Eats & Sips
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Written by Jo Hombsch
We did it! We got through what felt like the hardest winter lounging on the couch eating takeaway and doing laps within our 5km. As of Monday 11th October, restrictions will be eased and we can finally say goodbye to at-home recipes and food deliveries. We cannot wait!
The real deal is finally here, not long ’til we’ll be ushered to a seat at our favourite restaurant and bar again. We strongly suggest to make reservations well ahead to not miss out for the next coming months, whether it be date night, a long Sunday lunch with the girls or a birthday dinner because we guarantee everyone else in Sydney is going to have the same idea.
If it’s the best restaurants, wine bars and dining destinations across the country that you’re after see here, as Gourmet Traveller also has you covered.
With an infinite number of bars and restaurants across Sydney, the list could be as long as you like. So here is our wrap up of restaurants and bars (and a couple of new hotels) that opened just before lockdown or are set to open in October.
North Bondi Fish
North Bondi Fish Is Back
Did someone say fish tacos and margaritas? Our Bondi beachside favourite North Bondi Fish is back for the summer after hibernating over winter and allowing North Bondi Nami to pop up in its place.
North Bondi Fish is currently open for takeaway ahead of its rescheduled reopening on Monday 11th October. The beachside eatery will once again be serving their signature menu as we head into the warmer months.
Menu highlights include crowd-favourite Fish Tacos; NBF burger; Sashimi; Smoked Trout Salad and Classic Fish & Chips – all perfect for picnics! Of course, the signature margs are available too in either single serves or 500ml bottles.
Margaret Double Bay
Margaret Double Bay
Neil Perry’s new Double Bay restaurant, Margaret will finally open its doors on Wednesday 20 October.
The Double Bay venue was set to open back in June on the first day of lockdown restrictions in Sydney. Whilst the team have been flipping burgers and making gourmet pies for your dinner table, it’s their table they can’t wait to have you dine at.
The luxe venue is named after Neil Perry’s mum Margaret. Margaret will be serving modern Australian dishes featuring some of Australia’s best produce, with a menu influenced by the foods that Neil enjoyed growing up with.
The boys that brought us FISH SHOP, the venue that instantly become Bondi’s hottest new venue earlier this year, is opening a dedicated takeaway only venue – FSH MKT.
FSH MKT is teams take on the old school ‘beachside fish market’. On the menu, you’ll seafood available for purchase by the kilo, a range of new fish burgers, BYOP (build-your-own-picnic) think freshly shucked oysters, prawns, a house-made taramasalata and some of the FISH SHOP’s house favourites at your next picnic.
FSH MKT is set to open in mid-October.
Lola’s Level 1
Lola’s Level 1 is a new restaurant in Bondi with one of the best vantage points in town for ocean views and a menu that transports you to the Mediterranean Coast.
With an edgy yet relaxed space for an intimate meal or drop by and kick back at the bar after a sun-drenched day with freshly shucked oysters and a drinks menu that has a strong cocktail focused.
As for the Mediterranean menu, the dishes are designed to share with a focus on the plancha grill. There are smaller dishes like burrata with citrus and basil, ‘Cantabric’ anchovies with piquillo peppers, to larger dishes such as Angus hanger steak with chimichurri and bullhorn pepper.
Lola’s Level 1 is due to open on 15 October.
Ace Hotel Sydney
Ace Hotel Sydney
From the skyline in New York City to the cultural hot spot in Shoreditch and the neon-lit streets in Tokyo, iconic lifestyle hotel brand Ace Hotel is now making its way down under to the metropolitan culinary melting pot of Sydney’s Surry Hills.
Located on Wentworth Street, the 18 storey hotel will feature 264 rooms, a ground floor lobby bar, restaurant, cafe, a rooftop bar and restaurant. The good news is, you can make a booking for the 1st May 2022 onwards now.
Charcoal Fish is a brand new world-class takeaway fish and chip shop by Josh Niland of Saint Peter and Fish Butchery, you can say it’s the seafood equivalent of a charcoal chicken shop.
The sustainable fish shop champions native Australian fish: The Murray Cod, with a menu that incorporates all elements of the fish to avoid any wastage. Order a rotisserie Murray Cod and Gravy Roll, BBQ Murray Cod Wings and even Cod Fat Roast Potatoes.
Pop by Charcoal Fish but be sure to get in early to avoid the queues.
In the heart of Sydney’s CBD is Hinchcliff House, a converted heritage wool store expanding across four levels of dining and drinking experiences. The mega story venue houses Grana, an all-day Italian restaurant, a bakery and Apollonioa a cocktail bar in the venue’s lower ground that opened back in May.
Due to open with a 100 seat capacity, Hinchcliff House will soon be home to Lana, a seafood-focused restaurant on the ground floor set to open its doors for the first time on Tuesday, October 19.
Sydney-based hospitality project group The Point Group (Dolphin, Bondi Beach Public Bar) is set to open four new venues in the city’s historic Menzies Hotel.
Shell House is due to open in October, with the four venues split across three levels. There’ll be a ground floor bar and bistro, a restaurant and bar on the ninth floor as well as a rooftop cocktail bar where diners will be treated to views of the buildings iconic clock tower. The venue is set to create an oasis in the heart of the city and a guaranteed good time.
Frank’s Deli is the Eastern Suburbs answer to a modern-day deli, with the newly opened venue in Waverly already met with long queues of locals on the daily dying for their sandwich fix.
As for the most in-demand sandwiches, Frank’s Reuben is the most popular, whilst for breakfast, it’s the Sammy with eggs and cheese folded with brisket pastrami and a Polish dressing that’s customers can’t wait to have a bite of.
For those yearning to get to the South of Italy, Sydney’s Northshore Ormeggio at The Spit has the answer is to your sun-drenched Mediterranean long lunch fix.
Last year Ormeggio re-opened as Ormeggio 2.0, it’s casual, laidback with a refresh to the dining room’s floor to ceiling glass windows that overlook Middle Harbour.
Both owners and chef Alessandro Pavoni and Victor Moya made major changes to the menu, which is now completely pescatarian with share plates.
The Surf Yamba
The Surf Yamba
Overlooking the main beach of Yamba is Yamba’s first-ever boutique hotel, The Surf Yamba. It’s the sort of hotel where every day is a Sunday with a nod to the free-thinking spirit and soul of Yamba.
The 12 room hotel now boasts a stunning rooftop pool and stunning deck with views overlooking the Northern coastline, its modern style references to the classic ocean liners in the 30th.
Having just opened, the beachfront hotel is set to put Yamba on the map.
Roxy’s Double Bay
Just like its Double Bay neighbour Margaret, Roxy’s opening was put on hold due to Sydney’s lockdown. Damien Monley who has a wealth of experience in creating unique dining experiences around the globe is opening an all day, all night Middle Eastern restaurant.
Monley will be cooking how he likes to cook at home, you can expect the menu to have a playful approach to making food taste delicious. There’ll be punchy spiced dishes, house-made pickles, vibrant veggies and herbs galore.
FELLER Garden of Fizz
Just as we welcome balmy summer days and nights, locally owned seltzer company FELLER is conveniently launching a pop-up seltzer bar in Sydney’s iconic Royal Botanic Gardens.
Quench your thirst of an afternoon or kick back at dusk with a picnic and a FELLER in one hand. The entire FELLR Hard Seltzer range will be available at the pop-up bar including FELLR’s new Cocktail Seltzers. Food options will also be available too.
Pop by and grab yourself a FELLER or two from 10 am – 7:30 pm every Thursday till Sunday until March 2022.
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