Looking for date night dinner inspiration? We’ve tasted our way across the city to bring you Sydney’s hottest new eateries
As summer kicks off, Sydney's dining scene turns up the heat, welcoming a whole host of hotly-anticipated new restaurants. So, to whittle down your January 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.
From the brains behind Bondi’s Taqiza and Carbon comes upmarket Mexican restaurant and Mezcal bar Sonora. Far from your cheap and cheerful Mexican street food, the dishes rolling out of the kitchen at Sonora push the envelope, taking Mexican cuisine into fine-dining territory. The food is fresh a market to table vibe, and the bar focuses on Tequila and Mezcal: from top-shelf drops to boutique tipples.
37 Bayswater Road, Potts Point
Although not a new venue, beloved Bronte café Eugene’s is now open for dinner service on Friday and Saturday nights. Expect a candle-lit affair in a charming yet casual space, with delicacies like Ora king salmon, Tuscan meatballs and coconut chicken curry. Make sure to save room for dessert as the tall carrot cake and lemon meringue tartlet are too delicious to pass up.
69 Macpherson Street, Bronte
Taking residence along Ben Boyd back street with a direct access to the garden, Alala’s is celebrates the strong feminine lineage of The Oaks’ family owners, and is reminiscent of a country homestead.
The light timber furniture complements a colour palette inspired by the dappled sunlight of the iconic oak tree including leafy greens, soft blues and apricot tones. Spilling outside into a terrace with café furniture and a light canvas awning, the transition from indoor to outdoor is seamless.
Central to the kitchen is the cast iron oven, which fills the air with aromas of roasted vegetables, meats and baked focaccia. Fresh and Euro-inspired, the menu is equal parts wholesome and indulgent, from delicious tartines to decadent terrines. To accompany the light and whimsical menu, the drinks menu focuses on the classics, with aperitifs and bubbles leading the charge.
118 Military Road, Neutral Bay