Can you believe we’re already coming up to the end of June? It feels like only yesterday we were complaining about 40 degree days while smugly taking photos of the beach with the caption “what winter?”.
Don’t let winter chills get you down. These restaurants and cafes in Sydney have some amazing winter warmers on their menu that are worth getting the coat out for.
Yakitori Yurippi has been giving Crows Nest the gift of traditional Japanese yakitori for six short months, and have just updated their menu to bring you the best produce winter has to offer. The mochi wrapped in bacon is all kinds of chewy, bacony goodness and the oden (Japanese fish cake stew) will warm you from the inside out. And, with a range of specially selected sake, shochu and beer coming straight from Japan—we suggest you make a night of it. Kanpai!
Four In Hand
In the words of chef Guillaume Brahimi, this is “gastropub at its best”. Whether you’re looking for a Saturday date night or a Sunday long-lunch, Four in Hand has you deliciously covered. If you find yourself craving a traditional winter roast, head in on Sunday for their hearty take on the classic. Rotating weekly between chicken and lamb, and served with loads of veggies, this is basically like a hug for your belly.
Over the past 13 years, Firefly has become a go to among locals—for good reason. This intimate bar in Neutral Bay is the perfect place to get together with a group and get your feasting on. The menu is made to share and, at less than $30 per person, the ‘Sharing Day Grazing Menu’ is the best way to get a bit of everything. Firefly is known for its selection of pinot noirs, with at least 90 on offer at any time.
Porch and Parlour
By day Porch and Parlour are serving up your favourite gram-friendly #cleaneating dishes, but by night this place transforms into the warmest winter escape. Night Head Chef, Patrick Coleman, is bringing all he’s learnt from working across London and Northern Ireland to the ‘Evenings at Porch’ menu. As usual, we suggest sharing a bunch of dishes and you should definitely not miss the Moreton Bay bug, lobster bisque, pak choi and spring onion with burnt lime. To accompany the food, there’ll be a focused range of natural, organic and biodynamic wines on offer.
Tucked away in the backstreets of Darlinghurst is The Commons, a small bar and restaurant that’s serving up delicious eats and drinks. Heading up the kitchen is Peter Coyle (ex Fix St James and The Bach Eatery) who has created a winter menu that’s perfect for those cooler days. Order some mulled one or perhaps a barrel aged cocktail, and a few sharing plates (the potato skins are deliciously naughty and the crispy skin pork belly is wonderfully satisfying) and relax for a few hours beside the fireplace. Bliss.
LuMi Bar & Dining
If you’re looking to treat yourself this weekend, you’ll want to make a booking at one of Sydney’s best Italian restaurants. With Chef Federico Zanellato devising a super creative degustation menu, prepare yourself for an Italian feast with a Japanese twist. We’re talking dishes like the delicate mushroom agnolotti with rye dashi that explode in your mouth (in the best possible way) and the rich lamb with red miso. It’s unusual, it’s unexpected and it’s oh so good.
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Image Credit: Nikki To at Four In Hand