El Topo Mexican
Offering character in spades, The Eastern’s El Topo delivers Mexican fare in a vibrant setting atop the roof of Bondi Junction’s favourite pub. With tequila and cocktails flowing and a menu that has a modern twist on Oaxacan cuisine, you would want to be all over the amazing happy hours.
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.
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.
Pizza Pesce Bene Mosman
Pizza Bene has a closely guarded family recipe for their pizzas and after dining here once, you’ll understand why it’s too good to share. Their signature thin pizza is irresistibly crispy and the topping ingredients are freshly sourced from the Rossetti’s family farm in the Southern Highlands.
Since I Left You
When they arrive, locals in the know go straight to the leafy, lush courtyard, which is canopied in twinkling fairy lights. There’s something special about sitting in a small bar listening to live music, surrounded by city skyscrapers. Since I Left You has an Art Deco-style theme, and is known for its cocktails and finger food.
Bristol Arms Hotel
Holding a prime position within the Bristol Arms Hotel, this rooftop is made up of indoor and outdoor areas. When the day is done, CBD workers flock there for the beers on tap, buzzy vibe and the view, which overlooks King Street Wharf in one direction and the city skyline on the other.
Palings Kitchen and Bar
At The Ivy, Palings is a hub in its own right. Professionals make a beeline for the relaxed, airy beer garden and eatery for lunch and post-work drinks: happy hour runs from 5-7pm weekdays, and a DJ takes over the decks on Thursday and Friday evenings. If you’re peckish, Sunee’s Thai Canteen hits the spot.
Hidden inside Hilton Sydney, Caffe Cino has a luxe feel – think shiny marble finishes and floor-to-ceiling windows that soak up the city slicking scene outside. The café attracts hotel guests and busy professionals, and keeps it simple with freshly roasted coffee beans, sweet treats and light meals.
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.
It was one of 2016’s most hotly anticipated openings, and now, Restaurant Hubert is a firm favourite on Sydney’s French dining scene. The bistro is a Parisian post-war wonderland, complete with velvet, draped and fringed finishes. In typical French style, the wine list is illustrious, with drops available by the glass, carafe or bottle, and the food is exceptional.
The true test of an Indonesian restaurant lies in its sambal – a hot sauce traditionally made up of chilli peppers, garlic, ginger, shallot, lime juice, vinegar and fish sauce. At The Sambal, as you might have guessed, there are seven types of the punchy, hearty sauce on offer, plus an array of Indo dishes to pair them with.
The much-loved Chat Thai has venues dotted around the city, including two in the CBD: at The Galeries and Macquarie Place. At the Sydney stalwart, you can taste-test just about every traditional Thai dish you can imagine. There are smaller and larger plates on offer, as well as plenty of vegetarian options.