Sydney's New Food Scene
Discover why The Streets is one of the city's go-to dining destinations
The Streets of Barangaroo is home to an impressive collective of renowned food talent, with a mouth-watering lineup of restaurants, cafes, bars and casual eateries now open.
With fresh dining concepts from some of Australia's most-loved chefs and restaurateurs, these new venues offer a diverse range of cuisines and flavours - from brunch, to a business lunch, to a casual dinner, all the way through to a late night snack (you know, for when you've got a few drinks under your belt).
For all of the tasty (and perfectly seasoned) details on what's open, read on below.
Aptly named for its location under ‘The Cloud’ in the Anadara building, Cirrus is a refined dining offering from award-winning ‘Bentley boys’ Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt.
Taking plenty of inspiration from its waterfront location, Cirrus' menu has a big focus on sustainable seafood, matched by a strong wine program.
CIRRUS is open 7 days a week.
Already well known for their sister restaurants in Walsh Bay and The Galeries, Lotus has launched a relaxed dining concept on The Streets of Barangaroo.
Their new restaurant still serves their famous dumplings (phew!), with an equally strong focus on contemporary Chinese seafood (think whole steamed fish, wok tossed prawns and shellfish). The design, by DS17’s Paul Papadopoulos, reflects the hutongs (or back alleys – where the best food is usually found) of China.
Lotus is open 7 days a week.
3. MUUM MAAM
If you haven’t had a chance to get to South East Asia for a while, don’t worry – we've brought the best of Thai street food right here. Muum Maam (from Surry Hills) is open on Wulugul Walk, bringing their popular ‘tuckshop’ concept with them for quick lunches, as well as a full dinner menu with all of your favourite Thai dishes.
As for the name? Muum Maam translates to ‘little glutton’, which we’ve already resigned ourselves to becoming!
Muum Maam is open 7 days a week.
The first restaurant to open along Wulugul Walk, Anason serves up its own brand of Turkish cuisine from executive chef Somer Sivrioglu (who you might know from Efendy in Balmain). At Anason, Somer and his team create contemporary shared dishes that invoke the meyhanes of Istanbul - a fitting concept for a restaurant sitting on the edge of Sydney Harbour.
Anason is open 7 days a week.
The latest venture for Rebecca Lines and Hamish Ingham (the duo previously behind Bar H in Surry Hills), Banksii is Sydney’s first bar and bistro dedicated to vermouth, with over 40 varieties for you to enjoy straight, mixed or in a martini. The menu, influenced by flavours of the Mediterranean, also cleverly incorporates botanical elements and ingredients.
Banksii is open 7 days a week.
Sushi lovers – there’s no need to don your Speedos and go wading through the harbour for your next sushi fix. Zushi, already well known amongst the Darlinghurst/Surry Hills crowd for their authentic Japanese food and vibrant atmosphere, has opened along Wulugul Walk, serving a great range of bento boxes for lunch and contemporary share plates for dinner.
Zushi is open 7 days a week.
At Phomo, Executive Chef Sonny Nguyen has brought the bustling street food vibes of Northern Vietnam straight to Sydney's harbourside. With a mix of hometown favourites - from salt and pepper quail, to deep fried fish with a mouth-tingling chilli relish, and a Pho broth you'll wish you had a subscription to - we reckon your FOMO will have you eating here pretty often!
Phomo is open 7 days a week.
8. BORN BY TAPAVINO
With a space that extends all the way from The Avenue through to the waterfront, Born by Tapavino has brought their trademark Spanish flair to The Streets. Fans of Spanish wine and sherry will feel right at home browsing through their drinks menu, and there's a great selection of tapas and different varieties of jamon to nibble on between sips.
Born by Tapavino is open 7 days a week.
9. SPICED BY BILLU'S
Love a proper Indian curry? You’ll be glad to hear that Harris Park institution Billu’s is cranking up the spice-meter on The Streets. Called ‘Spiced by Billu’s’, the restaurant serves the same homestyle cuisine that has them widely regarded as the best Indian in town, so don’t be surprised if you spot a few Bollywood starlets and cricket players dropping in for a subcontinental feast.
Spiced by Billu's is open 7 days a week.
10. UME BURGER
Kerby Craig, the creative force behind Bar Ume in Surry Hills, has brought his signature burger creations to The Streets at Ume Burger.
There are four Japanese-inspired burgers on offer (with the crowd favourite Ebi Burger making occasional appearances), along with a selection of sides that include Koji Fried Chicken, Hot Chips with Umami Salt, and Hokkaido Soft Serve. The nod to the land of the rising sun doesn't end there either - the venue is kitted out with a Tokyo-style vintage soda vending machine, and serves creamy Hokkaido soft serve too.
Ume Burger is open 7 days a week.
One of Sydney's suburban secrets, love.fish's restaurant on The Streets (the original one is in Rozelle) is home to a great range of sustainably sourced seafood and environmentally responsible wines. There's also a completely Australian made cocktail list, featuring native ingredients such as lemon myrtle, wattle seed and Australian desert lime.
love.fish is open 7 days a week.
