The place the Good Meals Information reviewers will eat in Sydney and past this winter

Where the Good Food Guide reviewers will eat in Sydney and beyond this winter

With the Good Meals Information returning this yr with its hats and scores, our 30 reviewers will embark on their winter quest to overview some 300 eating places in NSW.

However moments after they’re off obligation present alternatives to hunt sensible meals and wine as safety in opposition to the chilly. 

Whether or not they’re warmed by glowing fires and cosy rooms or heated from inside by chilli-laden noodles and punchy cocktails, these are the locations our reviewers are drawn to when their pens (or extra typically, telephones) are down and their very own cash is at stake.

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Ramen with chilli coriander from Chaco Ramen. Picture: Alana Dimou

Chaco Ramen

Is there a greater solution to fight a low mercury studying than a bowl of invigorating poached rooster, chilli and coriander ramen, completed with each Sichuan and sansho pepper? On the new-ish Bondi Seashore outpost of Chaco Ramen, Fukuoka-born chef Keita Abe provides up an schooling within the effective artwork of what’s arguably Japan’s most revered noodle soup, rounded out with first-rate yakitori and really effective dumplings full of John Dory and prawns. Not solely will a small pot of malty hojicha tea preserve you good and toasty, however it’ll provide help to digest, too – Matty Hirsch

11 O’Brien Avenue, Bondi Seashore, 02 9130 4499,

Jill Dupleix at Ace Hotel, drinking and eating bar snacks at the bar and lobby. 27th May 2022. Photo: Edwina Pickles / SMH Good Food

Snacks on the Ace Resort’s Foyer Bar. Picture: Edwina Pickles

Foyer Bar, The Ace Resort

Other than my very own mattress, the place I might be glad to hold all winter lengthy is the Foyer Bar of the brand new Ace Resort in Surry Hills, the primary Ace to open within the southern hemisphere (sorry, New Zealand!). These ’70s-groove crushed leather-based sunken lounges are calling for me to twist up with a well-crafted native Australian negroni, the cocktail equal of hugging a sizzling water bottle. And possibly a spicy salami toastie with some blistered shishito peppers? Sydney’s Flack Studios have remodeled the previous brick manufacturing unit into an earthy, textured, heat, natural house crammed with edgy Australian artwork items and rawhide lampshades that glow like coals. There are well-designed bedrooms upstairs for sleeping, however rattling, that lounge is wanting good – Jill Dupleix

47-53 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney,

Pasan Wijesena, bartender owner operator of Earl’s Juke Joint in Newtown and Jacoby’s Tiki Bar in Enmore, has lost 95 per cent of his revenue and is keeping afloat with rent assistance and takeaway
sales. Photographed at Jacoby’s Tiki Bar in Enmore, Sydney on April 18, 2020. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

Cosy up to some critically warming drinks and hospitality at Jacoby’s Tiki Bar. Picture: Dominic Lorrimer

Jacoby’s Tiki Bar

On wet winter nights, when the Enmore Street pavers grow to be dangerously slippery, stopping by Jacoby’s is virtually a security measure. Step by the massive purple door, climb onto a bar stool and cosy as much as some critically warming drinks and hospitality. The cocktails are, as you’d hope, glorious, however even higher is the unstuffy friendliness of the crew, glad to combine a home rum-based Outdated Common to your style, or simply pull you a beer if that is your desire. Add some muted lighting, kitschy decor and a snack delivered to the bar from Epic Pizza up the street and there is actually no cause to danger going again exterior – Daniel Findlay

154 Enmore Street, Enmore,

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 09:  The darkness ramen at Rising Sun Workshop in Newtown on August 9, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Christopher Pearce/Fairfax Media)

The Darkness ramen at Rising Solar. Picture: Christopher Pearce

Rising Solar Workshop

Turning off the bustling King Avenue strip to duck into RSW is pure consolation. Half motorbike workshop-part eatery, this welcoming neighborhood hub serves up Single O espresso, pure wines and Japanese fare with an Aussie cafe vibe, and repair all the time comes with a smile. The lunchtime ramen is the best winter salve: the sombre-sounding The Darkness brings pleasure, with its wealthy soy, miso and pork-bone broth brimming with slippery shiitake, free-range rooster, onsen egg and coils of egg noodle. Upstairs within the loft is simply as cosy because the service – add all-local tinnies or a cocktail and settle in for the night time – Pru Engel

1C Whateley Avenue, Newtown, 02 9550 3891,

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Hubert’s French bistro classics run from onion tarte tatin to gateau au chocolat. Picture: Daniel Boud

Restaurant Hubert

As quickly because the temperature hits 12 levels I feel I will go down the spiral staircase to Restaurant Hubert and never come up once more till spring. The idea of hibernation has lots going for it whenever you’re ensconced in a wood-panelled basement eating room lined with bottles of purple wine. Particularly with dwell jazz, a pastis and soda in hand that tastes like white licorice, and over-the-top French bistro classics from chef Alexis Besseau that run from onion tarte tatin to gateau au chocolat. And did I point out the partitions are lined with bottles of purple wine? – Jill Dupleix

15 Bligh Avenue, Sydney, 02 9232 0881,

GOOD FOOD: Sang by Mabasa, 98 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills. Dolsot Bibimbap 18th October 2018, Photo: Wolter Peeters, The Sydney Morning Herald.

