Let’s face it, Christmas time is upon us and with it comes stressful shopping trips, visits from long lost family, work Christmas parties and the hangovers to match. With a mid-shopping recharge, The Tea Rooms will top up that festive cheer while Pub Life Kitchen will have you bouncing back after a boozy night out with your work mates. Pasta and noodle options will keep you going this week and we are encouraging you to ditch those pre-summer diets because there is a lot to get through.
One Ford Street
Little Italy has arrived in Balmain and with a menu described as “non-fussy, casual feasting food using amazing, fresh produce” by head chef Sam Bennett (Bourke Street Bakery, Glebe Point Diner and Fix St James) so you will be in safe hands. Hanging planters, shelves packed with flourishing herbs and an outdoor patio will have you feeling like you have just nipped off to Nonna’s for dinner, rather than down to the local pub. For a completely hassle free night, opt for the ‘No Fussypants’ sharing menu which is only $65 per person and will fill you up on the chef’s favourites. Sounds pretty good to us!
This brunch institution has just come out with some legendary new ways to start your weekend. Upping their egg-game, they now have some delicious matcha hotcakes with coconut espresso, and the pulled pork benedict will have you wondering why you've stuck to salmon all these years. Le Monde's cult-status rosti is still well and truly on the menu though if you're looking for a classic crispy potato winner.
Pub Life Kitchen
For the ultimate burger in Sydney, you needn’t look any further than Ultimo for the cheesy and meaty perfection that is Pub Life Kitchen. There are five burgers on rotation at this burger mecca, but in our humble opinion The O.G will do just fine. It’s loaded with 200g of salt aged beef patty, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato and aioli all stacked on top of shoestring fries. Yep, it’s well worth the ensuing food coma. Plus, if you want to learn the tricks of the trade, head burger man Jovi is hosting the ultimate burger masterclass at Salt Meats Cheese this weekend. So get on that.
The Candelori family want to wrap you up on a big Italian foodie hug this weekend, with their newly renovated restaurant and jazzed up menu that promises the authentic food and beautiful wine they have become famous for over the past 35 years. For a true Italian experience order the milk fed baby goat with rosemary, kale, artichokes and duck fat potatoes (drool) or the hand cut pappardelle osso buco ragu. We haven’t forgotten about the wine, of which there are many to choose from.
Jugemu & Shimbashi
Deciding between teppanyaki and perfectly crafted soba noodles is not ideal on a Saturday night when hunger pangs are strong and the desire for fresh and delicious Japanese food is even stronger. The soba noodles at Jugemu & Shimbashi are made fresh daily in house with organic buckwheat that is hand milled for each batch and every bowl that hits the pass oozes perfection. If you prefer a more high-energy meal then request a seat on the teppanyaki side of the restaurant, but don’t panic, you can order from both menus regardless of your seat assignment.
465 The Avenue
Head to 465 The Avenue this weekend for a breezy summer Saturday evening with good food, great wine and a killer cocktail list. The food menu is an eclectic mix of pub classics with a fancy twist, light salads, and share plates. Start the night with an antipasto board between friends before moving on to a more substantial Christmas piggy; a slow braised pork belly with sweet and sour spice, chats and cherry sauce. And all without crossing the bridge!
Got room for one more? Go on and add this newcomer to your weekend feasting.
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at One Ford Street
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