Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade, Sydney

Gracing the harbour foreshore along the Hungry Mile, where shipmakers and stevedores made their craft along the wharfs in days gone by, the Barangaroo precinct in Sydney is a development in development. At the end of the precinct, adjunct to Walsh Bay & Millers Point, sits Hotel Palisades. Once an ugly duckling, this establishment has…

North Bondi Fish, Bondi

Winter in Sydney can be spectacular. On a sunny Saturday, we lunched by the beachfront at North Bondi Fish, formally the home of the now defunct North Bondi Italian. This is the newest venture of the entrepreneurial Australian chef, Matt Moran. We were seated perfectly, by the floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the beach at North Bondi with…

Rick Stein at Bannisters, Mollymook

A magnificent prospect welcomes you on arrival to Rick Stein at Bannisters. Sapphire blue waters and white sands of Mollymook, a slice of heaven, to be sure. The region is pristine seaside Australia at its very best and it’s so easy to become completely enraptured with the place. All within a very easy 3 hour…

The Bridge Room, Sydney

For a city crowning the most beautiful harbour in the world, it is a tough gig finding really great seafood in restaurants. Even specialised seafood restaurants fail at delivering an outstanding experience. Overcooking fish, undercooking fish, overpricing miniscule scallops and overcomplicating their creations. After a sojourn in New York, where I encountered fresh, delicious seafood,…

Highlights of our Belly in 2012

So the world didn’t end this week as the Mayans predicted, so it gives us no excuse for not posting a round-up of our 5 most memorable meals of 2012… Dabbous ~ London, United Kingdom Our most anticipated meal of 2012. Dabbous has had an enormous buzz, winning several industry accolades since its opening in…

Burger & Lobster, London

29 Clarges St London WIJ 7EF  www.burgerandlobster.com   I love a bit of crustacean action…except the time when I was aged 8. My mother brought home a seafood feast of blue swimmer crabs, prawns and lobster which we happily tucked into one afternoon, and a few hours later, I broke out in horrendous hives!!   Not too…

Sapore, St Kilda, Melbourne

Sapore 5 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda  Melbourne  Vic 3182 http://www.sapore.com.au My girlfriend Leah was in town for a Tuesday night, so we decided to keep it within walking distance and opted for a nice little Italian opposite the beautiful St Kilda Foreshore. Sapore Restaurant has kept its one chef hat for the last several years,…

Sjomagasinet, Gothenburg City

Adolf Edelsvärdsgata 5 402 41 Gothenburg, Sweden http://www.sjomagasinet.se   When the idea of a girly weekend came up, Gothenburg City scored high on the radar; and not because we were hoping to track down Batman 😛 Cheap flights. Tick.    Gourmet food. Tick.    Gorgeous Vikings. Tick Göteborg, as it is locally known, is Sweden’s second largest…

Tipica Sarda ~ Lillicu, Cagliari

Via Sardegna, 78 01924 Cagliari, Italy http://www.lillicu.com   Good food and lots of it. That’s what normally gets the Gourmet Belly excited. What’s even more exciting is when it involves seafood, a generous amount of alcohol, and all this at a very reasonable price. Located on one of the main pedestrian streets of Cagliari, Lillicu is permanently packed…

Tapelia, Valencia

Avenida de Francia, 27 Valencia, Spain http://www.tapelia.com   The need of an antioxidant and vitamin D boost led me to Valencia for the La Tomatina Festival in Bunyol. As they say, when in Valencia, do as the Valencians. Eat Paella. So we were definitely planning on sampling what the locals declare to be the original…

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Welcome to Gourmet Belly. Join us as we eat our way around the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia and beyond. We hope you can share our passion for food as we review some of our favourite culinary discoveries. Look out for our quest for the best Pork Belly, Yum Cha and Sushi amongst many others….