Have you booked your spot to eat out on October 18th? If not, we have made a list of places that are currently taking bookings.
We have finally been given a likely ‘date’ to enjoy the pleasures of eating out again. It looks like many restaurants and cafes are ready to take bookings for the first day back in business. We have all been dreaming of this day for so long with no end in sight. Now that is has arrived, we must make the most of it.
We did the research for you, so you do not have to search endless on Google to find somewhere to go. So, which restaurants, cafes and pubs can you book for October 18 2021? See our list below:
Aria Restaurant, Sydney (Fine dining)
Blossom Bar, Chippendale (Cocktail Bar)
Chiswick, Woollahra (Fine dining)
Chin Chin, Surry Hills (South East Asian)
Greenwood Hotel, North Sydney (Pub)
Barangaroo House, Barangaroo (Australian)
Verandah, Sydney (Bar)
Albion Hotel, Parramatta (Bistro and Beer Garden)
Chophouse, Sydney (Steakhouse)
Bank Hotel, Newtown (Pub)
The Golden Sheaf, Double Bay (Pub and Garden Bar)
Clock Hotel, Surry Hills (Pub)
Catalina, Rose Bay (Fine dining)
Doyles, Double Bay (Australian seafood)
Bodhi Restaurant, Sydney (Vegan)
Kings Cross Hotel, Kings Cross (Pub)
Amano, Leppington (Italian)
Bellevue Hotel, Paddington (Pub)
Rag and Famish Hotel, North Sydney (Pub)
Zimzala, Cronulla (Seafood)
We hope one of these 20 options will be what you are looking for. Let us know in the comments below if you know of any others that we should include – we are sure there must be plenty more.
Our last piece of advise is to make sure you book as soon as possible as we are sure all these restaurants, cafes and pubs will be filled fast on October 18 2021.
Since lockdown has started, we have felt more of an urge to indulge in the finer things in life… dessert, more specifically doughnuts. Now the doughnuts from your local grocery store are decent but probably not the best, so we went on a quest to find the best doughnut places in Sydney that deliver. Find our list below!
If worse comes to worse and you can’t find a place that delivers to you, you can always make your own right? Here are some moulds and a recipe book 😉
1. Grumpy Donuts
Grumpy Donuts are based in Camperdown and have all your classic donut flavours. You’ll find your vanilla glaze, the famous strawberry or chocolate ‘Somer Himpson’, maple, salted caramel and banana and a few others. Their individual donuts cost between $5-6 each or you can get a 6 pack for $32. If you don’t feel like a full one, they also sell the holes of the doughnuts with cinnamon! And lastly vegan doughnuts are also available.
2. Rude Boy Doughnuts
Located in Surry Hills you will find Rude Boy Doughnuts, they do both pick up and delivery. We love the sound of their ‘Filled Boy’ doughnuts where you can select from 8 different options to fill your doughnut with. This includes grape jelly, cherry and strawberry jam, raspberry jam, vanilla custard, chocolate ganache, lemon curd or salted coconut caramel. All these options make it such a hard decision but we love it!
3. Down For Donuts Sydney
Down for Donuts Sydney are located in Guildford West and deliver Sydney-wide or you can pick up if you are nearby. Most of their doughnuts are not your usual round shape, however they look delicious and well worth a try. Some of their flavours include milo, Lotus Biscoff, jam, custard and Nutella. They also have DIY kits to decorate your own doughnuts, perfect for the kids!
4. Drip Donuts
Drip Donuts can be found in Camden, Newtown and Sydney, they offer both pick up and delivery and they sometimes pick locations with high order numbers to do drop offs. They have some amazing flavours including Snickers, triple malt and passionfruit. We love the idea of the cinnamon doughnut nuggets too, which looks like it is the doughnut holes.
5. Shortstop Coffee & Donuts
Shortstop Coffee and Donuts are based in Darling Square and Barangaroo and you can pre-order for delivery to your door. They have some really interesting flavours including earl grey and rose cake, triple matcha cake, Australian honey and sea salt and many more. Most of their doughnuts are around the $5 mark and they have a box of 12 for $64.
Do you have any other doughnut delivery services that deserve a mention? If you do, leave their name in the comments below.
If you are looking for a new takeaway option during lockdown. You have come to the right place.
With the numbers continuing to rise in Sydney, it looks like we are going to have to continue feasting on takeaway until we are allowed to dine out again. With hope that this does not go on too much longer – we have created a list in the meantime of some takeaway options you may not be aware of.
