If you’re looking for a killer cocktail, a glass of top-shelf wine or a slice or two of foodie heaven then read on. Our region is affectionately known as ‘The Shire’ and I’m glad to report that the food and bar scene has exploded over the past two years; we’re proudly more food savvy and definitely expect our cocktails to be shaken not stirred!
As a self-confessed coffee snob I’ve enlisted help from the best of the best; reasoning that if they can consistently brew some of the best coffee this side of the equator then they’ll be just a fussy about where they dine and have a drink. So let me introduce you to:
Richard Calabro from Grind Espresso Cronulla
Suzie Sprem from Sister Fox Espresso Bar Caringbah
George Gourlas from BiancoNero Espresso Gymea
Domtron from White Horse Coffee Sutherland
Ann Warren (that’s me) Bella’s on the Bay Yowie Bay
What’s your favourite cuisine?Richard: I’m still a sucker for good Southern Italian food but otherwise anything traditionally prepared such as Lebanese, Indian, Moroccan etc…
Suzie: Modern Australian
Domtron: Home-style / mum’s cooking
Ann: I agree with all the above plus I love the clean fresh flavours of Vietnamese
If you can’t be bothered to cook, do you have any good takeaway recommendations?Suzie: A Marherita Pizza from Queen Marherita Cronulla or Antonio’s Pizza Caringbah
George: Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar Cronulla
Domtron: Dinner from mum’s
Ann: I’d rather join Dom but usually order in from Thai Splendid at Miranda. Love their Thai Beef Salad or Crisp Salmon in fresh Thai herbs. If my husband has the choice he’d pick Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar.
If you’re meeting friends for a drink, where would you suggest and why?Richard: The Brass Monkey @ Cronulla – cool live tunes and cool live drinks!
Suzie: The RSL at Cronulla is a great starting place and location, beautiful views, caters for all ages with great drinks and food options available. For something more quiet the Royal Motor Yacht Club on Woolooware Road.
George: The Old Library, Cronulla
Domtron: The Old Library – good barman, nice wines, beautiful place. Also El Sol, Cronulla – best rum and tequila selection, best barmen, market leaders in alcohol.
Ann: Croydon Lane Wine & Tapas Bar at Cronulla for friendly knowledgeable staff, fantastic cocktails and wines – not to mention delish tapas to nibble while you drink.
Also the Blind Bear Bar in Cronulla – felt like we’d stepped back into a drinking den from the early 30s. Love the atmosphere and music plus they have a great selection of beers for my husband.
If you were a super hero what powers would you have?Richard: The powers I’ve already been possessed with! The power to lure people in with infectious vibe and sweet aroma while saving many lives daily with a sweet liquid gold! I’d call myself ‘Barry Star’! (Say it fast and you’ll get it!!)
Suzie: Invisible Woman. To disappear and reappear when I choose.
George: X -ray vision (haha)
Domtron: I’d Time travel and go back and buy all the great vintages of Penfolds Grange Hermitage and sell it at a profit now… Wait, I’m dreaming, I’d just drink it myself!
Ann: I’m with Dom on the Time travel. Would love to travel back or forward in time at will – it has the power of the Invisible Woman with benefits
Ann’s top picks for eating out in the Shire
Breakfast/LunchAlley Break right on Cronulla Beach
The Nuns Pool Shelley Beach
BiancoNero at Gymea
HAM at Cronulla
DinnerYalla Sawa – Arabic/Lebanese/Moroccan eatery
Alphabet Street – A delicious Modern take on Thai
Summer Salt – Contemporary Australian with Asian flavours (right on Cronulla Beach)
Croydon Lane Wine & Tapas – Mediterranean-inflected plates with Mod-Oz overtones
Luke Benchmark Restaurant & Oyster Bar – Modern Australian and Mediterranean
And finally, my mantra comes from a wise old gentleman named Michael Broadbent “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” Amen