Elizabeth McDonald has worked in Sydney's hospitality scene for more than a decade and is Time Out Sydney's food and drink editor. She embraces chaos and adventure, so long as the destination has a pub and a silly story on the way.
The best fried chicken in Sydney
It’s official. Sydney is obsessed with fried chicken. Are we in the American Deep South? No. Are we surround by the sky scrapers of Seoul? Not really. Does that matter? Maybe. Are we doing it anyway? You’re damn right we are: this is deep-fried poultry for crying out loud, and we’re all about it. Here are our favourite joints in town right now, doing chicken right. After something carb based? Try the best pizza places in Sydney.
The best French restaurants in Sydney
From light-as-air crepes to seafood bouillabaisse and rich steak tartare, Sydney has a lot to offer the Francophile. Here’s our ranked list of where to indulge your Gallic side in Sydney, so you can get oh so French any day of the week. Prefer to snack? Try the best places for cheese and wine. Or for something simpler order one of Sydney's best pizzas. Want more top European eats? Check out Sydney's best Italian fine diners.
Cheap hacks for dining at fancy restaurants in Sydney
Cheap is a relative term. Some people might not blink at a $25 glass of Coravin-accessed wine (those people probably know how much the bottle goes for), but for others, $25 is food for two (especially if it's an El Jannah chicken). However, fine diners aren't necessarily the exclusive domain of the cashed-up – there are ways in for fewer dollars if you know the terrain. Bar menus provide access to the talents of the kitchen without having to cough up for the full multi-course experience; lunch is often cheaper than dinner; and many high-end chefs also dabble with easier access exploits like market stalls, pop-up projects and at-home experiences. For those of you who fancy a bit of finery without breaking the bank, this list of money-saving hacks puts the happy back in Happy Hour. Follow these top tips for fine dining on a budget in Sydney, and we’ll have you leaving the most lauded dining rooms in the city with a full belly and change in your pocket. Working on a shoestring? We've also unearthed the 70 best cheap eats in Sydney.
This handy interactive map shows you where to find a democracy sausage after voting
There is a lot riding on the 2022 Federal Election, with the spiralling cost of living, surging interest rates, civil liberties and human rights debates that should long be over by now, disaster relief, inaction on the climate crisis, and a whole heap of other thorny political hot potatoes hanging in the balance. But there's another major concern to keep front of mind when the nation goes to the polls: where to find a democracy sausage. Well, thanks to this handy online map, it's never been easier to bag a snag after casting your vote. No matter where you land on the political spectrum, the democracy saussie is the great equaliser and one of the more wholesome elements of the wailing and gnashing of teeth that often ensues during election time. The website even has little icons so you can toggle between vego options, bacon and egg rolls, and coffee and other snacks to keep you fed and watered while waiting in line to have your voice heard. The site has logged the tasty offerings of hundreds of polling booths, as well as collating info on where the money raised will be going. For instance, Port Melbourne Primary School voting booths will have a sausage sizzle, cake stall, bacon and egg burgers and entertainment for kids, and all proceeds raised will go towards school resources. The Democracy Sausage site was launched in Western Australia back in 2013 and has since become a go-to for federal, state and local government elections across the country. The site is also a fascina
These are Sydney's best dive bars
Historically speaking, a 'dive bar' has been less about trends, craft beers, and — dare we say — particularly friendly service. They're more about police raids, underground characters and sticky floors. In Sydney though, for better or worse, dive bars have evolved past the Bundy and Coke, schooners of Old, and criminal activity (as far as we're aware). What has remained from the dive tradition, is affordable drinks, unpretentious service and a distinctly lived-in atmosphere that makes these Sydney watering-holes comfortable and like you're right at home. Side-by-side with suits, punks, hipsters, queer folks, uni students and '90s revivalists, the humble dive bar is the great equalizer — where nobody knows your name and that's just fine. We've rounded up our favourite haunts to grab a brew when you just want to pull up a pew, switch off and have a good time. Want something a little more high-brow for your knock off? Make sure you check out Sydney's best cocktail bars.
