Eating Inspo | Where To Eat This Weekend

By Alice M Davidson
8th Jul 2016

The Wine Room The Dolphin

We know it can be tricky on the weekends to plan your meals just right and make sure that you are completely satisfied with your choices. It’s our life goal here at The Urban List to make that choice just that little bit easier for you. Here are six Sydney restaurants that you should definitely consider trying this weekend, and we can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.  

The Eight 


The Eight Restaurant has recently had a transformation and is introducing a new concept into their menu. Firstly, they have upgraded their yum cha, giving a modern interpretation to the traditional dim sum dishes (there’s 120 items to be exact!). Secondly, they have created a modern Chinese Sichuan Banquet using Cantonese cooking techniques with special Sichuan flavour. To give you a little taste, the banquet starts with a refreshing cold appetiser either of drunken chicken infused with Shao Xing Wine or a slow cooked beef shank in special sauce. But don’t forget to order ALL the sides as you’re going to want to try them all! 


Surry Hills 

Longrain is all about sharesies. Their South East Asian dishes with fresh, zingy flavours are all designed for sharing, inspired by the communal eating philosophy of the Asian table. They’ve got salt and pepper tofu, stir fried sambal prawns, aromatic spiced yellow curry and whole crispy fried market fish, to name just a few. There are a lot of plates to choose from, so if can’t bear to choose between all the great sharing plates, they also offer a banquet menu. And, this just in, Longrain have gone BYO ($10 corkage per bottle) on Sundays and Mondays meaning you can end the weekend with a bottle of wine and start the week with a bottle of wine—can life get any better? 

The Paddington 


Merivale continues to kill it in the Sydney restaurant game! The Paddington in Paddington (obvs) is one of their latest ventures, offering the perfect mix of relaxed pub and cocktail bar with, of course, a world-class dining experience. The cocktails have been crafted by Palmer & Co. alum Sam Egerton and Toby Marshall so you know they are going to be simply AMAZING. The rotisserie menu includes chicken with fries and cos lettuce, with executive chef, Ben Greeno knowing the secret to a moist chook. Make sure you leave room for dessert (which we know you always do) as you can’t go past the pear and ginger pudding with burnt honey ice cream! You’ll be drooling for days. 

Brewtown Newtown 


Brewtown Newtown has added some dishes to their menu to warm you right up this winter! For breakfast, the omelette with hand made chorizo is a real winner as is their French toast with their own take on Nutella. Lunch sees a warming seafood chowder on the menu and, if burgers call your name, the soft shell crab on a squid ink black bun should be on your radar. The guys at Brewtown Newtown are famous for their sweet, sweet pastries (the Brewnut being one of our faves) so, of course, they have created some new sweet sensations such as the Brewtown Kouign Amann (BKA for short). This is a twist on a classic French pastry that has a buttery croissant filling on the inside and a crunchy salted caramel toffee on the outside.

El Camino Cantina

The Rocks

If you haven’t checked out the newest Tex-Mex restaurant in Sydney, you damn well should do it this weekend! El Camino Cantina is the latest venture of the Urban Purveyor Group (The Argyle, Fratelli Fresh and Sake) and definitely lives up to this prestige. Boasting two huge bars, they’ve got over 100 different varieties of tequila and mezcal. This place completely embraces the Tex-Mex style with neon signs everywhere and two restored chevy trunks overflowing with complimentary chips and salsas! They’ve got all the Tex-Mex classics on their menu with our favourite being the grilled mahi mahi tacos and the red pulled pork enchiladas. There’s also a late night menu for those of you who need to soak up all those margaritas. Fair warning: the margaritas are strong.

The Wine Room At The Dolphin

Surry Hills 

The Dolphin in Surry Hills has undergone a huge transformation and has finally opened their third and final space, The Wine Room. This intimate room offers 35 wines by the glass and over 150 by the bottle. Now that is a whole lot of wine we are going to need to try, but thankfully for us wine will be flowing seven days a week from 5pm till late. James Hird, 2015 Sommelier of the Year, has curated this wine list and has also featured some distilled local spirits to offer a selection of cocktails including Wet Martini, Spritz and Negroni. The Wine Room has its own special menu designed to complement the wine, including bonito and foie gras crackers, octopus and bone marrow.

Looking for more restaurants in Sydney? Head to our Directory

Image credit: Jason Loucas at The Wine Room

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