If there’s one thing that’ll make you feel pretty stoked to live in Sydney right now—warm weather, sandy beaches, and easing restrictions aside—it has to be the sheer speed at which our hospitality industry has recovered from the crazy blow dealt by 2020 and COVID-19. That’s not to say the hardships are over, because in many cases they aren’t, and there are more challenges ahead. But it is super heartening and exciting to see a whole new band of restaurants, bars, and cafes charge up in 2021.
This month, one of our favourite bottle shops has expanded to the east; Chippendale has a brand new contemporary Korean spot, and a hotly anticipated French neo-bistro from some of Sydney's most exciting hospo talent is serving lobster frites on pink paper table cloths.
Here are the best new restaurant and bar openings in Sydney this month.
Korean cuisine seems to be having a real moment in Sydney right now—and let's just say, we are not complaining. The latest addition is Jung Sung in Chippendale's Old Rum Store building. Don't expect Korean BBQ here—head chef Insup Kim has honed his craft in Michelin-starred venues in the States like Del Pesto and A Voce. Using authentic Korean cooking techniques with a little modern polish, it's all tasting menus here with three and five courses offered at dinner time. Standouts on the menu include Berkshire pork with brussel sprout kimchi and peach puree, soy-marinated, and butter-poached Moreton Bay Bug, Wagyu beef (MB 9+) with a 10 year brewed soy sauce, and jalapeno jus.
Jung Sung officially opens Thursday 4 March. Jung Sung is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
Picking up where Lotus 2.0 left off at Challis Avenue, Bistrot 916 is a neo-bistro and the newest Daniel Pepperell venue. Pepperell's legacy includes 10 William St, Restaurant Hubert, and Alberto’s Lounge—so yeah, this is going to be good. He's joined by Michael Clift, whose CV includes the Fat Duck and an eight-year tenure at Rockpool Dining Group, and former Swillhouse group sommelier, Andy Tyson.
As for what all this talent will be cooking up at Bistrot 916, expect to see simple, seafood-centric, French bistro icons with the smack of creative flair this trio has become known for. “There’ll be shucked chilled oysters, raw shellfish served on ice, steak au poivre, and duck frites,” says Pepperell. “As well as some less familiar dishes, like boudin noir spring rolls, or handmade pasta dressed in garlic and snails.”
If you've been pining for a trip to France, you'll be pleased to know Tyson's wine list will feature next-generation French producers, as well as a big selection of grower Champagnes, White Burgundy, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape regions. We're also especially fond of the candy pink table cloths.
Bistrot 916 is open seven days, with lunch available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
They're pioneers in Sydney's natural wine scene—and just a massive bunch of legends—and now they've expanded to the east with a brand new bottlo slash wine bar. Headed up by Mike Bennie and Lou Dowling, P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants' Newtown outpost is our forever go-to for delicious chilled reds, pet nats, orange wines, funky wines, and hard-to-find Aussie spirits that'll seriously level-up your home-made Negroni game.
P&V's fresh Paddington spot is an expansion on the OG bottleshop, bringing the same edit of natural wine to the eastern suburbs, but also includes a courtyard wine bar where you're able to crack open that bottle you just bought for a small corkage fee. There's also space for wine workshops and a French bistro called Porcine that will be open Thursday through Sunday with chefs Nick Hill (The Old Fitz) and Henry Levy (Don Peppino's) in the kitchen. What a vibe.
P&V Paddington is open seven days, from 10am - 9pm.
- AP Bakery, a brand new bakery concept from Ester's Mat Lindsay, Reuben Hills' Russel Beard, and Ping Jin Ng, the man behind the beautiful Paramount House Hotel
- Hickson House, a warehouse gin distillery and bar in The Rocks
- Sammy Junior, a petite CBD cafe and cocktail concept from the award-winning Maybe Sammy and Maybe Frank crew
- RE, a boundary-pushing zero-waste bar from Matt Whiley (Scout) and Maurice Terzini (Icebergs Dining Room & Bar and CicciaBella)
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Image credit: Jung Sung, Jung Sung, Jason Loucas