Last year, we welcomed a glut of great new restaurants to Sydney's illustrious dining scene and lucky for you, we've tried a lot of them – here's our edit of 2019's finest
Over the year we’ve taste-tested our way around town to reveal the best new restaurantson the Sydney dining scene. From Middle Eastern to modern Australian, these are the best restaurants in Sydney to clear a space in your diary for, and book a table at.
Toppi Martin Place, a vibrant Italian late-night restaurant in Sixty Martin Place, have the 9 to 5 crowd queueing up. Named after chef and owner Paola Toppi (the powerhouse behind Eastern Suburbs dining institution Bar M), Toppi Martin Place is a place for people to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of the CBD and embrace Toppi’s vision of ‘La Dolce Vita’.
From glamourous yet refined homemade Italian dishes to a cocktail list based on European classics ̶ think barrel-aged negronis and a decadent tiramisu martini ̶ there is so much to love about this new favourite dining destination.
60 Martin Place, Sydney
The Langham Sydney’s Kitchens on Kent is looking to bring excitement, theatre and extravagance back to buffet dining. Inviting diners to “Experience. Indulge. Celebrate.”, prepare for a culinary journey around the globe. From fresh, local seafood to decadent European-inspired desserts, be sure to take the time to sample all the showstopping delicacies that Kitchens on Kent has to offer.
89-113 Kent Street, Millers Point
From the team behind local institution Tokyo Bird comes Surry Hills’ Nikkei Bar & restaurant. Offering a fresh fusion take on Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, expect classic dishes with unexpected twists, and bold flavours to reign supreme. Using unique ingredients like yucca and taro, rarities on the Sydney dining scene, you will be delightfully surprised by the flavours and left wanting more.
216 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
A Mosman stalwart, Bathers’ Pavilion has been given a makeover, along with a refreshed dining menu. Still retaining the picturesque view from Balmoral Beach stretching right across to Manly’s North Head, this local institution still holds a unique charm that none of its neighbours have successfully managed to replicate. Offering set menus of modern European cuisine, the restaurant is equal parts intimate and chic. From steak tartare and Moreton Bay bug tail, to Valrhona chocolate and poached rhubarb, you’ll be impressed from start to finish.
4 The Esplanade, Mosman
This casual eatery comes with a dash of French flair, stunning light-filled interiors and dazzling ocean views. The newly renovated space has a contemporary, laid-back elegance with a refreshing coastal feel, and its all-day dining menu features a selection of French bistro classics, centred around premium fresh seafood, and a cocktail list and bar menu perfect for aperitivo hour.
Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, 55 North Steyne, Manly
After suffering damage from a fire back in September 2019, the NOMAD team have rallied together to open a pop-up restaurant up the road. Occupying the old Longrain site, you can expect the same delicious Middle Eastern fare, gritty vibe, friendly service and primo wine list that everyone has come to love about NOMAD. But, be prepared to see some unique offerings and little surprises throughout the menu.
85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Lotus, Merivale’s award-wining bistro and cocktail bar, has returned to Potts Point serving up another round of good times and great food. The noughties icon is being rebooted as an extended pop-up concept, featuring much-loved classics and new flavours by executive chef Dan Hong.
A jewel of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for over a decade, Lotus was intimate, fun and decadent, representing a vibrant time in Kings Cross’ history. With a focus on late-night fun, Hong will head up the very same kitchen where he made his mark eleven years ago. Look forward to the return of cult classics like the Lotus cheeseburger, its renowned cocktail bar and intimate 70s-styled space, complete with mirrored ceilings and vintage floral prints.
22 Challis Avenue, Potts Point
Inspired by Japanese design, Kuro offers a layered bar and dining experience that balances minimalism with creativity. In its entirety, Kuro has four distinct experiences. Starting with Kuro Dining, the Bar, and Brew Bar and then fine diner Teramoto by Kuro, each dining concept has been thoughtfully developed to appease everyone from the early morning commuter to the late-night reveller.
