Darlinghurst’s Stanley Street is one of our fave foodie spots in Sydney. Tucked away in the middle of the inner city, it’s filled with pretty much every kind of dish you could dream of—from pasta to pappadums—all of which are absolutely delish, and the booze options ain’t bad either.
Get ready to stretch your stomach because here is the only guide you’ll need to our fave Stanley Street haunts.
The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye is the kind of bar you go to for one drink but stay allllllll night. Tucked away above Dumplings and Beer, this place is best known for its cocktails, mixing up all of the old faves like margaritas and martinis, as well as new inventions like strawberry blondes (think lemon, strawberries, gin, soda and lemon curd) and banana rum daiquiris. Make your way through the entire cocktail list and order the charcuterie board if you get hungry, or the cheese toastie, or both.
TBH, nothing beats pizza and we’re confident in saying that if you haven’t tried Bar Reggio’s slices of carby goodness, you seriously need to. The pizzas are simple but god damn delicious and the service is as Italian as it gets. Did we mention it's BYO? See you there.
Brick Lane is the Stanley Street newcomer you need to know about. With a London edge, the menu is a contemporary take on the delicious spices from the Indian Subcontinent–think flavours of India, in non-Indian dishes. From calamari bhajis with sliced calamari and green onion fritters alongside spiced cucumber raita to chickpea fries (aka paprika & curry spiced fries with creamy ginger yoghurt), you’re going to want one of everything. And don’t worry, they have pappadums too.
Despite its location smack bang in the middle of Stanley Street, Sagra is a total hidden gem. If you can nab yourself a table (we strongly suggest you book ahead), you’re going to want one of everything from this Italian menu, rotating on the daily with only the best local produce. Start off with an Aperol Spritz and whatever you do, order dessert.
Sushi On Stanley
Boasting some of the best sushi in town (yes, we went there), Sushi On Stanley is the perfect place to seat yourself for a mid-week feast. The rolls are jam-packed with all the raw fish you could ever want and the chicken katsu udon is what your deep fried dreams are made of.
If Chicago deep-dish pizza isn’t enough to get you off the couch and away from Netflix, we don’t know what will. With a Rat Pack slash swing-themed downstairs bar, a Sicilian-style courtyard, a “gangster lounge” for eating and drinking, and a retro, Cuban-themed cigar deck, a night at Johnny Fontane’s is waaaaay better than watching The Sopranos for hours on end. Just sayin’.
Bill & Toni’s
Bill & Toni’s is a Darlinghurst institution. The original cheap eat, this Italian restaurant is a must on any Sydneysider’s foodie bucket list. The portions are bigger than your grandma’s and the food tastes just as good (if not, better). Order the lasagne with a side of pasta and let the carb loading begin.
From the brains behind Devon and Devon on Danks, Lucky Suzie serves up the best of Malaysian street food in total Sydney style. Wrap your lips around crumbed truffle mushroom and mini prawn katsu, or feast on calamari from a charcoal grill and DIY pork bao, then wash it all down with their signature rama-rama spritz (think gin, citrus, blue-pea flower & jasmine, dandelion & burdock bitters).
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Image credit: Johnny Fontane's