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Recipes by Christine Manfield
21.02.2017

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Cirrus, Sydney review
20.02.2017

Cirrus moves the Bentley team down to the water and into more lighthearted territory without sacrificing polish, writes Pat Nourse.

How to grow rocket
20.02.2017

A vegetable patch without rocket lacks a great staple, according to Mat Pember. The perennial performer is a leaf for all seasons.

50BestTalks brings World’s best chefs to Sydney and Melbourne
16.02.2017

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Toby Wilson, Sean McManus and Jon Kennedy to open Bad Hombres
16.02.2017

Expect Mexican-Asian flavours and an all-natural wine list from two of Sydney’s edgier operators.

Local Knowledge: Moscow
16.02.2017

Director of Shakespeare theatre company Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan walks us through the essential sights and his favourite cafes and restaurants of his hometown.

On the Pass: Danielle Rensonnet
16.02.2017

Bellota chef Danielle Rensonnet talks us through the current menu at the restaurant and her favourite summer ingredients.

Melbourne's Tomato Festival is back in 2017
15.02.2017

Returning for another year, Melbourne’s Tomato Festival is ripe with cooking demonstrations, talks, and produce stalls dedicated to plump produce.

Big Poppa's to open on Oxford Street

Lewis Jaffrey's Dirty Rob cocktail

Lewis Jaffrey's Dirty Rob cocktail

It's a case of goodbye sailor and hello daddy as a pair of Sydney nightlife players take over one of Oxford Street's most prized sites. Lewis Jaffrey, a Scots-born veteran of the Swillhouse Group (Shady Pines, The Baxter Inn, Frankie's), and The Lobo Plantation's Jared Merlino are turning late-night Darlinghurst fixture Hello Sailor into Big Poppa's, and it sounds mighty promising.

The look, Jaffrey says, will be very different. Upstairs will be an Italian restaurant; the chef is yet to be named, but the focus is going to be cheese. Downstairs, meanwhile, will be a cocktail lounge that plays nothing but hip-hop, from Grandmaster Flash to Kendrick Lamar. (Biggie Smalls, Jaffrey reckons, "was the original big poppa".)

And the drinks? They'll be made by none other than Jaffrey himself. It's been some time since he's been behind the stick, having been kicked upstairs into more of a management role at Swillhouse in recent years, but he assures us he still knows one end of a bar spoon from the other.

"It's been a while, I know, but it's time to dust off the rusty shaker and put it to work again," he says. There'll be a run of old classics like the Champs Elysees, Algonquin and a Pegu Club mixed in with some "more playful" drinks like pimped-up versions of the West Indies Yellow Bird and a Sunshine Fizz.

The site is licensed till three, and the plan is to serve food right the way through. Jaffrey and Merlino say they're looking at a July opening, so some of Sydney, at least, looks set to stay open. Bring it on.

Big Poppa's will open in July 2016, 96 Oxford St, Darlinghurst.

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