This weekend take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure of international proportions, without having to leave our glorious city. From vibrant street food flavours on the Northern Beaches to handmade dumplings in the middle of the city and then onto a little slice of France in the heart of Surry Hills. There are plenty of things to do in Sydney that involve some delicious eats, so get into it!
Fika Swedish Kitchen
Tucked away in the heart of Manly is a delicious little slice of Sweden, a beautiful mix of Swedish and modern Australian café culture. ‘Fika’ translates to ‘taking a break for coffee and a bite to eat’ and it’s just the right place to do that breakfast or lunch. Go for the Smörgåsbord for breakfast with skagen, house cured gravlax, pickled herring with sourdough or the thin pancakes with forest berries, cream and house jam for those of you with a sweet tooth. For lunch you can’t go past the Swedish meatballs with mash, creamy gravy, lingonberry jam and pickled cucumber.
So this is something a little different, and we love it. Enjoy three courses with matching wines inside Luna Park’s Ferris Wheel while taking in the harbour views. It’s truly a unique experience and something that’s as much for locals (prepare to feel smug) as it is for visitors to Sydney. Bookings are essential (and sell out quickly), so jump online and make a reservation.
Din Tai Fung
A weekend isn’t a good weekend without dumplings. Din Tai Fung and its delicately hand-made, perfectly steamed parcels of pork dumpling goodness are made right in front of your eyes so you know they’re fresh. Pair those dumplings with Shanghai-style drunken chicken, Taiwanese-style fried rice or a bowl of spicy dan dan noodles and you’ve got yourself an epic feast which will have you happily rolling home in a food coma.
Capriccio Osteria & Bar
The perfect location for a long lunch on a Sunday, get a group together and spend the afternoon enjoying modern Italian food and the spectacular smells coming out of the wood-fired oven at Leichhardt's Capriccio. Relax in the sunny garden courtyard with a glass or two of wine (or a spritz!) while trying to decide between a panini or a big bowl of fresh pasta—we say get both!
French Touch Creperie
Adding to the international culinary adventure this weekend we’ve got a little bit of France in Surry Hills. French Touch Creperie is more than just deliciously sweet crepes covered with sugar and dark chocolate sauce (although we’ll still have those too). New additions to the menu include gratin dauphinois, sliced oven baked potatoes with seasoned cream and browned on top, ratatouille of stewed vegetables in garlic and herbs and the epitome of French technique, imported French duck confit leg. If you’ve got your heart set on crepes there’s plenty of sweet and savoury options to choose from.
Public House Petersham
If you’re a local you know the Public House Petersham is a great hang out on weekends. This weekend they’re putting on their official Launch Party (think of it as a community house warming, with free pizza and beer), to finish off Craft Beer Week. Get ready for the one-off beer collab happening on the day, with proceeds going to the Addison Road Community Centre. And for you blokes out there with a luscious growth on your face, enter in the Best Beard Competition—eternal beardly glory awaits you.
Image credit: Din Tai Fung