Lunch

Chaco Bar, Darlinghurst

Chaco Bar is chef Keita Abe’s 25 seat yakitori style eatery in Darlinghurst. The dimly lit space opened in 2014 modelled on the restaurants from Abe’s native city of Fukuoka. The fit out features portraits…

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Single O, York Street Sydney

Seasoned Surry Hills operators Single Origin Roasters York Street cafe is aimed squarely at the city worker who demands more from their daily caffeine fix. The cafe is smartly designed by Lechetti Krelle and staffed by people who know their business. While this cafe is primarily orientated…

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8.2

Tramsheds, Harold Park

On the former site of the Harold Park Raceway, Tramsheds is billing itself as a ‘community of good food and learning’. Developers Mirvac have built an enormous number of residential apartments on the site, however,…

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8.0

Boathouse Daylesford

The Boathouse, situated on picturesque Lake Daylesford, was completely rebuilt following a devastating fire in 2012. Originally managed by the team behind The Argus, it was taken over in mid-2016 by the previous owners of The Farmers Arms. New management…

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7.6

Farmers Arms, Daylesford

The Farmers Arms serves sophisticated country fare in a relaxed pub setting. On the same site since 1857, it is the oldest pub in Daylesford and was built before the town’s Post Office (1858), Telegraph Office (1859) and the Railway…

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8.0

Bistrot Gavroche, Chippendale

Bistrot Gavroche is chef Frederic Colin and sommelier Lionel Richard’s Parisian style brasserie in Sydney’s Chippendale precinct. Housed in a beautiful old rum warehouse, Bistrot Gavroche has created a traditional French bistro atmosphere with its…

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8.5

Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

Paramount Coffee Project is a cooperative venture from two serious coffee operators Russell Beard (Reuben Hills) and Mark Dundon (Seven Seeds). Located in the beautifully renovated Paramount Pictures building, the stylish fit out is complemented by a…

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The Devonshire Surry Hills
8.2

The Devonshire, Surry Hills

The Devonshire, Jeremy Bentley’s Surry Hills restaurant, has to offer one of the best value fixed-price lunches in Sydney. Available on Friday’s, the menu comprises a three course menu for $35. As with their regular menu,…

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7.8

Larder Daylesford

Larder Daylesford’s causal atmosphere, good coffee and tasty food continues to strike the right note. The interior fit out features the work of local Kyneton designer and sculptor Jason Waterhouse. The ethos here is ‘re-claimed, re-cycled and re-made’ with…

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7.7

Cafe Rumah and 15 Sheets, Surry Hills

Cafe Rumah, ‘rumah’ roughly translating to ‘home’ in Malay, is a mixed-asian influenced cafe serving well-made coffee, tasty food and baked-to-order Madeleines. The space is actually two spaces; one dedicated to the cafe, the other a men’s…

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8.2

The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds, rather unpromisingly located in the industrial suburbs of Sydney’s inner south when it opened, continues to impress as one of the most inspiring cafe openings in recent years. It has such an appealing presence with an industrial…

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7.8

A. Baker, Canberra

Short for Acton Baker, A. Baker is widely regarded as having one of the best breakfasts in Canberra. Situated amongst the trees in the NewActon courtyard, A Baker hums with activity as dishes are whisked from the kitchen-to-table by a…

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7.4

Grazing at Gundaroo

Thirty minutes outside Canberra in the historic 1865 Royal Hotel is Grazing at Gundaroo, a multi-award winning restaurant showcasing some of the Canberra District’s best food and wines. Sunday lunch is a rural treat for city dwellers with…

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7.4

Madame Nhu, Surry Hills

Step inside Madame Nhu’s mock Vietnamese-French villa on Campbell Street and you’re in for slice of old Saigon in Sydney. The striking interior maximises the use of the small corner terrace and is the founders tribute to the…

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7.4

Sub-Station No 152, Alexandria

The urban regeneration of Sydney’s inner city continues to fascinate me. Sub-Station No 152 in Alexandria is an excellent example of repurposing a derelict space and making it useful once more. The No 152  electricity sub-station…

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