Summer is coming to an end and it’s time to make the most of the glorious sunny weather (which totally bailed on us the last couple weeks). There’s no better way to spend the weekend than with great food and good company in a great location. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or simply traditional, we’ve got six Sydney restaurants and cafes you HAVE to visit this weekend.
Manjit’s @ The Wharf
King Street Wharf
If you think Indian is simply all about the curry and the rice, you’re absolutely wrong. Manjit’s @ The Wharf is showcasing a spectacular and modern take on Indian dining, with a breathtaking view that puts the cherry on top of the ice cream. Manjit’s son takes the place of head chef at the restaurant, delivering epic Fish Tikka fillets with fresh herbs and lime juice, beautifully seared scallops, and slow cooked lamb that just falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. With plenty of vegetarian and vegan friendly options, Manjit’s will leave you wanting more (albeit in a slight food coma).
With their European summer inspired décor, you’ll wish summer would stay forever when at Pelicano. Their Mediterranean style menu boasts a range of share plates (sharing not mandatory), antipasto and mains that’ll satisfy every taste bud. Pelicano perfectly pairs porcini and truffle arancini and succulent Szechuan peppered beef with mustard cream potatoes and kale with their extensive wine list and range of cocktails (cue the drool).
Once you’re belly is happy and your head is in a spin, kick up your heels with their in-house DJ. You’ll burn off enough food to make room for their lemon curd tart and vanilla ice cream and the vanilla panna cotta with pomegranate molasses and honey.
The Plant Gallery
Prepare yourself for an #instagramworthy shot when you feast at Sydney café, The Plant Gallery. Not only will your followers and tastebuds thank you, but your bod’ will too as they deliver all your nutrients and antioxidant needs in one tasty package. Their minimalistic interior blends well with their ‘art of healthy’ motto, with their chef incorporating nourishing and healing ingredients. Covering all your bases from breakfast to dinner, if you’re thinking cauliflower rice, lucuma and turmeric this weekend, The Plant Gallery is the place for you to be.
Gather On The Green
Feel part of the community at Gather On The Green this weekend as they serve up coffee by Mecca and your breakfast and lunchtime favourites. Overlooking Camperdown Oval, the café focuses on sustainability and ethically sourced food and material. Featuring their soul warming take on baked eggs and corn fritters with grilled haloumi, the menu at Gather On The Green delivers on all levels. With tables on the oval, you can bring the kids along and let them hit the colouring pencils, and your four-legged friend is catered for too, with complimentary water bowls outside. Make sure you pick up one of their decadently flavoured muffins baked in house daily on the way out!
Cj’s French & Fondue Restaurant
You might not be chillin’ by the fire with Justin Bieber, but you’ll definitely be eatin’ fondue and more at Cj’s French & Fondue Restaurant. Dip your tongs and delight your tastebuds as you try their Emmenthal & Gruyere cheese blend fondue that comes with apples and mushrooms. With an a la carte menu that features pan-seared scallops on rice and Gorgonzola cheese sauce gnocchi also on offer, who needs Justin Bieber for fondue when you’ve got Cj’s.
If you’re up for an adventure this weekend, hit up Bistro Boulevard on Avalon Beach to bring your tastebuds on a journey, even after the car has stopped moving. Inspired by French dining, their tempura zucchini flowers stuffed with goats cheese will make you realise that the drive was worth it. Opened in 1973, Bistro Boulevard is one of the longest standing restaurants in the area. Their duck confit with braised witlof and orange zest hits every spot, as does their grilled steak with Café de Paris butter and French fries. But don’t stuff yourself just yet, make sure you leave enough room for homemade chocolate mousse and crepes suzette.
Image credit: The Plant Gallery