The Star: June 22, 2017

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coogee, potts point, paddington, newport...

sydney’s a foodies paradise!

TRAVEL I 2

Sydney needs little introduction. Chances

are if you’ve visited Sydney a few times, you

would have stuck mainly to the beaten track;

shopping in the CBD, Bondi Junction and

down Oxford Street; lunching in and around

the harbour and at Wooloomooloo Wharf,

maybe a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach or a

day trip to Manly and the Northen beaches

on the Ferry. While I’d happily spend every

trip doing just this, there are unsurprisingly

some pockets of amazingness to be found

not too far away from these favourite haunts.

A great way to venture in to some new

Sydney neighbourhoods is to use the

Merivale Group as a starting point. The

hospitality superweights, established by the

Hemmes family has a growing portfolio of

more than 65 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels

and function spaces that are all spectacularly

unique. It appears that they have the

hospitality midas touch with all their venues,

opening to steller reviews for both food and

ambience.

On the eastern side of Sydney, Merivale’s

Coogee Pavilion is somewhere you can easily

spend a day. Complete with petanque, giant

magnetic scrabble, ping pong and an in-house

theatrette, it’s a venue that ticks the boxes

for every age. A market style food court

concept inhabits the ground level, offering

oysters to wood-fire pizza. On the rooftop

the four indoor and outdoor bars, have huge

balconies that boast wraparound views of the

Coogee shoreline.

Coogee is really Bondis little unappreciated

sister. You’ll find a swim at the pictureque

Whylie’s or McIver’s Baths, one of the few

remaining womens only ocean pools, located

on the rocks next to Coogee Beach, is right

up there with Bondi’s Icebergs pool. Coogee

carries a less pretentious air than its Bondi

neighbours and has the added bonus of being

either the start or finish of the popular Bondi

to Coogee coastal walk.

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Another infamous place many people visit

in Sydney is Kings Cross. But step sideways

a few metres and you’ll end up in Potts Point.

Worlds apart in terms of sophistication and

grandeur, here you’ll find the home to a

growing number of Merivale’s restaurants.

Behind a door bathed in pink neon on

Victoria Street, you’ll find Ms G’s which is

‘modern Asian’ and will be ‘unlike anything

you’ve ever experienced before’. The graffiticovered

walls, uber stylish lighting and jam jar

decorated ceiling are hipster cool. The menu is

exceptional too and mashes together the very

best combination of Chinese to

Vietnamamese, to Korean.

While you’re in Potts Point if you’re

interested in architecture, you may want to

visit Elizabeth Bay House to appreciate the

grand old architecture of yesteryear or visit

Macleay St which has plenty of clothing

boutiques. Potts Point is often referred to

as the little France of Sydney, with beautiful

tree-lined streets, art deco terrace houses and

european styled cafes, you’re bound to spot

plenty of expensive sports cars and lap dogs

sitting pretty amongst the euro styled locals.

You couldn’t mention Merivale without

covering the Ivy complex in the CBD. Home

to award-winning restaurants, Sydney’s only

rooftop pool bar, numerous event spaces

and leading fashion and lifestyle retailers, the

Ivy ensures the perfect CBD outing starts in

George street.

While many of us won’t be wanting to don

a bikini and head to the super glitzy pool club

on the top floor, The Ivy’s Felix and Ash St.

Cellar in comparison offer an oasis of relative

maturity.

Fred’s and Charlie’s Parkers, Merivale’s

highly-anticipated Paddington venues, which

opened towards the end of last year, are both

venues worth visiting if you hit the Oxford

Street shopping strip.

31 kms north of the CBD on the

stunning shores of Pittwater, another of Justin

Hemme’s renovations, The Newport makes

a great pitstop if you’re heading north on a

day-trip to the stunning northern beaches of

Avalon or Palm Beach.

Boasting Australia’s largest outdoor waterfront

beer garden, The Newport like all of the

Merivale Groups ventures has multiple,

eclectic, themed spaces to drink and dine in.

With live music often playing and a ‘vintage

gymnasium’ with badminton, exercise bikes

that can charge mobile phones, ping pong

tables, outdoor petanque and concrete table

tennis courts, there’s no shortage of

entertainment.

Like the Coogee Pavilion, the Newport

menu is based on a community market

concept, where different food stalls feature

everything from a grass-fed beef burger and

fresh shucked oysters, to spit-roasted pork,

fresh pastries and a pizzeria and salad bar too.

As a word of warning, if you visit one of

Merivale’s venues you’re sure to get hooked.

And as you should always be prepared to pack

an extra bag to fill with shopping on a trip to

Sydney, once you’ve discovered the Merivale

venus, also prepare to pack on a couple of kgs

from sampling the incredible assortment of

mouthwatering restaurants.

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