368 Kent Street, Sydney
Committed to making a difference, Colombo Social is an Enmore restaurant wholly dedicated to supporting Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Providing employment and support, this vibrant eatery is the brainchild of Australian born Sri Lankan Shaun Christie-David and Peter Jones-Best. Taking inspiration from Christie-David's childhood, the menu will celebrate the bold flavours and colours of Sri Lankan cuisine, with playful nods to Western favourites.
159 Enmore Road, Enmore
Featuring a wine list of more than 400 wines from nearly all the major wine regions of the world, Coogee Wine Room is bringing their wine expertise and Mediterranean-inspired menu to Coogee Bay Road. A foodie hub for locals and destination diners alike, Coogee Wine Room marries the charm of great European wine bars with the lowkey atmosphere of a neighbourhood eatery. Whether you’re dropping in for a cold rosé after a long day at the beach, enjoying a casual lunch with friends or want an elegant dining option with a special bottle of wine, Coogee Wine Room has got you covered.
222 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
Mary's is all about good music, fun times and great burgers. A well-kept secret among locals till word got out, in the last decade Mary's has exploded across Sydney to now opening their fourth venue. The downtown CBD locale still features their classic burger offering and grand selection of beverages. Something a bit different this time around is the addition of a delicious vegan menu. From fried cauliflower to vegan cheese, this meat-free menu comes with all the trimmings.
410 Pitt Street, Haymarket
Harbourside dining at its finest, Balmain East's The Fenwick is the inner west restaurant you need to try. Relaxed café dining vibes combined with beautiful interiors allow diners to focus on the well-curated culinary offering. Its historical setting, picturesque views across the harbour and refined menu make it the perfect place for a decadent weekend lunch with the girls.
2-8 Weston Street, Balmain East
Plant-based living has arrived on Bondi Beach with Eden. With tropical walls and light floors, this feel-good venue is flooded with natural light, oversized foliage, brightly coloured accents and natural furnishings. The garden courtyard features lush greenery and ambient fairy lights, creating a blissful oasis where diners disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature. Serving up some seriously good eats and cocktails, from popcorn cauli and watermelon poké, to salt n pepper squyd and fysh tacos, the inventive dishes will please even the most discerning carnivore.
L106/180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
From Chinatown icon Golden Century, residing on the mezzanine of The Exchange, Darling Square's XOPP has arrived. Pronounced X-O-P-P, the restaurant sits above the Maker’s Dozen market hall with 160 seats, a bar and private dining rooms overlooking Tumbalong Boulevard. XOPP, spearheaded by second-generation restaurateur Billy Wong, showcases modern Cantonese cuisine and features an extensive wine, beer, cocktail and tea list.
The Exchange, Mezzanine, Level, Shop 31-32/1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket
Acclaimed restauranteur Maurice Terzini and ex-owner of Acme Mitch Orr have teamed up to open CicciaBella. Inspired by the southern coast of Italy, this Italian Osteria is taking a modern approach to Italian dining, fuelled by the wood-fired oven. The menu is designed for you to eat in your own style, whether sharing mains, or ordering heavily from the antipasti menu. Either way, expect to find much of Mitch’s skill in the pasta kitchen anchored by the flavours he has become renowned for, mixed with a light and healthy seasonal approach that makes much sense of life by the beach.
75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens is home to the ultimate dining destination Botanic House. Bringing together beautiful, leafy surrounds, stunning interiors and a modern Asian menu designed by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, diners are in for a real treat. Upstairs is for boozy brunches and long lunches (think Vietnamese red curry and traditional dumplings), and downstairs at Farm Cove Eatery it’s all about casual, takeaway eats.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
In Sydney’s South West, modern Vietnamese eatery 14 North 108 East has locals queuing for a taste. 14 North 108 East is a nod to the geographical coordinates of Vietnamese city Pleiku, it incorporates a vibrant Vietnamese and Pan-Asian inspired menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Combining stylish interiors and an epic floor-to-ceiling graffiti mural by Sydney artist Sophi Odling, with flavoursome food and world-class coffee, 14 North 108 East is a cultural dining experience that seduces all the senses.
1/07 Emerald Hills Boulevard, Leppington
Sydney’s CBD is a whole lot cooler with the arrival of the 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. Their dining ethos is focussed around carefully sourced produce and minimal processes, to showcase new age, European cuisine. Dine on delicacies like ‘crab in a bag’ tomato pasta, Wagyu beef ribeye and sweet pie, accompanied by a glass of their finest vino.
