With less than 100 days until Christmas (we wish we were joking), the year is well and truly underway. If your New Year’s resolution was to get out more and take in all of what this great city has to offer, but you haven’t quite started yet, (we swear we aren’t judging) you still have time.
This is your week to finally tick Sydney restaurants off your list. Here are 6 of the best Sydney restaurants to check out this weekend.
Rising Sun Workshop
Because we are all really tough and manly and like footy and sharks and stuff (ahem), Rising Sun Workshop is our new fave hangout. It’s the latest place in Newtown to tend to our much loved motorcycles (let’s pretend we have one each), drink really good coffee, slurp noodles and hang out with mates. The Japanese inspired half-motorcycle workshop and half-café serves three ridiculously tasty flavours of ramen and are open for brekkie, lunch and dinner. With Young Henry’s Natural Lager and Cloudy Cider on tap, it’s the perfect spot to share a cold one with your mates and talk all things motorcycles (or you know, anything else that tickles your fancy).
Latino Flavours at The Bank Hotel
Revamped pubs are popping up left, right and centre, but our money is on The Bank Hotel (ha, get it?) as one of the best. The King Street institution in Newtown offers exceptional Latino flavours thanks to SoCal’s Zac Smart who has ventured to the other side of the bridge to take over the kitchen. With a charcoal barbeque, the beer garden now channels a back lane festival with a relaxed vibe and a Latino influence. The food is incredibly bueno too, including the spring salad of hot-charcoaled barbecue and buffalo mozzarella, which is definitely our pick for this weekend.
Spring Menu at Bistrot Gavroche
If someone mentions très bien French food in Sydney, chances are that they are talking about Bistrot Gavroche, a restaurant that transports Sydneysiders to Paris sans the hefty airfare and jetlag. Although we hate to admit it, we do all love a scandal, so of course we are crushing on the new spring menu, which features Cauliflower Cream ‘Dubarry’ and Avruga Caviar. Rumour has it that the dish was named after Madame du Barry, the last official mistress of Louis XV, King of France. Oooh la la!
Sunday Sundown Sessions at Vernon’s Bar
They say Vernon is a casually dapper gent who loves a few too many good gins, great company and fabulous food, and honestly, he sounds like a guy that we want to be friends with. Luckily for us, Vernon’s Bar in Summer Hill is inviting Sydneysiders over for Sundown Sessions on, you guessed it, Sundays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. So if we ever go missing on a Sunday afternoon, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll find us listening to some live acoustic tunes, eating too much pâté and drinking at least five Basil Gimlets with our great mate, Vernon.
Indu Spring Menu
The ever so vibrant Indu is celebrating all things spring with an excellent new menu that we can all get behind (and happily eat). The Indian-Sri Lankan restaurant is all about fresh, seasonal produce that is inspired by village culture, flavours and local hospitality. Our top menu picks for our fave season include the hot-smoked rainbow trout with lime and cardamom infused coconut milk, tamarind compressed roe and crispy trout skin (yes) and for dessert, the peanut semi-freddo with jiggery popcorn, chocolate mousse, salted caramel and cocoa crumbs (double yes).
Lebanese Pop-Up, Cubby’s Kitchen
They say behind every good kid is a great mum (do people say that or did we just make it up?) so Toko Group’s Matt Yazbek’s mum must be pretty excellent for him to name his latest venture after her. Cubby’s Kitchen is Yazbek’s latest Lebanese pop-up restaurant that has allowed him to explore his Lebanese heritage with the help of his mum, Cubby (so cute, you guys) and his siblings. Sharing a space with Crown Street Fish Shop, Cubby’s Kitchen menu includes Yazbek family recipes, including Basturma Rock n’ Rolls made of 3 month aged beef, goats cheese and Cubby’s pastry, say it with us, yuuuuuum.
There are also 7 pretty great spring things happening this weekend, FYI.
Image credit: Nikki To at Cubby's Kitchen