Monday, January 31st, 2011

All images © Katie Quinn Davies

Woweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, it’s HOT here in Sydney this week. All week we’re in the mid to high 30′s and what with the humidity in the evenings hitting 85-90%, as an Irish-woman it’s a serious tester of my abilities (or lack there-of) to keep my cool in such sticky, humid and hot conditions.

Work-wise this week for me it’s week two of the cookbook shoot I am working on, due to this week being as busy as it is, I’m leaving 2 or 3 new recipes I want to feature on the blog until this weekend coming when I have set aside Saturday to cook and shoot some new dishes, but until then I wanted to upload some shots I did last week for a new local restaurant.

About 4 weeks ago, just after NYE, a new restaurant opened up in Rozelle village, in a spot literally just around the corner from our house called; It was a huge welcome arrival to myself and my husband, especially as we felt the area was crying out for an evening restaurant which offered seriously healthy, super-tasty, eco-friendly fare. Since the restaurant’s opening, myself and the better half have been regulars, dining at least once or twice a week. I constantly wax lyrical to family and friends about this “amazing new eatery – literally a stones throw from our house, which offers the freshest, tastiest fish and stunning, healthy sides”. To me, there is nothing better than receiving a beautifully simple piece of cooked fish, minimally presented on a stylish plate with a chargrilled lemon wedge and then a bounty of stunning side salads and crusty bread to accompany a crisp, cold Aussie white – especially in this full-on Sydney summer heat. An additional bonus for me and what I first noticed about during my first visit 4 days after their official opening, was the incredible attention to detail from a design point-of-view.

As an ex-graphic designer, from my angle it’s always extra special to see a new business embracing and following through their brand and identity to a level of design sleekness that have. From the simple white/grey/dark wood colour-scheme featuring classic Bentwood chairs to the graphic blackboard, ambient lighting and – my fave; the fish scale inspired tiles on the walls of the restaurant (latter are a gorgeous touch). All together the atmospehere in the restaurant – added to the super friendly and welcoming staff, is polished, sleek yet simple, un-intimidating and totally unpretentious.

The Northern Territory Humpty Doo barramundi is my fave at the moment (when I saw the ‘Humpty Doo’ name first, there was no way I couldn’t give it a try), which pairs perfectly with a side of their pickled radish, green bean, apple and watercress and a portion of the twice cooked hand-cut sebago chips (THE best chips I have ever tasted here in Oz and the sort you get cravings for at really odd times of the day!)

The ‘Fish bar with a green heart’ is a family operation, run primarily by owners Michael (head chef) and Michelle Grand-Milkovic (Maître d’) – a gorgeous couple who put their total heart and soul into this restaurant which sells only sustainable fish and promotes recycling – so much so on the latter that all their used cooking oil is collected and turned into Biodiesel along with using 100% post consumer recycled paper on all their menus and company stationery and all their food waste is sent to Earth Power, where it is converted into green energy and organic fertilisers. It’s wonderful to see such a massive effort from such a young and small operation. A fantastic effort guys.

Michael and Michelle describe their restaurant as:

“The philosophy is simple – serve great food and support a more sustainable future. offers the best possible seafood from ethical & sustainable sources and lightens its footprint through green initiatives. We may be small but we can still do our bit to protect this beautiful planet of ours. Whether you dine in or take away, we welcome you to share the difference. Sustainability is not just an ideal, but small collective steps to a greener future”.

More details about this wonderful new venture can be found at the restaurant’s website is located at 580 Darling Street, Rozelle, Sydney 2039. It’s open every day 5pm – late, fantastically too it’s B.Y.O – with an off-licence/bottle shop straight across the street.

On an end note, and as briefly mentioned this week on the WKA Facebook page and Twitter, I am planning a 3.5 week holiday in the US between Mid-May and Mid June after spending 2 weeks at home in Ireland. I will be spending a week in NYC to catch up with friends and in particular Nicole, Melina and Jim – all of which contributed to the WKA Christmas edition, but will also be travelling to 3 or 4 other states in the US to capture some great photos and to get some interesting foodie stories for part of a special What Katie Ate project which is kicking off in the coming months.

