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The Top 5 BYO Restaurants in Sydney

Here are the best BYO restaurants in Sydney and the wines you should bring along with you.

GOLDEN CENTURY

Not only does this Chinatown landmark have a stellar list, but they also allow you to bring top Pinot to pair with duck. Open till 2 am.

Recommended Wine: Aromatic dry whites like Gewürztraminer or Riesling are a great match for Chinese cuisine. However, why not try a savoury low tannin red like a Yarra Valley Pinot Noir or Hunter Valley Shiraz, which match perfectly with duck and sweet pork dishes.

Corkage: $8 per person

393-399 Sussex St, Sydney

Visit the Golden Century website

SEAN’S PANAROMA

A Bondi institution where two hatted food can be easily paired with your perennial favourites.

Recommended Wine: VermentinoPinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc match perfectly with the Mediterranean inspired menu and seaside setting. But, if your main targets on the menu are their fresh seafood dishes, then Semillon is the classic seafood match. For red wine purists, an excellent GSM or Merlot is a good option.

Corkage: $25 per bottle

270 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

Visit Sean’s Panaroma website

TETSUYA’S

Still the original temple of gastronomy that allows you to bring favoured and special bottles.

Recommended Wine: Crisp, dry whites such as an off-dry RieslingGewürztraminer or Semillon match perfectly with the French inspired, Japanese cuisine on offer. Tetsuya’s is one of Sydney’s top foodie destinations, so don’t be afraid to bring out the big guns with that aged bottle of Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon you’ve been saving.

Corkage: BYO by prior arrangement at the time of booking. $30 for the first bottle, $45 for subsequent bottles.

529 Kent St, Sydney

Visit the Tetsuya’s website

BAR REGGIO

Possibly the cheapest yet well loved BYO in Sydney where industry folk pair Grand Cru Burgundy with pizza.

Recommended Wine: When thinking of Italian food and wine, always consider ‘what grows together, goes together’. That means SangioveseNebbiolo, Montepulciano and Nero d’Avola for reds and Vermentino, Fiano or Pinot Grigio for whites.

Corkage: $2.50 per person

135 Crown St, Darlinghurst

Visit Bar Reggio website

ONE PENNY RED

Offers superb modern Australian food, and once a month they tailor a four-course dinner to match wines from your cellar.

Recommended Wine: A savoury Tempranillo would be a good choice. But, just bring that special bottle you’ve been saving and see what the chefs come up with.

Corkage: $80 per person inclusive of BYO and 4 course custom menu. Minimum 4 people. Last Tuesday of every month. Bookings essential

