Sirculo, Dural

- review by Natalie Within minutes of walking into Italian-eatery-meets-deli, Sirculo you’ll feel at home. Chef and co-owner, Josh Sama is a big, friendly presence who – on the day I was there - took the time to welcome each patron into his new establishment. His enthusiasm is contagious – and if I’m going to come into contact with anything contagious, enthusiasm would be my number one pick. After extreme wealth. The menu is filled with Italian and Mediterranean dishes that a

Cod's Gift, Dural

A call out to the brains trust did not fail to deliver. My first wedding anniversary was coming up and I needed to pull somewhere special out of the bag. Perplexingly, there seemed to be too many potential candidates to narrow down. I also put the question to my husband (I suppose he should get some say …) and his call was he didn’t mind where we went but was in the mood for seafood. That settled it - Cod’s Gift it was! Dural always seems so far away to me but it turned out t

Glenorie Bakery, Glenorie

Is there a weak spot in the Glenorie Bakery offering? Let me save you some time; no there isn’t. I’d spent a stressed-out morning ahead of a jam-packed day, going Mach 2 with my hair on fire because we are reaching that feral part of the year when there is too much to do and not enough time to do it in. (Am I right, mothers?) And then, I got to Glenorie Bakery and it all just …. went away. This place is an experience There’s a lot going on there; everywhere you look there is

The Rusty Flute, Bella Vista

- by Nat Naturally, you can go right ahead and add The Rusty Flute to your ever-growing list of local cafés worth a gander. Before we get into anything else, let's talk spaciousness. You’ve got to commend a café that doesn’t take its seating arrangement inspiration from aircraft economy by jamming seats into every square inch. It's refreshing not to feel on top of other patrons, not to mention if you've got a pram it's also pleasant avoiding the trauma of navigating a much ne

COFFEE TRAD3RS, Castle Hill

Guest post by Netra Chetty Well, if you had thought TRAD3RS was some clever password, you’d be wrong. (Unless of course it is your password and in which case, great plan. Sure to confound hackers). Other than that, Trad3rs in Castle Hill is a nifty little hang for adults and kidlings alike; cake, coffee and room to move for a start. I've been following them on Facebook and I noticed that they seem to have some great menu options, so I was keen to try them out. Coffee Trad3rs

Cheap Eats: The Farm Norwest

Whether you’re a uni student on a budget or are saving up to surprise an entire studio audience with a new car each , it’s good to know you can still eat out somewhere that won't break the budget or your spirit. The Farm Wholefoods is all about healthy as she goes dining. It’s simple, nutritious and designed for quick but considered eating. The Farm Norwest's menu features breakfast, lunch and smoothie bowls – plus sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and some sides. It’s not u

Cheap Eats: Coco Cubano, Rouse Hill

Whether you’re a uni student on a budget or are saving coin to go in with friends on an alpaca farm, it’s good to know you can still eat out somewhere that won't break the budget or your spirit. Coco Cubano brings you a Cuban inspired menu in a casual and cozy setting that’ll have you feeling like you’re in downtown Havana when you're really in downtown Rouse Hill. About here's where we usually post an image of a menu but, if we did, you'd probably get RSI from scrolling sinc

Cheap Eats: Bavarian Bier Café

Whether you’re a uni student on a budget or are saving up for a Grand Designs-level renovation that will make Kevin McCloud go weak at the knees, there are still good times to be had eating out in the Hills without breaking the bank (or your spirit). Although we’ve posted about the Bavarian Bier Café in Castle Hill and it’s not consistently the cheapest place you’ve ever been (or, by the same token, the most expensive), they do have plenty of regular, cheap-eats specials. Not

Cheap Eats: Leaf Cafe

Whether you’re a uni student on a budget or would rather put those extra pennies towards a trip to Bali, you can still treat yourself to eating out in the Hills without breaking the bank (or your spirit). At Leaf Cafes, they roast every week and time it just right, to guarantee that the coffee that is delivered to all Leaf Cafes is at the golden stage of the bean. The food is carefully created and developed under the watchful eye of their experienced chefs. (We heartily reco

The Local Shed, Rouse Hill

Picture this. It's a sunny winter's day and I’m in my car driving to a café I’ve never heard of on a street I never knew existed (I’m having a particularly good hair day if that helps). I’m diligently following Siri’s instructions because she rarely lets me down (except this week going to the Blacktown International Sports Park but that’s a story for another day). Anyways. So, I’m driving on this random, new estate type of street when Siri comes right out and announces, “arri

