50 Of The Best Restaurants In Sydney’s Inner West & Beyond

By Anna May
10th Jul 2017

best restaurants inner west

As you can probably tell, we love creating a good list up in here. We love it so much that we just can’t stop rattling off line-ups of Sydney’s best restaurants.

This time around, it’s all about the best restaurants in Sydney’s west, where every cuisine under the sun has something to offer your appetite. Whether you’re hunting for delicious pho in Bankstown, epic Indian in Harris Park, or simply some truly banging modern Australian fare in Newtown, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 50 of the best restaurants in Sydney’s West to wet your whistle.

  1. El Jannah, Granville: Where the chicken is perfectly juicy and the garlic sauce is nothing short of heavenly. Extra points for extra pickles.
  2. Jasmin1, Leichhardt: Everything you see on the menu here is made in-house, and by golly gosh does it show. We’ve been known to go in and simply feast on bread and dips.
  3. An Restaurant, Bankstown: Unquestionably some of the best pho in Sydney. Spilling broth all down your self is part of the pleasure, but bibs are available if you really need it.
  4. Forage, Marrickville: Nothing but good times, great wine and a locally sourced menu to boot here. 
  5. Hong Fu, Parramatta: Some seriously bad-ass dumplings, and pork so perfectly soft it is served with gloves? We’re there.  
  6. Thy Vietnamese Eatery, Bankstown: Vietnamese-style street food is where it’s at here, so order extra helpings of the banh cuon thit and enjoy every last bite.
  7. Efendy, Balmain: Top up on borek and baklava at one of Sydney’s best Turkish restaurants, and don’t skimp on the house cocktails.
  8. Badde Manors Café, Glebe: Carnivores will be none the wiser at this vegetarian eatery, where the falafels are fresh and the eggplant and the tofu and pinenut rissole is hearty.
  9. Aperitivo, Leichhardt: Oh, delicious Napoli-style pizza in Sydney, how you take our week from good to great at the mere whiff of mozzarella. 
  10. The Henson, Marrickville: You say pub, I say restaurant. The karaage chicken burger is the stuff of dreams. Sweet, artery-clogging dreams. 
  11. Bloodwood, Newtown: Head in with a group and tackle the banquet menu while sipping on a barrel-aged Martinez and forgetting about everything else in the world.
  12. Oscillate Wildly, Newtown: Be prepared for a sensory journey at this institutional restaurant in Newtown, where decades of experience between the team are put to great use.
  13. Shanghai Night, Ashfield: Nothing hits the spot better than damn good Chinese, and you better believe that’s what you’re getting at Shanghai Night. The seafood combo in XO sauce is a must. 
  14. Thai Pothong, Newtown: Without question some of the best Thai food in Sydney. The betel leaf prawns and Chinese broccoli crispy pork are non-negotiable.
  15. Great Aunty Three, Enmore: We love this spot, where the pork belly banh mi is crispy, and the rice paper rolls are moreish. Tally ho!
  16. Alfie & Hetty, Glebe: Trying to choose which roast to share will be one of the toughest decisions you will ever make. Hint: The escargot is all kinds of epic.
  17. Seed Greek, Petersham: No amount of piping hot haloumi will cause us to grow tired of this Petersham restaurant. Go all out and order the papia (twice cooked duck) and thank us later.
  18. 21 Thai, Rozelle: Talk about a warming winter feast; the lamb shank massaman, or salt and pepper tofu will hit the spot every time.
  19. Hartsyard, Newtown: We wish you all the luck in the world choosing between all of the delicious dishes on the menu; although we wholeheartedly encourage you to try the fried chicken.
  20. Lentil as Anything, Newtown: Pay what you feel, and you’ll no doubt be feeling damn fine after this delicious meal that is guaranteed to give you the warm and fuzzies.
  21. Filicudi, Five Dock: When it comes to comfort food, these guys know how to do it right. Hoe into their penne Siciliana for all the carby feels. 
  22. More Rice, Dulwich Hill: Nothing makes us happier than a restaurant that knows exactly what we want. Grab a red duck curry as well, just for good measure.
  23. Ginger, Harris Park: If you’re on the hunt for some of the best Indian food in Sydney, look no further. You’ll be having mildly erotic food dreams for weeks.
