Don Beppino's Restaurant
When you see a converted house with red, white and green painted awnings, and 'The House of Lasagne' written on the roof, you know you've arrived at Don Beppino's. Take a seat in the dining area and prepare to be served just like you would at Nonna's house. Don Beppino's does not have a chef; instead, a team of Italian ladies who cook and prepare the dishes just like their Mother's did before them. Expect all the classic Italian dishes ...
Gourmet takeaway joint at the heart of the Wahroonga shops. School kids frequent it for their devilishly good wedges, but adults enjoy their dinner packs for those nights in need of a DIY fuss-free dinner fix. Their seasonal salad selection is also ridiculously delicious. Trust us, no sad salads here.
Shuk Elizabeth Bay
Wildly popular Shuk Bondi has opened an outpost in Elizabeth Bay alongside dreamery eatery Botanica Vaucluse in the Trebartha Apartment retirement complex. Serving up Israeli-Mediterranean dishes and fresh bread all day, Shuk is famous for shakshuka and hummus – believe us when we say you have to try both. If the queues at Bondi during weekend brunch are any indication of their new location's popularity, make sure you get in early to snag a seat.
Mu Cha Cha Mexican Kitchen
RestaurantNorth Curl Curl
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.
Radio Cairo Restaurant
For North African and Middle Eastern fusion fare, it’s hard to go past Radio Cairo in Cremorne. Everything is eclectic, from the décor to the dishes. Opposite the iconic Orpheum Cinema, the restaurant is buzzing most nights of the week, so go early to score a seat or join the post-movie debrief at the bar while you wait.
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.
Chatswood newest addition to the dining scene, Spago, is all about modern Italian cuisine with a focus on authentic flavours, service and techniques. All the pasta is made fresh in-house and you can expect each dish to burst with flavour. For us, we can't go past the hand-cut pappardelle with ox cheek ragu and the grilled baby octopus salad. Being all-day dining, you don't have to worry about missing out on your fave dish.
Sri's Indian Eatery
There’s a reason why this traditional Indian eatery has been a firm favourite among locals for nearly two decades. From their succulent curries to their powerful vindaloo, Sri’s Indian serves up rich and authentic Indian and Middle Eastern flavours. This cosy, traditionally decorated eatery has a small courtyard if you are after an alfresco dining experience.
A buzzy little place on the Northern Beaches, Rainbow Sushi has a warm, friendly vibe and the food keeps locals loyal. The menu is curated with classics and has a wide range of vegetable, meats and seafood. It’s a popular spot for lunch and dinner so be sure to arrive early to secure your seat at the train.
Lil Lane Eatery
The latest café to open up on Longueville Road, Lil Lane Eatery is all about quality brews and friendly service. Serving up a range of specialty coffees, cc: cold brew, pour over and espresso, the Five Senses beans keep the locals coming back for more. In terms of the menu expect delicious brunch style bites with a Japanese twist. Also can't forget to mention the binge-worthy Butterbing cookie sandwiches – totally moreish.
If you follow Sitchu you know we are suckers for millennial pink venues, and Sunset Diner is the latest restaurant to pique our interest. The perfect aprés-beach hangout, this beautifully-styled oasis brings the Miami vibe to the Northern Beaches. Take a seat in the outdoor courtyard and peruse the souped-up menu of burgers, griddle dogs, salads, shakes, sundaes and moreish sides. Onion rings and truffle parmesan fries anyone?
Johnny Wong's Dumpling Bar
Plump, juicy Taiwanese -style dumplings of all kinds are made fresh in-house at Johnny Wong’s Dumpling Bar in Darlinghurst. A popular night-time eat, this dumpling bar only seats 30, but the wait is worth it. On ‘Wong Tang Wednesdays,’ dumplings are just $1 each and the music is classic golden-era rap.
MX Mona Vale
An extension of popular Narrabeen eatery Mexicano, MX Mona Vale serves up some of the Northern Beaches' best tacos. MX Mona Vale is a tiny hole-in-the-wall taqueria that has perfected the art of the hand-rolled taco. Available for dine-in or takeaway, the curated menu is full of hero dishes, making it twice as hard to order.
Delivering all the classics, Sushi Hiro is a Freshwater fave. Just like their Narrabeen outpost, the service is swift and friendly, and the food is as fresh as they come. A certified local gem, Sushi Hero serves dine-in and take-away options for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
The Lucky Cat Dumpling Bar
For a delectable dumpling dining experience, look no further than Coogee's newest eatery, The Lucky Cat Dumpling Bar. Started by local DJ Ben Nott, expect a vibrant showing from the food and drinks, to the décor and vibe. Tuck in to a varied selection of buns, wraps and dumplings while sipping on Asian-inspired cocktails like cherry blossom martinis and gin tea. To make it a happy hour, visit between 4pm-6pm for $5 house wine, $7 Asahi and $12 cocktails.
Surtaj Indian Restaurant
Feasting comes naturally at Surtaj Indian Restaurant. Famous Newcastle for their North Indian Mughlai-style food, Surtaj's sumptous plates are simply delicious. The décor is colourfully wholesome, but the focal point is the food and its warm and friendly service.
The Chilli Club Narrabeen
Casual dining and authentic Thai dishes, this is an enduring local favourite. The Chilli Club has kept Thai-faring diners satiated with their extensive menu of stir fries, noodles, satays and curries. Their lively atmosphere and reasonable prices make for enjoyable family-friendly dining.
Coffee Brothers Mona Vale
A family-run business, Coffee Brothers serves up quality house-roasted coffee and modern Australian cafe fare. Set in the heart of Mona Vale, this eatery reflects its beachside setting with wooden furniture and rustic serveware. This laid-back cafe is the go-to for locals on the morning commute mid-week and for long, lazy brunches come the weekend.
Harry's Singapore Chilli Crab
Ordering is simple at Harry’s: choose your crab and the level of spiciness you’d like, then don your bib and get messy! The award-winning restaurant in Surry Hills ships and cooks the crabs within hours of them being caught in Queensland and serves them up with a healthy dose of Singaporean hospitality.
Creperie Suzette keeps it simple, with seven sweet crepes and seven galettes on the menu. The fit out is as much of a drawcard as the menu, with the cosy creperie donning a chic and rustic touch with a nod to The Rocks’ history. The crepes are made from buckwheat flour and they pair beautifully with the coffee.