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A Sicilian Easter Feast right here in Sydney

 

Mixed dishes at OLIO

Credit: Photography by Lauren Commens

Celebrate Easter the Sicilian way with Chef Lino and the Olio team! Easter in Italy marks the welcoming of spring, 'the beautiful season', and to celebrate friends and families gather for communal picnics under the sun, sharing an abundance of handmade food and stories.

If you’ve dined with us at Olio, you know you’ve already joined our family. With a rich array of seafood produce at our fingertips, our menu is bursting with fish options, and is the perfect answer to your Good Friday family feast.

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EASTER OPENING HOURS

Lunch, Friday and Saturday, 12 - 3pm
Dinner: Friday and Saturday, 6 - 10pm
Terrace: Friday and Saturday, 5 - 10pm

CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY AND EASTER MONDAY

Book your table here.


For a taste of Sicilian Easter in your own home, try your hand at Chef Lino's Mediterranean Mackerel recipe below.

Mackeral at OLIO

Credit: Sgombro, Photography by Chef Lino Sauro

Sgombro - Mediterranean Mackerel with Kale, Orange and Pancetta
Serves 2

Ingredients

300g Mediterranean mackerel
100g oranges
100g kale
60g pancetta (roughly 2 thin slices)
100g Eucalyptus honey
10g garlic
Extra virgin olive oil

Method

Fillet the mackerel. Divide each fillet into two pieces, cross-ways.

Marinate the mackerel in a mixture of orange, 20g of honey, 1 clove crushed garlic, salt and pepper.

Prepare orange jam with orange peel, 80g honey, 1 clove of garlic and water. Cook for 1 hour on low heat until thick and smooth in texture.

Blanch the kale leaves in boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain and submerge immediately in an ice bath, or a bowl of iced water.

Sauté the kale and half a clove of garlic, sliced, in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over a medium-high heat.

In a saucepan, heat up some oil. Once hot, place in the 4 mackerel fillet pieces, and fry for approximately 30 seconds per side.

To serve, stack the mackerel fillets alternately with the sautéed kale.

To garnish, scatter sautéed pancetta and drizzle orange jam on top.


Dine amongst the Olive Trees

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Credit: See South Australia Campaign Launch at Olio Kensington Street, Photography by David Li


Bring your family and friends along for an indulgent trip to Sicily without leaving Sydney!

Our Sicilian-inspired outdoor terrace leads off our contemporary indoor dining room, and overlooks Chippendale's bustling Kensington Street.

Have a casual drink and aperitivo for two on the terrace amidst the olive trees, or book a large corporate function or celebratory event with us.

For Terrace and Restaurant bookings, book here.

For function and event enquiries, email us here: Email us!


OLIO in the Limelight

With dishes like these, who wouldn't want to post snaps of us!?

Captivating the iPhone screens of Instagram influencers and foodies alike, below is a snapshot of Olio Kensington Street in the limelight.

Sicilian Summer

Philip Lee

Sicilian Summer
Watermelon, Wild Strawberries, Hibiscus,
Beetroot, Raspberries

@philsosophyy

Polipo

Will Xia

Polipo
Charred and Citrus Glazed Octopus, Capsicum and Sun Dried Tomato Aioli

@willxia1



The best dog friendly parks and cafes in the Inner City

 

cute black puppy

We Sydneysiders love our coffee as much as we love our pooches. From brawny staffies to prancing toy poodles, the Inner City of Sydney is home to dogs of all shapes and sizes. Taking your pooch outdoors to a dog-friendly space is important, especially in inner-city areas where apartment living is popular and dogs have limited space to exercise. Here’s our picks for the best dog friendly parks and cafes in Inner City Sydney.

Alexandria Park

Buckland St, Alexandria

Located on the corner of Wyndham Street and the leafy Buckland Street in Alexandria, Alexandria Park is a multipurpose green space absolutely ideal for local pooches to frolic and socialise. Mornings and evenings see droves of pets down in the park, separated into groups of more energetic and more laid back dogs. There’s plenty of shade thanks to the big, leafy trees, and dog bag dispensers scattered liberally around the park.

There are cafes nearby, and the pubs and bars around nearby Redfern are almost unanimously friendly to dogs. Keep in mind that the basketball and tennis courts, playground and cricket oval are all off limits to dogs. That said, there’s still more than enough space for even the most energetic pup to stretch their legs.

Hawthorne Canal Reserve and Cafe Bones

Hawthorne Canal Reserve, Leichhardt

Stretching along the eastern side of the Hawthorne Canal, both the Reserve and the cafe are dog friendly, with Cafe Bones serving up high quality treats for both humans and canines, including their famous Pupaccino.

The Courthouse Hotel

202 Australia St, Newtown

Newtown’s AFL loving beer hall is made only more interesting by being dog friendly in its substantial, wrap around beer garden. Located off King Street on Australia Avenue, The Courthouse is a great place for a pint and a meal, and the sturdy bench seats and tables leave ample room for your favourite friend to relax by your feet as you catch up with friends or watch the Swans beat Hawthorne.

