Congratulations! You’ve made it through the working week and the weekend is nigh! Now to reward yourself for being such a trooper, we think a visit to any one of these six Sydney restaurants and cafes is in order. So whether it’s elegant Japanese dining, a good quality burger or home-style Italian that tickles your fancy, we’ve got just the thing to make your weekend bliss.
Eastern Suburbs favourite, Saké is turning up the style stakes with their latest location in the recently renovated InterContinental Hotel Double Bay. Perfect for a pit stop after a bay-side wander or some sneaky boutique browsing, refresh with some show-stopping contemporary Japanese fusion dishes—I mean if you haven’t seen their dragon egg dessert on Instagram already, it’s time to add that one to your feed. Be sure to make use of the Japanese robata grill while you’re there, it doesn’t disappoint.
A café, bakery and deli all rolled into one, SHUK is Bondi’s answer to Middle Eastern cuisine. While all your café staples are on the menu, they each come with a little Middle Eastern shake-up to add some spice to your weekend munching. The Israeli breakfast is a twist on the classic big breakfast whilst the shawarma will satisfy your steak sandwich hunger-pangs quite nicely. Stay till night and you’ll be more than glad with mains like slow cooked beef cheeks and Mediterranean-spiced roast chicken on the dinner menu.
Tucked away from the chaos of city life, Burger Project is THE place to satisfy your burger cravings. Featuring patties made from juicy grass-fed Cape Grim beef and Neil Perry’s secret sauce, whether you’re up for the classic, want a little chilli-kick to your bite or are going for the double, the bun-to-filling ratio at this modern CBD diner is pretty darn perfect. Round out your meal with any one of the ice cream sundaes churned on-site daily and a glass of their housemade soda.
The first sign you’ll have of Three Williams is not its white brick walls but the small line forming outside on Elizabeth Street. Drawn in by the maple syrup doused French toast and stack of potato rosti with perfectly poached eggs, punters are wising up and staying all the way through lunch. With mains like tea-smoked chicken, pulled pork shoulder and crab pasta, the food stakes are high at this Redfern café. We recommend coming with a full appetite.
Calories don’t count on the weekends. Fact. So some good quality carb-loading is in order (of course). Standing in pride of place on Parramatta’s Centenary Square, Jamie’s Trattoria dishes up some molto bene Italian fare just like nonna’s. Instant favourites are the sizzling meatballs, porcini mushroom arancini and the legendary prawn linguine. And with two levels of dining, you can bring all your friends.
Go your own way this weekend at Fleetwood Macchiato. The coffee is strong, the atmosphere inviting and the food inventive at this Erskineville café. Your morning muesli has an Italian-kick with the added ginger biscotti and blood orange. Or get piggy with it and eat-up large with the braised pork, jalapeno and poached egg on toast. Bringing the flavour and the puns, there’s not a landslide in sight at Fleetwood Macchiato.
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Shuk