Forks at the ready, Listers! We’ve rounded up six gastronomic hotspots for you to get your munch on this weekend, and to celebrate winter’s end in the best possible fashion. Whether it be through BBQ chicken, yum cha or acai bowls, we’re almost positive we’ve found a way to win over your stomach at these Sydney restaurants and cafes. Dig in!
First you went to the chicken shop, and now you go to Meshwi in Haberfield. And the chefs here are doing some amazing things with charcoal chicken. Are you a garlic sauce fan? Well these guys have plenty of it, as well as the most delicious mixed chicken, lamb or kafta plate to drench that sweet stuff in. So if you’re up for treating yourself this weekend to some traditional Lebanese fare we have only one word of advice: bring a bib. And get stuck into the grill platters, you won't be disappointed.
Bare Naked Bowls
Inject a load of superfoods into your life this weekend at Bare Naked Bowls in Manly. Home to all the acai bowls, green smoothies and kombucha your heart could ever desire, you won’t feel guilty about eating out if you’re doing it here. Speaking of being guilt-free, 10% of your bill will be donated to The International Brothers and Sisters House, to help orphaned children in Cambodia, Nepal and Tanzania. Double- whammy.
Calling all dumpling die-hards! Here’s another place for you to go pig out on yum cha this weekend, and if you live in Zetland, you’re in luck. As soon as you enter East Phoenix (that seats 500 people!), you’ll see all the carts laden with delicious yum cha delicacies. Once you’re seated and ready to tuck in, you won’t be able to let the succulent BBQ combo (pork and roast duck) or the lamb cutlets marinated in garlic and hot chili go by. In fact, the hardest part will be not being able to order everything, so bring a group and your appetite.
Small Bar & Kitchen
If you need a tipple or ten this weekend to shed those nine-to-five blues, don’t look further than Small Bar, a bustling watering hole home to Crows Nest on the lower North Shore that do breakfast, lunch and a tapas-style evening menu too. You can snuggle up out the back in the open courtyard or get cosy in the modern yet homely space inside. Either way, you’re in for a treat at this small bar in Sydney.
The Avalon on the Beach
Sunday lunches were made for buckets of fresh tiger prawns, glasses of pinot grigio, and spectacular ocean vistas of one of Sydney’s iconic beaches. Everything’s better by the beach, or at least you’ll feel that way at The Avalon on the Beach, perched right above the Surf Club with access to a stunning lookout. When it comes to chowing down, we recommend the whole barramundi or the chargrilled spatchcock, and if you’re down for breakfast you can’t go wrong with the smashed avo toastie. But whatever you choose, it’s all goooood.
Last, but certainly not least, your hungry belly needs to know about Thievery. It’s difficult to get a seat at Glebe’s latest Lebanese eatery and you will have to make a reservation. But when you’ve loaded your fork up with that slow-roasted lamb or wagyu beef sharwarma, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars you did. They’re also open for brunch on Saturdays, so get your brunch on, Lebanese style.
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Image credit: Nicola Sevitt at Small Bar Crows Nest