The Wise Chook
An eatery along Cammeray’s main strip that has put a healthy twist on the classic chicken and chip takeaway. They have preservative and gluten-free roast chickens along with a range of salads, curries and of course hot chips. There is plenty of room for dining-in with windows that open out onto the street.
For years Papaya has been providing the flavour fiends of Cammeray their Thai fix. With a well-known line up of stir-fries, noodles and curries, Papaya Thai has a mouthwatering menu that locals swear by. Well-suited to large groups, the restaurant serves up share dishes and is filled with long, communal-style tables.
Everyone remembers an evening spent at Ezzelinos. The same familia who established the place in 1982 are still manning the helm, delivering authentic Italian to devoted locals every evening. The Military Road eatery dishes up all the usual suspects, cooked to perfection, but without the Mosman price tag. With food this good, it’s easy to see why they’ve been around so long!
If you’ve ever driven along Falcon Street then you will know this place as the little orange shop that always has a line of people out the front, even on a Monday night. If you decide to see what all the fuss is about, this hole-in-the wall style eatery will not disappoint. Ryo’s Noodles is the place to go for Tokyo-style ramen in Sydney, it’s as authentic as it gets.
Scandanavian cuisine is not often associated with pizza, but at this Neutral Bay pizza joint, two cuisines collide and we don’t ever want them to separate. Heavy on the toppings, and of course, some interesting flavour combos, these are pizzas you’re going to want to swap your usual tried-and-tested takeaway for.
A takeaway chicken shop with an array of wholesome salads. They also do ready-made meals for those nights you can't be bothered to cook, but still want something nicer than your standard takeaway. Ridiculously tasty and a little bit gourmet, Chargrill Charlies is a favourite among locals.
Sotto On West
Nestled on North Sydney’s leafy West Street, Sotto does laidback café fare impeccably, and you can be sure that your weekend pace won’t be interrupted by lingering waiters keen for you to free up a table. Lap up the sun as you graze on seasonal fare washed down with a Single Origin brew.
Grind & Dose
Devoted to serving the best coffee this side of the bridge, Grind & Dose shows North Shore locals that Sydney’s coffee-loving scene is not only for the trendy city suburbs. This specialty coffee shop brews a full-bodied roast and their all-day breakfast makes for an irresistible pit stop on Military Road.
Run by a fruit-loving duo, Acai Brothers creates, you guessed it - epic acai bowls. Whether you like your acai classic or packed full of toppings (think superfoods, peanut butter and generous chunks of raw treats), these guys have you covered with their delicious, customisable menu.
Brown Rice Sushi
Brown Rice Sushi, as the name would suggest, caters to the health conscious Japanese lovers. At this humble eatery on Sailors Bay Road, diners can opt for brown or white rice in their sushi, for any of their menu items. However, not just for the health foodies, Brown Rice Sushi has tempura and katsu everything (read: breaded, battered, fried deliciousness).
I Love Pho Restaurant
I Love Pho brings honest and authentic hawker style eats to the bourgeoning Crows Nest eating scene. As the name suggests, this Vietnamese restaurant knows how to do Pho, and knows how to do it in a soul-warming kind of way. Incase it's not soul-warming enough - for every meal you purchase, a portion is donated to build schools in Vietnam.
C9 Chocolate & Gelato
C9 Chocolate and Gelato Bar makes for an excellent after dinner treat on the bustling Crows Nest eating strip. Though it’s definitely worth a trip in itself for their generous scoops of classic flavours, or for their unique blackboard specials. Their dessert offering is equally as delectable with waffles, cakes and brownies which you can sandwich with a scoop of your choice!
The Sushi Counter
The Sushi Counter offers deliciously fresh sushi on the main restaurant strip in Crows Nest. You won’t be able to stop at just your usual 4 plates here, but luckily there’s a constant stream being added so you can eat till your heart’s content, or your belly’s full.
Johnny Bird, once known as the seafood joint Johnny Lobster, changed it’s name after they realised that their fried chicken was their most popular item on the menu. Located in the lively eating hub of Crows Nest, this American style eatery dishes up delicious free-range fried chicken alongside craft beer and cocktails.
BoThai is one of those eateries that is constantly busy. Just walking past this packed Crows Nest eatery is enough to make you want to find out what all the fuss is about. Authentic recipes are combined with well balanced Thai flavours (albeit spicy ones) to create mouth-watering dishes. The space is casual and relaxed with a distinctive jungle aesthetic that complements the exotic menu.
For those of us with a sweet tooth, La Baguette has seriously delicious bread, pastries and desserts down-pat. The food is rustic and French-inspired, which matches the interiors of this cosy patisserie. If you’re gluten-free, you’ll be more than covered with their extensive range of dietary friendly treats!