The weekend is here again (we were almost convinced it would never come) and we have so much opportunity on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday to eat as much as humanly possible. Here are some restaurants in Sydney that are definitely worth checking and will definitely satisfy whatever craving you may have.
Meet Gerard in Alexandria is the place to have everyone’s favourite meal of the day—brunch! Unfortunately this place isn’t open on Sundays, so make sure you head there on Saturday and take advantage of this masterpiece of a café. They’ve got all the usuals, but for something a little different go for the smooshed avocado with feta, lime, pickled chilli and yuzu sesame crumb, or the chilli scrambled eggs. And we’re not going to lie, you’ll probably be tempted by their fresh pastries at the counter, so make sure you leave room for them too.
Harpoon Harry is one of our favourite places to hang out in Surry Hills, and with a terrace bar, dining room and public bar there’s plenty of room to enjoy great food, cocktails and, of course, wine. Chef Morgan McGlone is the brains behind the menu serving some Southern American classics such as shrimp po-boy, smoked chicken wings, cloudy bay clams and BBQ pork ribs. Harry’s is now doing Friday lunch, so you’ll know where we’ll be.
The plant-based burger joint in Sydney, Soul Burger, has hopped on the Halal Snack Pack train and created a vegan HSP. Their ‘Hanson Halal’ comes with fries, plant-based beef, three layers of vegan cheese and garlic, chilli and barbecue sauce. We wonder if Pauline would give this one a go, since it is graciously named after her and isn’t really halal because it contains no animal products.
Sydney restaurant, Bishop Sessa takes a more casual approach to modern European dining. Its focus is on finding the best local, seasonal and sustainable produce available so that it can provide a farm to table experience right in Surry Hills. Their six-course degustation menu with matching wines is a favourite of ours aaaaand, to give you even more incentive to check this place out, owner, Erez Gordon is offering to pay half of your Uber fare to Bishop Sessa to the value of $15, which you claim back on your bill at the end of the night. Sold!
And the truffle season continues! We were worried for a moment that we were done with truffles for the year, but Jamie’s Italian will have a special weekly truffle dish on offer like risotto with black truffle butter topped with parmesan, shaved Australian black truffle and nutmeg (YUM!) for the rest of this month. They’ve teamed up with Campari Australia so you can enjoy a $10 Italian aperitivo with your truffle dishes. Now that’s our idea of perfection: truffles and negronis.
Macelleria simply means, “butcher shop”, but this spot in Bondi is so much more! This butcher serves burgers, and bunless burgers for a healthy gluten-free option with some staple sides—fries, sweet potato wedges, roasted potatoes and roasted veggies. They only serve the highest grade of meat, so you can expect quality burgers with three different free-range chicken schnitzel burgers and nine different Cape Grim Angus beef burgers on the menu. One of our top picks is the Bostino burger with Angus Beef, pastrami, bacon, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, tomato, lettuce and tomato sauce! Drooling yet?
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Image credit: Claudia Shmueli at Macelleria