November means silly season is more or less upon us and that Movember is in full swing. Fortunately, we have your breakfast, lunch and dinner plans sorted regardless of what stage of mo-growth you’re at. Here is our list of the best cafes and restaurants in Sydney to check out this weekend.
Usually restaurants adhere to principles of quantity or quality but Pizza Autentico manages to do both. Be sure to arrive with an appetite because this Surry Hills pizza joint does killer all-you-can-eat meal-deals. Pizza Autentico enforce strict quality-control measures and source their produce from top-level Italian suppliers with the likes Salts Meats Cheese providing some of the ingredients. All-you-can-eat pizza starts at $15 per head for lunch and $20 for dinner. Upgrade to include starters like Sicilian arancini balls and anchovy cigars for just $29 per head.
Bare Naked Bowls
Eat guilt-free this weekend and tuck into a healthy breakfast or lunch bowl from Bare Naked Bowls in Manly. Not only are these stunningly designed bowls great for your insides, 10% of every order goes towards the International Brothers and Sisters House helping young people in Cambodia, Tanzania and Nepal gain access to housing and schools. Try The Manly Bowl with loads of fresh fruit, acai, granola, goji berries, bee pollen and honey.
If you like your food with a bit of attitude, check out Surry Hills Chinese restaurant Master that is now open for lunch on the weekend. This relatively new Crown Street addition boasts chef John Javier at the helm previously of Quay, Noma and Momofuku—so you know it’s going to be good. The pared-back menu gives just enough information to arouse your curiosity without spoiling the culinary surprise.
Let’s hope the sun comes out so you can enjoy The Gantry’s new summer menu in all its glory. This waterfront favourite is dishing up its usual honest, freshly foraged modern Australian cuisine with a summery touch. Start with fresh seafood like Kinkawooka mussels, oysters and king prawns and for mains, try the beef flank with black barley, parsley root and charred beetroot leafs.
Air Coffee in Castle Hill sources green coffee from around the world based on quality and seasonality. The café offers all-day breakfast and extra brunch specials over the weekend which means even you late risers can get your brunch fix. The menu includes breakfast classics like smashed avocado on sour dough toast with sheep’s milk feta, white balsamic glaze and sumac.
Mentmore & Morley
This Rosebery café is serving up affordable breakfast and lunch dishes. For lunch, there are healthy options like the Vietnamese coleslaw with savoy cabbage, carrot, shallots, mint, coriander, bean sprouts, Vietnamese mint and nouc cham dressing. For the less calorie-conscious, the beef burger with bacon, provolone, pickles, tomato chutney, cos leaves and hand cut sweet potato fries is sure to satisfy.
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Image: Federica Portentoso at Pizza Autentico