Pick of the Precinct | Crows Nest

By Emma McNamara
5th Sep 2014

Over the last few years, Crows Nest, the friendly north-of-the-bridge suburb, has seen a massive revamp with the establishment of some down right tasty eating and drinking venues, as well as some of Sydney's top design stores. With an empty stomach and drinks on our mind, we headed on over to check out what was happening in Crows Nest.

Keep on reading for our pick of the precinct in Crows Nest.  


MuMu Grill

When you walk through the door at Mumu Grill, the chefs will rightly let you know, "if you want a bloody good steak, you've come to the right place". How could we possibly argue with that and the 100% grass fed beef that's cooked to a tee? Start your taste bud journey with some Szechwan pepper prawns with pickled chili and soy dressing before tasting the 15 or 18 month old jamon serrano served with Catalan bread. We're salivating already and that's before we've even tried the 15 hour slow roasted Bangalow pork shoulder served with celeriac and apple remoulade. We're so in love with the food at Mumu Grill that we've signed up for their cooking classes to replicate these lil beauties back home!

Ryo's Noodles

One of our all time favourites, Ryo's Noodles is a bright and quaint space offering incredible Japanese ramen. Boasting an authentic, no-fuss feel with some of the best ramen in Sydney, Ryo's Noodles is a favourite with both locals and ramen fans alike. You'll be able to spot Ryo's by its mile long queue outside - trust us, it's well worth the wait!

St Malo Bakery

As the name suggests, this gorgeous bakery will transport you to a little town in France. With Parisian-feel street side seating, deliciously fresh breads and pastries and top-notch Jack and the Bean coffee, breakfast and lunch is made extra délicieux at St Malo Bakery. A family friendly venue, we love hanging out in the courtyard watching the bakers prepare and bake the delicious goodies. The food has us drooling; imagine delicious squash and tomato bruschetta with saba dressing and savoury croissants with roast pork and apple. We can't go past dessert, thanks to the gluten free buckwheat pancakes with strawberry, pistachios and mascarpone. Our insider tip: be sure to take home some spelt, light rye or focaccia bread and a custard brioche for later.


Excelling in the creation of contemporary cuisine with a fine Japanese touch, Waqu's latest two-in-one restaurant concept has left us with a tough decision on our hands… Whether to choose the casual dining option and share Japanese tapas plates with friends or to go for the fine dining option and indulge in a six or eight course degustation style menu. Whichever option you go, there is no way you could be disappointed. Lemon cured salmon sashimi, snapper carpaccio or pan-fried crispy skin barramundi fillet anyone? Yeah, we thought so… We'll see you there!

Sparrow Gelato & Espresso

Sparrow Gelato & Espresso is a cute gelato and espresso spot ideal for an after-dinner treat. We love their killer ice coffee, or if you want something a little sweet, try some lip-smackingly good salted caramel gelato. It's as awesome as it sounds.

Bean Drinking

If you're on the lookout for a good cup of coffee, then head on in to Bean Drinking to sip on this espresso bar and micro-roaster's multi-award winning coffee. Attention to detail separates Bean Drinking from the rest with their diverse brewing methods and commitment to sustainability and traceability. Their coffee is perfectly complemented by their organic, fresh and seasonal brekkie and lunch nibbles. Homemade maple granola with poached fruit and the breakfast brioche with egg, chorizo, feta and avo had us from the get go – yum!


The Crow Bar

You know that we at The Urban List appreciate a good drop (or two) and The Crow Bar offers just that! We love treating ourselves to one of the delicious cocktails, such as the The Perky Shrike or the Merry Magpie, and don't worry boys, there's plenty of 'Mantails' on the menu for you too. Try out the smoky and complex 'Heff – The Love Doctor' or the smooth and spicy 'Racey Tracey'. We never drink on an empty stomach, which is the perfect excuse to tuck into a tasty share board of cheese, charcuterie, pate and dips (hoorah!). We love our food and the tapas for 'pecking and sharing' is perfect as we get to try a little bit of everything!

The Stoned Crow

It was a no-brainer that this good vibes bar with its eclectic, buzzing interior and awesome array of drink and food choices made our Crows Nest pick of the precinct list. Happy hour is blessed with $5 house drinks and the cocktail list captivated our attention from the moment we laid our eyes on it – we couldn't decide which one to try first! The pink martini glass creation with hundred and thousands lining the glass rim made us squeal in delight. The Stoned Crow offers a new and tasty special each day of the week; we're keen on Tuesday's steak & chips, Thursday's grilled barramundi fillet accompanied with a sparkling wine and Friday's quesadilla & frozen cocktails – what a great way to kick off the weekend!

Small Bar

As the name suggests, Small Bar is on the small side, but that is why we love it, 'cos they 'get the big things right'. Head in for a welcoming and intimate environment that offers a high calibre selection of wines, boutique beers, and simple, yet amazing, home-cooked food. Offering a hand picked selection of wines sourced from some of the best grapes across the globe, Small Bar sure knows a thing or two when it comes to a quality drop. The wine is perfectly complimented by some lightly fried calamari, porcini mushroom and parmesan arancini balls and the BBQ pulled pork small burgers with homemade coleslaw.

The Foxtrot

Step into a previous era at this unique bar. We love the exposed brick walls, warm lighting and eclectic wall furnishings at The Foxtrot, and we're even crazier about the drinks. Step right up for a naughty, but oh-so-nice espresso jartini (served in a jar!) or the punchy plum'n'rum pisco godsend. We'd happily spend our evening, or the entire weekend, curled up on the comfy couches in the backroom, snacking on some home made pizzas and sipping on a couple of gorgeous cocktail creations. Keep a look out for the white brick archway on Falcon Street, otherwise you might just walk on past and never realise what you're missing out on!



If you're on the lookout for sleek and gorgeous European furniture, then Siekaup is for you. We love the idea of decking out our house in some of the chic B.I.C New Zealand wool Belgian made carpets, Anta lights and tables, WMF cutlery (only German's best, dah-ling) and elegant, stream lined couches and chairs.

Top3 by Design

Top3 by design offers an exciting collection of new and innovative designs utilising modern materials, beautiful architecture and clever product design. An afternoon spent browsing around the store will most definitely have you leaving with at least one innovative product you would never ever have even conceived possible, but suddenly is so necessary! These guys sure do have an eye for style and we cannot wait to see what they come across next.

Form + Design

This striking store specialises in designer homeware, kitchenware, art glass products, stationery and luggage sourced from across Australia and the globe. Before being stocked, every product is tested for its quality, durability and sustainability. The folks at Form + Design do the hard work so that we can be sure we're taking home a product that is going to do exactly what it's designed to do and make our lives just that little bit easier and beautiful!

Image credit: WAQU and Siekaup

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