With your December calendar no doubt jam-packed full of events, why not impress the crew with your oh so on the pulse knowledge of Sydney’s latest and greatest. From new Sydney pubs to Japanese takeovers, these new openings should be on the top of your list of things to do in Sydney.
Here are the best new cafes, bars and restaurants in Sydney to keep your December fresshhhhh.
If there was one thing we could take away from our Medieval forefathers, it would be the ability to eat, drink and be merry. Enter The Tudor, a Redfern pub that’s just perfect for a low-key boozefest. Here you’ll be treated to all your pub favourites including epic nachos, heart-warming parmies and your classic steak which can all be enjoyed with your beer or wine of choice out on the terrace as you soak up that summer sun.
MLC Centre, CBD
If you’re walking around the CBD ravenous and only a juicy, juicy burger will do, then The Burger Project’s newest outpost in the MLC Centre will be just the ticket. Featuring the same delicious burgers we’ve all come to love, get ready to sink your teeth into that Cape Grim beef patty and lap up that tasty Neil Perry secret sauce. Oh, and if you’ve been in meetings through lunch (you poor soul), feel free to take advantage of the option to order online after 3pm so your burger will be ready and waiting.
Eat Asia at Daiso
To think they could make us love Daiso more, I mean the Hello Kitty notebooks at a mere $2.80 had us sold. But with the addition of their East Asia offshoot to their CBD store, they’ve brought Tokyo even closer to our doorstep. While the same $2.80 price cap doesn’t apply, this just means that there’ll be more quality Asian food products for us to buy. Set to add an eat-in area and Japanese delicatessen, it’s unlike any other supermarket in Sydney.
Salt Meats Cheese
They’ve pleased the Alexandria crowd with their walk-in cheese room, impressed Mosman locals with their handmade pastas and now Drummoyne gets their turn. Stocking the same gourmet Italian fare that we’ve quickly become addicted to, we’re pretty excited about there being another addition to the SMC family. And while you’re there for your weekly shop, it would just be rude not too take the opportunity to dine in as well.
With an unbeatable view of the harbour, the Hotel Palisade has that warm contemporary atmosphere that translates to good summer time drinking. With a whole host of spaces available, you can keep things intimate or invite your whole contact list to this new Millers Point pub. And the menu, you ask? Well, the chicken pie with mint peas and potato mash is a hearty hug with every bite whilst the cauliflower macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food.
Hello Kitty Diner
Ask a five year old what their ideal place would be and you’d likely find that the newly opened Hello Kitty Diner in Chatswood wouldn’t be too far off. Letting the Japanese icon run rife throughout the space all the way into your cuppa, it’s just about the cutest café in Sydney. Of course the ‘grams will be fantastic but food-wise you’re pretty well covered too with a range of burgers and waffles desserts to carry that same sweetness straight to your stomach.
Sydneysiders love a bit of street food, so we’re pretty confident that this new restaurant in Sydney, Yakitori Yurippi, will be a massive hit. Maintaining a simple mission that aims to deliver addictive home-style yakitori, this is one of the cases where you’ll want to bring a big group so you can make your way through the whole chicken, giblet and all.
Giving the Eastern suburbs added bragging rights is their newest addition, Brigade Dining. Taking up residence on the second floor of local favourite, The Light Brigade Hotel, Brigade Dining offers a modern art-deco take on Sydney’s pub scene. With a menu that has an air of fine dining about it without sacrificing its relaxed atmosphere, this Woollahra pub is the perfect stop after a bit of boutique wandering.
The Old Clare Rooftop Bar
A budding oasis in the heart of urban Sydney, just the look of the rooftop pool had us ready to swan-dive into this new Chippendale bar. Perfectly set-up for lazy summer sessions, expect refreshing alcoholic spritzers, tall summer cocktails and beer on tap. Unlike other rooftop bars, everyone’s welcome to this city rooftop and that community-lovin’ vibe continues with their yoga and boxing classes to calm your chakras before you hit the grog.
This Sydney CBD newcomer certainly knows how to make an entrance. Bringing modern Italian fare to the working crowd, Lot. 1 is perfect for your next team lunch or a meal that the client will love. Dedicating a full three levels to our ravenous appetite for Italian deliciousness, you can pop by for a piccolo in the espresso bar on the way to work, snack on some crispy polenta chips for lunch and postpone your commute home with a couple of negronis.
The Greeks just have that penchant for life that we’ve come to love and the Phoenix in Woollahra captures that same vivaciousness. Established by three Greek-Australian brothers, seafood is king at this new Sydney restaurant with the signature crab angel hair pasta being a must for any first-time diners. Complete with a carefully curated drinks menu designed to go perfectly with their seaside menu, it’ll have you day-dreaming about Santorini summers.
Salaryman’s bowl of ramen is your one-way ticket to flavour town. Bringing a bit of edge to ramen slurping, the interiors of this Surry Hills restaurant are a perfect reflection of executive chef, Stephen Seckold’s contemporary take on Japanese cuisine. Beyond the bowl there’ll also be high-impact dishes like stuffed chicken wings and left of field cocktails to make this one unique dining experience.
Aperol Spritz Summer Sessions
At various locations in Sydney
Still on the quest for your drink of the summer? Well here’s a hot contender: the Aperol Spritz—it’s a little bit sweet, a little bit citrus and, with its orange hue, it even looks like summer. And because Aperol love summer as much as we do, they’re hosting a whole series of events just for us. There’ll be Aperol popsicles at Bondi’s The Bucket List, an exclusive Aperol Larger Sour at The Rocks Brewery and an Aperol Garden at Cruise Bar just to name a few. Check out the whole range of events here.
Speaking of new, we were inspired by this new Mezza Train to think of what other food we'd like delivered in train form. Check it out here.
Image credit: Alana Dimou at Salaryman and Jackielyn Powell at Hello Kitty Diner
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