Truffles and cocktail brunches are happening this weekend in Sydney, so it’s basically the ultimate mid-morning situation. Whether you’re in the mood for hearty English pub fare, fresh Mexican feasts or a sneaky dose of hair of the dog, we have got you sorted.
Clear the calendar guys, because THIS is what you’re doing this weekend.
To say ‘it’s Mexican food’ should be enough to convince you to hit up Los Vida for dinner this weekend. But in case you need a bit more persuasion, we’ll also say that Los Vida prides themselves on serving up healthy and fresh Mexican fare, exactly as it should be. We recommend you kick things off with the guacamole with totopos for the table, before tackling the tacos, of which there are ten flavours. Alternatively there are three healthy salads to choose from (ancient grain salad, I’m looking at you) and larger dishes to share, such as grandma’s chicken breast and mole. Not up for negotiation though, is the dessert and seriously, just order the chocolate filled tequenos and call it a day.
Having kept Paddington’s locals in good supply of authentic northern Italian cuisine since opening in 1983, Lucio’s is basically a Sydney institution and the perfect place for you to hide this weekend. Their focus is on using only the freshest seasonal produce and people go a bit nuts for their daily housemade pastas and daily specials. I’ll be ordering the ravioli di castagne (chestnut and mascarpone ravioli with mixed mushrooms and melted fontina cheese) with a glass of rosé from Abruzzo, because really, can that ever be a bad idea?
Moya's Juniper Lounge
Moya’s Juniper Lounge is breaking into the brunch scene, focussing on the drinks side of the equation. Similar to the way that you would head to a cocktail lounge before or after dinner, Moya’s will serve hair of the dog between 12pm and 4pm. Their main focus is the Red Snapper, which is less fish and more gin Bloody Mary, made with freshly juiced tomatoes, house-made jalapeno pickle brine and black onion stock. There will also be a smoked snapper sandwich served on mini brioche buns as the token foodie gesture.
For those of us still slumming it in Sydney this winter while our mates gallivant around Europe, places like The Resident, which overlooks Hyde Park and boasts a Mediterranean-influenced menu will hopefully keep those FOMO feelings at bay. At least for an hour or so. We have many options at The Resident, since their café opens bright and early for brunch at 7.30am with housemade organic sourdough with garlic and porcini, then serves charcoal grilled Spanish mackerel for lunch and the big boy for dinner; a 1kg dry aged rib eye with leaves and herbed desiree potatoes. Make sure you arrive hungry for this one.
Devon Café has embraced our favourite funghi, adding all of the black truffle to their winter menu this month. They’re serving up everyone’s favourite childhood favourite, with their adult version of an Ultimate Toastie. More of an open toastie this special meal comes with sautéed mushrooms, garlic, parsley, truffle oil, fried eggs, gruyere cheese and black truffle. The menu also features truffle lasagne and cheesy truffle super fries. Yeah, we’ll stop talking so you can run straight there.
Sundays were obviously designed with classic English-style pubs in mind and since it is still pretty chilly outside, we think you should take advantage of their winter menu, which includes beef hot pots, Sunday roasts with all of the trimmings and our personal favourite, oven-baked homemade cheese with green goddess sauce and roasted heirloom tomatoes, served with flat bread. If gooey, melted cheese isn’t enough to get you to The Carrington, then I don’t know if anything will be.
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