This is the place for udon purists.Indulge your Japanese cravings at this Chatswood haunt, boasting an intensly savoury broth and irresistibly slurp-able noodles. From the street, you can see the chefs making the noodles from scratch through the window and inside, you’ll see them cooked in front of you. This self-serve cafeteria-style eatery allows ultimate customisation, from everything to portion sizes to toppings and we suggest you go all out.
When comfort food is calling, make a beeline for Mamak. Serving up authentic Malaysian fare, every dish is bursting with bold flavours at this award-winning restaurant. Treat yourself to their mouthwatering satay or the crispy roti, Mamak’s signature dishes. The best bit, this street-food style eatery comes with street food prices!
Little Lord Cafe
In Camperdown, Little Lord wins the award for cosiest café. It’s like walking into a time warp. There are couches and chairs just begging to be sunk into, as well as dining tables set with old-school china. The food is simple and delicious (with plenty of options for vegetarians).
Bion Societe Cafe
Set on quiet Layton Street, Camperdown's Bion Societe is a happening where caffeine addict meet foodies. The interior of the cafe is sleek and minimalist; think white walls, pendant lighting, wood tables with a touch of greenery. From the menu, expect all the classic brunch dishes (done well) and the coffee to be single origin and delicious!
Sushi Masa's wooden interiors are adorned with artificial cherry blossoms, making this restaurant the ultimate Japanese oasis. This unpretentious eatery serves up an extensive menu of classic dishes; think hand rolls, sashimi and tempura. In foodie circles Sushi Masa is known for their signature dish, tempura camembert. Served hot, it’s as decadent as it gets.
The Wise Chook
An eatery along Cammeray’s main strip that has put a healthy twist on the classic chicken and chip takeaway. They have preservative and gluten-free roast chickens along with a range of salads, curries and of course hot chips. There is plenty of room for dining-in with windows that open out onto the street.
Shagg Hair Studio
Shagg Hair Studio are specialists in extensions and colouring services; glossing, tint regrowth, foils, scalp bleach – you name it, they do it. With over 50 shades of the highest quality hair extension on the market, you can go from a bob to Marcia Brady in one sitting. The salon has a wealth of experience and it’s an uber peaceful space.
Elephant Boy Cafe
A quirky café on Bowral’s main street, Elephant Boy is a haunt for locals itching for a caffeine fix and escape from the daily grind. Walls lined with books and a busy array of knick-knack ensure your eye is consistently entertained make for a whimsical interior while a menu chocked with classic-café fare is a crowd-pleaser.
Renowned Biota Dining is more of an experience than merely a restaurant; deeply connected to it’s surroundings, Biota’s menu changes in line with farmers and growers to ensure that only the best, freshest produce makes its way to your plate. A five or seven course tasting menu is only improved with an in-house reservation meaning you can slink off to bed immeadiately after dessert.
Earth to Table
In the hustle and bustle of Bondi Junction, Earth to Table offers respite with its relaxed vibes, raw and vegan dishes and the most colourful display of raw desserts we’ve ever seen. Owner and raw chef Julie Mitsios is famous for her beautiful cakes, which are dairy-free, gluten-free and refined-sugar free – not that you’d ever notice.
Speakeasy Bar is a chilled-out bar along Curlewis Street, with red lanterns and retro furniture, and it's the place to go when you’re after a scene that is less raucous and more mellow. The meals here are a mix of Asian and Mediterranean and go with a select drinks menu.
Tucked away on Glenayr Avenue, this organic Mediterranean-style café serves up delicious plates of wholesome goodness in a minimalist Scandi setting. A Bondi local favourite – this place is teeming with beachside brunch goers every Saturday and Sunday – with a focus on organic, locally-sourced and clean-eating foods. If you’re on a health kick, this is the place to come. The café itself is intimate, but the interiors are bright, open and airy, so you don’t feel like you’re cramped ...
Gertrude & Alice Cafe
With wall-to-wall books (over 25,000!), communal tables and plush velvet chairs, Gertrude & Alice is as cosy as it gets. The quirky café-slash-bookstore also offers a range of snacks and Middle Eastern mains – making it a haven for bookworms and freelancers. If you’re craving a quieter vibe, head to the Hemingway room, a beautiful hideaway with sofas and reference books.
Bondi Beach’s trendy sake bar, Mamasan is where Moulin Rouge meets 1920s Shanghai. There are two places to dine, the opium den or the bar. The food is pan-Asian tapas and it’s amazing, and if you’re not a fan of sake that’s ok because their drink offering is diverse.
Bennett St Dairy
This trendy cafe is a local go-to, thanks to its specialty coffee, farm-to-table food, and generous servings. The seating may be limited at Bennett St Dairy, but if you can, nab a seat on the wooden counter or a streetside table, soak up the sunshine and indulge in some serious people-watching.
The Pavilion, located inside the Berry Motel, is a relaxed, family-friendly restaurant offering elegant Mod-Oz dishes. For the couples, you’ll also love eating in the candlelit dining room and then sipping on some local red while soaking up the warmth of the log fire.
Il Locale Gelato Cafe
When the sun’s out, Il Locale Cafe is the go-to but their gelato display will make choosing a flavour the hardest decision of the day. The 70% cows milk gelato is sourced locally, brought in from The Pines in Kiama – and it doesn’t get fresher than that. Located on the main street in Berry, this little gelateria also has a strong lunch menu too. Post-lunch dessert after is a must though.
Berrima General Store & Café
Working to bring the best of local produce to the fore, The General Store & Café in Berrima offers everything from coffee, cakes and scones to delectable homemade pies and quiche. Pick up something to take away from their daily to-go board as well as an any grocery essentials to stock the pantry.
A picture-perfect patisserie experience awaits you at Stone’s, where you’ll find a smorgasbord of cakes and pastries within the heritage walls of the bakery. Bringing a slice of Paris to charming Berrima, the all-day breakfast and lunch creations are perfected by the addition of an irresistible pastry to round out your meal.
Beach House Balmoral Restaurant & Café
This charming bar and grill on Balmoral Beach combines contemporary Italian fare with friendly and welcoming service. The space is open and bright, with floor to ceiling windows perfect for people-watching. Can't score a table? Grab one of their antipasto picnic boxes and head straight to the beach.
Public Dining Room
Sitting pretty along the waterfront, Balmoral's Public Dining Room is the perfect casual, fine dining destination. Using the best in fresh, local produce to serve up globally-inspired cuisine, the menu reflects the changing seasons, refined technique and clean flavours. Then there are the views. Floor to ceiling glass windows lookout over Balmoral Beach and the harbour.
The London Hotel
A colonial-era building complete with sandstone walls, The London Hotel boasts beautiful harbour views from the verandah. If you’re feeling peckish, take a look at the bar menu which is all about traditional pub grub, or step it up a notch with a fine dining experience in their modern Australian restaurant.