This handy interactive map shows you where to find a democracy sausage after voting
There is a lot riding on the 2022 Federal Election, with the spiraling cost of living, surging interest rates, civil liberties and human rights debates that should long be over by now, disaster relief, inaction on the climate crisis, and a whole heap of other thorny political hot potatoes hanging in the balance. But there's another major concern to keep front of mind when the nation goes to the polls: where to find a democracy sausage. Well, thanks to this handy online map, it's never been easier to bag a snag after casting your vote. No matter where you land on the political spectrum, the democracy saussie is the great equaliser and one of the more wholesome elements of the wailing and gnashing of teeth that often ensues during election time. The website even has little icons so you can toggle between vego options, bacon and egg rolls, and coffee and other snacks to keep you fed and watered while waiting in line to have your voice heard. The site has logged the tasty offerings of hundreds of polling booths, as well as collating info on where the money raised will be going. For instance, Tempe High School voting booths will have vego and vegan-friendly options, halal sausages, a bake sale, photoshoots with your pup, and even a nail painting booth. All proceeds raised will be going to the very worthy cause of upgrading the sandpit and Koori Kids area at Tempe Public School including new sand, soil, and indigenous planting. Kensington Public School is upping the ante with the
The best set menus in Sydney for Mother's Day
Sunday, May 8: Mother's Day. The one day of the year that mum's are supposed to be recognised for all their hard work. Is one day really enough? Probably not, but we'll save that gripe for another time. The day should be filled with love and laughter but for many – particularly restaurant waitstaff – it comes with a pang of dread. Most of us know that going to lunch with the family can be a stressful affair, particularly if you've forgotten to make a reservation, Dad's freaking out at the price of wine these days and Mum's insisting no one make a fuss. Which is why it's so handy that a bunch of Sydney's top restaurants have taken the guesswork out of the affair by offering extra-special tasting menus so all you have to do is show up and avoid talking about politics while they take care of the rest. Need more Mother's Day inspiration? Check out our handy guide to all things Mum here.
14 things Sydneysiders won’t admit are true (but they totally are)
You might put on a good show, Sydneysiders, but deep down, you know the following to be fundamental facts. And that’s ok! We encourage you to embrace these sometimes daggy, sometimes basic, but always accurate facets of our city. We see you, Sydney. Fight us if it ain’t so. Before you face the cold hard truth bombs coming your way, why not check out Sydney tourist attractions that actually don't suck? The ibis is actually strangely beautiful They may be considered sub-pigeon level vermin of the sky here in Sydney, but there’s a good reason out-of-towners ‘Ooo’ and ‘Ahhh’ over the humble bin chicken. That slow and stately gait, the long, elegantly tapered beak, that chic monochromatic plumage; forget for a minute that they live off garbage and objectively speaking, the ibis is a looker, in its own, scaly-skinned way. And even if we can’t sell you on that point, consider this: they’re a true blue Aussie battler, a bone fide folk hero – living off their (albeit limited) wits, surviving against the odds. They’re the Waltzing Matlidas and Ned Kellys of the bird kingdom, and an unsung national treasure in our humble opinion. You will always get lost at Bondi Junction Even if you’ve been pushed around this labyrinthine shopping mall since you were a wee toddler, Bondi Junction is kind of like all those moving staircases at Hogwarts – you think you’re on the elevator that leads you to the David Jones, but suddenly you’re in front of a niche tea shop and an eyebrow-threading salon y
Where to get bottomless brunch in Sydney on Mother's Day
In a city fuelled by café breakfasts, one way to keep the dream alive a little longer is to go all out baller and settle in for a bottomless brunch, especially on Mothering Sunday. Maybe you'll opt for Mimosas as your beverage of choice or stay true to a classic Bloody Mary (or three). And if Champagne glasses are being topped up at your every whim, then why the hell not have another? But there's a lot more to a bottomless brunch than just flowing drinks: our top picks also have excellent food – be it Middle Eastern-inflected, seafood-focussed or a version of the classic mod-Aus – and the kind of atmosphere that lends itself to lazy morning briefings about the night before or doubles as an opportunity to kick the party off all over again. Whichever your heart desires. Prefer lunch? Try these ace locations for a long lunch in Sydney.
The best new restaurants in Sydney right now
There is a lot to get excited about on the streets of Sydney at the moment. The calibre of restaurants making their grand debuts is nothing short of awe-inspiring. While there are myriad restaurants to choose from in our fair city, we've picked our brains and put together a short-list of the ones we think should be top of your hit list. We hope you're hungry Sydney. Looking for something to wash it all down with? These are the best bars in Sydney right now.
The best vegan restaurants in Sydney
People are choosing plant-based eating for its softer step on the earth, concerns about animal cruelty, and the health benefits of a vegetable-rich diet. Plus, the rise of the flexitarian means you might not be a full-time vegan, but where you can, you opt for more plants on your plate. Only a few years ago, vegan dining meant a whole lot of pulses and sprouts, but now Sydney is home to plant-based burger shops, classic Italian pizzerias that showcase cheese and meat alternatives, gelato shops that favour coconut bases and a growing contingent of fine diners offering fancy degustations for vegans. Cool with eggs and dairy? Check out the best vegetarian restaurants in Sydney. Got a mixed group? Head to one of the best restaurants in Sydney. On a budget? Have a look at the best cheap eats in Sydney. Want to save the planet? Check out our guide to ethical shopping in Sydney here.