Bibimbap at Sáng by Mabasa. Picture: Wolter Peeters

Sáng by Mabasa

If winter is about holing up, then you are able to do lots worse than at Sáng by Mabasa. The tight dimensions and open kitchen preserve issues cosy, however it’s the household ties that convey the true heat, with proprietor Kenny Yong Soo Son’s mum and pop working the kitchen. Order the kimchi-jjigae at lunch for that very same comforting feeling you would possibly get from your individual dad and mom’ cooking, solely stronger. Served in a scalding claypot, stir-fried kimchi provides depth and spice to a steaming anchovy and kelp broth, whereas gentle tofu brings nourishment. Spooned over rice, it is about as heat and fuzzy as a single dish will get. With every day specials, although, why cease there? – David Matthews

98 Fitzroy Avenue, Surry Hills, 02 9331 5175

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This up to date Vietnamese eatery is within the coronary heart of The Cannery in Rosebery. Picture: Jessica & Andy Wallace

Banh Xeo Bar

It isn’t precisely what you’d name cosy. Whenever you’re fascinated by maintaining heat on a cold winter’s day, you are not fascinated by a giant, ethereal, meals courtroom in a warehouse. However with a sweet-smelling bowl of bun bo hue (beef noodle soup) layered with brisket in entrance of you – and inside you – it is lots heat. Add a platter of pig’s head croquettes for a ridiculously crunchy, gooey, squishy, fatty mind-bend of an expertise. Within the coronary heart of The Cannery in Rosebery, Ben Sinfield and Tania Ho’s up to date Vietnamese eatery additionally seems an enormous turmeric-golden banh xeo rice pancake studded with king prawns, onions and pork that’s assured to convey somewhat sunshine to a gray day – Terry Durack

The Cannery, 61-71 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery, 02 8542 5259

Sake bar Ante opens in Newtown 16/12/21
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Ante’s sake choice stretches to 60-plus fascinating, distinctive expressions. Picture: Provided


Sydney does not ship chilly climate with the identical depth as, say, January in Tokyo. The doubly excellent news is that not solely will we miss out on these sub-zero extremes, beautiful sake can nonetheless be discovered right here to battle the (so-called) chill. Ante’s choice stretches to 60-plus fascinating, distinctive expressions, and whereas sake is the point of interest, there’s additionally a nuanced and playful menu designed to accompany and increase each bottle on premises. Go for a tailor-made flight of three sakes together with your meal and do not miss the tagliatelle with fermented shiitake mushrooms. You may barely discover it is not snowing – Daniel Findlay

146 King Avenue, Newtown,

Good Food. Roast chicken with corn and leeks from the bistro menu served at the Argyle Inn in Taralga, New South Wales. May 29, 2018. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

Roast rooster with corn and leeks on the Argyle Inn in Taralga. Picture: Dominic Lorrimer

The Argyle Inn

Sitting in one of many heat eating rooms of this elegantly restored lodge, whereas snacking on house-made charcuterie on pillowy, heat sourdough syncopated by the erratic pops and crackles of the open hearth, it is simple to really feel miles away from the true world. Bucolic Taralga is perhaps a strong two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney, however the Argyle’s stately upstairs rooms make it excellent for an in a single day winter escape. Settle in for a Saturday lunch of roast rooster and nostalgic pudding, nurse just a few glasses of wine sourced close by and really feel the weekend float previous – Tristan Lutze

80 Orchard Avenue, Taralga, 0448 402 008,

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Tachinomi YP calls upon the traditions of Japan’s standing-only bars. Picture: Louise Kennerley

Tachinomi YP

A smiling server donning cat ears, simply cracked tins of yuzu-imbued lagers, effervescent whisky highballs and a mosaic of images, coasters and ID playing cards lining the wall. This small however frenetic spot in Crows Nest calls upon the traditions of Japan’s standing-only bars (“tachi” means standing and “nomi” means consuming). Whereas this one has seats, you will be positioned on an extended desk, from which you’ll be able to snack on crunchy lotus root chips and elbow your means by a sport of Uno, whereas knocking again a tap-pulled Asahi. The pint-sized bar additionally possesses a small benchtop cooker, from which warming katsu curries are ready. It is a cosy, jolly and jostling affair, a mirrored image of Crows Nest’s effervescent Japanese neighborhood ​– Jordan Kretchmer

Store 1, 20 Burlington Avenue, Crows Nest,

Good Food. 5th of October 2017. Where's Nick in Marrickville. Story: Myffy Rygby. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

