Some things just go together, like PB and jelly, and Posh and Becks, so this year we’ve teamed up with MINI to bring you, our discerning readers and drivers, our fortnightly MINI Fave 5 series: The must-try guide to Sydney, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!
Let’s be honest here—Newcastle gets a pretty bad rap. Sure, Newcastle may have been stuck in a bit of a rut for a while there, but this waterside city (the second largest in New South Wales) is on the up and up.
With cool new cafes (that have proper coffee!), restaurants and bars opening up shop, we suggest you jump in the car and head two hours north to see just what’s happening in Newy these days. Here are five of our favourite eats in Newcastle.
We’re suckers for doughnuts here. Not only are they sweet and soft, they’re also really cute and highly ‘grammable. Doughheads on Hunter Street specialises in all sorts of crazy flavoured doughnuts which are a whole lot of fun. Flavours change regularly, and if you can’t decide on which one you want, opt for the sampler where you can try a whole bunch (worth it).
The Bowery Boys
The guys at The Bowery Boys are so cool we want to be friends with them. Here, they specialise in curing, smoking and pickling as well as delicious cocktails (don’t miss their small batch versions). Executive chef Steven Zielke is responsible for all the deliciousness coming out of the kitchen which includes a heavenly ricotta gnocchi and a wonderfully tender 12 hour slow roasted lamb shoulder. Bowery Boys is easily one of the best casual and cool restaurants in Newcastle.
If you’re after some upscale dining in Newcastle, head to Restaurant Mason. Having earned One Chef’s Hat in their first year, the guys at this Newcastle restaurant have held onto that every year since. The food here is expertly crafted and looks beautiful when presented to your table. But don’t think it’s just about the looks—the taste of the dishes are exceptional with the assiette of Macleay Valley suckling pig being one of our faves.
Brunch in Newcastle never tasted so good (or was so good for you). Here, at Blue Door, you can start your day right with healthy options aplenty including a green breakfast bowl and smashed avo on toast orrrrr you could go a little naughtier with their Snickers waffles. They’re definitely not good for you, but taste so good that it’s totally worth the extra calories.
You want something interesting in Newcastle? You got it. Head to Subo for a unique take on bistro fare. Head chef and owner, Beau Vincent has some seriously impressive experience under his belt which includes Tetsuya’s, Guillaume at Bennelong and Restaurant Assiette before opening his own restaurant in Newcastle. Subo’s five-course menu changes every six weeks and is reflective of the season and what ingredients are currently available.
We're thrilled to partner with MINI to bring you our Fave 5 series—our fortnightly guide to the best of the best in Sydney. From food to fashion, Campari to Crossfit, each Fave 5 edition is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and driven by the new MINI 5-Door Hatch—putting the city at your fingertips and giving you the freedom to explore it!
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