The best pubs and bars with fireplaces in Sydney
Winter is when some of Sydney's best pubs really are the best place to be. Better yet when the mercury really drops, is a pub or bar with a great fire place. Curl up in front of the flames – preferably wood, but we'll take gas if that's what's on offer – with a pint of beer and lose whole evenings in the comfort of your local, staying warm and dry all winter long. Be prepared for any weather. These are the best things to do in Sydney when it rains.
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You know you’ve arrived at Uncle Ming’s when you enter a subterranean bar on York Street and the smell of incense hits wafts to your face. Let your eyes adjust to the dark and take a look around – you have just entered an opium den-style drinking parlour straight out of downtown Shanghai. For a small bar there are plenty of cosy nooks and with all this lantern-red lighting it’s probably hosted a few first dates. Ornamental lamps shed light on the walls covered in pictures of Asian pin-up girls while random tunes including anything from Ray Charles to Frank Sinatra play in the background. Take one look at the drinks list and you’ll realise this isn’t just a Chinese-themed bar. There’s ale from Japan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, plenty of sake and soju, and umeshu (a Japanese plum liqueur). But the real focus at Uncle Ming’s is whisky. They’ve got more than 90 different types, with 60 from Japan alone. Try the Hattori Hanzo cocktail, a refreshing mix of Japanese whisky, spiced honey, apple and fresh lemon topped with soda. Ask the bartender to freestyle and you may get a Campari, Japanese whisky, Ardbeg and Pedro Ximenez concoction. It’s good but strong and after one of those and a James Hong Blazer you’ll need some food – especially if you’re on that date. As far as bar snacks go, the offerings are impressive and you could be forgiven for assuming this hidden bar is more of a food destination. Order a tower of steaming bamboo baskets filled with assorted dumplings inclu
This subterranean club has had a few leases on life – it was once a favoured haunt of the city’s goth and fetish community and it then went on to serve as a destination for club kids across the city. Now, to celebrate it's 25th birthday, Club 77 is coming back swinging as a New York-style late-night dive bar. Open until 4am every single night, this is the energy that 2022 needs. While many of us of a certain age may have blanked out the jaw clenching rave days of yore, this is an opportunity for the youths to get a taste of what Sydney once was and, evidently, what it could become. With both the lockout laws and lockdowns now behind us, Club 77 has been revamped and is ready to lead the charge for the city's after-hours dance music scene. While the sticky carpets have mercifully been banished, the DJs have stayed and the menus have been spruced up, with Odd Culture Group's Jordan Blackman coming on board to help curate a groovy but affordable and approachable drinks menu. Local brewers like Moon Dog, Young Henrys, Grifter and Batlow are joining the lineup and a slew of bottled cocktails come courtesy of local cocktail slingers, Big Mood. The wine menu has been given an upgrade from "red or white?" as well, with regional NSW skin-contact drops and South Australian pét-nat varieties available now too. If you prefer to party sober, there's also a whole range of non-alcoholic drinks, including booze-free beers from Heaps Normal and Big Drop, canned mocktails from Yes You Can and
In the understatement of the century, a global shutdown and border closures can be tough on a new restaurant. Even the best laid plans to create one of the best Italian fine-diners in town like, for instance, enlisting a Michelin trained Italian chef to work in a stunning heritage listed former bank in the beating heart of a major city like Sydney, can get thrown off course. This is exactly what former Wildfire and Ocean Room operator Tonci Farac dared to dream way back in 2017, when the sparks of Seta began to smoulder. Situated in the aforementioned heritage listed former bank, built in 1849, Farac’s less-than-humble dream of transforming this intimidating Greco-Roman vault into an elegant and cathedral-esque restaurant during a global shutdown was no mean feat. His intended head chef, Matteo Vigotti of Italy's Novecento and Peck, was adrift in Milan, and in a landscape of job losses and tightening of belts, an old-school, traditional and ambitiously expensive establishment such as Seta hit the right note at the wrong time. Fast-forward to 2022, and the world is getting back to a semblance of normal. Restaurants are opening in swathes at higher calibres than ever, Chef Vigotti has been released from Italy and the work has well and truly started. Seta’s transformation has been a three-year, six-million-dollar operation and at this stage, every night counts. Polished, professional and knowledgeable service, luxurious accents of blonde leather booths, marble tables, an entire
The Grounds of South Eveleigh
