BY RITA BRATOVICH
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! Sydney has many unique, fabulous restaurants for every purse and palate. Keep it quick and simple, or chill lazily in a salty cool breeze with a refreshing cocktail. City Hub has done the hard yards and rounded up the options to tick off your summer dining checklist…
Spice I Am
With locations in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Balmain in addition to a north-eastern street food restaurant, House, in Surry Hills, this cleverly titled eatery (say it quickly) boasts the best Thai food outside Thailand. Their manifesto – “fabulous, innovative and authentic” – is fulfilled through the selection of the best and freshest ingredients and the artistry of their chefs. Once a hidden treasure for locals in the know, it now boasts long queues thanks to lip-licking approval by critics and patrons. Vegetarian options are on the menu for those so inclined, wine and beer also. Dine in or take-away.
Nick’s Restaurant & Bar Group
Darling Harbour is a wonderful place to dine, and Nick’s Restaurant & Bar Group offers six consummate venues with front row views, perfect for your New Years Eve celebration! Located on the waterfront, each of these restaurants offers some of Sydney’s freshest seafood, as well as succulent Angus steaks and ribs. Enjoy a whole baby lobster with Mornay, Garlic Butter or Thermidor for only $48 or simply sip on a refreshing beverage while listening to live entertainment. Take your pick from six distinctive venues, each with their own signature dishes. Along The Promenade at Cockle Bay Wharf you’ll find Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, I’m Angus Steakhouse and Adria Bar Restaurant. Up at Darling Quarter, Stacks Bar Restaurant is great for Mediterranean food and cocktail lovers. Or feel the ocean breeze at Nick’s Bar & Grill at King St Wharf, or Cyren at Harbourside!
The Platinum Group of restaurants offers some of Sydney’s best dining in the best locations. Nested amongst the treetops overlooking Cockle Bay is Blackbird Cafe, offering a mixed range of cuisine and array of delicious cocktails. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with live DJ’s Friday and Saturday night. The menu at Casa Ristorante Italiano on King St Wharf is authentically Italian and includes tasty and traditional classics. Try something new everyday with their lunchtime specials. Meatlovers should go to Meat District Co on Kings St Wharf for an honest, rustic meal – choicest cuts, salads, dessert and great atmosphere. Or meet your friends at HBK (Harbourside Bar & Kitchen) for happy hour and some smokey, char-grilled fare.
Sorenzo satisfies the Japanese desire for serenity with its tranquil water views, and the quest to comfortably marry tradition with innovation on a menu that improvises without compromising. With the familiar items, from sashimi to wagyu steak still on offer, the chefs exercise versatility by infusing western ingredients with Japanese flavours to create new taste experiences. This is the place for sensory dining.
When you want your food fast but you don’t want “fast food”, Express Grill at Harbourside is the right place. Classic menu items help you choose quickly and confidently, plus with the assurance of integrity in the kitchen you will be happy with your choice. Cooked breakfasts; salads, burgers, pizza for lunch and meat or fish meals for dinner mean most of the family should be catered for. Take advantage of website-only specials.
Authentic Turkish street food, freshly made and delicious. Gozleme King has eateries all over Sydney including Westfield, City, Harbourside and Darling Harbour. Choose from a tasty range of basic or gourmet gozleme. Meat fillings include beef, chicken, lamb, salmon or sucuk (spicy sausage). Combine with (or opt for) feta cheese, english spinach, egg, mushroom, capsicum, olives, potato or avocado. Make sure to leave room for a decadent gozleme dessert – caramalised banana or Nutella!
Fogo’s menu is based on the traditional Brazillian churrasco grill, with tasty meats cooked to perfection. They have foodcourt outlets scattered around Sydney and two dine-in restaurants, one in Central Park and one at Bondi Beach. The dine-in restaurants are licensed and offer beer, wine and palate cleansing cocktails. Sides include fries, onion rings, beans and some basic green salads, but this is really a place for people who prefer meat with their meat.
When their claim to have “the best duck’n burgers ever” is legitimate, you can forgive the multitude of “duck” puns you’ll encounter. Newcomers to “it” alley, Kensington St in Central Park, this modern twist on Chinese cuisine is sure to establish itself as a stayer. On the menu is a selection of basic meals, burgers and quick snacks, with the predominant ingredient being roast or crispy duck. The popular duck pancake appetisers are two soft, thin crepes wrapped around succulent strips of duck with slices of cucumber, spring onion and a tasty hoisin sauce. Try the porker burger: caramelised sweet and sticky bbq pork jowl, apple chutney, lettuce and coriander relish. Utterly messy and absolutely delicious! Go now before this place becomes ridiculously popular.