While we are sure you are all very determined to ‘get in shape’ and ‘save more money’ in 2015, why not add another New Years Resolution to your agenda? Something more fun, realistic and delicious, like ‘exploring more of what Sydney has to offer.’
We’ve compiled the list of places you should check out this January, from Sydney’s best restaurants, bars and cafes, so you don’t have to think about where your next drink or meal will be coming from, just head out there and get amongst it!
One of Paddington’s favorite pubs has had a makeover, so obviously you need to go check it out and pass judgment on the new modifications. The Grand National's facelift has bought with it a new wine list and selection of craft beers, as well as introducing dishes like tortellini of spanner crab with bisque and heirloom tomatoes and the usual pub classics to nosh on while you sit back and enjoy your summer. Be sure to check out their website for different deals and events.
Hunters Hill is starting to make its way onto the foodie map, and Stoneground Bakery is a big draw card to the area. This tiny shop-front, run by a local husband and wife team, is turning out freshly baked pastries, quiches, sausage rolls and pies from the in-house bakery. The coffee is Will & Co, so you know it will be a perfect pairing while you go in on one of their caramel tarts or face-plant into a freshly baked croissant
Foveaux St Dining
After a series of complications that saw the close of fine dining restaurant Foveaux, Chef and owner Darrell Felstead is back! Reopening the site as Foveaux St Dining, the menu is exciting and modern offering up crispy chicken wings with ceviche of Moreton bay bug and braised tamarind short rib with eggplant, nashi pear and coriander. The new restaurant is set to be more flexible and accessible, with more varied price points throughout the menu, giving everyone an opportunity to sample the deliciousness at this new Sydney restaurant.
North Strathfield (locations change frequently)
Knafeh is a traditional Levantine dessert of semolina pudding filled with sweet, stretchy cheese and a fine crumb mixture on top that is baked, served with crumbled pistachios and sugar syrup. Once you’ve dealt with the drool situation that the previous sentence just induced, let us tell you how this place gets even better. Knafeh bakery is set up in a shipping container that has been adorned with street art, so be sure to follow them on social media so you know where you can get your fill of this unique and delicious treat.
Unlimited pizza and pasta. That’s it. You’ve got two options at Surry Hills’ hotspot Pizza Autentico, either spend $20 and you’ve got 90 minutes to gobble down as many carbs as you possibly can, or if you’re wearing your eating pants and dining in large groups, pay $29 and have 2.5 hours to leisurely work yourself into an extremely satisfying food coma. Whatever you choose, take note of your achievements and see if you can beat your personal best each time you visit. Challenge accepted.
If you’re lucky enough to have some time off work over the summer, or just have a free weekend, Mr. Moustache is the perfect place to chill out for a few hours in Bondi. The selection of cocktails and spirits, specialising in tequila and mezcal, is vast enough to have you staying well through the afternoon and into the night, and the mouth-watering menu is full of Mexican fodder perfect for grazing. This is Sydney summer perfection.
The Clovelly Hotel
If one of your favorite pubs has a new menu, and you don’t go to check it out, can you ever live with yourself not knowing what delicious things you’re missing?! Of course you can’t, so you better get your skates on and head down to The Clovelly Hotel. The sticky pork belly with burnt orange and chilli glaze is a perfect starter, and you definitely need some croquettes to share. Moving on to the main event, and the braised lamb neck, pine seeds and spinach with parsley and shallot pappardelle is hard to resist and the native pepper crusted kangaroo salad with sweet potato crisps, snow pea shoots and native berries is a bit different, but very delicious.
If classic Japanese food is your thing, then you want to be getting your fix at Yayoi and hitting up their new tasting menu. Offering katsu, teriyaki and miso, as well as a bunch of other delicious sounding dishes, it’s everything we love about a good tasting menu. Couple your meal with some sakes imported from Japan and feel like you’ve escaped to Tokyo, without the cost of a plane ticket.
Bake Bar Organic Artisan Bakery
For all sorts of artisanal baked goods, go no further than Bake Bar. Learning the art of baking from her grandmother in Israel, Gili Gold creates some of the best sourdough you will find in Sydney. Gold also makes cakes, pastries and pies from scratch, which go perfectly with a delicious cup of coffee which you can buy at this little Sydney café.
This small bar and restaurant in Cammeray is a favourite among locals. What used to be a butcher has turned into a hidden gem in Sydney’s north. On offer is a fresh and seasonal Italian menu accompanied by a range of local and international wines and beers. Choose from small bar snacks or linger a little longer with Wilcox's full menu.
Image credit: YAYOI