In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or so, you’ll be fully aware that Sydney is stage 5 freezing at the moment. In fact, last month we experienced out coldest June day for 20 years. Talk about a mood killer.
There is, however, one benefit to plummeting temperatures. Sydneysiders can sample some of the city’s finest calorie-loaded delicacies and truly embrace that extra layer of winter blubber without worrying about the bikini or boardshort season ahead.
We recommend doing it in style with these 6 Sydney hotspots where you can comfort eat to your heart’s delight.
#1 Neighbourhood, Bondi
Two words – mac, cheese. If you were already familiar with Neighbourhood‘s iconic Bondi hipster burger offering then your mind is about to be blown by the restaurant’s Mac and Cheese.
For just $12, Neighbourhood’s Mac and Cheese with porcini mushroom and truffle oil is your chance to escape the cold of the surf and treat yourself to some much-needed carb loading.
As well as ace comfort food, Neighbourhood is well-known for their wine list, beer and cocktail offering that is a little left-of-centre and sure to go down a treat with any burger or macaroni indulgence.
#2 Grandma’s, Sydney
Is there anything better than a good grilled cheese sandwich? We think not.
Grandma’s, a little hole in the wall in Sydney’s CBD, is perhaps known for it’s kitschy decor and extensive cocktail list, but when it comes to comfort food the bar is ticking all the right boxes.
Grandma’s supper menu features a range of jaffles (you know….toasted sandwiched with crimped edges) filled with winter treats like chicken, cheese and onion, your choice of spaghetti or baked beans, or the Royale, which features basil and tomato. Sign us up.
#3 Johnny Wong’s, Darlinghurst
Located on the level between Taylor Square’s Standard Bowl and Middlebar, Johnny Wong’s is the perfect place for a pre-disco dumpling binge.
Straight from the streets of Taiwan, Johnny Wong’s offers every kind of dumpling (pork, vege, prawn), duck pancakes, Taiwanese sliders and if you’re looking for a cheap bite to eat, the restaurant does $1 dumplings every Wednesday from 6pm. Does it get much better than that?
#4 Low 302, Surry Hills
Sydney’s lockout laws are no obstacle to a rumbling stomach. That’s why late night restaurant and cocktail bar, Low 302 is your go-to for comfort food to be enjoyed after midnight.
Open til 2am, Low has a pretty impressive drinks list and a moody lounge vibe perfect for first dates, but it also boasts a rather delicious food offering. From $10 burgers and house made pizzas to meat and cheese boards and a finger lickin’ Sunday roast, Low 302 is your new winter hideaway.
#5 Ippudo, Broadway
Sort out those winter blues with a hot and steaming bowl of ramen from Broadway’s best noodle joint, Ippudo.
Located on the Lower Ground of Central Park’s new Dining District, Ippudo has garnered a bit of a reputation for serving up some of Sydney’s best ramen. Indulge your noodle soup cravings with Ippudo’s famous Shiromaru, Akamaru and Karakamen ramen and get stuck into some authentic Japanese soul food.
#6 Wild Rover, Surry Hills
You’d walk straight past Surry Hills’ Wild Rover if it wasn’t for the restaurant’s famed food and booze offering.
Described as a “swashbuckling, foot stomping, riotous escape from pomp”, The Wild Rover looks a bit like an Irish folk barn met New York chic for an unassuming good time.
As well as a rotating craft beer list and two hundred-plus whiskies, The Wild Rover knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, with $1 oysters and house-made sausage rolls which are known and loved all over the city by comfort eaters and foodies alike.