We’ve done the rounds and put together a li’l (urban) list of some of the best Sydney restaurants and cafes for you to hit up this weekend for feeds that will have your mouth and digestive organs celebrating the festive season.
Lovers and non-lovers of Indian food should all give new Sydney restaurant Indu a try, because it cooks up South Asian food like you’ve never tried before. Say goodbye to microwaved Indian take-away, because Indu is all about freshening up your weekend with the vibrant flavours of the food the locals eat—with a fancy twist. For mains, you Indu’s signature dish, The Great Lamb raan, is always a winner. Marinated and slow-roasted for 48-hours in spices and yoghurt, it’s served up with mint chutney, sweet chilli, onions, and salt. Finish off with a watermelon and fresh mint popsicle to cool down as you unwind in your glamorous surrounds, or as you stroll through the heart of Sydney, soaking up weekend happy vibes (and walking off your new food baby).
The Local Press
Local hot tamale The Local Press, in its sunny corner of Lilyfield, serve up breakfast lunch, and dinner, but we would recommend a feed that pairs well with the coffee they roast themselves (gotta love that DIY!). The Orange Grove Market is held on Saturdays, so what better opportunity to scoop up some Chrissy gifts and then an incredible and satisfying brekkie like the Chilli Pork Shoulder Hash made with confit pork, kipfler potatoes, free range poached eggs, and apple cider hollandaise. Nab a seat outside and get some fresh air, but get in early, The Local Press is super popular with the locals.
Incinerator Café in Willoughby will be donating $1 for every coffee sold from their coffee cart this Sunday to raise money to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. Brewing beans from The Grounds of Alexandria for a great cause, there’s never been a greater excuse to buy 10 coffees to really kick some pep into your Sunday. Why not pull up a seat in The Incinerator’s spacious set-up and line that coffee-drinking stomach? Take in the industrial open roof and open kitchen while taking in some house-smoked salmon pastrami with poached eggs, minted yoghurt, cucumber, and dukkah. Portions are big and flavours are bigger, so the coffee will nicely counteract a food coma. A win-win!
Forage is a little local gem in Marrickville that really does come alive at night. A café in the sunny hours, when night falls, Forage cracks out the sangria and becomes a tapas style restaurant with some legendary signature dishes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. For some crunch, tuck into some salt cod croquettes served up with mustard cream and spicy pickled peppers. The braised Berkshire pork shoulder with caramelised quince and fennel cream, is our pick of the bunch. You might need the help of a friend or two to try as many things as possible on this bangin’ menu.
No matter where you are in Sydney this weekend, the trip to Khao Pla will always be worth your while, because this institution of Thai—where the food rolls out fast; fresh, and furious, you will not leave an unhappy chappy. The crispy crackling on the pork belly moo krob pad prik khing is a revelation for those who love a bit of pork belly in their lives (and in their bellies). The crispiness will take you to the edge and the fresh veggies and spicy prik khing curry will bring you back, delivering a balance and relief that break up dat crunch. Because it is the weekend and because the food here is just so very delectable, you should really think about getting amongst some black sticky rice with sugarcane sauce and Thai milk-tea ice cream.
Meat-lovers unite, because La Boca is a haven for all meats slow-cooked and smoky á la Argentine barbecue. Having shipped in a genuine Argentine fire pit, or asador and parrilla, the smoky smell of barbecuing meat over charcoal will seduce you upon entry. The fire pit is smack bang in the middle of the restaurant, so you can watch your meat being tenderly prepared (they slow-cook everything and anything to a smoky melt-in-the-mouth texture), but we’d recommend you give a few picadas a go. House-made empanadas filled with juicy pork and veggies, in-house pork sausages, and smoked scallops served with fennel jam are a fresh yet meaty way to prep your belly for the meat-fest to follow that will change backyard barbecues forever.
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Image credit: Lisa Brooke at The Incinerator