Young Henry’s Brewery

D & E/76 Wilford St, Newtown

Still in Newtown, Young Henry’s has been the toast of the town for a few years now, brewing up locally sourced beers for the Inner West masses. Their tasting bar is located on Wilford Street. Dogs are welcome and there’s usually a food truck or two around for nibbles.

The Redfern bar & pub scene

ArcadiaThe Lord RaglanThe Bearded Tit and more.

Redfern’s nightlife has heated up over the last few summers, but that doesn’t stop most local bars and pubs from being dog friendly watering holes. In fact, if you truly love your pooch, the city’s inner southern suburbs have so much to offer dog lovers that you’ll probably want to move there.

The Lord Wolseley Hotel / Pub Life

265 Bulwara Rd, Ultimo

Sydney’s smallest pub might not have a beer garden, but they do have some lovely al fresco dining out the front. Bring your pooch along for tap beer and top burgers from the Pub Life Kitchen out back.

Sydney Park / Sydney Park Kiosk

Sydney Park Rd, St Peters

Continuing on from Alexandria’s love affair with pooches, Sydney Park is an expansive public green area located on the border of Sydney Park Road and the Princess Highway where it becomes King Street, near St Peter’s Station. Massive and massively dog friendly, you can walk your pooch through rolling hills, walking tracks, manmade duck ponds and more. There’s even free dog training on Saturdays.

And when you’re ready for a bite and a coffee stop in at the Sydney Park Kiosk for sandwiches, salads, toasties and al fresco eating.

The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen

74 Rose St, Chippendale

Cheekily named, it’s another animal that reaps the rewards at the Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen. Great food, terrific atmosphere and furbaby friendly, it’s located in Chippendale on Rose Street near Victoria Park.

The Carrington

563-565 Bourke Street Surry Hills

First opened way back in 1877, The Carrington has recently reopened with a breezy, modern look, mouthwatering food and plenty of time (and space) for pooches. Located on Bourke Street in Surry Hills, it’s easy to spot the classily renovated pub facade. There’s indoor and outdoor seating and a great selection of wines, beers and cocktails.

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Off leash dog parks In Surry Hills

James Hilder ReserveFrog Hollow Reserve and Harmony Park are all off leash dog friendly throughout the day (and evening). Located in the triangle between Crown, Albion and Commonwealth Streets, you can hit all of them in a short stroll and still have plenty of time to stop off for a coffee at one of the numerous cafes nearby.

If you’re looking for a bigger space to let your pooch run around, Prince Alfred Park has grass aplenty and there’s a cafe at the Pool, not to mention Cafe Orantek on Pitt Street nearby which has dog-friendly outdoor seating.

Regular off-leash exercise in parks helps dogs release pent-up energy as well as boredom. It may also reduce unwanted behaviours such as digging, chewing and excessive barking. So next time you’re headed out for a walk or a coffee, grab your four-legged friend and take him or her to one of these dog-friendly parks!


Where to take the kids in Sydney city these School Holidays

 

Central Park

When the sweltering heat of the Summer holidays hits, the last thing you’re going to want to be doing is sitting around indoors, slowly melting away. At times like this, kids are likely to go veritably stir-crazy cooped up indoors, and unless you’re fortunate enough to live near some decent parkland and activities, you’re going to be constantly on the hunt for things to occupy and entertain them with.

Luckily, the city of Sydney has always had a great selection of family-oriented fun and easy adventures for children and adults alike. Whether you’re looking to get hands on, or simply relax under a big screen, we’ve collected together only a small number of the massive array available to in Sydney for this summer holidays.

Catch a flick at Broadway

If you’re looking for something that everybody can enjoy, young at heart or young in years, catching a blockbuster at Hoyts Broadway is a nice, safe bet that should fit pretty much any child’s taste.

Hoyts is located on the top floor of Broadway, which means that you’ll have an easy selection of other things to distract the kids with while you’re there. If they’re into games and gadgets, JB Hi-Fi or EB Games should distract them for a bit, or take a look through the Target toys section while you catch up on your own shopping.

Grab some popcorn and a drink and settle in. It’s the holidays, so a great big bunch of blockbusters are across the horizon. The new Harry Potter and Star Wars are unfortunately rated M, but Trolls (Dreamworks, from the Shrek creators), Moana (Disney), and The Secret Life of Pets (Illumination - creators of Despicable Me) should be more than enough to cover most bases.

Normally at this point we’d also recommend taking it to the next level at IMAX, a gigantic 3D movie theatre in Darling Harbour, but this great Sydney institution has shut down, reopening in 2019 in a new theatre. Bummer.

Blow minds at the Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum stands as the number one destination for aspiring minds in Sydney, and has an absolutely astounding array of fascinating curiosities and exhibits arranged in child-friendly ways.