18 York Street, Sydney
El Camino Cantina has brought their bespoke Tex-Mex experience to Miranda. Humming with trademark, cool tunes, colourful sombreros, delightful margaritas and tasty eats, you can always expect a party at this eclectic cantina. Perfect for budget-friendly, week-day meal deals to casual, sundowner sessions – El Camino Cantina is always a good idea.
Westfield Miranda, Level 4, 600 Kingsway, Miranda
Set in the heart of Rozelle’s buzzy restaurant strip, Darlings Bistro brings a hint of European charm to this eclectic neighbourhood. Seductively cosy inside, with exposed brickwork, reclaimed timber flooring and copper pendants hanging gracefully above the bar, there’s an air of New York cool about this inner-west gem. In the corner a roaring fireplace sets the scene, whilst the buzz of the kitchen brings the atmosphere and waft of impressive flavours to come. A modern European-style menu comes courtesy of Nick Talam – formerly of Attica, Rockpool and Noma – each dish artfully executed with creative flair.
Dishes are designed to share, which makes life easier, as you'll most likely want to order the entire selection. Must-try plates include an incredibly moreish Alaskan king crab toast, BBQ queen scallops served with radish and salted chilli, and marinated lamb neck with potato salsify and mustard remoulade. There's also an entire menu dedicated entirely to cheese and charcuterie, that you can pair with a matching wine flight. Actual heaven.
612 Darling Street, Rozelle
The talented team behind local favourites Chica Bonita and Sunset Sabi have opened their third Manly restaurant, Busta. A taste of Euro-summer, the intimate yet lively eatery is all about authenticity, from the terrazzo flooring and Pugliese ceramics, to the vintage Campari posters and retro glassware.
The menu is filled with classic dishes that have delightful, modern twists, like the kale-infused spaghetti and burrata served with charred mandarin and salmon roe. Working closely with Winona Wine—Manly's natural wine bottleshop— the drinks list is filled with beautiful organic drops, and boasts a delicious sgroppino that is theatrically mixed tableside (check it out on Instagram).
Shop 8/2-12 Pittwater Road, Manly
Contemporary French and European cuisine have arrived in Potts Point, courtesy of Franca Brasserie. Sitting pretty on Macleay Street, the bright, ornate interiors of this fine diner, along with the bold flavours from the menu, transport diners to the heart of Paris. If you have the time, the Le Classic set menu is worth a look. From beef tartare and tuna sashimi nicoise, to celeriac tart and hazelnut millefeuille, you will be hard-pressed to select just one dish for each course. Ideally, we would take one of everything with a side of Dom Perignon.
Shop 2/81 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Once a Crown Street haunt (since the 70s in fact), Dimitri’s Pizzeria has moved around the corner to roomier digs on Oxford Street. Things have changed in a good way, with the team now slinging woodfired pizza out of their new oven, with an improved dough recipe. Combine this with a solid selection of local drinks (think craft and small-batch), it’s unsurprising that Dimitri’s is establishing themselves as the new trendy, late-night diner. We’re intrigued to see what happens at Dimitri’s once they become a multi-storey venue. For now, expect the same old homely feel, and friendly service on the ground floor as they expand across their new, three-storey digs.
215 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
A new venture for the team behind Sydney faves Love, Tilly Devine and Dear Sainte Eloise, Ragazzi is the delectable pasta and wine bar of your carb-infused dreams. They will be making their mark on Sydney’s foodie scene with their Italian drops and traditional eats. Ragazzi’s menu changes daily with classic flavours and contemporary cooking.
Shop 3, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney
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 Chef Arman Uz has developed a menu inspired by the rich and flavourful Levantine cuisine of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. The shared menu is split into flora, fauna and ocean with many dishes cooked over wood and charcoal on a custom-built three metre-long Mangal (Turkish grill) and two rotisseries.
