People often ask us “where do you recommend for dinner?” This is quite a hard question since there are plenty of different factors; what cuisine are you after? What area? How much do you want to spend? Hence our blogs for the best of have been broken down into fine dining, casual dining and cheap eats, which will hopefully make that question easier to answer.
This blog covers our best of casual dining. The list includes a bunch of great restaurants that you will find at mid range price across Sydney featuring a number of different cuisines.
Pretty much everyone loves a bit of Italian. It’s easy to order a pizza or pasta in pretty much any suburb but we these restaurants listed are those that stand out. Da Mario in Rosebery continues to impress and thus again makes our list, for they offer quality all round and are a great casual restaurant. Everyone we’ve recommended this to absolutely loves it and I even took a work Christmas party there for their reasonably priced banquet.
Kindred is another restaurant we return to, all menu items made fresh on site including their pasta and best bread around. All dishes are brilliant and creative, not your run of the mill Italian restaurant. It could be described as rustic Italian and it is in a quaint little two storey homely building in Chippendale.
Toshiya is a quality Japanese restaurant in Cremorne and a favourite of the locals. The chef Toshi offers a creative take on Japanese cuisine. The lobster volcano sushi was out of this world! Their beef tataki, sashimi tacos and duck dumplings will have you going back time and time again.
A number of Chinese restaurants have made our list this year, including East Ocean Seafood, where we visited recently and were super impressed with the restaurants fit out and food. The seafood is amazingly fresh, they practically have the own aquarium at their disposal.
Holy Duck features here too, beacause who doesn’t like Peking duck? Holy Duck’s version is awesome. Head to their restaurant in Chippendale for your fix.
Lotus has a number of locations in Sydney, serving up quality modern Chinese food. Our favourite is in the Chinese gardens for yum cha, the dim sum is excellent and the location is serene.
We also have a few favourite Thai Restaurants to add. It’s time for Thai in Kingsford is one we frequent, they have an extensive menu and are always busy. They they are also halal. Holy Basil in Canley Vale is another must visit, be sure to get there early, it is common to line up from 5pm and do the whole fish, as well as a great assortment of Thai and Laotian dishes. Green Peppercorn in the Civic Hotel in the city is another restaurant offering extremely tasty food, the crispy rice salad is the go to.
The Old Fitz is a new addition thanks to Time Out Magazine, awarding them the best pub feed. They were spot on, this ecclectic pub in Woolloomooloo. The menu is interesting and exciting, they have a scallop potato scallop on the menu and do not pass on the rissole sandwich.
These are our favourite casual eats, we hope this list helps to find somewhere to visit.