Spring has well and truly sprung so bring on the warmer weather and fresh produce feasts. And to really celebrate possibly the best season ever, Sydney restaurants and cafes are getting behind pollen season with some seriously drool-inducing menus. If you're anything like us, you'd be pretty damn pumped for the next few months. By the sounds of things, we've got some new botanical cocktail menus and paddock-to-plate feeds lined up.
Here are Sydney's best spring menus to get around right now.
Bodega 1904 At Tramsheds | Forest Lodge
We're hoping you've been all about town at the Tramshed Growers Markets on a Sunday so this should just be the cherry on your routine rest day around these parts. Bodega 1904 has launched a redefined Sunday spring breakfast boasting everything to do with amplifying your staples including a honey granola and a smoked salmon with egg and crispy potato hash. On the drinks-front, there's also a Sunday morning spritz to get around.
Hacienda | Circular Quay
This prime waterside location isn’t wasted because the food and drinks menu (all with a Cuban twist might we add) in this joint is off the charts delish. This spring, Hacienda is reeling in a cocktail menu with 13 new concoctions to try. Your best bet is the fresa spritz loaded with elderflower liqueur and prosecco and for those who like something a little harder, the wild ginger julep with bourbon infused ginger, rosemary and mint is your go-to.
East Village | Darlinghurst
The newest addition to the East Village menu includes high tea. Aren’t we feeling classier now? They just launched their new English-themed spring garden on the rooftop terrace. Making us feel all kinda spring vibes with their potted plants, spring florals and furnishings. Their high tea will have that traditional English feel – with a touch of seasonal differences, with the classic chicken sandwich, lobster roles and hot smoked salmon toast. Also providing an assortment of sweets from melting moments to caramel slices, you won’t be able to resist it. Pay $50 for 2 or $65 with an included two glasses of prosecco.
Newmarket Room | Warwick Farm
The Newmarket Room (lodged inside The William Inglis Hotel) has got you covered with a full paddock to plate spring menu (or should we say ocean to plate?). Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this restaurant will not disappoint. They have seafood for days with seared scallops, oysters and linguine with yamba prawns. Or even try their house-made pumpkin ravioli with sage butter, that must definitely have your mouth watering by now, right?
Warren & Holt | Marrickville
Iconic for their wholesome and delicious approach to life, Warren & Holt have a sneaky new spring menu we know you’re going to want to be all around. To be fair, its entire menu has had an earthy overhaul but we’re giving a special shoutout to the spring ‘shroom’ crumpet, just a fermented sourdough crumpet with sauteed mushrooms, mushroom puree, asparagus, shallots, green pea powder and poached egg.
The Cottage | Balmain
The Cottage is an absolute mecca of great pizza and good times on Balmain's foodie strip known as Darling Street. For spring, the team at the local 'grandma's house' has whipped up a pretty stellar wholesome menu. Our pick is the pan-fried and handmade gnocchi with goats cheese, spinach and butternut pumpkin. It'll most likely give you a solid food baby (but we're not even mad about it).
The Deckhouse | Woolwich
Spring is reeling in all the seafood fare at The Deckhouse so for those fresh ocean feasts, look no further than The Deckhouse. The crew here have topped the menu with a lobster and poached egg toasted English muffin for breakfast and a grilled lobster tail (packed with fennel, garlic, chilli and actual coconut foam) for your lunch. And quite fittingly, this eatery is the definition of waterfront, so the spring vibes will be absolutely on point.
117 Dining | CBD
117 Dining gives us high quality, local produce and Asian fusion with everything they plate up. And their new spring menu is definitely on par with what they’re known for. Rocking a yellowfin tuna tartare and poached Ora king salmon, your taste buds will be dancing. Try head chef Luke Fernley’s modern take on fairy floss with backed dark chocolate cream, dulce de leche, shortbread, caramel and a brown sugar meringue, we promise this is a must try.
Cafe Morso | Pyrmont
The team at Cafe Morso have you covered this spring on both ends. For the healthy humans, you'll want to hit up the warm beetroot salad done three ways (loaded with broccoli, goats curd and candied walnuts). For the sweeter folk around Sydney, The M-oreo served with choc mousse, choc crumb, raspberry and milk skin is an absolute must.
Pablo & Rusty's | Sydney
Ahh Pablo & Rusty's, our local coffee-stop. They’ve always impressed us with their seasonal house blends and menus and we can’t resist. This time they’ve vamped up some of the classics with unexpected ingredients like their teriyaki mushrooms on sourdough with koji corn, soubise, schichimi togarashi, poached egg, bok choy and beach watercress.
est. | CBD
This CBD restaurant specialises in seasonally driven and modern menu and honestly, we’re here for it 100 per cent. You’ve got your rock oysters, hand-picked crab and roasted abalone to start you off. If you want to keep going with the seafood, they have so many options we’ve lost count. Otherwise try their potato agnolotti with guanciale, braised onion, cured egg and smoked butter.
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Image credit: Warren & Holt | Dominic Loneragan