Get ready for several fab new places to eat and drink and a few new ways to burn it all off. Check out our list of new Sydney restaurants and bars, shops and fitness studios, and see if you can try them all out before the crowds get in.
The word “devastated” barely sufficed when everyone’s favourite Argentinian grill burned down earlier this year. But after five long months of popups and guest dinners in random locations, Elvis and Ben are back at Porteno's original Cleveland Street digs and the 8-hour wood fired pig is better than ever.
The Urban Newtown
What’s that? There’s never anywhere cool to stay around the Newtown area? Well, not anymore! The Urban Newtown is smack bang on Enmore Road in the centre of the foodie action, just a few steps from the Enmore Theatre. The design is industrial-cool and each mini bar is naturally choc-full of craft beer. Time to book a staycation? We think yes!
Glebe Point Road has really upped the ante when it comes to quality small bars that aren’t filled with a hoodie-clad uni crowd. First we saw A Different Drummer, then came Despana and now comes the brainchild of head chef Jordan Muhamad (Rockpool, Chin Chin) and consulting chef Julian Cincotta (Josephine Pignolet Chef of the Year). The menu at Thievery is a rich collection of Lebanese fare and the cocktails also have a distinctive Middle Eastern influence with tea-infused vodka, pomegranate essence and rosewater.
In the same way that you need an app to locate your nearest ATM, or tell you where to find the closest coffee shop, BodyPass allows users to locate nearby gyms, yoga studios and other fitness options. Buuuuut doing more than just finding classes for you, for a monthly fee, you can attend ten different classes per month meaning you have no excuse to be bored of the same old exercise routine.
Waterman’s Lobster Co.
Make a note in your diaries! June 9 is the day that luscious, delicious lobster rolls come to Sydney. We mean properly come to Sydney because, although there’ve been a few renditions of this classic New England dish floating around, the guys at Waterman’s Lobster Co. in Potts Point plan on doing it right with claw and knuckle meat, quality ingredients and a no-nonsense approach.
The trend towards all-in-one cafe and roaster establishments has infiltrated the west and it’s caused quite a kerfuffle. The Emporium is a 150-seat mega-cafe by owners John and Sam Ayoub (the boys behind the wildly successful Coffee Emporium brand) and is also a bakery, bar, restaurant and training space for coffee classes. Oh, and there’s some damn fine Mediterranean fare available for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
People of the North Shore, brace yourselves! Sure, you’re not short of upmarket delis and fine food providers, but there’s something special about a white truffle oil or box of buttery pecan brittle from Simon Johnson. The new store is located in Northbridge Plaza and even boasts a dedicated cheese room.
Old Mate on Crown
Like the eponymous Surry Hills everyman from which this joint takes its name, Old Mate feels like a warm hug as soon as you walk through the door. Perhaps it’s the Toby’s Estate coffee (made strong and hot) or the roast beef and cheese sandwiches served toasted on sourdough, or maybe it’s the totally addictive cinnamon scrolls from Oregano Bakery that sometimes bring along their salted caramel cousins. Either way, you’re on to a good thing with a visit to Old Mate.
Brooklyn Boy Bagels
As a general rule, Aussies have failed at proper bagel making in the past. It’s a sad fact, but we just can’t seem to bring the boil. That was until the good folks at Brooklyn Boy Bagels opened up shop and began peddling their chewy, rustic wares to the masses. You can visit their new Matraville store or, alternatively, order up $60 worth of bagels and enjoy free home delivery.
Bondi Junction and Balmain
There’s a point at which you’ll have to get up and move if you plan on working off all of this month’s eating and drinking. Thankfully two new KX Pilates studios have popped up—one in Balmain and one in Bondi Junction, offering fast-paced 50 minute workouts and complimentary sweat towels to mop up all the, well… sweat.
The Wine Gallery
Do you usually choose a wine based on the label and general price point? We hear you. Well, now you can impress your friends with more than just a pretty label with new website, The Wine Gallery. Aimed to take the confusion out of choosing wine, the guys make it super simple to choose based on what you're eating, what the weather is like, your tastes and what mood you're in! Start choosing now. Cheers!
Image credit: Alessandro Squadrito for Old Mate on Crown