Spring is the time for new things and we’ve got plenty of new restaurants, cafes and shops in Sydney to check out this September. So get ready to road test some game-changing eateries, manage the ever-tricky trans-seasonal wardrobe and, after you’ve done all that, we’ve also got an oasis for your relaxation pleasure. Let’s go, Sydney!
Forget 90210, 2150 is the postcode on everyone’s lips and Sydney’s West is getting a little touch of the East with Chinta Ria opening this spring. Bringing the hawker to you, chef Simon Goh is continuing his modern Malaysian empire with his 4th instalment of the Chinta Ria group. However, this Parramatta outlet will be a little more rock ‘n’ roll with Creedance being a major influence in the design concept. So be prepared to sample some Chinta Ria staples like the Satchmo squid and cheeky bird with Susie Q playing in the background.
Happy As Larry Food Truck
If you haven’t tracked down Happy as Larry, well then mamma mia, where have you been? Here’s the elevator pitch. Three guys. One truck. One damn tasty pizza dream. And as they say, that was that. Having returned from their Beast Feast Tour across Australia’s east coast, cosy up to the custom-made wood fire pizza oven and order yourself some of the best traditional Neapolitan pizza in Sydney. With past menu highlights being the pepperoni and prawn and truffle, you really can’t go wrong. Welcome to the pizza famiglia!
When their Pymble pop-up closed this past December, you could almost hear the collective cries across the North Shore. But now with a permanent residence in Naremburn, Sydneysiders can rest easy. With Jack New handling the culinary magic and Tom Riddell (not the Tom Riddell that you’re thinking of) covering the coffee, there’s always something new going on at Maslow’s. Menu-musts include just about the darn prettiest avocado on rye we’ve ever seen, the Mr Pig burger oozing with a bright orange spiced Kewpie mayo and of course the Sakura bomb. And with a special Spring Soiree organised to introduce you to the new menu, it’s the perfect way to check-off that first level of Maslow’s hierarchy.
We’re saying domo arigato to this Redfern café infusing Japanese flare into café cuisine. Think matcha lamingtons, miso mushroom toast and pork katsu sandwiches. With a former head chef of Bills at the helm, you can really see the same commitment to quality at this little terrace house-café. Wholesome and rustic, with a special focus on local, fresh ingredients, don’t be surprised if you see part of the Oratnek team ducking out into the courtyard herb garden during your midday coffee break.
IRO Double Bay
For those looking for a little Parisian-chic, IRO’s Double Bay store should be next on your shopping list. Headed-up by sibling duo, Arik and Laurent Brittons, the French label features luxury modern pieces that will help you achieve that off-duty model look made famous on the streets of New York. Quickly becoming a cult-favourite after their pieces have been papped gracing the shoulders of some A-list celebs, the store caters to both men and women and provides not just clothes but shoes and accessories as well so you can get a full outfit while you’re there.
Kit and Ace Bondi Junction
Bondi and Surry Hills
The balance between comfort and style is a never-ending battle we have daily here at The Urban List. Thank goodness, Canadian brand, Kit and Ace, has travelled to our shores, bringing with them the sophisticated basics that have made then a worldwide favourite. With a dedication to quality, the brand seeks materials from all corners of the globe with many of their pieces featuring their unique Technical Cashmere that remains soft whilst also being machine washable. With a focus on versatile pieces that work with you throughout the day rather than being a hindrance, you should definitely visit this Bondi Junction and Surry Hills clothing mecca.
Yayoi at The Galeries
An Asian-wide favourite (with over 200 outlets), Yayoi at The Galeries is the second Australian location for this traditional Japanese restaurant and sake bar. But before you go we’d better give you a little crash course in some Japanese lingo. Yayoi serves teishoku which essentially translates to a set meal of a main dish accompanied by a selection of traditional Japanese sides. Another option is ichiju-sansai which means one soup, three sides. But don’t worry, you need not be an expert Japanese linguist as ordering is simply done through an iPad, so no embarrassing pronunciations here!
We’ve consulted with the Cookie Monster and can confirm that B is the letter of the day. So get those lips bangin’ as you take in the beach, burgers and blue skies at Cronulla’s Eat Burger. And boy is their burger game strong. The pork burger sports a bit of an Asian twist with pickled radish and peanut slaw replacing your ordinary lettuce and tomato combo, whilst traditionalists will be appeased by the wagyu beef burger with maple-glazed bacon.
Often the people who most need a bit of a chill-out sesh don’t have the time in their overly stuffed schedules. However, this urban sanctuary is specifically tailored for the CBD work crowd, swapping chanting and unflattering cross-legged positions with comfortable armchairs and calming tea. With short but effective 30-minute guided meditation sessions of breath work, visualisation and effortless awareness, Centred Meditation will get you centred in no time. Each class is consciously spaced throughout the day to fit in with your work schedule, whether you want to start the day off a little more zen, combat 3:30-it is or de-stress before making the commute home, there’s a class perfect for you.
Danks Street is no stranger to top quality notch, so it comes as no surprise that new kid on the block, So 9, is dishing up some seriously tasty Vietnamese favourites. Based off the traditional market stalls you’d find on the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh, there’s plenty of options for you to choose from. For a light meal you can’t go past the rice paper rolls, but if you’re looking for something more substantial then either the banh mi or pho should be high on your list. Having trouble deciding? Don’t worry, So 9 encourages you to have a wander and experience the theatre of seeing food made right in front of you before making your decision.
Here at the Urban List, we firmly believe that you can never have too many Italian joints, especially when they’re as delicious as this one. Adding to the spoilt Waterloo scene, Beccafico Bar & Trattoria is offering punters a relaxed industrial space to let their bellies loose and bask in some much-needed carbs. Serving both brunch and dinner their menu is diverse with sausage paninos, homemade pastas and rich meats such as the lamb shoulder keeping diners happy. While you’re there you may as well have dessert and whether you’re a chocolate fan or not, the chocolate mousse with pistachios is a must.
This Surry Hills restaurant is serving up Chinese fare but not as you know it. With a team plucked from the likes of Quay, Noma, and Momokuku Seiobo you needn’t have any qualms about giving this place a go. A far cry from your local Chinese takeaway joint, Master is where Chinese food meets fine-dining. Notable offerings include the puffed beef tendon (think prawn cracker but oh so better), cold cut Sichuan chicken and raw clams with cured honeydew and bonito. And with 90’s hip-hop playing in the background you can both reminisce and experience something new at Master.
Cured Cuts Club
We’ve heard of beauty boxes, boxes for eco-warriors and even ones for our furrier friends, but this is one we think us meat eaters are going to love. Cured Cuts Club is a monthly subscription that aims to help members sample the world’s best artisan cured meats. Within each box you’ll receive 4-6 hand crafted cured meats—last month’s box was an African edition featuring variations of Biltong and Droewors. And each box comes with an info card so the next time you’re at your dinner party you’ll know the difference between your salame and lonza as well as the perfect beer to have with what meat.
Smokehouse at SoCal
Upon his return, Head chef Zac Smart brought a little bit of the star-spangled banner state back to our shores. Adding to its already casual southern Californian flare is an impressive smokehouse with a new menu to boot. Instant crowd pleasers are sure to be the SoCal-smoked brisket with slaw, BBQ pork short ribs and scallop ceviche. But before you get your knickers in a twist, your SoCal favourites like the Baja tacos are still available as well. And with plenty of cocktails to choose from, gather your friends and have a bit of a fiesta this September as you soak up some much needed Vitamin D.
Image credit: Happy as Larry Food Truck