We love new things to do and places to go in Sydney, and this month we have got some goodies! There are places where you can enjoy all the wine, cocktails, tapas, Greek, bagels and deliciousness, and then detox with some exciting new yoga studios and a massage, of course.
Harvest Bar is a new small bar that’s connected to Majestic Gourmet Grocers, Petersham’s European-inspired foodie destination. The Majestic’s new chef, Shiman Woon (from Three Williams and Cibo e Vino) has created a modern tapas dinner menu built from Mercado Europa’s daily market harvest. They have a whole range of plates on offer from duck liver parfait, pan roasted scallop, crab cakes to fried chicken, onion rings and cheese plates. They’ve got Australian craft beer on rotation, currently serving Batch Brewery, classic cocktails and all the wines, both local and international.
New café, Henry Lee’s has opened up in the newly developed arts and culture precinct of 16 Eveleigh Street Redfern. Their menu is evident of their passion for flavour, seasonal produce, art, culture, coffee and sustainable living. The coffee is by Sydney boutique roasters, The Little Marionette and the baked bread comes from Long Jetty kitchen (which basically mean brunch is sorted). For breakfast there’s the ‘Push the Sky Away’ polenta porridge with salted pecan praline, sour poached plus, coconut yoghurt and Urban Beehive thyme infused honey. It is one of the prettiest dishes we ever did see!
Another underground restaurant has come to Sydney and in perfect time for winter! Norsk Dor on Pitt Street is a Nordic restaurant, with a Viking luxe vibe to it—there’s fur on the back of your chair, cowhide cushions and wooden fittings to set the scene. This mysterious place offers a hearty menu designed by chef, Damien Ruggiero that changes with the availability of good produce. The bar menu consists of a selection of breads including pumpernickel or crisp rye with either butter or lard. However, if you need a little more than carbs to fill you up, the dinner menu consists of bone marrow, gravlax, the house-smoked fillet of eel or cured kingfish. And don’t forget to order one of their signature cocktails made with one of their Scandinavian spirits.
Ananas (which will be opening in a new location soon) brings you Café Ananas located in Circular Quay with prime views of the Harbour Bridge. The original Ananas Bar inspires the menu at Café Ananas & Brasserie, favouring light, seasonal ingredients all prepared with a touch of French style. If you’re a fan of a long lunch, they have a prix-fixe lunch menu of three courses for $45 and, if you’re a fan of brunching, they have the Ananas’ famous long Sunday Champagne Brunch. With an extensive cocktail list as well as a fabulous wine offering, this place has got everything we need (and want)!
Smoking Gun Bagels
Smoking Gun Bagels is bringing Montreal style bagels to Woolloomooloo. These kinds of bagels are a lot sweeter and smaller than the original classic bagel from NYC because they are sweetened with honey before placed in the woodfired oven. They have some very interesting toppings here too, both sweet and savoury in an “open bagel” style. The Yid Life Crisis has wood-fired chicken, charred mashed avocado, kaffir line and mountain pepper. Or, for your sweet tooth, Queen P includes macadamia, peanut butter and crunchy bits of salted macadamia brittle (we’ll take both, thanks). You know these guys are serious about their bagels, because apparently they have Australia’s largest purpose-built bagel woodfired oven!
No. 1 Bent Street
Mike McEnearney, has closed Kitchen By Mike, and opened No. 1 Bent Street using the same core values and beliefs but creating a more formal dining concept. The menu has the approach of less-is-more, with everything set at a reasonable price but still as delicious as the dishes we came to know and love at Kitchen By Mike. As well as serving his original fish pie and house baked bread with Pepe Saya butter, McEnearney will serve sweet and soured sardines and pot roast lamb shoulder (perfect for these colder months). If you were a fan of Kitchen By Mike, you better try out new Sydney restaurant, No. 1 Bent Street.
The Smoking Goat
The menu at The Smoking Goat offers a modern twist on Greek heritage, only using the freshest and more flavoursome produce. You may wonder why this place is called “The Smoking Goat”… Well, it encompasses the smoked cooking methods that are involved in a number of their dishes. And the goat? That represents the Greek influence of the restaurant. You’ll be wanting to come back for more, once you have the slow roasted lamb shoulder with lemon Greek yoghurt and lazanki noodles or the rabbit stifado, slow-cooked with red wine.
Beach Flow Bondi
Providing a new approach to yoga, Beach Flow just opened up in Bondi. They don’t just offer your usual yoga sesh, they are making it way more exciting by offering aerial yoga, candle lit yin yoga and yoga flow catered to a wide spectrum of different skill levels. The teachers are experienced, highly skilled, and, not to mention, patient, dedicated to focussing on good practice and overall fitness.
Lane Cove and Paddington
Massage Envy is an exciting new concept that started in the USA, offering membership massage and facial services. Opening up in two locations in Lane Cove and Paddington, their total body care philosophy is to make sure that clients feel less stress and more energy. Their treatments include enhanced therapies massage using essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers and fruits and customised facials depending on your skin’s needs. By becoming a member you can enjoy free treatments, and share treatments with your friends, while treating your body like the temple that it is.
BL Burgers Beach Road
Bar Luca burgers are getting another location in Sydney, this time on the upper level of Bondi’s iconic Beach Road Hotel! This means you can now access the famous Blame Canada burger from three locations. They have redesigned the second level with polished concrete and soft leather lounges, the perfect place to enjoy one of the six juicy burger options including one weekly special. Or two if you can handle it.
The Dolphin Hotel has had a fantastic makeover and is set to open this June. They have transformed the place to have a modern feel and are offering top quality food and beverages. There are now three different spaces for guests to have a grand old time—The Dining Room (where you can enjoy modern Italo-Australian cuisine), The Wine Room and The Public Bar with an open-air terrace. If you’re keen for a bit of wine, you’ve come to the right place as James Hird (2015 Sommelier of the Year) has carefully curated the wine list.
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Henry Lee's