It’s the weeeekeeennnnnddddd! Did it feel like it took a thousand years to get here? Well it’s here now and we can all do some little air punches.
As you all know, the weekend goes by unfairly quickly, so it’s best you make the most out of it. So, to cover your bellies for the next 48 hours, here are 6 Sydney restaurants and cafes to keep you full and happy.
Weekends and dumplings go together like Bunnings and sausage sizzles and we can’t get enough of those little parcels of joy at Lotus in The Galeries. What sweetens the deal (literally) is that they have just opened an Asian dessert bar meaning you can start or finish your meal off with some sweet treats from head pastry chef, Tiffany Jones. If you want a meal that’s entirely made up of dessert there is a dessert degustation on offer, but be sure to book that one (and the dentist) in advance.
Osteria Balla Manfredi
Do you love Italian food? Of course you do. Head into Osteria Balla Manfredi this March to celebrate Italy’s infamous Carnevale in the most tasty way possible—with Italian dishes like soft shell crab with chilli mayonnaise, risotto with oysters and caviar and schiacciata alla fiorentina. Ummm, yum much? Bookings are recommended, so jump online to reserve your table.
What started out as a supplier to top restaurants around the country has expanded into a concept store serving up unsurprisingly produce-driven dishes in Elizabeth Bay. Take a seat in the bright restaurant area and choose from an array of Asian-inspired eats. Our picks? The rice cakes topped with lobster, the wild ginger grilled chicken with coconut and turmeric rice and wagyu beef fried rice omelette. Much of the produce is sourced from their farm, so you know it’s super fresh (and amazing).
Barista & Cook
Not only does this new Sydney café look good (we’re loving the airy, warehouse space feel) but they are also creating some top notch breakfast and lunch food. Already popular with Waterloo locals, expect a bit of a wait during peak hours but you’ll reap the benefits when you sit down to a plate of southern fried chicken with salad, classic cheeseburger and/or one of their smoothies (Oreo, for us please). Don’t forget to order a coffee—it’s some of the best in the area.
With “delicious” in the name of their café, you know it’s going to be, well, delicious. Located in Dulwich Hill, grab a hungry mate and head on down for a brunch so good you’ll want to high five yourself for choosing such a place. Whether you’re down for a big brekkie or just want something a little on the lighter side, you’ll do well to stop by this weekend (or any morning for that matter).
Modern Turkish? Yep, that’s a thing and yes, it’s good. Anason is the first permanent restaurant in Barangaroo and is delivering the goods when it comes to authentic Turkish food. The pumpkin hummus with crispy chickpeas is a must order, as is the stuffed calamari. If a glass of wine is in order (umm, when is it not?), be sure to order one of the Turkish wines—and don’t worry if you don’t know anything about wines from Turkey, the staff will be more than happy to help.
Looking for more things to do? Check out What’s Happening This Weekend in Sydney.
Image credit: Anason