Sydney’s Hidden Eateries

1. 1821 – Made in Greece

I can unreservedly proclaim that 1821, located at 122 Pitt St, Sydney, is the most glamorous, opulent and satisfying dining experience on offer in Sydney’s central business district.

Over three levels of Athenian inspired interior design, paying homage to the Greek revolution against the Ottomans, designer Dimitris Economou has established a unparalled and awe-inspiring venue that is both opulent and sophisticated. Paying tribute to the traditions, heritage and future of Greece, attention to detail is obvious in the design and execution of the interiors, food, staffing, etc.

“I employed a designer from Greece and flew him in to design it,” Kospetas says. “He is a highly regarded in Greece. The whole essence of 1821 is that we want it designed and built in Greece so it actually is a Greek interior.”

Backer Jim Kospetas — who drove the opening of the successful Alpha restaurant in Sydney’s CBD Hellenic Club — says the fitout costs are climbing but added that he is confident the project will have a midyear start.

“It’s been very expensive,” he says. “I don’t think we’re going to get much change out of $2m. It may even get up as high as $3m. But we’re taking Greek food to the next level.”

 The Daily Telegraph

The stunning high ceilings, powerful columns, detailed white horses mounted to the venue entry and wide windows creates an unrivalled eatery appropriate for formal gatherings, and/or casual Friday night drinks with colleagues.

Whether you are enticed by the delights on the desert menu, the finger-licking good main dishes or the reasonably priced (yet ever so fancy) beverages, 1821 has to be next on your ‘to go‘ list!


Make a reservation

Ph. (02) 8080 7070


2. Gemelle Ristorante Italiano

Hidden in the side streets of Liverpool sits a fine-dining white tablecloth experience that will not disappoint you (or your purse strings). During a weeknight, Gemelle provides sensational dishes thriving off fresh ingredients, attention to detail and exceptional unobtrusive customer service. On a weekend, Gemelle has proven to be a suitable location for parties and events, oozing an undeniable sense sophistication and charm. Frankly, Gemmelle is the George Clooney of the suburban Italian food restaurants.

Recent interior upgrades such as the addition of stone walls, an impressive glass clear on restaurant floor and winding staircase leading to an upstairs function centre are individual features of the eatery. Down-lights and jazz music add to the flair and up-scale ambience of the restaurant, particularly on busy Saturday evenings.

Whilst dishes are arguably slightly dearer than counterpart restaurants, the overall dining experience and quality of the produce and foods are unrivalled, transporting you from the back streets of the western suburbs to the most elegant eatery in Sydney. In the event that you are searching for alternative locations for a date night or event outside of the central business district, ensure 79 Bathurst St, Liverpool is at the top of your list.


Make a reservation

Ph: 02 9602 5294

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3. The Public Dining Room

Okay, so perhaps this suggestion is cheating as Balmoral’s The Public Dining Room isn’t necessarily ‘underrated‘, however, on the basis that I knew nothing about it until the moment I ate at the restraunt, for arguments sake, it’s underrated.

The Public Dining Room is an incredibly upmarket venue that boasts unobstructed breathtaking views over the picturesque Balmoral Beach. Having only eaten at the restraunt on Valentine’s Day 2016, of which I cannot recall whether there was a set menu for the evening, the lasting impression of the food was that the kitchen delivered.

Whilst prices are on the higher end, The Public Dining Room is not a venue that one would dine at on a regular basis, instead it would be reserved for special occasions. Considering the beauty of the venue, the professionalism of staff, abilities of kitchen staff and opulance of the interiors, one can make an exception and for-out $40(ish) dollars per meal every so often.


Make a reservation

Ph. (02) 9968 4880


Happy dining!


Christmas Gift Guide: Women who have Everything!

Listen up here Santa, (or my family if you are reading) – it’s time we talk business.

A Christmas Gift Guide for women who have it all, or are super picky.

Year after consecutive year, the same question. Year after consecutive year, responded to with an identical answer.

“What do you want for Christmas?”

“I don’t want anything. I work. Everything I want, I own.”

Whilst some may see this as a polite response from a humble young woman, who does not want to financially impose or force expectations onto others, for me, this is a legitimate conundrum.

I identify as that woman who has everything. That woman whose name you dread picking for Chris Kringle. That woman who has everything and is painfully picky. That woman.

Whether you are the parents, boyfriend, best friend or colleague of that woman, I would be obliged to provide you with a Christmas present guide for 2016. This is equally my Christmas wish list, so Listen up here Santa, (or my boyfriend if you are reading) – it’s time we talk business.

As a disclaimer, you may look at this gift guide and question where my sense of reality is. Gifts for $100-$500 – is she crazy?! No, no – not crazy. Every family does Christmas differently. Some save up for the whole year to purchase a huge gift, whilst others purchase a small gift as mere symbolism. Irrespective of how you celebrate Christmas, there are options for everyone on any budget.