Sydney all-rounder, the Grounds doesn't do things in halves, and its new coffee roastery and event space opening in South Eveleigh is no exception. Best known for its greenery-adorned, multi-functional café and function spaces in Alexandria, covering everything from salad bars to petting zoos, the team behind the Grounds has quietly been working on a brand new venture and honestly, it's pretty magical. The event space combines modern industrial architecture and French chateau styling to create what will, presumably, be the wedding venue of the decade, making use of the towering converted locomotive workshop that can host a casual gathering of 200 of your closest friends. The South Eveleigh Grounds will also play host to a coffee roastery where patrons can get a behind-the-scenes tour, participate in coffee training sessions, and of course, grab some beans for the road.Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu will take inspiration from the canteens of the former railway workshops with all the trimmings we've come to expect from the café conglomerate. Polished finishings like industrial chandeliers under soaring ceilings and exposed steel rafters will be softened with the Grounds trademark plants and greenery in this exciting new addition to an already thriving precinct. After years as an industrial area and office space, South Eveleigh has been given new life in recent years with the conversion of its versatile warehouses and workshops to host art installations, festivals
World Class x Shell House
As part of the venue's two month long party, Our House x Shell House, there is a whole load of incredible events covering everything from tutorials of tuna to jaunts with classic jazz. Now, three of the world's best and most respected cocktail bars will be taking over the joint to bring a little taste of their home to yours. First on the lineup is Melbourne's the Everleigh, at the Clocktower party from May 17-18. The Everleigh gang have been at the top of the Aussie bar game for close to a decade and the Sydney take over will celebrate their 10th birthday with all the best parts of the Victorian bar; attention to detail, knowledgeable service and classics done well. Next up is Attaboy, all the way from New York and currently ranked number 34 on last year’s World 50 Best Bars. Michael McIlroy and Sam Ross worked at the influential Milk & Honey NYC in the late 2000s before taking over the site and opening their own late-night haunt. The pair is flying in to take charge of the Clocktower Bar from May 24-26. And rounding out the list is Licoreria Limantour, a Mexico City institution that knows how to throw a party and was named the best bar in North America by World 50 Best. It's buzzing atmosphere, refined menu and colourful cocktails will be on full display from June 21-23 at Sky Bar, with views of Sydney’s skyline. There's an absolute boatload of events happening at this month-long fiesta. Check out the full lineup here.
The Strand Bistro
Just in time for it's 100th birthday, historic Darlinghurst pub the Strand has been reborn as a roaring '20s-inspired French bistro (open now), boutique accommodation, and a rooftop cocktail bar set to open in late winter. Thanks to relative newcomer Public Hospitality, (who is responsible for the new-look Norfolk Hotel) the 99-year-old pub that has sat on the corner of William and Crown Streets in the heart of the city will herald in a whole new chapter of its life as a Sydney watering hole. Sticky carpets and well-worn barstools have been replaced with dark wood panelling and floor-to-ceiling bi-folds to flood the space with light and let in the breeze of William Street. Modelled after turn-of-the-century Paris, the new venture has been dubbed the Strand Bistro and is offering up modern French cuisine that's laid back but still tres fancy. Spoons of beluga caviar and a classic french Magret breast of duck served with plum, radicchio and jus are available for more sophisticated palettes. Sitting proudly alongside a more humble steak frites, duck leg pie served with grilled broccolini, mash and gravy and baguettes with cultured butter. The Strand’s head chef, Alex Kavanagh has designed the Bistro menu to hero seasonal Australian produce, featuring dishes such as Sydney rock oysters served with mignonette, a rich, sticky pissaladière where pastry is layered with dark caramelised onion then topped with Ortiz anchovies and olives, and lè bùrger gruyere with tomato, mustard and f
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If you hadn't heard yet, CBD mega-venue, Shell House is putting on a two month-long party in its effort to inject a little of their brand of fun into our fair city. As part of that monolith of mayhem, the Shell House three-piece band will be performing classic albums end-to-end, this time putting their own flavour into Miles Davis' 1959 classic Kind of Blue. The Shell House Band is led by legendary drummer Julian Sudek (World Champion, Genesis Owusu) and a rotating cast of some of Australia’s finest musicians who will perform fresh and propulsive re-interpretations from 6pm and well into the night. Tickets are just $65 and will score you not only a night of tunes, but a cocktail on arrival as well as a snack menu by Joel Bickford and Aaron Ward, who have been manning the kitchen since the doors swung open late last year. There's plenty going on in our town. Why not check out all the best things to do in Sydney this week?
