Three newbies

August 2010

An interesting bunch this month: first up, a “ya boo sucks” for a local chef (for me, anyway) who’s moved to Neutral Bay. Neutral Bay Bar & Dining (132 Military Road, Ph 9953 5853) means that no longer do I have Alex Kearns’ clever and comfortable food just down the road at Glebe Point Diner (407 Glebe Point Road, Ph 9660 2646) although from all accounts, GPD is still delivering the goods. As, from all accounts (have had several gushy emails haven’t tried myself yet), is NBBD. Good on you, Alex.

Second, there’s a new place at King Street Wharf, Vessel (Ground floor, Macquarie Building, 1 Shelley Street Ph 9295 5070), the latest venture for the Vardis group that also has Kingsley’s Australian Steakhouse and Velero, both at Woolloomooloo (and, yes, I can spell it without spell check because I used to live there.) It looks pretty spiffy, but I haven’t tried it yet, either — reports, please.

And, finally, Madame Char Char (285A Crown Street Ph 9380 4411) is described as “a boutique takeaway/dine-in chicken store with a Middle Eastern touch” and run by Flat White Café owners Damien (chef) and Justine Morley. Damien, a former Kiwi, worked as sous chef at Morans in Potts Point and was head chef at the Brooklyn Hotel before going out on his own with Justine. Again, any feedback welcome.

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