posted in: Café, Global on October 15, 2014




Sisterfields Cafe

Kerobokan, Bali

Melbourne architecture and interior design practice Travis Walton Architecture (TWA) has been shortlisted for both the prestigious FX International Interior Design Awards and the IDEA ‘Designer of the Year’ Awards.

The firm is being recognised for its Sisterfields hospitality project in Bali. According to TWA Director Travis Walton, the brief was to create a venue that would appeal to the sophisticated international traveller and complement the luxurious surroundings, while maintaining a strong connection between the indoors and outdoors.

“The final design consists of a series of ‘pockets’ that flow seamlessly into one another, including a bright front terrace and entranceway, an airy interior dining space and a private courtyard,” Walton says.


posted in: Club & RSL, Function Space, Local on October 14, 2014

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789 Botany Rd, Rosebery NSW 2018
(02) 9669 2828 or

The Clubhouse is situated in the up-and-coming social neighbourhood of Rosebery and linked to Surf Life Saving Australia’s National Headquarters, drawing inspiration from Surf Life Saving’s long and rich history. The interiors were designed by Bellwood Group.

Unlike the beachside feel typically found in a clubhouse setting, the bite, liquor and coffee venue is located within a mixed use area compromising of residential, commercial and industrial developments. The area is perfectly situated to welcome a venue of this nature, providing a typical Clubhouse environment and social setting for patrons.

Surf Life Saving Australia has had a strong community focus since 1907, and this along with looking back from the sea towards the city inspired the conceptual design of the Clubhouse. The venue is designed to provide the industrialised community with an environment they would generally feel when walking into a clubhouse amongst family, friends and neighbours.


posted in: Bar, Function Space, Local, Restaurant on October 7, 2014



The Wine Chapel

Burch Family Wines, 543 Miamup Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284
(08) 9756 5200 or

The Wine Chapel nestles companionably next to the existing Howard Park Cellar Door at Burch Family Wines holdings in Margaret River’s Cowaramup. It’s a premium wine tasting space, the only facility of its kind and is expected to boost the high-end tourism market’s thirst for personalised wine experiences.

“This is a place to come to share and build wine knowledge and experience the Margaret River’s rich history,” says Burch Family Wines’ co owner Amy Burch.

“It is designed for those who are looking for that little extra – who want to learn about wine, get behind the scenes and enjoy tastings in an intimate, personable environment. To experience a truly sensory indulgence incorporating the particular sounds and perfume of a working winery.”


posted in: Bar, Local on September 26, 2014




The Lock-In

2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015
(02) 9699 2225 or

The Grounds of Alexandria has a secret it has been keeping under lock and key.

The Lock-In, The Grounds’ newest venue, offers a room in which to privately indulge and enjoy the freedom of seclusion, all situated within The Potting Shed Bar & Restaurant. Hidden behind a huge door, The Lock-In offers a space for guests and their friends to escape – where staff take your coat and you take your time.

Lucky guests (the space is exclusive) will enjoy their own personal bar, with hand selected bar staff, whilst sampling the treasure trove of small-batch spirits.

“We created The Lock-In as a place guests can come with their family, friends or colleagues without being disturbed,” says co-director Ramzey Choker. “Nothing leaves these four walls leaving guests free to reveal their secrets, vent their stresses and discuss their deepest desires with their nearest and dearest.”

The Lock-In is open to hire for functions and events. The venue will be available Monday through to Sunday with maximum capacity for seated dining at 20 persons and maximum for cocktail-style service at 40 persons.


posted in: Bar, Local, Restaurant on September 22, 2014

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Kwan Brothers:
43 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley QLD

Brisbane Hotelier and Midas-fingered entrepreneur Damian Griffiths’ newest venue, Kwan Brothers, is an Asian pop culture mashup of a warehouse bar featuring Asian street food. Griffiths, the man behind Alfred & Constance, Limes Hotel and Roof Top Bar, Alfredo’s Pizzeria and Chester Street, has again partnered with long-time co-conspirator, Brisbane designer Alexander Lotersztain (Derlot).


posted in: Local, Restaurant on September 22, 2014

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Cho Cho San:
73 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW
(02) 9331 6601 or


Having come together with the opening of The Apollo in Potts Point nearly three years ago, Restaurateurs Sam Christie and Jonathan Barthelmess have given themselves a new challenge:

Cho Cho San, an interpretation of Tokyo’s izakaya. “We’ve been working really hard on The Apollo and really loving it, but wanted to start something with more of a drinks focus as well as the food,” Jonathan told venue.


posted in: Local, Restaurant on September 18, 2014

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Din Tai Fung Central Park:
Central Park Shopping Centre, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW

Central Park, Sydney’s newest, lifestyle über mall, has a smorgasbord of perky food outlets, but perhaps none perkier than Din Tai Fung. Inspired by the restaurant’s origins in Taipei, the Design Clarity interior design draws on the simplified street market/cityscape elements that are famous throughout Asia, and features a theatrical ‘display kitchen’ playing on the celebrated ‘vendors cart’, which showcases the precision and culinary skills that create the edible artwork of each dumpling.


posted in: Bar, Local, Pub on September 18, 2014

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Mid Level, Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, Melbourne

Story: Paddy Macrae 

On opening night, South Bank’s latest ‘destination boozer’ is abuzz. I’m transported back to my gap year, crossing off a list of the beer halls of Munich and Berlin. This time around though there was no air travel involved, I can order a stein in English and, dare I say it, the beer is better. Maddison Architects has done a truly remarkable job transforming its previous work on the space’s predecessor in Blue Train. It’s unrecognisable.


posted in: Bar, Local, Restaurant on September 18, 2014

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Stokehouse City:

7 Alfred Place, Melbourne VIC
(03) 9525 5555 or

Story: Mark Davie

After operating out of the same iconic building on St Kilda’s esplanade for a quarter century, Stokehouse has been on the road this year. The restaurant  has been reincarnated twice since a fire razed the 110-year old tea rooms; once as a pop up on the demolished site, and now again as Stokehouse City, a good number of leagues from the beachside site.


posted in: Café, Local on September 18, 2014


Burnham Beeches, Piggery Café:

1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke VIC
(03) 9021 2100 or


Big-name chefs such as, Vue de monde’s Shannon Bennett, arenroutinely bribed and cajoled into opening signature restaurants in billion-dollar developments: Melbourne, Dubai, Shanghai… they drop into the inbox at the rate of once every month or so. Done hastily, and you’ve spread yourself thinner than the gold leaf on the dessert menu. Very quickly, you can lose the essence of your brand as a restaurateur. So it takes considerable resolve to ignore the background roar of developers and stay true to your goals.