The Apollo Restaurant
Having been listed in Monocle’s top 10 restaurants in the world, The Apollo is an absolute must for Greek loving Sydneysiders. Drawing on the joint heritage of Jonathan Barthelmess and Longrain’s Sam Christie – their take on the flavours of the Mediterranean (with a strong focus on Greek food) has garnered a lot of attention.
Shuk Elizabeth Bay
Wildly popular Shuk Bondi has opened an outpost in Elizabeth Bay alongside dreamery eatery Botanica Vaucluse in the Trebartha Apartment retirement complex. Serving up Israeli-Mediterranean dishes and fresh bread all day, Shuk is famous for shakshuka and hummus – believe us when we say you have to try both. If the queues at Bondi during weekend brunch are any indication of their new location's popularity, make sure you get in early to snag a seat.
Home to celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, this glossy Potts Point restaurant is one of the go-to for Chinese-Australian fusion fare. Every plate features locally grown produce, with delicious results. When the Kwong cravings strike, be sure to go early – the eatery doesn’t take bookings.
Dimly lit interiors, red walls and lantern clad lights will transport you to an old-fashioned opium den from days gone by. Nung Len prides itself on serving food that can’t be found in other Thai restaurants in Sydney. Perfect for a quick work lunch or intimate meal, all the food is easily shared and steaming fresh.
Dumplings & Beer
For this eatery, the name says it all. Expect a variety of steamed, pan fried and gluten free dumplings and a long list of speciality and craft beers. Tucked away in Potts Point this small venue nails the basics, delicious dumplings, a small number of sides, and beer.
The elegant wine-and-dine in Potts Point, Monopole makes for an impressive modern European dining experience. Their menu is crafted to deliver high quality dishes accompanied with a 500-strong wine selection. If a set course extravaganza is a marathon you’re not prepared to get stuck into, the à la carte menu has you covered.
LL Wine and Dine
The chic theme runs through LL Wine & Dine, from the inventive modern Asian menu and cocktail list to the Oriental décor. The food is a fusion of Japanese, South East Asian and Chinese cuisine, and bursts with flavour. There is bar and table seating, as well as an outdoor area and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
This street-side trattoria serves up woodfired pizza the traditional way: thin base, crispy crust, and topped with the freshest ingredients. It only takes one visit to realise just how proud the staff are of their pizza-making, and so they should be. Score an outdoor seat if you can, and order a gourmet pizza (or handmade pasta).
Helmed by Adam Wolfers (ex-Yellow, Bentley and Monopole) and Marc Demspey (ex-121BC and Cornersmith), the menu is an eclectic celebration of Eastern European, Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. And it’s downright delicious. Whatever you do, try nokedli (Hungarian dumplings) and the everything bagel, and finish with the tangelo poppyseed cake.
Fine dining has returned to Potts Point with the opening of Métisse. Tucked away on Roslyn Street, this French restaurant is focussed on showcasing their passion for culinary excellence through a beautifully curated menu that comes with maximum flavour. With à la carte and degustation dining options available, we recommend finding any excuse to visit this modern fine diner. ASAP.
The Fish Shop
In true Merivale fashion, The Fish Shop is immaculately finished in a delightful nautical style, with head chef Jeremy Strode presenting a rotating menu of sustainably sourced Australian seafood. Located at the neighbourly end of Potts Point, The Fish Shop is popular spot to indulge in a fancier version of fish n’ chips.
With high ceilings, botanical wallpaper and wicker furniture, the restaurant has a chic French colonial vibe. But its piece de resistance is its lush terrace, which has panoramic views of the Sydney skyline. The menu is made up of small and large share plates, and the cocktail list is impressive, to say the least.
In Rushcutters Bay, ACME has carved out a niche thanks to its cool vibe and creative menu. This hip eatery serves up inventive fare that is Italian in origin and Asian in flair. The space is rustic with a supremely chic feel and the beautiful blue restaurant frontage is an insta-worthy dream.
Harajuku Gyoza Potts Point
At this Japanese-inspired spot, gyoza (dumplings) dominate the menu. Harajuku Gyoza is popular among the Potts Point crowd, which is saying something when they’re spoilt for choice for dining options. Pair your dumplings with some dumplings and admire the artwork that adorns the walls. If you want a real epxerience, order the sake and trust us.