The best fried treats in Sydney

Kick off the weekend with these heart stoppers
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I mean, why wouldn’t you deep-fry a Golden Gaytime and smother it in caramel? We love a bit of fried here in Sydney, be it chicken, rice or a goddamn ice cream. Here’s our list of where to get your fry on in Sydney. 

A spoon opening a 'roast potato' dessert
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Restaurants

Master's 'A Roasted Potato' dessert

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

At Master, not everything is as it seems. ‘A roasted potato’ looks like its namesake and smells like a doughnut, but it’s actually ice cream flavoured with steeped potato skins, deep-fried in tempura batter and dusted with freeze-dried black vinegar. The filling is thick, starchy and very creamy, balanced by a bitter bed of caramelised muscovado crumble with caramelised white chocolate. Don't even think about it. Order it.

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Thirsty Bird's fried chicken

icon-location-pin Potts Point

Thirsty Bird is from the guys behind Mr Crackles on Oxford Street, so these folks know how to do late night food. And boy, do they know how to fry a chicken. The coating is plentiful, dry and crisp without being greasy, and the chicken meat within is tender and juicy. It's tenderness that only comes from meat that's spent a good, long sabbatical in brine (24-hours followed by an air-dry for a further 24-hours before battering, to be precise). We’d go as far to say this is better than Belle's, so screw you Melbourne.

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A close up shot of a deep fried golden gaytime icecream on a pla
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Bars, Pubs

The Gaytime at Oxford Tavern

icon-location-pin Petersham

Hold the phones and put down that cronut. The deep-fried Golden Gaytime – everybody’s favourite deep-fried ice-cream on a stick – has landed on the menu at the Oxford Tavern. The dessert was a mainstay of the Abercrombie (RIP), and a big favourite at Time Out Towers.

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Doughnuts at Smalltown

icon-location-pin Avalon Beach

Here at Smalltown in Avalon, doughnuts are freshly made, soft and yeasty, with a crackling exterior. The chefs come up with a new variety daily, and the morning we visit it’s Earl Grey and poppy seed. The dough is savoury and chewy – almost like a Dutch oliebol – and the tea-infused glaze is harmonising and sweet. These might even be the best doughnuts in Sydney right now.

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Bentley Bar's hot chips

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Yeah, there's the degustation, but what we really want to tell you to do is visit the Bentley for white wine and hot chips. Those chips we’re so eager for are deeply golden, super-crisp, creamy and fluffy on the inside and crusted in sea salt.

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Al Aseel's falafels

icon-location-pin Newtown

They’re masters of the fryer here. Order the cinnamon-heavy kibbeh – deep-fried pucks of lamb mince – and crunchy, creamy falafels with tahini (which, BTW, they do at brekkie for an extra $1.50 a piece. Yeah!).

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Bar H's saltbush

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

Check out the tempura saltbush. Whole branches of the scrubby plant are deep-fried and served with a cheek of lemon. Pluck the tender velvety leaves and run them through a side of spicy mayo.

Sweet aranchinis sprinkled sith icing sugar
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Cremeria de Luca's Nutella arancini

icon-location-pin Five Dock

At heart, it’s all about the five star gelato here on this sleepy street corner. But try a fist-sized arancino filled with Nutella. Woof.

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Bars

Mary's fried chicken

icon-location-pin Newtown

You’re going to want some elbow-room when you order the crunchy, tender fried chicken. Get your birds half, whole or Larry (that’s two chooks broken down and deep fried in their enormous pressure fryer).   

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A close up shot of a beef burger with pickles, red onion and tom
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Burgers

The best burgers in Sydney

What could be more perfect than finely ground meat placed between two sweet slices of bread with cheese and pickles? Nothing, that's what. Whether you like them stacked to the nines, fat-rich and salty, veggie or vegan, here are the best burgers in Sydney.

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