Are we ever going to stop complaining about winter? Probably not… but it's our prerogative as Sydney-siders right? I mean...we don’t live here for the affordability (RIP savings) but we do love the endless food options Sydney offers us. So, even though it’s cold and dreary, winter fashion is arguably the best kind and you should show it off at some of these delicious Sydney restaurants this weekend.
The New Romance exhibition at the MCA brings together Aussie and Korean artists to explore what it means to be human, so it makes sense then that the MCA Cafe is bringing together Chef’s David Ralph and Tae Kyu (of KIM fame) to deliver a tantalizing Korean pop-up menu. The famous Korean Fried Chicken is obviously the star of the menu, but don’t overlook the other Korean faves. The Bossam Bang with pork belly and Korean Super Bowl (Sticky Pork, and Kimchee anyone?) are not to be missed. It’s only here for a few months though - so head on downI
Sydney has gained the honour of having the Best Luxury Hotel Restaurant 2016 (woo!). 117 Dining at the InterContinental Sydney beat out 42 other hotel restaurants to win the title and we’re thinking it’s the perfect excuse to make a booking. Their menu focuses on showcasing the best that Sydney has to offer from the land and sea along with the Asian influences that have taken root here. The bonito tataki is one of the stand outs to start, and the Tajima top striploin is rich, decadent and a definite must order for a main.
You may have heard about the new Sichuan-style eatery at The London Hotel...or you may not have (until now)... Either way we think it’s time you check out this new Sydney Restaurant. Executive Chef Jack Steer has gained his experience from the likes of China Doll and Chin Chin and is serving up some incredible eats at East London. It’s Chinese comfort food designed to share but with options like the crispy Sichuan duck with pickled cucumber salad and five spice - you might not want to once it hits the table.
Anason opened up earlier this year, setting up as the first permanent resident of Barangaroo and we’re wondering if it can really get any better after this? Opened up by Sydney legend Somer Sivrioglu (better known as the owner of Efendy), Anason is set to become a new Sydney institution. A team of hand-picked Turkish chefs are serving up an authentic and innovative menu that is totally Gram-worthy. The meze plates are inspired by the seaside location and bring together the best bits of Sydney seafood and turkish flavours.
The Owl House
If you’re after somewhere to have an intimate dinner with a killer drinks list to match - the Owl House is for you. A 6 course degustation with matching wines or cocktails is, we think, the best way to spend a winter's night. You’ll start with Pambula oyster paired with either a cocktail called “The Elder” or a Japanese Sake and it only gets better from there. Scallops, gnocchi, duck terrine, spatchcock and finishing up with honey & dijon mustard ice cream - we feel full (and satisfied) just thinking about it.
We’re allllll about the dumplings at The Urban List. Seriously, they’re little parcels of goodness and are wary of those who don’t share in our love of dumplings. New Shanghai in the CBD do some of the best dumplings in town and their new cocktail menu is the perfect match. Mixologist Michael Chiem has collaborated with New Shanghai to create a cocktail menu that is perfect to accompany a Sunday Chinese lunch. The Shanghai Sour combines cognac, plum wine, lemon and an egg white top to put a twist on the classic, and the Sirra-Shu is a mixture of plum wine, rockmelon, yuzu salt, Sriracha and malic acid for the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Signature dishes like the pan-fried pork buns, xiao long bao, and rainbow beef are even better when topped off with a good cocktail.
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Image credit: Alana Dimou, East London