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Papaya Thai
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Where to eat before a movie at the Hayden Orpheum

Avoid the mid-film stomach grumbles with a meal at one of the Orpheum's nearby eateries

By Nicola Dowse
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A night (or day) out at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace is always so much more satisfying than seeing a film at your local multiplex. But films are long and popcorn and choc tops don't always cut it. Fortunately, the Orpheum is located within walking distance to several of Cremorne's top restaurants, cafés and bars. Enjoy your movie!

After the film, debrief at one of Military Road's bars or pubs.

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Where to eat before a show at the Hayden Orpheum

Papaya Thai
Photograph: James Manning

Papaya

Restaurants Thai Cremorne

This lavishly decorated restaurant is covered in embroidered silk cushions, carved Buddhist sculptures, soft red light and wicker seating: it’s almost like a temple for Thai food. Try the kao pad sub-pra-rod: that's fried rice with chicken, king prawn, crab and vegetables served in a halved pineapple.

Korean Samurai
Photograph: James Manning

Korean Samurai

Restaurants Korean Cremorne

The restaurant is tucked away under the stairs at Cremorne Garden Plaza but don’t let its ordinary shopfront fool you. Inside is stylish and intimate, with barbecues at each table to let guests grill their own dinners, or they can order from the restaurant’s Korean-Japanese menu. 

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Shot on Military
Photograph: James Manning

Shot on Military

Restaurants Cafés Cremorne

Have a bite to eat before a matinee while gazing out at the Art Deco Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace across the road. The menu is short, simple and filled with classic café favourites like smashed avo and toasties. Their locally roasted coffee blend Ammo will keep ensure you stay awake throughout your screening. 

Nilgiri's

Restaurants Cremorne

This all-Halal restaurant opened in Crows Nest in 1998, moving to St Leonards in 2003 and now, Military Road, Cremorne. Chef Ajoy Joshi hails from Hyderabad, India, and honed his trade at the Taj group of hotels before moving to Sydney and starting various award-winning restaurants. Nilgiri's retains its reputation as one of the best Indian diners in town and Joshi's cooking classes remain popular for adults and kids alike. 

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Barrel Bar and Dining

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Restaurants Cremorne

Barrel Bar and Dining is on a consistently busy stretch of Military Road in Cremorne, next to the beautiful Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace. It’s the kind of eatery that’s been sorely lacking in the area – a bit fancy, but still a place you could pop in, post movie, for a glass of wine and a quick snack. 

The Fareground Café
Photograph: James Manning

The Fareground Café

Restaurants Cafés Cremorne

Fuel up pre-movie with a generous fry-up or have the chirpy staff set you up with some serious sandwiches, muffins or freshly squeezed juices. 

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Fratelli's Wood-fired Pizza
Photograph:James Manning

Fratelli’s Wood-fired Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Cremorne

Situated on the ground floor of Cremorne Garden Plaza, just a short walk from the Hayden Opheum, Fratelli’s menu boasts authentic Italian pizzas like Napoletana, Diavola and Capricciosa as well as less traditional options like the Salmone e Bianco. 

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