nel. restaurant – Sydney City

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nel. Restaurant would definitely have made my list of top 5 eats of 2016 – if only I’d gotten round to putting up this post before the end of the year!

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Circa 1876 – Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, Regional NSW

circa 1876 chicken

The recent long weekend finally gave me a chance to visit my best friend’s parents’ place up in the Hunter Valley! Plus it was her birthday, so we headed over to Circa 1876 for a celebratory lunch.

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The Ledbury – Notting Hill, London, UK

Fillet of Belted Galloway Beef with Celeriac Baked in Juniper, Bone Marrow and Crisp Potato

Fillet of Belted Galloway Beef with Celeriac Baked in Juniper, Bone Marrow and Crisp Potato

On a holiday, where you manage to go to a 1 Michelin Star restaurant (which also holds the #7 spot on the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants index) as well as a 2 Michelin Star restaurant – I think it’s fair to say you’ve done pretty well. While my 1 Michelin Star experience can be revisited here, my 2 Star experience was for my birthday at The Ledbury in the beautiful suburb of Notting Hill, London.

Jowl of Tamworth Pork with Apricots, Girolles and Caramalised Almonds

Jowl of Tamworth Pork with Apricots, Girolles and Caramalised Almonds

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The Sailors Club – Rose Bay, Sydney

Duck Leg, Apple, White Onion, Silverbeet ($33)

Duck Leg, Apple, White Onion, Silverbeet ($33)

Waterfront dining – what’s not to like? The Mother and I went to the Sailors Club for lunch when it first opened, and as it’s quite close by we decided to head there for an impromptu dinner on Sunday night. It was surprisingly empty when we arrived, but it slowly filled up. Sunday is a slow night  I guess – so slow that we were told they only had one chef on entrees, one on mains and one on dessert…these poor three people had to then cater for a family group of 10 (I hope they had assistants to help them out). The setting is really beautiful though, with a view of the harbour and the Rose Bay promenade all lit up, and many other shimmering lights across the other side of the harbour.

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