1. Sous Le Soleil – Roseville
Sous Le Soleil is a French Restaurant and shop located in Roseville. Their kiosk is still open for takeaway during the lockdown and has a range of options to select from with pick up and delivery available. You can find dishes like quiches, scallops, lamb shank pie and more. They even have a dessert menu and we are eyeing off the pear and frangipani tarts on their Instagram.
2. Pickle and Lou – Wattle Grove
Serving up coffee seven days a week is Pickle and Lou at Wattle Grove. They are currently doing takeaway for breakfast and lunch and there are some good options on the menu. For breakfast we are eyeing off the baked eggs and for lunch we will happily have the chimichurri chicken plate.
3. Bobby Bakehouse – Dural
For those times you are craving a nice hot pie, Bobby Bakehouse in Dural is the place to be. They are serving takeaway during lockdown and their truffle beef pie has gained our interest. You can also add potato, peas and gravy to any of their pies to spicy them up a little. Also, they have recently added doughnuts to their menu and we are living for this – perfect for dessert after your pie.
4. Ormeggio – Mosman
When the cravings start for Italian food, seafood and cocktails, Ormeggio in Mosman is the place to get lockdown takeaway from. Depending on the day, they offer delivery and pick up. There are some great options on their menu – we would love to have the gnocchi in napoletana sauce paired with an Aperol Spritz. They also have dessert and the coconut and chocolate chip sorbet looks amazing.
5. Luigi’s Restaurant – Narellan
Another Italian option for those on the other side of Sydney is Luigi’s Restaurant in Narellan. They have been around for over 10 years and are currently open for takeaway. Their takeaway options seems like it is filled with endless possibilities, I think we will go with the gnocchi formaggio. They are also open seven days.
We hope one of these options is close enough for you to get takeaway from within your 10km radius restrictions. Let us know if you have any restaurants you would recommend to be added to our next blog.
If you’re looking for some local businesses to support during Sydney’s June 2021 lockdown. We have listed some recommendations from our followers.
Here we are once again as Sydney goes into lockdown for 2 weeks- lets call it lockdown 2.0. During this time it is so important to support your local cafe and restaurant owners as their bills don’t stop because their customers do. We’ve reached out to our community of almost 5,000 followers and asked them to let us know of their local that deserves to be recognised. Without further ado, here is our list of takeaway options for Sydney’s June 2021 lockdown.
1. Gus’ Brothers Canteen, Seven Hills
Recommended by one of our followers, we can’t seem to find this one on social media but the Google reviews prove it is worthy of a mention. There isn’t a bad word said about them and it is said to be the best kept secret in the area. Some of the highlights we’ve read are, ‘Freshest food I have had in a long time’ and ‘The food and coffee is exceptional.’
If you are a Seven Hills local then you must check them out. You can find them at: Shop A/2 Tollis Pl, Seven Hills NSW 2147
2. Temasek Restaurant, Parramatta
Another recommendation for your Sydney June 2021 lockdown is Temasek Restaurant in Parramatta. We have not heard of this one either but it has been around since 1992 and serves authentic Singaporean-Malay cuisine. They are remaining open for takeaway from Thursday-Sunday. Here you will find decent pricing and great food according to their Google reviews.
They’re delivering to Parramatta and North Parramatta and can find them at: 71 George St, Parramatta NSW 2150
3. Hangang by Mama Park, Strathfield
Our third recommendation is Hangang by Mama Park at Strathfield, they are open for takeaway with their full menu available to order. Here you will find tradition Korean cuisine and some of the highlighted dishes on their Google reviews include pan fried flounder, fish roe stew, chilli crabs and soy crabs. Now we’re craving Korean food!
If you are a local to Strathfield, you can find them at: Shop 254 Corner of Raw square and Churchill ave Opposite, 30 Churchill Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135
4. Oh My Days, Glebe
For those in the Glebe area, Oh my Days are offering 15% off their all day food menu Monday-Friday. With an offer like that, we cannot not mention them. They are a vegan cafe/bakery with many different milks you can try in your coffee/tea. We’ve also heard the homemade lemonade is bomb from Google reviews.
If you are a Glebe local, you can find this cafe at: 99 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
5. Linea Cafe, Ramsgate
We had so many good recommendations, so it was hard to pick our final cafe for this article (I guess we will have to write another one.) Linea Cafe in Ramsgate is open for takeaway with their full food, drinks and snacks menus available to order. The locals in their Google reviews state this has been their local fave café! And apparently their coffee is excellent too (they use Campos).
