Food & Drink

50 Things You Should Have Eaten In 2016

By Ange Law
22nd Dec 2016

Best meals of 2016 In Sydney

2016 has been a really big year for Sydney foodies; with new openings around every corner and so many new delicious dishes to try. To be honest, we’ve spent most of the year in a food coma and we’re about ready for a nap. To celebrate the year that was (delicious, that is), we have put together a solid list of 50 things you should have eaten in Sydney in 2016. If you’re yet to give them all a go, then hop to it, because we have a feeling that next year will be even bigger and you don’t want to be playing catch-ups now, do you?

  1. Cubby’s Kitchen takes deep fried flatbread to a whole new level. Order the babaganoush and then find a way to not share.
  2. The Robbins Island beef with pommes anna from Fred’s.
  3. And the wattle seed tea cocktail from Charlie Parker’s while you’re at it.
  4. The pumpkin ravioli at Casoni, if you haven’t already (or even if you have).
  5. The ricotta hotcakes at Left Of Field will satisfy both dessert and brunch cravings.
  6. Keep it real with a Nutella ball doughnut from Tella Balls Dessert Bar.
  7. And if you love Nutella, a mountain of Nutella doughnuts is what everyone needs to complete an Italian feast at The Sawmill.
  8. The hand cut steak tartare from Bistro Moncur Mosman, with a glass of French wine to match, obvs.
  9. Experience an extreme pasta-gasm at Bar Machiavelli, with their chestnut pappardelle with porcini mushroom and Madeira sauce. 
  10. The saganaki at The Apollo is a classic for a reason, people.
  11. Still good in summer, the spring toast at Cornersmith Annandale.
  12. Track down their food truck and then have a dance while scoffing the knafeh at Knafeh Bakery.
  13. The reformed avocado at Dachshund Coffee isn’t just your average smashed avo. It’s much more important than that. 
  14. Spicy fried chicken at Belle’s.
  15. When truffe burger week rolls ‘round at Mister Gee Burger Truck, you’re in for a bloody good burger. 
  16. Give the kangaroo loin a go at The Royal Paddington, because #straya.
  17. Try and resist the pumpkin cheesecake, Lebanese style, at Nour. Or don’t.
  18. Schnitzel, chips and slaw at The Buena, because good pub food never goes out of style. 
  19. Meat from the spit is always a good idea. Head to Bel & Brio for their Sardinian style suckling pig.
  20. The terrine at Restaurant Hubert, for French food purists. And a margarita, because, margaritas.
  21. The fried chicken sandwich at Butter is the best chicken burger we’ve had this year, so it’s kind of a big deal.
  22. The only thing better than the all-star cheeseburger from Bangbang Cafe, is the one with maple bacon on it.
  23. Casual date nights are better at acre Eatery, with their slow roasted porchetta share plate.
  24. The hummus at Thievery is the epitome of simple things done well. 
  25. The Vacanza pizza at Vacanza is basically cheese, mushroom, truffle oil, cheese. ‘Nuff said.
  26. Candelori's does a mean saffron pappardelle with quail breast and pork sausage.
  27. The skiitake, bok choi and ginger noodles at Salaryman (noodle heaven).
  28. Taco Tuesday at Contrabando cannot be beaten in the cheap eats stakes.
  29. Light and summery— the Tasmanian mussels from The Commons Local Eating House fits the bill.
  30. The unlikely combo of South American and Asian cuisines at Luis Tan means one thing— salmon and scallop ceviche with charred corn and yuzu sauce.
  31. Start your weekend with the breakfast roll at Rising Sun Workshop.
  32. Dive head first into the Crack pie at Darlo Country Club.
  33. Pick up a six pack of bagels at Smoking Guns Bagel to see yourself through the weekend.
  34. The doughnut, cheeseburger hybrid, DOUGHNUTFUKWITDIS, from Ze Pickle is so wrong that it’s right.
  35. Espresso Martini at Tuxedo (because espresso martinis are a food group, right?).
  36. For everything you’ve ever wanted in smashed avo, grab the Henry’s dream from Henry Lee's.
  37. Opt for a light start with the Sichuan eggplant at Lotus Dining.
  38. Treat yo’self to the beef laksa at Long Chim.
  39. The fancy chicken nuggets at East Village. Okay, they’re chicken caesar croquettes if we’re being particular about it. 
  40. Come at us, ash baked eggplant at No. 1 Bent Street.
  41. The six-course summer degustation at Eleven Bridge, because you’re fancy.
  42. Embrace your inner Viking with the bone marrow (yes, really) at Norsk Dor.
  43. The bircher muesli at Morris is a light, fruity and fresh brekkie option.
  44. Have some foodie fun, Frenchy style, with the raspberry tart with pistachio cream at Bistrot Gavroche.
  45. Now in two locations, you’ll never be far from Juicy Lucy’s chicken and chip ‘Bruce Lee’ wrap.
  46. Take the pork belly (slow cooked in young coconut juice) at Nguyen Brothers for a spin.
  47. You say burger, we say Sonoma! No seriously, it’s the goods. Just trust us, okay.
  48. The peri peri chicken, straight off the Argentinian grill at Three Blue Ducks Rosebery is bomb.
  49. The mini lobster roll from Frisco Hotel, because it’s mini, and it’s lobster.
  50. Fix all of your naughty (read: delicious) food decisions with the green goodness from Speedo Cafe. Seems legit.

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Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Henry Lee's

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