Where to eat in Sydney right now – Pt 1

Sydney is the hometown of Cloud Nine Global – and we love everything about this beautiful city. The weather. The beaches. The people. And, most of all, the food. Oh, the food. There’s so much incredible cuisine on offer around Australia but we think the offerings in Sydney are pretty damn special. Here are some of our favourite places to eat in Sydney right now…

Poly

This little wine bar comes to you from the same people who created Ester and it’s just as good, if not better than its older sibling. Sure, they call it a wine bar and the list is certainly impressive. But it’s the food here that makes us go “hmmmmm”. Whatever you decide to order, don’t miss the fried potato with salted egg yolk (pictured). Our CEO Kate Lalak calls it “beyond amazing” and she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to good food.

 74-76 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
https://www.polysurryhills.com.au/
Photo: @poly_au 

Glebe Point Diner

This is a little local favourite that will make you wish you lived around the corner. The menu is always changing, and they offer excellent seasonal specials, so you can be a regular and never get bored of the (delicious) food on offer. Expect fresh, vibrant dishes such as raw Kingfish with sobrasada and pickled green tomato on toast, or the more luxurious house-made duck liver pate with fig preserve and grilled bread for starters. Mains are heartier, along the lines of scotch fillet with horseradish butter and fried onions, or pumpkin and tallegio tortellini, salt bush, sage and macadamia brown butter. For dessert, we can’t go past the chocolate mousse.

407 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW, 2037
http://www.glebepointdiner.com.au
Photo: @glebepointdiner

China Doll

This Woolloomooloo stayer has been around for years and is still a favourite for good reason. Water views! Incredible food! Service that makes you feel like a visiting celebrity! Our tip is to go for lunch, so you can really make the most of the amazing setting. And order the banquet menu. It will save you the angst of trying to pick, and gives you a chance to taste all of their best dishes (including Corn & Zucchini Cakes, Pork & Peanut San Choy Bau and the oh-so good Crispy Pork Belly w Chilli Caramel & Nam Pla Phrik, pictured).

4/6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, NSW, 2011
https://chinadoll.com.au
Photo: @chinadollsydney

Bella Brutta

Can something beautiful also be hideously ugly? Take one look at the pizzas from this Newtown hotspot and you’ll know the answer is "absolutely". Blistered and charred from the massive wood-fired oven, they are far from perfect but that’s a big part of the charm. And then there’s the flavour. One bite and you’ll swear you’re dining in a quaint little trattoria in the backstreets of Naples (albeit, one with blaring music and lots of buzz). The clam pizza gets all the attention, but we think the blissfully simple marinara (pictured) is the star of the show.

135 King St, Newtown, NSW, 2042
https://www.bellabrutta.com.au/
Photo: @bellabruttapizza

Bert’s Bar & Brasserie

It might sound a bit old-fashioned but this retro-infused eatery is actually one of the hottest spots in Sydney. It’s located up on the Northern Beaches, which could be seen as a hassle to get to – but we prefer to think of it as the perfect opportunity to escape the city. And it’s worth the journey because they do things SO well here. From the décor to the menu, it’s all smooth, classic and little bit fancy. Our pick? The tagliolini with lobster (pictured) is the perfect choice for a special occasion and, let’s face it, if you’re going to come up here, you might as well push the boat out.

2 Kalinya St, Newport, NSW, 2106
https://merivale.com/venues/berts/
Photo: @thenewportsyd