Interior images of Mediterranean stalwart, Syracuse, have always piqued my interest, though I never managed to make a visit until now. Philippa Sibley has been in charge of the kitchen for just over a year - an even better reason to make my way there for lunch. The restaurant is cosier than expected, and exudes a classic warm and moody atmosphere. Syracuse was originally just a wine bar back in 1996, and there's still an impressive selection of wines to try (over 600!) as well as expert sommeliers...

It’s been 10 years since Cecconi’s moved to it’s current Flinders Lane location from Southbank, now hidden under street level. The family-run restaurant is under the headship of matriarch Olimpia Bortolotto, serving classic Italian food. Aside from the main restaurant, there’s also a private cellar bar, and the more casual and more affordable cantina which provide different dining experiences....