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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 11 best restaurants in Enmore

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Restaurants

Stanbuli

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

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Emma's Snack Bar

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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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Bars, Pubs

Queens Hotel

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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.

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Chicken wings at Wishbone Enmore
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Wish Bone

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At this tricked up fried chicken diner you'll find chooks that under go a 24-hour prep-process before being bathed in buttermilk, battered and fried. They also do a mean poutine and peppery mac'n'cheese.

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Restaurants, Cafés

Saga

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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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Bowls of food at Faheem Fast Food
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Faheem Fast Food

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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
Restaurants, Thai

Little Turtle

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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.

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Food at The Duke Enmore
Bars, Pubs

The Duke of Enmore

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This corner pub has had a spruce up, but a respectful one. Toby Wilson is in the kitchen whipping up tempura clutches of enoki mushrooms that you dip in chilli-infused soy, and you can get your steak and fries with gravy or lemon butter.

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Cow and the Moon Gelato Bar
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Cow and the Moon Gelato Bar

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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. 

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Doughbox Diner

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This ’50s themed diner does burgers, wings, crepes, and sundaes in full Happy Days-style retro regalia.

After plant-based eats?

Food at Alibi Bar Ovolo Woolloomooloo
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Restaurants, Vegan

The best vegan restaurants in Sydney

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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