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!
One of the many wonderful things about Sydney is that there’s always somewhere new to eat. In fact, sometimes there are so many new restaurants in Sydney that it gets a bit overwhelming at times (tough life?)
I’ve eaten my way around my fair share of newbies this year and, while most of them were fantastic, there were a few that were definite favourites for me. From market stall treats to fancier eats, these restaurants stole my heart and belly in 2015.
I’d heard rave reviews about Mr Bao from enthusiastic co-workers and friends who’d make it a weekly mission to visit their market stall in Bondi. I’m not one to battle parking in Bondi on a Saturday so was extremely thrilled to find out they opened a restaurant in the CBD. Freshly made pillows of deliciousness almost every day of the week? This was the dream! The karaage chicken bao is a stand out with crispy deep fried chicken with spicy aioli, but don’t miss out on the crackling pork belly bao either. My suggestion, go hungry because you’ll want to fill your belly with as many of these bad boys as possible.
Well this is about the coolest Vietnamese restaurant in Sydney right now. In fact, the space is so nice I’ve made mental notes to copy some of the design elements and bring them into my own apartment. I may have even considered stealing their plates (don’t worry, I didn’t). Beyond the great design, the food here is awesome—I’m talking legit Vietnamese food like their popular bánh xèo (Vietnamese pancake), and their bánh mì which have people lining up outside come lunchtime.
One Ford Street
Behind The Cricketers Arms in Balmain sits the newly opened restaurant, One Ford Street. Head chef, Sam Bennett is whipping up Italian style dishes in this bright and airy restaurant inspired by his travels. I think Sydney does excellent Italian food and this is no exception—the tomato salad with farinata and goat’s cheese is a solid start to a meal and I always order the tiger prawns, sugar snaps and maltagliati because it is one of those dishes I never want to end—salty and packed full of flavour, it’s the kind of dish you won’t want to share, but you will because you’re nice like that.
What was once a dank pub, The Lord Gladstone has now been revamped. And while it still resembles a dank pub, the food here is some of the best pub food in Sydney. Sure, everyone here is waaaaay cooler than me, but I don’t care when I’m diving face first into one of their glorious cheeseburgers and fries. Grab a seat in the courtyard and line that belly well and good, because this place turns into a party on Friday and Saturday nights.
If anyone asks me where they should go for dinner, chances are I’ll tell them to go to new Surry Hills restaurant, Master. And not because it’s super cool and (let’s be honest) super convenient to me, but because the food here is undeniably delicious. You can loosely categorise it as modern Chinese, however there are a lot of other influences at play on Chef John Javier’s menu. Listen to me when I tell you to order the cabbage (I’ve been banging on about it since it opened) and make sure you share a whole bunch of the dishes with your hungry crew as you’ll want to try as much as possible.
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!