Do you like coffee? Do you like pasta? Do you like delicious times with beachfront views? We’re already halfway through the year, but Sydney is still going strong with a batch of new places to eat and drink. It’s hard to keep up with what’s good, so we’ve compiled this handy checklist for your dining pleasure.
Here are all the new openings we’re excited about in Sydney this June.
The Collaroy is the latest makeover project from the peeps at Merivale (they’re getting good at this). The beachfront hotel is spread over two levels: the ground floor serves up breakfast pizza, healthy bowls for lunch, and home-style dinners once the sun goes down. Meanwhile, upstairs it’s seafood galore, and you’ll also have your choice between two bars. It’s the perfect place to chill out after a dip at the beach and also perfect for settling in this winter (because carbs).
Fratelli Fresh has just opened its eighth venue in Sydney and FYI, it’s by far the biggest yet. We’re talking about a chill 550 seats over a mammoth 1,100 square meters for max pasta and pizza times. If that’s not enough, there’s also got a Campari bar (helllooooo negronis!) and a games corner for your inner kidult (or, you know, actual children). They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
Award-winning Canberra roaster Ona Coffee has just opened a specialty coffee house on Marrickville Road, just a few doors down from ricotta-heaven Paesanella. It’s founded by a World Barista Champion, so they take their coffee super seriously and for that we’re thankful. There’s a lot of sleek, blonde-wood goodness going on at this joint and the space has been designed to optimise interactions between the customer (that’s you!) and the baristas. They know their stuff, so feel free to pick their brains about their house-roasted single origin beans and blended roasts before knocking back a few.
On Level 5 of Australia Square, in a space that’s a cross between a bungalow and a UFO, lies Bellucci Cucina. The contemporary Italian menu is courtesy of Teofilo Nobrega, formerly of Fratelli Paradiso, so you can be sure that the pasta will be top-notch. It’s open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday and for dinner Wednesday to Friday.
Castlecrag’s Quadrangle Shopping Village is getting a serious foodie injection, thanks to a multi-million investment from property developer Dr. Stanley Quek (the man responsible for Kensington Street’s makeover). After Holy Duck! and Bistro Mekong, Apera bar and restaurant is the latest foodie addition to the complex. Most of the mod-Australian dishes come from the wood-fired oven, and the cocktail list is big on native ingredients. We’ve got our eye on the pasture-fed lamb shoulder, slow-cooked in the wood oven, and served with chimichurri and warrigal greens.
Black Label Burger Project
We can’t keep up with Rockpool Dining Group. They’ve just opened the mammoth Fratelli Fresh at Darling Harbour (see above), Bar Patrón at Circular Quay, and announced a new The Bavarian outpost at Castle Hill. Now, they’ve got Black Label Burger Project, a swanky restaurant that’s halfway between their premium Rockpool Bar & Grill burgers and the everyday Burger Project offerings. The vibe is “special casual”, meaning table service, real cutlery and glassware instead of disposal takeaway vessels. Plus, they’ve got “adult shakes”—milkshakes spiked with your choice of whisky, vodka or rum.
When Potts Points’ Room Ten and Fishbowl Sashimi start a café collab, expect good things. Side Room has opened on Bondi’s Campbell Parade, on the site of the OG Fishbowl. The menu will be a sure-fire hit with the Bondi lunch crowd, with a solid mix of healthy salad bowls, sandwiches and smoothies, and a decent sprinkling of trending plant-based ingredients (blue algae, charcoal, you get the drift). Get ready to spot the beautiful people.
Paddington, you’ve got a new restaurant and bar in the hood. It’s called The Stables, and it’s got an ex-Bentley chef heading up the kitchen. Food-wise, they do modern takes on classic bistro dishes: see the Black Angus flank steak with radicchio and red wine jus, or the John Dory in a smoked eel and carrot broth, plus the cocktail list changes weekly. If you’re into food and drink that’s innovative, well-balanced and flavoursome, check this place out.