A new wave of exceptional restaurants has come to 25 Martin Place, the revamped dining precinct that joins a slew of culinary quarters to hit Sydney. Riding this wave is Aalia, the latest venture from beloved and deservedly celebrated Nour. While Aalia's Surry Hills sister might focus on Lebanese cuisine (as diverse and eclectic as that is), what sets the stunningly plush Aalia apart is that it's a veritable field trip across the whole of the Middle East, including a jaunt across the coast of North Africa. Two years in the making, co-founders Jorge Farah and Ibrahim Moubadder have bided their time and perfected their offerings, and are holding no punches. The floor to ceiling glass panes that snake along the building can be slid and tucked away, melting the line between the indoors and the heart of the CBD, while warm wooden curves along the bar replicate the other-worldly Harry Siedler architecture that surrounds the restaurant. The menu is intentionally cryptic, merging familiar concepts with entirely alien execution, so even a quick Google under the table yields few clues, although attentive waitstaff are at the ready with a smirk to explain, mercifully. Starting eagerly with the waraq simsim – a salted sesame leaf with aged and fermeted mounds of rice topped with ocean-fresh sea urchin – this is the dish to order. Roll it up like a dolma and enjoy the subtle pop of the leaf, rich with earthy sesame nuttiness and a super fresh saline finish courtesy of the urchin roe. Th
This sizzling food and music festival will be turning up the heat once again at Sydney Showground this May with barbecue-based feasts, hot cooking competitions, demonstrations and live bands. Some of the smoky fantastic food trucks pulling in for the meaty weekend include return favourites like Black Iron Smokers and Black Bear BBQ. They’ll largely be slinging Texas-style barbecue, but you’ll also see some Aussie fires burning and other international styles in the mix, like Hoy Pinoy's Filipino barbecue faves and Firepop's Korean and Japanese influence. If you’re a keen backyard chef yourself, you can pick up cooking equipment and a whole lot of barbecue wisdom at the expo stalls, who are offering everything from swanky barbecue tongs to spicy sauce sides and full low and slow home set-ups. There’ll be a feast for your ears too, with a music line-up that includes Aussie rock legends the Sweet Jelly Rolls, blues rockers Papa Pilko and the Bin Rats, and Inner West cowgirl Lady Lyon. The smokin’ weekend carnival will spotlight live demonstrations and workshops like a masterclass in Brazillian butchery and barbecue, a well-rounded barbecue education with Big Moe Cason and the return of the Butcher Wars. This event pitches teams of pitmasters and butchers in a battle to be dubbed the best barbecuers in the state. Meatstock comes to Sydney on the weekend of May 6-8. Tickets range from $40 for a single pass, up to $120 for a full weekend pass. Find out more and book your tickets he
The only thing better than a tonne of French cheese is a tonne of French cheese that’s free. Correct: free. Beginning Friday June 3 to Sunday June 5, the Cargo Hall at Circular Quay will be home to Bon Fromage – a three-day cheese festival presented by the French Dairy Interbranch Organisation in conjunction with the European Union. Over the weekend, curd nerds will be able to sample some of France’s finest cheeses from a 60-metre tasting table with over 20 varieties of cheese, and take part in a series of complimentary masterclasses and demonstrations from Sydney’s best cheesemongers, with topics ranging from drinks pairings to comparative tastings and cheese history. There will be six bars across the space to ensure you have the perfect bevvy pairing for your cheesy snacks, and, of course, there will be kilos of French cheese available for purchase. Some 80 kilos of cheese will be replenished on the boards every hour, which in any language is a heck of a lot of cheese. Oh, and tickets are completely free. In other words, jump on it now. Can't get enough of that funky stuff? Check out Sydney's best cheese shops here.
Vivid Sydney Dinner
Mike Eggart of Totti's and Dan Hong of Mr Wong are teaming up to bring the first ever Vivid food event in Sydney, promising an immersive dining experience of light and colour. The event will have the Ivy's ballroom transformed into a "sensory symphony" of live music — including performances by neo-soul singer Ngaiire, the multi-talented Virginia Gay, jazz musician James Morrison and DJ Kate Monroe — and a custom lights show exclusive to the event. Artist Ken Done and ABC journalist Julia Baird will share their love letters to Sydney as diners are treated to a celebration of locally sourced produce from across NSW, with a heavy lean on our incredible seafood. Alongside sashimi platters, crostini of seaweed butter and sea urchin, and towers of Sydney rock oysters, guests will dine on Pecora Dairy cheese and truffle tartlets, Rangers Valley beef cheeks served with Li-Sun Exotic Mushrooms grown in Mittagong’s disused railway tunnels, and Burraduc buffalo yoghurt panna cotta. Tickets to the one-off event are $256.40 and can be purchased here. There's a lot going on this year with Vivid. Why not check out the full line-up here?
