Sydney’s newest openings had us hook, line and sinker this May. With a new Tex-Mex Cantina, burgers surrounding the city and a glass of rosé after a hard working week, we have a feeling you’ll want to pay more than one visit to your soon-to-be best restaurants in Sydney.
El Camino Cantina
As authentic as any Tex-Mex restaurant can be outside Austin, El Camino Cantina is moving in to The Rocks to shake thinks up with their down ‘n’ dirty muscle cars and margaritas. Taking the place of Ananas Bar and Brasserie, the location promises to be all kinds of boisterous behind the bars (yes, multiple bars) with bold flavours coming out of the kitchen. The mescal and tequila lounge will keep you adequately hydrated while a menu of tacos, fajitas and enchiladas will be like a fiesta in your belly. Friday night = sorted.
Opening on the rooftop of Greenwood Plaza, Hunter Gatherer (as the name suggests) is a Paleo’s dream for anyone living on the Northside. The menu is focussed on fresh local and sustainable produce, created by Michelin trained Head Chef Paul Micklewright. Hunter Gatherer will see you enjoying smoked ham and pea for breakfast, Rangers Valley Black Angus corned silverside for lunch or dinner and a finger lime gimblet for your well-earned nightcap.
Little sister to Machiavelli Ristorante, Bar Machiavelli is a vast, urban warehouse with an inspiring new take on traditional Italian cuisine. Nixing the concept of a many-coursed menu, Bar Machiavelli is focused on nailing the basics. A rotating selection of antipasti will get your night going and their silky house made pasta will seal the deal. Signature dishes include the spaghetti with king prawns and baby gnocchi with sweetened blue cheese, and we say kick things off with a barrel-aged negroni. The wine and cocktail list has a strong Italian focus and we can’t go past the idea of a tiramisu martini.
Bar Brosé is a new snack and wine bar in Darlinghurst, bringing the perfect amount of cocktails, wines and delicious eats to your evening (all the way until 1.30am!). The wine list is solid and full of interesting choices, but don’t let that overwhelm you because the staff know what they’re talking about—whether is about red, white, orange or rosés. Snacks include blooming onion and the infamous late night sandwich which is a definitely must order.
French-inspired Restaurant Hubert is bringing a bit of old school back to Sydney’s CBD with a menu featuring dishes like a chicken liver parfait, steak frites with Bordelaise butter and chocolate dipped profiterole stacks (not to be confused with a croquembouche). At the helm is the Swillhouse Group, known for Shady Pines, Baxter Inn and Frankie’s Pizza. So it’s no surprise that the two bars, each with their own food menu, feature a French-inspired wine list and classic cocktails like the Manhattan and martini.
Besides the kick arse name, Humming Puppy is a brand spankin’ new yoga studio touting traditional techniques and good vibes. There are four levels of practice on offer, ranging from a super chilled restorative ‘Mellow Hum’ class to a high intensity ‘Deepen Your Hum’ session. Using a combination of frequencies, the studio quite literally hums, promising to help ground you through your practice. While this all sounds technical and complicated, they promise that it translates to simply feeling good.
The Barber Shop
Combining your facial manscaping needs and a hidden cocktail lounge, The Barber Shop has opened the doors to their second storefront, in Barangaroo. Taking the Wulugul strip by storm, The Master Barber promises to look after local gent’s manes while providing a hideout for an after work bevvie (or lunchtime bevvie, in desperate times). This is a bar for the refined gentleman, who can’t say no to a daytime craft beer or an official old fashioned, which combines Makers Mark Bourbon infused with banana, dry sherry and smoked maple syrup.
For those of us who aren’t making the pilgrimage to Europe this winter, RivaReno may be the best offer you will have for gelato in Sydney. Made fresh daily, the artisan gelato is stored in ‘pozetti’—that’s ‘stainless steel cylindrical containers’ to you and I, ensuring that no flavour or texture is lost in the time it takes us to race to Barangaroo to sample every single flavour. The gelato is some of the creamiest you can get and we can’t go past the hazelnut.
Brooklyn Depot Burgers & Brew
A burger place with everything on the menu, Brooklyn Depot Burgers and Brew has moved on down from the Gold Coast and settled in quickly-becoming-a-burger-haven Surry Hills. Upon first inspection, the standouts are the twice-cooked onion rings, charred corn and the 12-hour pulled lamb shoulder and, you know, the fuhgeddaboudit! burger, which is a great whopping stack of grass fed beef patty, beef chilli, American cheese, onion rings, chilli relish and a lethal injection of hot sauce.
Charlotte's Little Sister
The fifth instalment of Charlotte’s Little Sister recently opened in Eveleigh and the Campos Coffee has been flowing ever since. At lunchtime, their custom built rotisserie is the main event, with Mediterranean-inspired eight-hour slow cooked meats served fast in salad filled rolls or alongside salad plates that you can settle in with or tote back to the office. The breakfast menu is a similar story and as much as they would love you to nestle in with a BBQ bacon and egg roll, owner Jason Ghebar would be just as happy for you to pop by to grab a paleo crunch with coconut yoghurt to go.
Originally hailing from Melbourne, Guilty is the Sydney based little brother to Easey’s—a burger shop who is famous for good burgs and for one time offering a five patty burger. Nailing the fast-food formula, Guilty is serving (arguably) the best food and beverage combo at their newest cocktail and burger bar in Darlinghurst. Their burgers stack American cheese coated beef patties with mustard, pickles, jalapenos and crispy bacon on a soft bun. The name really says it all; with a carefully sourced on-tap beer selection, fresh cocktail list and a side of cheese covered tater tots ensuring a perfect Saturday night as those guilty Sunday morning feels.
Pub Life Kitchen
After ridiculous success and popularity in Ultimo, Pub Life Kitchen has settled taken over the bistro at Rozelle’s Ruby L’otel. Their focus is split between classic pub fare (prepare yourself for some good old-fashioned daily specials), traditional Greek lamb and pig on a spit as well as the burgers that made them famous. It may just be the perfect spot to enjoy a Sunday roast lunch with the family. Or a dirty Friday night to soak up a few sneaky schooners.
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