Gear up Sydney, it’s the end of the week but that doesn’t mean we’ve short-changed you on food venues to visit this weekend. We’ve brought you food emporiums laden with international goodies, hidden meze bars and a culinary experience featuring disposable cutlery (what on earth have we been up to?).
So, happy eating friends, may your forks stay loaded and your bellies full, it’s time to show these Sydney restaurant and cafes what you’re made of!
Salt Meats Cheese
Excite your olfactory senses this weekend with a trip to the ultimate gourmet Italian providore, Salt Meats Cheese. This little venue offers a plethora of cold cuts and crazy stacks of cheese wheels that will no doubt make you salivate (seriously). For the classic picnic-goers, pick up smoked spices, marinated olives freshly made jams or a dulche de luche twist on peanut butter or dine-in and taste their brand new menu complete with pappardelle with lamb shoulder ragu (it’s amazing).
This Turkish eatery is more than just your usual kebab pit-stop. To start with, the facade is painted baby-pink with its signage reading “Marie-Louise Salon”, reminiscent of its days as a 1950s hair salon. But flash forward sixty years and its interior is now beautifully decorated with blue ceramic tiling, marble bar-tops and dark, wooden stools, tabling up slabs of lamb neck and Turkish booze. Taking influences from the streets and meze bars of Turkey, Stanbuli has enough share plates to keep everyone happy.
La Rosa The Strand
Make your weekend a little classier by paying a visit to La Rosa The Strand for a wine and dine you won’t forget. Tucked inside Sydney’s historic Strand Arcade, this little beauty offers an artisanal experience with premium Italian wine hand picked from Italy and traditional cooking methods with all dishes. Share a platter of fresh Eyre Peninsula seafood or grapple between choosing the baked cannelloni with pumpkin, mustard fruit and ricotta, parmigiano and burnt sage butter or the pork polpettine topped with the crispiest pancetta.
What’s a good weekend without a good burger? Luckily for you, Goodtime Burgers, located inside The Eastern, already swears by this foodie philosophy with gusto and has you covered for an American diner experience so good, you’ll feel like you’re in the centre of New York city itself. The buns are big, the cheese is oozy and the burger patties are juicy. Forget the detox, these burgers are damn good, enough said.
The people behind Scouts Honour (and Scouts famous giant cookies), have brought Morris onto your dining radar. With an aesthetic and minimal set up, this little nook is perfect for getting ahead on some study with a coffee or morning rendezvous to grab a slice of toasted sourdough shrouded in peach, lemon myrtle, seared hazelnuts, blueberries and fresh mint honey. A haven for salads and sandwiches, unwind at Morris this weekend for good, clean basics and wholesome ingredients. What’s not to love about a small, corner sandwich bar with a simple and user-friendly menu?
Start exploring Spice Alley in Sydney’s new eccentric downtown, Kensington street. An eating precinct for Asian cuisine and market vibes, Kyo-to, is your port-of-call for casual Japanese dining. Grab your staple ramen bowls or okonomiyaki seafood and juicy takoyaki balls and be prepared for an adventurous night of plastic cups, disposable cutlery and street dining under suspended lanterns for the fun way to “street-food”.
Want something else to try this weekend? Why not give Coffee Flour a go?
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at La Rosa