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.
After the success of its North Curl Curl location, Cooh expanded to Alexandria, and the space is lush. When you’re with your furry friend, head to the verandah (dedicated to dogs), and feast on the menu of organic, wholesome dishes. COOH sources organic produce, and makes almost everything else in-house, so their dishes are bursting with flavour and nutrition.
A funky local watering-hole that loves their craft beer and pinball machines, the Lord Raglan has stood the test of time by staying true to its roots. The hotel retains many of its original features and the food is classic yet hearty and pairs nicely with the craft beer on offer.
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.
4 Ounces Burger Co
On the quieter side of Alexandria, 4 Ounces Burger Co is a hip hop burger joint with an ethical slant. They are all about sourcing their food locally and sustainably and the menu is kept simple enough with a range of burger options. The minimalist interiors highlight the street art across one of the walls.
Nguyen Brothers Alexandria
Set in a repurposed industrial space in Alexandria, Nguyen Brothers is a Vietnamese eatery that has earned itself a reputation for dishing up some incredible flavours from Southeast Asia. They’re a brunch and lunch destination and they make you feel right at ease with their beautiful fit-out.
Rocks Brewing Co
From its original home at Harts Pub in the historic precinct of The Rocks to the industrial vibes of Alexandria, Rocks Brewing Co. is all about craft beer and Southern American style food. Long communal tables and outdoor seating overlook metal vats and breakfast and coffee is served throughout the week, but the first beer of the day will have to wait until 10am.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
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The new kid on the block, Archie Brothers Electric Circus brings a whole new meaning to old-school arcade games. There are old and new favourites, plus the more active bumper cars, bowling, laser tag, flying trapeze … you name they’ve got it. Then there is the food and bar, both keeping you well fuelled throughout the fun and mayhem.
Bar No. 5
A far cry from the corner pub, this light-filled industrial warehouse-style bar is oh-so-chic and on trend. Located in a quiet area of Alexandria, Bar No. 5 has cocktails, live music, a bistro and designated dog spots. It’s local bar that you never knew you needed, until now.
Zona Azzurri Restaurant Pizzeria
An Italian trattoria tucked inside a football store? That’s amore! In the massive Ultra Football warehouse in Alexandria, Zona Azzurri whips up handmade pasta and woodfired pizzas in a two-tonne pizza oven shipped in from Naples. As for drinks, there are drops from the wineries of soccer players like Andrea Pirlo, and spirits like limoncello.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If Angelino Pizzeria had a motto, that would be it. The fuss-free Italian eatery is a local haunt, and doles out hearty pizzas, pastas, burgers and mains. The glass windows allow for excellent people-watching, but takeaway is also available.
Doytao has venues scattered all over Sydney, so your fix is never too far. All of them dole out fresh, flavoursome Thai food that can be tweaked to tingle your tastebuds. Along with the usual Thai classics, there’s an ‘Only at Doytao’ menu, which features dishes like Volcanic Chicken and Nutri Fried Rice.
It’s easy to miss this hole-in-the-wall as you’re strolling down the street, but those in the know are treated to delicious Vietnamese food at a cheep and cheerful price. Peek at the tables and you’ll see people tucking into steaming bowls of pho, Vietnamese sandwiches, rice paper rolls and doughnuts for dessert.
Saint Michiba Pizza
The neon lights flashing across the back wall first catch your attention, and inside, the sensory experience continues. With Michelle Bautista on the pans, Saint Michiba’s menu is as edgy as the interiors, and dishes up pizzas (including half/half pizzas – which are a rare find), salads and sides. The eatery is open for dinner.
Can’t decide between Italian or Japanese? At Porcorosso, you don’t have to choose. Sitting in a cool, industrial-style space, the restaurant brings together the best of both cuisines (think spaghetti topped with nori). It’s BYO, but the house white, red or rose – which comes straight from a producer in Puglia, Italy – will set you back less than $10.
Kepos & Co
A foodie destination within itself, Kepos & Co is where chef Michael Rantissi has mastered his own brand of Middle Eastern food. The menu is made for sharing, and bursting with flavour: think hummus, haloumi, woodfired goodies and falafel – which is so good here, the team wrote a book about it!
Everything Luke Mangan touches turns to gold, and his newest venture, Luke’s Kitchen, is no different. On the old Mojo site, the eatery is casual and unpretentious – but with the same sky-high standards we expect from the celebrity chef. The menu is a little Asian, a little French, and a lot of fun.
Crystal Cafe & Restaurant
Just like its inner-city location, Crystal Café & Grill is eclectic, dishing up a variety of Australian and Asian plates. The relaxed eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and its beautiful bar is well-stocked with liquors and wines from around the world.
In Vietnamese, 9 is a lucky number – and Waterloo locals count themselves very lucky to have So9 in their neighbourhood. The restaurant is beautiful, and serves a street food-inspired menu like rice paper rolls, pancakes, crunchy banh mi and nourishing bowls of pho, plus slushies in trendy mason jars.