This recent post
on Benjamin's Christie
's blog about the Heat in the Kitchen
show on SBS got me going. Ben raises a number of points (the dearth of Sydney restaurant reviewers I agree with).
Ben's point of of view is from a restaurateur (fair enough - he is a Chef). Mine is from a diner. Restaurant reviewers are a great beast and opinion differentiates the average review from the great. As much as I like all review, sites simplistic sites like Eatability.com.au do end up disappointing me. For example, Eatability.com.au is chock-a-block full of "It's gr8t - best ever" type posts. That doesn't help me one iota except possible to steer me away from the venue.
Reviews from Mathew Evans I respect. The guy calls a spade a spade. The real criticism is that there are not enough reviews of the sway of Mathew. The Sydney media scene is such that I don't think there will be anyone that truly has the sway of the Good Food Guide/Good Living reviewer.
In the aggregate I think its possible that 1,000 bloggers can achieve the same effect. Bring it on I say ...