If you had one more meal before you departed this luscious earth, and this meal just happened to be from just one tantalising Sydney food master, who would you choose? Would you go with an innovator, a risk taker, a traditionalist, or maybe all three rolled into one? Let us know your top pick for the best nibbles in our neighbourhood!
Bar Brosé opened in Darlinghurst in 2016 as the latest venture from the forward thinking team behind ACME and The Passage — Andy Emerson, Cam Fairbarn, Mitch Orr and Ed Loveday. Part owner Analiese Gregory is also head chef, and here she dishes up her own artful, modern spin on classic French food. ACME’s hypercreative, difficult-to-pin-down but unmistakably Italian fusion now has a similarly unconventional, and purely delicious, French counterpart.
Tinned anchovies line the wall, the deli fridge is filled with the world’s best cheeses, the jamon is on the counter ready to be sliced wafer-thin — Continental Deli in Newtown is the real deal. Tattooed icons of the Sydney food world Elvis Abrahanowicz and Joe Valore (Porteno), Jesse Warkentin (Bodega, now Continental Deli’s head chief) and Michael Nicolian (Gardel’s Bar) took their love for the neighbourhood deli and brought it to life as a bistro. The menu is packed with Mediterranean fare, the cocktails are expertly crafted, and the welcome is warm.
Ghostboy gained its sterling rep as Sydney’s taco master while serving up peking duck pancake tacos at Dixon House, Chinatown’s oldest food court. In June, owner Toby Wilson from Wedge Espresso moved Ghostboy Cantina into Surry Hills tequila paradise Tio’s Cervecería. The adventurousness remains. On Monday nights Ghostboy turns into Guestboy —with guest chefs tapped for one-night-only taco specials that are paired with matched cocktails by Tio’s head bartender Jeremy Blackmore. After taco tributes to the humble Chiko roll and Bunnings sausage sizzle, we’re hooked.
You can’t find a foodie in Sydney who isn’t raving about Hubert. The new French fine dining establishment on Bligh Street in the CBD caught us off guard, injecting an unexpected sense of scale and grandeur into a city whose food culture has become rowdier and more accessible over the years. Head chef is Dan Pepperell from 10 William Street, whose chicken fricassee is world-endingly good. Hubert’s creators Anton Forte and Jason Scott have good pedigree as the illustrious team behind Frankie’s Pizza, Baxter Inn and Shady Pines.
Rising Sun Workshop
Between April and October in 2014, a combination ramen bar and motorcycle workshop became Newtown’s most in-demand eatery. It might have felt like an unconventional pairing—until you went there. The successful popup paved way for the new, permanent Rising Sun Workshop, housed in the old Mitre 10 on Whateley Street. The team—Nick Smith, Dimity and Heleana Genaus, Dan Cesarano, and Adrian Sheather—expanded their intriguing menu, divided the cavernous space into café and workshop, and revived the spirit that made the original Rising Sun so damn great.