The week is over, and so is the nightmare of leftovers and uninspired dinners. We’ve lined up some stellar Sydney restaurants and cafes where you can celebrate your free time with a slow, hearty feed, satisfaction guaranteed.
The Powder Keg
An authority on everything gin, The Powder Keg is home to 120 varieties of the stuff. But it is the climatic season to make merry and what makes us merrier than super-creative mulled wine? As beautiful as it is lethal, we recommend you pair this Instagrammable beverage with some of The Keg’s Dutch and English-style eats. Think pastrami pork fillet with crackling, barley, apricot and black garlic. Get crack-a-lackin’!
Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta
Throughout August, Italian restaurateur of Bondi Icebergs fame, Maurice Terzini, will be plating up a “back to the classics” menu. Consisting of five classic Italian pasta dishes for $22 each, you can expect to be wowed by dishes such as Bucatini All’ Amatricana, made with rare breed pork, cured in-house. Make this monthly special extra special by bringing along some friends so you can share all the goodness—and don't forget to snatch a slice of Da Orazio's Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, in whom so many have found true amore.
JB & Sons
Burgers are the new fish ‘n’ chips by the beach, and JB & Sons has nailed this new Aussie tradition. Both a bar and a burger joint, offerings include weekend belly-busters like the ‘Son of a Gun,’ a Southern fried chicken burger with slaw and hot sauce, coupled with add-ons like jalapeno poppers with five cheeses. Subdue the fire in your mouth with a choco-vanilla ice cream sundae, featuring favourites such as Oreos, pretzels, and salted caramel sauce. An unforgettable weekend feed, the faint-hearted will need the recovery time on Sunday.
Wild Pear Café
Take a walk on the Wild (Pear) side and stroll on down to this Dural delight of a café this weekend. Constructing statuesque arrangements of enoki mushrooms on their pan-fried mushrooms with a sage burnt butter, frizzled egg, feta and walnuts, every dish here is tall and generous. Save room for Wild Pear's vanilla bean panna cotta served with rhubarb syrup, Turkish delight, fresh mint, figs, strawberries, and a wispy crown of pashmak fairly floss. Get it or regret it.
Your place for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, all weekend long, Sydney restaurant Wilhelmina's has an ample Modern European menu showcasing the best of local produce. Nibble on a duck leg with charred cos, burnt orange, pumpkin, and jus while sippin’ on a li’l somethin’ from their biodynamic organic wine list or local craft beer selection. Do your bit for the environment as you treat yo’ self to the things that are both finer and greener at boho-chic Wilhelmina’s.
Northside gem, Papi Chulo is offering a winter warmer menu, which promises to bring a little sun to this unpredictable weather. Offering two courses and a glass of wine or beer for $35, you get your pick from signature barbequed dishes such as Rangers Valley wagyu brisket, and fresh beach side feeds like jumbo king prawns with lemongrass and coconut dressing. Okay, so it's not technically available on the weekend, but it is from Monday to Wednesday, between 5:30pm - 10pm, so draw out the weekend vibe and swing on by.
Image credit: The Powder Keg