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The best restaurants in Enmore

This little suburb punches well above its weight on the food front

By Time Out editors
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While neighbouring Newtown has long gotten the props as a Sydney dining destination, little Enmore has slowly and surely been building its own reputation for deliciousness. Whether you're after a bite before a gig at the Enmore, you're a longtime local looking a cheap and cheerful dinner, or you're from out of town and adding the 'burb to your dining hitlist, there's a surprising bredth of options contained in a small area, from gussied up pubs, to curry houses, neighbourhood fine dining and Lebanese snack bars.

Want more? Check out our guide to Sydney's best restaurants.

Looking for hotspots nearby? Here's our guide to Newtown's best restaurants.

The 10 best restaurants in Enmore

stanbuli food on a wooden table
Photograph: Anna Kucera

1. Stanbuli

Restaurants Enmore

Head behind the pink façade of the Marie-Louise Salon to find Turkish mezze cooked by Ibrahim Kasif, former chef at Porteno.

Food at Little Lagos
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2. Little Lagos

Restaurants Nigerian Enmore

One of Sydney's only Nigerian restaurants is in Enmore, which is great news for anyone in the Inner West craving some jollof rice and slow-cooked goat.

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Filling wraps at Cairo Takeaway
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3. Cairo Takeaway

Restaurants Middle Eastern Newtown

Egyptian street food pulls crowds to this corner spot where the pita pockets come stuffed with a heady garlic chicken, the fires are dusted in paprika and the beers int he fridge are local and crafty.

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4. Emma's Snack Bar

Restaurants Enmore

At Emma’s Snack Bar you'll want a serve of the smoky, feather-light babaganoush, but the spicy humous dressed with warm chilli oil and flecked with fried garlic is a worthy challenger for top dip. 

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Bowls of food at Faheem Fast Food
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5. Faheem Fast Food

Restaurants Enmore

This is one of Sydney's best curry joints. Fast, fun and incredibly cheap, FFF gets an AAA for value but don't come for the décor or flattering lighting - come for the spicy, vermillion red butter chicken.

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Curry at Little Turtle Thai
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7. Little Turtle

Restaurants Thai Enmore

Vegetables are delicious in their own right, and at Little Turtle, an all-veg Thai restaurant on Stanmore Road, they are banking on the fact that it’s not chicken that makes a tangle of hokkien noodles delicious.

Cakes at Saga Enmore
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8. Saga

Restaurants Cafés Enmore

Andy Bowdy's café and bakery is where diets go to die, because no one can resist the beautiful pastries, creative breakfasts and killer subs here.

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Crab at Queen's Hotel
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9. Queens Hotel

Bars Pubs Enmore

Above this gussied up Merivale pub is a beautiful high-end Cantonese dining room where you can get delicate dumplings, mud crabs, and numbing Sichuan pepper chicken wings.

10. Cow and the Moon Gelato Bar

Restaurants Enmore

After winning an international gelato award the queues have never been longer for this ace ice cream shop. Mandorla Affogato was the prize winning flavour, but thir fruit sorbets are also worth your attention. 

After plant-based eats?

Food at Alibi Bar Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Food at Alibi Bar Ovolo Woolloomooloo
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The best vegan restaurants in Sydney

Restaurants Vegan

People repping a vegan diet don't have prentend they enjoy pumpkin salad anymore. Sydney is now home to plant-based burger shops; classic Italian pizzerias that opt for cheese and meat alternatives; gelato shops that favour coconut bases; and a growing contingent of fine diners offering fancy degustations for vegans.

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