Soul Tree Café
When Sydneysiders think of breakfast, minds are inevitably cast to bacon, egg, or some version of a smashed avocado. However, this Summer Hill café is determined to broaden the horizons by serving up super fresh and refined Middle Eastern breakfast fare in the recently revamped Flour Mill site. Soul Tree Café is the mission of Suz Gursahaney, who left her former life in finance to open her ideal eatery. Gursahaney's goal is to provide a space where guests are immediately made to feel welcome, while enjoying world class food and coffee. Enter; chef Tomislav Martinovic. Martinovic worked under Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck in the UK before opening his now-closed Darlinghurst diner, Tomislav. More recently, Martinovic has consulted on menus around Sydney including Pyrmont’s Quick Brown Fox Eatery, Holly in Bondi and Three Williams over in Redfern. Together, he and Gursahaney have curated a sophisticated and varied menu that explores the vast and complex flavours and regions of the Middle East. Whether it be the Tunisian inspired tuna toast with chili, garlic, tahini, capers and preserved lemon, or the Sydney staple of baked eggs, shakshuka style. The Soul Tree version is traditional in flavour but much more delicate than many of its counterparts, which leave you rubbing your belly and ready for a nap. The stand-out dish, however, is the local's favourite of salt beef brisket piled high between slices of sourdough, not complete without Swiss cheese and truffled mayonnaise.
Josh and Julie Niland's famous Fish Butchery is now delivering across Metro Sydney
Stop the presses! We've always wanted to say that. Everyone's favourite fishmongers and Sydney hospitality giants, Josh and Julie Niland have announced that their famous fishy fare will now be available for delivery from Friday, May 13. The Saint Peter and Fish Butchery pioneers are offering finish at home meal kits of fish pies with salad; prawn dumplings with silken tofu and Szechuan-style eggplant; fish tacos with Murray cod skewers and corn tortillas; that fish cheeseburger party box; and finally the Mount Cook Atlantic salmon wellington with mushroom and nori duxelles with all the trimmings. Easy dinner staples of yellowfin tuna spring rolls, swordfish empanadas, tuna lasagne and Fish Butchery's own sauces and soups are also available to get delivered straight to your home, proving that there are forces greater than ourselves at play. But wait, there's more. The whole Fish range of charcuterie and sausages can, should, and will be yours too. Salmon pastrami, cod bacon, even fresh fish fillets, shell-on cooked prawns, and Cloudy Bay vongole clams are available. Masterclasses with Josh Niland are also back after a pandemic hiatus. Masterclasses include how to dry-age fish, butchery basics, fish charcuterie and the ins and outs of the seafood economy. The BYO booze masterclasses are $330 per person and include dinner by the fish fiends themselves. Orders for delivery are available across the Sydney metro area and will be delivered once a week on Fridays by heading to the
Messina has teamed up with Hoy Pinoy to bring you the ultimate ice cream sandwich
Messina Eats has emerged from its Covid slumber and is making a triumphant return in collaboration with barbecue and smoked meats maestros, Hoy Pinoy. For the uninitiated, pre-pandemic the gelato giants would team up with one of the nation's most beloved savoury eateries and unleash flavourful, mad-scientist level mash-ups from the parking lot of their Rosebery location. They've previously teamed up with Mary's, Mr Miyagi, and Wonderbao to name but a few. In true Filipino style, the Hoy Pinoy team will be bringing the ultimate ice cream (ok fine, gelato) sandwich to the masses who are sure to lap it up in droves. After the devastating news of the annual Night Noodle Market's postponement where Melbourne-based Hoy Pinoy was set as a major drawcard, Sydneysiders were left with a Hoy Pinoy sized void to fill. This collaboration is just the thing to scratch that itch. Bringing their open-air Filipino barbecues all the way from Melbourne, the team will be be set up and smoking out the neighbourhood from noon on Friday, May 13 and Saturday 14. Their classic marinated chicken and pork skewers are back as well as a few new specials; enter, Messina's famous scoops. The Monay Milk Bun comes with your choice of four special gelato flavours: ube, leche flan, cheese or pandan gelato. There will also be a Buko Pandan Shake for the weekend of sweetened coconut milk with pandan jellies. An extra special treat for the weekend will be Hoy Pinoy's new release Boodle platter, which is a smorga
Paddington's post-party institution Indian Home Diner is at risk of closure
What kind of madman would think to stuff a garlic cheese naan with a curry as well as potatoes? More importantly, what drunken reveller at 3am would say no to such a Frankenstein's monster of a feed to soak up the night's sins? For over a decade, Oxford Street post-party favourite, Indian Home Diner, has been serving such delights to weary clubbers until the wee hours, providing an important service as far as we're concerned to the nightlife of our fair city. It would appear, however, that Woolahra Council has others plans, finding that the late-night trading breaches Indian Home Diner's DA agreement. And while this may technically be the case, we're not sure how a curry and kebab house tending to the carby needs of the post-pub crowd really does any harm. The diner applied in November to Woollahra Municipal Council to make their current opening hours – Friday and Saturday 11.30am to 3am, and Monday to Thursday and Sunday 11.30am to 11pm – official. However, the application was rejected in March. A few reasons were given in the refusal – including that the application didn’t demonstrate satisfactory crowd and litter management, didn’t "protect the amenity" of the adjoining residential properties and is "not deemed to be in the public interest". The saga feels a lot like history repeating itself in the no-harm-no-foul realm, with parallels to back in 2020 when Enmore's late-night LGBTQIA+ haunt, the Sly Fox had its trading hours slashed when a council do-gooder pointed out t
Sydney's Firedoor has been named third best steak restaurant in the world
