Hopefully most of you haven't been living under a rock these last few years, but for those of you who have, this one’s for you. We’re all about places with no-fuss vibes and love any precinct dappled with delicious food, so if you haven’t explored the streets of Crows Nest… you’re kind of missing out.
Boasting a heritage of live music, epic eats and even better cocktails, isn’t it about time you made your way over?
Here is our ultimate guide of everything you should be eating in Crows Nest.
First up is this epic yakitori den. To sum it up simply, we’re still drooling majorly over their Japanese skewers. Located on Falcon Street, this izakaya-style venue offers chilled vibes and easy eats that we guarantee you’ll come back for. You’re supposed to relax and unwind here but you might actually find that near impossible when you look at their menu. Yakitori Yurippi is all about finger-licking good char-grilled skewers. Do yourself a favour and indulge in their share plates to maximise your tastebud experience. There’s moreish pork belly with salt and lemon, gizzards and succulent chicken are all ready to be dipped in sweet-soy master stock or just salt. Their chicken meatball with a 63-degree egg is another sure winner.
St Malo Bakery
It’s always a good sign when there’s a long queue at the bakery counter and here, the wait is definitely worth it. This multi-award winning bakery produces some of the best organic baked goods in Sydney, perfect for a breakfast or brunch affair. St Malo's boasts a Parisian feel with its artisan bread and coffee. The team here serve up beautifully glazed pastries and freshly made focaccia every morning that’s ready to tear and share with your friends (but get in quick because they sell out fast!) and the crispy croissants are an impressive standout stuffed with bacon, feta and juicy tomato.
Johnny Lobster is a laid-back American style hub that arguably serves up some of the best fried chicken in Sydney. This fish and chip addition to the Crows Nest village offers up an all-day “no-fuss” menu with staple favourites and their famous signature hand rolls (amazeballs). The fried chicken roll (cajun style with hot sauce and creamy slaw) is a winner among locals. The buttery lobster roll is also a hit (its bread sourced just down the road from St Malo Bakery) with a crunchy coating, burst of celery and a brioche-like sweetness from the dough.
Los Vida was made to celebrate the vibrant and gastronomic Mexican culture. Preaching to share the Mexican way of life through its colourful banquets, your tortilla-starved belly will not be disappointed. Try their insane tacos (our fave is the beef short ribs with lettuce, capsicum and crunchy sweet potato) or bring your squad in for the ultimate Mexican feed and grab a large share plate of chipotle mexican rice finished with mushrooms, pumpkin, pomegranate and lime.
Ok, so food trains aren’t just reserved for sushi. We know, we were excited too. The masterminds behind this food joint (more like food heaven) have blessed the Crows Nest precinct with this latest glorious instalment, a moving Mediterranean mezze. You’ll find light summery foods at MediTrainean such as yoghurt dips with garlic mint, salads with pearl couscous, muscles spiced with caramelised onion and lamb stuffed zucchini.
Offering up a sensory experience S’Age Bistronomy showcases an array of seasonal produce and international skill. And what does that mean? Great food for us! The talented team here give you the choice between an 8-course degustation, or the full a-la-carte menu. And the choices are ridiculous. We’re talking grilled lamb backstrap with aroma crumble and mussel emulsion or smoked spitchcock to name a tasty two. Damn.
You can pretty much leave your table manners behind at Mama’s Buoi. Replicating the best of Vietnamese home-cooking and share-plates for your whole squad, using your fingers and slurping is probably the best way to go about this tasty fare. Specials are quirky and messy twists on staples mean dishes like fried chicken ribs with five different spices and chilli-lime glaze are up for grabs. And the best part? These guys are open lunch, dinner and even have the option of take-away… so you can get your Vietnamese fix whenever!
The Stoned Crow
A foodie icon for all things mega-drool (seriously), the crew here are plating up belly-stuffing burgers, pizza, share-boards and tapas. If you’re all about washing down a big meal with a good house beer, cider or wine, you won’t be disappointed with what the Stoned Crow is serving up. Think hand rolled pork and beef meatballs with chunky tomato sauce, parmesan and fresh basil or, if you can handle it, their new slow cooked lamb shank with creamy potato and topped with a vegetable gravy.
Get your food of the century at The Hayberry (and we strongly suggest you bring some back-up). Open for lunch and dinner, this colonial-themed burger hub is ideal for a solid food coma. Your stomach will thank you as you tuck in to some waffle fries, popcorn chicken with hickory mayo and a burger from their super, super long menu.
Unlike its name, Small Bar is actually serving up something big. With a huge selection of wines by the glass, boutique beers and simple home cooked food, this vibrant pub is open from morning to night. Expect your favourite breakfast staples like poached eggs on sourdough, buttermilk pancakes and corn fritters. At lunch, you’ll find options like their delicious beef brisket burger and duck and mushroom risotto. You should definitely get both.
With sister restaurants soaking up harbour side views in Manly and Kirribilli, Garfish in the heart of Crows Nest offers up intimate and elegant seafood options. These guys also do breakfast #what? Not your average seafood restaurant, their morning selections include a mix of Spanish baked eggs, with bacon, ciabatta and chorizo as well as Belgian waffles. When it comes to dinner, dinner at Garfish is always a flawless seafood spread. There’s a vegetarian menu too with everything from the classic fish and chip fare, roast garlic snapper pie or moreton bay bugs with lime aioli. Its seafood deluxe at its finest.
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Image Credit: Federica Portentoso at Los Vida