaurants offering 50 per cent off your food bill until August 11.