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Sydney's Newest Restaurants to Put on your Radar: March

With summer slowly drawing to a close, the crisp autumn air has brought with it a whole host of brand new eateries. So, to whittle down your March list, we’ve taste-tested our way around town to reveal the best new restaurants on the Sydney dining scene. These restaurants are so worth clearing a space in your diary for.

eliza food & wine

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

Canton Kitchen

The refined delights of Cantonese cuisine have received a modern makeover with the opening of Canton Kitchen – a new 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

Mannys Pizza Diner

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

Robata Ichibandori

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

1821

Having firmly made its mark on Sydney’s restaurant, Greek restaurant 1821 has relaunched with a new direction in mind. Along with some cosmetic changes – like a brand new bar and private chef's table (don't worry the flag mural is still there) – the Martin Place restaurant will now be under the culinary direction of Executive Chef George Economidis. The new food menu has shifted to focus on seafood, while the wine list is stacked with Greek drops. Expect delicious hero dishes like Snapper Fricassee with spinach, lettuce and egg-lemon sauce, and Kingfish carpaccio with yuzu kosho, lemon juice, ponzu, Greek olive oil, chilli, and cherry tomatoes.

 122 Pitt St, Sydney

SASH Japanese

A taste of Melbourne has arrived in Sydney with the opening of SASH Japanese. Calling Surry Hills home, this Japanese-fusion restaurant draws inspiration from the NYC dining scene with it's industrial warehouse vibe and sleek modern furnishings. Since opening its first digs on trendy Chapel Street in Melbourne, SASH has become synonymous with creative dishes like Sashimi Pizzas, Japanese Sliders and Dessert Tacos.

82 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills


FEBRUARY

Over the course of summer, the season of sunshine and alfresco dining has brought with it a host of hotly-anticipated eateries. So, to whittle down your February list, we’ve taste-tested our way around town to reveal the best new restaurants on the Sydney dining scene. These restaurants are so worth clearing a space in your diary for.

The Gardens by Lotus

Bringing their signature Chinese cuisine to the beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship, Lotus has unveiled The Gardens by Lotus. The latest opening from Lotus Dining Group 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 

Sunset Diner

If you follow Sitchu you know we are suckers for millennial pink venues, and Sunset Diner is the latest restaurant to pique 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

Launching their first restaurant in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, 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

Wakefields

Dural's mega-venue The Vicar has opened the doors to its restaurant, 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

Don Taco, Redfern Surf Club

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

Rosenbaum & Fuller

A stylish all-day eatery-cum-wine bar, Bondi Beach's Rosenbaum & Fuller is the new 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 there is so much to love about Rosenbaum & Fuller.

13 O’Brien Street, Bondi Beach

JANUARY

Over the course of summer, the season of sunshine and alfresco dining has brought with it a host of hotly-anticipated eateries. So, to whittle down your January list, we’ve taste-tested our way around town to reveal the best new restaurants on the Sydney dining scene. These restaurants are so worth clearing a space in your diary for.

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Arthur

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

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The Charleston

Taking inspiration from South Carolina, Glebe's brand new restaurant and cocktail bar 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

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Totti's

Totti’s, Merivale’s new 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

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Spago Chatswood

Chatswood newest addition to the dining scene, 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

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Alberto's Lounge

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

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The Lucky Cat Dumpling Bar

For a delectable dumpling dining experience, look no further than Coogee's newest eatery, 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

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