Level 7, Westfield Sydney- Pitt Street, Sydney
CHUUKA, set on Sydney’s iconic Jones Bay Wharf waterfront, has become a fave with the Pyrmont locals. Award-winning chefs Chase Kojima and Victor Liong have collaborated to deliver a unique blend of Chinese flavours, Japanese precision and Australian produce – something special set to wow Sydneysiders. The stylish restaurant will host a dedicated raw menu and roe service, and guests can choose from a selection of shared plates that offer a variety of tastes, textures and techniques.
Jones Bay Wharf, Lower Deck Wharf 19 - 21, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
Occupying an enviable rooftop position at Westfield Sydney, contemporary Chinese restaurant Duck & Rice is all about flavour. 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, to sizzling stir-fries and fresh seafood, expect colour, texture and above all, flavour across the à la carte and bar menus.
Level 7, Westfield Sydney- Pitt Street, Sydney
Get ready to redefine everything you ever thought you knew about Indian cuisine – Punjabi Fusion is really pushing the boundaries on the Australian Indian food scene. Serving experimental reinterpretations of classical Indian favourites, this progressive Indian eatery will acquaint you with levitating plates, cold and hot smoking, theatrical liquid nitrogen presentations, among other inventive gastronomic techniques.
Shop 6 & 7/168 Kent Street, Millers Point
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.
5-9 Roslyn Street, Potts Point
Inspired by the juxtaposition of the natural landscapes of Vietnam, alongside the busy and vibrant cityscape of Sydney, Forty Licks is the basement hideaway you need to discover. Head chef Joel Manton has joined forces with prominent Sydney restaurateur Tony Mowad, to showcase a menu with classic Vietnamese techniques at the fore.
From braised eggplant and tofu with turmeric, to steaming hot bowls of Bún bò Huế –the lesser-known but equally delicious cousin of crowd favourite Phở –the share-style menu is perfect for a weekend dinner catch up with friends. Bring your appetite!
LG, 24 York Street, Sydney
Crows Nest’s LUHO is the fun, vibrant Asian fusion eatery you’ve been waiting for. Everything about LUHO is warm, and inviting. From the hawker-style eats to the Asian fusion cocktails, this restaurant knows how to entertain.
The menu is designed to share, with dishes ranging from small bites to larger traditional-style curries and stir-fries. A visit to LUHO wouldn’tt be complete without tasting the moreish prawn and wonton tacos topped with mango and chilli, or their signature open-faced crepe with layers of char Siu pork, prawn and coconut cream.
The impressive bar serves a selection of unique cocktails, developed with eccentric Asian flavours and ingredients. For us, the Pandan Painkiller was a standout with its flavoursome mix of pandan vodka, coco lopez, lemongrass and citrus.
77 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Only months after opening in Crows Nest, Milky Lane are back at it with a Kings Cross outpost. Expect the epic shakes, stacked burgers, graffiti art, and hip-hop appreciation that ML is known for, with a late-night twist. In a bid to reignite the Kings Cross bar and dining scene, Milky Lane will be offering a late-night menu serving their signature eats till 3am.
36 Bayswater Road, Potts Point
The team behind the Lebanese fine-dining eatery El-Phoenician have launched Jounieh, a contemporary approach to Middle Eastern cuisine. Perfectly positioned harbourside in Walsh Bay, everything from the food to the setting brings an authentic yet modern twist to Lebanese culinary culture. Beautifully fitted out in a nautical style, think wood, stone and neutral tones, this indoor-outdoor restaurant makes the perfect destination for your next romantic dinner or girly catch up.
Shop 2/17 Hickson Road, Dawes Point
Award-winning chef, restaurateur and author Mike McEnearney is serving up choice eats at Kitchen by Mike (KBM). By capturing the essence of the original KBM, this new CBD location celebrates Mike’s philosophy of produce-led, nutrient dense cooking that is as plentiful as it is vibrant, with a renewed commitment to sustainability and zero-waste.
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.
