ask Bella about
vietnamese food • upscale bars • vintage shopping • business lunch • fine dining
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work in finance PR. I find the fast paced world of finance exhilarating and intellectually challenging.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Doing it wrong, Marvin's Room - Drake, Thinkin bout you - Frank Ocean, Memo (Boyfriend Jeans)- Grace, Love is a losing game - Amy Winehouse, and the grande finale: Non, je ne regrette rien- Edith Piaf
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Absolutely Fabulous, Schitt's Creek, Suits, Downton Abbey, The Crown, Grand Designs, Iron Chef, If You Are the One
Name some spots in Sydney that are good for a Tinder date.
The small row of booths at Hubert's is the most sought-after Tinder real estate in town. For a more casual affair out of the city, definitely go to Totti's out at Bondi - their gorgeous alfresco dining will win hearts everytime.
Who’s your hero and where in Sydney would you take them out for a serious hang?
I would take interior designer Sophie Patterson to Hotel Centennial in Woollahra. It has a cool country club vibe and I feel like it's my second home
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
There is A LOT of Kit & Ace in my wardrobe. I also have a soft spot for Australian fashion designer Dion Lee. For everyday staples, high street brand Forever New is a fave for their fabulous feminine pieces.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Haven't found one yet!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Cruising around the harbour. Summers in Sydney are amazing and there's just so much to do! Cruising around the harbour is the one thing I am yet to tick off!
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Sydney and where did you get it?
Bennelong's lamington with cherry jam ice cream sponge and chocolate ganache with liquid nitrogen ice-cream. This dessert is out-of-this-world delicious and the sheer technical difficulty has been highlighted in MasterChef Australia.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Sydney that you particularly like?
Sydney has a few hidden bars, but nothing tops Baxter Inn. Down a side alley, find the nondescript fire escape door and behold, you have a great night ahead!
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Sydney? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House. Dinner service is $130pp excluding drinks. Entree: Grilled Tasmanian octopus with radishes, smoked almonds, aioli, sherry caramel. Main: Roasted John Dory served on the bonewhite turnips with umami butter, native coastal greens. Dessert: My partner and I shared the pavlova and cherry jam lamington
What restaurant in Sydney looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Marrickville Pork Roll serves the best Vietnamese bánh mì's in town. I grew up eating these and salivate at the thought of my next visit. Their shopfront may be tiny, but the queues speak for themselves. They also have a store closer to the city in Darling Square.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Sydney? Which one do you like?
Observatory Bar at The Langham is my local and they do a cracker negroni. For something a bit different, Banksii is a vermouth bar with so many options
Where would you take your partner in Sydney if you wanted to really pamper them?
A decadent dinner at Felix
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Golden Gaytimes, vegemite on toast, fairy bread. There's nothing more Aussie than vegemite on buttered toast, every cafe serves it here. A friendly reminder to not slather it on like Nutella!
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Sydney?
Pitt Street Mall. A great place for high street fashion, but I have to battle the crowds on a daily basis to get to meetings!
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Sydney?
Hyde Park in the CBD is beautiful, but I think the true star of city parklands has to go to Centennial Park. These gorgeous grounds covers 189 hectares of inner city land and is such a haven for locals. It's a perfect spot for a picnic or BBQ.
What are the Sydney spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The iconic Bondi-to-Bronte walk never gets old. Opera Bar is a must after some sightseeing.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Sydney. How do you spend it?
I'd spend the day soaking in the iconic Sydney Harbour from all angles, followed by a feast at one of my ultimate favourite's - Mr Wong's or Firedoor.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
London. I love the city's history and it's architecture. Australia is such a young country in comparison!