The place’s Nick manages to emanate a sure heat that most neighbourhood wine bars can solely aspire to. Picture: Dominic Lorrimer

The place’s Nick

Regardless of the season, The place’s Nick manages to emanate a sure heat that almost all neighbourhood wine bars can solely aspire to. Perhaps it is the inviting, lived-in ambiance or the welcoming spirit of the employees. Or possibly it is the accommodating method to {the catalogue} of pure wines, which caters to the keen novice as a lot because the cult fanatic. The chalkboard checklist of adventurous by-the-glass pours is all the time a very good place to begin, together with some anchovy toast or a hash brown snack topped with parmesan cream. However be warned: the urge to pop bottles with reckless abandon is robust – Matty Hirsch

234-236 Marrickville Street, Marrickville, 0481 759 182,

Ramen at Senpai Ramen in Chatswood.
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A bowl of goodness from Senpai Ramen in Chatswood. Picture: Alan Richardson

Senpai Ramen

Generally skipping the superb snacks on a ramen bar’s menu is likely one of the hardest elements when eating out for the much-loved noodle soup, however Chase Kojima’s intelligent new Chatswood omakase idea evades this conundrum by providing a parade of bites earlier than serving a bowl of brothy goodness. The heat of custardy burnt-butter chawanmushi, the playfulness of rooster wings full of prawn meat and extra are all served with glorious pacing (not too quick, or an excessive amount of) earlier than a deeply flavoured, well-portioned ramen to spherical out the meal – Jordan Kretchmer 

Store G05, 88 Archer Avenue, Chatswood,

Elva in Bondi, Sydney

Take pleasure in a bowl of ragu at Elva in Bondi. Picture: Provided


Few issues are extra comforting than curling up with a bowl of ragu and a glass of purple when puffer jacket season arrives. Behind Elva’s frosted double doorways on Bondi Street is a comfortable refuge of leather-based banquettes and basic Italian plates, just like the aforementioned ragu. Made out of brief rib, it clings onto splendidly al dente house-made pappardelle and will get an umami bathe of smoked scamorza. Order a glass of Abruzzo montepulciano and a slab of pockmarked, pillowy focaccia (is 2022 the yr of spongey, olive oil-doused Italian bread?) to essentially do issues proper. If you happen to make it often to their $27 pasta and vino Tuesdays, the waitstaff will even bear in mind how you want your negronis (Campari-heavy, please) – Mariam Digges

277 Bondi Street, Bondi,

White Moon Japanese Bar. Mixed mushroom karaage, cream cheese takuan, salt and vinegar soybeans and Japanese pork katsu curry rice.  Newtown, April 9, 2022. Photo: Rhett Wyman/SMH

From left: Blended mushroom karaage, cream cheese takuan, salt and vinegar soybeans and Japanese pork katsu curry rice at White Moon. Picture: Rhett Wyman

White Moon Bar

Intimate and moody areas will be arduous to search out in Sydney. White Moon Bar, the night incarnation of Newtown cafe Tokyo Lamington, might be lifted from a novel by bestselling Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The candlelit tables are an antidote to the winter chill. The Japanese-style potato salad is creamy however piquant. The yuzu highball, a mixture of Suntory whisky, soda water and yuzu, is refreshing and unfussy. It is a drink that speaks of a spot the place having a very good time is extra necessary than Instagramming it – Neha Kale

277 Australia Avenue, Newtown, 0404 662 397,

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Cannoli at Alberto’s Lounge. Picture: Christopher Pearce

Alberto’s Lounge

This plush, moodily lit Italian-inspired institution tucked behind Liverpool Avenue is an inner-city gem that belongs to a different time, and but is so totally of the second. Sales space seating means pure cosiness, as plates of kingfish crudo and sliced prosciutto compete for house together with your elbows. An in depth wine checklist, with drops from Italy and Australia, pairs smashingly with do-it-yourself strozzapreti. And end the nice and cozy embrace with crisp cannoli to observe. The power right here is simply as scrumptious: buzzing, effervescent, charismatically clandestine. We’re all in on the key at Alberto’s; pull up a seat – Riley Wilson

17-19 Alberta Avenue, Sydney,

No Bones

Sure, even in Byron Bay, satisfying vegetarian choices will be tough to search out. Not so at No Bones, an elegantly refurbished vegan restaurant that works as arduous at punchy flavours because it does on its sustainability ethos. Set simply again from Most important Seashore, it provides a selection between courtyard tables beneath heaters and string lights, or cosy velvet cubicles within the vibrant, brass-trimmed eating room. Their crispy “chick’n” with chilli miso aioli is a sleight-of-hand trick that tastes intoxicatingly like the true factor, whereas the tempura banana blossom “fysh” tacos with slaw and pickled onions carry depressed tastebuds. Come at 5pm for glad hour – there’s an all-Australian, all-natural wine checklist, and probably Byron’s finest chilli margy – Nina Karnikowski

11 Fletcher Avenue, Byron Bay, 0481 148 007,

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