If you’ve been under the impression Randwick is just a junction of buses and overwhelming intersections, think again.
Over the years, this bustling piece of the Eastern Suburbs has transformed into a hub packed with an iconic heritage-listed cinema, hole-in-the-wall Spanish bars and a restored corner-pub beefed with all the Sunday roasts you could ever need.
Here are all the best restaurants in Randwick.
La Sen is a Vietnamese hot spot in Randwick serving up traditional rice paper rolls, pho noodle soup and green papaya salad. This gem has taken the place of Café Ciao, and though the food may be completely different, the charming and cosy interior remains. For a slab of comfort, you’ll want to hit the wagyu beef pho which is their best selling noodle soup.
Spanish cuisine-lovers listen up. Del Punto is the glorious late-night hole-in-the-wall tapas joint you need to be all over. Here, there’s a bar staff like no other (read: absolute legends) and there’s a signature paella made to order that can be made vegan, veggie and even without seafood. Del Punto is also known for churning out their classic pomegranate martini pumped with Pama pomegranate liqueur, gin and Grand Marnier and shaken with fresh lime juice.
Named after a fishing village south of Kuta in Bali, Jimbaran is your resident sweet spot when you’re craving a Balinese feast. Here, you’re in for fresh seafood like the grilled snapper served up chopped chilli and sweet soya sauce, deep fried soft shell crab and the winning Padang curry with chicken or duck cooked slowly in coconut milk and mixed spices and herbs.
Chimichangas, fajitas, enchiladas, we could go on. Poco’s is an absolute destination having sat on the same corner for 12 years, it’s in an area of Randwick donned as The Spot (about 100 metres down the road from Del Punto and right across the road from The Ritz). This Tex-Mex joint brings to life some of the biggest frozen margaritas you’ll ever see (the kind that towers past the top of the glass), craft beers and the type of guac you wish you could order by the bucket.
Lebanon And Beyond
After opening back in the day on the bustling Alison Road, Lebanon and Beyond quickly became a Randwick institution, and it’s easy to see why. The restaurant caters for all tastes, from vegan to the self-proclaimed “biggest” meat-eaters. This no-frills gem whips up some of the most flavoursome baba ghanoush, hummus and labne around (courtesy of the mix dip plate which you should obviously order) and for the ultimate feed, we suggest you knock back one of the spinach pies filled with spinach, tomato, onion, carrot and feta cheese.
For Randwick, the refurbished pub known as The Dog is where it’s at for watching sport on big TVs, drinking craft beer on secluded balconies and a packed beer garden worth all the hype. Here, there are over 59 brews on tap so you’ll be short on nothing to quench your thirst and chefs sling out some mean pub feeds including beef and bacon cheeseburger spring rolls. If you’re into activities, you can also score witty trivia Wednesdays, a roast every Sunday and specials pretty much every time a major sports game hits.
The plant-based restaurant is a sanctuary for all the vegans and vegetarians, and can definitely change a few carnivores’ minds out there. With a large list to choose from, absolutely everything is plant-based, from the bacon to the beef and chicken. Wash it all down with one of their specialty coconut shakes and trust us, Soul Burger will easily become a regular thing for you.
Serving up fine wine and a delicious modern-Australian feast, you’ll quickly realise why this place is a stand-out establishment. At this gastro-pub, keep an eye out for the prawn and crab ravioli, the sticky soy lamb ribs and a southern fried chicken burger packed with all the slaw, cheddar, bacon and chipotle trimmings. If you’ve got the room for a side, the baked potato with sour cream and chives is an absolute must too. Should you hit this one up on the weekend, there’s an epic Sunday session bearing $10 jugs of Mountain Goat Pale Ale.
Mammas And Papas
Mamas and Papas is the family-owned restaurant you need to hit for all the homely vibes. For starters, it’s the simple but deadly delicious crostini that trumps over all else – a pizza style bread brushed with olive oil and your choice of olives, feta and chilli garlic, herbs and shaved parmesan. Your middle man dish should definitely revolve around the baked camembert with port wine and inserts of garlic and fresh herbs served with crusty bread and to finish off, it’d be rude not to conquer the Nutella pizza.
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