We’re flying into March with gusto because if you haven’t heard, Sydney has spurted another round of delicious new openings so you’ll naturally just have to work your way down this list. It'd be rude not to.
Here are all the new Sydney openings worth your time this March.
It seems Sydney has become a magnet for specialised spinoffs of bars from the coveted World's 50 Best list. First, we got our very own version of Employees Only. This month, Scout, which placed 28th on the list in 2018, has appeared in Surry Hills. Led by Matt Whiley (The Talented Mr Fox, European Mixologist of the Year, and the brains behind Scout), Scout Sydney is a cocktail experience like no other.
Housed in a hidden room above The Dolphin Hotel (kind of like a very cool, stylish attic), the menu includes 10 original cocktails made from only native and local ingredients and Whiley's special ferments too (banana wine, for example). You'll also find classics like a vodka soda and an espresso martini, all with an elegant Scout-style twist.
We did say that 2019 would be a big year for mezcal. It seems the cool people at Tio's Cervecerua are also onto a good thing, as they have very quietly opened a hole-in-the-wall style bar dedicated to tequila's smokier sibling: mezcal. With room for just 20, Cantina OK! is tiny, but really packs a punch with mezcal sours, margaritas and a lot of good vibes.
Salt meats cheese
The Salts Meats Cheese legends have opened yet another venue and this time around, it’s Sydney’s North Shore that has been blessed with the best. The latest venture is the Italian chain’s seventh installment, reiterating their credibility for serving up some of Sydney’s best pizza, pasta and antipasti. The iconic wood-fired pizzas are of course a standout. Signatures include the slow-cooked lamb calzone stuffed with buffalo ricotta, spinach and chilli. Pair it with a wild-berry spritz for maximum vibes.
Golden Grapes is a new vegan restaurant with iconic wood-fired pizzas providing Glebe locals and plant-based diners the perfect spot to indulge in all of the cruelty-free treats. Tuck into pulled shroom burgers, falafel wraps and some of the best vegan pizzas around–without the guilt.
A microbrewery on Manly’s iconic wharf? Doesn’t get much better. Sip on a few craft ales and tuck into juicy burgers at this waterfront beer and burger bar. Wrap your hands around a classic chook burger with corn-flake crunch, buttermilk fried chicken, chilli and peanut butter, pickled cabbage, carrot, sriracha and naturally wash it all down with one of 4 Pine’s signature brews.
Sister venue to Folonomo and Grazia, Portal Cafe is a not-for-profit eatery dedicated to raising money for charity and providing training and employment to refugees. Dine in the knowledge that you’ve done your bit for the greater good as 100 per cent of profits are donated to your choice of either Rural Aid, Blue Dragon and Eat Up. Philanthropy aside, food is seasonal and sourced from local suppliers. Donate to the cause by tucking into a sago coconut pudding with kafir lime and caramelised pineapple for breakfast or brisket pastrami loaded Reuben on your lunch break.
WENT TO SEE GYPSY
A new local favourite, Went to See Gypsy is a coffee-addict’s dream. With a state of the art coffee brew bar in full view, customers can get a glimpse of the brewing process – seeing the progression of single origins from start to finish. Play it safe and sip on your usual flat-white or opt for The Bob Dylan – a speciality brew with salted pistachio, caramelised nuts and expresso. Menu curated by ex-Cho Cho San head chef Bryan Loong means a chicken katsu sandwich with shaved cabbage, mint slaw, fried shallots, tonkatsu and kimchi mayo.
Landing in the sight of the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurant, Tim Ho Wan, is the new Hong Kong inspired diner, Canton! Canton!. Diner’s need not despair at the loss of a legend as Canton! Canton! has managed to pilfer themselves Tim Ho San’s head chef, Jacky Chan – popularly known as the Dim Sum master. You’ll be able to load up on their signature BBQ Pork Buns, Dumplings (naturally), premium congee or choose from a range of BBQ roast meats from the roast station.
One of Melbourne’s most popular Japanese-fusion restaurants has set up shop on Sydney shores and cue the taste bud excitement. On the SASH menu, these legends are whipping up wagyu truffle tacos, sake buttermilk Japanese nuggets and sashimi pizzas. To wash it all down, hit the yuzu cheesecake concoction or the ever-so-classic Japanese plum wine.
The dumpling legends from Lotus are opening up shop in The Chinese Garden of Friendship. Officially opening on February 1, they have revamped the traditional tea house to create their modern interpretation of Chinese high tea in the space. You'll also find a weekend Yum Cha menu and a localised spicy Sichuan food line-up at night.
