As the winter chill takes over the city, Sydney's dining scene transforms into a hotbed of cosy deliciousness, welcoming a whole host of hotly-anticipated new restaurants to cosy up in and escape the cold. So, to whittle down your July winter edit, 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 Star Sydney has unveiled their swanky new dining outlet CHUUKA, set on Sydney’s iconic Jones Bay Wharf waterfront. 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 set to open this month. 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 th 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
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 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
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.
5-9 Roslyn Street, Potts Point
As the winter chill takes over the city, Sydney's dining scene transforms into a hotbed of cosy deliciousness, welcoming a whole host of hotly-anticipated new restaurants to cosy up in and escape the cold. So, to whittle down your June winter edit, 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.
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
The newest addition to Crows Nest’s burgeoning dining scene, 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 their most recent opening in Crows Nest, Milky Lane are back at it with the unveiling of their shiny new 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 brings back his much-loved 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
Heading into winter, Sydney's dining scene has brought with it a host of hotly-anticipated restaurant openings. So, to whittle down your May 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.
Following a full refurbishment, harbourside culinary destination Q Dining is open for business. 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. Opening its doors in Westfield Miranda, 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 new 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
Neighbourhood watering hole, The Glebe Hotel, has unveiled its new look following an extensive refurbishment. 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 Central Coast's latest 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 is bringing 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
Heading into autumn, the season of cooler evenings and changing leaves, dining has brought with it a host of highly-anticipated eateries. So, to whittle down your April 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.
A Manly favourite that's finally crossed the bridge, Chica Bonita has now set up shop on Clarence Street. 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). Slated to open by the end of April, this is one restaurant to inscribe on this month's foodie hit list.
Level 3/9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket
Located on the third floor of Haymarket's 1909 Dining Precinct, Gojima has opened its doors– 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
Emerging dining group The Jewel Pantry has opened Canton! Canton! –a lively 68-seater restaurant specialising in traditional Cantonese cuisine. 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. Make sure to go hungry!
Shop GD04, 580 George Street, Sydney
Opening their first North Shore restaurant, 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
Mannys Pizza Diner
eliza food & wine
eliza food & wine
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.
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 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
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
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
Salt Meats Cheese Dee Why
Salt Meats Cheese Dee Why
Rosenbaum & Fuller
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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 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
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
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
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 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