To say the calibre of Aussie offerings is high would be the understatement of the season, with world-class bars, restaurants and produce practically commonplace. Determined to prove ourselves once again, Surry Hills' Firedoor has taken out number three on the world's 101 best steak restaurants for 2022. Coming in third, behind Buenos Aires' Parrilla Don Julio at number two and London's Hawksmoor in first place, the beloved Down Under restaurant has made waves since it first opened under British-born chef Lennox Hastie, who boasts a number of Michelin stars. All the meats on the restaurant's menu are wood-fired on a series of grills that are deftly lowered and hoisted high over the coals to ensure the utmost care is taken when cooking those perfectly picked slabs of meat. Paired with seasonal and locally sourced produce, these are meals worth writing home about, and the steak masters clearly agree. The list also includes other incredible Sydney steakhouses, with Rockpool Bar and Grill narrowly missing the top ten, coming in at number 12, while other Sydney joints Chophouse and Kingsleys scored numbers 17 and 34 respectively. Three Melbourne restaurants also placed on the list — Butcher & Vine came in at number 77, Macelleria scored at 90, and Entrecôte took out number 97. Reservations at Firedoor are notoriously hard to come by, opening three months in advance, and we're sure they'll keep getting snapped up at speed with this impressive new accolade. If you want to secure a ta
Kitsch Redfern restaurant Ron's Upstairs will close its doors for good next month
Beloved cult restaurant, Ron's Upstairs, on Redfern Street has announced via an Instagram post on April 19 that they will be bidding a fond farewell, causing tantrums and stages of grief to ripple across Sydney (and the Time Out office). The kitsch first-floor eatery burst onto the scene back in 2018, maintaining much of the décor of the Thai restaurant that occupied the space for decades before the Arcadia Liquor and Redfern Continental team took over. The delightfully retro dining room with a menu that lists gently in the direction of the European continent is like a ‘70s-toned holiday snap from your parents’ photo album, complete with plastic grapevines looped across the walls, fairy lights, big round tables and comfy straight-backed dining chairs. The brown, orange and green colour scheme set the tone for the vintage fantasy with a very modern menu. The final service will be on Saturday May 7, so don't miss your last chance to get some of that deadly garlic toum, whatever genius incarnation of occy is being served up, and a very serious wine on the pour by the ultra-friendly team. Run, don't walk to make your booking here. RIP Ron's, you will be missed. Get out there and support Sydney's other great restaurants. Check out our favourites here.
A fireworks spectacular will light up Darling Harbour for the next month to support Ukraine
The skies above Darling Harbour will be lit up blue and yellow in support of relief efforts for those impacted by the war in Ukraine every Saturday night until May 14. Lending fundraising support from Saturday, April 9, the display will help raise funds to help those impacted by the war in Ukraine, in partnership with Australia for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR staffers will be roaming the foreshore vantage points including the International Convention Centre (ICC), Cockle Bay Wharf and Darling Quarter, so you'll be able to show some support and donate to a good cause while marvelling at the stunning fireworks show from 8:30pm. If you're interested in more information on donating, head to the Darling Harbour website here. While you're out, why not check out the best things to do this weekend?
One of Sydney's most beloved Turkish restaurants will close its doors for good
Say it ain't so! After six and a half years, Enmore's finest (and most aesthetically pleasing) restaurant, Stanbuli will close its doors. In a heartfelt post, chef, owner, and absolute delight, Ibrahim Kasif took to the restaurant's Instagram page to share the sad news. "I put my heart and soul into this place, and to represent my cultural heritage was truly an honour." states Kasif. Explaining that the timing felt right, while profusely thanking the unsung heroes of hospo, Kasif also paid special thanks and shoutouts to kitchen hands and restaurant managers, staff past and present and of course, the diners who flocked and praised Stanbuli from day one. The menu championed traditional Turkish flavours and dishes, like the trademark rice-stuffed mussels, and spiced skewers of meat slow-roasted over lovingly-tended coals, with an aroma alluring enough to make one salivate a block away. To the glee of Enmore locals, the Marie-Louise Hair Salon's kitschy purple and pink facade remained intact despite massive renovations within all those years ago, and was a true testament to the ethos of the Porteno Group that partnered with Kasif to bring Stanbuli to life. Among their umbrella are Sydney favourites Bodega 1904, the Continental Deli, and LP's Quality Meats. The mix of beauty, historical respect, delicious food and incredible service has always been and remains the markers of this truly excellent restaurant. The final service will be on Saturday, April 30 so jump online and grab
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The light rail is returning to the Inner West this weekend, sort of
Following the alarming finding of cracks in all 12 Sydney light rail tracks back in October 2021, service will finally resume from the Inner West to Central Grand Concourse this weekend. On Saturday, February 12, the LI Dulwich Hill line will run between Dulwich Hill and Central Grand Concourse (using the Randwick and Kingsgrove service trams from the eastern suburbs and CBD line) every 15 minutes, from 6am-11pm every day except Friday, when it will run until midnight. The bus route from Central to the Star will continue to run every 15 minutes Monday to Friday during the morning (7-9am) and the evening peak (3-7pm). The 3L1 Lilyfield to Central via Glebe and the Star, as well as the 4L1 Dulwich Hill to the Star via Anzac Bridge and return will continue with bus replacement services. Modifications to the tracks as well as a changed speed limit will be in place, with drivers having undergone training to drive the new trams. Final testing is expected to be completed by weeks end. Need some inspiration for your exciting trip to town? Check out the best things to do in Sydney this weekend here.
