Backchat - 17 November 2009

Aqua — Back to the ’80s

Guess what? Aqua — a loose affiliation of talentless Norwegian Eurovision rejects — has decided to wager its final shred of credibility on the decade that style forgot — that’s right, the ’80s.Apparently we oughtta ‘get back to’ the Reagan Era for some satellites, skinny ties, Top Gun, Twisted Sister, Mr T, moon boots, Dynasty,

Local - 15 November 2009

Fishing for Compliments

The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney: 28 Albion St, Surry Hills, NSW (02) 9289 0000 or After all these years the name Sebel still has the ring of louche abandonment about it. Of course, I’m referring to the now defunct Sebel Townhouse in Elizabeth Bay, the notorious rookery for the ‘mad, bad and dangerous to

Restaurant - 15 November 2009

Martin Place Bar Shows Spirit

Martin Place Bar: (02) 9231 5575 or The Martin Place Bar has revealed a hidden gem: its ‘Luxe Spirits’ Private Back Bar. Designed by SJB Interiors, the Private Back Bar provides a separate area for pre-dinner drinks, bar dining, event location, private dining room and lounging. Martin Place Bar owner Peter Wynne commented: “While it’s

Local - 15 November 2009


Liar Liar: 90 Kinkora Rd, Hawthorn VIC (03) 9818 8864 Salvatore Malatista has owned 72 venues and he’s only 36. How’d he do it? “You start when you’re 20, you have an appetite for risk, you don’t sleep and you trust and hire really talented people. You delegate a lot and cross your fingers.” venue

Restaurant - 5 November 2009

Top End Kitchen

Zhen’s Kitchen: 7/50 Smith St, Darwin NT Zhen’s Kitchen is a canteen-style Asian restaurant located in Darwin. Designed by Andrew Waller Design, the eclectic interior references the ‘Night Markets’ in Taipei where the counter areas have taken on the form of street trolley eateries with billboard-style street signage. It’s all about mismatched gung-ho furnishings comprised mainly