It's a burger restaurant with sweet summer vibes providing Avalon locals and beach dreamers alike with the perfect spot to kick back and indulge in home-style American-inspired burgers and shakes. Chef Ben Varela, who has worked in iconic Sydney venues such as The Collaroy, Bistro Moncur and Paddington’s Four in Hand has drawn on his extensive experience to create his own Miami-inspired venue.
It’s all modern Australian-Asian dining at General Chao. They’ve got all the fixings for a mouth-watering seating, from prawn laksa to a 24-hour braised pork belly and of course, their namesake dish, ‘The General’s fried chicken’. And just so you know, there’s a super next level XO sauce made with abalone, truffle and gold leaf.
Ever heard of wine club? The latest craze that we hope stays has popped up in Balmain. The Field Blend Wine & Cheese Store is everything we need in life. If you have a passion for all things wine and cheese, then this needs to be on the top of your list. With grazing tables filled with fresh Australian cheeses and cold cuts, we’ll be drooling in our dreams.
Brought to you by the guys that brought us matcha brick toast (thanks V Lounge), Valet is Cabramatta’s latest addition bearing liquid nitrogen infused ice-cream and mochi doughnut beach balls made from sweet potato, edible ‘sand’ and flower custard. In other words, you’ll want to pop this on your to-do list stat.
The newest addition to Sydney’s fusion scene, SoBar is serving up wood-fired pizza, pasta, arancini — layered with Japanese-style trimmings. It has all the sex appeal of a 90s era European nightclub, with a fiery pizza oven and an unapologetic Campari candy red glow. With a menu led by chef Matteo Corno, there’s green tea spaghetti and (our favourite) Tako-yaki arancini – made with squid ink octopus.
Maybe Sammy is the newest brain baby behind the team that brought us Maybe Frank. The venue has a capacity of 70 with seating split between pink velvet banquets and leather-clad stools and seats, but you’ll find the Hollywood Regency cross Palm Spring vibes really come to life with the huge marble bar topped with gold lamps. The bar team here whip up a string of signature cocktails a little left of centre (in the best way possible) so expect a Thunderbird with Aperol, Americano Cocchi wine, Becherovka, jasmine kombucha and grape rocks. Or if your taste steers more towards the sweeter side, head towards the Flamingo Capri, mixed with Barsol pisco, aquavit, rhubarb, citrus and bitters.
This Surry Hills burger bar is the fourth establishment for the 4 Pines Brewing Company. They’re plating up snacks, sides and the full range of 4 Pines (as expected) and a small selection of wines, cocktails and spirits. Expect the vibes to be chilled and laid back, so you can grab their cornflake-crunch buttermilk chicken burger, sip on a summer ale and let the good times roll in.
Merivale’s latest venture, Totti’s is coming in to rival Sydney’s best Italian joints. Mike Eggert and Khan Danis have set us up for some of the best woodfire meals around. The charcuterie board of your dreams with prosciutto, salami and creamy burrata resides here as does a retro Neopolitan ice-cream sandwich. Located within The Royal on Bondi Road, this place has been revamped to become surrounded by tall olive trees in the courtyard.
Bondi’s Israeli/Middle Eastern institution known as SHUK is expanding again (having already jumped the pond to kickstart its Chatswood cafe) which means more shakshuka, hummus and freshly baked Challah for the folks of Sydney. The relaxed vibes will remain but unlike its Bondi venue, dinner here will be a major focus and you can expect some wholesome family recipes from the team behind this Sydney favourite.
If you caught wind of the 1940s-inspired haunt that opened in the CBD last year called Bopp & Tone, there’s good news ahead. Applejack Hospitality (the crew behind said new restaurant) have kicked off another city stop worthy of your time. June’s Shoppe is small nook all about coffee and toast (or a maple bacon and egg roll) which means your pre-work food antics are sorted.
Previously known as The Deck, Sydney’s newest harbourside venue Altum has solid views of the city from just about every aspect. The food here boasts Mediterranean flavours and focuses on keeping things simple and tasty. Dishes here look like Moreton Bay bugs with grilled citrus and chargrilled beef packed with sheep’s cheese and black garlic.
The Daring Squire
Taking up residence next to the iconic North Wollongong Hotel, James Squire’s The Daring Squire (and 10th brewhouse) preaches everything contemporary with a beer hall stripped back to original brickwork and donned with copper, timber and black metal. You’ll find a heap of gourmet share plates (shout out to the hefty lamb rump and duck fate potatoes) and pizza here plus a bunch of ales like One Fifty Lashes and Close Shave.
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