With the temperature rising and the sun hanging around for a little longer each day, it's fiiiiiinally time to say see ya to winter (is it just us or has winter gone forever?) and say a big fat oh hello to our good, make that best, friend spring.
From Balmain to Bondi, get ready to bid farewell to winter chills because this weekend we’re living large at these six fantastic Sydney restaurants.
They say change is as good as a holiday, and in this case the change is a seriously good-looking facelift to the iconic Oxford Street pub, The Light Brigade. The level one restaurant, Brigade Dining, has also undergone a little bit of TLC with a new menu showcasing the very best in Australian produce. With contemporary share plates, flat breads and a full three-course menu, this is relaxed and casual dining at its best. There’s also a rotating five-course menu that’s perfect for sharesies, did someone say ladies lunch? Be sure to match your curated dish with a sneaky bevvy or two from the extensive wine list, a French rosé? Oui, s’il vous plait!
As one of Bondi’s favourite restaurants for locals and visitors alike, Harry’s Bondi is the place to be for all of the healthy, yet delicious food, coast side. Serving up honest and elegant fare, Executive Chef, Bryan O’Callaghan, uses organic and fresh ingredients to create nourishing and flavoursome meals. After being transformed from a tiny espresso bar into the eatery it is today, Harry’s has a new menu that is sure to delight. Cosy up in a corner booth for a relaxed and memorable experience, where you can treat yourself to cacao hotcakes or a coconut and chia pudding. For the super fit amongst us, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a post-barre class cold-pressed juice, or for the not so fit (ahem, no judgey eyes please), it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a post-Netflix binge golden latte.
During the past couple of months, it seems that every Sydneysider and their French bulldog have been basking in the instaglory that is an Italian summer, while the rest of us have been slumming it over here in reality. For those of us who weren’t sunbaking on yachts or drinking prosecco at noon, you don’t have to travel for 24 hours to taste test la dolce vita for yourself. Bar Machiavelli in Rushcutters Bay is as far as you need to go, with the Italian restaurant serving a rotating selection of antipasti and their signature housemade pasta. The historic former tyre factory also serves classic Italian cocktails as well as their signature cocktail, the Tiramisu Martini.
Café del Mar
Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour
Text your gals pronto because this weekend’s ladies lunch is in Ibiza! Café del Mar is a favourite destination on the Balearic Island and you can enjoy all the flavours at Sydney’s Cockle Bay Wharf. The gorgeous new restaurant pays homage to its heritage, with Mediterranean cuisine served with the addition of an Aussie accent. But the best news, every Saturday and Sunday, the chefs at Café del Mar offer an exclusive menu for a ladies long lunch. For only $75 (or you can upgrade to the Moët & Chandon package for $130), you and all of your besties can sit waterside with champagne in hand whilst enjoying everything the Mediterranean has to offer. Bookings are essential.
Let’s celebrate the last weekend of the 2016 Rio Olympics by venturing north side to South American restaurant, La Puerta. In the heart of Neutral Bay, this authentic Latino restaurant transports you to the streets of South America with their artistic murals, exotic cocktails and wines from regional vineyards. Your taste buds will be on their toes with the delicious flavours cooked up by Colombian chef, Oscar Espinosa and with Latino beats as background noise, you’ll be signing up for salsa classes before you can say buen provecho!
Town Hall Hotel
Balmain is known for its many pubs, but the legendary Town Hall Hotel is the latest one to catch our eye after its incredible makeover. New owners have taken the pub to new heights with The Tree House function space upstairs and The Local downstairs. On the corner of Darling and Montague Streets, the new interior of Town Hall is reminiscent of lazy, poolside days in Palm Springs with pastel green hues, wicker stools and stunning indoor plants. The menu has also had a makeover with delights such as seared tuna tortillas, truffled gnocchi and fish tacos. Don’t worry though, you’ll still be able to get schnit-faced with your good old pub grub including chicken schnitzel, lamb cutlets and their award winning all-day Sunday roast.
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Image credit: Town Hall Hotel