1/7 Bent Street, Sydney
Formerly known as the Australian Youth Hotel, the heritage listed public bar and dining destination boasts a beautiful, light and airy dining space with exposed brickwork, and wooden furnishings, alongside a leafy, dog-friendly courtyard featuring a majestic centenary fig tree. The Glebe Hotel's dining destination The Stables Bar & Grill, led by Head Chef Ben Allcock, focuses on gastro-pub fare, from ale battered fish and chips and pork cumberland sausages, to slow cooked pork shoulder ragu and chargrilled octopus. Best way to sample everything, opt in for the Inner West's Best Long Lunch and sample their signature dishes.
63 Bay Street, Glebe
The Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour's elegant dining space exudes modern luxury, with sophisticated furnishings and a beautiful feel. The à la carte menu, designed by Executive Chef Brett Humphries, focuses on land and sea dishes, infusing native flavours and sustainable, ethical and locally sourced produce. Beautiful surrounds and food, paired with an iconic backdrop – dining doesn't get much better than this.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour- 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
The Good Place, a casual dining concept based on holistic health and nutrition, is set to offer accessible, tasty, and affordable food to all. The truly unique concept is the brain child of celebrity chef and My Kitchen Rules finalist Scott Gooding. The Good Place serves up affordable dishes that embrace a paddock-to-plate ethos, and are gluten and soy free, low carb and use minimal sugar. Don't be discouraged by the health focus, the food tastes as good as it feels.
Level 4, 600 Kingsway, Miranda
North Sydney's favourite hangout the Green Moustache has made quite the impression on the 9 to 5 set. Adorned in greenery and foiliage, this Insta-worthy garden venue doubles as a bar and restaurant. The menu is seasonally driven, with Head Chef Pete Fitzsimmons (ex- Chin Chin) experimenting with flavours and textures across the extensive share-plate menu. Coupled with an amazing botanically inspired cocktail list, this garden oasis takes casual wining and dining to the next level.
100 Miller Street, North Sydney
The Central Coast's multi-venue hangout The Bon Pavillion has unveiled their hot new grill restaurant Bonfire. Boasting a downtown New York feel with leather finishings and moody interiors, the open kitchen allows diners to get close to the behind the scenes action. The heat of the grill brings out the earthy, smoky flavours in everything they serve up – from steaks and chops to fish and cauliflower. Pair your hot dish with a beautiful drop, and you have a match made in culinary heaven.
159 Mann Street, Gosford
El Camino Cantina has brought their bespoke Tex-Mex experience to Byron Bay, opening their doors in the new retail, dining and entertainment precinct, Mercato on Byron. El Camino Cantina is unashamedly Tex-Mex, humming with trademark, cool tunes, colourful sombreros, delightful margaritas and tasty eats. Always expect a party at this eclectic cantina. Perfect for budget-friendly, week-day meal deals to casual, barefoot n’ beachy sundowner sessions- El Camino Cantina is always a good idea.
108-114 Jonson Street, Bryon Bay
At Chica Bonita's CBD digs, expect their raucous fusion of Mexican fare with a hint of Baja California charm. The menu is divided between smalls, tacos, shares and dessert, with a huge focus on modern classics and dietary friendly options. While dining make sure to peruse the drinks menu, because their tequila and mezcal menu is worth a taste test.
156 Clarence Street, Sydney
Sitting next to Gojima is the Nanyang Tea Club – spearheaded by co-founders Kaisern Ching, of Chef’s Gallery, and Billy Chong’s, Ipoh Town. Translating to ‘South East Asia Tea House’, the 88-seat Nanyang Tea Club serves up up old-world Singaporean and Malaysian dishes, which take inspiration from its founders’ heritage. Featuring antique style décor, complete with a custom-made rickshaw installation, guests can enjoy a melting pot of flavours, including chilli crab, coconut chicken soup, and Nanyang’s signature bak kut teh (pork rib broth).
Level 3/9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket
Located on the third floor of Haymarket's 1909 Dining Precinct, Gojima is the second outpost for this premium sushi burger venture. Foodies can tuck into a range of nine delicious rice burgers made with Gojima’s signature Japanese sushi rice and nori bun, as well as tempting sides including Japanese-style southern fried chicken. In line with the original Gojima, the menu features frozen custards and thickshakes, including chocolate miso, green tea and strawberries and cream. Dine in or takeaway, Gojima is the perfect place to pick up a meal – anytime.
