Start your week on a high note with a Sunday night dinner at these excellent Sydney restaurants. While the last night of the weekend doesn't have quite as many options, you can still try native ingredients with a Chinese twist at Billy Kwong, or sample the best Thai food in the city at Long Chim. Missed the Sunday service? Go out tomorrow night, with our list of restaurants open on a Monday night in Sydney.
Restaurants open on Sunday night
Yes, it's one of the most hyped restaurants to open in Potts Point, but with good reason. Kylie Kwong has finally realised the full potential of her modern Chinese eatery that has become a Sydney institution thanks to its Indigenous-focussed, Asian-inspired menu that's bringing the big guns to the flavour front. Just want a quick bite? You can post up at the bar for a snack and some natural wine from the impressive list.
Just down from Billy Kwong you'll find what is possibly the most beautifully designed restaurant in Sydney. Inside is a dining dream team made up of chef Nic Wong and co-owners Jonathan Barthelmess (The Apollo) and Sam Christie (Longrain and Subcontinental). The menu is pared-back with a Japanese feel. There's plenty of snacks, raw options and meats cooked over coals, and the drinks list is as impressive as the food.
This is a menu you’ll want to eat all of, either in one sitting with ten friends or ten sittings with one. Do not leave without at least one serve of the hot, rich, salty porchetta drizzled with pan juices and cut with a squeeze of lemon. But you should also leave room for the pizza. The bases are that magic mix of soft yet charred and blackened, beautifully seasoned and smoky.
Behind the little linen curtains and dark timber façade of this new addition to Oxford Street you’ll find a dining experience so warm and inviting it feels like you’ve gone back in time to Julia Child’s kitchen. Here the cooking and dining spaces merge together so that you can see everything single flourish that’s going on, and into, your meal. That lamb leg that was strung up over the wood fire when you came in is now the velvety, juicy slices of roast meat on your plate. And it’s got that rich, grassy flavour that’s only achieved through non-industrial, considerate farming – in this case by Moorlands biodynamic farm in NSW.
Sydney has long prided itself on its Thai food. David Thompson has now brought his Long Chim empire to Sydney to stoke the flames of our South East Asian eats – and we’re not just talking a larb that’s so hot it’ll get you high. Go the $45 set menu: it’s an affordable treat with all the good bits in reasonable portions. First cab off the rank is the famous marinated pork skewers that are charred, tender and sweet with little ribbons of fat and bright sparks from black pepper.
It’s a wine bar with delicious eats. It’s a restaurant with delicious wine. It’s a venue from the brilliant Sydney hospo team, Nick Hildebrandt and Brent Savage, whose work you may recognise from Bentley Restaurant and Bar and Yellow. You can grab a seat at the bar for charcuterie, cheese and some life-changing wines, or book a table for a more drawn-out affair. Rolling with the whole crew? They do a $65 set menu that is as generous as it is delicious
When it first opened this Potts Point diner had all the punk and sass we'd been craving in this neck of the woods. Fast forward a few years and Dan Hong's mod-Asian restaurant is still a buzzy spot for cheeseburger spring rolls, some sweet and sticky lamb ribs and the Stoners Delight dessert. Now in its third incarnation, it boasts doughnut ice cream, peanut dulce de leche, peanut and pretzel brittle, crispy bacon, Mars Bar brownie, yuzu curd, potato chips and deep fried Nutella.
Perhaps you're after a light repast of mixed dim sum from this high-end Cantonese dining house. Or maybe you're looking to blow the last of your savings on a whole mud crab wok fried in the house made XO sauce. It doesn't matter if you're here on a Sunday or a Friday, this place is always packed and bringing its A-game.
You’ll find this French bar and restaurant inside the Hughenden, a classically styled boutique hotel just across from Centennial Park. In the restaurant there's a dining room and a dimly lit courtyard for French-style share plates. Or you can choose to sit in the adjoining bar and kick back with a glass of Champagne laced with a little green Chartreuse, a glass of rosé, and maybe a bar snack or two.