Summer is officially over but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. With new Sydney restaurants, Thai sandwiches (yes, it’s a thing), the best lobster roll you will ever taste and the best new coffee sensation to hit Sydney in a while means March is far from boring. The Urban List has you sorted so you don’t miss out on all the mighty fine things happening this month!
Surry Hills has a new Bollywood sensation and boy is it tasty! Subcontinental is still a new Sydney restaurant, and with a menu inspired by cuisines from all over India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, it is making a great impression on the Sydney food scene. If you like the sound of pineapple raita and cardamom-driven duck rezala (because we do), then head down to Subcontinental quick and get spiced up.
The Roots Next Door
Next door to The Roots, North Sydney’s resident coffee aficionados, lies a brand new small bar that has a lot on offer. The simple yet oh-so-effective menu is focussed on cured meats and imported cheeses (there is even house-cured biltong) with a boutique wine list that is far from your usual local bottleshop fare. The Roots Next Door adds a little class to the classic happy hour with a daily prosecco hour, served with cheese. So try one of the many delicious cocktails and grab a seat in the astro-turfed arcade and welcome autumn in style!
Boon Café and Jarern Chai
The masters of Thai food, Chat Thai, have launched their twist on the stir-fry in Sydney’s Pitt Street – Thai sandwiches. Café food done the Thai way is definitely okay with us, and Boon Café goes all out with Single Origin coffee, herbal tea and Penny Fours pastries, but the real point of interest is the food menu. Thai for breakfast is not typically the norm, except if you’re eating last night’s leftovers, so a crab or chicken congee (rice porridge) to start the day is different and equally as delicious. If you’re after lunch, the nahm prik rolled into one tasty bundle (green chilli relish, spicy pork herb sausage, soft-boiled egg and pickled cabbage salad) is not to be missed but if you’re after a more traditional style noodle dish then Boon Café has you covered – for a Sydney breakfast or lunch with a twist!
Devon By Night at Devon on Danks
Lobster rolls! What more can we say, really? Surry Hills’ popular and acclaimed café spot Devon Café has a new brother in Waterloo and we’re pretty pleased about the whole thing. While offering breakfast and lunch dishes, we’re excited by their new evening eats called Devon By Night. Inspired by Malaysian hawker food, the guys at Devon On Danks are certainly hitting the mark. There are no bookings, meaning get there early, this place gets busy for so many reasons – did we mention lobster roll?
Crazy coffee connoisseurs unite! There’s a new kid in town - Artificer Specialty Coffee and Roastery is a brew bar like no other. Caffeine fixes are taken seriously here so don’t miss out on the masterminds Shoji and Dan’s (ex Mecca and Single Origin) newest project before it inevitably hits the top ten coffee spots in Sydney and goes berserk!
Harry’s Bar & Dining
Bondi’s Wairoa Avenue is abuzz and it’s for the right reasons. With a serious revamp of Harry’s Espresso Bar, this new 80-seater restaurant has undergone a seriously pretty makeover. We’re talking white marble, concrete floors and raw timber complete with an open kitchen, making sure your surroundings are just as delicious as the food. The breakfast fare is healthy and creative, serving coconut, yoghurt and chia puddings and quinoa balls with poached eggs and fatoush. Also open for lunch and dinner, the former Tilbury Hotel chef Bryan O’Callaghan is heading a menu that focusses on fresh, seasonal produce that is sure to please all Sydneysiders. If you’re after something on-the-go, Harry’s Kiosk is just next door, making sure they kick back to their convenience store roots.
Americana done right is something we can all appreciate. Paddington’s newest restaurant is spicing things up on Oxford Street – the red leather booths, a licensed courtyard and the well-stocked bar is an ode to ye olde ‘Murica. Cheeseburgers, buffalo wings and a Philly cheesesteak paired with none other than an Oreo shake is a combo that we all should indulge in.
The Hayberry is channeling the colonial Australian vibe and we love it! With plenty of rustic timber and wrought iron, paired with portraits of Ned Kelly, it is definitely a crowd pleaser. This fresh approach to the ever-expanding art of the perfect small bar, Crow’s Nest’s newest addition is crazy about craft beer and offers a simple yet effective traditional cocktail list.
Two & Twelve
From the guys who wowed us at Panama House on Bondi Road, comes Curlewis Street’s newest addition. Two & Twelve’s menu is a mix of New York City deli and “Dixie style” smokehouse cooking. Items like the smoked pork belly and beef short ribs are sure to draw Sydneysiders from far and wide.
Surry Hills’ Chicken Institute is crazy about the chook and so are we. With a Korean and North American style fusion menu, featuring Korean fried chicken, steamed buns and burgers that are all crowd favourites, the dessert menu is just as wacky and wonderful (goldfish ice cream waffle, anyone?). So get on down there and see what the fuss is about.
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