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!


Sydney’s Underrated Shopping Spots

A shared hobby between my mother and I is (and always has been) travelling to all corners of Sydney to find quaint, undiscovered shopping hubs. When our days off would align, there was never a question as to how we would spend the day – a mother, daughter bonding of sorts.

Throughout the years, our love for eclectic fashion and a good bargain has allowed us to uncover and explore various marketplaces, shopping complexes and outlet centres. As a result, we would love to share our agreed upon ‘ultimate underrated shopping spot’ list.

  1. Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre

Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre is by far one of my favourite spaces is Sydney. Boasting a picturesque waterfront backdrop in the heart of Drummoyne, the Outlet Centre offers designer high fashion and affordable everyday-wear alike.

This bargain hotspot offers high-profiled designers such as Oroton, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein at a premium price.

On a side note, after a few hours of shopping when you need to refuel, you’ll find plenty of hubs that can accomodate you taking some time out from that busy shopping schedule to indulge in a coffee and some cake, whilst enjoying the inner city view.


    2. Direct Factory Outlet (DFO), Homebush

Homebush Direct Factory Outlet hosts near all the same stores as the aforementioned Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, and more. In my opinion, Homebush caters more towards women searching for corporate wear, as there are many mid-range designers. I find when my workwear wardrobe needs more options, Homebush DFO is a great one-stop-shop!

Homebush DFO also houses homeware stores, Swarovski, Lacoste, Fossil and Sass and Bide.

Whilst the view might not be as picturesque and the traffic to and from can be painstaking, Homebush provides a wide range of stores that are jam-packed in one central family-friendly location.


3. Zimmermann Outlet

Located at 2E Hayes Rd, Rosebery, the Zimmermann Outlet is a Godsend.

Zimmermann is notorious for its whimsical and elegant style, as well as for their fine materials and craftsmanship. Whilst their pieces can easily devastate your wallet, the Rosebery outlet store provides on trend pieces at a fraction of the retail cost.

All I’m saying is, if I can leave the outlet with six pieces in my bag at the original retail price of one piece ($500/600), then I’m onto a good thing.

Although the trading hours are limited and finding a park feels like a scene from the Hunger Games – I promise you that the product and price point are worth it.

Thank me later.

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4. Fashion Spree Outlet, Liverpool

Located in the heart of South Western Sydney, Fashion Spree Outlet is a new direct factory outlet style facility that boasts a solid mid-range fashion repertoire.

Whilst some of the stores in the complex are lack lustre, the addition of Mimco, Bardot and David Lawrence makes the Fashion Spree a must visit.

Fashion Spree Outlet also has plenty of unregulated all-day parking, meaning this complex is a perfect shopping district during the festive holidays when all other shopping centres are unbearable.

    5. Bowral Streets

Bowral is a quaint village located within the Southern Highlands, over an hour out of Sydney.

We adore Bowral for one-off finds, including beautiful silver and leather works. Bowral is traditionally a high socio-economic area that accomodates mostly an aging population. As a result, the fashion pieces and homewares are both eclectic and traditional for local residents.

If you’re seeking  individual pieces made of high quality fabrics with fantastic finishes, it’s time to fill up your tank of fuel, pack some snacks for the trip and head down to Bowral.

   6. Bondi Streets

Shock horror, we all know Bondi is a fabulous shopping destination.

However, I would recommend that the next time you are in the area, stray away from Westfield’s Bondi Junction to explore the back streets of Bondi!

What I love about Bondi is their ‘op shops’, more commonly known as second-hand store.

As an appreciation of designer fashion, I was incredibly excited to uncover (and to share with you) that there are two luxury consignment stores just off the main street of Bondi.Whilst I haven’t had the opportunity to explore the rest of Bondi’s side streets any further,  I hope to sometime soon.

   7. The Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

I know, I know – the QVB doesn’t necessarily constitute an ‘undiscovered’ space, however, I honestly think that people overlook the Queen Victoria Building when ‘city’ shopping. Whilst I acknowledge that the structure of the QVB and the decadence and lavish nature of it can be imposing, don’t let that scare you away from more affordable retailers hidden in the building. Yes, the QVB does hold some expensive one-off stores, but I do find that if you are patient, you can find a bargain, or at the very least, a beautiful one off piece.