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.
+ CITY BARS
For the $10 Mojitos on Wednesdays
@ 46 Erskine Street, Sydney. Open Monday to Friday from 10am till midnight.
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
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).
For the whiskey
@ Sussex Lane, Sydney (Near Westpac Wynyard)
Since I Left You
For possible quiet
@ 338 Kent Street
+ OUTSIDE THE CITY
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
@ Lvl 2, 182 Campbell St Surry Hills 2010
The White Hart
For the Mixologist & mead!
@ 19-21 Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay
+ EATING & GETTING SLOSHED
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
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
@ 32 Burton Street Darlinghurst
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
@ 52 Waterloo Street Surry Hills
@ 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)
@ 91 Riley St, Darlinghurst
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
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
For the crepes & cocktails.
@ 13 Burton St, Darlinghurst
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
+ CAFES & STREET STALLS
Black Star Pastry
For the watermelon cake
@ 277 Australia St Newtown
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
For the Meatballs
@ 7 Danks Street, Waterloo // 81 Macleay St, Potts Point // 16 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
@ 4 Pitt Street Redfern
@ 45 Hutchinson Street Surry Hills
Four Ate Five
@ 485 Crown St Surry Hills
For Cafe Sopraesque fabulousness.
@ 345 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst
@ 18 Glebe Point Road Glebe
@ 195 Missenden Road Newtown
For late night rice paper rolls. Open until 9pm every night.
@ 150 Bourke St Darlinghurst
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
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
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
*special* 3 course lunch on Fridays for $35
@ 204 Devonshire Street Surry Hills
@ 17 Randle Street Surry Hills
@ 65 Flinders St. Darlinghurst
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
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
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
Neutral Bay Bar & Dining
Montpellier Public House
*special* Sunday Roast Menu 12-5pm 3 courses for $45
@ 141 Belmore Road Randwick
Table for 20
+ ETHNIC EATS
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
@ 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
+ OPENING SOON
“Northwestern Guatamelan-inspired tequila and beer hall” by two guys from Shady PInes.
Opening: Mid Dec 2011 – Mid Jan 2012
Where: Surry Hills