RUSTICA is embracing its name and its Mediterranean-inspiration more than ever with the launch of paella night on Wednesdays.

Each Wednesday, the kitchen team at Rustica (1 King Street, Newcastle), headed by Mark Hosie, will be manning impressive one-metre paella pans and cooking up the famous Spanish dish.

NCH GOODTASTE. Pic of Mark Hosie cooking up some Paella at Rustica. Rustica is launching Paella Wednesday’s.19th JUNE 2013. Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK.

Diners can even come in and watch Hosie preparing the dish to pick up some tips about cooking at home: from the sofrito (onion and tomato base) to frying the prawns in the pan with the base mix for added flavour, before removing them and adding them in the final stages of cooking.

“Come in at 6.30pm if you want to see it cooked and learn a bit about paella and we’ll serve it about 7pm or 7.15pm,” Hosie told GT.

“You get paella, bread, a house salad and sangria for $35.”

The first paella night at Rustica is next Wednesday, July 3. Visit rustica杭州夜生活, facebook杭州夜生活m/RusticaNewcastle or call 4929 3333 for more information.

Cocktail delights due soon

SMALL bar MoneyPenny is set to open soon on the Honeysuckle Boardwalk.

The space – which is set to open next to Silo Restaurant & Lounge in the former Aquazul site – will bring what owner Paul Davies described as “a casual, fun, welcoming retreat away from the large institutions that are such a staple of Newcastle nightlife”.

“I will be listing five cocktails per week and hand-writing these on a large roll of butcher paper hung behind the bar. Of course, we will still be able to make the classics, depending on ingredients at hand. However, our focus will be on delivering a great selection in these five drinks and keep it constantly changing,” Davies told GT.

They’ll also have a selection of beer and red, white and sparkling wines by the glass, as well as a changing small and share plates menu.

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New name and new focus

NEWCASTLE’S Le Petite Deux has had a makeover and has been relaunched as Made By Lesley Taylor (27 King Street, Newcastle).

The acclaimed chef, who also cooks at Longworth House and Merewether’s Osteria, said it was time for a new focus a year after the French restaurant opened.

Made By Lesley Taylor opened last week and serves a menu that reflects Taylor’s years as a chef, love of Mediterranean food and the chefs she looks up to. It is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Waterfront dining untouched

MILANO’S on the Lake (89 Soldiers Road, Pelican) is still going strong despite a fire that gutted a boat-hire business at Pelican in May.

The restaurant was not touched by the blaze and is open Wednesday and Thursday for dinner, Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner, and Sunday for breakfast and lunch. Functions and weddings are welcome.

Milano’s on the Lake has also welcomed head chef Paul Cookson, formerly of Watagan House, to the kitchen.

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Test your brewing expertise

FOX Bar (274 High Street, Maitland) has teamed up with Country Brewer Maitland and Tilse’s Apple Truck Cider for a brewing challenge and dinner on July 11.

The event calls on budding home brewers to submit their brews to Country Brewer Maitland by July 8. Prizes will be awarded by a qualified beer judge, Tilse’s Apple Truck Cider brewer and one Fox Bar punter. To go in the entry, buy a Tilse’s pear or apple truck cider from the bar before July 2.

To win and be eligible for a prize, you must attend the brew challenge dinner. Tickets are $60 per person and available by phoning 4934 6446, at the Fox Bar, or by emailing [email protected]杭州夜生活 For more information on the brewing challenge, phone 4933 0058.

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