Sydney Eating Wishlist

As I hear about more and more great restaurants it seems only sensible to keep a list of the ones I'm a drooling over so I don't forget any of them.

Plus I love making lists. Who doesn't?

If you've been somewhere really great that's not on my list drop me a line and let me know about it.

The West:

Air, Castle Hill
Badmanner Thymes, Parramatta
Baron, Castle Hill
Bavarian Beir Cafe, Parramatta
Beschico, Epping (for Korean Fried Chook)
Big Tree House Cafe, Rydalmere
Bondi Pizza, Parramatta
Charcoal Mine Korean BBQ, North Parramatta
Chinese Noodle Bar, Parramatta
Cibo e Vino, Castle Hill
Circa Espresso, Parramatta
Coco Cubano, Rouse Hill
Coffee Traders, Top Ryde
Coffee Warehouse + Cafe Deli, Homebush
Courtney's Brasserie, Parramatta
Crazy Wings, Eastwood
Double Mac, Parramatta
Durban Dish, Baulkham Hills
Element 6, West Ryde
El Jannah, Granville
El Phoenican, Parramatta
Flavour of Ceylon, Parramatta
Gourmet Pizza Kitchen, Castle Hill
Hong Fu, Parramatta
Johnny's Cafe (for weekend brunch), Parramatta
Jonga Jip, Eastwood
Kazbah, Top Ryde
Lachlan's, Old Government House Cafe (for brunch/lunch), Parramatta Park
Lime Cafe (for weekend brunch), Parramatta
Kambozza Burmese, Parramatta (closed before I could visit)
Kouzina Greco, Parramatta
Ma'lesia Malaysian, Parramatta
Mado Cafe, Auburn
Meidi BBQ House, Parramatta
Newington Armoury Cafe, Newington
Nona Maria, Parramatta
Pablo + Rusty, Epping
Paper Plane, Parramatta
Pondok, Parramatta
Port Bar + Restaurant (for weekend brunch), Parramatta
Peronis, Parramatta
Sambal, North Ryde
Sahra by the River, Parramatta
Sea Bay Handmade Noodles, Parramatta
Sizzling Filo, Lidcombe
Short Sweet Bakery, Parrmatta
Taste Gallery, Parramatta
Tehran, Granville
Temasek, Parramatta
The Grounds Keeper Café , Ryde Park
Three Ropes, Parramatta Tuckshop, Glenhaven
Youeni, Castle Hill
Zokoko, Emu Plains

The Rest:

