Soul Burger - Glebe
Soul Burger is Sydney's first plant-based burger joint and, as a company, they are trying to reduce their overall impact on the environment. Think burgers with a conscience. Their Glebe Point Road venue has locals queuing, but despite the crowds, the service is quick. When the craving strikes, Soul Burger consistently provides a swathe of mouth-watering creations both with and without meat.
Gelato Messina Tramsheds
An award-winning institution that has become a real sensation. From their humble roots in Darlinghurst, Gelato Messina has since set up shop interstate and in the US. Weekly specials are the highlights here with creative concoctions surprising ice cream lovers every seven days, but for those who are creatures of habit, they have over 40 staple flavours.
Located inside the bustling Sydney Fish Markets, Doyles is as popular as ever with crowds eagerly awaiting their fill of fish n’ chips. Take no reservations, seating is highly prized. Our advice? Grab your seafood feast to go and head across the road to Wentworth Park to dine without the crowds (and seagulls).
Culture Society - La Banette Patisserie
A slice of downtown Paris in downtown Glebe, La Banette will transport you to Paris with one bite of their sweet treats. The teeny-tiny shopfront exudes French provincial charm with its distressed wooden shelves, chic striped awning and smorgasbord of sweet desserts and pastries.
Specialising in handheld Greek style crepes, Love Crepe’s desserts are more pancake-like than French crepes. Based in Pyrmont, the dessert bar has a modern fit out with concrete, white tiles and neon signs brightening the venue. The old school menu here reflects trendsetting combinations with customers also able to design their own.
Can’t decide between a sushi or burger? At Gojima, you don’t have to. The brainchild of award-winning chef Chase Kojima, Gojima is known for its ‘sushi burgers,’ made with Japanese sushi rice, crispy nori buns, and the usual fillings, like Angus beef, chicken or mushroom katsu, cheese, tomato and special sauce.
Din Tai Fung
Dubbed the home of the “world’s tastiest dumpling” by chef Ken Hom, Din Fai Tung is famous for its signature soup dumplings. Its outlet at The Star is busy yet efficient, and the dumplings are made just as methodically: each one is filled to a precise point, and cooked for exactly three minutes until juicy and delicious.
Flying Fish & Chips
Inside The Star, Flying Fish & Chips elevates the typical food court experience with an eclectic menu, hanging sculptures, and a liquor license. The perfect place to pop into before a show at The Lyric Theatre, the menu features a mix of fresh seafood as well as Japanese delights like sushi and sashimi.
Ribs & Burgers The Star
At The Star’s buzzing food court, Ribs & Burgers is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Its menu is simple: think burgers (which get bonus points for their sustainably sourced ingredients), wings and slow-cooked ribs, plus a few veggie options. The eatery is relaxed, and particularly popular at lunchtime.
There is no denying that Adriano Zumbo hits the sweet spot every time. Famous of for whipping up some of the most mouth-watering cakes and desserts in town, and macarons so delicious they’re now called Zumbarons. Pyrmont locals always know where to head when they need a sugar hit.
Celebrity chef Luke Nguygen is the brains behind Fat Noodle, an upmarket eatery that serves a vibrant array of South East Asian street food. The open kitchen sends out Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Malay plates, and hungry punters sit at communal tables. Its trademark dish is the Fat Pho Noodles, made with a 20-hour slow cooked beef broth.
To avoid disappointment, make a reservation at Yuzu – the Japanese restaurant has a loyal following thanks to its simple, seasonal and delicious menu. Located on a quiet Pyrmont street, it’s popular among professionals escaping the city grind, and locals on the weekends. If you fancy a tipple, you can BYO or order from the full bar.
A reliable go-to, Pulse Express is popular with Pyrmont professionals and hotel guests of The Star. The café flings open its doors at 7am daily to serve coffee and breakfast classics like sandwiches, croissants and muesli, as well as lunch, dinner and snacks. It has an organic focus.
Chargrill Charlie's Annandale
Sydney-wide chain Chargrill Charlies is known for their delicious BBQ chickens. In Annandale, the store takes pride of place on Johnston Street and draws a crowd most nights of the week. Perfect for a quick takeaway meal or catering for your next event, make sure you check their blackboard specials that rotate daily.
Din Tai Fung
After the success of its Taipei restaurants, Din Tai Fung brought its dumplings Down Under, making Sydneysiders very happy. To Din Tai Fung, dumplings are an artform, in fact the eatery is famous for its xiao long bao, pork dumplings filled with meat and hot, soupy broth.
The Nighthawk Diner
Two chefs traded in the hatted Sydney restaurant scene for a food truck of their own, so the menu is as you’d expect; exceptional. The silver retro American-trailer can be found in the city, often in Martin Place, and on Sydney Food Trucks dishing up American classic, but they have since opened their permanent digs on Abercrombie St in Chippendale.
Kensington Street is home to Spice Alley, a tucked away lane of bustling cafes, restaurants and bars with a distinct Melbourne feel. Showcasing Asia’s best flavours – Japanese, Cantonese, Malaysian and Singaporean dishes served up in hawker-style diners with tables spilling onto the street with lantern canopy above.
Alex Lee Kitchen
Taking up position amongst the hawker-style dining options along Chippendale’s Spice Alley, Alex Lee’s Kitchen slings out mouth-watering laksa by the bucket load. Head chef Alex Lee (of Temasek and Ginger & Spice fame) brings Singaporean cuisine to spice loving locals.
Koi Dessert Bar
Ever since he wowed the crowds with his delectable desserts on MasterChef, Reynold Poernomo has been busy building a sugary empire. His Indonesian-inspired dessert bars are seriously the stuff dreams are made of. Instaworthy Koi Dessert Bar is just as delicious as it looks.