Spawned from my annoyance at having to eat fast food after an evening movie or finding myself unwillingly visiting the same restaurants again and again, I decided to start researching and create a list of places to eat at. So here it is, my ever expanding list for my tummy. Check back later for more additions.


Balcony Bar
For the $10 Mojitos on Wednesdays
46 Erskine Street, Sydney. Open Monday to Friday from 10am till midnight.

Baxter Inn
An ‘abandoned Chicago sports bar with no sport’ from the same guys as Shady Pines Saloon. “We are opening] a late night, sleazy, early New England style Boston Bar.”
Where: Basement, 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney

Grandma’s bar
For jaffles with your drinks
@ basement, 275 Clarence Street, Sydney.

La Bodeguita del Medio
For the rum, $10 Mojitos, Hemingway Daiquiri & small plates.
@ 125 York Street, Sydney (behind the QVB building).

Shirt Bar
For the whiskey
Sussex Lane, Sydney (Near Westpac Wynyard)

Since I Left You
For possible quiet
338 Kent Street


Eau de Vie
Voted best bar in Sydney by the folks at Time Out
@ 229 Darlinghurst Rd Darlinghurst

For the Argentinian foosball machines.
@ 358 Cleveland Street Surry

@ 383 Bourke St Darlinghurst

Sticky Bar
@ Lvl 2, 182 Campbell St Surry Hills 2010

The White Hart
For the Mixologist & mead!
@ 19-21 Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay


10 William St
For the iconic pork neck sliders, oxtail ragu, tiramisu and Italian wine of course.
@ 10 William Street Paddington

For the wines, mussels & pork ribs in balsamic ($10).
@ 4/50 Holt St, Surry Hills (entrance via Gladstone Street)

For the Amazingly Perfect cocktail ($17), Safe House sliders ($4.50) and arancini balls ($14).
@ 13b Burton Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

Bar H
For the wine, Pickled Ox tongue and breakfast radish ($16) and Quail, chicken liver with wilted radicchio and grapes ($25).
@ 80 Campbell St, Surry Hills

Beba Y Cena at the Carrington
For the Pintxos of course!
@ 538 Bourke St

The Commons
@ 32 Burton Street Darlinghurst

Darlie Laundromatic
For a swill of their homemade organic cordials with vodka and a mini hot dog whilst chilling out under some laundry.
*special* 3 mini hot dogs for $10 on Tuesdays
@ 304 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst

Dry Land Bar & Diner
92 Redfern St, Redfern

El Capo
@ 52 Waterloo Street Surry Hills

El Loco
@ 64 Foveaux Street Surry Hills

Fico Wine Bar
For Italian wine and share plates (tuna croquettes, calamari fritti and deep fried sgonfiotti ripieni with mozzarella and prosciutto) before Il Baretto
@ 544 Bourke St Surry Hills 2010

For really interesting cocktails made by Marty Campaign and the daily specials such as garfish and capers, eggplant salad and pickled octopus.
@ 109 Regent St Chippendale (enter via warehouse rear)

Food Society
@ 91 Riley St, Darlinghurst

Hinky Dinks
For the 50’s charm
@ 185 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst

Izakaya Fujiyama
For the Japanese tapas, Chocolate Cake with Baked Quince and Condensed Milk Ice Cream and “pure” sake.
@ 52 Waterloo St, Surry Hills

Kongs Jungle Lounge
For “Poly-asian diner style food” and the crispy pork belly with watermelon and pomegranate salad. Unique cocktails.
@ 110 Spring Street Bondi Junction

La Tana Spritz Bar
For some Venetian fare with your spritz, namely the cheese croquettes, “burrata: a top knot of soft, milky mozzarella held in a thin skin of itself, served with tomato consomme and slivers of cucumber” and pork ribs.
*specials* Monday – steak night $15, Wednesday – 5 course degustation for $55
@ 435 Cleveland St, Surry Hills

La Vucciria
For the Sicilian fare.
@ 160 Flinders Street Paddington

Love Tilly Devine
For wines galore and duck pate on crispy crostini ($3 each) and the slow-cooked octopus with new potatoes ($15).
@ 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

Pocket Bar
For the crepes & cocktails.
@ 13 Burton St, Darlinghurst

The Norfolk
For the $5.50 tacos ($3 on Tuesdays)
@ 305 Cleveland St, Redfern

Tastevin Bistro and Wine bar
@ Level 1 292 – 294 Victoria Street Darlinghurst

The Wine Library
For the quesadilla of truffle and creamy stracchino ($12), pork and veal meatballs ($12) and the vin santo baked custard.
@ 18 Oxford St, Woollahra

*Special* Every Tuesday night Vini puts on a regional dinner – 4 course set menu for $50.
@ 3/118 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills


