Cafe Paci

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131 King Street
Newtown, 2042 NSW
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Opening Hours

SUN closed
MON 5:30pm - 10:00pm
TUE 5:30pm - 10:00pm
WED 5:30pm - 10:00pm
THU 5:30pm - 10:00pm
FRI 5:30pm - 10:00pm
SAT 12:00pm - 2:30pm
  5:30pm - 10:00pm

The Details

  • Modern Australian
Need to Know
  • Set Menu
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Dates
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert

Cafe Paci is a highly regarded Sydney restaurant by award-winning, Finnish-born chef Pasi Petänen.

Petänen moved to Sydney in 1998 and worked in some of the city’s most impressive kitchens (Quay, Four In Hand and Marque) before opening the original Cafe Paci: a long-term pop-up that ran on Riley Street in Darlinghurst from 2013 to ‘15.

At the permanent Newtown restaurant (which launched in 2019) Cafe Paci is a vibrant, welcoming dining room that has a neighbourhood feel presented with a lot of polish. As well as standard tables, seating is available at a central curved bar, and blue leather-clad corner booths, offering a space for all groups and occasions.

It would be easy to paint the cuisine as Nordic, but it transcends that label and many more. Instead, Cafe Paci’s menu is a celebration of Australian produce and draws inspiration from basically every continent; menu favourites include a rye taco filled with ox tongue and sauerkraut, devilled eggs (upgraded from ‘70s dinner party repertoires), and springy potato dumplings with trout XO.

Cafe Paci's a la carte menu is structured so you could just as easily drop in for a snack and a drink, or enjoy a multi-course feast working your way through almost every dish with a group. A $90pp set menu is also available and required for groups of six or more.

On the drinks list there are creative and well-suited twists on classic cocktails, and a selection of European wines.

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Image credit: Cafe Paci | Instagram and website

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