The 50 best restaurants in Sydney
This is the definitive, ranked list of where to eat in Sydney right now. These are the venues we send our friends and family to when they ask for recommendations. They’re the places that are more than just exciting food and exceptional drinks – they’re also a guaranteed good time. We’ve thrown in a mix of price points because sometimes you want to drop cash like a tourist and eat inside the Opera House, and sometimes you want a mini-treat, like some next level Bangladeshi food. If you want a better idea of how we price things there’s this helpful guide, and remember those dollar signs don’t include drinks. There’s some old faithful’s on this list that we keep coming back to, but we prioritised innovation, excitement and fun so that you can start at the top and work your way through the best restaurants Sydney has to offer. Bon appétit!
The best vegan restaurants in Sydney
It doesn't matter if you’re a full-time herbivore or just dabbling in some cruelty-free alternatives, these are the best vegan restaurants around Sydney, from a cheese-free slice at Gigi's Pizzeria to a plant-based burger from Soul Burger. Or maybe it's yum cha that's calling your name. It's all here and totally meat and dairy-free. Want more? Check out Sydney's best vegetarian restaurants.
A chef’s guide to seafood
Josh Niland, head chef at Australian seafood restaurant Saint Peter, loves fish. But he also appreciates that cooking seafood is a bit of a dark art, so we joined him on a walk through the Sydney Fish Market where he gave us the low down on what to buy, when to buy it and what to look for when you want the freshest seafood in Sydney.
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Time Out Sydney Food Awards: Winners
The Time Out Food Awards is the one night of the year when we recognise Sydney's champions of the restaurant scene – and throw a party to remember. On September 26, more than 300 of the city's culinary experts, professional eaters and Time Out readers gathered at Est for the 2016 Food Awards. Check out the full list of winners and nominees below, and be sure to read our full recap of the night, including the awesome freebies our guests took home. Disappointed you missed out? Sign up to our newsletter and you'll never miss another chance to party with Time Out!
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 (getit?) in town right now, doing chicken the way – our fictitious American/Korean/Indonesian – mamma used to do.
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The best hot chocolate in Sydney
Like heat? Like chocolate? Lucky you – we scoured the streets of Sydney to find the best hot chocolates in town. And we're still on a jittery sugar high. From thick and rich to smooth and creamy, these five drinks will make any winter's day a whole lot sweeter.
The best bacon and egg rolls in Sydney
Whoever first put cured, fried pork and soft, melty eggs together deserves a seriously prestigious award, in our opinion. Stuff them between two layers of soft white bread, spread on a heap of butter and you’ve pretty much got food nirvana right there. So we took it upon ourselves to traipse the streets of Sydney to find you the best bacon and egg rolls to fix any hangover, heartbreak or hard-earned snack. Man, it’s a tough job.
The best gelato in Sydney
Ever since Messina opened back in 2002, Sydney has been head over heals in love with gelato. Which we always should have been, really, given that we are a seaside city that’s also stinking-hot half of the year – because what do beaches and heat equal? That’s right: ice cream. There are a thousand places to get it – from the gummy, overly saccharine crap, to smooth, silky excellence. Rest assured, though, that these ten are all in the latter category. Here are our top ten favourite gelaterias in Sydney right now:
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The best patisseries in Sydney
We’re pretty lucky that here in Sydney we have some of the best darn pastry chefs in the country. From the genius that is the strawberry watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry, to that ginger tart at Bourke Street Bakery, here’s where to get a lil’sweet stuff in Sydney.
The best desserts in Sydney
We don’t know about you, but dinner ain’t dinner for us without dessert. Sometimes it’s a bowl of silky, melting gelato, or it could be a maple syrup-drenched pudding or a good old fashioned passionfruit pav. Damn it, sometimes it’s an ornate plate of food made to look just like the brittle twigs on the forest floor (that’s when we’ve got the coin to get into Sepia). Regardless, it’s the traditional way to finish a meal, and we intend to keep up that tradition for as long as our waistbands can take it.
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Bar Luca and Young Henrys join forces
When one of Sydney's best burger joints collaborates with a rock'n'roll beer juggernaut, you know you're in for a good time. And that's exactly what Young Henrys and Bar Luca will be doing for a whole week – a week packed full of burgers, beers and even some love song dedications. To kick off the celebrations, Bar Luca will be doing a burger pop-up at Young Henrys brewery in Newtown on Sunday February 12. They'll be doing a one-off burger, created especially for the kickass brewers, dubbed the Young Henry the Third. It'll see the much loved juicy BL patty sandwiched in with American cheese, bacon jam, YH Real Ale spiked cheese sauce, YH Natural Lager fried onions and Cloudy Cider braised pulled pork. As they were the victors of Time Out's Battle of the Burger, you know this is going to be a burger you want to try. Then they'll be switching places – Young Henrys will join Bar Luca for a week-long residence at the CBD burger bar, as well as BL Burgers on Oxford Street and the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi. On Valentine’s Day they'll be dong special 'Lovers and Loners' meal deals, beer specials and burger-love-song-dedications, and throughout the rest of the week you can enjoy plenty more Young Henrys brews and burgers. Find out more about Young Henrys and Bar Luca's pop-up.
Beer DeLuxe is now pouring Hawthorn Brewing Company
Beer DeLuxe Sydney in King Street Wharf is the home to many a fine brew – more than 150 of them all told. The two-level temple to beer has 20 beers on taps at any given moment and many more by the bottle. Right now Beer DeLuxe is heralding the arrival of Hawthorn Brewing Company’s fine Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Pilsner, Witbier, IPA and Golden Ale. Having lived overseas for many years, the team at Hawthorn Brewing tasted first hand the full diversity that exists throughout the beer world. Returning home to Hawthorn, Melbourne, they launched their first brew in 2008 and haven’t looked back. It’s just a sample of the amber goodness to be enjoyed at Beer DeLuxe all year round.
Alliance Française French Film Festival
Did you ever wonder why France’s film culture is so rich and varied and full of big-name stars? Simple: for every cinema ticket sold in France, whether for a local film or a Hollywood blockbuster, the state gets money to invest into French films. The latest fruits of this vibrant industry screen in March, spanning comedy, biopic, drama, war stories, animation and romance. They include new movies from the Dardenne Brothers, Anne Fontaine and Bertrand Tavernier, featuring stars such as Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil, Omar Sy, Audrey Tautou and many, many more. Gender equality is especially strong in the French movie world, with 17 new movies from women directors. And here’s another drawcard: the festival is running a competition this year with prizes for attendees of a trip for two to France and a trip for two to New Caledonia. Here are Time Out’s 12 picks of movies to look out for. The Alliance Française French Film Festival is set to take place at Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema and Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace.
Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus
Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus are big on fun, food and celebration. Along with live bands, DJs and loads of steins of bier, the Munich Brauhaus always has a great party atmosphere. They also offer special bucks party packages – for just $50 per person you can enjoy a round of pretzels, a stein of craft beer, a famous Munich pork knuckle and a round of schnapps shots to finish. So get your mates together and celebrate before the big day. Find out more about bucks parties at the Munich Brauhaus.