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Contemporary quality is the best way to describe this 5 star urban oasis, situated just a stone’s throw from the World Heritage listed Parramatta Park with its 85 hectares of grasslands, mature trees, gardens and river frontage. And though nearby prestigious Church Street offers a wealth of shopping experiences and cultural exchange of food offerings – an enticing mix of Egyptian, Italian, Greek and Middle Eastern cuisines, (inclusive of dozens of Halal options); no doubt…

We have been working hard for years and this medal is a great thrill for us,’ says Julie Cameron from Meredith Dairy, winner of this year’s 13th Annual President’s Medal. It is the most sought-after food and beverage award in the nation. ‘We spent a lot of time looking at our business, measuring the data, determining what we need to do better. The process of entering the competition really helped that,’ said Julie. ‘We worked…

If you’re a fan of modernist sculpture, and can cast your mind back far enough (if you’re old enough I guess), you might recall a painted steel sculpture previously located outside Myer at Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne – Lenton Parr’s Plant Forms, 1960; currently residing at Point Leo Estate on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. This black, strangely shaped object – part-mechanical looking, part organic – features dark foliage that appears to reach toward the sky, possibly…

Bondi Beach Opals, Fossils and Minerals is one retail discovery we’re truly excited about. Having opened a little over a year ago it presents possibly the very best (and biggest) collection of black opal and silver jewellery in Sydney. The range includes everything from affordable gifts to extremely rare and valuable stones. Modern, youthful and dynamic settings in silver include pendants, rings and earrings. The larger and more precious stones are set traditionally, in gold…

Josh Niland’s collection of prized line-caught delights are a limited catch, delivered with an intensified flavour born of unique dry-ageing and curing techniques. You won’t find farmed or over-fished species at Sydney chef Josh Niland’s Fish Butchery. Rather, sustainable line-caught specialty gems hand-cut and presented in a central display cabinet that looks like it belongs in a museum: a collection of rare prized artefacts; its sliced and whole fish carefully arranged within their marble and…

Checking in to Little Albion: More than a decade ago, during the launch years of Essentials, we were mightily impressed by the creative fit out, friendly service and bountiful amenities that encompassed Canberra’s then new Diamant Hotel, a class offering designed by Paul Fischmann’s 8HOTELS Group. Ahead of his time, Fischmann had unwittingly championed the beginning of a luxury small-hotels movement that today sees every man, woman, chairperson and international entrepreneur chomping at the bit…

Harry’s Singapore Chilli Crab is a Sydney restaurant icon. Having opened in 1982, its fed half the city and almost all of its local celebrities at one time or another including famous names like Olympic swim star Dawn Fraser and pop Queens The Veronicas just to name a few. These days the restaurant sits within heritage-listed Wentworth House, adjoining Veriu Central hotel. It is connected by an undercover courtyard that’s been cleverly repurposed as the…

Chef Luke Mangan has transformed his Sydney restaurant headquarters, offering a unique inner-urban neighbourhood bistro that plates up spice-trade influences and modern Australian fare. Essentials’ Jamie Durrant spoke to Luke about the new business and the goings on inside his Sydney warehouse. The menu at Luke’s Kitchen includes a subtle layering of local and central Asian tastes like curry-spiced banana chips, preserved lemons, nam jim sauce plus coconut yoghurt, ice-cream and broths. It feels like…

In a city never shy of flaunting her charms, new hotels flirt with the glittering waterscape through their views, art and locations. We step inside the hot new digs. West Hotel Barangaroo Skirting the fringe of Sydney’s waterfront Barangaroo precinct, the new West is your base for the city’s prestigious arts events: the hotel is within walking distance of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Theatre Company. The concrete jungle outside gives way to a…