When it’s been a long week (read: you overdid it on Australia Day and the rest of the week was a washout), the last thing you want to do is spend time thinking about where to fill your stomach on the weekend. Don’t worry, my little roast cauliflower, I have taken the stress out of life and made the decisions for you.
Here are six of Sydney’s best restaurants and cafes for you to visit this weekend.
Sometimes, you have a hankering for the classics. You want to forget bee pollen sprinkled onto something that you can’t pronounce, and just want a damn muffin topped with ham, a gooey poached egg and some creamy Dijon hollandaise. Yep, you want a classic eggs benny. Annandale’s Café Revolver will give you just that: a damn good brekky without the bells and whistles. Of course, they can always mix it up for you with their trout rosti, with corn, capsicum relish and avo. For the lunch crowd, I hear whispers that their ultimate cheeseburger will cure anything that is troubling that head of yours.
It’s always a good idea to head to Hong Fu when the desire for a dumpling strikes (which, if you’re anything like me, is every day). Be aware, there is usually a line - but it’s worth the wait and you can spend your time in the line thinking about just how much you want that Chinese goodness that is about to find its way into your stomach. Of course, the noodles are always hand made, which is an added bonus these days. Thank us later!
Small Bar & Kitchen
Finding a spot for date night, pre-drinks, or catch ups is easy when you remember the pull of Small Bar & Kitchen in Kirribili. Here, the cocktails are flowing, and the small plates are very tempting indeed. To kick off the night, it’s got to be the hoisin and cola lamb ribs and a glass of red from their tempting wine list.
People from all over the globe (and those from up the road) have been flocking to Speedo’s Café in Bondi for years, for everything from their early bird, post-swim coffee and breakfast requirements, to their lazy lunch needs. You’ll find a deliciously healthy focus on the menu here, with no sacrifice on flavour. The pink pittaya bowl is not only the most ‘grammable thing you’ve seen all year, but you can simply feel the good it’s doing to your body. Of course, you could go the other way and indulge in the triple stack pancakes or one of their Insta-famous cronuts. #Balance.
Suzie Q is one of the best, and most well-known cafes in Surry Hills for a good reason: it’s just really awesome. The friendly faces behind the counter know all about your hunger pangs and will serve you up some hearty grub that is always made with love. Try their daily baguette special for something out-of-the-box, or you could always stick with their classic breakfast at Epiphanie’s.
The Nun’s Pool
If there is a prettier place to get a great breakfast (or lunch, if it has been a slow starter) in Cronulla, then point me in that direction, because The Nun’s Pool is a firm favourite around these parts. Always perfectly plated and roll-your-eyes delicious, the menu here keeps it simple, with favourites like house braised beans, or peach, berry and orange blossom yoghurt. Worth the drive if you don’t live in the area… Seriously.
Image credit: Nicola Sevitt at Speedo's Cafe