  24. Red Pepper, Strathfield: Yes, you’ll have to head to Strathfield Sports Club to find this place, but you’ll end up with some of the best Korean fried chicken you’ve ever tasted.
  25. Sud, Concord: From the guys behind Gatto Matto, it is carb city up in Sud Italian street food, so don’t feel guilty about an extra helping of Italian doughnuts.
  26. Tan Viet Noodle House, Cabramatta: Their crispy chicken skin that is pretty much the reason we get out of bed every morning.
  27. Flying Tong, Enmore: The only place to eat your weight in fried chicken judgement free.
  28. Ecco, Drummoyne: Go for the views and stay for the food at Ecco. A bottle of wine or a beer wouldn’t go astray, either.
  29. Iron Chef, Cabramatta: Whether you’re after yum cha or an epic banquet dinner, there are over 200 dishes to keep you guessing. 
  30. Cremeria De Luca, Five Dock: Okay, so technically this is a gelataria, but they serve gelato burgers, so obviously we can justify dinner there. 
  31. One Penny Red, Summer Hill: There are far too many things on the menu to choose between: plum and molasses beef short rib or Gooralie pork neck being a few. Go with the ‘trust the chef’ menu to cover all bases.
  32. Two Chaps, Marrickville: Two words: Pasta night Tuesdays (technically, it’s three words). Be there or be square.
  33. Righetto Osteria Romana, Haberfield: The menu varies day-to-day, but the eggplant parmigiana is the stuff of dreams.
  34. Temasek, Parramatta: Some of the best laska in Sydney can be found at Temasek, but best order the char kway teow as well. Y’know, for research.
  35. Delhi ‘O’ Delhi, Newtown: Start with the stupidly addictive Khasta Raj Kachori and be sure to include the saag paneer.
  36. Kazbah On Darling, Balmain: One of the original Sydney Middle Eastern restaurants, you can get your fix at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 
  37. Zeus Street Greek, Drummoyne: Who doesn’t wish they could relive their Eurotrip with a delicious gyros? Get your fix right here.
  38. Continental Deli Bar & Bistro, Newtown: If cold meats are considered a meal in your books, you’ll never regretting overdosing at Continental Deli.
  39. Abhi’s Indian Restaurant, Strathfield: Cover all your bases with the banquet menu at this famous Sydney Indian restaurant, the flavoursome Goa fish curry is the stuff of dreams.
  40. La Disfida, Haberfield: Nothing hits the spot quite like the woodfired pizza here, the diavola is a hit for all the spicy lovers out there.
  41. Taj Indian Sweets & Restaurant, Harris Park: Vegetarians will rejoice in this delicious Sydney Indian restaurant that will appease even the most carnivorous of folk. 
  42. Vinh Phat, Cabramatta: You may be in for a wait if you head to this Sydney Chinese restaurant, but it will be well worth it for a serving of their perfectly plump prawn har gao. 
  43. Golden Times, Ashfield: The times will indeed be golden at this Chinese restaurant at West Ashfield Leagues Club, where the banquets will guarantee a food coma.
  44. Momiji, Burwood: We have reached the heavenly ramen section of our list, and people will write epic poems about the incredibly flavoursome broth at this Burwood restaurant. 
  45. New Shanghai, Ashfield: Dumplings, dumplings, and more dumplings are on offer to keep you satisfied here; although the hot, spicy and sour noodle soup is similarly off the charts. 
  46. Yume Sushi, Drummoyne: Locals rave about this hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurant in Drummoyne where you can always count on fresh, healthy, and satisfying cuisine.
  47. Surjit’s, Annandale: Challenge yourself to what is known to be one of the hottest curries in Sydney while spotting your favourite cricketers on the wall of fame.
  48. Oriental Tuckerbox, Parramatta: Want more amazing laksa in Sydney? You’ll get it for less than $10 here.
  49. Acre, Camperdown: Nailing the farm to table concept, there’s no other place you’d rather be stuffing yourself silly on a sunny day.
  50. Emma’s Snack Bar, Enmore: Homestyle kebabs made to order have never been classier. ​

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Image credit: Michelle Grogan at One Penny Red

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