Manly Salt House


Forget stumbling all over town to find all the best things in life, at Manly Salt House you can get all three in one night – with that warm, balmy summer air, instantly transporting you to *Happy Place*.

Renovated to feel warm yet open, this dual space offers service practically on the beach, without the unsavoury sand. Previously U-turn, which you might remember for that U shaped bar that swallowed up the place, the new owners have pushed the bar right back and renovated the impressive space with natural woods, tiles and a few stone facades.


Here at Manly Salt House you start downstairs, where you can split a platter of marinated king prawns, oregano & paprika dusted lamb and char grilled vegetables ribbons. Or be greedy and order a market fish, wrapped in banana leaf and served with ginger and lemon relish, all to yourself. Hey, no judgement…

Next, grab your still-standing cronies and head upstairs where you can book a booth, order a wine or three and get. up. on. the floor. They’re soon to offer table service, so you can start channelling your inner Celeb Bali Escape vibe now.


Head up another level to cool off under the stars beneath the retracting roof. Order the Sunset Blvd, served proud in a champagne glass with fresh strawberry, vanilla, vodka and a touch of lavender, then recline and radiate in your endless-summer-bliss.

Salt heals all wounds, after all…

Website: Manly Salt House

Published on Urban Society / 15 October, 2013

Macleay St Bistro, Potts Point

unnamed-28They say good things come in threes:

Charlie’s Angels.
Harry, Ron and Hermione.
The Hemsworth Brothers…

And Macleay St Bistro has you sorted for entrée, dinner and dessert.

New owners and a new Head Chef have swooped into the Potts Point eatery and given it a fresh new look (and menu to boot). A soft refurb has added a relaxed atmosphere to the French Bistro classic. “We welcome locals to pop in for oysters and champagne or just a mouth-watering dessert,” co-owner Phillip Fikkers said.

Sure, you could just swing by for a White Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberry Coulis at the end of the night, but why hit just one when you could go for the trifecta? Head Chef Tom Williams (Bambini Trust, Forbes on Burton, Tetsuya’s) has you in safe hands.


Start your night off with Chilled Watercress Soup with Poached Quail Egg. The light flavours will tingle your tastebuds and get you ready for the main event. We highly recommend you try the Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi with Sage Buerre Noisette; don’t let the big words put you off, that’s simply food talk for unbelievable sauce.

Even after you’re groaning with delight after having finished every spec on your plate, it still won’t be enough. Sit back, enjoy the décor… there’s that beautiful red chandelier by the door, or perhaps that garçon caught your eye? Put off leaving and order dessert. You’re here for the long run, after all. The Hazelnut Mille Feuille with Coffee Anglais is the perfect indulgence to finish.


This new ownership has created the ultimate Parisian Potts Point place to be – and everyone wants to be there. If you want a seat you might want to make a booking, otherwise you may sadly miss the boat.

Whatever item on the menu catches your eye, there will be no order regrets. Just to be on the safe side, though, you better have a taste of your dining companion’s dishes.

Perhaps you and The Hemsworth Brothers could spoon feed each other?

Opening Hours: 7 days, 5:30-11 pm
Website: Macleay St Bistro
Facebook: Macleay St Bistro

Published on Urban Society / 11 December, 2013

Tatler, Darlinghurst

DSC_8330-1Tatler, Sydney’s original small bar, reopened its doors last week to play host to the ARIA week shenanigans.

Sydney boys Brendan Watson and Tim Clark reclaimed the venue and have been hard at work refurnishing it to reflect the smooth and sophisticated tone of Sydney’s elite. The original sandstone foundations remain, but everything else is brand new: remodelled bars, handpicked furnishings, skeletons dancing on the ceiling… Stumble down the stairs of Tatler and take in the old world furniture and new world values.

Live music takes the form of jazz and soul, while DJs spin remixed 50s classics from decks on an 18th century writing desk. It’s a tantalising combination that won’t let you stop dancing until the walls sweat.

Not your thing? Don’t worry, grab some company and take the party to the outside where you can enjoy city views and fresh breezes.


When you get thirsty flag down one of the many waitresses who will bring you a refreshing margarita in a mason jar (what else?). And you wont be able to stop at one, soon your recycled stone top table will be looking like you raided all the best hipster bars in the city. Our other favourite is the Clover Club (pictured, above right), a smooth and refreshing combination of Bombay gin and raspberries. Summer in a sip gulp.

When you’re sufficiently tippled, pick up some of the white cards provided (with a Hemingway quote of course) and let your inspiration, or drunken rantings, flow.

But don’t forget to soak some of that tequila up with a choice of mouthwatering jaffles. Ask for the mushroom filled jaffle with three types of melt-in-your-mouth mushrooms and the smoothest cheese. You’ll be set for the night.


Get your culture fix here as well: a rotating gallery with works from MCLEMOI. Up first is Tyler Shields: think plenty of red lips and half naked attractive people. Who said a gallery couldn’t come with cocktails?

Last week Tatler was a melting point for the who’s who of the music industry. Judging by the smiles on satisfied customer’s faces, they’ll be coming back again and again.

Stop in, drop by, or settle in for the summer. You won’t want to be anywhere else.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – late
For more info: Visit the Tatler website

Published on Urban Society / 03 December, 2013

Tough Mudder Sydney

tough-mudder-australia-2-1Tough Mudder Sydney Autumn, which took place at the Fernhill Estate, Mulgoa, was the chance to complete an 18-20km course of obstacles with charming names such as the Mud Mile, Electroshock Therapy, Log Bog Jog and Arctic Enema, to name a few (that’s right, only a few).

Missed out (not on purpose)? Don’t worry, there’s another one coming up in October, Tough Mudder Sydney Spring.

The course was designed by the British Special Forces – we think mainly to laugh at us mere mortals of weakling proportions – but they claim it’s to test you physically, mentally and most importantly, how you help out other competitors, teammates or not! You’ve been warned – this is not any regular marathon, triathlon or obstacle course.


Sure, the tickle of 10,000 volts of electricity surging through our bodies sounds tempting, even the allure of fire and ice-water nearly got us… but despite the promise of having a great time and a ‘true sense of accomplishment‘, what we REALLY like the sound of is the Post Party & Awards over the finish line… free beer anyone?

We know Urbanites are cut from the same cloth as Arnie, Lara Croft and Katniss – always appropriately stylish, endlessly determined and TOUGH. Therefore, if you’re an Urbanite, you can be a Tough Mudder! And if crawling through those claustrophobic underground mud tunnels didn’t seduce you, then perhaps like those who designed the course, you’d prefer to laugh from the sidelines and volunteer instead!

What: Tough Mudder Sydney Spring
When: Saturday 12th October and Sunday 13th October 2013
Where: Fernhill Estate, 1041 – 1117 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa
More Info: Tough Mudder

Published on Urban Society / 19 April, 2013