2010

BEST IRANIAN: PERSIAN ROOM

Down at the watery end of Harris Street, a historic corner cottage has been transformed by textured Iranian handicrafts and intricately painted doorways, into a haven of Persian cuisine.  From the exotic and slightly effervescent borani laboo (beetroot dip) to succulent kebab meats and butter-flied rotisserie chook, this is the place to come for a […]

BEST GREEK: MEDUSA TAVERNA

Walk into the Medusa Greek Taverna at lunch on any weekday and it appears you’ve walked into a restaurant with mostly business men in suits drinking wine and talking shop. But once you’ve sat down, taken in the pictures of stunning Santorini and eaten the entrée of delicious dolmades, you will have been transported to […]

BEST FRENCH: LE PELICAN

This charming sandstone bistro proves that you don’t have to journey to the streets of Paris to enjoy contemporary French cuisine. Simply step into Le Pelican, snuggled between St Margarets and Taylor Square on Bourke Street. Chef Jean Francois has been serving up a tempting menu of inspired French dishes from inside this heritage listed […]

BEST FOOD AFTER 2 AM: HARRY’S CAFÉ DE WHEELS

This infamous Mecca for night owls has been feeding hungry mouths into the wee hours of the morning since 1945, but there’s still nothing like that first bite into one of Harry’s pies; as the pastry gives way to the succulent meaty filling, you know it’s worth the trek after a night out in nearby Kings […]

BEST DESIGNER: STELLA DESIGN

How can Stella Design not win Best Design House over two consecutive years when the firm has a ‘cool room’? This is not a reference to temperature, but a designated room for all of the Stella designers to house their cool paraphernalia. We have yet to lay eyes on this rumoured holy grail of awesomeness […]

BEST DINNER: ROCKPOOL

Neil Perry’s award-winning restaurant is a world-class dining experience, and one you will most likely never forget. This restaurant is in high demand and business is booming for Mr Perry, who has set up four Rockpool restaurants across Australia. What makes Sydney’s Rockpool, described by many as a ‘gastronomic wonderland’, so fabulous is the combination […]

BEST COFFEE: REMY & LEES

The inner city is overflowing with coffee shops, but this one is hotter than the rest. The use of top-quality Little Marionette coffee beans attracts bleary-eyed office workers and locals alike. Pair this with outstanding nosh from Chris’ The Black Star Pastry and you have a Surry Hills institution. Favorites include the delicious lamb shank […]

BEST CHINESE: GOLDEN CENTURY SEAFOOD

Despite the amazing live seafood on offer here, I always remember this restaurant for the achingly tender wasabi beef! That’s not to say I don’t also order a plate of their tiny Pipis in XO sauce and a Szechuan Mud Crab too but I’m yet to meet another comparable wasabi beef anywhere in Sydney. This […]

BEST CAFÉ: KAWA

Who knew Crown Street could feel this peaceful? Inside Kawa, the benches at the communal tables are strewn with cushions and piles of dog-eared magazines for long breakfasts or to settle in with a pot of chai. Outside, you’ll find cosy mismatched tables under leafy trees for people-watching or for peacocking, if you prefer. Plenty […]

BEST BREAKFAST: SINGLE ORIGIN ROASTERS

This coffee Mecca isn’t all about the beans. The guys at Single Origin also serve up a mean breakfast, and manage to do so with originality and flair—all out of a tiny kitchen with just two hotplates. Exhibit A: the colonial Indian-inspired Kedgeree – a dish of warm, fluffy and lightly curried rice tossed with […]