Living in Sydney, we are open to a food and wine scene that is unquestionably world-class. Sydneysiders are fiends for what’s new and delicious when it comes to the delicious world of dining. With both impressive modern Australian cuisine and fusion spots that leave us literally begging for more, it can be difficult to compile such a short list of places serving up the good stuff in Sydney. But as always, we have your back! This weekend we take the pressure off deciding where to eat with 6 Sydney restaurants you have to try - it’s compulsory.
El Camino Cantina is all about doing it big when it comes to their use of flavours, their legendary food and dangerously good drinks, making it no wonder they’re the unashamed Tex-Mex boss of the Rocks. If we didn’t already love this spot for it’s already loud and delicious presence, we are now head over heels. Drum roll, please because El Camino Cantina now features a Tex-Mex Sunday Brunch every week for a cool $29. For this bargain price you’ll score an incredible brunch, we’re talking eggs that’ll bring tears to your eyes people! And of course, the reason for the smile on our faces, the unlimited brunch drinks. Oh yes, you are not mistaken. From 11am on Sundays, El Camino is serving up unlimited Margaritas, Bloody Marys or beers (whichever you like, or have all three) with your no doubt delicious brunch choice. If we’ve ever heard of a truly hearty and boozy Sunday Brunch to grace our Sydney shores, this is it.
You could say that the cathedral-eque interior of Bennelong is extremely fitting, due to the temptation that comes to literally worship the food in front of you. We mean, what more would you expect from a dinner by Peter Gilmore at one of Sydney’s best and most scenic restaurants? Bennelong is an experience that you won’t be quick to forget, with their modern Australian menu focused on top quality produce, and their new star attraction, roast chicken. The holmlbrae chicken is the newest menu offering, paired with cauliflower sauté in salted butter, chestnut chips, sugar snaps, crisp Jerusalem artichokes and sheep’s milk feta. A mouthful, we know. And a delicious one at that! This feast is perfect for two so a bring your mate (or a date) and indulge in one of Sydney’s most iconic locations!
Surry Hills is now the proud home of K’nödel, a quirky yet contemporary little restaurant that is serving up Sydney’s best variety of dumplings from middle and eastern Europe as well as giving Sydney a modern take on many traditional cuisines. If you’re in the mood for super tasty, European cheap eats, which let’s be honest is always, K’nödel has got the goods. A heads up, K’nödel (you pronounce the ‘K’) is a boiled dumpling from Central or Eastern Europe, and in this Surry Hills hub, all K’nödels are handmade with simple, yet high quality ingredients, starting with a spinach K’nödel with Parmesan and butter, and friends, we’ve only just begun. The unpretentious little space is the refreshing brainchild of Rico Bibrack and Christian Lerchster, who wanted to bring their favourite foods from home to our sunny city, and for that, your belly will thank them.
Little Jack Horner
With uninterrupted views of Coogee’s beautiful and iconic beach, Little Jack Horner has created the ultimate beach bar, sharing his love for internationally inspired food and wine, and of course live music, featuring locally grown talent that we just can’t get enough of. Open for breakfast through to dinner, Little Jack Horner is slowly becoming a terribly kept secret in Sydney. Having only opened in late December, Little Jack Horner, located on arguably the best corner in Coogee, is now packed night after night with chilled beach bar vibes that draw Sydney siders to Coogee in droves. The impressive menu is based on plating up approachable food, with meals perfect for sharesies. This is the perfect spot to go with friends, family or even that significant other, to relax and enjoy the ocean breeze.
Give in to food this winter at Otto Ristorante with homemade pasta and a glass of wine for $35 a person. Don’t really need any more convincing, do you? Well, just in case, as the colder months finally come to a close in Sydney, Otto urges you to indulge in their signature bolognese, or perhaps the orecchiette con cime di rapa - food designed to warm the body and soul. Otto’s lunch deals are available each day throughout August and September, and Head Chef Will (we love Will), will be creating weekly seasonal pasta dishes, with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options available. We’ll say it again, we love you Will. We all know that pasta and wine is the perfect way to spend a winter’s evening, or any evening for that matter.
We love that every spot in Sydney does things their own way, and Salaryman is always one of our favs. Their new Sunday Brunch offering plates up the kind of food that’s good for both when you’re feeling a little shady, we’ve all been there, and always for when you’re looking to make the most of the weekend. This new, relaxed brunch at Salaryman has made a bold move to ditch the standard eggs and bacon weekend breaky for DIY bao, four different DIY steamed buns and breakfast martinis. We brunch between 9am - 4pm on Sundays at Salaryman, meaning all your Sunday sessions are officially sorted.
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Image Credit: Alana Dimou at Salaryman