Level 3/9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket
Inspired by a vintage street market in Canton, everything from the booths to decorative tea crates once used by Chinese merchants for shipping, the interiors reflect a rich culinary history and attention to detail. Look forward to traditional home-style Cantonese cooking, including dim sum and roast meats lovingly prepared by Executive Chef Chan and his committed team. Be sure to arrive hungry!
Shop GD04, 580 George Street, Sydney
The Milky Lane crew has taken over Crows Nest with their signature OTT fare. Expect the epic shakes, stacked burgers, graffiti art, and hip hop appreciation that ML is known for, along with an exclusive private dining room – perfect for your next birthday bash. Our advice for your next visit to this Insta-worthy venue: go hungry with a big group, that way you can order one of everything off the menu.
70-76 Alexander Street, Crows Nest
Delivering a refined à la carte menu filled with modern classics, eliza food & wine is sophisticated without the pretension. Led by well-known Chef Jeremy Bentley, the Owner and Operator behind The Devonshire, eliza aims to wow diners through well-prepared and beautifully executed dishes- from Cold Smoked Kangaroo with Beetroot, White Onion, Sunflower and Poppy Seed to Local Mulloway with Fermented Cabbage, Cucumber, Yoghurt and Sorrel. Open for dinner during the week, make the most of the experience and treat yourself to a truly satisfying long lunch on the weekend.
247 Victoria St, Darlinghurst
The refined delights of Cantonese cuisine have received a modern makeover at Canton Kitchen – a concept restaurant at Castlecrag's Quadrangle. The menu, led by ex-Queen Chow Head Chef Jason Chan, is filled with modern classics that walk the fine line between traditional and non-conventional. Marrying old and new, expect fusion delicacies that still taste familiar, from sweet and salty, to spicy and fresh.
Quadrangle Shopping Village- 100 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag
Delicious late night eats aren't always easy to come by, but Mannys Pizza Diner is the only place you need to head to post-midnight come Friday and Saturday. Known for their pizza, Philly steaks and hot dogs, the American-style cuisine has been perfected at this family-run business through the use of the best available local produce. Expect a queue at the takeaway window but after one bite, you'll realise it was all worth it.
66-70 Regent Street, Chippendale
Well known for his Sushi prowess, owner and Chef Tomoyuki Matsuya is switching things up and swapping out sushi knives for Robata. Still using the freshest local ingredients, the cuisine at Robata Ichibandori centres around the charcoal grill and the Japanese art of Ramen. Located North of the Bridge, this cosy restaurant serves their signature eats late into the evening, so plenty of time for you to try everything on the menu.
4/81-91 Military Rd, Neutral Bay
122 Pitt St, Sydney
The Gardens by Lotus have brought their signature Chinese cuisine to the beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship. The Lotus Dining Group restaurant will offer a modern take on traditional Chinese high tea. Expect their signature dumplings and dim sum, along with a huge range of aromatic teas to help you relax into the tranquil garden setting.
Chinese Garden of Friendship- Pier St, Darling Harbour
If you follow Sitchu on social, you'll know only too well we're suckers for a millennial pink venue, and Sunset Diner is one that's piqued our interest. The perfect aprés-beach hangout, this beautifully-styled oasis brings the Miami vibe to the Northern Beaches. Take a seat in the outdoor courtyard and peruse the souped-up menu of burgers, griddle dogs, salads, shakes, sundaes and moreish sides. Onion rings and truffle parmesan fries anyone?
41 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach
Salt Meats Cheese Dee Why is the group’s biggest restaurant to date, serving up its flavour-packed grazing menu of pastas, pizzas, cocktails and desserts to the idyllic beachside suburb. The restaurant features a bespoke façade comprised of raw steel and large glazed elements, allowing people to see into the venue’s open kitchen, complete with a large pizza oven and bar space.
Food and drink at Salt Meats Cheese Dee Why are served the classic Italian way – shared and enjoyed as a large group. Guests can delve straight into Italian aperitivo culture, with wine, cocktail and spritz, before tucking into dishes like the Crab Tagliolini, with blue swimmer crab with zucchini and chilli, or the Rotolo Gratin with saffron, pistachio, brown butter, goats cheese and sage.
