No meal should ever be boring, and to celebrate the end of one week and the beginning of the next, here are six delicious Sydney restaurants and cafes, guaranteed to put some pep in your step (and on your plate). From boutique Indonesian coffee in the morning, to fried pigs ears at night, your weekend is about to level up!
New in Newtown, Raven’s Eye is a great little Italian American bar and restaurant serving up dishes and drinks chock-full of personality. Bounce into their brick walled, timber finished, relaxed urban set-up, and sip on one of their extra fancy cocktails like the caramel corn old fashioned with buttered-popcorn Bulleit Bourbon, Talisker 10 year old scotch, salted caramel syrup, and orange bitters. With a menu offering bar snacks to fresh pasta mains (hand-rolled orecchiette for the win), you shouldn’t skip the crispy pigs ears with smoked apple and fennel puree. Crunchy, golden, thinly sliced, and served á la basket with waxed paper, pigs ears never looked so good.
Wake up and smell the beans! When you need a weekend breakfast coffee with a difference, you make your way to Aslan Café. The face and king of boutique Indonesian coffee in Sydney, at Aslan, the bean is boss. With coffee in your cup and as part of the décor, Aslan preaches an appreciation of fine coffee, from the grower to your gob. Baristas are constantly brewing three different kinds of Indonesian coffee so you will find something the cuppa for you. Couple your caffeine hit with their breakfast bun, a firm fave, stacking crispy bacon, fried egg, rocket, tomato relish, and sweet chipotle aioli, on a Japanese bun. For the sleepers-in, you can’t go wrong with the lunch special of Swiss brown mushrooms with crispy polenta, baby rocket, pumpkin puree, poached eggs, feta, and dukkah.
Don your provincial French garb and settle in for a night of some of the best provincial French food in Sydney at Onde. Enjoy the mellow lighting and relaxing vibe as you unwind, making your way through Onde’s ever-shifting, and always-beloved menu. For the lovers of the classics, don’t skip the duck confit (the caramelised apple makes for the happiest of campers). Their crisp polenta with globe artichokes and tomato relish is the crispiest and best-balanced stack of polenta wedges you’ve ever eaten. For some joie in your vie, tuck into some pear tartin. It’s fun to say and better to eat, and pears nicely with Onde’s eclectic wine list offering a range of wines by the glass and 375ml carafe.
You can come for breakfast, but the burgers are where it’s at. Head into Danno’s Café for lunch this weekend (with an empty belly) and have a seat outside in the fresh coastal breeze as you inhale (or attempt to inhale) The Primo Burger—a skyscraper of two wagyu beef patties, American cheese, crispy bacon, fried onion rings, homemade chipotle mayo, and a jalapeño croquette ‘popper’. If you’re up to the challenge, you can’t go wrong with their twice-fried chips, and for the bravest of all, you can’t go wrong with the Elvis milkshake: a peanut butter, banana indulgence that will have you rolling gleefully all the way home for a much deserved siesta.
Park Hyatt Sydney
It’s always a bit heartbreaking when that winter chill in the air shatters your dreams of dining by the water. Fortunately, The Dining Room at Park Hyatt Sydney has absolutely stunning views through floor to ceiling windows so you can dine inside in toasty comfort. We’re not sure what’s prettier, the view or the food! For five star luxury during the working week, The Dining Room offers very reasonably priced lunches from just $39 with a glass of vino.
Niji Restaurant & Bar
This chic Japanese izakaya and sushi destination isn’t going to stay queue-free for long, so get here while you can! Niji's top-notch sashimi is aptly presented with plumes of dry ice, and every piece is truly heavenly. Salmon fans will adore the punchy tartare with crispy taro chips, but it’s not just a seafood party. Don’t miss the wobble-licious pork belly with crunchy bottoms and a smoky finish, or the sake cocktails, which are as moreish as they come.
Image credit: Lisa Brooke at Onde