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Guy Griffin

Bel & Brio

This month, Guy Griffin checks out Bel and Brio, a triple-threat bar, restaurant and food emporium at Barangaroo.

Restaurant Hubert

I like a mysterious door. That one beneath the opulent Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala is a beauty. The back-story is that six secret vaults have been discovered under the temple and the doors to five of them have already been prised open. Inside each vault were massive piles of vintage jewels, solid gold statues and coins, with an estimated value of US 20 billion.

Unicorn Hotel

Sydney’s pubs have survived plagues, temperance ladies, Royal Commissions, sly grog shops, criminal elements, police busts, and state regulation. Still, every few decades we seem to have a screaming bout of the guilts about being a hard drinking town. The latest lock-out laws wind the clock back to the six o’clock swill curfew that marked the close of a day’s trading in the 40’s and 50s (“Time Please Gentlemen !” ). It seems the Lord Mayor finally has her wish to turn Kings Cross into a ‘family friendly’ zone. Hmmm….

St Claudes

The two bottles on the bar – a Lafite Rothschild ’88 and a JL Chave Hermitage ’06 – say it all. They say BYO nights are back. And so, naturally, are the local wine mavens.