882A Pittwater Road, Dee Why
Dural's mega-venue The Vicar boasts casual diner Wakefields. With a farm to table approach and generous portion sizes, Wakefield’s menu is perfectly suited to sharing. Located in a relaxed dining space with a sophisticated edge, the menu boasts an abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs, well accompanied by seafood and meats, with their rotisserie the heart of all cooking. A produce-driven menu devised by Executive Chef Leigh McDivitt, Wakefield’s is focused on showcasing local Australian produce from the surrounding area.
271 New Line Rd, Dural
The cool cats over at neighbourhood bar Redfern Surf Club have teamed up with the guys behind Ume burger to bring the fusion cross-over you didn't know you needed. The Don Taco pop up serves up Japanese Mexican bites that are every bit as tasty as you can imagine. From the Ume Cheesy Nachos and Mexi-corn, to the Taco Rice Dons and Tacos, there are way too many delicious things to try.
60 Botany Rd, Alexandria
A stylish all-day eatery-cum-wine bar, Bondi Beach's Rosenbaum & Fuller is a fave local hangout. The polished floorboards, native flora and quirky hanging light installations make the space warm, inviting and uber-cool. Honest to its core, there is no frilly façade nor flashy gimmicks – from their fresh cocktails and quality coffee, to the wholesome food and friendly service, Rosenbaum & Fuller is all about good food and good times.
13 O’Brien Street, Bondi Beach
For a truly exquisite yet earthy dining experience, Arthur is the place to book. This neighbourhood eatery combines relaxed vibes, fine-dining dishes and sophisticated service, guaranteed to leave diners wanting more and more. Influenced by the seasons, their creatively curated set menu changes daily, and their impressive drinks list showcases local wines and spirits. Arthur is all about celebrating Australian cuisine.
544 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Taking inspiration from South Carolina, Glebe's The Charleston will transport you to the laid-back shores of southeastern USA. With the pastel pink-hued interiors, sea blue furniture and greenery galore, The Charleston really is an Instagrammer's dream. On the food front, order the Fish Tacos Jalapeno Mayo and for drinks, sip on the Carolina Hight Tea with bourbon and peach liquor.
199 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Totti’s, Merivale’s casual Italian concept at The Royal, serves up hand-crafted pastas, meats and classic Italian cocktails in a relaxed eatery, courtyard and bar on Bondi Road. Led by two heavy-hitting chefs, Mike Eggert and Khan Danis, the menu is fun, simple and delicious, suited to all ages and designed to share. The front end is built around Italian-style flatbread, cooked to order and accompanied by small plates of local and housemade charcuterie, Italian cheese and seasonal fruits. Drinks are simple, retro-Italian-inspired crowd pleasers, while the wine list focuses on small boutique wineries and organic drops with an Italian twist.
283 Bondi Road, Bondi
Chatswood's Spago is all about modern Italian cuisine with a focus on authentic flavours, service and techniques. All the pasta is made fresh in-house and you can expect each dish to burst with flavour. For us, we can't go past the hand-cut pappardelle with ox cheek ragu and the grilled baby octopus salad. Being all-day dining, you don't have to worry about missing out on your fave dish.
316 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
This neighbourhood Italian restaurant and wine bar is stylish, yet warm and inviting. From the team behind Sydney faves Hubert and Baxter Inn, Alberto's Lounge features a heavily curated menu of hero dishes and classic eats from gnocchi al cacio e pepe and Bistecca, to burrata caprese and swordfish con sardine. Settle in for the night either at the bar or in one of their wood bound booths- perfect for a first date or friendly catch up.
17-19 Alberta St, Sydney
For a delectable dumpling dining experience, look no further than Coogee's The Lucky Cat Dumpling Bar. Started by local DJ Ben Nott, expect a vibrant showing from the food and drinks, to the décor and vibe. Tuck in to a varied selection of buns, wraps and dumplings while sipping on Asian-inspired cocktails like cherry blossom martinis and gin tea. To make it a happy hour, visit between 4pm-6pm for $5 house wine, $7 Asahi and $12 cocktails.
252 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee