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Best New Restaurants in Sydney: 40 New Venues to Put on Your Radar

Looking for date night dinner inspiration? We’ve tasted our way across the city to bring you the hottest new eateries — these are the best new restaurants in Sydney to know about!

Shaffa (Image Credit: Kitti Gould)
Shaffa (Image Credit: Kitti Gould)

Now that we're officially half way through the year, it's clear that the Sydney foodie scene is back in full force and we' can't wait to get back out there and explore Sydney's culinary scene. 

These are the best new restaurants opening in Sydney this year. Trust us, these venues are absolutely worth a visit!

Best New Restaurants in Sydney: August

Chi Chi

This pan-Asian bar and restaurant is one of the best new restaurants in Sydney’s CBD. Open each morning for brekkie and a caffeine fix and then and transforming into a buzzing eatery at night. From the same team behind Bellucci Cucina and Fortuna, Chi Chi draws inspiration from the fusion blends of Asian restaurants and from – believe it or not – premium airlines business lounges. Relatively intimate with just 60-seats, you’ll feel like you discovered a hidden gem but with a serious menu with a kitchen helmed by Bremmy Setiyoko – formerly of the Rockpool Group – expect small plates like crispy eggplant with fragrant soy and chili. Bigger share plates include the melt-in-your-mouth Massaman beef short rib with peanut and kipfler potato or if you want to taste it all, check out their banquet menu.

Lower Ground, Grosvenor Place, 3/225 George Street, Sydney CBD

Shaffa

Owned by Israeli-born chef Erez Nahum, Shaffa brings its modern twist on Tel Aviv street food to the heart of Surry Hills. Nestled within a narrow alley between a 120-year-old church and a 19th-century inn, the indoor-outdoor space is enclosed by a dramatic 10-metre-high glass roof. Sitting at the chef’s bar, indulging in the set menu is one of our favourite Sydney dining experiences.  As well as their typical set menus, Shaffa has introduced a bottomless brunch for the weekend, including house-made pita, dips and pickles, charred eggplant, flank steak and fish tartare. Finish the brunch with Turkish coffee, Morrocan mint tea and a few sweet treats for good measure. If you want to take things to the next level, you can opt for a 90-minute beverage package with $37 scoring you rosé and Goldstar beer and $47 including a margarita upgrade.  

80 Albion Street, Surry Hills

S'more
S'more
S’more

With linen napkins, low warm lighting and an approachable feel this Castlecrag bistro has a high-end menu filled with the indulgent mains that have become synonymous with chef “Big Sam” Young, (formerly of Lotus Potts Point). Begin with lighter raw dishes including caviar, rock oysters and raw scallop crudo or go all in with massive high-end steaks, lobster pasta, truffle spaghetti and fusion desserts.

79 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

JINJA

Opening on August 3rd on Level 1 of The Governor Hotel, this contemporary Cantonese restaurant is headed by Sebastian Tan, who previously headed up kitchens at Crown Sydney, and specialty chef Kushal Lama who comes from a family of celebrated Chinese chefs. Guests are invited to feast on mouth-watering Eastern flavours with a contemporary influence from over 20 dim sum and show-stopping main plates including live lobster and coral trout. In a space which is inspired by equal historic Shanghai and colonial Hong Kong with a timeless eastern feel and opulent red velvet accents. The venue also boasts an extensive collection of teas for anyone looking to partake in a traditional ceremony. On the alcoholic front, there’s an epic range of baijiu and a hundred bottle strong wine list.

Level 1, 9 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park

Slims Westfield Sydney

This retro American burger joint (with one of the cutest pastel-hued aesthetic) has just opened a new location in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Pick up a burger, loaded fries and wash it all down with a thickshake, spider or fountain soda.

Westfield Sydney, Pitt Street & Market Street, Sydney

Best New Restaurants in Sydney: July

The Strand Hotel

Paris is calling and The Strand is here to answer. The 99 year old pub in Darlinghurst, which has been welcoming patrons since the roaring 20s, has entered a delicious new era as it transforms into a four-level dining and hotel precinct. Effortlessly French, the bistro has an open fire, black and white tiled floors, café chairs and a cosy atmosphere. Presenting old world Parisian charm without any of the pretense, the menu from Head Chef Alex Kavanagh offers classics from Magret duck with plum and radicchio, steak frites, duck leg pie with mash and gravy and (of course) baguettes with cultured butter. Desserts of Vanilla crème brûlée and a fluffly souflée with sauce anglaise. Everything you'd expect from one of the best French restaurants in Sydney.

The drink list has a great list of French and Australian wines by the bottle and by the glass, a 49 bottle strong whisky list features Japanese, Irish and Scottish whisky for a winter warmer and there’s a French-inspired cocktail list including a rich and sweet Charlie Chaplin with sloe gin, apricot brandy and lime juice. Their soon-to-be-opened rooftop with DJs and casual food and drink offerings, knowing our cities appetite for rooftop bars, it’s sure to be a major hit!

99 William Street, Darlinghurst

North Bondi Kepos

Each winter the iconic NBF collaborates with a local venue to bring us soul-warming dishes for the colder months. This year Kepos is stepping up to the plate to takeup residence in the seaside venue. Bringing a taste of Tel Aviv to the Eastern Suburbs, their goal is to create a dining experience that is equal parts party and banquet. With a vibrant atmosphere, the Middle Eastern restaurant is known for their generous servings of good food and a spirited space where dinner parties turn into dance parties.

The menu is broken down into five sections: mezze, raw, grill, mains and sides. Expect tableside hummus, kingfish ceviche, oysters with Middle Eastern chimichurri, wagyu flank steak and coriander crusted lamb shoulder. The North Bondi Kepos cocktail menu (which is available all day – love!) is designed by Shay Cullen. Highlights include the theatrical ‘figorita’ a twist on the classic marg with fig puree and homemade grenadine, served from a ceramic teapot and their take on the Jagerbomb, the ‘bergabomb’ where a flaming shot of Arak is dropped into a beer.

120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi

Bistro Fitz

Toby Stansfield, who previously helmed kitchens at Yellow, Monopole and Fabricca, has taken up the reigns of the new and improved Old Fitz in Woolloomooloo. The upstairs space has been reimagined as a “no-rules” Modern Australian restaurant, Stansfield is bringing his own brand of creativity to the fun and flirty bistro menu. Handmade pasta with pesto and pangrattato and beetroot tarte tatin sit alongside nostalgic classics like a rooster roll confit rooster on brioche bread.

Downstairs the approachable and ‘snacky’ pub menu offers bites and Eastern Suburbs local would love, steak frites, oysters with whisky and pickle mignonette and fried with yuzu mayo as well as sweet treats; plays on fairy bread, vanilla slices and the iconic crepe cake with dulce de leche crème and poached rosella flowers.

The cocktail menu strikes a similar high-brow/low-brow tone with a Fanta negroni, pine-lime marg and the ironically dubbed “Daryl Braithwaite’s The Horses” with Jack Daniels, mango and macadamia.

The Old Fitz, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo

Izgara

Izgara means grill in Turkish and this new restaurant grills to perfection. In a suburb known for it’s delicious restaurants, Izgara has created a meat-driven menu where protein is cooked on an open grill in the middle of the restaurant. Executive Chef Efe Topuzlu has brought chefs over from Turkey to ensure authenticity. Start with oysters, Hiramasa kingfish with coconut and Yarra Valley caviar before moving onto small plates of fried bulghur, lamb mince and citrus cream, kofte and zucchini flowers. Then move onto the grilled dishes; a yoghurt based kebab with shaved lamb backstrap and foamy butter, lamb loin with smoked eggplant, rib-eye, Wagyu you name it! The 35-seater restaurant has an interior inspired by 60s Turkish cabaret theatres with dimmed lighting, intimate booths, antique mirrors and a chef’s table alongside the grill. This one is a must try!

9-15 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

Edition Izakaya
Edition Izakaya
Edition Izakaya

Edition Roasters is taking a brand new path with an evening Izakaya offering with a yakitori and saké menu; reliably delicious but yet a definite departure from their daytime offering. Available on Wednesday and Saturday nights until late, Darling Square has a new addition to their host of unique Asian flavours. In addition to yakitori skewers, our menu picks include mochi croquettes, fried chicken with teriyaki glaze, soy butter clams served with crispy potatoes and chives and slurpy King prawn udon with silky black garlic butter. Finish with a sweet treat, miso chocolate tiramisu or yuzu Basque cheesecake, maybe?

60 Darling Drive, Sydney

Manly Pavilion
Manly Pavilion
Manly Pavilion

Manly Pavilion, a Northern Beaches icon since 1933, has reopened under the watchful gaze of the Boathouse Group. With their signature chic aesthetic – coastal grandma, eat your heart out! – and an approachable menu the Pav has reached icon status. The food menu includes Mediterranean classics like focaccia, oysters, crab toast and Kingfish ceviche as well as hearty mains from lighter flatbreads to rich roast eggplant, grilled market fish and our personal favourite, bay bug linguine topped with chili and caviar. Looking for the perfect time to visit, their weekday happy hour from 4pm to 6pm includes $8 sparkling, $12 Aperols and margaritas alongside $3 oysters loaded with finger lima and pomegranate and half-priced flatbreads. Recently engaged or just looking to celebrate? There might be no better spot for a wedding or event.

West Esplanade, Manly

Luna Lu (Image Credit: Jude Cohen)
Luna Lu (Image Credit: Jude Cohen)
Luna Lu

In the Campbell’s Cove precinct, the delightful menu is matched only by the view. Joining the fray is Luna Lu, a contemporary Asian premium dining experience. Inspired by the high-end diners of London’s East End. The menu offers marble striploin, eastern rock lobster with Chinese noodles and Luna Lu’s XO sauce, candied fried rice with seafood, XO Hokkaido scallops, prawns and more. For lovers of set menus, Luna Lu also offers a three-course set menu for $98 per person and a banquet menu for $150.

Bays 4 & 5, 7-27 Circular Quay West, Campbells Cove, The Rocks

Manon

Say bonjour to Manon, a European style brasserie from industry veterans who brought us one of the best venues of 2021, Lola’s. Within one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings, a sophisticated menu with elevated brasserie classics is brought to you by a French-born head chef straight from a three-starred Michelin in Frances gastronomic capital, Lyon. Inspired by the French, all day dining style Manon is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily as well as a light late-night supper service on Friday and Saturday nights. Also inspired by the French is their 400-bottle strong wine list and delicately balanced aperitifs.

Ground Floor, Queen Victoria Building, George Street, Sydney CBD

Maydanoz (Image Credit: Steven Woodburn)
Maydanoz (Image Credit: Steven Woodburn)
Maydanoz

"Plant-predominant" is one of the newest, hottest foodie buzzwords and celebrated Turkish Chef Somer Sivrioglu is moving into it full force with his new CBD venue. Combating the idea that Turkish dishes are all kebabs lamb and meat, Maydonoz pays homage to the casual vegetable-driven meze bars of the Aegean Turkish coast. Dishes are cooked in olive oil and hero grains, legumes and classic Turkish takes. Between the interior which draws inspiration from Aegean herself with green and gold tones, marble countertops and the drinks menu of mineral-rich premium Turkish wines – it’s like diving headfirst into Istanbul.

Shop 1, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney

Best New Restaurants in Sydney: June

Whalebridge

Meet us at the intersection of Paris and the Pacific. What are we talking about? The dreamy new harbourside restaurant, Whalebridge. With perhaps one of the best addresses on the planet, this epic new venue sits on the edge of the glittering harbour between the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Executive Chef, Will Elliot - formerly of Melbourne’s Cumulus Inc and Sydney’s Hubert – is bringing together a rich menu that celebrates the French brilliance of good produce treated simply. In an iconic environment but with a playful, relaxed feel, you can sit by the sea knocking back briny oysters, Marseilles bouillabaisse and lobster thermidor. What could possibly be better than that!

Circular Quay East, Sydney

Lotus Dumpling Bar Summer Hill

The Summer Hill dining scene has a new crown jewel! Enter Lotus Dumpling Bar. Part of the much loved Lotus Dining Group, the new restaurant caters to a sophisticated palate in a relaxed atmosphere with exposed brick walls, intimate banquettes and sleek timber tables. Order from a vibrant Cantonese style menu with Lotus’ signature dumplings, new vegan and vegetarian offerings and exciting new dishes that play with flavour, textures and expectations.

Our top picks? The hot and numbing chicken ribs and the signature XO scallops with Chinese 'dipping donuts' light crispy fried bread to mop up the decadent XO sauce. Pairing with these moreish dishes is a drinks menu which focuses on craft beers and riesling which both pair perfectly with the rich spicy flavours. Bottom line? This one is absolutely unmissable!

26 Lackey Street, Summer Hill

Beast and Co

Ready to step into Bohemia? Surry Hills’ Beast & Co is serving up a delicious seasonal menu inspired by the team's Czech and Slovakian family recipes, more or less a masterclass in Eastern European cuisine. Not one for the vegetarians, this is a protein heavy menu which devotes itself to beasts of all sorts from chicken, duck, pork, beef and fish. This hearty and rich menu and cosy dining room is our go-to for a soul warming winter meal.

15 / 425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Pellegrino 2000

This new Surry Hills restaurant is one of the hottest places to be! Mixing things up with fresh new twists on old school classics, you can expect fritto misto with Japanese dashi salt, crumbed tripe with parmesan and Sichuan pepper and, of course, piles of pasta from spaghetti vongole and capellini, tomato and spanner crab to pappardelle with lamb shoulder ragu washed down with a hearty red. Lead by Daniel Pepperell and Michael Clift, the acclaimed duo behind Bistrot 916, one of our favourite Potts Point restaurants, this one is sure to keep making waves for all the right reasons.

80 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Palle

This cheerful new eatery in Sydney’s Tramsheds precinct is bringing their meatball movement to the Inner West. The team behind A Tavola and Flour Eggs Water, uses a Maiale family recipe to celebrate the classic Italian dish. Keeping the menu succinct with just a handful of flavours, you can order the meatballs as a set of two, a bucket of 12, on a bed of house-made spaghetti or as a classic meatball sub. Pair it all with a side of cheesy garlic bread and top the meal off with the sweetest of all the Italian ball-shaped foods … the delicious bombolini!

Tramsheds, Forest Lodge

Best New Restaurants in Sydney: May

Besuto

Brace yourself for perhaps the most magical dining experience in Sydney. This intimate 12-seater omakase restaurant from head chef Hirofumi Fujita is simply out of this world. Omakase literally means ‘I’ll leave it to you’ and that’s exactly what you’ll do at this new Quay Quarter Lane restaurant. Serving only 18-course omakase menus for $180 per person, so you simply arrive, let the worries of the world fade away and allow the talented and generous chefs to hand you plate after plate of deliciousness! The menu is decided each day based on the freshest produce that the team can source at their early morning fish market run so there will be no pre-dinner menu stalking and you’ll never know what you’re getting until you show up but trust us – you won’t be disappointed!

6 Loftus Lane, Quay Quarter Lanes, Sydney CBD

Pocket Pizza

Manly’s favourite local Italian, Pocket Pizza have opened their doors in Brookvale. The retro gem serves up all the favourites from margherita pizza with vodka sauce, a parma pizza – hilariously named “parmaa! Just killed a man” – and rich deliciousness like the “Netflix & Chill” with tomato base, fior di latte, nduja, ricotta, salami, chilli flakes and a sexy drizzle of honey. Wash it all down with a glass of wine and then finish the night with a banoffee banana split.

515 Pittwater Road, Brookvale

Topikós Dining Room & Bar

The group behind Shell House are headed east to Bondi Beach. An ode to modern Greek dining, Topikós Dining Room & Bar, boasts both an 80-seat dining room and a spacious 100-seat bar and an outdoor Mediterranean-style  terrace. With a focus on honest, simple food, the menu will transport you to the Greek isles. We’re talking meze, share plates, grilled dishes and fresh and fabulous seafood.

180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

Best New Restaurants in Sydney: April

The Mayflower St Leonards
The Mayflower St Leonards
The Mayflower

Following the success of their Darlinghurst café, The Mayflower has opened a new venue in St Leonards. Following their tradition pink-hued theme, the venue is experiential dining at it’s best. With rich, luxurious dishes from fresh oysters and wagyu tartare to lobster sashimi, dry aged duck and stepped up fried chicken, everything this venue represents is beyond luscious. Chefs Jihwan Choi and Nicola D’Angela are helming the restaurant which is set to be a gem on the North Shore dining scene. Adding to the overall theatrics, there is a spectacular display or artwork from flower installations from Don DeLamour including thousands of blue butterflies. However, the most show-stopping element is the digital media art from Refik Andadol, made using AI and images of nature. Straight from the NGV, this is the pieces first jaunt in Sydney.

Shop r1106, 488 Pacific Highway,St Leonards

The Castlereagh by Fassnidge

Everyone’s favourite Irish chef, Colin Fassnidge is bringing his unique brand of expertise to the Castlereagh Club. Known for upscale pub classics, Fassnige has transformed the first level of the venue aiming to bring the warmth of a local pub ‘where people recognise your face and beer order’ to the iconic CBD venue. Expect classics like Colin’s suckling pig sausage roll and buttermilk chicken schnitzel.

Level 1, 199 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Civico 47

Paddington mourned when Lucios’ shut their doors after four decades but, luckily for the locals, Civico 47 has stepped in to take their place. Helmed by Chef Matteo Zamboni formerly of Ormeggio, Pilu at Freshwater and Jonah’s, CIVICO 47 is a light filled dining space with a cosy bar and a Mediterranean feel. The menu is refined yet accessible which is perfect for a suburban location. Highlights include housemade focaccia with charcuterie and EVOO, carpaccio with macadamia, vincotto and Brussel sprouts, Mafalde with king prawn, bok choy and tomato and show-stopping whole market fish with orange and saffron emulsion. Finish your meal with an amaro and a rich chocolate and coffee budino topped with orange caramel.

47 Windsor Street, Paddington

Parlar Potts Point

Say hola to Sydney’s first ever Catalan fine diner. From the team behind Franca - conveniently just next door - Parlar Potts Point is a chic small seater with 45 covers inside between the restaurant and bar and outdoor seating for 10. Decked out with marble flooring, oak timber, blood orange cushioning and with large unique tapestries draped from the walls, you’ll instantly be immersed in an unquestionably Mediterranean atmosphere. Executive Chef, Jose Saulog broken down into tapas, share plates, mains and desserts. Starting with tapas plates of anchovy churro and chorizo or manchego and egg on a toasted muffin. Then move onto share plates that are so delicious, you’ll be fighting over the last bite. We’re talking wagyu carpaccio with bonito aioli and fried bread, kingfish with Sturgeon Caviar with smoked tomato oil and orange and more. Go in for a slew of substantial mains or save room for dessert with their take on a crema catalana or tarta santiago with buttermilk and lemon. Wash the whole thing down with well-picked wines and a cocktail list packed with modern classics spun with a Catalan twist highlighting fino sherry, naval orange and lavender.

1/81 Macleay Street, Potts Point

ELE by Federico and Karl

This might be Sydney’s most exciting meal yet… Welcome to ELE by Federico and Karl, a progressive dining experience from two of our most innovative chefs, Federico Zanellato and Karl Firla. One of Sydney’s most ambitious gastronomic ventures, diners are invited on a veritable voyage as you move through the restaurant enjoying each course. The menu is inspired by the elements - earth, wind, fire, water - and changes based on seasonal Australian ingredients.

Your night starts at the bar where you enjoy a cocktail and a snack selection including a crumpet topped with wagyu tartare and confit egg yolk. Then move into the dining room for exciting dishes of dry aged Murray cod served with roasted bone sauce, native coastal greens and Western Australian marron. The final dishes are served at The Chef’s Table where diners will sit in an intimate space watching chefs plate up desserts from frozen parfait to roasted grains and salted caramel. Tantalising more than just the tongue, each new ‘space’ will feature video loops inspired by the elements and bathe the diner in different lights, sights and sounds.

The degustation menu is probably something you’ll want to bank for celebration or special treat with the elemental experience ringing in at $255 per person with wine pairings available at an additional cost but, to be honest, it’s a worthwhile price to pay for a meal that’s set to be one you’d talk about for the rest of your life.

Level G, Edward Street Entrance, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont

fermento food & wine bar

Taking over the venue once home to beloved Almond Bar during lockdown last year, Sydneysider's are now able to experience fermento in all its glory. The restaurant invites you to embrace everything good about Italian food and wine. 

The menu is full of delicacies you will want to try. Our two favourite dishes are the homemade prawn ravioli with lemon butter sauce, thyme and roasted pine nuts, and the eggplant parmy rolls with buffalo mozzarella, Napoli sauce, parmigiano, basil sauce and balsamic reduction. Be sure to pair this with one of their delectable wines.

379 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Best New Restaurants in Sydney: March

Bouillon l’Entrecôte

Fancy a trip to Paris? This traditional French bouillon is all about serving up simple, traditional French fare. Make your way up the stairs past a gallery of French posters, an open kitchen and an enviable cellar. With white tables, banquette seating and classic French plates, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into Paris. Start à la française with a drink or two and hors d’oeuvres from oysters shucked to order, rich soufflé with twice baked Roquefort with confit onion and walnuts, soul-warming soupe a l’oignon or even some buttery escargot. When mains roll around you’re offered an epic selection of plats principaux from duck magret with perfectly piped pommes duchesse to rock lobster. The main event, however, are their delicious steaks. Their signature chargrilled sirloin is served with fries, walnut green salads and their famous secret sauce. Make sure you leave room for dessert, their tarte tatin with delicious, thin ribbons of apple served with house made mascarpone is one of the best things you’ll try in your life. Mark our words, this is set to be one of the best French restaurants in Sydney.

6 Loftus Street, Sydney

AALIA

The latest venue to open in Martin Place's MLC Centre is ESCA Group's newest venue, AALIA. Introducing an elevated dining experience with Middle Eastern nuances, their refined menu sheds light on foreign flavours and unique culinary techniques.

When it comes to the beautifully designed space, the curved, sculptural features pay homage to Sydney’s iconic MLC Centre, and renowned architect Harry Seidler. Pair this with their beautiful food and wine offering, and your in for an unforgettable dining experience at AALIA.

Shop 7-8/25 Martin Place, Sydney

Circa Restaurant + Bar

With sunlit spaces, comfy banquets and outdoor terrace seating, this is the perfect place to drink your way from day to night. With a signature rosé list, open seafood bar and punchy seafood menu with Asian influences, this new Eastern Suburbs restaurant should be at the top of your list.  

6/2-22 Knox Street, Double Bay

Fortuna

This new modern Italian eatery will have you thanking your lucky stars. With a menu that stretches from brunch to lunch to dinner – Fortuna knows how to keep the good times coming. Go all in for charcuterie, cheese, pasta and more. They’ve also got a list of seven signature cocktails and amaros and grappas for an after dinner drink – a little digestivo!

247 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Best New Restaurants in Sydney: February

Giuls

At Giuls, pasta is a love language. Taking inspiration from the Tuscany region with the finest seasonal products and handmade pasta, this menu from Alessio Rago brings authentic Italian traditions to the streets of Surry Hills. Start with house made focaccia and arancini, before moving onto market fish crudo or eye fillet steak tartare with truffle aioli before digging into conchiglie with vodka, pancetta and taleggio or squid ink fettuccine with crab cherry tomatoes and chilli. End the night with their generous serving of tiramisu.