Black Star Pastry
For the watermelon cake
@ 277 Australia St Newtown

Boon Chocolates
For the “tsokolate ala negros ($9.50) is a 60-millilitre shot of thick, dark chocolate that’s pleasantly bitter and balanced by molasses and muscovado sugar. It is accompanied by a tiny, velvety chocolate mousse and a rum-and-raisin chocolate.”
@ 251 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Cafe Sopra
For the Meatballs
@ 7 Danks Street, Waterloo // 81 Macleay St, Potts Point // 16 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay

The Fern
@ 4 Pitt Street Redfern

Farmer Jo
Muesli canteen
@ 45 Hutchinson Street Surry Hills

Four Ate Five
@ 485 Crown St Surry Hills

For Cafe Sopraesque fabulousness.
@ 345 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst

La Banette
@ 18 Glebe Point Road Glebe

Luxe Bakery
@ 195 Missenden Road Newtown

Miss Chu
For late night rice paper rolls. Open until 9pm every night.
@ 150 Bourke St Darlinghurst

Tea Parlour
For a spot of high tea ($20) or scones ($8) amongst the eclectic bric and brac.
@ 569 Elizabeth Street

Ten Buck Alley
@ 1/185a Bourke St, Darlinghurst


A Tavola
For beautiful late night pasta
e $20 / m $34 / d $16
@ 348 Victoria St, Darlinghurst

Ad Lib Bistro

Berowra Inn Waters

*Special* Wednesday Sagra Dinners: A four-course dinner with a menu featuring a different seasonal ingredient each week. $55
17 – 19 Alberta St, Sydney, 2000

For the polenta chips and bloodwood trifle
e $9 / m $30 / d $12
@ 416 King St Newtown

Bodega (re-return)
For the pulled pork buns with miso mayo.
@ 216 Commonwealth St Surry Hills

Booth St Bistro
@ 127 Booth Street Annandale

For the Savoy cabbage, pine nuts, raisins, pecorino and pangrattato insalata $20
e $20 / m $32 / d $16
@ 3 Jersey Road Woollahra

The Devonshire
*special* 3 course lunch on Fridays for $35
@ 204 Devonshire Street  Surry Hills

District Dining
@ 17 Randle Street Surry Hills

@ 65 Flinders St. Darlinghurst

Eathouse Diner
For the American canteen kitsch
m $25 / d $9
@ 306 Chalmers Street, Redfern
**Must arrive at 6-6:30pm or face 1 hour wait


Four in Hand

Fratelli Paradiso
For true Italian
e $19/ m $29 / d $12
@ 12 Challis Ave, Potts Point

For the whimsical dishes
e $26/ m $38/ d $20
@ 5-9 Roslyn St, Kings Cross

Glebe Point Diner


Il Baretto
For the Duck Ragu with Papardelle and Spaghetti alla Vongole
m $27 / d $9
@ 496 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

e $15 / m $28 / d $14
@ 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh

Mohr Fish

Neutral Bay Bar & Dining

Mrs. G’s

Montpellier Public House
*special* Sunday Roast Menu 12-5pm 3 courses for $45
@ 141 Belmore Road Randwick


Restaurant Arras

Table for 20



Albee’s Kitchen Malaysian Delights (Malaysian)
For the Asam Pedas fish head curry.
m $7.50 – $28
@ 282 Beamish Street Campsie

Jazz City Diner (American)
For the Seafood jambalaya, Fried chicken with waffles and banana cream pie.
@ 238 Crown St, Darlinghurst

La Paula (Chilean Pastries)
@ Unit 1, 9 Barbara Street, Fairfield

Lao Village (Laotion)
@ 1-3 Anzac Avenue Fairfield

Mere Catherine (Traditional French Bistro)
@ 166 Victoria St, Potts Point

Pempek Clovelly (Indonesian Fish Cake)
Specialises in fish cakes (pempek) in a variety of styles with a feisty chilli-vinegar sambal.
@ 198 Anzac Parade, Kensington
** closes at 8pm

Tehran (Persian/Iranian)
@ 44 Railway Pde, Granville

Ubud (Balinese Indonesian)
For the lumpia (crisp spring rolls filled with prawn), chicken and fish with balado (chilli and tomato) sauce and nasi uduk (coconut rice with beef, egg and lashings of peanut sauce). Book first!
e $9 / m $25 / d $7
@ 584 Anzac Parade, Kingsford

Zac’s Great Food (Afghani)
e $8 / m $15
@ 288 Pennant Hills Rd, Thornleigh


“Northwestern Guatamelan-inspired tequila and beer hall” by two guys from Shady PInes.
Opening: Mid Dec 2011 – Mid Jan 2012
Where: Surry Hills

  1. Love lists!!! I’ve got a mental list but me thinks I need one too so I am more committal!!

    • Dee said:

      Yeah write one up it’s really handy! Pro: everyone asks to visit something “on the list” Con: a dietician is crying somewhere

  2. Don’t forget my bank account and my hips too! LOL

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