We’re all ready for the days where you curl up on the couch, drink lots of tea and watch copious amounts of Netflix. But before winter really kicks in and you consider hibernating for the winter, we think you should check out some great restaurants and cafes in Sydney to close off the Autumn season in delicious style.
From the sea, straight to the plate, enjoy a taste of Sydney’s freshest seafood at Moxhe. Take a browse of their a la carte menu, packed with freshly shucked oysters, hand-picked sand crab, and grilled squid. But if you’re after some real innovative cooking, order the degustation and say YES to the hand-made tiger-prawn ravioli optional course. Pair it off with a drop from their exquisite wine list and maybe even a serving or two of hazelnut cake, profiteroles or their specialty apple tart with cognac ice-cream #pleaseandthankyou
An institution in as far as Indian restaurants in Sydney go, Zaaffran has been serving up traditional Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist for 17 years. The new ‘Koomcha’ menu brings reimagined Indian street food to Cockle Bay. A must try on the new menu includes the Chookunder naan which is a beetroot naan with Calcutta chicken mince, and the Bombay version of the lamb taco, Firangi Frankies. The traditional home recipes and newly renovated restaurant is the perfect way to spend one of the last weekends before winter.
That last ditch effort to get healthy before the inevitable winter tradition of overeating has come and Henley’s Wholefoods will accommodate. The new lunch menu includes everything from shepherds pie to zucchini noodles with seared prawns, or, as we like to call them, zoodles. Henley’s are all about sustainable, local and fresh produce so head on down and support your local growers and producers!
Our favourite Middle Eastern bar and restaurant Thievery has just turned one and released their brand new menu to change things up. Come in with a hungry group for an experience in exotic Middle Eastern food. The modern day twist on the classics will challenge that ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ saying and have you questioning why you never tried fire split prawns with spiced dukkah and a burnt butter vinaigrette before. Don’t forget to leave room fro dessert though—the tahini cookie is not to be missed.
With ‘a menu designed to share’ who wouldn’t want to join you on a trip to the Food Society in Darlinghurst? Grab a group of friends and lure them in with the prospect of over 70 different vodka varieties to warm them up with lunch or dinner. Saturdays from 12:30pm to 4:30pm sees a ‘Vodka High Tea’ with degustation canape menu, chilled tea cocktails and ‘sipper’ vodka tasters. Alternatively choose a range of dishes from the restaurant menu and try a bit of each.
Joining Cake Wines at a cool new space in Redfern, Henry Lee’s pledge to highlight local artisanal offerings such as The Urban Beehive and Poor Tom’s Gin through their carefully curated menu. Get stuck into the braise and smoked beef cheeks and pair it with a cup of coffee from The Little Marionette and you’re bound to visit this new little Sydney café again and again.
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Henry Lee's