Cheap Eats: Three Beans Café, Castle Hill

Whether you’re a uni student on a budget or want to grab a quick bite while you’re out shopping (and would rather allocate as much coin as possible to another pair of shoes), it’s good to know those cheap and cheerful eateries that won’t break the bank or your spirit. All the food at Three Beans is additive and preservative free and has been sourced from suppliers that adopt strict animal welfare practices. Three Beans source organic foods and products that make a difference

11 things you need to know about Wolfe & Co. in Dural

Hiding in plain sight on the main road of Dural is a restaurant that’s become something of a local (and visitor) favourite in these parts and in a short amount of time. Wolfe & Co. simply needs to be on everyone’s to-do list. End of. Can you please tell me about this Wolfe & Co. that I want, nay NEED in my life you may ask? 1. It was launched by Che Vogler and Caroline Neil Ryan. 2. Che successfully worked at and managed a string of highly successful restaurants in Sydney and

Hentley Farms Wine Dinner @ The Winston

So, Sarah and I dragged ourselves away from family life on Tuesday night to do a bit of “work research”. AKA any excuse to get out the house to drink, eat and gab. AKA we went to a Winston Hotel spesh sesh. The Winston Hotel does special little food and drink tasting events pretty regularly. This is the second wine dinner I’ve been to, and even on a cold Tuesday night, it’s worth tearing yourself away from the heater. For the uninitiated, The Winston wine nights are well-run

The Corner Shop, Quakers Hill

The Corner Shop Café is a sweet suburban business dedicated to serving great coffee and food to the people of Western Sydney. It’s also a little touch of The Hamptons in Quaker’s Hill. Now I’ll be honest, I’ve never been to The Hamptons and don’t really know anything about The Hamptons except it is s**t-hot right now in renovating and decorating, and from that little bit that I learned watching that episode of Sex and the City when the girls rented a house in the Hamptons and

Bavarian Bier Café, Castle Hill

So, the hog has been given the heave ho and the Germans have moved into the piazza. That’s right, the Bavarian Bier Cafe has made its way to Castle Hill and it is flamin’ wunderbar! Located in the totally refurbed space that used to house the Hog’s Breath, the thing that stays with me about the Castle Hill Bavarian is the light. The place is filled with gorgeous natural light that plays to the strengths of the smart, sassy décor. In short, this is a great place to hang. I was

Café Els, Winston Hills

It wasn’t until it dawned on me what was going on that I realised there was a group of people staring straight at me with a mixture of eye-roll and irritation. It was a cold but sunny Saturday morning and I had half an hour to spare before my son’s soccer game kicked off at nearby Max Ruddock Reserve, so a warming cuppa and a bite of breaky seemed timely. But, it was as I strode up to the door of Café Els, about to open it and enter that something made me pause and turn to fa

The Bakehouse, North Kellyville

The poster in Kellyville Square announced that its first year milestone is coming up in July and judging by the house building palooza going on around it, the place is about to get year-on-year busy as heck. Within said square sits The Bakehouse, a recent Sydney Hills Local Business Award winner; fitted out in what I would term contemporary rustic farmhouse chic. As a time management freak, I arrived pleased as hell with myself that I managed to carve out some time to hit The

Billy The Greek, Dural

There are some people that just have a knack for sniffing out foodie gold. My in-laws are such eatery savants; they can always be counted on to take us to great restaurants. So, when my mother in-law suggested we go to Billy The Greek for a family dinner, I jumped at the chance. Upon arrival my first thought was that the place is small (make sure you book ahead as it fills up fast). But, hold the phone because this quaint little restaurant knows how to bring the A game. The a

Barlame, Dural

Did someone say girls-night-out, great food and wine? #Iamthere As with most girls’ nights, coordinating a world leader summit would undoubtedly encounter less obstacles and diary clashes (we love making everyone happy). Getting out the protractor and Google Maps to ensure we are fair when it comes to distance travelled by all isn’t so much as an exaggeration as it is a tried and true decision-making strategy. So, off I headed to Dural (really not that far from Baulkham Hills

Chinese food is Aussie as

Chinese cuisine has a bit of a PR problem. It was once the Britney Spears-esque darling of the dining-out domain in the suburbs of Australia. It was a shining star that was, until Thai, Indian, Mexican and many more food styles steeped in culture, swooped in like Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry and Cardi B. Those limelight-stealing vixens! A 2016 Roy Morgan poll reported that Chinese is still Australia’s most popular cuisine, with 70.4% rating it as their favourite. Now, not t