2017 has seen a slew of newcomers break in to Sydney’s dining scene with unparalleled success. From Nordic to Euro classics and inventive Australian, we’ve certainly been spoiled for choice. Below are our top 10 for 2017 – make sure you’ve paid each a visit before the years end.
Inspired by the Australian elements, 12 Micron endeavours to bring the air, ocean, earth and land to each dish through impeccably fresh produce and creative preparation. Take in 270-degree views of the harbour as you make your way through Executive Chef Justin Wise’s offering, from the Moreton Bay bug with king prawn and shellfish emulsion to the Cape Grim Scotch fillet with irresistible hand cut chips.
Tower 1, Level 2, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
This wine parlour packs a punch. An all-encompassing wine list gives oompf to the Spanish style tapas menu which is reminiscent of Buffalo Dining Club (brought to you by the same guys). The marble table tops and wine-lined walls give a New York in the ‘20s vibe. While subject to change, the concise menu brings cured swordfish, croquettes, and chorizo a la sidre to the table so you can nibble the evening away.
185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Zeroing in on the cuisine from the Shimane region in Japan, the intimate Surry Hills venue is quintessentially Japanese, from the simple décor to the considered menu that features Chef Yu Sasaki’s learnings from his mother’s cooking. Be sure to try the hearty red miso soup and the takikomi gohan hotpot, while the caramel and nuts dessert is a mousse-filled delight.
102/21 Alberta Street, Sydney
The highly anticipated opening has seen the Melbourne institution bring their inventive Thai fare to Sydney’s drooling crowds. From chilli-salt chicken wings, stir-fried prawn with bug tail and egg noodle, to the Balinese roast duck with turmeric, lime and coconut sauce, you’ll find something new to try with every visit. The palm sugar and burnt caramel ice cream sundae with salted honeycomb and lime syrup is a must.
69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
A Nordic wonderland, Mjolner embodies the best of the Viking Chic movement and will have you weak over their succulent meats. Cooked over a rotisserie, you’ll be torn between the roast duck with beetroot, amaranth and orange and the braised short rib with kale and mushroom (vego options are also available). Your only option is to share dishes, but we recommend ordering your own serve of the crispy brussel sprouts though – they’re heavenly.
267 Cleveland Street, Redfern
Ticking boxes on near every list, this New Orleans style Smokehouse and Bar is a favourite among those with a soft-spot for southern hospitality. Vintage Cajun and Creole flavours are given an inventive twist, while the ‘Pit-Masters Pick’ best allows you to explore the hearty barbecue flavours from deep Louisiana. Be sure to peruse the Sazerac Ryes and creative cocktail selection for a welcome aperitif.
Level 1, Tower 1/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney
Taking up residence on Chippendale’s buzzing Kensington Street, Olio provides the simplicity of Sicilian cuisine with an injection of elegance. Sicilian born Chef Lino Sauro stays true to his strong roots, bringing produce typical of the region including seasonal seafood, wild, fennel, raisins, saffron and couscous together for a considered and refreshing take on Italian dining.
2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Neil Perry’s sophisticated Rosetta is an ode to regional Italian dining, with an ample seafood offering to sate even the most particular of connoisseurs. The emerald green and sapphire blue highlights of the tasteful interior hark back to luxurious Amalfi sojourns, while the comprehensive wine list and unending antipasti and pasta selection will lull you into a state of carbohydrate filled bliss.
118 Harrington Street, The Rocks