For those Ramsgate locals, you can find Linea Cafe at: 226 Rocky Point Rd, Ramsgate NSW 2217
Let us know if your local deserves to be in our next article!
Are you looking for a new local bar? Well you’ve come to the right place – we’ve discovered bars from Coogee to Penrith.
Now that we have arrived in Winter, we like to avoid venturing out too far in the night. The cold just isn’t worth the trip into Sydney’s CBD to visit the bars in there. We’ve done a bit of research to assist you staying warm and found bars all over the suburbs. Maybe your next bar trip will be just round the corner?
1. Hendriks, Crows Nest
Hendriks, located in Crows Nest is a small bar with a huge wine list (100 bottles to choose from). For those on the lower north shore, if you can’t find a wine you enjoy here – we can’t help you haha! We have heard the highlight of this bar isn’t the wine list though, but instead it is their Jaffles. They are giant and come in flavours including mushroom, cheese, beef, chicken and even a Nutella one for dessert!
2. Una Mas, Coogee
If you enjoy tapas and wine, Una Mas at Coogee is the place for you. It is inside Coogee Pavilion, right off the famous beach. You’ll find some unique Spanish and Australian dishes here plus an array of cocktails and affordable wines. We are eyeing off the octopus with fermented chilli (which we can’t find a picture of but it sounds good on the menu)!
3. Sake Restaurant and Bar, Manly
If looking over the water and eating Japanese food is your style, this is the place for you. For those on the Northern Beaches – if you thought the 100 bottle wine list previously mentioned was a lot, it has been outdone by Sake with a list of 150 bottles! They also have $10 spritzes during certain hours on weekdays.
4. Pickled Bear, Bella Vista
The Pickled Bear, located in Sydney’s Hills District, is the perfect local bar if you like cheese boards and meat. There are some great cocktails on this menu, we are having trouble deciding which one we could pick. We do know what we would choose to eat though – The Charcuterie Plate! We would recommend you book an inside table to stay extra warm haha.
5. Mr Watkins, Penrith
And lastly, we have Penrith who host Mr Watkins Bar. You’ll find hotdogs and a great wine list ready for you 6 days a week. They also have trivia night one day per week (currently on Tuesdays). With Penrith being about 40kms from Sydney’s CBD this means you can save so much time on transport and spend more time being warm!
We hope you have found a new local bar to visit during these colder months!
If you’re next holiday is to Queensland, we’ve found the best restaurants in Airlie Beach and listed them out for you.
Now that the boarder between NSW and QLD is open, we thought we would highlight Airlie Beach for this blog. We went to Airlie Beach before COVID-19 hit and it had some great food options. With it being such a hot spot for interstate travel at the moment, we thought we should shout out the places that we thought were best. So, here are the best restaurants in Airlie Beach.
1. The Deck Airlie Beach
The Deck Airlie Beach, can be found along the main Airlie Beach strip. It may look like a simple cafe as you walk past but the dishes are delicious and there is so much to pick from. The service here is also great and the meals seem fresh, while the pricing is quite good.
2. Treehouse Airlie Beach
Another place you can find along the main strip is Treehouse Airlie Beach. The coffee and location seem to be the highlight here and the food is simple and delicious. The service is friendly, the only downside is they sometimes have a long wait time but it is worth it!
3. La Tabella Trattoria
For those nights you’re craving Italian food or a bit of fine dining, you’ll have to come down to La Tabella Trattoria. The dishes here are tasty, fresh and full of flavour. You’ll find a range of your usual Italian dishes of pizza, pasta, seafood and more. You definitely won’t leave feeling hungry. You will be able to find this place directly across from the main beach area.
4. Bohemian Raw
Bohemian Raw is the place to come to if you’re feeling like being healthy. The perfect spot for breakfast looking over the marina, you’ll find a range of smoothie bowl options. All are made with fresh ingredients and you’ll feel great about yourself after eating here. The only down side of this place, is that it is a bit of a walk from the main strip, however, that extra walk makes it even healthier right?
5. Beagles Pizza
Finally for those lazy nights where you don’t feel like dressing up or want to get takeaway there is Beagles Pizza. Definitely a great option if you want to support local and stay away from the chain pizza options. This places gets quite busy with both locals and tourists but the wait is well worth it. I think we went here twice on our trip because we couldn’t get enough the first time haha!
We hope you enjoy the best restaurants in Airlie Beach that we have selected and you are able to try them all!
We also hope you enjoy the sunshine while you are there as well. Don’t forget your beach towel – if you need a new one, we’d recommend these beach towels with the pretty patterns.
Looking for food you can only get in Australia? You’ve come to the right place, check out our list.
