It’s hard to pick what is the best part about dining in a group. Catching up with friends? We suppose so. Trying out somewhere new? Always good. Ordering a bunch of stuff to share so you get to taste even more food than normal? We have a winner!
From some of Sydney’s best (and more group friendly) restaurants, we find the best group menus that are guaranteed to please.
Nobody puts on a spread quite like Jasmin1 Leichhardt. This is the kind of place where you need to wear your designated eating outfit (ie. Elasticised pants), because the food is generous, delicious, and addictive. Cover your table in hummus, babaganoush, falafel, tabouleh, kofta and kibbeh and you’ll be satisfied for weeks.
Cho Cho San
Not only is Cho Cho San one of the coolest new restaurants in Sydney, it also has a menu which is pretty much begging to be shared with a group. The Japanese style izakaya has some standout dishes, like fried eggplant and pork steamed bun, but if you’re going with your gang, check out the banquet menu. Loaded with delicious dishes (and you can always add on extras) it’s a sure fire way to take the anxiety out of ordering.
One Penny Red
We all know someone with a few trust issues, but dinner at One Penny Red may change all that. The ‘Trust The Chef’ menu for group dining is a delicious bounty of four courses designed to share amongst your pals. We’re talking dishes like king prawns, 16 hour lamb shoulder and banana and salted caramel beignets. The menu changes up seasonally but you can have faith that it will always be delicious.
Japanese tapas. Two of our favourite things to eat all rolled into one, and this north side haunt churns out the goods. With so much on offer, the tasting menu is probably the way to go, serving up 5-6 dishes selected by the chef. The Japaz crew are super sweet too, so if you have any particular dishes you want to try you can let them know and they can work it into your meal. Sounds like a quality eating session to us!
Vine has been keeping the people of Double Bay and beyond joyfully full with their contemporary French-inspired menu. With a menu designed to share, this light-filled dining room is the perfect place for a long lunch full of slow cooked lamb, pumpkin gnocchi and plenty of laughs.
Typically Sydney, Gazebo is the kind of place you go with your friends to relax, eat, drink and look amazing. It’s an easy thing to do, when the menu is taken care of and you know your roast snapper with clams, king browns, artichoke and hazelnuts is on its way, you can just sit back and remember why you are friends with these weirdos in the first place.
Via Napoli is the kind of place food lovers dream of. A bustling suburban pizza joint that serve pizza by the metre. Seriously. You order as many metres as your group could possibly demolish, choose plenty of different toppings and then admire the centrepiece. Not only is it all a bit of fun, but it’s been crowned the best pizza in Sydney. We’re happy to eat the crust alone. It’s next-level wood-fired goodness.
Straight across from Manly beach, Manly Wine has been bringing the goods to the beachside suburb, offering a knockout menu any time of the day, but the shared menu is what’s got us talking. You don’t need to tell us twice that we need to stuff our faces with the roast chicken, streaky bacon, gruyere, avocado and pepper aioli sliders.
Image credit: Nicola Sevitt for Gazebo