At present the definites on the ‘WKA USA 2011 Tour’ (think National Lampoon’s 2011 US Summer Vacation…) after the week in NYC are: New England & Boston -> Austin -> Phonenix (flying in here to pick up a hire car to drive a small part of the old Route 66) to Santa Barbara (hoping to get some great old diner/retro signage/desert style pics on this start to mid part of this section of the journey, then after a night in SB we’ll head back to LA for a night or two, grab a flight to Seattle or Portland, then fly home out of San Fran so we can spend a day or two in the Napa drinking gorgeous American wine and yummy cheeses. Nyom, nyom. :)

If anyone has any ‘must see’ foodie ideas for any of these areas mentioned or ‘off-the-beaten-track’ style ideas please send them my way – much appreciated. I’ll be making a photo diary of the trip for the blog so all of the ideas/places/people I see and meet will get a look in on the blog after the trip.

Cannot wait!!!! x

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  1. February 1, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Your new local looks amazing, how I miss the inner west.

    My husband and I were in NYC last August and dinned at

    We loved it.

  2. February 1, 2011 at 6:46 am

    One flew over – where are you now? Thanks for the link – funny I have mates who went to NYC this week for the first time and I wrote them up a huge list of all my regular haunts and other bars/restaurant etc in NY and the Spotted Pig was on it. There are so many wonderful places in NY, I am gagging to get back. I particularly love places like the Broome Street Bar and the Four Faced Liar – both downtown in Soho and West Village respectively. (I’m a huge fan of the more laid-back, dive and older Irish style bars in NYC (not the awful ones you get up around midtown etc). I’m booking my flights this week – BURSTING with excitement!!!! ;)

  3. February 1, 2011 at 6:46 am

    What a fabulous post, Katie!
    You’re making me jealous of that Sydney sunshine.

    Boston is such a great town! I really loved my time there. Head to the North End – “little Italy”.
    Beacon Hill is really pretty too.

  4. February 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I love your reportage and your images, so full of life and personality! It´s always a pleasure to visit your blog – it´s a wonderful inspiration. Thank you!



  5. February 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Fabulous post and gorgeous photos! Love

  6. February 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Wonderful images katie – i finally worked out how to add my fav blog to my blog roll list and now i am updated whenever you make a post….phew took me a while. You are so clever. Dayle

  7. February 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I also live in Rozelle and have walked past a number of times since it opened and keep thinking we should try this place out. Now, thanks to your gleaming review, I will definitely be doing so soon. Thanks.

  8. February 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Rozelle is such a great place. Love your photography and post.

  9. February 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Beautiful post! I was in Sydney last year… I have to come one more time in Australia to try this place!
    Dominique (from France)

  10. February 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I am so envious!! This looks fantastic but, sadly, I am an ocean and a continent away. *Sigh*

  11. February 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I want to put my vote for Seattle in!!! Come by the farm! There are endless fabulous places to visit here!
    Once again, fabulous post with amazingly inspiring photos~
    Stay cool,

  12. February 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    As I was scrolling down your photos … I thought this place looks familiar (it kinda reminds me of Balmain/Rozelle) … as I grew up in Balmain!

    I was excited to read that it was in fact Rozelle and was wondering if there was a fish restaurant there 3-4 years ago? As I dont live in Sydney any more, it just brought back memories of sitting at that exact restaurant, with the bottle shop across the road.

    It looks fantastic and I will definitely try it next time I’m in Sydney.

    Your trip sounds so exciting. Dont forget when you’re in Napa, if you get a chance to drop by Sonoma also … well worth it!

  13. February 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    You have to check out Deetjen’s – Big Sur – so romantic and adorable …. good food and great place to stay …

  14. February 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    When you come to Seattle, you should visit Tilth, which is an amazing organic restaurant that focuses on New American cuisine. The chef (Maria Hines) is a James Beard Award winner, and the food is fantastic! (And they have a vegan menu! When you visit, you’ll soon find out that Seattle is a very vegan friendly city.)
    Also, if you want to eat where the locals eat, try out Paseo. They have the BEST sandwiches in Seattle, hands down.
    PS I’ve been an avid follower of your blog, and absolutely LOVE your photography and food selection!! :)

  15. February 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    so jealous of your trip! as an american ex-pat living in Sydney (I’m from Boston) you must check out Union Oyster house for some famous clam chowder (think rustic, historic, in the heart of the city) or as mentioned before, the North End for some amazing Italian -or head to my mom’s house and she’ll be happy to cook for you! :) Enjoy your road trip, I’ve done it a few times and never fails to impress, inspire and provide endless moments to photograph and cherish…x

  16. February 2, 2011 at 12:28 am

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  17. February 2, 2011 at 12:29 am

    there’s this fabulous little Spanish tapas restaurant with so much heart and soul in Napa called Zuzu. It’s a must while you’re there and it’s in the middle of so many other great attractions like Morimoto, The Oxbow and Ubuntu. Have a lovely trip!