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Staple Bread & Necessities
Staple Bread & Necessities is a tiny bakery tucked in Seaforth focusing purely on loaves of bread and croissant-style pastries. The dream, no? Staple’s award-winning loaf (AKA the country sourdough) will take you to literal bread heaven (trust us, that is an actual place), and after you discover their croissants, and for those a little more extra, chocolate croissants, you won’t want to leave. This bakery is only open Friday to Sunday, so get there quickly because this one’s the real MVP.
KOGI Korean BBQ
Three things: BBQ, Wagyu and soju (unintentional rhyme, intentional tease). Market City’s brand new KOGI Korean BBQ blends these all together in one big bundle of Korean goodness so you’ll be in for their signature marinated beef spare ribs and classic Bibimbap and that’s just for starters. Because it’s a Korean BBQ (did we mention that already) they’ve also got a bunch of premium cuts that are perfect for you to grill up on your personal BBQ. ‘Nuff said.
LAB: The Bakery Café Experiment
If a Korean and European bakery had a baby, LAB would be it. This cultural fusion offers Pablo & Rusty’s coffee plus fresh fruit juices, alongside an Asian bakery that’s cooking fresh sweet and savoury rice cakes every day. We guarantee you right now that this is the only eatery that sells a huge selection of things filled with red-bean paste (the real stuff imported straight from Korea) and “fusion cakes” (taro or green tea flavoured European cakes, go see for yourself).
Originally selling famously delicious burgers out of a food truck, Ketchup Canteen has evolved into a chicken and burger brick and mortar—yes, we’re excited about it. KC’s addictive OG Southern-style fried chicken and thickshakes (so thic) will make you see Ketchup Canteen as a whole lot more than your average burger joint. If you’ve been letting your burger credentials slide lately, get yo’self to Kings Park ASAP.
Gaku Robata Grill
What if we told you a ramen chef fused his Japanese recipes with French flavours? Well, we have real-life proof exactly that can happen and it has, right here in Sydney. Shimon Hanakura has opened a ramen restaurant infused with French influence which means our much-loved Japanese classics like karaage chicken, edamame and agedashi tofu are paired with ingredients like truffle and caviar because they’re #classy.
Complemented by its groovy retro design, Matinee’s menu boasts buttermilk fried chicken burgers and chocolate hazelnut brioche French toast with caramelised banana and buttermilk ricotta, and yessss. And If you’re down to spice up the flavour of your coffee, Matinee’s house-blend is brewed to taste like Neapolitan ice-cream and FYI, it’s aaaaamazing.
Have you ever heard of a fish butchery? If not, listen closely because Sydney now has one all of its very own. This is not just a fancy fish and chip shop (although they do serve up a mean version of one), it’s a seafood-styled butcher with a range of fish we’ve certainly never heard of. Owner, Josh Niland, cuts the seafood to order so it’s fresh AF and the fridge is filled with an abundance of Niland’s freshly smoked and cured produce such as octopus ham and swordfish bacon.
Turka’s fusion of Middle Eastern and western foods is legit—so legit, in fact, the menu is packed with dishes by Head Chef Alex Buharali via his mum’s recipes, straight from Turkey. You get it? It’s goooood. The restaurant’s stone floors and Turkish-styled coloured glass light fixtures complement Turka’s twist on its classical menu. Basically, that means you’ll be feasting on things like tahini hummus, enginar (i.e. artichoke hearts) and izgara köfte (homemade and authentic meatballs). We’re still drooling over Turka’s homemade baklava, so do yourself a favour and order one of everything.
Four Brave Women
Aptly named Four Brave Women, after the four nuns that founded the organsation after arriving in Australia by boat 155 years ago, this new Summer Hill locale is bringing a culture shock in the most delicious way to the Inner West’s already pumping restaurant scene. With Ethiopian breakfast and Iranian lunch and dinner, the rotating menu is delivering all of the choice you so rightly deserve. The eats will depend on who is behind the pans, with refugees from different cultures bringing their unique flavours to your plate.