I acknowledge that others like myself who tend to have expensive taste, might be hard to buy for. I suggest that depending on how close you are to the giftee and how you approach Christmas gifts, you could either purchase or offer to contribute to a larger purchase that the giftee is saving for. Let’s be honest here, there are a lot of twenty-something year old women with a savings account dedicated to their dream designer handbags or shoes. A humble fifty-dollar contribution to said account makes for a beautiful and thoughtful gift.

Likewise, other stunning gifts available in 2016 for women who have it all, include the following…

*drum roll please*

  1. Zimmermann Lace Scallop Waist Belt

Zimmermann is recognised as an elegant and eclectic designer, that does not compromise 2cfff388577a8321e19f41e242cc9d03on quality or finishes. Weighing in at the $120 price point, the Scallop Waist Belt is available in both mink (nude) and black. The stunning leather piece somewhat resembles the previous Zimmermann Filigree range ((pictured to the right)that is still available in the Zimmermann Outlet, Rosebery). Made of supple leather, the on-trend piece is both versatile and timeless.

2. Monogrammed Small Leather Goods (SLG’s)

It is apparent by my previous blog Personalising a Trend: Monogram, that I am the loudest cheerleader for hot stamped leather. There are items for every price bracket and styles that cater to individual taste. I am personally eye-ing out Monpurse’s Crescent Grainy Cosmetic Case in the large size. The beauty of shopping for women (in my experience), is no matter how many cosmetic cases or SLG’s they have, there is always room for more. It doesn’t matter if that woman already has a cosmetics bag, the real question is – does she have a leather one with her initials monogrammed onto it?

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3. The Daily Edited (TDE) Leather Stickers 

I’m going to call it – The Daily Edited co-founders are by far the most ingenious business women! Sydney women (and men) are absolute suckers for TDE’s glamorous and youthful take on monogrammed leather goods. Long behold, the girls have come up with a new product where leather stickers are sold to further personalise your hotstamped item.

‘Customisation just got even more fun with our new range of leather stickers with adhesive backing illustrated by Aaron Favaloro.Stick them to your pouch, phone case, bag, whatever works! You can never have too many of these little bad boys.’

At the affordable price point of $20, the stickers are ever so playful. This gift is perfect as a Chris Kringle gift, or for a colleague that you are close with. It is also highly unlikely that the recipient will have already purchased any of these stickers, let alone know about them, as they were only launched recently.

I have already purchased and fallen in love with the French Bulldog sticker. I can attest to the fact that their adhesive will not damage your SLG or pouch and that you will receive many compliments on the accessory.

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4. Leather Bag

It wouldn’t be right of me without suggesting gifting one of my favourite items ever… Bags!

*shock horror*

A beautiful piece that I have been lusting over is again, one of Zimmermann’s pieces. The Circular Link Bag was sent down from the heavens with my name written all over it. Experiencing this bag in store was a remarkable experience – I have literally never felt such beautifully supple, yet robust leather in my life. The craftmanship reminds me of Moroccan leather bags that my mother used to buy me as a child. I equally appreciate that there is no branding on the bag and the real hero is the design and quality. I note that whilst this woman has it ‘all’, this is most definitely a underhyped piece that you are highly unlikely to see on the streets.

Let’s not ignore that the bag is priced at $550 – however this could be one of the pieces that you contribute towards.

5. Experiences

Stating the obvious when I explain that if someone already owns a lot, paying money for them to experience something is an easy conclusion. I don’t think it matters how many times someone jumps out of a plane or goes to see their favourite band, the experience is different every time.

Why not scower Red Balloon , invest in a New Years Eve event or merely purchase them a gift card for a facial. To some, money spent on memories is more of an investment than money spend on anything else. I would however drop hints to the recipient of the gift before you go ahead with the purchase, as to some this isn’t the case and they would prefer material possessions.

6. Donations to Charity

Tis the season of giving, right?

For my family, Christmas is a time of religious worship and a time to celebrate the family unit. For us, irrespective of how much you spend on another, there always a tradition to spend some money in the recipient’s name, to worthy charity.

I love this tradition as you inadvertently feel like you have contributed to a less privileged individuals festive experiences. Again, this gift idea depends upon the individual whose name it would theoretically be donated in. Obviously this road isn’t for everyone, but I would encourage you to consider – if someone is privileged enough to own so much that they are hard to buy for, is it perhaps a wise thing to provide another with basic necessities instead?

I love charities that provide you with little tokens that stipulate where your money went with a Christmas message. Last year I invested in World Vision, whilst the year before I donated to Catholic Missionary Work. Again, each to their own, yet the option is always open.

Irrespective of what you purchase for that special lady, your family member, your friend or the person you drew in Secret Santa, never forget that thought and effort accounts for a lot more than a monetary fund in this day and age.