The Balmoral Beach Kiosk
The Balmoral Beach Kiosk is not so much of a conveniently located takeaway joint as it is a community institution. It's the only place on Balmoral Beach open everyday of the year! These guys know how to satisfy the hordes of hungry people who frequent the adjacent Balmoral ocean pool.
Prince of York
Sydney’s CBD has just got a whole lot cooler with the opening of Prince of York. This wine bar-slash restaurant is all about details, from the Stephen Dupont photography on the walls to the expertly curated playlist of rare disco and new wave tracks. The cocktail list is succinct with notable names (Unprotected Ex, anyone?), and the wine list is bold with an array of rare varietals. For an after-work drink and boogie, the basement bar Pamela’s provides the perfect ...
For a quick work lunch, pop into the city’s newest hawker-style eatery, Flyover Fritterie, where you’ll find authentic Indian fritters and Chai. From quinoa khichri and their street-style salad, to the pao burger and fritter of the day – their constantly changing menu ensures you’ll never get bored. Better still, the menu is completely vegan and gluten-free. Tasty and healthy.
Duck & Rice
Occupying an enviable rooftop position at Westfield Sydney, contemporary Chinese restaurant Duck & Rice is elegant, moody and modern. The interior design of the 400-seat restaurant is inspired by traditional Chinese and Art Deco styles from 1930s Hong Kong and Shanghai. Warm timbers are accented by cool marble and balanced with gold trim. Modern Cantonese cuisine reigns supreme at Duck & Rice, with a hint of provincial Chinese culinary influences woven through the menu. From dim sum and silky noodles, ...
Babylon Rooftop & Garden Bar
A sprawling Middle Eastern-inspired rooftop restaurant and bar is set to open at Westfield Sydney this month. From the team behind The Squire's Landing, Babylon boasts a restaurant, two large bars, a wood-fired kitchen, indoor-outdoor dining, a large outdoor terrace, and multiple private and semi-private dining spaces.Interiors are inspired by the once-thriving metropolis, as well as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Think abundant greenery and timber, juxtaposed against silky and velvety upholstery – sophisticated yet relaxed.For the curated cuisine, Head ...
Kitchen by Mike CBD
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, KBM will provide a casual yet wholesome dining experience with Mike’s egalitarian approach, focused on the needs of the diner. Daily changing menus will be dictated by what Mike and the team find at the market that day, always showcasing the best in local produce.
An adventurous new watering hole in the heart of Sydney CBD, Jackalberry is the immersive cocktail bar you have been waiting for. Named after the native African tree, Jackalberry offers a glimpse of the world’s flavours with each of its thoughtfully concocted cocktails, delectable food offering and lush interiors. Allowing guests to be transported around the world without leaving the city, Jackalberry is the Inner City escape every Sydneysider needs to experience.
East meets West at Boon Table, an Asian-inspired takeaway hotspot in the heart of the CBD. This fast-paced eatery serves up some seriously delectable dishes, all ready to be packaged up for the diner on the go. Not only are they delicious but each dish is wholesome and puts health first. From custom sandwiches, salads and bowls, to Vietnamese rolls, juices and Single O Coffee, there is much to love about The Galeries' newest lunchtime hotspot.
Industry Beans York St
Opening later this month, Melbourne's favourite café and coffee wholesalers are coming up to Sydney. Industry Beans will be unveiling a concept café in the heart of the CBD. Along with their signature brunch dishes and in-house roasted beans, expect some delightful surprises across the menu board. Set to shake up the Sydney coffee scene, be sure to keep glued to their Instagram for updates.
Old Mates Place
Another slick rooftop hangout, at Old Mate’s Place you'll find the best of both worlds: inside – a well-hidden, stately drinking den, and outside –a bright, sun-drenched open-air bar. This two-floor juxtaposed venue serves up a broad range of signature and classics cocktails, along with a well-stocked back bar that will please the most discerning beverage elitist. Don't worry about eating before your visit, you'll be more than satisifed with the rotating menu of unique bar morsels.
The Dining Room
With floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views over the Sydney Opera House, The Dining Room wows guests as soon as they walk in. The menu is Modern Australian with a French twist and showcases local, seasonal produce. If you can’t decide, opt for the four- or six-course Tasting Menu, and ask the in-house sommelier to pair each course with a matching glass of wine. The Dining Room’s latest concept sets a new standard for group dining and dessert in Sydney’s culinary ...
