2017 has been another busy year on Sydney’s hospitality scene, with new up and comers shaking up the harbor city’s super competitive dining and drinking market, giving locals even more options for letting their hair down and filling their bellies with delicious food. In fine True Local style, we’ve put together this concise list covering some of the more notable food and beverage establishments we’ve discovered throughout the year, with a focus on the more unconventional. Be sure to arrive early as these places are packed throughout the festive season!
33 Enmore Road, Newtown
Set on busy Enmore Road in the heart of Sydney’s hipster Inner West, Hartsyard is a restaurant operated by husband and wife team Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart that offers delicious American style grub, including Southern Fried Chicken ($18.00 for two pieces), Poutine ($29.00) and Smoked Lamb Ribs ($18.00 for two pieces). Since opening in 2012 this place has become a hit with locals for good reason, with special mention going to their delectable Pulled Pork with Maple Bacon, Labna and Apple ($37.00).
“Great place for a date night in Newtown. Great atmosphere and friendly service. The fried chicken is a must try! It’s very popular place so its best to book in advance” – lulull
3 Kensington Street, Chippendale
One of Sydney’s newest multipurpose venues, Kensington Street Social occupies a stylish old warehouse set on a revamped laneway close to the city’s central station. Featuring a restaurant by British Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and a cocktail bar for sophisticated relaxation, top items on the bar menu include Party Balloon ($23.00) and Cereal Killer ($21.00) cocktails which can be accompanied by delectable Meat Boards ($8.00) and Sourdough Flatbreads ($21.00).
“The bottomless brunch here is fab. The space itself is industrial chic with heritage features, premium finishes and a very chilled atmosphere. The food was gorgeous, as were the staff who happily catered to all of us. It is the perfect place for brunch with the girls and in a great location. The cuisine is modern Australian with flare. The food is all gourmet and perfect for brunching!” – Miss Forster
51 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Housing one of Sydney’s favourite secondhand bookshops, Sappho Books, Café and Bar as the name suggests is more than just paperbacks and rare titles. It’s also an eclectic space that’s home to an indie record store, a hip café and a sophisticated bar open til late, which pretty much covers all the pillars of a civilised society book lovers are sure to embrace. Popular items on their bar menu include $10.00 Craft Beers, $16.00 Cocktails and $5.50 Tapas plates, perfect for a highly cultured night cap.
“Absolutely delightful cafe, wine and tapas bar tucked away behind the book store and featuring plenty of outdoor seating in a garden style setting. Often has live music placing which suits to atmosphere perfectly” – Livvie
Shop 2A, 20 Victoria Road, North Parramatta
Arguably the best brunch spot in all of Parramatta, Social Hideout is a cosy haven home to some gorgeous food, amazing flavours and truly decadent milkshakes (also known as “cake shakes” to those down with the lingo). As a bonus, this very social space has its own garden, generous outdoor seating spaces and it’s also pet-friendly, with the waitstaff happy to bring over water and a bowl for your best friend!
“Now I understand why they named the place ‘hideout’. It’s tricky too find but once you’ve found it, you’ll love it. I ordered ‘The Habib’. This Middle Eastern inspired dish not only looks lovely, it tastes wonderful as well! I especially adore the beautifully cooked za’atar poached eggs, flavourful beetroot hummus, portobello mushrooms and the fresh pomegranate! Coffee is great too! Tips: park at Coles so you get 1.5hours free parking” – Foodblogs
17 Fowler Street, Camperdown
A super stylish pet-friendly café nestled on a quiet street in inner city Camperdown, Store Espresso describes itself as a “community-based space where people can meet, relax and enjoy fine coffee and food”. Fine coffee and food is indeed the order of the day at this joint, with their baristas serving up high grade beans alongside Organic Tea by Tease ($5.00 a pot) and some satisfying meal options including Insta-worthy Breakfast Plates ($19.80) and Wagyu Beef Burgers ($13.80). Did we mention pets are most welcome, with clean water bowls provided in the outdoor seating area!
“A popular cafe with locals, it attracts a range of people like families, groups of friends or couples looking for a nice place to grab a bite to eat or something to drink across from Camperdown Park. They even offer blankets so you make it a picnic outside when the weather is fine. Service was really good. They have a couple of tables outside and a share communal table inside which is just the right size as quite small in the cafe but it is cosy” – eatwithmyfoodsafari