Arthur Surry Hills
Good food brings people together, and that’s exactly what newly opened Surry Hills restaurant, Arthur does with it’s exciting 11-dish menu. It’s elegant, it’s exciting and uses seasonal ingredients in ways that are as unexpected as they are delicious. Made for family and friend group dinners, the sleek eatery will only offer a $70 set menu, taking out the decision-making of ordering with a crowd.
Lankan Filling Station
For the past few years, Chef O Tama Carey has been popping up all over Sydney to serve up her signature Sri Lankan delights. Now, she’s found a permanent home on Riley Street in Darlinghurst. The menu is bursting with flavoursome favourites like sambal (dips) and spicy curries, plus the show-stopping hoppers: soft, bowl-shaped crepes with crispy edges. Just be sure to go early to grab a seat – this place fills up fast!
Zeus Street Greek Balgowlah
For an honest feast, Zeus Street Greek serves up all your favourite, classic Greek dishes. Modern and stylish with indoor-outdoor seating, the Balgowlah outpost brings a relaxed vibe to Sydney Road. Popular with the lunch and after-work crowd, the eatery is a popular hangout come the weekend.
You’ll find some of Newcastle’s best Chinese food at Canton Story. The focus here is on the food, so whilst the décor is unapologetically stripped back, each dish dazzles. Order the ridiculously plump dumplings filled with an intensely flavorsome broth, followd by the Prawns in XO Sauce – we gurantee you’ll be savoring the flavours for days afterwards.
With endearingly old-school décor and the menu scribbled on the wall, Delucas Pizzeria is a charming, family-run Italian, that has a cosy, homely vibe. BYO your favourite red, and pair it with their namesake pizza and you’ll soon realise why Delucas is such a beloved Darby St institution.
When it comes to fresh and authentic Italian cuisine, Haberfield's Pappardelle serves up some of the Inner West's best. Focused on delivering traditional recipes with a modern twist, locals keep coming back for the consistently good food and service. The restaurant is warm and welcoming with a quintessential Venetian fitout, complete with white linen tablecloths.
Mu Cha Cha Mexican Kitchen
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Another shrine to the much-loved Mexican-Baja flavours, Mu Cha Cha in Curl Curl serves scrumptious Mexican fare from their tiny fiesta-filled cantina on Pitt Road. You’ll find all your Mexican favourites on the menu at reasonable prices. The large portions make it great for group dining but you might want to consider wearing loose clothing.
Sotto Sopra - Newport
Newport's premier modern Italian trattoria, Sotto Sopra is known for its moreish cuisine and woodfire flavour. Owned and run by chef and restauranteur Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at the Spit), you can expect beautifully presented dishes that are simple yet showcase depth.
Located on the former Zanzibar site, Websters Bar is a breath of fresh air. It’s a three-storey playground. The lower floors are more intimate, with 1920s décor, small, candle-lit tables and a dedicated bourbon bar. The bar’s main calling card is the rooftop bar, which has insane views of the Sydney skyline, a BBQ-style menu, and a kitschy vibe. If you’re a sucker for sport or specials, you’re in luck: Websters screens football, as well as craft beer and cocktail ...
The Burger Shed
The Burger Shed serves fast food with a Momsan twist. The chefs here know that a burger is only as good as it’s patty, so theirs consists of a blend of grass-fed Wagyu and Angus beef. With the kitchen led by fine-dining star Justin North, these burgers are a little bit fancy.
A staple on Sydney’s craft beer scene, Young Henrys is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends. The brewery-slash-bar serves up their signature beers, experimental brews, and cloudy ciders. There are also food trucks parked out the front every weekend – follow the bar on social media to find out who will be serving up tasty treats when you’re there. This venue is absolutely buzzing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Sydney has a new harbourside dining venue in Altum opening at Milsons Point, alongside iconic Luna Park. Altum, meaning tide in Latin, boasts spectacular views over Sydney Harbour to the Opera House and debuts with a summer menu that draws on the flavours of the Mediterranean coastline. All served in a smart casual dining room just metres from the shore, Altum is the perfect setting for your next group dining experience.
A love of traditional old-style cooking prompted the duo behind SaltPepperNutmeg, to bring European hospitality to Roseville. Their ethos in foraging for food and homemade style cooking shines through on their specials board which changes daily, sometimes twice daily. The dining room is designed to make you feel right at home, with seasonal flowers, cushions and hand-drawn art.
Nestled on bustling Darby Street, Coco Monde is the perfect spot for an indulgent after-dinner treat. Their churros, waffles, French crepes and signature handcrafted chocolates warrant a visit alone, but for a truly decadent experience, bring a fellow chocoholic and dig into their fondue for two or the high tea, complete with dipping pots of melted Belgian chocolate.
Upon arrival, you know you are in an Indian restaurant from the rich aromas and flavours that make their way through the restaurant. In terms of cuisine, Nithik's Kitchen Indian is as authentic as they come, blending traditional recipes with Australia's best produce. Popular with locals, the restaurant is perfect for group dining with their extensive banquet menu.
If you’re searching for one-of-a-kind designer armchairs, colourful cushions and custom lampshades, Armchair Collective has you covered. The Northern Beaches gem is known for its vibrant homewares and furnishings, and its sunny courtyard café beckons after a successful shopping trip.
Fratelli Fresh Alexandria
Fratelli Fresh is synonymous with Italian dining with a twist. Located across Sydney, each one of Fratelli Fresh’s locations are that little bit different. Here in Alexandria they are a restaurant-slash-retail store, where after dining-in, you can stock up on gourmet Italian products and freshly baked goods.
Thai SkyBar Restaurant
Along bustling Pacific Highway, Thai SkyBar Restaurant has won locals over with its authentic take on Thai dishes. The warm interiors bring people in, to either grab dinner on the go or to settle in for a casual dining experience before watching a flick at the Roseville Cinema. Plus, it’s BYO wine only, perfect for a relaxed night out.
The Landing Bar & Kitchen
Located along the Honeysuckle foreshore, The Landing Bar and Kitchen is known for its idyllic views and chic interiors. This harbourside oasis offers a summer-inspired cocktail list, making it a perfect place to relax and watch the harbour activity unfold come sunset. The modern-Italian menu includes plenty of sharing-type meals and heartier mains for the supremely hungry.
Doppelganger Kitchen By Bernhard
Bringing something different to Darby Street, Doppelganger Kitchen brings traditional Austrian food to carnivorous Newcastle locals. Specialties include pork knuckle, schnitzels and Schupfnudel, which despite it’s impossible pronunciation, is just gnocchi – and ridiculously good gnocchi at that. Come down on Fridays to see the kitsch accordion player decked out in traditional lederhosen.
Pizza Pesce Bene Mosman
Pizza Bene has a closely guarded family recipe for their pizzas and after dining here once, you’ll understand why it’s too good to share. Their signature thin pizza is irresistibly crispy and the topping ingredients are freshly sourced from the Rossetti’s family farm in the Southern Highlands.