The Sunday Telegraph (Aus), July 28, 2002
Eat your heart out
Keanu makes a meal out of Sydney
by Philip Koch
HOLLYWOOD star Keanu Reeves has eaten his way through some of Sydney's finest restaurants – but he still hasn't found the prize he is searching for.
The Matrix heartbreaker has approached Sydney restaurateurs in recent weeks looking for an elusive bottle of rare Grange Hermitage to take back with him to Los Angeles.
Reeves pleaded for help in his mission to track down the cherished vintage during a recent visit to the Leichhardt eatery Grappa.
And he has no shortage of willing helpers elsewhere – given that he has lived the life of a foodie since adopting the Harbour City as his second home.
Only a week ago, Reeves was spotted enjoying a coffee with a friend at Arte e Cucina, in the eastern suburbs celebrity haven of Double Bay.
It has been hard to miss the star of Speed and Point Break during his very own excellent adventure in Sydney.
He has enjoyed the view from Rose Bay eatery Catalina, sipped red at Wine Banc in Martin Place and bought pizza from Bar Italia in Leichhardt.
And he and Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburn have both regularly enjoyed the 14-course degustation menu at celebrated Sydney restaurant Tetsuya's.
On top of Tetsuya Wakuda's signature dish – tartare of tuna with fresh wasabi – Reeves enjoyed some of Australia's finest wines at the Kent St eatery.
He recently told the Jewish News that his all-time favourite food was Israeli cuisine – and he has regularly headed to Sababba in Bondi for a felafel fix.
But then Bondi has become his second home, with regular weekend forays to beachfront canteen Hugo's and occasional visits to Jackie's, Ravesi's, Sean's Panorama and Yulla.
The actor has avoided the celebrity haunt at Wooloomooloo Wharf but Reeves has tried virtually every top-class restaurant in Sydney's eastern suburbs and inner west.
Reeves has also tried the nosh at Bistro Moncur, Lucio's, Aria, Wine Banc, Golden Century, Buon Ricordo and Forty One.