New Year. New summer hit-list. And while most of us were on break and getting merry, these Sydney newcomers were hard at work making their way to the top of our list of things to do in Sydney. All that’s left for us to do is enjoy the spoils!
So what are you waiting for? Start 2016 right with these new openings.
Artisanal baking mavericks, Bake Bar, are starting off the New Year by doubling down in Double Bay. Expect the same fluffy sourdoughs, pastry-filled glass cabinets and a brekkie and lunch menu that’ll please even the pickiest of eaters. Only using sustainable, organic and seasonal produce, these baked delights are of the highest quality. While you’re there, brush up on your kneading technique by watching the experts in the open kitchen.
This Newport mainstay will be making its homecoming later this month and the renovations are nothing short of epic. Think towering jacarandas, an alfresco deck that offers the best panoramic Pittwater views and a giant magnetic scrabble board. And with Executive Chef Sebastian Lutaud steering the helm, your summer feasting is set to include hot-smoked salmon, grass-fed beef burgers, wood-fired pizzas and gelato. And that’s just round one.
It’s hard to explain what exactly The Paddington is. It’s much more than a pub but then again it’s not your regular restaurant. But all labels aside, it’s mighty delicious. Ben Greeno (Momofuku Seiobo and Noma alum) has teamed up with Merivale to make rotisserie sexy again. Using a combination of Vic’s Meats and Haverick products, you’ve got your choice of protein and the chicken offal is well worth a try even if you have to blindfold yourself to do it.
Blow Bar Co
Specialising in the wash and blow, Blow Bar Co is the place to get glammed up at this summer. Giving the colour and cut the chop, this just means the guys that will be handling your pre-party tresses are experts in styling that perfect up-do. And of course what’s a party without some champers? Get the squad together and coordinate your looks over a glass or two of bubble before walking out of this Waverley hair salon like you’re in a Bad Blood video.
Char Char Food Truck
Rolling into Sydney late last year, Char Char Food Truck’s wheels have been turning ever since with more locations set to be added this year. Having a well-established following thanks to their brick and mortar in Wollongong, there will be lines but that’s just because it’s so good. Dishing up some of the best ribs (they’re basted in a secret Bulu sauce), burgers and shakes in Sydney, your fingers are guaranteed to leave sticky but it’s totally worth it.
Update your wardrobe for 2016 at this new CBD men’s clothing store. Like that cool big brother in your life, Big Trouble has that whole “what this? I just threw this together” thing down pat. Sourcing a carefully curated collection of pieces that all fit into that effortless vintage American style, it’s equally nostalgic and modern. The brands currently on their hangers include Orslow, Post Overalls and Chup.
Like a flock of seagulls, swoop in for a chippy and more at Cheekyburger’s new home in The Chippendale Hotel. Yes, their burgers are practically dripping with jack cheese and no, you most certainly cannot have some. Like a true American, they make no apologies for the fact that their menu is mighty unhealthy. Other heart-attack offerings include the Philly cheese steak and cheeky banana split that’ll have you yelling mine, mine, mine.
Zeus Street Greek
It was no surprise that Zeus Street Greek would eventually make its way south. I mean, when your pitas are this good and just the thought of their chocolate Greek donuts have me salivating, it’s kind of inevitable. If you haven’t given the Uncle Tzimmy a whirl then we recommend bumping up a visit to this Cronulla restaurant high on your to-do list. With your your choice of meat, this mouthful also comes with chips, tzatziki, tomato, onion and paprika.
Indian and Pakistani cuisine kind of gets underappreciated in our fair city... But not anymore. Indu is Sydney’s newest restaurant that not only brings scrumptious plates and punchy cocktails to the table, but also helps us eat with a conscience. All you have to do is order a meal marked with an ‘HM’ and with every bite you’re contributing to Indu’s Village to Village program that provides employment opportunities to those in rural Southern Asia.
New Shanghai Workshop
Dumplings in the pleasure of your own home. Was there ever a better scenario? Didn’t think so. And that dream is now a reality thanks to the opening of New Shanghai’s Workshop store in Ashfield. Stocking all your Chinese favourites including their house-made noodles and Shanghai mini pork wontons available either fresh or frozen, life as a hermit is looking mighty attractive.
If you fantasise about living in a Wes Anderson film, then pack your bags and move straight in to Sydney’s newest bar. Della Hyde in Darlinghurst provides a much-needed boost of romance to Oxford Street with its gorgeous interiors. The cocktails are equally as charming with the sparkling strawberry daiquiri being a perfect addition to their cured ocean trout. And since the drinks menu is updated every two weeks, it’s the place to get on to that next drink of the moment before anyone else.
Not only does an Aperol Spritz look like sunset in a glass, but the delicious combo of prosecco, Aperol and soda makes every sip feel like summer too. Bubbly and fresh, these babies will only set you back $10 at a number of locations dotted throughout Sydney. Think The Bucket List, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Manly Wharf and The Winery for starters. It’s the perfect drink for any breezy summer session. For more details, head here.
We're halfway through summer! How many of these things have you done?
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