Many years have passed since I last spent a week in Sydney so I was eager to catch up with city developments and the retail scene. First stop was to see what Justin Hemmes had done with the Newport Arms and while the night was chilly and wet it confirmed why he was king of the fashionable pub scene. The glass of house Chardonnay was all I expected.
A shopping trip was needed but I insisted on one item of culture, a quick visit to the Australian (Sydney) Museum. In general this museum struggles but on the first floor is a room of perfection, the Albert Chapman mineral collection where every specimen is the best of its kind, though popularity is zero.
With that out of the way shopping commenced at the Queen Victoria Building and proceeded at leisure with the general direction towards Circular Quay. The coloured bags multiplied but my delight came at Myers where nifty work moved the shoppers from the pop perfumes and fragrances to the Guerlain display where I had found treasures on special. I know a lot about perfumes and my thoughts are at http://www.glug.com.au/index_books.php?sec=books
Late afternoon and exhausted we had reached Argyle Street at The Rocks with a review of Sake Restaurant Bar which read, ‘buzzy and contemporary’. That’s us so in we went and an initial scepticism, the staff were having a breather after the lunch time crowd, was followed by outstanding professionalism.