515 Crown Street, Surry Hills 

Little Pearl Bar & Dining

Taking over the mantle from local favourite Manly Wine, Little Pearl Bar & Dining is one of our favourite new restaurants in Sydney. This all-day dining destination has hawker-style share plates, Asian-inspired breakfasts, bold cocktails and easy drinking wines. Start the day with kombucha bircher and breakfast bao or settle in for a killer dinner of popcorn bug sliders, slow-cooked beef cheek. They’ve also got an epic weekend offering with live soul music during Saturday brunch and an incredibly sexy bottomless spritz and three-course brunch menu.

8-13 South Steyne, Manly

Best New Restaurants in Sydney: January

Jane

Renowned chef, Tristan Rosier, of hatted-restaurant Arthur has opened a new venue just three blocks north. The restaurant is an ode to Rosier’s colourful grandmother known for her hospitality and heavy pours. The venue evokes the spirit of a 1970s brasserie in everything from the interiors to the playful menu. With a policy of strictly Australian-only produce and a zero-waste policy. Signature items include their cocktail honey bugs, served in shell with a tarragon butter sauce, kangaroo tartare and the soon-to-be-iconic pink cake with vanilla sponge, meringue, bay leaf cream and candied rosella flowers.

478 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

St. Alma

The team behind Avalon favourite Mexican eatery, Alma, have opened a sister venue in nearby Freshwater. With beachside charm, casual fine dining and Mexican dishes with a modern twist, St. Alma will host visiting chefs from Mexico and will feature a range of share plates and a seasonal cocktail menu. Our menu pick? The agave short ribs with beef ribs covered in an agave glaze served with an heirloom tomato salad, pickled red onions, fresh herbs and handmade corn tortillas.

20 Albert Street, Freshwater

Loulou Bistro

Lavender Bay is welcoming a French bistro with a difference. Set to become the new Lower North Shore go-to, Loulou is offering a bistro, boulangerie and traiteur. The dishes are recognisable French classics but with a lighter technique. Think crab soufle omelet, hand-cut steak tartare with potato crisps, rotisserie chicken, pâté en croute and, of course, a glass or two of bubbles!

61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point

Ploos

Enjoy a taste of the Greek Islands on the edge of Sydney Harbour with Chef Peter Conistis’ Ploos. The man behind Alpha and Omega, Conistis is the forefather of Greek Australian cuisine. Menu highlights include regional seafood dishes, such as the Nissiotiki Salad made with sea urchin roe, the succulent Abrolhos octopus with taramosalata, lamb tomahawk. Enjoy it all with a cocktail or two and finish the night with some loukoumades.

Bay 7, 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks

Jordan's Seafood (Leigh Griffiths Photography)
Jordan's Seafood (Leigh Griffiths Photography)
Jordon’s Seafood

This buzzing, vibrant restaurant in a landmark location along the sparkling harbour is serving up some of the best seafood in the game. Expect the freshest of fresh when it comes to live lobster tanks and a unique chargrill cooking method bringing a hint of smokiness. Their melt in your mouth black cod is an absolute must-try! And, they’ve also released an iconic fish burger that’s giving FISH SHOP and Charcoal Fish a run for their money.

Shop 6, 32-34 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney

Bay Nine Omakase
Bay Nine Omakase
Bay Nine Omakase

Helmed by one of the youngest omakase chefs in Sydney, Tomohiro Marshall Oguro, Bay Nine Omakase is one of the most exciting new venues in Sydney. Omakase which translates to ‘let me choose for you’ is a unique experience and, with just 10-counter seats available, the Bay Nine Omakase experience is incredibly exclusive. Priding itself on three main tenants ‘quality produce, organisation and rapport with guests’ the 11-course omakase menu evolves daily so you’ll only discover what you’ll be eating when you arrive at the restaurant. If you miss out on the omakase experience there are a few tables available where you can pick up a six-course set menu lunch or an eight-course dinner.

Campbell’s Stores, Bay 9, 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks

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