With Christmas just one week away (!!!) it’s time to prepare our bodies for all the feasting that’s about to happen… Because there’s nothing worse than tapping out after only one round around the lunch spread. So, what can you do to avoid this rookie error? Expand your stomach by making your way through this list of cafes and restaurants in Sydney, of course. Get ready to take notes.
A café-grocer hybrid, filling up your baskets at Majestic Gourmet Grocer will make for a mean picnic spread for your weekend munching. Or if you’d rather dine in, with a kitchen led by ex-Three Williams chef, Shiman Woo, there’s always something interesting going on at this Petersham cafe. For starters the dish of the month involves squid ink battered scallops with salmon roe, pickled ginger mayo, nduja crumbs and pickled red onions. It’s got to be tasted to be believed.
If you haven’t already paid a visit to this Bondi newcomer, let us tell you that the Peruvian-Asian combo going on at Luis Tan, while unexpected, is pure genius. And the next burst of brilliance from this Bondi restaurant? Rum Cha. Think Chinese Yum Cha with a South American twist available every Sunday for lunch. Here, your san choy bau has been turned into a taco, the karaage chicken is paired with chipotle mayo and your lunch time feasting? Well, it’s just darn delicious, isn’t it?
This one’s fresh from the oven. Having just opened this week, be one of the first to sample the artisan baked goods on offer at Bake Bar in Double Bay. Like always, there’ll be plenty of loaves, tarts and pies available but if you’re wanting something a little more substantial there’s a full breakfast and lunch menu for you to peruse. All your café staples are there from your morning omelette to a chicken schnitty burger at lunch. Dig in!
Cha cha your way into this Mascot restaurant and get ready to sweat because this menu is designed for some serious eating. A bit of a rarity in Sydney, La Boca dishes up Argentinian cuisine with that smoky charcoal goodness thanks to their asador and parrilla wood-fire grills. This means your steak has those perfect grill marks and the flavour to match while the baby snapper offers a lighter option for those not quite up to tackling a 450g piece of rib eye.
The Choc Pot
This one’s for the ones who like to order their dessert first or are just quite simply sugar-fiends (guilty!). If the name didn’t give it away, The Choc Pot in Burwood is a café that takes your idea of indulgence and turns it up another 10 notches. Producing desserts on steroids, their latest addition is a peanut butter brownie sundae that’s piled high with salted caramel ice cream, fresh cream, popcorn and a salted caramel drizzle. Have your dentist on stand-by.
Rejoice that you survived Sydney’s almost-tornado and head north to this South East Asian gem. Yoda is the perfect place to relax and refuel after you’ve paddle-boarded your way around the beach down the road. The betel leaves with nam jim sauce are as refreshing as a ocean dip and the squid sambal sotong is ideal for those who aren’t afraid of spice. Or, if you’d rather curl up on your couch this weekend, then just put in your takeaway order over the phone. Weekend feasting couldn’t get much easier.
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Image credit: Nikki To at Majestic Gourmet Grocers