If there was one thing we learnt in school, it’s that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Oh, and that one must have a dedicated lunch hour and that dinner is a sacred meal to be enjoyed among loved ones. Basically, we all learnt that food is life and eating is key.
So, in preparation for a delicious weekend ahead, please put on your game faces. This weekend is for eating and we’ve got six Sydney cafes and restaurants in which to do it.
If there’s any reason to venture into the CBD on a Saturday, it’s this. After recently undergoing refurbishments, Yayoi Gardens is officially back open and is as delicious (if not more delicious) than ever. If you head in for a lovely dinner, go for one of the set menus, $60 will get you six courses, and $80 will get you eight. Talk about a bargain! You can also go a la carte, if that’s more your style.
Sitting happily (and gracefully) just above The Winery in Surry Hills, Champagne Room knows that Sundays can be depressing and wants to make them juuuuust a little bit easier with the introduction of Sundays I’m In Love, a Sunday session to beat all others. Think delicious food, flowing cocktails, endless Champagne and DJs spinning delicious beats that will make you forget all about the looming Monday. Don’t forget to order some nibbles, namely the famous chicken liver parfait.
Here’s another reason to venture into the CBD on Saturdays. During the week this small bar, café and restaurant brings a little European holiday to your work lunches and drinks, but now White Rabbit is opening its doors to hungry Sydneysiders on Saturdays for breakfast. If you’re anything like us, you’ll go for the ultimate eggs benedict with Frenched toast as well as house cured salmon to get you in weekend mode. The chorizo omelette will make you feel right at home too, and don't leave without their nutella croissant and muffin mashup.
What is a weekend without a few tacos and a couple of jugs of margaritas? Not much. Inner West Mexican joint Cantina Bar will fuel your tequila habit nicely. Feeling meaty? Grab yourself a rack of BBQ ribs and get the saucy goodness all over your cheeks because damn right you deserve it. Want more cocktails? Your prayers have been answered. These guys have a solid selection. Go for the passionfruit mojito and bring summer to life.
Am I the onyl one that has semi-inappropriate dreams about the perfect katsu sandwich? Probably not (I hope). Word on the street is this place has the equation down pat, and the blend of cloud-soft white bread, crunchy panko coating and juicy pork with a healthy lick of Bulldog sauce (it’s like a Japanese BBQ sauce) and a hint of mustard is nothing short of miraculous. Of course, if you wanted to try something else, you could always partake in Oratnek's breakfast menu, perhaps the banana loaf with caramel butter would suit you fine? You never know until you try.
Oh, dumplings. Oh soft, meaty, sometimes soup-filled dumplings. How you make everyone’s life better at the mere thought. If there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s that Chatswood dumpling house New Shanghai knows how to do dumplings right. Of course, you’ve got to get stuck into a soupy xiao long bao, but then you simply must explore the main menu. Perhaps it’s a weekend for cold noodles with drunken chicken, or maybe you’re more in the mood for the slow braised pork belly with sweetened soy sauce. Either way, there’s no wrong move at this Sydney dumpling palace.
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at White Rabbit