You can never have too many options for curing a hangover right? Right. If you are in the mood for dumplings or noodles, then New Shanghai or Sea Bay is an absolute must. For those lazy Sundays where only a strong coffee will do, it’s off to Parramatta! Then to appease those Saturday night regrets and recharge for the week ahead, Egg of the Universe will have you back on the straight and narrow quicker than you can say kombucha!
Egg of the Universe
Whether you prefer to start your morning with a strong espresso, dandy latte, or even butter-blended mocha (yep, they're a thing now), Egg of the Universe is the quiet refuge from Sydney’s bustling Inner West that you didn’t even realise you needed. With the perfect combination of soulful yoga practice and intensely nourishing and hearty meals as well as some sneaky sweet treats thrown in for good measure, you will be in a blissed out zen-trance in no time.
Gather ‘round pork bun lovers! New Shanghai wants to look after you this weekend with their innovative-but-still-traditional Shanghai fare that we have come to know and love from their other locations around Sydney. You will be spoilt for choice with twenty-five dumpling combinations, all filled with a light and lush hot broth. Don’t even get us started on the noodle options (drunk chicken, anyone?). If you have had a particularly tiring Saturday night, they offer a food and wine pairing menu, which sounds like the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon to me.
Three Ropes Espresso
A hipster behind the coffee machine is a pretty failsafe way to ensure the best possible start to your Sunday morning. This sneaky laneway espresso bar in Parramatta delivers the goods with buckets of hipster charm, colourful wall murals and sweet, sweet pastries to soak up your sins from the night before. As the second outpost by the boys from Circa Espresso and brews by Little Marionette Coffee, Three Ropes Espresso is your go-to on a Sunday morning in the West.
The Potting Shed
As little sister to one of Sydney’s favourite cafes, The Grounds of Alexandria, The Potting Shed has firmly cemented its place as the ideal spot for long lunches with the girls, substantial dinners with family and a healthy dose of hair of the dog, should you require it. They pride themselves providing a produce-driven menu that focusses on fresh, locally harvested produce, craft beers served on tap and cocktails prepared with care and served with a side of witty banter. Surrounded by hanging plants, timber beams and an indoor-outdoor feel, your most difficult decision will be choosing between snapper or sirloin.
Claiming to serve the best dumplings in Sydney, Sea Bay is known for their dumplings and homemade noodles. While that is a big call, the line to be seated weaving its way down the road on a daily basis helps to squash doubts that this hefty claim is exaggerated. They don’t muck around with fancy décor and instead allow their delicious dumpling goodness to speak for itself. Homemade noodles are served with large portions of meat or vegetables and homemade noodles, so there is no risk of going hungry. With endless noodle and dumpling options, Sea Bay is an affordable way to dodge the kitchen this Friday night.
If you are in the mood for a generous Japanese feed, but don’t have the budget for fine dining, then Daruma may just be the place for you this weekend. Located in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown and with twice daily happy hours, you can pick yourself up meals for half price and free miso soup. Since free miso soup has to be the best kind of miso soup, it isn’t hard to guess why this has become a regular amongst the local UTS students. Daruma is famed for their chicken teriyaki udon served in a dreamy broth and is well worth checking out this weekend.
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