Today, we learn from the Sydney Tele that S. Irene Virbila of the LA Times considers Sydney as the best place to eat! Here's part of what she had to say:
Not only are those restaurants-with-a-view astonishing — by rights, they needn't be very good at all — but Sydney also has enticing candidates of nearly every ilk, including high-concept French, serious seafood houses, contemporary Asian and cafes that serve breakfast with such sunny optimism you feel nothing can go wrong again. Ever.
Looking at Virbila's list of places to eat, we can spy 5 restaurants located in Surry Hills. And here's the chess connection. Peter Parr's Chess Discount Sales is in Surry Hills. In fact, Spice I Am, a Thai place, is just around the corner! And Longrain is about 2-3 minutes walk to Commonwealth St. I must say, I can only agree with our American writer. But I will add, Longrain's communal table is a rather disconcerting experience.
And oh, here's another chessic connection. Surry Hills was once the proposed venue for the Sydney Chess Centre. For now at least, that idea seems to be well and truly dead.