We’ve got it all sorted this weekend: the ultimate date night, lunch with mum, drinks with friends, dinner with the dog. If you’re looking for brand new restaurants or old time favourites, check out this list of 6 Sydney Restaurants.
Cho Cho San
As soon as you walk into Cho Cho San, a list of friends pop up into your mind that you need to recommend it to stat. The space, minimal yet comfortable, tells you that we’re not just in Japan, we’re in a very, very groovy Japan. The menu is extensive and thorough: ‘Japanese Bolognese’ soft, rich and spicy dry udon noodles, with a chili-bean paste, ginger and pork, or the grilled king prawns with kombu butter, both tickle our taste-buds. Sip on a tangy yuzu cocktail while sampling their extensive raw fish selection. Is this all sounding all too good to choose? Opt in for the Banquet 2: 10 courses of the teams pick for a reasonable price. Cho Cho San, we cho-cho-choose you.
From the team behind Newtown’s Cuckoo Callay, Nour isn’t your everyday Lebanese falafel fix. This brand spanking new 120 seater diner takes classic Lebanese flavours and figures it out right in front of you, with plates to share. Charcoal octopus, Arabic lamb tartar, or something a little more hearty, lamb shoulder or wood roast spiced short rib with nigella seeds and toum béarnaise are both lookin’ pretty good. The baklava ‘our way’ is just a deconstructed adventure waiting to happen. Grab a few (or twenty) friends and enjoy the private dining room, cause, why not?
This is the ultimate first date night venue. Vegetarian, Asian inspired, with extensive gluten free and vegan options ticks off about every box in the dietary requirement section. And it’s pretty damn delish. Try the San Choy Bow with five spice tofu, tea flower mushrooms, glass noodles and peanuts and coriander. The drinks menu is definitely not diet sound, but that is absolutely fine by us. It’s a simple, fresh and laid-back share menu and comfortably busy. You’ll be back for a second date, we promise.
Bouche On Bridge
Bouche on Bridge is the latest in the casual, fine dining domain, a pleasant change of pace from Sydney’s street food invasion. Their brand of causal-fine dining is a contradiction done right. Chef Harry Stockdale-Powell has stepped out of the recently rebranded Rockpool and straight into Bouche on Bridge, serving European food without the fluff. Of particular notes is the lamb, crossing the seas from Tasmania and butchered in-house, asking patrons which cuts they prefer. Sustainability and locally sourced produce sees suckling pigs, beef cheek hotpots and rosy snapper served with smoked white beans and Sicilian olives. Try the Cellar downstairs as well, with espress yourself (ketel one, amaretto coffee liqueur and Single O coffee) and crust buster (liquorice rum base, armagnac, fennel and liquore strega) cocktails satisfying pretty much every craving around.
Butcher and Farmer
When we hear ‘farm-to-table’, we sometimes get a little ‘iffy’ about its authenticity. Butcher and Farmer in Forest Lodge have put us at ease, with suppliers chosen first and foremost based on awesomeness of flavour. Expect to find the life story of the egg farm and pork producers so you know exactly where you food has come from and how it got there. The guys at Butcher and Farmer have transformed the former Rozelle Tramshed depot into a European style, 300 seat restaurant, bar and dining room that includes a butchery, takeaway and providore. The secret star is the broccoli, slow cooked in white wine with chili and garlic. Greens please.
Last year, The Carrington reinvented itself, welcoming pastel pallets, hanging ferns and lighter food – designed for more eating, more of the time. With the classic cheeseburger and succulent steak still on the menu, the Carrington have expanded to include a salt-poached chicken with freekeh, pickled zucchini, green tahini and mint. Roast pumpkin and chickpea salad with duckkah and parsley go gown nicely with a handful of cocktails that tickle our tastebuds. And if you’re looking for a puppy paw-tential place to eat, this is it. All dogs are welcome in the front and back bars. See you there.
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