2 Moonbie St, Summer Hill

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Words by Ben Hallinan & Patrick Haddock on 15 Mar 2017
Get set to bring that favourite bottle out of the cellar as we present the best BYO restaurants in Melbourne. SCOPRI Ask any Melburnian with an Italian leaning where they would take an aged Barolo, and it’s always Scopri. $15 per bottle corkage will get you glassware and a smooth Italian waiter. Recommended Wine: What grows together, goes together. Think Italians reds like Barolo or Montepulciano and  Vermentino ,  Fiano  and  Pinot Grigio  for whites. Corkage: $15 per bottle 191 Nicholson St, Carlton Visit the Scopri website Mamak
Inexpensive and delicious with corkage at just $2 per head so you can focus on the delicious Malaysian fare – don’t forget the Roti bread. Recommended Wine: Reds with medium tannins like  GSM   or  Merlot   are a good choice for spicy cuisine. So too are light and aromatic whites such as  Riesling   or  Sauvignon Blanc . Corkage: $2 per person 366 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Visit the Mamak website LADRO
You want pizza in Prahran or fettucine in Fitzroy? You got it. On Mondays, you can bring your own and enjoy a slice of the action with the $5 corkage going to two amazing local charities. Recommended Wine: Bring along a good Italian red variety like a  Montepulciano  or  Nebbiolo . For whites, think  Vermentino ,  Pinot Grigio  or  Fiano . Corkage: $5 every Monday with all proceeds going to Vinnies Vannies and the Prahran Mission. BYO also available at $15 per bottle Tuesday to Sunday at the Fitzroy Ladro. Ladro @ 224 Gertrude St, Fitzroy and Ladro TAP @ 162 Greville St, Prahran Find out more about the Ladro charity BYO VICASIA
Some call this the best Asian BYO in the city and it already has a three glass rated wine list, but for $15, you can pair dumplings with your own  Riesling . Recommended Wine:  Gewürztraminer   is a great choice as it is similar to  Riesling , but has more rose petal and lychee flavours that match well with Ken Yuen’s modern Chinese cuisine. For red wine, we recommend a medium-bodied  Pinot Noir  from the  Yarra   or  Mornington   or a subtle  Hunter Valley Shiraz . Corkage: $15 per bottle 95 Victoria Ave, Albert Park Visit the VicAsia website FRANCE-SOIR
The original and best, for over 30 years, Jean-Paul Prunetti’s bistro has been a leading light in Melbourne’s restaurant scene. Marry your best French bottles to some of the classiest French food in the city. Recommended Wine: Bring along your favourite  french import , or your best  Chardonnay ,  Cab Sav   or  Pinot Noir . Corkage: $15 every day except Saturdays 11-13 Toorak Rd, South Yarra Visit the France-Soir website:
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Massimo Bottura - Nourishing the soul
Words by Interview Lyndey Milan Words Mark Hughes on 12 Dec 2017
In the process of trying to recreate a food memory, chef Massimo Bottura started a movement that was designed to fight food waste, but has grown into a social triumph. In the opening to his latest book, Bread is Gold , Italian chef Massimo Bottura tells the story of how every morning he would fight with his brothers for the leftover bread from the previous night’s dinner to dip in warm milk with a splash of coffee and a liberal pouring of sugar. It is one of his fondest memories, reminding him of delicious food, but also time with his family and his dearly departed mother. A few years ago, he thought about recreating the recipe, and trying to recapture that glorious memory. It was the catalyst that evolved into a concept that evolved into social change. But more on that later. In essence, taking old food memories and recreating them is what has made Massimo famous and seen him reach the very top of the chef world. For the last few years his restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena on the northern outskirts of Milan, has been ranked in the top three in the world, last year, No.1, this year just behind New York’s Eleven Madison. A culinary renaissance
At Francescana, Massimo has taken Italian classics, memories and culinary ideas and transported them into the modern world. Combing his love of art and music with his culinary talent to create dishes titled Memories of a Mortadella Sandwich, The Crunchy Part of Lasagne, and his signature Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano. It’s been a culinary renaissance. Of course, messing with traditional Italian cooking created quite a stir in Italy and for that measure, it is understandable that he gained recognition internationally before he was eventually praised at home. And while Massimo has explored plenty of Italian history for his dishes, he insists he still has a wealth of heritage for future culinary inspirations, for the rest of his life, at the very least. “Maybe for 10 lives,” he says when chatting with Lyndey Milan at a special event organised by Italian coffee company Lavazza in Sydney earlier this year. “We have centuries of tradition that we can reinterpret and rediscover. “For instance, last autumn we created this dish detailed by a philosopher from Rome, Petronius, in a book of his. Over three pages he described an amazing dish with a beautiful big bird filled with another bird, filled with another bird, and then many small birds and then dates and figs – for me, that’s Italy. “So this is what I say to Italian chefs when they look for the next trend. Let’s be honest. Let’s go deep into our history and try to bring the best from the past into the future, not in a nostalgic way, but in a critical way.” A chance to make a change These days, Massimo is lauded for his ideas and for returning Italian cuisine to the top of the culinary world. He has used his time in the spotlight to full advantage. During Expo 2015 in Milan, Massimo was invited to cook for dignitaries. Instead, he used the opportunity to make a statement about food waste. His initial idea was to do a short-term pop-up at the city’s central train station and invite the world’s best chefs to cook leftover food for the homeless. But then, apparently, the Pope got involved. His holiness heard the chef’s idea, but thought it could be something done long term. Through the Catholic charity Caritas, an abandoned theatre in the poorest suburb of Milan was made available for Massimo’s ‘community kitchen’. He took the opportunity. Not wanting it to be a regular soup kitchen, he recruited well-known artists and designers to help transform the venue into a warm, inviting space, a restaurant for those who most likely have never even seen inside a Michelin-starred venue. It was named, Refettorio Ambrosiano, a Refettorio being a place where monks and nuns would eat their daily meals. “In a world where one third of the food we produce is thrown away, we need to ask ourselves: Could food wastage and hunger be an expression of the same problem? We believe so,” Massimo asks in Bread is Gold, a diary and collection of recipes from the Refettorio Ambrosiano project. Over the following months, more than 65 chefs turned surplus ingredients collected from the exhibition’s pavilions into nutritious meals served to the homeless and people in need in the area. Names like Ferran Adria, Rene Redzepi, Ana Ros and Alain Ducasse used their creative powers to turn discarded food into delicious dishes. “It was challenging and rewarding to be a chef in that kitchen. It brought out the best in everyone,” says Massimo. “And it’s important to show that chefs in 2017 are not just the sum of their recipes, we are much more than that. People need to know we are social agents and we can give to the people, to the world an example.” Nourishing the soul
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