To Dine In Or Take Away?

Australian Cuisine

We aren’t going to pretend to give you a balanced pros and cons list here. Shakespeare never thought it a question worth asking, and Bob Dylan has never sung about it; to us, there is no question. We will take a fine dining restaurant experience any day over its poor cousin monsieur take-away. However, with […]

Do You Wanna Get Back Together. Y or N?

Dear Central Coast, We wanted to talk with you. We still love you. Do you still love us? We hate the way things are between us – the distance. Let’s get back together again. We lay awake at night; wondering what you’re doing. We keep thinking about when you came into our lives and how […]

Your House is the Best Bar on the Central Coast

So it’s 2020. We’ve been burnt and drowned as a nation and now we are being confined to self isolation and – hell spawn of all terms – social distancing. What a kick to the proverbial grapes. And by that we mean, of course, the splendid fine wines, quality cocktails and brilliant beer that we […]

The Happiest of Hours – A History

And now for a lesson on that hallowed of traditions: Happy Hour.  We’ve all partaken. We’ve all over indulged. We’re all a little guilty of getting super excited at the thought of cheap drinks. It almost feels like you’re getting something for free. You swipe your card at the bar, Cheshire cat grin making your […]

Spend Australia Day in Ultimate Style

Cold Cocktail by the Beach

What’s your idea of the perfect Australia Day celebration? Is it a backyard barbeque with friends, a day on the beach or a bit of relaxation and luxury? If your idea is to spend the afternoon overlooking the pristine coastline of Terrigal in cool and airy comfort, sipping Champagne, then the perfect escape awaits you […]

The Slightly Strange Origin Of The Cocktail

Here at The Joker and the Thief, we take a lot of joy in making a perfectly balanced cocktail. Everything from sourcing the highest quality ingredients, to getting the saltiness, sourness, the body and the bitterness dancing well together, to the perfect temperature and finally getting them dressed, ready for the grand ball. We love […]

What do you mean, Australian Cuisine?

Australian Cuisine

Let’s do a quick rundown of what we would call Australian Cuisine… Ok, so there’s bush tucker, weet-bix for the morning, a meat pie or sausage roll with some rich red tomato sauce to buy at your local takeaway shop; you’ll likely find some fairy bread or a lamington (thanks New Zealand) at a kid’s […]

Dinner Rolls and Gender Roles

Man & Woman on date

Here at The Joker and Thief, we are no strangers to watching the love games around the dining table. As a mainstay for flirty first dates, we see the long looks and the awkward eyes and shifty jitters. And there is no greater slow-motion train wreck greater to watch than the moment the bill is […]