If you’re like us and you’ve got Glee’s rendition of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ playing on repeat, all your black clothes are in the wash because you have NFI what else to wear when the mercury drops and you’re fresh out of two-minute noodles, fear not. We have you absolutely covered on the food front.
With epic daily specials, Sunday roasts almost as good as your Gma’s and truffle month celebrations… here are the best winter menus that you need to get around right now.
Oh yeah, we're kicking off this epic article with the big guns. The legends at Terminus (more specifically, chef Colin Fassnidge) are bringing a knockout selection of winter nosh so if you thought a ploughman's board with cured meat and chicken pate was the answer to your cold-weather blues, think again because that's just your pre-feast get-up. What you're really here for is the slow-cooked beef cheek pie, the pork roast and um... the gnocchi with burnt butter and mushrooms. No biggie.
Celeb chefs Luke Mangan and Maggie Beer have teamed up to create a collaborative winter menu that may just knock your woolly socks off. The Glass Brasserie weekday Wine Bar Lunch menu features Maggie’s signature mustard pear stuffed chicken and seville marmalade glazed pork belly. Topped off with a complimentary glass of wine, #winning.
Shorties Bar And Dining
We have your last supper sorted at Shorties. We’re talking a Sunday roast which consists of slow-cooked beef brisket with salt & vinegar potatoes, roast carrots and gravy. Oh, and it’s served in your very own giant Yorkshire pudding. Pair this winter warmer with a home-grown wine, craft beer on tap and some funky soul tunes… suddenly your Sunday ain’t looking so frosty.
We are loving the cosy beachy vibes at Deckhouse Cafe. Breaky options to warm the soul like spiced pear chia pudding or truffle milk eggs. Lunch-wise, you have to get around the lamb rump with ratatouille and black garlic crumb… you’re welcome. Sydney winter at the Woolwich dock is looking pretty darn spesh.
To celebrate truffle month, the legends at Watergrill are serving up fish and lobster mornay pies with truffled potatoes. We’re o-fish-ally paying attention. Pair one of these babies with a glass of rosé and an instaworthy backdrop and you’ve got yourself a weekend destination worth kicking the Uggs off for.
The winter menu at Flying Fish fundamentally exists to prove to y’all that the cooler months are worth de-rugging for. With snazzy harbour views to match the spectacular seasonal food options, we are suddenly craving an obnoxiously long lunch. The menu is designed to surprise the palate and with choices like yellowfin tuna with fennel mousse and puffed rice, we’re sure it will do just that. FYI, to celebrate truffle month these guys are letting you top any side dish you desire with some truffle lovin’. Holy Mackerel…we’re in love.
To help us get out of hibernation for the last month of winter, Hartsyard is hosting a month of deliciously long lunches. The newly refurbished joint, which is known for its ‘finger and fork’ share dishes and fresh, seasonal ingredients, will be putting together a set menu every Saturday throughout August. Staying true to its ‘heavy on the veg and seafood’ style, menu- wise we’re talking plenty of fresh fish and warmed oysters… aaaand there’s more! The guys are teaming up with Sparrow and Vine for endless glasses of delicious wine to ensure you’re warm from the inside out. Let’s just say our ‘Harts’ are in it.
The Wine Library has been revamped just in time for us to cosy on up this winter. Welcoming a new sophisticated share menu with additions like Hiramasa kingfish and beef tartare, they’ve officially amped up their dating hot spot game. And on a side, go for the beef cheek. It’s like happiness on a whole other level.
The Royal Hotel
We are always down for a Sunday roast with all the trimmings that doesn’t break the bank. Got your attention? Leichhardt’s heritage gem, The Royal Hotel has started churning out lamb and beef roasts (changing weekly) and it’s definitely a kind of roasting that we are wanting to take part in.
The Ternary Restaurant
It’s only appropriate that The Ternary is offering up a trio of hearty winter warmer dishes. The name does come from the Latin word ternarius – ‘consisting of three elements’ after all. The menu additions include chicken tikka masala for that hot n spicy kick you’ve been longing for, a wagyu rump steak and a cheese board… because, well, cheese is always invited to the party. And with all dishes offering wine pairing options, it would be rude not to, right?
The daily specials at Tudor Hotel are making us feel all warm inside this winter. The old-school local joint has introduced ‘Pie and Pint’ Thursday’s, ‘Shank and Shiraz’ Tuesday’s and of course, the almighty Sunday Roast. The best part? They won’t have you digging too deep into those puffer jacket pockets.
In an attempt to get us all out of our ultra farshun trackie dacks and woolly socks, the legends at Chefs Gallery have taken one for the team and introduced two new menus this month. All of the ingredients focus on celebrating fine winter produce. We’re talkin’ all our Chinese faves like crispy duck pancakes, wok fried fresh seafood and sweet and sour pork. Get over there quick smart though because the menus are only available for a limited time.
Looking for more carb-loaded feasts? This burger-joint has a hidden bar in the CBD.
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