The celebrity name that comes with this restaurant has caused more than a murmur on the streets. A hungry (but patient) Rachel Hanson tries out the new Jamie’s Italian in Perth. Celebrity chef – is it a modern-day ‘chicken or the egg’? Once the elusive celebrity factor kicks in, what keeps the juggernaut going – the quality of the food or the celebrity status? For some, it’s certainly the latter....
That’s what Sebel Pier One hotel is claiming with their seven new over-water suites. Situated in Walsh Bay, the new lodgings overlook Luna Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, best enjoyed from the private balconies. The open-plan design inside isn’t hard on the eyes either; floor-to-ceiling wrap-around windows, freestanding bathtubs, king-sized beds… guess where we want to spend NYE? sebelpierone.com.au
Recently named Asia-Pacific Spirits Producer of the Year for 2013, Tamborine Mountain Distillery – in the Gold Coast Hinterland – claims to be “Australia’s most awarded distillery this millennium”. Inside the Tudor-style building, visitors can sample an array of vodkas, schnapps and liqueurs in hand-painted bottles – we’re told the Lemon Myrtle Vodka makes a cracking martini. And rumour has it, the distillery is also creating a medicinal range... tamborinemountaindistillery.com