Monday, July 20, 2015

Parramatta's Restaurant 317 welcomes new head chef

Parramatta's favourite dining destination, Restaurant 317 is thrilled to welcome new Head Chef Brian Campbell to the team. To mark his arrival, Brian has launched a number of new dishes on both the main menu and dessert menu.

Brian has created a number of new beautiful trattoria-style dishes using the very best seasonal produce and perfect for the cooler months.

Some of the new dishes include: Slow Roasted Lamb Shanks, with fresh garlic, rosemary and thyme; Slow Roasted Pork Belly with crispy crackling finished with caramelised pear & glazed balsamic; Linguini Slipper Lobster with fresh garlic, sage & roast pumpkin in a butter sauce; Baked Sea Perch with herb, lime aioli and served with sweet potato mash & seasonal vegetables; and Roast Pumpkin & Beetroot Pizza with buffalo and mozzarella cheese, topped with fresh baby spinach & crumbled fetta.

"Our new menu has stayed true to good combinations of flavours. We have ensured we use premium cuts of meat and the freshest seafood. I've also focused on using locally sourced fresh produce and introduced some new slow cooked items which are perfect for winter," Brian said.

The new dessert menu features Apple & Rhubarb Crumble, Baked Passion fruit Cheesecake and Rocky Road Nutella Crepes. Restaurant 317 has also ensured that they have kept a selection of their most popular menu items.

With nearly 20 years experience in top Australian restaurants including Bilsons, Park Royal, Gunya, Dry Dock Hotel and Hayman Island's Yeppoon Sailing Club, Brian brings a wealth of experience and passion to the Restaurant 317 kitchen.

Restaurant 317 will be celebrating 10 years of service this year and is regarded as Sydney's premier gluten free restaurant with over 90% of its meals suitable for those with coeliac disease or those who avoid eating gluten for health reasons.

"Our new menu adheres to our restaurant's food philosophy of using fresh, beautiful produce with Mediterranean influences," Restaurant 317's Owner, Pierre Sande said.

Located in the heart of Parramatta's entertainment and dining district, Restaurant 317 is renowned for its distinctive atmosphere, quality service, award-winning menu and its ability to continually innovate.

Restaurant 317 has a range of dining and entertaining options from their stylish designer bar and popular restaurant to their exclusive Oyster Bar and alfresco and private dining areas.

Sourcing wines from the finest producers across the country and keeping the menu in mind, Restaurant 317 features a hand-selected wine and innovative cocktail menu.

Restaurant 317 is located at 317 Church Street, Parramatta and is open Monday- Sunday from 11.30am until late.

Restaurant 317 is committed to their local community and is proud sponsors of the Western Sydney Wanderers, Parramatta City Titans and is a supporter of Coeliac NSW & ACT and Make a Wish Foundation.

To find out more information on Restaurant 317 CLICK HERE


Restaurant 317
A: 317 Church Street, Parramatta
P: 1300 317 317

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015


Following the `Star Wars` Hall H presentation at Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., 501st Legion member, Kevin Doyle and the audience of more than 6000 fans walked to a surprise `Star Wars` Fan Concert performed by the San Diego Symphony, featuring the classic `Star Wars` music of composer John Williams, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Doyle

Byline: Michael Buckner

Copyright: 2015 Getty Images

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WATERFRONT by Duncan McNab: graft, corruption and violence on Australia's crime frontier

In August, Hachette Australia is excited to publish WATERFRONT: Australia's Crime Frontier from 1788 to Now by investigative journalist and former police detective Duncan McNab.


Ever since the First Fleet dropped anchor, Australia's ports have been our opening to the world. They are also the breeding ground for many of Australia's most notorious criminals, and a magnet for local and overseas criminal syndicates. WATERFRONT is the exciting story of the crimes, the politics, and the larger-than-life characters of our nation's ports.


Duncan McNab is a former police detective, private investigator, investigative journalist and media adviser to government and the private sector. An expert on organised crime, he is the author of several books, including Outlaw Bikers in Australia and The Dodger: Inside the World of Roger Rogerson. His first-hand experience in Australian law enforcement is evident in this fascinating and compelling analysis of the ways in which criminal elements have always found ways to thrive and profit on the waterfront, despite more than a century of Royal Commissions, reports and crackdowns.


From Phillip and Bligh to Michael Hurley, from the gold rushes to the modern-day ice trade, Duncan McNab lifts the lid on the intriguing and chequered history of Australia's waterfront.




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