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10 Cool Places to Eat in Sydney

Choosing a place to eat can be an arduous task especially when you’re from out of town or stressing out about where to take that special someone (or something). This selection of eateries and restaurants is based on what has cool, unique and or interesting atmosphere and of course great food.

The Grounds – Alexandria ($)
The Grounds is the closest thing to food heaven in Sydney.  With great food along with expertly roasted coffee, a market where you can buy local artisan food, and the ‘grounds’ where you wonder around and pick up a seedling or two or simply admire the current seasons fare.  You’ll be in for a wait so get in early, pop your name on the list and have a look around. (And look cool) www.groundsroasters.com/

The Winery – Surry Hills ($$)
The Winery is your perfect post-work drinks and dinner locale.  With an extensive library of wines and a great seasonal menu you would have reason enough to frequent, but with an aged gazebo feel with a touch of Elvis and accompanying peacocks it’s a feast for your eyes as well as your stomach.  thewinerysurryhills.com.au/


Jamie’s Italian – Sydney CBD ($$)
With such an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and the legacy of over twenty previous ‘Jamie’s Italian’s, its easy to see why the wait time for this eatery is so long.  The pasta dishes here are the absolute standout.  Made fresh everyday, you can really taste why this string of cool restaurants have made the impact around the world that it has. Jamie’s is definitely not a one-time visit, being open late for those post-work dinners you will soon be eating your way through the menu. www.jamieoliver.com/italian/australia/home

Armchair Collective – Narrabeen ($)
Tucked away from the glare of the city sits Narrabeen. Armchair Collective is such a refreshing way to enjoy a meal by the beach.  Have a wonder through the restored armchair collection, and be sure to enjoy the phenomenal blueberry pancakes before a morning surf, or a perhaps enjoy a lazy lunch before you head to the beach. www.thearmchair.com.au/

Kitchen by Mike – Rosebery ($$)
A short drive from the city sits Koskela, an amazing furniture store and inside that sits Kitchen by Mike, the unassuming but equally cool canteen-style eatery.  To guarantee that only the freshest locally sourced produce is used, the menu goes up on Facebook the previous day so every time you visit you’ll have the option to try something new.  The uber-cool warehouse setting gives you a true reflection of this areas industrial roots. www.koskela.com.au/kitchen/

Mr Wong – Sydney CBD ($$$)
Mr Wong takes Dim Sum and just makes it better. Without a doubt the best dumplings you will have this side of the Great Wall, you can easily spend hours working your way through the menu and wine list, and soak up the incredible interiors that the newest Merivale restaurant has to offer.  Get in early when the doors open, or be prepared for a wait because this place has definitely not come quietly. merivale.com.au/mrwong

Ms G’s – Potts Point ($$)

You wouldn’t be faulted for walking past Ms G’s during the day and not paying any attention to it, but its once you step inside this surprising four-level restaurant that you get a true appreciation for this foodies favourite Merivale creation.  It’s a cool mix of Asian food that you definitely haven’t had before, start with the mini banh mis (mini pork belly sliders) and stick around for a bubble-tea cocktail. merivale.com.au/msgs/#2

The Passage – Darlinghurst ($)
Walking down Victoria St. you would be in luck when you stumble upon The Passage.  With a menu not persuaded by one particular country or style it simply serves, in their own words, ‘good food’. It’s hard to argue with a great setting in one of Sydney’s busiest eat-streets, fantastic wine and cocktail selections along with daily specials that are easy on the wallet. thepassage.com.au

North Bondi Italian – Bondi Beach ($$)
Be prepared to suck that tummy in and enjoy some tasty Italian fare by the sea. Patrons here are well presented to say the least, but it all adds to the flavour of NBI.  The meals are good but the view (both inside and out) is why you want to be here.  Grab a cocktail, a bowl of pasta and your self-esteem and enjoy all that NBI has to offer. Cool factor 10.  www.northbondirsl.com.au/

Frankie’s Pizza – Sydney CBD ($)

You will stepping right into New York’s Little Italy when you hit the black and white tiles of Frankie’s Pizza. The pizza’s are just as you would expect from an American Pizzeria, soft but not soggy with you’re standard selection of toppings. Open from four pm until four am every day, and for just $16 a pizza or $5 a slice it’s hard to go wrong with this one.


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12 Jan, 2013

Michael Casten

Food & Wine Contributor