12. BELLES HOT CHICKEN
Belles Hot Chicken returns! After first appearing at The Streets as part of Wulugul Pop Up, Belles is back with a brand new permanent restaurant. As well as all of your favourite Nashville fried chicken dishes, they have an expanded menu that includes soul food staple Chicken and Waffles, as well as a select list of organic wines and house-made cocktails. Let's do this.
Belles Hot Chicken is open 7 days a week.
13. BEL & BRIO
Bel & Brio is a unique food and wine-lovers’ emporium, inspired by the great food halls of Europe and with menus centered around authenticity and quality ingredients. The stunningly designed space, modelled on the great food halls of Europe, has something to offer for everyone.
Open 7 days a week, from breakfast right through to late in the evening, Bel & Brio will provide hungry locals with a morning coffee and house-made pastry, a quick or long lunch, ready-made meals to take home at the end of the day, or an evening glass of wine or cocktail with friends over a light dinner.
Bel & Brio is open 7 days a week.
14. DEVON CAFE
Devon Café is a labour of love that unites fine-dining thinking with casual café culture – a winning formula that has seen the original café in Surry Hills awarded ‘Best Food Café’ in the SMH Good Café Guide, and become one of Sydney’s favourite brunch and lunch spots in the process.
A place that runs on laughter and cups of strong coffee, Devon is best known for their Asian fusion twist on café favourites, such as their Lost in Devonshire (French toast with raspberry jelly, peanut butter cookies, and maple ice cream) and Eggs Blini (buckwheat blini, citrus cured salmon, asparagus and caviar).
Devon Cafe is open 7 days a week.
With expansive 270-degree views overlooking Sydney Harbour, 12-Micron is a sophisticated restaurant, private dining space and casual bar all in one, with a dedicated dessert kitchen and bar.
For Executive Chef Justin Wise, 12-Micron is an opportunity to put the very best of Australia on a plate, and serve it in one of the country's most iconic locations.
12-Micron is open 7 days a week.
Untied is the place to loosen the tie, let the hair down, and relax. Decorated with a bright palette that takes its cues from the laid-back vibrancy of Far North Queensland, the venue boasts a creative menu of fresh, light bar food and contemporary BBQ share plates.
On the drinks side, there are uber-cool cocktails, craft beers on tap and a sophisticated list of wines and spirits that pair perfectly with the sunshine and warm afternoons.
Untied is open 7 days a week.
17. THE MEAT & WINE CO
The Meat & Wine Co's Barangaroo restaurant is one of their stand-out venues - with the introduction of urban architectural designs and a new menu. The restaurant group, well known for its Afrocentric interiors and heritage dining elements, continues to offer a selection of classic and contemporary dishes with a touch of distinctive South African flavours.
The menu celebrates a wide variety of meats; and has a strong tie-in with the drinks menu, consisting of boutique wines carefully selected to compliment any type of meat and marble score on the menu - whether it’s a high-grade Wagyu or a fillet of fish. For the first time, The Meat & Wine Co introduces seafood items to its menu, including a generous crustacean platter.
The Meat & Wine Co is open 7 days a week.
18. NOLA SMOKEHOUSE & BAR
NOLA Smokehouse and Bar offers the warmth of Southern hospitality, the flavours of next level American BBQ paired with an all class booze game & live music on The Streets of Barangaroo. Be part of this premium New Orleans experience brought to you by hospitality professionals with 60+ years experience between them.
With smoked meats, American whiskey, live music and warm southern hospitality all part of the experience, not only is NOLA the home of all things New Orleans - it’s quite literally a place we’d be happy to call home!
NOLA Smokehouse & Bar is open 7 days a week.
Fujisaki is a modern Japanese restaurant and bar by the Lotus Dining team. Here, Executive Chef Chui Lee Luk delivers her take on Japanese cuisine, featuring a menu led by the seasons and emphasising the traditional robata grill. Behind the raw bar, sushi master Ryuichi Yoshii uses some of Australia and New Zealand's finest seafood to put on a show - slicing, blowtorching and shaping each mouthful of sushi and sashimi.
Fujisaki’s 300+ strong wine list is curated by sommelier Annette Lacey, with the wines housed in a humidified and temperature-controlled wine room. There’s also a large range of sake, whiskies and cocktails. The 140-seater takes advantage of harbour views with indoor and outdoor seating and has three private dining spaces, including a tatami room, to cater for the local corporate crowd.
Fujisaki is open 7 days a week.
20. WILD SAGE
Well known for its lively cafe vibe, Wild Sage has brought its modern, creative take on Australian cuisine to The Streets.
Just like its older (but no less fun-loving) sibling in Cammeray, the venue serves up beautiful dishes from sunrise to late afternoon. Kick start your morning with an egg white omelette; dig into a wagyu burger or a marinated lamb and pumpkin salad for an alfresco lunch. From September, you'll also be able to catch up with friends in the evening over house-made ravioli, locally-sourced seafood and a range of share plates. The drinks menu has you covered all day too – think coffee, super smoothies, beers, wines, and classic cocktails (and not necessarily in that order! 😉).
Wild Sage is open 7 days a week.
Hungry for more? All that's left to do is to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the remaining opening announcements, and start organising some dinner dates with your foodie crew!