Sydney never slows down when it comes to opening kick arse restaurants and bars that just get us. Whether it’s rooftop bars bringing the summer vibes, inner city cocktail bars with killer margs or a next level poké spot that’s saving us from a boring desk lunch.
Here are all of the very best new Sydney openings we’re excited about this September.
Melbourne’s much-loved Rosetta is finally bringing fine Italian dining to Grosvenor Place in Sydney. The real focus here though is on the next-level food menu—all produce sourced from sustainable local suppliers. The menu heroes seafood throughout all courses—from antipasti to primi. And while we’ve got our eye on the classic pizzas and pastas, made in-house daily, we’ll also be ordering one of the milk-fed veal dishes. Moving on to dolce, you can’t go past the house-made traditional cannoli or the Torta di Verona, a glorious tiramisu-esque creation with mascarpone cream, crunchy sugared almonds, and blueberry compote. Our bodies are ready.
The legends behind your favourite beachfront bar, Bucket List, have just opened a poké bowl shop in Greenwood Plaza and you can consider your daily work lunch #sorted. As you’d expect, everything on the menu at Nudefish is fresh AF and with a boat to bowl ethos, all seafood is sustainably sourced from Australian and New Zealand fisheries. The menu is small and concise with a mix of classic poké options, a build your own bowl bar, plus a few miso broths thrown into the mix. Like we said—everything here is fresh AF.
China Diner has moved into Double Bay and just like their O.G. restaurant in Bondi, the menu is packed with traditional Cantonese dishes, each with their signature modern spin courtesy of Executive Chef Jack James Steer. Think crispy pork bao with apple and carrot kimchi and sriracha mayo, or chicken and sesame ‘Chiko’ spring rolls dipped in a sweet blood plum sauce. Fans of their Bondi joint will be pleased to know that a few old faithfuls have made the cut, but when new additions include chicken and sweet corn soup topped with a truffle foam, who would complain?
Wake up dreaming of pizza? Rosebery’s latest Lebanese-style brunch spot has got you covered. These guys are serving up the breakfast of champions and yes, we are talking about pizza. These babies are topped with everything from smoked salmon to kale pesto to mushroom, chorizo, and even fattoush. We also have to mention the waffle menu, because yep, there’s a menu dedicated to these American staples. They’re all gluten free and rotate through flavours like sweet red velvet hash brown waffles with smashed avo.
Misfits is Redfern’s newest hangout for bites and booze. The retro interiors (think poppin’ neon signs) and laid back vibes make this the perfect addition to the inner west bar scene—true to the Redfern locale, this one is as quirky as you’d expect. Downstairs is all about the food (here’s looking at you charred octopus), while upstairs is the cocktail lounge. You need to order grab the chilli margarita cocktail (don’t question it), or knock back a few premium tipples on the rooftop terrace, which ICYMI, is peak Sydney.
Wings X Tins
Wings X Tins is coming to Sydney and for lovers of an ice cold brew and finger licking good buffalo wings, this one is a no brainer. These legends take their wings very seriously, so they’ll be mixing it up each week with specials like bacon wrapped wings, double fried and served on a waffle with hot sauce, maple syrup and lime aioli. And surely we can all agree that waffles and fried chicken is a God damn delicacy. Other honourable mentions are the smokey chipotle BBQ wings, classic cheeseburger and loaded fries. Get here.
Frenchies Bistro & Brewery
Frenchie’s in Rosebery is another of Sydney’s new kids and they’re all about bringing the Parisian bistronomy culture to Sydney, at an affordable price. Well, we’re sold already. Founded by two ‘Frenchies’ living in Australia, you can expect a LOT of beer and food pairings with Head chef Thomas Cauquil bringing his experience in Michelin Star restaurants to the bistro, whilst head brewer Vincent De Soyres combines his expertise from the Lyon brewing industry and numerous Australian breweries to his craft beers, which are all brewed on site. The entire menu is seasonal and we’re all about it.
Level Seven Rooftop Bar
Level Seven is a brand spankin’ New York inspired rooftop bar at Primus Hotel Sydney and we all know that’s the best kind of rooftop bar. Once upon a time (like, last week) this little slice of heaven (because wine) was only available to guests but doors have officially opened to the public and you can consider Saturday night sorted. Their signature drink proves that they get you because it’s a rosé spritz and life is now complete, but hold onto your hats people because it also comes in popsicle form which will come in handy when you’re lazing poolside this summer (yes, there’s a pool too).
Bistro On The Greens
Bistro on the Greens is South Coogee Bowling Club’s fresh new (you guessed it) bistro. This one is light and bright, with a flowing floor outdoor slash indoor space that brings the salty sea breeze all day long. When it comes to the food it’s all about the share plate and you know what that means team, no FOMO. Tuck into arancini di zucca, a huuuuge selection of wood-fired pizzas and for your hungry friend (there’s always one) The Greens “mega burger”. It’ll definitely give you that pre-game energy boost before you hit up the bare foot bowls.
Bay Vista Dessert Bar
Bay Vista Dessert Bar is south Sydney’s answer to ridiculous desserts and now it’s headed for the west. This place has it all. No really, the menu goes on for days (near enough anyway). Yes, they serve traditional desserts (think Cannoli, log cake, and banana split) but the fun doesn’t stop there. The menu also has cakes and pies, eighteen different flavours of sorbet and ice cream, share plates (fondue for two, anyone!?), scrolls bathed in icing sugar, pancakes and waffles done pretty much anyway you want, your own customizable bucket of ice cream (um, YES), crepes, and even froyo. Phew, we’re tired just thinking about it.
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