For those of us with a phobia of food envy and a love for trying a little bit of everything, share plates are our idea of heaven. With summer just around the corner, we’ve rounded up a list of Sydney’s best sharing plates to have a drink, eat some amazing food and enjoy the Sydney sunshine.
Cho Cho San | Potts Point
This Potts Point Japanese style izakaya with a clean and simple interior and beautifully prepared modern Japanese dishes is a one-stop shop for foods, drinks and sophistication. The fried chicken, pork katsu steam bun and fried eggplant miso are all show stopping small dishes, with a raw bar and hibachi grill a delicious way to fill up. A Japanese inspired cocktail list is clean and elegant – not to be missed!
Fat Rupert's | Bondi
With a menu designed to be shared, a Porteno alumni heading up the kitchen and food that is all seasonal, locally sourced and produced, its no surprise Fat Rupert’s is on the list of best share plates in Sydney. It’s all a bit of fun too; with the Yeezy burgers or beetroot cured king salmon a perfect opening act to the Pepe Saya Buttermilk fried chicken or braised short rib with wild mushrooms, heirloom carrots and potato.
Hinky Dinks | Darlinghurst
Is there anything more fun than a kitschy tiki bar serving classic American staples in the heart of Darlinghurst? Hinky Dinks is sure to be a night to remember with a deliciously classic menu perfect for sharing, like pulled pork tacos, tiki chicken wings and jalapeno croquettes. If you’re a little bit more peckish, or have had one too many of their Hinky Fizz cocktails, there is also a selection of burgers and hot dogs to get your taste buds tingling.
Nomad | Surry Hills
After recently being host to Yotham Ottolenghi’s guest dinners, Nomad is on the pulse of Sydney’s food scene. Enough share plates to muster a full Mediterranean feast, you’ll find it hard to resist the goats cheese churros with truffle honey or the king prawns with pine nuts, brown butter and parmesan. Famed for their in-house pickling and curing, there’s no way you’ll be going hungry after a meal at this Surry Hills restaurant.
Red Lily | Darlinghurst
The depths of Darlinghurst turn into the streets of Saigon as soon as you step into this cocktail lounge. With classics like chilli salted squid, free range pork chops and papaya salad all perfect for sharing, your mouth will be watering before the food hits the table. The extensive cocktail list is full of Asian flavours like kaffir lime and chilli sambal, the biggest decision will be what cocktail to wash all the delicious food down with!
LL Wine & Dine | Potts Point
Head chef Jin Kung has put together a contemporary Asian menu with wines and cocktails selected and created to compliment the dishes, so you’d be mad not to dive in and have a taste of everything this Kings Cross establishment has to offer. Almond crusted prawns; crispy tofu and pork belly buns are sure to start fork wars between your dining companions. A specific weekend yum cha menu is worth checking out for the ultimate sharing experience.
Bodega | Surry Hills
A fun, innovative, seasonal menu of classic South American and Spanish cuisine ticks all the boxes for a great and delicious meal. Prepared in an open kitchen, empanadas, mushroom & fontina dumplings with prune sauce and fried iceberg, and pork neck with mushy peas, fried egg and foie gras are among the tasty morsels being pumped out of the kitchen. With an extensive and international wine list, Bodega is a haven for food sharing.
10 William St | Paddington
This little Paddington eatery is Italian food and wine at its finest. Its meals are designed to be shared and with items like whipped ‘bottarga’ pretzel, calamari fritti and pippies, pork and acqua pazza, you’ll want to bring a few friends to get a taste of everything this restaurant has to offer. The wine selection is carefully curated and the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly, so asking them for their recommendation is highly advisable.
MoVida | Surry Hills
Frank Camorra has bought his Melbourne based tapas and Spanish dishes to Sydney and Movida in Surry Hills has been heaving ever since. Be sure to get there early before tables fill up with other punters wanting to get amongst the life changing beef cheeks in Pedro Ximinez with cauliflower puree. An extensive list of tapas like croquetas filled with pork, beef and chicken or Galician style octopus with pomme puree & paprika are sure to make this Spanish sharing menu a knockout.
Image credit: Cho Cho San