  18. Anonymous
    February 2, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I really liked the photos of the kichen and the chefs.
    I hope you enjoy your holiday and I think the only problem you’ll have is not finding somewhere nice to eat, but choosing just one each time!

  19. February 2, 2011 at 4:47 am

    So I’m not a big fish-lover myself … but how AMAZING does that dessert look? And that side salad sounds soooo good, too. Especially in our Aussie heat at the moment …

  20. February 2, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Love love love these images as well as all of the other ones you’ve posted in the last year or so.

    Just wondering if you could talk a little bit about your process for making your images black and white. (Behind the scenes images and thoughts are always great, actually!)

    Thank you!


  21. February 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Don’t know how long you’ll really be in Phoenix, but…

    As a Phoenix resident, I can tell you that even though it may SEEM like one big sea of Olive Gardens and Outback Steakhouses, there is a small but wonderful community of people here doing great things with food. I could list for days, but a few gems: The Tuck Shop, St. Francis, The Parlor, Pizzeria Bianco (of course, but try Pane Bianco weekdays for lunch and skip the 4-hour wait), Gallo Blanco, FnB (actually in Scottsdale), Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles, America’s Taco Shop, Matt’s Big Breakfast (go on a weekday if you can – it’s always packed). If you can get out to Gilbert (a suburb east of Phoenix), Joe’s Farm Grill and Liberty Market are great. If you like coffee, Lux (next to Pane Bianco) is great, and so is Cartel (in Tempe). The downtown farmer’s market is worth a visit. Don’t know how much time you have, but feel free to email me for any info! I’ve lived here for 10 years and have really seen the food scene grow – you just have to look for it.

    Also, in Boston (actually Cambridge), don’t miss The Cellar. The duck hash there changed my life.

  22. February 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Your trip sounds wonderful! I randomly had some of the best Thai food ever at the Thai Elephant in Tempe, AZ. Amazing Pad Thai!! I’m a native Californian and you can’t go wrong in Santa Barbara and Napa. Defintely foodie country! I always go for Mexican food when I’m back home though. California is full of great Mexican food nooks! I can’t find anything like it out here in Hawaii.
    Anyway, Australia is still beats any place I’ve dined in the U.S. No contest! I’d give up my home in Maui to be in Oz anytime! Aloha!

  23. February 2, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Oh my, I wish we had something like that here. I could eat there every night!

    Sorry it’s so hot, it was 25 below zero F here this am…


  24. February 3, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I’m in SF but visit Ireland a lot with Irish my husband since his parents are still there. And my sister-in law is in Sydney, so I’m so envious of your itinerary!

    There are SO many amazing places around here. Loads in the city (Ferry Building, Zuni, Bar Tartine, Bar Jules, and the secret focaccia store in North Beach to name a few). And outside the city: Fish in Sausalito, oysters and cheese and farms in Point Reyes — plus, I think it looks a little like Ireland there.

    Let me know if you want any more ideas and I’d be happy to keep thinking (kelly at makegrowgather dotcom). Can’t wait to see and read about your mega-tour!

  25. February 3, 2011 at 5:35 am

    hi katie,

    i see your itinerary includes my hometown of santa barbara, and my current place of residence, portland… just wondering if you’ve already been to sb and what your connection to the city is? also, would love to have you over for a glass of lemonade or tea in you have a stop-over in portland —

    i love your joyful photos and smart recipes.



  26. February 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Putting in another vote for Seattle! Boat Street Cafe ( worth a visit – tons of charm and great food to boot.

    In NYC, I would highly recommend Freeman’s ( for brunch – it is one of the most photogenic restaurant I’ve ever been to, and it’s tucked away in a little alley for some added fun.

  27. February 4, 2011 at 2:55 am

    I came across your blog recently and I am just enamored with your photos. Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. February 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    If you’re in Santa Barbara La Super-Rica Taqueria is a MUST. It’s this tiny little restaurant where they make just a few different types of tacos. They make homemade tortillas right in front of you. There is hardly room to sit down but you can find lines around the block here on the weekends because the meat and fresh warm tortillas are heavenly. Definitely worth your while to check out.

