Famous chefs are coming to town, ex-Momofuku prodigies are venturing out on their own, and some cult favourites are expanding to new places.
In fact, over the coming months, Sydney will experience a restaurant frenzy and we suggest you start making reservations NOW. It’ll be tough competition for seats at the top joints, but maybe Santa will bring you a Noma booking for Chrissie this year.
Zeus Street Greek
It was Drummoyne’s hottest casual eatery when it opened two years ago and has maintained its place as a top street food destination ever since. Now diners can sink their teeth into some juicy juicy pitas in Rosebery. The restaurant is the final stage in a mammoth year of expansion for owners Costa Anastasiadis and George Kyrpianou, who are planning opening a number of new branches very soon.
If you hate travelling over the bridge (all the way to Crows Nest, gasp) then never fear because Ryo’s is (literally) here. The ramen bar has enjoyed a cult following over the years and now a spin-off can be found on Ebley Street in Bondi Junction. Expect a bit of a line, but be patient because the Ramen #2 is totes worth it!
Italian Street Kitchen
Neutral Bay might seem like an unlikely location for casual, Romanesque street food, but we’re really not complaining at Italian Street Kitchen. The Grosvenor Street space is designed to mimic and Italian marketplace (or, essentially, Eataly if you’ve been to New York in the past few years) with various food stations serving up everything from antipasto to spit roast and wood fired pizza.
It’s a boutique wholefoods cafe serving up locally sourced and organic goodies such as salad with fermented veggies and cauliflower pizza. Now paleo fans can rejoice because Henley’s is opening in the heart of Double Bay (on Cross Street, just below the InterContinental) and promises a menu filled with wholesome, fermented fun!
Chippendale is just so hot right now and ex-Momofuku sous chef Clayton Wells has just made it sizzle. It’s the chefs first solo venture and the entire concept basically reflects his laid-back-yet-refined style. The menu at Automata is five set courses, which change regularly but always reflect local fare.
Continuing with the tradition of naming awesome Vietnamese joints after female relations, Marrickville’s newest eatery is right up there with the Vietnamese greats. At Hello Auntie there are no banh mi, but guests can enjoy some pretty delicious banh xeo and crispy chicken instead.
It was Buzo, then Pinbone, and now it’s set to return to its former glory with the same moniker and a similar menu. With Pinbone sadly closing its doors on August 2nd of this year, the owners of Macleay Street Bistro are back with Buzo!
After a year of obscurity in the restaurant world, this Surry Hills icon has finally reopened! The menu (designed by Glebe Point Diner’s Alex Kearns and Head Chef Jon Cowan) includes classic dishes with European inspiration, twists and nods. There are also plenty of fab wines, the usual lineup of hipster brews and a garden bar out the back, which is set for Sunday sessions.
Internationally acclaimed chef Frederic Colin of Brasserie Gavroche in Singapore will bring his famous French charm, classic regional menu and swanky fit out to Kensington Street in, you guessed it, Chippendale. Bistrot Gavroche's opening is set for the new year.
What was formerly The Paddington Arms will reopen this November as The Paddington with ex-Momofuku chef Ben Greeno behind the burner. The menu will be rotisserie-focussed, with everything from chicken, whole stuffed fish, lamb rump and beef through to Jerusalem artichokes and celeriac roasted to juicy perfection.
Oxford Street Chicken Shop
Another Merivale release, Greeno will be serving up takeaway-only rotisserie chicken, salads and sandwiches in a small shop front next to The Paddington, known as Oxford Street Chicken Shop.
If you live on the Northern Beaches you’ve surely missed heading to the ‘Newie’ for a beer by the sand. In January or February 2016 the landmark eatery/pub/bar will reopen under Merivale’s careful guidance with a new executive chef and a range of food stations, a revamped Sunset Bar and a glitzy new cocktail bar.
Sucked in, Scandinavia! In 2016 Noma Copenhagen will close its Danish doors and reopen with a pop-up establishment in Sydney’s Barangaroo development for ten glorious weeks. Rene and his team will all make the journey across and offer a menu showcasing the best of Aussie produce. Meals will put you back $485 a head (and that’s before wine), but oh the boasting you’ll be entitled to…