Whether you’re still recovering from the advent of the Easter long weekend or your foodosophy is “go hard, or go home”, we’re bringing you a lineup of new chefs on the block, collabs and a hot dog creation that’s about to takeover Sydney.
From everything sticky and fried, organic and raw, here are the essential foodie hubs you need to get you and friends to over the next 48 hours.
To put it bluntly, Bar Chinois is for the game changers, the eccentrics and, by god, the ravenous. Holding up on the famous foodie stretch on Kensington Street, this little nook morphs into the ultimate French-Asian fusion bar. Combining the best of East and West flavours, Bar Chinois gives iconic French dishes a touch of Asian spice plating up a sticky pork belly baguette or Tokyo crepes with enoki and shiitake mushroom.
Prince Harry is not the only Harry you should keep your sights on this year. Hotel Harry is bringing on more than anything the royal family ever could, with chef Morgan McGlone set to be the new food curator at the cultural hub this year. Offering up an other-worldly experience (often of the fried chicken variety), McGlone will handle the entire bar and food menu, drawing inspiration from southern cuisine, house pickling and fermentation. Expect exciting things from Harry in the upcoming months including guest chefs, pop-up dinners and event catering.
Give us dumplings, pork rolls and crispy pancakes. The Nguyen Brothers have infiltrated Fountain Street and are bringing their best fork forward with the likes of banana sticky rice under a hot sago coconut milk and a cracking bowl of fried eggplant with minced pork. With bamboo baskets and delicate bowls of Vietnamese goodness, it’s about time you start getting yo’ pho on.
Who is Lucy? And why is she so juicy? For feeds that require crazy good finger food and burgers oozing with flavour, Lucy is your main gal. A chicken rotisserie worth your weekly visit, this Surry Hills take-out knows how to plate up a damn good chook—tender and succulent, slow cooked and seasoned. Grab a box of khao mom gai chicken with rice and cucumber relish alongside their sticky and fried (only the best two things we could ever hear) drum sticks. Oh, and if you can fit it in, the guys do a killer burger with the Lil Kim being our fave.
No doubt your hands have already done the wholesome hug of approval around the sacred buns at Chur Burger (and if they haven’t all we can say is… seriously?) but these burger juggernauts are doing what us Sydneysiders freak out over most—a chef collaboration! Teaming up with Chrissy Flanagan, the sultan of sausages, Chur Burger has created a craze we’re not even sure we’re ready for yet. The new hot dog is packed with pork shoulder and smoked hickory, brown sugar, invariably topped with slices of caramelised onions, pickled cabbage and drenched in a grated manchego or beef chuck, black garlic aioli with whisky sour pickles and blue cheese. Holy mother of hotdog.
Get a taste of the healthy life at Girdlers this weekend. For breakfast and lunch combos that spark beautiful and colourful spreads of vegan pasta, jars of kombucha, coconut chai lattes and a unique six bean coffee blend, this cafe whips up raw, fresh goodies and everything else in between. Following a mantra of “Simple, Honest, Goodness”, the Girdlers crew serves up nutritious food along the oasis of Dee Why beach.
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