121BC, Surry Hills
1945 Dutch East Indies, Pyrmont
3 Weeds, Rozelle
Adriano Zumbo, Balmain or Rozelle
African Queen, Marrickville
Agape Organic Restaurant, Botany
Agave Restaurante Mexicano, Surry Hills
Almond, Darlinghurst
Alpha, City
Ash Street Cellar, City
Assiette, Surry Hills (for their special Friday lunch)
Atelier, Glebe
Baxter's Inn, City
Becasse, City (closed before I could visit)
Berta, Surry Hills
Bird Cow Fish, Surry Hills (it was a case of "you snooze you lose" with this one--they shut down)! Booth Street Bistro, Annandale
Bar H, Surry Hills
Baroque Bistro, The Rocks
Billy Kwong, Surry Hills
Black Star Pastry, Newtown
Bloodwood, Newtown
Bodega, Surry Hills
Bread and Circus, Alexandria
Brewtown, Newtown
Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills or Marrickville
Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst
Cafe Cre Asion, Surry Hills
Cafe Ish, Surry Hills
Capital Grill, City
Chaco Bar, Darlinghurst
Charlie and Co Burgers, Opera Kitchen or Sydney Westfield
Chat Thai, City/Thainatown
Chinese Noodle House, Chinatown
Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Chinatown
Chefs Gallery, Chinatown
City Cho Dumpling, Chinatown
Chur Burger, Surry Hills
Cornersmith, Marrickville
Cotton Duck, Surry Hills
Crazy Wings, Chatswood or Chinatown (to compare with Crazy Wing in Melbourne which we LOVED).
Crown Street Assembly, Surry Hills
Cuckoo Callay, Newtown
District Dinning, Central (I need to go back here as was SO sick on the night I visited - boo)
Dov Cafe, Potts Point
Dumpling and Noodle House, Potts Point
Eat House Dinner, Redfern
Efendy, Balmain
El Capo, Surry Hills (closed before I could visit)
El Loco, Surry Hills
Ester, Chippendale
Felix, City
Gastro Park, Potts Point
Glebe Point Diner, Glebe
Gotham Bar, Darlinghurst
Grandma's Bar, City
Grasshopper Bar, City
Graze, Pyrmont
The Grounds, Alexandria
Three Williams, Redfern
Gumshara, Eating World in Chinatown
The Eight Modern Chinese Restaurant, Chinatown
Fat Noodle, Pyrmont (Ok, ok - it's at Star City, but Pyrmont sounds so much better)
Felix Restaurant, City
Flour + Stone Bakery, East Sydney
Food Society, Darlinghurst
Hana Hana, Chinatown
Hartsyard, Enmore
Hemingways, Manly
Home Thai, Chinatown (Sussex Street)
House Thai, Surry Hills
House of Crabs, Surry Hills
Izakaya Fujiyama, Surry Hills
Kitchen by Mike, Roseberry
Jazz City Diner, Darlinghurst
Let's Eat, Marrickville (Numbers 59 and 21 on the menu as recommended by my old school pal, Neica).
LL Wine and Dine, Potts Point
Longrain, Surry Hills
Lotus, Potts Point (no longer exists - you snooze you lose)
Love Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst
Jamie's Italian, City
Mad Spuds, Surry Hills
Mamak, Chinatown
makan @ Alices, Thornleigh (closed down before I got to visit).
Mappen, City Meet Fresh, Chinatown
Misschu, Darlinghurst
Mizuya Japanese Restaurant, City
Makoto, City
Menya Noodle Bar, Haymarket
Mexico, Surry Hills
Monopole, Potts Point
Montpellier Public House, Randwick
Morena, Surry Hills
Movida Sydney, Surry Hills
Mr Wong, City
Ms G's, Potts Point
Nomad, Surry Hills
Oldtown, Newtown
Osteria Balla, The Star - Pyrmont
Orto Trading Co, Surry Hills
Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills
Petty Cash Cafe, Marrickville
Porteno, Surry Hills
Quattro Pastre, Balmain
Ramen Ikkyu, Chinatown
Restaurant Arras, City
Restaurant Atelier, Glebe 
Reuben Hills, Surry Hills
Robo Cog Cafe, Surry Hills
Room 10, Potts Point
Red Lantern, Surry Hills
Rockpool Bar and Grill, City
Sea Bay, City (Pitt Street)
Shanghai Night, Ashfield
Shortlist Espresso, Darlington
Singapore Shiok, Eating World in Chinatown
Sixpenny, Stamore
Sky Phoenix, City
Spencer Guthrie, Newtown
Soda Pony, Surry Hills
Something for Jess, Chippendale
Sydney Madang, Chinatown
Taste of Shanghai, City
Table for 20, Darlinghurst
Tea Parlour, Redfern (closed before I could visit)
Thanon Khao San, City/Thainatown
The Carrington, Surry Hill
The Devonshire, Surry Hills
The Dip, City
The Fern, Redfern
Town Bike Pitstop, Darlington
Tomislav, Darlinghurst
Three Williams, Redfern
Westfield Fancy Foodcourt - any and all of the restaurants.
Wilburs Place, Potts Point
Xanthi, City


  1. In your NYC wishlist I've done

    Grimaldi's - best pizza, but betterer cause it's in Brooklyn
    Katz's deli - sandwiches are HUGE
    Magnolia Bakery - Our cupcake shops in Sydney are way better
    Pastis - AWESOME. I had a burger, fries, red wine in a tumbler, and a rosemary pannacotta. Divine.
    Momofuku Ssam bar - it's different now, but some of the best food I had in NYC

  2. Love your wishlist Mel! I've been wanting to write up one too since last year, but have totally and utterly flaked out due to laziness. I am so stealing your idea :-)

  3. Oh thanks Sneh. I had to start keeping a list somewhere as I just kept acquiring places that I wanted to go to. Storing in them in forgetful mind wasn't going to work for long. Steal away...happy to share ideas, that's what it's all about isn't it?

