When it comes to suburban dining in Sydney, we are spoilt for choice. No matter where you head in our fair city we can guarantee one thing— you won’t be going home hungry.
This weekend in Sydney we’re heading east. To the ‘burbs of tree lined streets, revamped favourites and delicious new kids on the block. Prepare those buds and have your stomachs (and livers) at the ready for cocktails, seasonal fare, and of course—more cocktails..
Here are 6 restaurants that you absolutely must try in Sydney’s east.
The guys at Charlie Parker’s know that your drink tastes a hell of a lot better with snacks. Charlie Parker’s on Oxford is Merivale’s latest venture, and the guys have outdone themselves with this one. Behold the new underground basement bar of your dreams, with an impressive wine list and seriously good bar snacks. And when we say snacks, think Willowbrae feta served with grapes and pickled chillies, baked on lemon leaves, and grilled piccolo farm quail wrapped in pancetta. If only the snacks our mum packed us had that same flare.
Matt Moran knows that when we want to eat seasonal produce, we want it to be locally sourced and perfect for sharing. It’s safe to say Moran and his team at CHISWICK have nailed it again with their new seasonal menu. It’s fresh, its simple and it’s damn right delicious. Expect pickled octopus, finished with cucumber, kohlrabi, and harissa, and a perfectly roasted Humpty Doo barramundi tail, complete with charred cos and grapefruit. Do not freak out; the famous slow-roasted Moran family lamb is still on the menu, and if you can’t decide, the three course shared menu has your back.
The sports bar of the Woollahra Hotel has had a makeover, and it’s interior is as superb as the food from the Bistro next door. Bistro Moncur’s seriously good looking young sibling, Bar Moncur. With signature cocktails designed by none other than Cocktails by Kurtis, they’re perfectly paired with dishes like salmon, dill and crème freche on toast, or the hand cut steak tartare with Bistro Moncur’s legendary chips, just to name a few. It’s bar dining with just the right amount of fancy, and all of the necessary flavour.
Tequila Mockingbird has assembled an all-star cast; the chefs hail from Bentley, Monopole and as far as Maido in Lima, which sits at number 44 on the World’s Best list, in case you were wondering. The menu here reflects the talent in the kitchen, combining traditional Latin American dishes with the very best produce that Australia has to offer. With Mexico through to Argentina as their inspiration, there is a raw selection, traditional street food bites including alpaca and mozzarella empanadas, and a flame grill dishing up some seriously good BBQ lamb shoulders. And ICYMI there’s an epic tequila list here too.
The Royal Hotel in Paddington got a little groovy last year and now boasts a picture perfect rooftop bar, perfect for afternoon Aperols, as well as 3 other bar levels with different dining options. Their spring menu has a new 5 Ways G + T (Hendricks, St. Germain, lime, basil, mint, cucumber and lemongrass) along with the Flirtini cocktail, with vodka, Cointreau, pineapple and bubbles. Their small plates are perfect for a drink with a friend, with fresh oysters and salt and pepper squid, just some of the nibbles on offer. Their infamous salads include the ‘vitality’ salad for the health conscious amongst us, whilst the chicken lemongrass dumpling salad has our mouths watering. Of course, the chicken schnitty is as delicious as ever.
The hustle and bustle of the Paddington Inn is pretty constant since its renno last year. With a talented new chef and groovy interiors, the new look Paddo pub manages to keep its old pub charm, while upping the game big time in terms of their menu. Favourites include heirloom tomato salad with watermelon and pine nuts, as well as Fremantle octopus with grilled fennel and nduja. Come hungry (and with a mate) to eat your way through the 850g Rangers Valley rib eye to share. This is one of the most mighty when it comes to pub steaks in Sydney, and of course, cocktails run till late.
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Image credit: The Royal Hotel