20 Sizzling Hot Food Spots To Try In Australia
Australia has got some of the world’s finest produce and exotic meats that you absolutely must try at least once in your lifetime. There is no shortage of creative cuisine and comfort food served by Australia’s favourite restaurants, pastry shops, bars and cafes, so if you’re looking for something to please your palate, hop on over to these sizzling hot food spots. Cheers!
When New York gastronomic superstar David Chang opened Momofuku Seiōbo in Sydney — his first restaurant outside the United States — his mission was to use and maximise all that Australia has to offer in terms of edible flora and fauna. And Momofuku delivers, with its offerings that bring together Japanese ideas and techniques and Western degustation to come up with uniquely Australian dishes.
Address: The Star, 80 Pyrmont St
Bourke Street Bakery
Over in Surry Hills is a wee bakery where folks of big hunger can get their dose of cakes, bread and sandwiches, assorted pastries and of course, sausage rolls you must never ever leave Bourke Street Bakery without. Al fresco seating recommended on a fine day.
Address: 633 Bourke St
Four in Hand
This rustic and charming old pub is considered the pub of all pubs in Paddington. Four in Hand is famous for its slow-cooked meat dishes that feature almost every part of the animal. There’s also fresh seafood plates and desserts for sweet-toothed wine and beer lovers.
Address: 105 Sutherland St
In the bowels of an old city warehouse lies a not-so-secret dumpling haven. Mr Wong is known for its sumptuously addictive Cantonese fare. Prepare yourself to queue up (blame the dumplings).
Address: 3 Bridge Lane
Three Blue Ducks
Local? Check. Organic? Check. Fair trade? Check. The chefs of Three Blue Ducks have a strong commitment toward envi-friendly, community-friendly food whenever possible. Their paddock-to-plate food philosophy has won the hearts of many. They also have a branch at The Farm in Byron Bay, where cattle and chickens roam.
Address: 141-143 Macpherson St
In 2015, Sepia was selected as “The One To Watch” at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Three-star chef Eric Ripert of New York also rates Sepia as one of the five best restaurants on the planet, so that’s really something. Chef Martin Benn uses only the freshest Australian produce to come up with bestsellers like the spanner crab with smoked bone marrow and citrus dashi.
Address: 201 Sussex St
Local surfers love Top Shop, and for good reason: it’s got that casual, takeaway vibe and belly-filling food to replenish the energy. Bite into sausage rolls, go healthy with quinoa kale salads or have your fill of juicy burgers. You will definitely go for seconds!
Address: 65 Carlyle St
Over at Petit Snail, vegetarians are presented with their own menu, while meat-eaters can enjoy duck leg confit with season fruit sauce, steak tartare (raw hand cut eye fillet with and condiment mixed at your table) and other traditional French fare. Leave room for dessert, s’il vous plaît. You might want to try out the Belgian dark chocolate fondant with edible gold.
Address: 5 Carlyle St
The Roadhouse is definitely worth the quick trip. Drop by in the morning for your supply of locally sourced wholefoods, or seek it out at night to get your Blues on and a shot or two of whisky. There are more than 500 kinds to choose from, so pace yourself!
Address: 6/142 Bangalow Rd
Waterbar & Grill
For a really good, juicy piece of steak or a sinfully succulent burger, make your way to the Pier Shopping Centre in Cairns. Top it off with the homemade sticky date pudding.
Address: Pier Shopping Centre, 1 Pierpoint Rd
Tokyo Dumpling doesn’t just serve gyozas (we love the cheese and potato stuff) – we recommend the tantanmen for your ramen fix. We won’t judge if you come back the next day, and the day after.
Address: 46 Lake St
Candy in Cairns has the sweets and sweetmeats for you in the form of its legendary Wagyu beef candy burger paired with bacon, egg, vintage cheddar and beetroot jam; caramelised French toast with mascarpone and poached pears; and a whole lot more.
Address: 70 Grafton St
Meldrum’s Pies in Paradise
Baking since the Seventies, Meldrum’s Pies has been a longtime favourite serving Aussie pies in a variety of delectable combinations. The steak and mushroom in creamy pepper sauce is a top bestseller.
Address: 97 Grafton St
Attica is a treat offering a range of dining experiences throughout the week. From Tuesday to Saturday they offer an Extended Tasting Menu both for meat-eaters and vegetarians. The wine list is extensive too. Attica has consistently won “Restaurant of the Year” awards since 2009, so if you’re looking for a place for something special (like where you need to pop the question) have a seat reserved straightaway.
Address: 74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea
When in Melbourne, do as Melburnians do: grab a bento box at Don Don, find yourself a spot on the lawn of the State Library, and enjoy your Japanese treats while contemplating on what you’ll order next.
Address: 198 Little Lonsdale St
Vue de Monde
For a special occasion, immerse yourself in the view and scrumptious menu offered by Vue de Monde, situated in the Rialto’s old observation deck. This is Modern Australian dining at its best.
Address: Level 55, Rialto, 525 Collins St
Tricycle Café Bar Cafe
Inside Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre lies this red-painted spot that caters to the hip, young, eclectic and artsy crowd with its range of cafe classics and daily specials. Whether it’s a quick bite (BLTs and toasties), something light (salads), something refreshing (Fair Trade coffee and house-brewed chai) or something more filling (braised Wagyu rice bowl) you’re after, Tricycle has got you covered.
Address: 71 Salamanca
One word: hipsterrific. Distressed walls, exposed bricks and timber beams shape the industrial ambience of Pilgrim Coffee and invite lovers of quirkiness to partake of its menu.
Address: 48 Argyle St.
For some innovative cuisine unique to Australia, head on over to Orana, which received the award for the “Best Restaurant Of The Year” in 2017’s Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards. Gourmet Traveller star ratings – and surely POS systems – will show why: chef Jock Zonfrillo’s culinary creations that make use of native ingredients such as kangaroo, bush honey, green ants and a variety of other edibles you probably never thought about.
Address: 1/285 Rundle St
Press Food + Wine
In an old printing warehouse sits this twin-level eatery with a bistro flair. The mixed grill offers a variety of bits, from morcilla (blood sausages) and tongue to brains and minute steak. For a group celebration, the roasted Berkshire suckling pig comes highly recommended.
Address: 40 Waymouth St
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