  29. February 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Eastside Cafe in Austin is a must! There are many good restaurants there, but that one is really neat. And of course it’s the home base for Whole Foods, so the main store is a good one to visit. Amazing!

  30. February 5, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I love your blog and photos always make me completely jealous.

    I live in SF and hail from LA and can’t resist throwing in my two cents about foodie gems.

    In Napa/Sonoma – if you want a slightly funky roadside gem, go to the Fremont Diner. They specialize in all things fried (fried pies) and their biscuits are amazing.

    Also, Wild Flour Bakery in Freestone is spectacular. A local hotspot – on weekends it is swarmed with cyclists and other appreciators.

    LA – This isn’t a “hidden” gem, but Animal is one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Their hamachi tostada – mmm

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  32. Anonymous
    February 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    If you end up in Seattle, Ocho Restaurant in Ballard is my pic. We drop in there without fail every time we’re over that way.

  33. February 6, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Your photos are spectacular. Thank you for the inspiration!

  34. February 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    i love the photos 2… its my first time here but im already in love with the place..)))

  35. February 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    check out central market in austin. great grocery store. your boy david lebovitz wrote about it here:

    and why don’t you schlep down to san antonio for a night, stay at the hotel havana, and gorge at the monterey… great new gastropub:

    safe travels.

  36. February 26, 2011 at 6:43 am

    fabulous post….just like it :)

  37. Anonymous
    March 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    While there are wonderful foodie experiences in every town — far too many to list — here are some don’t miss stops along your itinerary:

    Phoenix — Pizzeria Bianco. Nobody should miss this spot and people make pilgrimages across the country for their pizza.

    Santa Barbara — La Super Rica. Julia Child’s favorite Mexican whole in the wall. Amazing!

    Portland — pizza again at Apizza Scholls but get there early ’cause when they run out of dough that’s it for the day.

    San Francisco:
    — don’t let anyone tell you that Zuni cafe is over. Even after all these years, it is still one of the best meals in town.
    — Head across the Oakland Bay bridge for Alice Water’s Chez Panisse — a must stop for any foodie. Book your table 1 month in advance. While your in the East Bay don’t miss the best little hole in the wall bakery: The Bread Garden, 2912 Domingo Avenue, Berkley CA 94705. No website just really great rustic style bread, pastries and the best peanut butter cookies ever! Really, I dream of these. Also nearby a great little Taqueria (a Bay area staple), Cactus Taqueria.
    — non food must sees: Tail of the Yak gift shop at 2632 Ashby Avenue, Berkley. Bell’occhio 10 Brady Street San Francisco. Gimme Shoes 416 Hayes street SF.

    LA — Pizza again at Pizzeria Mozza. the oh so famous collaboration between Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton that really is worth all the hype. It’s my one meal in town must stop when I go home.
    Thursday nights — grilled cheese night at Campanile.
    Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wed & Saturdays. Best market by far! Although Sunday’s Hollywood market is sure to be star-laden.
    In and Out burger for the quintessential American burger experience. Do some research on how to order off menu.
    Another LA staple (and addition of mine) — Pinkberry Frozen yogurt.

    Look into the schedule for Outstanding in the Field farm dinners. They make for great photo ops — not to mention great meals. And as they travel, they could be in any of your locations during your trip dates.

  38. April 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    have you come to the US on holiday yet? I have lots of recos for you in Martha’s Vineyard and Boston!

  39. April 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, just looking at your Blog for the first time after seeing you mentioned in Sydney Magazine. You are a red hot genius!

    Places in NYC I can recommend for foodie opps: very atmospheric places to eat at The Place on 4th Street in the West Village (weekend brunch is marvellous and photogenic). Also try Sugar Sweet Sunshine on the Lower East Side just a couple of blocks from Katz’s deli. Sugar Sweet Sunshine has what many think are NYC’s best cupcakes, but you’ll love the eclectic furniture too. You would do Katz’s Deli proud too, and it’s such a NYC icon.

    In terms of great restaurants, don’t miss Momofuku Noodle Bar (go early) and the Milk Bar around the corner – lots of photo opps!

    Also, Mesa Bar and Grill at Union Square.

    Finally, don’t miss both Chelsea Market (cnr 9th Ave and 15th st) and of course the Union Square Green Market.

  40. Anonymous
    August 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

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