This post on the hottest local restaurants in Sydney is from travel blogger, Melanie Duca.
Having lived in Sydney Australia all of my life I’m excited to share some of the hottest local restaurants in Sydney. I find that when most tourists visit Sydney, they end up at the top TripAdvisor restaurants which are OK, but not great. In fact most of the restaurants found on the top 10 TripAdvisor list are not the ones that locals would choose to eat at.
There are a few things that Sydneysiders enjoy. Firstly, anything with outdoor seating is always good; if it has a view, that’s a bonus. Sydney is warm most of the year and even in the middle of winter the weather is still relatively mild. The second thing we really love is a great atmosphere, or a restaurant within walking distance or a cool bar because we are very social creatures.
Here are my favourite hottest local restaurants in Sydney. They include restaurants with my 4 Gs (Great vibe, Great View, Great Cocktails and of course, Great food).
Hottest local restaurants in Sydney
One of the best restaurants in Sydney is China Doll, which bills itself as “modern Asian cuisine,” located at Woolloomooloo Wharf. I can’t tell you how many times I have been there, but let’s just say it’s over 50. The reason I love China Doll so much is because the food is consistently tasty, the service is always incredible, the cocktail menu is complementary to their menu and the location is perfect. Woolloomooloo is considered a very hip and trendy area with a beautiful outlook to a small boat pier so try to get a seat outside. Signature items on the menu include their Pork San Choy Bau which is a minced pork inside a fresh lettuce cup and the Crispy Pork Belly with Chilli Caramel. Finish your meal with Sago Pudding with Vanilla Coconut Cream & Passionfruit Syrup.
Mr. Wong, a multi-level modern Chinese restaurant, is located in the centre of the City. Over the years Mr. Wong has become so popular that it’s literally full of patrons from lunch all the way through dinner. The thing that I love about Mr. Wong, aside from the menu, is the vibe of the restaurant. The beautiful colonial furnishing and the contemporary decor provides a luxe setting for lunch and dinner. Mr Wong doesn’t take reservations from groups less than 6, so if you are looking to get in try to go early and wait or leave your name on the list. What I like to do when I go to Mr. Wong is put my name on the list and wait in Palmer & Co, the bar the restaurant. It’s one of the hottest underground bars in the CBD. The 1920’s-themed prohibition cocktail bar serves a very extensive cocktail menu and plays live music. My recommendation is to head there before dinner while waiting for your table or for an after-dinner night cap.
Bondi Icebergs Dining
Bondi Icebergs Dining is the restaurant inside the Bondi Icebergs Club, a place offering a gym and pool as well. The restaurant is a popular spot mostly because of its incredible view. Not to say the menu isn’t great but the best part is the view of Bondi, Sydney’s most iconic beach. The menu is beautiful but it’s on the pricey side. It’s one of the best places to visit during spring and summer. Call for a reservation; sometimes in summer they are very busy and you can miss out on a table if you do not book in advance. Enjoy a glass of Rose and let the day pass you by.
Hugo’s Manly, located on the Northern Beaches, is another of the hottest local restaurants in Sydney that I would recommend. Manly is another of Sydney’s popular beaches and the restaurant is located right in front of the Manly Ferry pier. To get to Hugo’s from the city you can catch the ferry from Circular Quay directly to Manly. Catching the ferry is not only convenient but it’s also a very beautiful journey in which you will see many beautiful locations such as The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Tower. My favourite time of day to eat at Hugo’s is just before sunset. Aside from the beautiful sunset it’s a much easier time to get a good table at the restaurant. Great dishes to try: any of their pizzas or the crab spaghettini.
Kensington Street Social
In the past year the Chippendale has become the a hub for the hottest local restaurants in Sydney. New restaurants have opened including Kensington Street Social. I find Kensington Street Social the best in terms of their menu and their wine list. The great thing about Kensington Street is that there is a row of restaurants side by side. Want to try something a little more casual? Check out Spice Alley tucked around the corner. Spice Alley has a number of small casual outdoor dining spots which are really nice. As I mentioned earlier, Sydney siders love to be close to a cool bar or pub once they are done with dinner. The Clare bar adjoins Kensington Street Social. Pop in and enjoy one of their unconventional cocktails.
Melanie is founder of Eat Well Travel Everywhere. She loves to explore new things, both at home and overseas. She shares her travel stories on her blog.