Husband and wife duo, Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart (also known as the legends behind Hartsyard) have opened Wish Bone and fried chicken as the headline act. This Enmore eatery is serving quality and quick-service food, making it the perfect destination for a meal and a yarn. On the menu, you can find Llewellyn’s famous smoky fried chicken in its natural (perfect, may we add) form or as a Birdy Sando—a burger with guts. Chicken is not all you can expect, with poutine, and sides like mac ‘n’ cheese and creamed corn also making an appearance. Side note: slushies and thickshakes come virgin, with bourbon or tequila… we know which option we’d choose.
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Woolloomooloo’s latest addition, Alibi, is an entirely plant-based restaurant and when carb-tastic offerings like burgers, tacos and lasagne are on the menu, how can you say no? That’s right, you can’t. On top of this, the tipple menu is all about indulging in guilty pleasures so get ready for an epic gin and tonic range, a beetroot mixture featuring chocolate and a ridiculously good concoction by the name of the Enchanted Forest. And yes, you’ll want to order up a dozen.
This brand new neighbourhood gem, Mark + Vinny’s will be a little treasure trove for when you’re craving old-school pasta classics or some experimental takes for when you’re feeling more adventurous. We’re talking about vegan carbonara and all of the health-promoting ingredients thrown into (yep) pasta. And just so you know, the menu will feature a hefty and glorious list of over 50 spritz.
Sydney, you just scored a fresh Spanish tapas (AKA paella) bar you need to get there stat. Eating at Bar Tapa will basically feel like taking an exotic holiday where you can indulge in banderillas, patatas bravas, tostadas and embutidos (FYI these dishes haven’t been subjected to the mighty Aussie-touch #authentic). Plus, jamon hangs from the ceiling. Just ‘cause.
You know it as the American food diner on wheels and #woohoo this gem has just parked shop in Chippendale, home of all the best grubby and delicious feeds ever. Keeping with tradition, the menu here is short n’ sweet with nachos, sambos (the Cuban and fried chicken kind) and yah-huh, dessert too.
Redline Taphouse And Kitchen
You’ll definitely want to hang around here for breakfast, lunch and dinner but let’s just say that after the sun goes down, this place really comes alive. You’re in for local craft brews and classic cocktails, Americana feeds and just some damn solid and glorious service. All dishes are cooked from scratch including (and yes, we’re hinting you should try) the cider-braised pork cheeks. Just do it.
This Paddington newbie is serving up everything from lasagne (that’s actually worth ordering) to a Sicilian-style breakfast that’s more than a couple of pastries and a poorly made coffee. This place has a deli too and that’s where you’ll find hearty take-home meals, the requisite cold cuts, cheeses and pasta sauces. Basically, everything you need to cook up a Barbetta-quality meal at home.
As the name so perfectly suggests, Aloha Mate brings the tropical flavours of Hawaii straight to Aussie shores and just quietly (although it’s already been a hit over the summer) the power couple here have completely nailed it. The bowls (yes, we mean poké), juices and smoothies here are a complete kaleidoscope of deliciousness.
Pizza De Alfredo
The legends at Pizzeria De Alfredo really do make the real deal when it comes to cooking up a mean Neapolitan feed. Expect the famous thin, springy base and puffy crust mastered to a tee. Pizzas here are simple but you’ll also find metre-long beauties, a so-called ‘mystery pizza’ which is different every night and some extra menu options for anyone rolling into this joint who isn’t craving a doughy and delicious pizza feed (cue the moreish seafood linguini and the truffle polenta chips served with a four cheese sauce).
Manly Greenhouse | Now Opening In June 2018
Well Sydney, you’re getting another rooftop-beachfront bar and restaurant. Manly Greenhouse is squeezing into the place of the old Shore Club Hotel and FYI it’s going to take up three whole entire levels. The ground floor calls for coffee and pizza (just ‘coz), the second level means business for some serious charcoal grilled goodies and a cocktail bar featuring the ocean air and all the greenery will quite literally be the cherry on top. How’s that for some good karma?
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