Category Archives: Fine dining


THEY’RE a pretty laid back mob in Queensland and that is some of the charm (and sometimes the frustration) of the place. The Baroness of Balmain, the Baronets (Miss Gob and DJ Hoot), and I spent our Christmas and New Year … Continue reading

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Azure at The Royal Hawaiian

I FIND it slightly humorous that Waikiki’s famous Royal Hawaiian Hotel which is aptly named “The Pink Palace” (as it is painted in pastel pink) names its premier restaurant Azure. Despite the conflicting contrast of colour names (but the Pink … Continue reading

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Rockwall Bar & Grill

I WAS a bit apprehensive taking the princesses to Hobart’s Rockwall as it’s one of the more sophisticated Hobart eateries and knowing how excited and overwhelmed Miss Gob and the former Miss Pla (now known as DJ Hoot), can get … Continue reading

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THE Baroness of Balmain was stunning (as always), and against the back drop of Justin Hemmes’ French-inspired bistro Felix, she shone like the Parisienne moonlight. As did Felix tonight. Felix is one of the gems in Merrivale’s portfolio of restaurants. … Continue reading

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Lebrina Restaurant

THERE was good news and bad news. The Hobart taxi driver taking me to Lebrina told me that I won’t be disappointed as Lebrina was easily Tasmania’s best restaurant as he had dined there (the good news), but he said … Continue reading

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WHEN the master of Thai cuisine, David Thompson, moved to London to open his Michelin-star restaurant, Nahm (Thai for ‘water’), he left a void in fine Thai dining in Sydney. His landmark Sailor’s Thai at The Rocks is in safe … Continue reading

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