The best part of the Powerhouse is that the exhibits within it are truly fascinating; they won’t just entertain children, they’re more than enough to keep anybody’s mind fixated.

Over this summer, they have exhibits on Egyptian Mummies, designs of the past and 20th Century, a hands-on Paleontology exhibit, dozens of workshops - and that’s not even counting their permanent exhibits of technology and biology across the globe!

Seriously. If you’ve never gone to the Powerhouse Museum, go to the Powerhouse Museum. You’ll have fun, the kids will have fun. It’s a great day out.

Shark Tank

Aquarium

After a short walk to Darling Harbour you’ll find the Sydney Aquarium, home to one of the best public collections of sea life on the planet. Australia’s sheer wealth of undersea flora and fauna is staggering, and a massive amount of them can only be found here.

You’ll get to see cute fairy penguins up close, walk through the mesmerising glass tube passageways (which make the trip worth it in themselves), catch a seal show, and touch a sea cucumber (both gross AND fascinating!)

Buying online will set you back $48 for a family ticket (a 30% discount on gate prices), which is a nice deal.

Plus, you can also bundle a 30 day trip (for a slightly more pricey $380 family) for a trip to the Aquarium, Sydney Zoo (note: NOT Taronga Zoo), Madame Tussauds, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, and the Sydney Tower Eye. A couple of these are out of the way, so only go for this if you’re really committed to the holiday fair, but they’re all worth checking out in their own right individually.

Day trip to the park

German Shepard picnic

Sydney’s a pretty good place to live if you want greenery; we’ve got decent infrastructure and more than enough cultivated parkland for kids. If you’re living in the inner city though, finding a spot to run around can be a bit of a hassle.

Prince Alfred Park is right next to Central Station, and has a massive amount of running space, basketball and tennis courts, play areas for children, and a pool that contains a toddler’s splash area. You can even take along the dog (though obviously not if you’re catching the train in), since there’s an off-leash area available.

Once you’re done, take out the snags and paper plates, because there’s plenty of barbeque facilities to partake in the Great Australian Summer Meal from.

If you just want to let the kids tire themselves out by having a great day in the sun, and you don’t live near anywhere that has the facilities and land to do so, Prince Alfred Park has you covered. Just remember to Slip, Slop, Slap; it’s looking to be a hot summer this year!

Another great park to hang out with the kids is Central Park in Chippendale. With the Central Park Shopping Mall right next to the park, this makes it super easy to pick up lunch supplies from Woolworths, and you can even take advantage of the giant chess set on the lower ground floor of the courtyard.

There’s lots to discover this summer in the Sydney CBD, so make sure you take some time to visit these wonderful locations during the holidays.

What’s Happening at Broadway Shopping Centre?

As one of Sydney's favourite shopping destinations, Broadway Shopping Centre works hard to ensure a pleasant and interesting experience for all shoppers during their visit. Part of this policy involves the endeavour to always offer something new and fresh to stimulate your senses.

One thing you can be sure of is that Broadway will never be “just a shopping centre". Broadway is truly a destination: a place to meet with friends, a place to eat just about any kind of food you want to try, a place to catch some entertainment, and of course a place to "shop til you drop" (although obviously it's better if you don't actually drop).

There's always something happening at Broadway, and here's a list of some of the most recent developments at Broadway Shopping Centre in Sydney.

Bondi Pizza opens new restaurant on Level 2

Bondi Pizza has been a fantastic local success story, and their newly opened seventh location is a welcome addition to Level Two at Broadway Shopping Centre.

This is a fully licensed restaurant, so alongside the classic offerings of pizza and an array of internationally influenced dishes, you can also enjoy wine, cocktails, or of course an icy cold beer.

For something extra-special, try the Moroccan Spiced Sizzling Prawns: deliciously spicy prawns served in a sizzling hotpot with slices of flatbread and a tangy cucumber and yoghurt dressing.

Parking innovations introduced

Broadway Shopping Centre is a civic-minded place, and shopping should be something everyone can enjoy. Having said that, parking at Christmas can be a nightmare. To help ease the pressure a bit, we're offering cyclists the opportunity to park their bikes securely for free at our new Bike Block facility, which is available 24x7 on the Ground Floor North Car Park (off Francis Street).

Life can be difficult for students, so in recognition of that, we're also offering cut-price parking for students. All you need to do is enter the car park from Bay Street and keep in the right hand lane. Take a ticket from the machine and proceed to Level 3, then validate your ticket in the machine at the boom gate. You'll then be able to park on Level 3A or Level 4 all day for just $16.

Free WiFi is now available

Next time you visit Broadway Shopping Centre, show the world what you're having for lunch by connecting to our free WiFi service. Every user can get either 3 hours or 1GB of complimentary access each day. Of course, you're expected to use the service responsibly, complying with our terms and conditions for WiFi access.