Frank Camorra brings his much-loved brand of Spanish deliciousness to Sydney with the recent opening of MoVida. A blend of modern and traditional food from the chef’s country of birth, such as tapas and raciones (larger portions of tapas), is served here, paired with a fabulous drinks list of Spanish and Australian wine and cocktails. Must-try dishes on the menu include the Cantabrian anchovy with smoked tomato sorbet, where the sorbet glides across the anchovy like a cold stripe.
Insider Tip: Reservations are recommended, and don’t leave without ordering the churros con chocolate – Spanish doughnuts served with rich drinking chocolate.
The only way to describe this place is honest – stripped down food, industrial, no-fuss space, market-fresh produce and even a kitchen garden with plans for beehives. Mike McEnearney is the man behind the food, with an impressive resume as executive chef at Sydney fine-dining institution Rockpool. The menu changes daily depending on the freshest picks from the market, but you’ll enjoy salads, slow-cooked meats, quiches, stews and fabulous homemade lemonade. Make time to check out the homeware and furniture mecca Koskela next door.
Insider Tip: Get there just before the start of lunch service to avoid the queue.
Is it a bar with great food or a restaurant with great drinks? Either way it's a well-designed space that spills out on to a busy Potts Point street, perfect for people-watching. Take a seat near the open kitchen to watch chef and co-owner Brent Savage in action. Sommelier and co-owner Nick Hildebrandt’s wine list features more than 500 rare and boutique wines, including over 30 available by the glass or carafe. Designed by architect of the moment, Pascale Gomes-McNabb, the interior invokes a feeling of dark moodiness and seduction.
Insider Tip: The house-cured meats are outstanding; order a charcuterie plate to enjoy a selection of four, accompanied by homemade pickles.
Situated a stone’s throw from beautiful Bronte Beach, Three Blue Ducks was set up by a partnership of five friends from fine dining backgrounds, and serves up high quality and thoughtfully prepared food that is both exciting and healthy. Having won numerous awards already for Sydney’s best breakfast, this is the perfect spot to start a Sydney day. At dinner, you choose either a four or five-course menu from a selection of dishes that change seasonally. Samplings include snapper ceviche, wagyu, bone marrow and kale or lemon, meringue and celery.
Insider Tip: Next door to Three Blue Ducks is Iggy’s Bread; pick up a loaf of what is reputedly the best bread in Sydney after your meal.
A cute hidden gem in the backstreets of beachside Manly, The Troubadour is the perfect spot for a cheeky margarita and hearty Mexican dinner after a day on the sand. It’s relaxed, it’s quirky and the staff have just the right mix of cool attitude combined with talent. Dishes to try include your choice of three soft tacos for an affordable AU$12 (US$12.30), fresh tortilla burritos, quesadillas and of course, churros. The drinks list is simple yet effective.
Insider Tip: Also open for breakfast, The Troubadour serves coffee Italian style, with a little glass of sparkling water to cleanse the palate.
194 Pittwater Rd, Tel: 61 403 919 532