People - 24 March 2010

Shannon Bennett

The chef behind Australia’s best French restaurant, Vue de monde, has always done things his way. But with new cafés, and a move upstairs to the top of the Rialto tower, is he riding himself into the ground? Photo: Corey Sleap How does a Westie kid go from chip shops and milkbars to become one

Backchat - 17 March 2010

Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man

Mumford & Sons is a band. Which might sound bleeding obvious, but surely they could just as easily be a goldfield-era ironmongery firm? If I saw the words embossed into the cast iron frame of a pedalboard sewing machine I wouldn’t bat an eyelid. But riding high atop the Triple J Hot 100? Well, that’s

Café - 15 March 2010

Mastering the Senses

Sensory Lab: David Jones, 297 Lt Collins St, Melbourne, VIC (03) 9643 2222 or St Ali owner and coffee evangelist, Salvatore Malatesta, wants to ‘own’ the coffee learn space, just as, he says, Apple ‘owns’ the touch space. Malatesta has got one up on Apple though; because with the opening of Sensory Lab, which

Live Music - 15 March 2010

QPAC’s Fresh Face

QPAC: Cnr Grey and Melbourne Sts, South Bank QLD (07) 3840 7444 or QPAC Director John Kotzas knows this performing arts centre like the back of his hand. QPAC was coming up to 25 years of operation when he became very aware that things had to change. As a venue it needed to be

Alfresco - 15 March 2010

Simply Bovine Darling

Norman Hotel: 120 Ipswich Rd, Woollongabba QLD (07) 3391 5022 or ‘The worst vegetarian restaurant in Brisbane’, trumpets the proud calling card of the Norman Hotel. Those looking for rabbit food, can well, just sod off — the Norman is all about meat! When the Hotel caught fire recently — right in the middle of

Local - 15 March 2010

Louche Laruche

Laruche: 680 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD (07) 3666 0880 or It’s not often we get to use the word ‘phantasmagorical’ in venue but it could almost have been invented to describe this new venue in Fortitude Valley. Laruche is owned by Elie Moubarak (he of Lychee Bar fame) and he’s once again joined

Bar - 15 March 2010

King’s Vault

Victorians can be sneaky — recently a bunch of them were found crossing state lines into the heart of the NSW big smoke, finding an abandoned warehouse no one would ordinarily look twice at, then smuggling in and plying innocent Sydneysiders with their bootleg alcohol. All because of that old ‘pro’ word… ‘pro’motion. Tourism Victoria

Restaurant - 15 March 2010


Club Blakehurst: 12 Merriman Street, Blakehurst NSW (02) 9546 4731 or Club Blakehurst in New South Wales succumbed to fire in 2007, but its spirit did not. While the club was being rebuilt by Tony Owen Partners, the bowlers kept bowling and the club adjusted its focus towards families. venue talked to Greg Payne,

Casino - 10 March 2010

Swinging From The Chandelier

Adelaide Casino North Terrace, Adelaide SA (08) 8212 2811 or The Adelaide Casino was wasting good gaming space on an entrance corridor when it could have been packed full of punters trying their luck at roulette and blackjack. This epiphany set off a $5m revamp of said entrance, Marble Hall, and the addition of