Sydney knows just how to keep us going throughout winter; by introducing us to fresh bars, restaurants and street food feasts (and a sneaky spa thrown in for good measure), that’s how. It’s lucky that winter clothes hide last night’s feast so thoroughly and leave us room to start all over again tonight, because there is no stopping us this July with an exciting list of new openings sure to soon be referred to as some of the best restaurants in Sydney.
Taking over the space above The London in Paddington, East London is the new Sichuan and Shanghai restaurant fulfilling our yearning for Eastern cuisine. Executive Chef Jack Steer is heading up the kitchen and with a personal wrap sheet including Press Club, Spice Temple, Chin Chin (the list goes on), we’re confident that your stomach will be in good hands at East London. The menu is focussed on regional dishes like bang bang chicken, crispy Sichuan duck and kung pao brussels sprouts. To keep you hydrated, their all-Australian wine list is never too far away and features selections from our most famous wine regions.
Every time a popular burger chain expands beyond the inner suburbs, we do a little happy dance and Burger Project’s move into Macquarie Centre has got us dancing all the way to dinner. The restaurant is pretty huge, like, 120 seats huge and their menu features 13 different burgers (there are five cheese burgers alone), desserts and shakes to keep every single one of them happy. The perfect situation would see you kicking things off with a salted caramel thick shake while you wait for your spicy fried chicken katsu burger to arrive and then wash it down with a slice of blueberry pie. Just maybe bring a mate to share your dessert (and food coma) with—safety in numbers, people.
The newest addition to waterfront dining in the North, the Manly Pavilion heritage-site has had a major re-vamp. Located on the wharf side at Manly Cove, the menu takes advantage of the seaside location by featuring Alpine salmon with eggplant puree, grilled cos, mussels and saffron, cuttlefish risotto and deep fried whole snapper as well as beasts of the land and hearty winter warmers guaranteed to warm you up from the inside. The kids are more than catered for, with a children’s menu featuring chicken noodle broth, bolognaise, grilled free-range chicken with soft polenta or a classic fish and chips.
Destination Roll is the newest player in the banh mi war that’s currently waging Sydney and we can personally vouch for their delicious buns. They have employed the winning formula of freshly baked, crisp-yet-chewy rolls, classic ingredients and couple of signature twists to keep you guessing. Their fillings include pork, meatball and steak and we absolutely recommend that you test out all three (we did), especially since they are so friendly with your wallet, as all great banh mi should be.
Face Plus Medispa
We know, we know, another spa in Bondi—real original guys. But really, Face Plus Medispa is the cosmetic and facial rejuvenation clinic that Bondi Beach didn’t even know that it needed. Their services include laser, facial and injectable treatments such as medical grade enzyme skin peels, platelet rich plasma treatments, anti wrinkle injections and cheek fillers. They’re also leading the charge with IV treatments that boost your immunity and give you a boost in the vitamin department.
Moya's Juniper Lounge
Moya’s Juniper Lounge is a gin focussed cocktail bar that has recently moved in on Redfern. The menu is full of old-world charm, offering you a back-story on each cocktail as well as a break down of each ingredient. A note about the glassware, because it does deserve to be noted, is that each cocktail is served in beautiful and elegant glasses, whether you order one of their signature cocktails or daily specials. Bar snacks are definitely on the menu, including a ham and cheese sandwich which couldn’t be further from your old school lunch, since it is actually a miniature milk bun, topped with crisp prosciutto, lemon ricotta and pineapple pickle.
The best kinds of pizza are simple, delicious and cooked in a traditional wood fire oven. Well, the pizzas at La Coppola are doing just that, delivering pizzas that are as good as any found on the streets of Italy and we love that they don’t overdo it with outlandish toppings like pineapple (sorry, Australia). Instead, they stick to the tried and true classics with most pizzas championing only four to six traditional toppings. Case in point is the Lucia, which features fior di latte (mozzarella), salami, roasted red capsicum, artichoke and semi dried tomatoes.
The Noble Hops
As the name suggests, The Noble Hops is a specialty beer bar with a penchant for the World’s (yes, the World’s) best and lesser-known craft brews. This is not the place for comfort zones, since the tap list changes regularly and we suggest that you ask the bartender for their recommendations so you don’t miss out on trying their latest favourite. Don’t arrive hungry or make sure you pack some snacks, because The Noble Hops is purely a hydration station and you won’t find more than some tasty free popcorn to nibble on. Before you panic, we’ll tell you that La Coppola pizzeria is right across the road and they don’t mind if you BYO pizza and settle in.
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Image credit: Alana Dimou at East London