Bar Asia (Annandale)
Bar Asia dishes up authentic Asian street food in the main hub of Annandale. Their menu is teeming with classic Vietnamese and Thai flavours and they also offer gluten-free options. Take a seat in the minimalist restaurant that has cool wall art or take your meal to go.
The Annandale Hotel is one of the most iconic pubs in the Inner West and is known for its friendly and welcoming vibe.There’s always something happening at The Annandale with great tunes providing the soundtrack to a typical night at the pub. The classic pub fare has been curated by Burgers by Josh and no visit to The Annandale is complete without sampling one of their cocktails.
Booth St Bistro
Booth Street Bistro brings modern European cuisine to the streets of Annandale. This local eatery is not only known for its beautifully plated dishes but its chic interiors. Serving all-day breakfast and lunch 6 days-a-week, at dinner be sure to upgrade your experience with wine and dessert.
Thai Number One
Thai Number One is an award-winning restaurant with an affordable menu which is, most importantly, fast. Be it for a night in or a quick bite out, when it comes to Thai classics, this restaurant does it well. The fit out is basic here, leaving the dishes the flavoursome attraction.
New Shanghai Ashfield
Originating on the main drag of Ashfield and now with over five stores across Australia, New Shanghai has built a cult following of locals due to their generous servings of house-made dumplings, noodles, soups, rice and vegetable dishes. An Ashfield gem, New Shanghai’s setting is colourful and vibrant, a nod to 1930s Shanghai. A visit to New Shanghai would not be complete without trying one of their signature soup dumpling creations.
Located near the train station on Liverpool Road, Manmaruya's Ashfield outpost is popular with local foodies. This Japanese noodle house is run by experienced owner and Head Chef Hideki Goto. He notes that out of his four restaurants Ashfield is his favourite due to its expansive and peaceful dining area (perfect for families and groups). Over and above that the dishes are pretty exceptional too, think gyoza, ramen, sushi, sashimi and bento boxes.
Shanghai Night Chinese Restaurant
An institution, Shanghai Night is one of Ashfield’s original dumpling and noodle joints to set up shop along Liverpool Road. Still drawing a crowd, Shanghai Night’s steamed and fried dumplings come in generous portions of 12 and 18. Between the ridiculously low prices, BYO status and buzzing vibe, you’re bound to walk out full, smiling, and with your wallet in-tact.
Taste of Shanghai
With a focus on fresh produce and innovative dishes, Taste of Shanghai is one of the most popular dumpling houses along Ashfield's Liverpool Road. Bringing authentic Shanghai and Northern Chinese cuisine to the streets of Ashfield, the restaurant is passionate about using traditional techniques and flavours. The simple, no-frills interiors leave the dumplings, noodles and soups to stand out.
As the name attests, Pho 234 does a mean pho. With its bright red interiors and no-fuss decor, this Liverpool Road eatery is an authentic cheap eat. Sticking to classic Vietnamese cuisine, if you are after a delicious pho, noodle soup or stir-fry, Pho234 is the place to dine in or takeaway.
From exceptional sushi to udon noodles, Shinsen is one of the new(ish) additions to Liverpool Road that has locals talking. The authentic Japanese menu doesn’t just please diners but the accompanying price point does too. Once inside Shinsen you will feel like you have been transported to Japan, from the wooden wall panelings to the decorative sake bottles.
Mushiro Japanese Restaurant
Open 7-days-a-week from brunch to dinner, Balmain's Mushiro is a popular Japanese eatery amongst the locals. With a minimal, no-fuss aesthetic, the restaurant is great to either dine in or takeaway. Spoilt for choices, diners can either order off the extensive a-la-carte menu or see all the options on the sushi train. Mushiro is group dining friendly, with set menu options and BYO available.
A go-to mid-week dinner stop, Rosso Pomodoro brings authentic Italian to Balmain. The fit-out is bright and basic, but the dishes are exceptional. Simple, quality Italian is brought to customers at an affordable price, and when pizzas are paired with $0 corkage (BYO wine only), a mid-week dinner between friends is made easy for everyone.
Situated on Balmain's Darling Street, family-run Gigi's Pizzeria e Restaurant serves up delicious, home-style Italian food. From the outdoor seating to the red and white tablecloths, Gigi's delivers an authentic experience. From pizza and pasta to tiramisu and Nutella desserts, diners are spoilt for choice with the extensive menu.
Situated in Balmain's village hub, Blue Ginger is an Inner West institution easily recognisable from the street by its century-old temple doors. A fixture on the Balmain dining scene for over 20 years, Blue Ginger's South-East Asian inspired cuisine has garnered a local foodie following and on occasion, in the evenings, its common to see a queue of diners spill out onto the street. Spacious with touches of Asian decor, the restaurant is suitable for groups with their extensive banquet ...
Located in Balmain's White Bay, Mantecato is a rustic-chic restaurant that serves up sophisticated comfort food, as if you were eating at Nonna's table. Diners indulge in their extensive range of Italian wines and soak up the authentic, sensory experience that Mantecato offers.
The Cottage Bar & Kitchen
A beautiful cottage on Darling Street turned bar-slash-restaurant, The Cottage has a Grandma’s farmhouse kinda feel with a vintage chic vibe. From the courtyard and garden to the modern Australia share plates and cocktail menu, there is much to love about this humble, local hangout.
A firm favourite among the Inner-West crowd, Shenkin has set up shop in Balmain and locals are loving it. Hidden behind a dry cleaner on Darling Street, Shenkin's terrace with harbour views is the perfect spot to enjoy their signature blend coffee and Middle Eastern inspired eats.
In Balmain, Wilhemina's is the ultimate bohemian-chic haunt. Set in a Victorian building, the restaurant-slash-bar serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. The menu is creative and celebrates local produce, and is made even better by the fact you can enjoy it with your pup by your side.
Alegrias Spanish Tapas
Hidden in Darling Street’s Institute Arcade, Alegrias Spanish Tapas is a popular dining spot. A quiet, cosy haunt for couples on weeknights becomes a bustling establishment on weekends with live bands accompanying paella and sangria-filled dinners. Stop by for your Spanish fix, but pick your day wisely.
It may be small, but the sandstone walls are the backdrop to delicious gourmet pizza and Nonna-style pasta dishes. Popular among families, Cappello Pizzeria has a cosy but vibrant atmosphere, but hold out until a little later and you will have the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two.
In Balmain, Wilhemina's is the ultimate bohemian-chic haunt. Set in a Victorian building, the restaurant-slash-bar serves up lunch and dinner most days. The menu is creative and celebrates local produce, and is made even better by the fact you can enjoy it with your pup by your side.
Ruck Thai Restaurant
Rozelle's Ruck Thai is known for its authentic fare and warm service. Taking pride of place on bustling Darling Street, this exposed brick restaurant is popular with the locals for its dietary-friendly menu and reasonable prices. Whether you dine in, order takeaway or get delivery, the food is consistently good.