Boy oh boy has Barangaroo been growing. The Streets just seem to keep gaining more restaurants, bars and shops than we can keep up with. Which is a very first world problem, but hey, we’re here to help out. Here’s five spots to put on your list asap:
Best for: cocktails with your crew
Our favourite New Orleans-inspired venue is tucked into Tower 1, so hop into a lift and walk out into a bar with a cool plantation-meets-speakeasy design we’d like to take home and replicate. We’d also like to take home the very well stocked bar, and a couple of the Rue Royal salted caramel and passionfruit vodka cocktails please! Start the night with a Sazerac or two, before moving to the restaurant for slow cooked meats, fries and a Southern pecan pie that’s to die for.
Best for: sushi fiends
If you love sushi, it’s likely you love Yoshii. The good news is Chef Ryuichi Yoshii has come on board alongside Chef Chui Lee Luk to make all your sushi, sashimi and modern Asian food dreams come true. The Robata grill is kept hot with Octopus, guanciale and red chilli skewers, the raw bar’s 10 and 20 sashimi plate selections are moreish and the sake is the icing on the cake.
Meat & Wine Co
Best for: power dining
If you’re pulling out the big guns, make a beeline for this steak house. The leather booths, extensive wooden paneling, dramatic lighting and stencil art of the walls set the set for big cuts of meat, cooked to perfect, but don’t forget a bold Australian red wine to seal the deal. Also don’t forget to check out the bathrooms, where an omnipresent narrator reads out Henry Lawson poetry.
Best for: date nights and special occasions
French food. The food of lovers, right? If you’ve got a special someone to woo or remind how much you love them, this is the spot for you. Chef Drew Bolton brings the best of Australian produce to life through traditional French techniques. Start off with fresh oysters or a charcuterie board before moving on to beef tartare, confit duck or a lamb rack, but whatever you do, save room for Assiette Mignardise, a tasting board of mini desserts that will make your heart melt. The mini eclair is c’est magnifique.
Best for: anyone, anytime.
It’s gelato, the universally loved icy treat that works pretty much anytime of the day, anytime of the year, although RivaReno is open until 11pm everyday (midnight on Friday and Saturday!), which makes it a great late night treat. Made fresh everyday, there’s traditional Sicilian flavours like Monereale, made on Italian sheep milk ricotta and lemon peel as well as classics like chocolate, Australian Macadamia, and a standout vanilla that will have you never ever again questioning people that order vanilla.