My parentsí idea of a good night out is a country at the local RSL. When they visit Sydney I want to broaden their horizons, but not scare them off. Can you recommend a good bistro-style restaurant with a twist, and at a good price? Regards, Gina


Can I offer a little avuncular advice? For parents such as yours, forget the “twist”. Just give them a good, straight-up-and-down meal in comfy surroundings — then on the next trip, hit them with the twist. A couple of suggestions:

Firstly, Linda’s on King Street (341 King Street, Newtown, Ph 9550 6015). Once you’re inside, they’ll think they’re having dinner at an old friend’s house — only better. Beautifully cooked, totally un-scary food served with grace. 

And then a little more daring — Italian, but then who doesn’t like Italian? Why, spaghetti bolognaise is a naturalised Aussie dish isn’t it?  The Doctor thinks they’ll love La Disfida Enoteca Pizza (109 Ramsay Street, Haberfield, Ph 9798 8299) where owner Peter Zuzza will lead them gently through the pizzas and the gorgeous pastas. They’ll never go back to the country RSL again.

Happy families,

The Doctor

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