Spring has well and truly sprung, and with the weather warming up there are zero excuses for staying in this weekend. So if you need a bit of inspo for which cafes and restaurants in Sydney to visit this weekend, we’ve got plenty of suggestions to get you out of hibernation.
The Rice Den
We would totally sign a petition to officially change ‘Sunday’ to ‘Sumday’ if it meant eating at The Rice Den’s Dim Sum Sundays every weekend. In the meantime, enjoy a Sunday feast of an assortment of dim sims, with everything from lamb spring rolls to chicken and prawn shumai and even a stir-fried mushroom pancake. At $25pp for a set menu, that’s Sumday lunch deliciously sorted.
Majestic Gourmet Grocers
Everyone’s favourite new Petersham food hub, Majestic Gourmet Grocers is finally opening for dinner from Thursday to Saturday, and we couldn’t be happier. Think crispy pork ears, pork and pistachio terrine followed by a fall-apart lamb shoulder. For now it’s BYO, so take advantage of this before they become licensed (which will be any day now!).
Paradise Road Diner
The newest American joint to get our bellies rumbling is Paradise Road Diner. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can get your waffle fix any time of day at this new Bondi restaurant. Breakfast is full of American goodies to help you through any hangover, from the brisket hash with fried eggs and tomato relish, to a classic ham, cheese and tomato omelette. As for lunch and dinner, the cowboy is a carnivore’s must—a beef burger with onion rings, BBQ sauce, cheese, bacon and tomato relish (drool). Stick around for dessert and ask for the off-the-menu peanut butter and jelly sundae, often served with an appropriate song and dance from your waiter. Because Bondi.
If your weekend brunch is best served with a Bloody Mary or a mimosa, then head to Miranda Hotel for their hair of the dog seasonal weekend breakfast. There’s plenty of delicious eats to be had, from avocado with Persian feta, to field mushrooms with poached eggs and a potato rosti. If you’re a stickler for the classics, then there’s all your favourites with everything from scrambled eggs to house made muesli with fresh fruit and yoghurt. White Horse is the grind on offer as well as freshly squeezed juices for those who prefer their brunch boozeless.
Via Napoli Pizzeria
A staple for any weekend dinner is pizza, and the guys at new Surry Hills pizza joint Via Napoli know what’s up. An a la carte menu is available, but why not sit back and let someone else do the hard work of choosing your meal? With three different set menus on offer, there’s a menu for any type of eater. Starting with a plate of antipasti with all the classics from arancini balls to stuffed eggplant, followed by a metre-long pizza (or two metres if you’re going all out).
Beccafico Bar & Trattoria
Does Italian for breakfast, lunch and dinner sound like the perfect way to eat your way through the weekend? New Waterloo restaurant Beccafico Bar & Trattoria is the place to do it! Sit in the courtyard for a weekend brunch of smashed avo with house smoked ricotta, or for the sweet tooth, delve into the panettone pudding with mascarpone, red wine poached pears and amaretto. Dinner plays on all the traditional favourites with veal saltimbocca, prosciutto and sage with potato puree, and braised lamb shoulder sauteed cavolo nero and black garlic puree. And there’s no way you could leave an Italian restaurant without having tiramisu. So go on, eat your heart out.
Image credit: Nikki To at Majestic Gourmet Grocers