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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sushi Jones Japanese Bistro
A local eatery that is all about seriously good Japanese dishes. Sushi Jones covers all the bases – from sushi to rice bowls to Japanese-style curry and everything in-between. They’re family-friendly, dog-friendly and offer plenty of options for vegetarians and those with gluten intolerances.
Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie
When a Michelin-trained patissier and an expert baker joined forces to open Textbook in Alexandria, we knew we were in for a treat. And we were right – the pair play to their strengths with the result being an incredible line-up of desserts and bread that pare beautifully with one of their coffees.
Dopa by Devon
DOPA Don and Milk Bar is a new concept by the Devon team, opening on Darling Square’s Little Hay Street. The all-day dining menu is inspired by the streets of Tokyo, with more than twenty variations of donburi. From classics to new creations like the cheeseburger wagyu, alongside decadent desserts reminiscent of old-school Japanese milk bars, DOPA is all about modernising Japanese favourites. The vibrancy of the menu spills over into the cool interiors, where timber furnishings, pastel finishes, pops ...
14 North 108 East
A new, modern Vietnamese eatery has just opened in Sydney’s South West, with locals queuing for a taste. 14 North 108 East is a nod to the geographical coordinates of Vietnamese city Pleiku, it incorporates a vibrant Vietnamese and Pan-Asian inspired menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Combining stylish interiors and an epic floor-to-ceiling graffiti mural by Sydney artist Sophi Odling, with flavoursome food and world-class coffee, 14 North 108 East is a cultural dining experience that seduces all the ...
Leaves & Fishes – The Store
The Store at Leaves & Fishes is a stylish space that could easily be mistaken for being a beautiful boutique, straight out of Byron Bay. Serving takeaway coffees as well as sweet and savoury pastries, the store also showcases a carefully curated collection of homewares and pantry items, all inspired by the signature style of its connected offerings, The Restaurant and The Boathouses at Leaves & Fishes.
Tatler Tapas Café
Located in the heart of Lovedale, Tatler Tapas Cafe is set within Tatler Vineyard, boasting views of the spectacular Brokenback Ranges. Offering a wonderful menu with a tapas focus, a visit here, for lunch or dinner, will promise a quintessential Spanish-like experience in the vineyards.