Monthly Archives: October 2011

“A New Taste of India” at Blue Hotel

Last night, we were fortunate to be invited to ‘A New Taste of India’ at Blue Hotel, Sydney to watch Executive chef Kiran Arora showcase his culinary flair.

This exhibition of fine Indian splendour was part of the crave Sydney International Food Festival and we were introduced to some new and innovative cooking techniques and presentation skills.


"A New Taste of India" at Blue Hotel

As a special one night only event, guests on the night were treated to a four-course delectable display of New Delhi delights which embellished the senses. And with a sprinkling of sequinned Bollywood dancers, the night left us giddy on our feet with the sweet, cheeky sounds of hypnotic Bhangra and Dandiya folklore music echoing in our ears… Hooray for Bollywood!

Scott Winter


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Review: Izakaya Fujiyama

“No bookings policy”. The three words I detest most about today’s dining scene. In futile resistance, I regularly suggest to friends that we dine at my long list of reliable “bookings-accepted” establishments, rather than give-in to this dining trend. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I’m impatient or don’t have the time, I just find the whole concept rather self-indulgent. Rather than the good old “the-customer-is-always-right” notion, it suggests that the customer can wait, because we’re that good.  Which, well, in saying that, they probably are. And two restaurants that I regularly make exceptions for are Phamish in Darlinghurst and Toko in Surry Hills. I will wait for their duck pancakes and wagyu beef nigiri. For an eternity. But new restaurants, I’m a tough cookie to entice. But the lure of Izakaya Fujiyama, with its impressive 14/20 score from tough-to-please critic  Terry Durack and its cool 2010 location (next door to El Capo and Orto Trading Co), forced me to crack.

Izakaya Fuijiyama

We arrive in perfect timing, beating a large group to the one table remaining. The place is alive with large groups of hip Surry Hill-siders getting into the Friday night spirit. With a glass of plum wine in hand, I admit, this place is pretty cool and I could definitely see myself sitting at the bar as a regular. After quite a wait, the food arrives in dribs and drabs – which, presumably, is their izakaya philosophy. However it is the order at which the dishes arrive that is unusual and at odds with the usual taste bud sequence with salmon nigiri arriving after our ‘main’ dishes. The grilled mackerel was laden in a pool of mash which lost the clean, simple flavours of this fish however, the agedeshi tofu was beautiful in all its crisp yet jellylike glory. Chef Kenji Maenaka (formerly from Bodega) brings Sydneysiders a different style of dining which is refreshing yet still a little raw on the edges.

Izakaya Fujiyama

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Johnandpetercanteen Launch at CarriageWorks

Last night, in celebration of the opening of Johnandpetercanteen, the industrial CarriageWorks building came to life. Draping from the ceilings were elegant white strings while the tables were filled with gigantic slabs of cheese, grapes and decadent nibbles. Waiters lingered with platters of drinks, ready to replenish every empty glass while John and Peter themselves mingled with their guests.

Many of the guests were clients of johnandpeter catering who were all keen to avidly share their always-incredible experiences with the team. The evening was a fabulous success and the perfect end to a long weekend.

Johnandpeter Canteen is now open for dinner, Wednesday to Saturday at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh.

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