6 Sydney Restaurants and Cafes to Visit this Weekend

By Lauren Hunter
21st Aug 2015

No weekend is complete without a veritable pig-out or three. So, will yours be with fish and chips, jerk chicken, or a beachside wine? Here are six Sydney restaurants and cafés you should check out this weekend.

Johnny Lobster

Crows Nest

Fish’n’chip like you’ve never fish‘n’chipped before at Johnny Lobster. A clear vision of the future of Australian seafood take-aways (and dine-ins!), the bright colours in the dishes and the walls convey a freshness that become a fish‘n’chippery swimmingly. Serving up sustainably sourced, chef prepared fish (and fried chicken), without any greasy batter to be found, we recommend the lobster roll with mayonnaise, potato, dill and celery salt. If you’re dining in, the lobster in chermoula butter with two tails, grain salad and yoghurt promises and delivers the dash of fanciness every weekend needs. To be sure, one cannot nip down to Johnny’s without nipping up some of their famously famous chips. Using seasonal Australian potatoes, hand-cut, and thrice-fried, Johnny Lobster will have you floating in an ocean of bliss. 

Salmon and Bear


Now that the sun has come out and hibernation is over, cosy up like a bear at Salmon and Bear and celebrate salmon (and other delicious seafood). Focussing on sustainably sourced (and affordable!) seafood and craft beer, Salmon and Bear is a smart bet for a night of weekend unwinding.  Welcoming rustic décor of cabin-like stones, wood, mounted deer heads, and trendy mood lighting, create a smoky vibe befitting their smoky food. Subtly infusing dishes with a charcoal and woodfire flavour in their Spanish-imported oven, S&B knows seafood. With a grizzly plate of both delicious taste and fantastic value, you can shout all your loved ones their choice of fish, sauce, and any two sides and/or salads. With salads including Moroccan salad of grated carrot, orange segments, radish, currants, mint, and sherry vinaigrette, you will appreciate the refreshing menu and change heralded by Salmon and Bear’s new kind of seafood restaurant. 

Gowings Bar & Grill


Those partial to their beef slow-cooked and their pork belly wood-roasted are in for a real treat at this European-style brasserie nestled alongside Sydney’s famed QVB. With a menu that boasts over 50 lunch and dinner items Gowings has something for everyone, offering anything from seafood pies and oysters to crispy-fried butter milk chicken and old school ‘Chicago’ veal. It’s all a little bit ‘Wall Street’ in here, with patrons dining in a dazzling 1950s-style fantasia kitted out with burgundy leather armchairs, wooden floors and mirror-paneled roof. The elegant feel of the space matches the quality of the food: superior.  


Surry Hills

Jerk chicken diehards, listen up! Here’s another Caribbean eatery you need to add to your ever-expanding list. We’re excited about this one because they do brunch as well (Caribbean breakfast plate equals #foodporn) and their dinner menu looks pretty tasty too (we’re looking at you, St Lucian fish pot). Now that they’ve set up shop on Crown Street you should go and check them out.

Abhi’s Indian Restaurant

North Strathfield

There are some nights when nothing in the world could satisfy you more than a good Indian curry, with a warm and fluffy garlic naan bread to mop up all that sweet, velvety-smooth goodness. Well, all you tandoori-lovers out there take heed: we’ve uncovered a real curry house gem, and if you’re located in Sydney’s West you’re in luck, because Abhi's is the place to be. Combining the best local produce with northern Indian flavours this is the lamb korma and butter chicken at its finest.

The Collaroy


The Sun. Is. Out! Go make the most of the unseasonably warm weather this weekend and perch yourself next to the beach at The Collaroy. Fish tacos are a must, while the buttermilk chicken wings with maple and bourbon caramel are the perfect crunchy treat for your weekend. Want to keep it fresh? Go for the vitality salad, it’s a rainbow delight of health and full of all the goodies you’ll need to keep your body happy before you brave the ocean for a quick swim. Go on… You know you want to!

Image credit: The Collaroy

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