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5 Hot New Restaurants in Sydney

There’s never a shortage of new venues popping up around Sydney, from fine-dining master pieces to friendly, deeply satisfying take-away joints. Here are five new openings we think you’ll like.

Blanca, Bondi

Fusing Japanese and Mediterranean could end badly but in the hands of chefs Sam Cole and Tomi Bjork (whose combined resumes include stints at Quay, Bentley, Dinner by Heston, 6 cookbooks and 14 television shows) it really, really works. Don’t miss the black buns or oxtail dumplings and take the time to sample some sake, happily drinking in the beautiful white interiors and buzzing, friendly atmosphere.


The Chicken Shop, Paddington

Featuring juicy rotisserie chicken, succulent sides (like roast carrots, harissa yoghurt and humble French fries), tasty sandwiches and daily specials including pork belly and ocean trout, this new take-away joint ticks all the boxes. It’s run by Merivale – the same folks behind many of Sydney’s best drinking and dining venues – and sits next to epic pub The Paddington. On a sunny day, we highly recommend ordering ahead to beat the queue and then taking your delicious goods a few blocks over to Centennial Park and enjoying them picnic-style.


Olio Kensington Street, Chippendale

Chef Lino Sauro is out to prove Sicilian is the new Italian with the latest addition to Chippendale’s glorious foodie hub. All of his dishes start with a splash of olive oil direct from his family farm in Sicily (naturally) and many feature wonderfully fresh seafood. Pasta also features quite heavily – it’s still Italian after all – and, if you can, you should definitely save room for dessert with old favourites like Tiramisu and Semifreddo made to perfection.


Untied, Barangaroo

This bar/restaurant hybrid sits gloriously on a rooftop in Sydney’s newest precinct. The view is – of course – amazing, the vibe is relaxed and tropical, and the food is modern Australian done to perfection. There’s lots of seafood, a smattering of pork and lamb, and some darn good cocktails with names bound to make you feel patriotic. Try The Big Pineapple, Hills Hoist or Flamin’ Galah for well-balanced bursts of sweet sugars and refreshing zings.

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Coogee Trade, Coogee

This delightful café is a very welcome addition to Coogee Bay Road, serving up not just delicious coffee but supremely well-executed dishes all day long. For breakfast it’s hard to go past the Pepe Saya buttermilk pancakes, which are topped lavishly with strawberries, whipped ricotta, maple syrup and pistachios, and for lunch the wagyu bolognaise is a must. If you’re thinking it sounds fancy for a café, it’s probably a good time to let you know the man at helm is Matt Barnes, previously of Café Sydney.

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