The Box On The Water, Ettalong
Sunny day? Check! We head to The Box On The Water at Ettalong Beach for a seafood lunch to end all lunches. We breathe in the salty beach air and feast on an enormous seafood platter, paella, oysters and salads!
Siroo Rice Cake Cafe, West Ryde
Siroo Rice Cake Cafe is a cafe that serves rice cakes or tteok. Located in West Ryde, it's a popular cafe and Sydney's first and only rice cake cafe or bangatgan. This family run business starts early to ensure that customers get fresh mochi and rice cakes every day. They sell a range of over twenty tteok as well as four bingsus or shaved ice desserts.
Haco Omakase, Sydney
Haco is the newest Omakase restaurant in Sydney. Located down Alberta Street, tucked away at the end of a laneway, it seats just 12 people during two seatings every evening. On the menu is an 20 course menu with an emphasis on tempura.
Puppy Tail Cafe, Lane Cove
Puppy Tail Cafe is a dog and human friendly cafe in Lane Cove. It is located adjacent to Blackman Park, an enclosed off leash dog park with a small agility course. There your furry bestie can have a delicious "Woofle" aka a doggy waffle or a dog latte while you can order coffee, tea, Japanese hot dogs, cookies or sweets.
Mango Coco, Sydney
Mango Coco is a Thai dessert cafe in Haymarket based on the combination of mangoes and coconut. There you'll a range of smoothies (naturally including myriad combinations of mango and coconut) as well as Thai fusion dishes and eye catching desserts. But be warned - there can be a queue to get in on popular nights.
The Pines, Cronulla
The Pines is one of Cronulla's newest restaurants open in November 2020. It has a gorgeous view of the water, a sleek and contemporary open air dining room, a casual side bar for walk-ins and 1,000 bottle wine room.
Lucky Kwong, South Eveleigh
Lucky Kwong is Kylie Kwong's brand new eatery at the new South Eveleigh precinct. Lucky Kwong seats just 25 people, takes no bookings and is only open from Monday to Friday 11am-2:30pm and often requires diners to wait an hour for a table (much like its predecessor Billy Kwong) but that doesn't stop her devotees from dining there.
Myeongdong Korean Restaurant, North Strathfield
I was told in no uncertain terms by my friend Celia that I had to try Myeongdong Korean restaurant in North Strathfield. Not only were they famous for the Korean pork bone soup and prawn croquettes but their banchan or complimentary entrees are legendary.
Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay
Raes on Wategos is a luxury boutique hotel, bar and restaurant in one on Watego's Beach in Byron Bay. Located mere footsteps from Watego Beach and housed in a bright white cement rendered mansion it seems as much a glam movie set as a Mediterranean restaurant. Diners sup on meals of kangaroo tonnato, hand rolled fregola with spanner crab and their take on a lamington dessert.
Momofuku Seiobo, Pyrmont
Momofuku Seiobo, the first overseas outpost of Momofuku is closing on Saturday, the 26th of June, 2021 and from now until then diners can book in for a final taste of chef Paul Carmichael's incredible 7 course Caribbean menu.
Fleet, Brunswick Heads
Fleet is an award winning restaurant in Brunswick Heads in Northern NSW. It is a small, unassuming restaurant that resembles a bar and seats just 10 people. Procuring a seat here can be a challenge, even with advance planning but sometimes wishes do come true and it's worth putting your name down on the waiting list to try Fleet's tasting menu. We were lucky enough to dine at Fleet just before they close for a short sabbatical in June, 2021.
Yakitori Yurripi, Crows Nest
Yakitori Yurripi is a small, convivial restaurant on Falcon Street in Crows Nest. The atmosphere is like being in Tokyo and they specialise in meat and seafood on skewers. Yaki means grilled and tori means chicken in Japanese and while yakitori joints in Tokyo specialise in all cuts of chicken, Yakitori Yurripi has chicken, pork and seafood.
Bar Suze, Surry Hills
Bar Suze is a new bar with a Scandinavian menu on Foveaux Street in Surry Hills. There you'l find chef Phil Stenvall's creative take on his native Swedish cuisine. The menu has items from raw clams with Cowboy Candy, oysters paired with a crisp Wildflower beer to more substantial dishes like pasta, risotto and steak.