Food & Drink

Everything You Should Be Excited About Eating In 2017

By Mollie Maloney.
17th Jan 2017

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ICYMI 2017 is a foodie’s dream. If there was ever a year to get those thighs out and start slapping them hard, 2017 is it—we’re talking about a drum roll, geeeeez guys. 

In 2016 Merivale and others welcomed the tired Oxford St in with open arms, Chippendale launch one of the most popular restaurant hubs, if you haven’t feasted down Kensington St. you’ll want to get there STAT, and Barangaroo became, well, just pretty damn cool. 

When it comes to 2017 it may have a hard act to follow but it’s holding its own (and we’re only a few weeks in). Prepare those bellies for the list of foodie dreams; here are 15 new Sydney openings we’re losing sleep (and salivating) over, they’re that exciting. 

Betty’s Burgers

Darling Harbour 

Set to open in March this year, these Shake Shack-style burgers are ready to join Sydney’s (rather extensive) sloppy joe hall of fame. Eaten on the regular by Queensland burger lovers, these burgers are made with love and a whole lot of tasty. Betty’s also sells thick shakes and concretes—dessert made of custard ice cream topped with, well, pretty much everything. We are counting down the days for this one. 

Matcha Mylkbar 

Surry Hills

Calling Melbourne home, Matcha Mylkbar is fiiiiiiiinally expanding, cashing in their frequent flyer points and opening up shop in Sydney. Australia’s first matcha café, this vegan deliciousness showcases matcha in most of their menu items (makes sense). You name it, they’ve got it. The Wiz Kale-Leafa smoothie promises big things, and the blue latte (algae, ginger lemon and coconut milk) is a hit amongst the locals. Not for the faint hearted, this is a vegan heaven if ever there was one. 

Chicken Confidential 


Luke Mangan is opening up his first of five organic burger joints, Chicken Confidential. With fried chicken wraps, burgers and salads drawing inspiration from Korean, Indian and Chinese cuisines, we are willing to put money on it that you’ll be coming back again (and again). Keep an eye out for this joint at the bottom of Chifley tower, set to open in February. There will be lines. 

Kitchen By Mike At The Airport 

International Airport 

Finally, an excuse to actually get to the airport 3 hours early. In between duty free perusing, Kitchen By Mike is THE airport destination, with the same Roseberry Homestyle cooking, serving delicious salads and all-things wood-fired. Fresh bread will be flying In from his CBD restaurant No 1 Bent Street on the daily, as well as fly by Mike—the takeaway option that means your meal can be packed into an in-seat dining tray. 

Chin Chin 

Surry Hills 

Chin Chin—the restaurant, the myth, the legend. Where art though and WHY oh WHY has it taken so long. According to the South East Asian hotspot’s owner, the due date is August 2017. Melbourne’s had you for too long Chin Chin, our stomachs are ready. 



Fresh to the ever trendy Kensington Street hub, Olio is coming straight out of Sicily and landing smack bang in the middle of the Old Rum Store in Chippendale. With olive oil from head chef Lino Sauro’s Sicilian family farm, this new Sydney restaurant will deliver pretty much everything you could dream of to satisfy your Italian craving. 



Inspired by 90s TV series Twin Peaks and looking like the tiki bar of our dreams, the team from Earl’s Juke Joint are mixing it up with Jacoby’s. The drinks are all things rum: remixing syrups and shrubs in-house, as well as pumping out a pretty decent wine list. Think of the best beach sunset you’ve seen, multiply it by 7, add a Sippy straw and you’ve got Jacoby’s. 



From the team that bought us Vini, 121BC and Ester, this restaurant-bar-café is perfectly located just next to Angel Place, rooming up with CBD staples, Felix and Est. With produce-led, fresh Italian over shared spaces, this is the pre-concert, post-concert, pre-party, post-party restaurant for 2017. 

Sotto Sopra 


Delicious news is headed to Sydney’s Northern Beaches. A fresh addition to the Newport scene, Sotto Sopra is a new restaurant run by The Spit’s Ormeggio chef, Alessandro Pavoni. Fresh, light, handmade pasta with lots and lots of seafood in a 49 seat space, think lots of glass and a communal table. Beach meets chic. 


Surry Hills

MasterChef judge and well known Melbourne chef George Calombaris is set to open his first Sydney restaurant mid-way through the year, and it’s looking very, very Greek. Think upmarket souvlaki meets Sydney dining—Elektra has that modern twist on simple food. 

Lankan Filling Station

If anyone has a spare space/room/restaurant speak now, chef O Tama Cary is looking for a home for the best Sri Lankan street food in Sydney. For the moment, you can find her at Carriageworks night markets. The famous ‘hoppers’ (pancakes of rice flower and coconut) are topped with savoury curries and sambals, and have been popping up in different restaurants all year. Once the site has been secured, expect lines out the door at Lankan Filling Station. 

Matt Moran at Barangaroo


Chiswick, Aria, Opera Bar, and North Bondi Fish all have one thing in common: Matt Moran. Grabbing fresh ingredients from his family’s dairy farm at Badgerys Creek, Moran has always stuck to the motto, fresh is best. The latest offering is a new, un-named 3 level restaurant in Barangaroo, and we couldn’t be more excited.  

Bar Ester

Surry Hills 

The legends at Ester are bringing a fresh face to Surry Hills, set in a new boutique hotel in the Paramount building. Opening in Spring, this bar-focused establishment will go down just as nicely as the wood-roasted kingfish head with nori tapenade does at its Chippendale sister. 

Untied and 12-Micron 


Sydney’s done a pretty good job at bringing some of its best restaurants to Barangaroo, and this brand spanking new restaurant meets bar, Untied, and the more up-market restaurant, 12-Micron, are excellent examples. Both stemming from the same management, Untied is a rooftop tropical paradise celebrating all things seafood and 12-Micron will boast 270 degree view of Syd-vegas. The foods not all that bad either (if we’re being honest, it looks bloody delicious). 



Add it to the list, shebang sheboom, Bondi has officially gone food-crazy. It’s beyond us how they fit bars, restaurants, toast bars, raw bars, and one of Australia’s best beaches into one crazy postcode. Blanca is the first Australian venture for Finland’s celebrity chef, Tomi Björck (ex-Quay chef), with a huge menu and delish pastry selections coming in 2017.  

Now that you've got breakfast, lunch and dinner down pat, check out 10 Hobbies to Start in 2017. 

Image Credit: Chin Chin

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