Glebe is the neighbourhood home to leafy streets, artisan markets and no-frills eats.
On the restaurant line-up, you’ll find everything from one of Sydney’s most iconic Middle East institutions to a hard-hitting ramen bar worth the food coma.
Here are all the best restaurants to try in Glebe.
Glebe Point Diner
The focus at Glebe Point Diner circles around zero-waste, which means an ever-changing menu based on what ingredients are seasonally available. At this feasting zone, it’s the duck liver pate with housemade pear jam that drives the locals crazy.
Adding an Italian stallion to this list, Ombretta is definitely a stand-out in the mix. With a solid blackboard menu and an ever-changing dish line-up, you can expect the feeds here to echo all things locally-sourced and sustainable. Your go-to has to be the fresh cream-filled buffalo mozzarella curd mixed with grilled zucchini, tomato, basil pesto and charcoal crostini alongside an order of Ombretta’s homemade focaccia doused in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
It’s home to some of Sydney’s best sangria and Sydney’s absolute best burnt-butter hummus. Thievery is one of the city’s tastiest modern Middle Eastern joints, in a decked out garage-style space. The team here is constantly changing up the food list with epic banquets you should absolutely get around but regardless, hit up regulars like the Lebanese fried chicken with black garlic mayo. Should the sweet tooth cravings hit you hard, go for the baklava cocktail, a stellar mix of bourbon, amaretto, lemon, pistachio and honey.
For a taste of Southern America, The Charleston is your go-to around these parts. Order up anything from buttery jumbo prawns which ooze in mac n cheese, a smoky fried chicken burger or live your best life every “Taco Tuesday” and hit the $5 tacos and $10 margaritas. The crew here also spins out solid takes on organic and vegan-friendly vino as well so there are your post-work drinks sorted.
Badde Manors Café
One of the first cafes to open on the strip of Glebe Point Road back in 1982 was Badde Manors. This cosy corner nook is a vegetarian institution pulling foodie inspiration from the likes of Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Mediterranean regions. With all food prepared in-house daily, Badde Manors is also one of the most accommodating restaurants around, so should you need anything gluten-free, nut-free or vegan, the team here has you covered. As for standouts on the menu, it’s the mushroom risotto pumped with truffle oil, asparagus and garlic toast that the people keep coming back for.
Right along the popular stretch of Glebe, you’ll run into Ramen Goku. On a cold winter night, Goku is the place to be with its incredibly warming atmosphere and steamy noodle soups. Here, the team serves up tonnes of variations of traditional ramen with four bases to choose from—soy, miso, salt and tonkostu ramens are on the docket along with the ever-iconic karaage, katsu curry and tako-yaki. Those who aren’t feeling the need for a heavy meal, check out their mini menu with smaller versions of popular dishes.
Pizzeria da Alfredo
A hint of little Italy in this foodie suburb comes in the form of Pizzeria da Alfredo. The kitchen is whipping up dishes that are traditional to the town of Naples. Known for their metre-long pizzas, they don’t shy away from any flavours to fall on the crust. The Diavola (devil) is recommended for those who can handle their chilli, with San Marzano tomato, fior di latte, hot salami, parmesan and basil black olives. And if you’re looking for a cheeky little treat to end it, their angioletti (fried pizza dough) con Nutella, is just enough sugar to hit the spot.
With a pretty full-on tapas menu, diners will be sent to the stars at Despana. Chock-a-block with Spanish classics, get the kitchen to whip up a plate of patatas bravas, chicken skewers and even a tortilla Espana, all using imported ingredients direct from Spain. But the best of all is their legendary churros served up with melted, gooey chocolate.
Salt & Palm
Who needs to head to Bali when you’ve basically got it in your backyard? Salt & Palm have created a menu full of Indonesian favourites. Sit outside in their courtyard underneath the palms for serious tropical vibes. Their happy hours run from Tuesday to Sundays and patrons can grab two cocktails for the price of one. So, order up a coco mojito to hit the spot with your fried garlic-brined chicken wingettes.
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Image credit: Thievery.