If you’re already wondering how we’re nearly half way through the year, you’re not alone. But never fear, May is here, and it’s delivering the goods. We’ve got a jam-packed line up of Sydney’s newest ventures, offering all things tasty and deserving of your palette.
So don’t let the cooler weather get you down, these new hot-spots are set to get you excited for this month.
MOLO at Manta
Manta has new addition coming to their venue on Woolloomooloo wharf, MOLO—an Italian Aperitivo wine bar. These guys are celebrating Italy’s finest and freshest produce, with a pop-up dedicated to authentic flavours of the Italian coast—think Sicily and Sardinia and you’re on the right track. Expect a seasonal menu, where drinks will be paired with chichetti and Italian regional cheeses are highly recommended. And what better way to show them off, than right next to Sydney’s si-side (hehe).
If, like us, you’re still finding Easter eggs around the house (we’re never too old for Easter egg hunts), and you had one too many Anzac biscuits, maybe it’s time to give your body the cleanse it deserves. A new healthy cafe is on the block, providing sustainable options that are edible—unlike your green smoothies. Try the house smoked salmon, with a slow cooked egg, sweet potato, avocado puree and mustard leaves. Hey, clean eating doesn’t sound too bad after all #win.
The Lotus Dining team has given us many food comas at their extensive list of eateries and Madame Shanghai isn’t any different. Menu items will be served Chinese barbeque style, honouring the traditional street-food of Shanghai, with a modern emphasis. Lamb cutlets with cumin, crispy salt bush and miso butter and tempura jasmine smoked fish are just some of the oriental flavours that have us wanting more.
They say less is more, and with Sasaki’s minimalist interiors and delicate food portions, it is certainly fulfilling this motto. Japanese restaurants are constantly popping up over Sydney, but Sasaki’s is like no other. Owner Yu Sasaki pays homage to his Japanese heritage, paired with fresh Australian produce to create a fusion menu that changes daily. Be surprised and transported in this small 25 seat restaurant. It’s a matcha made in heaven!
If you’ve participated in the Bondi to Coogee walk or have travelled to this coastal area, you will have noticed that eastern suburbs residents look after themselves. Hence the opening of Comida, a new Mediterranean restaurant that boasts clean and simple eating. The whole baby red snapper served with squash salad is just one of the favourites. The wine menu is short, but prides itself on a mix of Australian, Italian and Spanish wine selections. Cheers to that!
We fell in love with him on this season of My Kitchen Rules, but Darren Robertson is much more than a pretty face. With the impressive cafe Three Blue Ducks behind him, Robertson is set to open Rocker in Bondi. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday brunch after the beach or a get together with friends, Rocker has a bit of something for everyone. The food is inspired by home-cooked meals, in a space that emanates chilled Bondi vibes.
If you're wondering what we thought of Olio, head here.
Concrete Jungle | Image credit: Carla Dibbs