Image credit: Lisa Brooke for Onde Restaurant
As an inner-city eastern suburb, Darlinghurst is at the heart of Sydney’s booming culinary scene. Whether you’re looking for a quick-snack, cheap feed or full-blown banquet, this foodie’s playground has a variety of eateries to solve every dining dilemma. We give you a snapshot of Darlinghurst’s best restaurants, so you can remain satisfied and full.
Onde is an old French-inspired favourite among Darlinghurst locals. This classic Sydney restaurant has been offering refined and sophisticated meals since 1996 with a dedicated focus on simple, honest produce, with prices that leave you with cash in your pocket. Their menu features a wide range of dishes from a duck liver pate with cornichon, to pan roasted chicken with potato galettes, brussels sprouts and lardon. Desserts such as the chocolate terrine or raspberry parfait are the perfect way to end the night on a sweet note.
Carefully selected wines complement perfectly paired modern British food at Downstairs. The menu transcends the typical Sunday roast or meat and three veg to offer dishes even the Queen herself would approve of. Mains such as the chargrilled spatchcock or twice-cooked veal tongue will surely excite those adventurous foodie tastebuds.
Buffalo Dining Club
Cheese lovers rejoice! Darlinghurst is home to Buffalo Dining Club, an Italian restaurant solely dedicated to showcasing the highest quality cheeses, meats and pastas. The shining beacon on the menu is the fresh buffalo mozzarella that’s imported three times a week from Campania, Italy as well as the cacio e pepe pasta that is served directly out of a wheel of cheese. To ensure that ingredients are always fresh, their menu changes seasonally, but rest assured because there will always be an abundance of cheese to please.
Mr Crackles is the result of the journey undertaken by two professional chefs in search for crackling perfection. If you share their passion for crispy skinned succulent meats then head to this Oxford Street takeaway joint to satisfy your inner carnivore. Try their whole crackling sheets ($25), crispy pork nacho fries ($12) or sticky pork fries ($12), along with sides such as sweet potato wedges and onion rings.
If there’s a line, its worth the dine. Phamish is a modern Vietnamese eating-house dishing out South East Asian street delights. Crispy blue swimmer crab dumplings, fresh rice paper rolls and fragrant curries are just a few of the delicious Asian dishes drawing in the hungry crowds. It is constantly busy so be prepared to line-up most days of the week, but the wait will be well worth it.
Say hello Lucio, to one of they best pizzas in Sydney! Chef Lucio De Falco brings the traditional taste of Naples to the refined palates of Sydneysiders. Well known for their authentic Napoli-style pizzas, you can enjoy the taste of Italy (without the cost of a plane ticket) right in Darlinghurst.
NOM is a refreshing addition to the Japanese food scene in Sydney. This humble izakaya restaurant serves tapas-style traditional dishes designed to be shared and accompanied with the smooth sweetness of sake. They have dishes to cater to any preferences with a variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian options.
Cool and quirky pop-up restaurants are all the rage now, and Café Paci is no exception. Lead by former Marque chef Pas Petanen, Café Paci offers an inventive and seasonal set menu for lunch ($45pp) and dinner ($95pp) in a casual and fun environment. If you want to experience what Café Paci has to offer, head down to Riley Street before it closes its doors in December 2015.
Chef/owner Eugenio Maiale’s love of good pasta has earnt A Tavola its reputation as one of Sydney’s best Italian restaurants. Their regular menu is complemented by a board filled with additional freshly handmade pasta dishes to choose from. A Tavola is perfect for a group function, family lunch or dinner, or casual (but delicious) date.
In amongst the fast-food sushi vendors around Sydney, premium high quality Japanese cuisine can be found in Darlinghurst at Sushi Yachiyo. Beautifully prepared dishes highlight the attention to detail and creativity as seen in traditional Japanese cuisine. The friendly staff are happy to serve you as the chef prepares the food right before your eyes. Following in the trend of eateries in Japan, the venue is small so make sure you make a booking to avoid disappointment.
Alma Bar & Kitchen
Whether you’re after breakfast, lunch or dinner, Alma Bar & Kitchen has got you deliciously covered. In the evening, pair your crispy potato skins with a cocktail from the bar, or go larger with their signature dish of duck confit. If it’s breakfast that calls your name, head in for your morning coffee fix and an order of their prosciutto, goats chevre, avocado and poached eggs. Delish!