Planning on staying in this weekend in your sweat pants, binging on Netflix and shying away from the cold? Maybe we can tempt you off the sofa with some amazing places to eat and drink this weekend.
Yes, it may be winter but with awesome cocktails and gourmet picnic hampers like these on offer, how could you stay inside? It’s a no-brainer!
The family favourite, Kiosk has been re-launched with a brand new look has kept its unbeatable location with a very picturesque view of the ponds. The makeover also extends to the menu where, in addition to great quality and locally sourced goods, you can now grab gourmet picnic hampers to enjoy in the Parklands. Starting at $28, the Centennial Parklands Picnic Boxes can be pre-ordered for two, four or six and include a generous range of cheeses, dried meats, dips, fruits and olives. BYO picnic blanket (or if you forget, they conveniently have them for sale).
Has there ever been a better pairing than crêpes and cocktails? One trip to Avila and you’ll realise that there really hasn’t and never will be. As well as serving up a delicious array of savoury galettes and sweet crêpes, the Bondi joint also has an amazing new winter cocktail menu that you have to check out. From their own take on an Old Fashioned to the vermouth based, The Marquis, served with cinnamon dusted apple, these tipples will certainly warm you up on a cold winter evening.
With stunning views of the harbour and more awards than you can shake a prawn at, Flying Fish should be on everyone’s foodie bucket list. However, with their new seasonal, winter menus designed by Chef Stephen Seckold and Head Chef Ian Royle, the Pyrmont seafood restaurant is an absolute must for this weekend. Choose between the a la carte, the 11-course degustation menu and the Flying Fish tasting menu, each with its own individual focus. A truly stunning selection of seasonal seafood right on the water.
Wilhelmina’s Liquid + Larder
The classic double threat, Wilhelmina’s offers both fantastic liquids and fodder from the larder. Their selection of organic, boutique wines would make even the snobbiest of vino connoisseurs take a second glance and their cocktail menu is quirky, on-season and perfect for an evening of indulgence. To balance out the alcohol, the gang at Wilhelmina’s are all about fresh, seasonal produce so you’ll be sure to find wintery, tasty treats to warm your belly.
Dedicated to finding top-notch, locally and ethically sourced ingredients, Dachshund Coffee have been open less than a year and yet have really made their mark on Sydney’s coffee scene (which is not an easy feat!). Their breakfast and lunch winter menu still has all the favourites but you’ll also find some newbies on the menu too. Don’t miss out on the Reformed Avocado with goats feta, quinoa tabbouleh and a poached egg to top it all off.
Open up the red door and step into what will, no doubt, be a fantastic evening. Start with a negroni (on tap!) or for something a little more tart, the Avenue Sour, a beautifully refreshing cognac cocktail with strained passionfruit. Then settle in to share The Casoni Experience—a string of Casoni’s seven best hits, perfect for curing indecision (which you’ll experience once you see the menu). Don’t miss the gnocchi this weekend while it’s on the specials board—these pillowy potato bites with beef short rib and horseradish are the kind of things you’ll dream about well after the meal has ended. Pro-tip: Get in early to get this dish, as they only make a few a day!
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