Mary's will bid farewell to the Lansdowne by April
In a post made on their Mary's Lansdowne Instagram account on February 2, Mary's Group owners Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham have announced that they will be ending their time at the famed Lansdowne Hotel by April of this year. The post says that the Mary's Group's lease is due to end in April and that the venue's owners intend to close the band room to build more hostel accommodation. Since 2017, the Mary's residence at the Lansdowne has provided an important platform for local musicians and even facilitated livestreams during the lockdowns in order to keep the gigs going. The crew have pledged that the gigs scheduled until the end of their tenure will go ahead. The closure is a massive blow to the music and hospitality industry, and Mary's Melbourne premises also remains closed. At this stage it is not clear whether the crew will find a new home, but in the meantime if you need your burger, natty wine and live music fix you can still head to Mary's Underground for as many live gigs as are at the Lansdowne, with a full-throttle Mary's restaurant upstairs. Or head to Mary's CBD for a grab and go bite, or the Newtown OG for the best booze and worst toilet in the inner west. Want to keep up to date with the rest of Sydney's stellar bars? Check out the best in the biz here.
Get a RAT – and groceries – delivered to your door in 15 minutes or less
Online grocer Send is upping the ante for delivery services in a very 2022 way by bringing rapid antigen tests straight to your door in 15 minutes or less. The online-only grocer is catering to the ever-increasing demand for convenience and aims to relieve the stress many of us are feeling about venturing out and fruitlessly attempting to track down RATs during the current Omicron surge. The dearth of RATs has become such a point of contention that user-generated apps and websites have become the go-to point of information on where to find tests across the state, as leadership flounders to keep up with demand and, until the recent introduction of price-gouging legislation, exorbitant costs from private sellers. With the help of Send you can score yourself two packs of DIY nasal swabs for just $21 as well as iso essentials like pain killers, chocolate, condoms and fruit and veggies. The app has also announced that they will be stocking five packs in the very near future, so the days of schlepping to the chemist are a thing of the past. The genius of Send comes by way of "dark" warehouses dotted around the city, which means quick delivery by a fleet of dedicated front line couriers, servicing nearly 40 suburbs across Sydney and Melbourne. Check the handy in-app map to check if you're in the catchment. The Send app is free to register and available on Apple and Android. Got a positive test result? Here's how to treat your symptoms at home, according to a registered nurse.
This online grocer is delivering RATs to your door in 15 minutes or less
Online grocer Send is upping the ante for delivery services in a very 2022 way by bringing rapid antigen tests straight to your door in 15 minutes or less. The online-only grocer is catering to the ever increasing demand for convenience and aims to relieve the stress many of us are feeling about venturing out and fruitlessly attempting to track down RATs during the current Omicron surge. The dearth of RATs has become such a point of contention that user generated apps and websites have become the go-to point of information on where to find tests across the state, as leadership flounders to keep up with demand and, until the recent introduction of price-gouging legislation, exorbitant costs from private sellers. With the help of Send you can score yourself two packs of DIY nasal swabs for just $21 as well as iso essentials like pain killers, chocolate, condoms and fruit and veggies. The app has also announced that they will be stocking five packs in the very near future, so the days of schlepping to the chemist are a thing of the past. The genius of Send comes by way of "dark" warehouses dotted around the city, which means quick delivery by a fleet of dedicated front line couriers, servicing nearly 40 suburbs across Sydney and Melbourne. Check the handy in-app map to check if you're in the catchment. The Send app is free to register and available on Apple and Android. Got your negative test result? Here's out guide to keeping safe when out in the wild. Not quite so lucky? Find