Many of us are now working from home, so if you are practicing social distancing, let’s continue to support our local cafe’s and restaurants, they need all our help and it may not be that much longer we can do so. Our writers have spent months and years taste testing the best across our city. So here they share their very own favourites with you to enjoy…
Thai on Wok, Glebe, 193, Glebe Point Road, Glebe
This is what every neighbourhood Thai should be, but isn’t. The menu is big and everything is fresh, spicy and we reckon it’s the best in the inner west. It makes its own curry pastes, sauces and if you look at the burners, its likely you will see chicken carcases as they make their own stock too. This is food from Bangkok, and has the best Penang and Green curry around. If you like pad thai, its a classic, made with tamarind not tomato. Take out is really popular so bring your containers!
Ahgora, Glebe Point Road, Glebe
When you’ve trained in Europe under Michelin star chefs, your combined CV’s include coveted celeb hangouts of Galileo, Rockpool and Cara & Co, brothers Jan and Marek Oravec might just be the hottest unknown chef duo right now. Their modern take on Greek and Mediterranean food is a step above the average and their share menu is insane value at $55 a head for 5 courses! We love the burnt butter ravioli.
The Annex, Ross Street, Glebe
Husband and wife (Angela) are the heart and sould of this local gem, with welcoming smiles on their faces. From the moment you arrive you will feel like family. The freshly baked goods dazzle from the counter. Think steaming muffins fresh from the oven, chorizo sausage rolls and pastries which make the place feel like home even before you have even ordered a coffee. Their signature smashed avo on toast is a stunner with a pickled carrot and herbs planted vertically into fluffy avocado like carrot forrest then dusted with dukkah. It’s a winner. If you like mexican the soft bean quesadilla might be your go to or try the sticky eggplant bowl.
Samurai, 493a Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney
Casual Japanese dining in Balmain that delivers on care and attention. With a wide variety of delicious options including the classics: okonomiyaki, sashimi, agedashi tofu. The crispy salmon roll is perfect and worth the visit. Plus it’s BYO.
Sharon Kwan Kitchen 726 Parramatta Road, Petersham
For Malaysian with a proper street food twist, Sharon Kwan’s Kitchen is a must visit in Petersham. It’s the roti wrap that you must have at least once, the roti stuffed with curry goodness is enough ($13) – but the laksa ($19.50 for chicken) may just be the comfort food you’re really looking for. All food is made from scratch and the place gets packed out, so go early.
White Rabbit Double Bay 53 Bay St, Double Bay NSW 2028
This cute streetfront cafe has really upped the brunch game of late. With jazzy and delectable menu items like the ultimate Croque Madame (with triple smoked ham, raclette bechamel and two perfectly poached eggs), their take on avocado smash (with fresh green peas, heirloom tomatoes, goats curd and chilli flakes) or their incredible burgers with buttermilk fried chicken or angus beef. The coffee is also exceptional!
Beach Burrito Bondi 252 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach & other locations
Family owned all Aussie legends – Beach Burrito has your back for any and all mexican cravings #comfortfood. With the best mexican this side of Mexico itself (buena onda!) Beach Burrito offers wallet friendly, visually appealing and most of all incredible food (OG chicken burrito bowl, chilli fries with guac and their fish tacos are next level, just sayin’!) Bonus? Their staff are rad, the stores are fun and inviting and their frosty margaritas are dangerously good! Should you want to (or have to) keep yourself indoors during this uncertain time they are on Uber eats, Deliveroo and you can order here online too.
Maker’s Dozen at The Exchange Darling Square
This is THE new food destination, home to a collective of go-to Sydney hotspots in one space. Pick up some wine from The Bucket Boys and curate your own food safari starting local and healthy at the Fish Bowl, trip over to Asia for some Vietnamese street food from Bau Truong, make sure you don’t go past a Sri Lankan Hopper from Hopper Kade. If continental is your thing, Boque by Tapavino offers tapas and satisfy your sweet spot at Saga Lyte – all are good to go!
Wild Flour 154 Abercrombie St Redfern
Hugely popular with locals has expanded their brunch menu with a delish range of mod-oz, mid-eastern to lat-am bowls. You’ll also see more of those house specialty pretzels, light as air with a crispy sesame shell or dressed up cheesy treats. Open every day, keeping you satisfied and caffeinated.
ENJOY WITH LOVE FROM THE DA CREW XXX