Warming, comforting and a bit spicy, these are the places to eat right now.
Firedoor, Surry Hills
With a name like that… Plus everything is cooked over an open flame and the fit-out features neat piles of firewood. It’s the perfect time to try Michelin starred Lennox Hastie and Matt Darwon’s new venture.
Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta, Bondi
Wishing you were enjoying Italian summer instead of Sydney winter? Or just craving a big bowl of pasta? Throughout August, Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta is offering a special ‘back to the classics’ menu with dishes like Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese and Spaghetti Alla Carbonara.
Bang Street Food, Surry Hills
Let Nicholas Gurney, the architect and co-owner of the hatted Farmhouse restaurant in Kings Cross – together with head chef (and co-owner), Bangladesh born and raised Tapos Singha – take you on a trip to the spicy streets of Bangladesh. A sure fire way to warm you up this winter.
Lotus Dumpling Bar in Walsh bay has opened up in The Galleries in the CBD with a slick fit-out by Paul Papadopolous of DS17 (Alpha Restaurant). Head there for a wide variety of their famed dumplings or Lo-Tea, the Chinese answer to High Tea, served each afternoon with traditional sweets and house-made teas. The perfect break mid Muji spree. There are also five stylish spaces for group bookings, great for a mid-winter celebration.
Subcontinental, Surry Hills
Head downstairs from Longrain to Sam Christie’s newest venture starring Indian food with a modern and clean twist and just the right amount of spice. Plus from down there, it doesn’t matter if it is storming outside.
North Bondi Fish, Bondi
So it might not feel like an obvious winter choice, but imagine the views when those glass doors are closed and its stormy outside? Plus on July 29 they’ll hose a special smokehouse fish dinner, complete with American-influenced sides and desserts.
Inside the cavernous yet cuddling shells of the expansive Sydney Opera House you can enjoy a drink at the new Bennelong’s upstairs bar, sophisticated and delicious share plates at the Cured and Cultured bar or go for the full fine dining experience in the main restaurant. Few meals are more comforting than Peter Gilmore’s slow cooked heirloom pumpkin covered in fresh truffle or suckling pig with heritage apples, black garlic and smoky juices.
Chiswick at The Gallery, Sydney
What better time to spend a day at the gallery than while the Archibald Prize, Australia’s most popular art prize, is on. No matter the weather, the space Matt Moran’s Chiswick occupies, in the corner of the Art Gallery of New South Wales overlooking Woolloomooloo, the view is wonderful and the food divine. Plus they have a special menu for Archibald-goers that includes main, dessert, glass of wine or beer.
Besser, Surry Hills
Desire a hearty risotto to see you through a winter’s eve? Arrive at Besser before 6:30pm to get an order in for their daily-changing, fresh-made 7pm risotto. The sister restaurant to Darlinghurst’s A Tavola is out to impress with hearty Italian fare.
So can you decide where to go warm this winter? Can you choose one ou you go visit all? Let me know your experience.