With restrictions easing, I know I’m not alone in being super keen to get out and about, checking out what’s new in our amazing eastern suburbs and supporting our local hospitality industry.
Some fantastic new places have popped up during lockdown, while others had only just opened before lockdown hit. Book a table and pop a cork or two. We’ve earned it.
Best deli for a New York state of mind: Frank’s Deli
Craving a pastrami on rye Reuben sandwich or a meatball sub the size of your head? While you’re waiting for international borders to reopen you can transport yourself to New York via Frank’s Deli, on Bronte Road in Waverley. This friendly, family-run deli dishes up Polish-style small goods and sandwiches with a real Manhattan vibe. We hear the coffee is excellent and the ‘Breakfast Sammy’, with brisket pastrami, egg and cheese, gets rave reviews.
Best new old faithful: Bills Double Bay
Ah, Bill Granger, you just keep giving Sydney more to love. Sydney’s fourth bills café had barely opened when the doors had to slam shut again, other than for takeout. Bills Double Bay, at 16 Cross Street, has all the old bills’ favourites you know and love, like those scrambled eggs and the Ricotta Hotcakes. Or, avoid the inevitable brunch crowds and book a table for dinner.
Best new celeb chef opening: Margaret Double Bay
Double Bay seems to be having a moment with a host of great offerings popping up. One of 2021’s more hotly anticipated openings was Neil Perry’s Margaret, on the corner of Guilfoyle and Bay Streets, Double Bay, which swung open the doors on its $5M fit-out in late June, just as the lockdown hit. Designed as a ‘neighbourhood’ eatery, it’s certainly one that’s reflective of its upscale local clientele with caviar, Rock Lobster and Blackmore Wagyu all on the menu.
Best place for comfort carbs: Acqua E Farina
Up and coming young chef Lucinda Khan – who has already made a name for herself as head chef at Potts Point French fine-dining restaurant Metisse – has been keeping frazzled Potts Point locals comforted during lockdown with takeaway tagliatelle at the newly opened Acqua E Farina. Now locals can finally dine-in at the 15-seater, house-made pasta restaurant at 117B Macleay Street. Shake off the stress of recent months with a wild mushroom and black truffle tagliatelle followed by Chocolate Torta or Panna Cotta. You can even BYO ($10 corkage per bottle).
Best bar snacks: Roxy’s Double Bay
Roxy’s Double Bay, from Damien Monley, the former owner of Woollahra’s much-loved Flat White Café, was meant to open its doors in July but will launch this month instead. Rustle up some friends and book a dinner slot for Roxy’s amazing looking Middle East-meets-Mod-Oz ‘Feast’ menu or pop in between 3-5 pm for cocktails and tasty bar snacks. Find them right opposite Guilfoyle Park.
Best place for bottomless margaritas: Casa Merida
Finally, Sydney is getting a taste for authentic and delicious Latin American food. A powerful force in this revolution is boutique hospitality group, Milpa Collective, who are behind several exciting new offerings across the city. Their latest is Casa Merida at 1/5 Kellett Street, Potts Point, a Mexican cocktail bar serving up Mayan food from the Yucatán Peninsula and Mexican spirits. Settle in for the Bottomless Fiesta, with unlimited margaritas and tacos, or the Sunday Lazy Lunch.
Best new takeaway fish and chips on the beach: Fsh Mkt
When you’ve hit on a winning formula you know. Such was the case for the team behind the highly popular Fishbowl takeaway group when they opened Fish Shop in Bondi, an upmarket, modern take on the old-fashioned fish’n chips shop. With Fish Shop Bondi closed for renovations until November, the newly minted Fsh Mkt is open seven days a week for tasty takeaway. Get yourself a post-swim or surf burger, seafood feast or Barramundi Box cooked fresh to order.
If you’d like to make one of these eateries your local, talk to our team today.