  4. Hey just realized you had this... I've noticed you have The Press Club on your Melbourne list. I think this place used to be good but now it's simply riding on George's celebrity status. We've dined there 3 times now, a year apart each time and the food went from amazing to totally overcomplicated, overworked and pretentious... Maze for example, is a much better and cleaner flavor experience and a place that I definitely want to go back to. TPC is no longer that, unfortunately.

  5. Nice! Are you adding and crossing them off at the same rate? :p

  6. Wow!! Such a great idea for a list. I might have to borrow your idea if that's ok! Sooo many places to go to.

    It'd be great to make a link to your blog posts once something gets checked off!

  7. Hey I already tweeted you -- Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown -- great articles in NYTimes about them -- they've been open for 90 years!! Follow owner Wilson Tang on twitter -- @dimsumNYC -- tweet him!!! He'll probably tweet back & meet u when youre there etc.

    For pizza places -- Masterchef was treading on some THIN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ICE by calling ONE parlor in NYC the "arguably best." New Yorkers are VIOLENT about their pizza. I'd just get the word on the street if I were you LOL.

  8. Hi crunchytiger - I have to keep a list of all my "must eat one day places" as I was forgetting them all (old age)! Good idea to link back to my posts once I've ticked places off...

  9. Hey Shaun - thanks for the suggestions. I know another blogger went to Ben's Pizza as well as Grimaldi's and she loved them both (Grimaldi's was on my list before MC touted it tho...cos I'm ahead of the game like that).

  10. I think 'Dieci e Mezzo' should be on your Canberra wishlist! James Kidman from Otto is working magic over there :)

  11. You can skip Almond Bar from your wish list.

    They have a really nice restaurant but in terms of price per taste ratio, it's way off the mark.

    You can have a look at my review here:

  12. great blog thanks

  13. Have u tried the new Asian Tapas restaurant Ho.Mei on waterloo street in Surry Hills ?

  14. Hi Miss Piggy - suggest you try Sushi Tengoku 121 Anzac Pde Kensington - the most massive fresh sushi and sashimi in Sydney methinks with the atmosphere of woolworths foodhall. An unusual combination of quality food and the highly informal in Japanese cuisine. I loved it, going back tonight.

  15. Hi Miss Piggy,
    Here's a few more for the list:
    Baroque Bistro - George St, The Rocks
    Vini - Holt st, Surry Hills
    Port Bar, Phillip st, Parra near the Ferry wharf

    Great blog - love your work!

  16. To add to the west:

    Pizza Rocco, St Clair - the pizza, oh the pizza!
    Cucina Viscontini, Wentworth Point (Homebush Bay) - italian deli - great pizza, housemade pasta, desserts and brekky.
    Al Aseel, Greenacre
    Twelve Spices, Canley Heights - try the crocodile! Seriously delish.

  17. I had dinner with my family last week at Taste gallery parramatta. We order honey king prawn, spring roll, XO mud crab and Spiced Beef. Food was great! Many other food selection. This restaurant do serve delicious dim sum and value meal deal at lunch time.... recommended for sure. If you visit Parramatta. Must at least try once. Private room also available. I would definitely recommend Taste Gallery Parramatta to all my friend. AAA+

  18. This individual thinks restaurants in newhaven (as many New Yorkers feel), Nyc can be the midst of your chicken wings whole world. He or she is not just a chicken wings elitist, on the other hand.

  19. I love this list how it reads "The West" and "The Rest" ha! There's so many good places to eat out in Western Sydney given its rich cultural diversity and I love that your blog showcases and is sending some serious love to this side of Sydney. The Where the West Things Team recently collaborated with the Daily Telegraph to write a piece about the best places to grab a bite in the south west so you should definitely take a look at these too sometime!


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