Bopp & Tone
A tribute to the Applejack founders’ grandfathers, Keith ‘Bopp’ Evans and Anthony ‘Tone’ Adams – who at the ripe old age of 94 have built up quite the restaurant reputation with the likes of The Butler and Della Hyde under their belts. With a nod to the nostalgic, Bopp & Tone’s luxuriously vintage fit-out has been designed to mimic the post-World War II era that Keith and Tone were part of. Inside this wooden-clad sanctuary, opulence and grandeur abounds. A ...
Tucked away on Pailings Lane, Merivale's Bar Topa is a Spanish-style tapas bar. Inspired by the social experience of dining tapas-style, Bar Topa is as authentic as they come; from the vibrant atmosphere to the traditional flavours. Popular with the 9 to 5 set, Bar Topa's selection of small bites and dishes cooked on 'la plancha' are perfect for an after-work visit.
Hidden in a laneway, this French brasserie hasn’t skipped a single detail – from the imported chandeliers to the polished brass and Parisian subway tiles. And that’s before you open the menu. Head chef Nathan Johnson’s menu is made up of French classics, indulgent desserts, and seafood, and there’s a sommelier on hand to help with pairing.
Art Deco meets modern at the Primus Hotel, where The Wilmot is the go-to restaurant on the ground floor. Helmed by executive chef Daniel Menzies (ex Bistro Moncur), the menu is modern Australian, but Menzies uses Asian and French techniques to add depth. Though the cooking is multicultural, the produce is fresh and local.
The Ohbar Thai 1982
With big-name chefs at the helm, Oh Oliver (ex-Thai Potong) and Kit Kittipong (ex-Sokyo and Kobe Jones), OHBAR 1982’s menu is Thai with a twist. While it changes all the time, it always features modern takes on traditional dishes from Thailand’s four regional cuisines – and a splash of Japanese influence. To set the scene, the walls are adorned with Thai art.
Mosman’s The Fernery is a cool hangout with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour. Boasting a rooftop garden and a rosé bar, guests are spoilt for choice when entering the green oasis. Rose (obviously) takes centre stage here, in both the drinks list and food menu. Yes, some food items have been infused with rose – sounds pretty hard to pass up.
Four Seasons’ very moody, dimly-lit bar known as Grain is a frequented watering hole near Circular Quay. Based beside the entrance of the hotel, the humble bar boasts bespoke craft beers and an impressive organic and biodynamic wine list. For those desiring a more potent dash of alcohol, there’s a wide range of international whiskies and classic cocktails with contemporary twists.
Bennelong Restaurant and Bar
Celebrated and highly awarded Australian chef, Peter Gilmore, is at the helm of Bennelong, one of Sydney’s most sought-after fine dining experience. It’s set within the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House, and the menu is aptly Australian. They offer a variety dining experiences, whichever you choose, there pavlova is a must!
It’s unlikely you’ll stumble across PS40 accidentally, but it’s worth the search. The chic and light-filled bar features a rotating list of 10 cocktails, which are the drawcard, and the food menu is designed to complement the drinks with crowd pleasers like charcuterie, pates and pickles.
Sitting pretty atop the Hyatt, Zephyr’s views is just one of its many draw cards with the cocktail menu luring in flocks of thirsty diners. Designed by international mixologist Grant Collins the cocktail list dons forward-thinking fruity combinations, alongside Australia’s largest selection of rums. Team a drink with seasonal share plates or a classic cheese platter. Much like the view, it never disappoints.
The Lobo Plantation
Those with a soft spot for rum or just the Caribbean should look no further than The Lobo Plantation. A curved staircase leads keen drinkers down to the Caribbean-themed watering hole where more than 250 types of rum are on offer. The menu features rums from Barbados, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
The intimate scene set by QT Sydney’s, the revered Gilt Lounge has a brash charm. The boutique hotel whisks you into its inner sanctum overlooking Gowings Bar & Grill to lavish you with the city’s best cocktails. Priding themselves on delectable mixology, the Gilt Lounge bartenders deliver impeccably presented drinks and French Bistro inspired bar snacks to keep you going throughout the night.
Chef and restaurateur, Luke Mangan runs the fine dining establishment, Glass Brasserie – a foodie favourite for its seven-course degustation. The menu is ever-changing, but all dishes are cooked using French techniques. As for the interiors, well they are simply lustworthy.