Hopefully this isn’t news to you, but us Aussies are all stuck in Australia for quite some time (thanks to COVID) and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We’ve noticed most blogs have been showcasing some of the beautiful places in Australia you can visit. However, we haven’t seen anyone speak about the foods you can only get here or would find hard to source elsewhere. So lets get started on what food can you only get in Australia!
1. Meat Pie
You’d be surprised to know, meat pies are hard to find in some other countries. They mainly seem to sell sweet pies. The Aussie meat pie is a classic in our culture and there are so many varieties to pick from. You can find them in most bakeries and cafes and are a great on the go treat. Where would we recommend you get your next pie? Our choice would be Glenorie Bakery!
2. Tim Tam
I don’t think any biscuit will come close to beating the Aussie Tim Tam. You often here people who move overseas complaining about missing this one! Every Australian can describe this as a chocolate biscuit that is coated in a layer of chocolate and also has a hidden creamy chocolate center. Our favourite thing to do, is to drip it into a hot drink and enjoy the melted version!
3. Chicken Salt
Once you try chicken salt on your chips you can’t go back to regular salt. However, if you go overseas you will have to go back to your regular salt ways. Every take-away and cafe seems to have chicken salt in Australia these days and it’s easy to understand way. Here is a picture of some chips to make you hungry!
Lamingtons remind me of my school lunch box growing up. A delicious treat we have all grown up loving. It is a sponge cake dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut and can be found in all supermarkets and many cafes in Australia. If you love chocolate and coconut flavours, this is your perfect treat.
5. Golden Gaytime
And last but not least, one dessert you can only get in Australia is the Golden Gaytime. I don’t think any other ice-cream comes close to this. It is perfect on a hot Australian day and all the flavours mixed together can’t be beaten. You’ll find vanilla and toffee ice-cream in the middle then it is dipped in chocolate and coated in biscuit crumbs. I might go get one right now.
While we are all stuck here in Australia, we should enjoy it and make the most of our time. Travel as far as you can around the country and enjoy the foods you can’t find anywhere else. Let us know if you have any other foods we should add to this list! We hope you enjoyed our blog on what food can you only get in Australia.
Make the most of your Dine & Discover vouchers! Here are some places that are doubling your discount.
If you’re a Sydney resident, you would have received your Dine & Discover vouchers from Service NSW over the past few weeks. Some cafes and restaurants have decided to double this offer the NSW Government is giving out and on top of the $25 you already get off the bill, they will give you a further $25 off!
Without any further delay, here are some places you can visit to make the most of your Dine & Discover voucher and double your discount.
Situated just out of the Sydney CBD, Bungalow8 surprises you with its beachside tropical vibes. Being right on the waterfront you can enjoy a cocktail and meal and feel as though you are on holiday. The day time at Bungalow8 is quite relaxed, while the night is more of the party scene.
With a doubled Dine & Discover voucher, you can’t pass this option.
Park House, Mona Vale
The Northern Beaches of Sydney is quite the hot spot and it comes with many delicious meal options. Park House in Mona Vale is great in our perfect Sydney weather with their outdoor seating and social spaces. On their menu you can find your classic pub meals with a few specials if you are wanting something a bit different.
If you’re on the Northern Beaches and wanting to double your Dine & Discover voucher, here is your place.
The Fiddler, Rouse Hill
For those out in the Hills District, The Fiddler is a popular location since it was refurbished a number of years ago. With many dining options to pick from, you can decide if you wish to relax at a cozy table or sit by the bar. The outdoor courtyard area is stylishly designed and perfect on a nice sunny day.
You’ll definitely enjoy the food here and you’ll enjoy it even more when you double your Dine & Discover voucher.
Easy Lane, Windsor
The rural Hawkesbury region now has quite a few good meal options. One of those being Easy Lane, that is situated inside Windsor RSL. Easy Lane has all your classic meals as well as a few specials. It is a little smaller than your usual RSL, but the food and atmosphere make up for it.
It is also a nice drive out here if you aren’t a local. Road trip plus a doubled Dine & Discover voucher sound good to me.
Camden Valley Inn, Cawdor
Another rural location is in Cawdor in the Macarthur region of Sydney. Camden Valley Inn is a unique country side pub/hotel with beautiful scenery. This is your ultimate casual dining experience and there is plenty of space for everyone. There is even a playground for the kids!
This sounds like heaven – a playground for the kids and a doubled dine & discover voucher!
Enjoy your meals and savings! Let us know if you know any other places offering to double the vouchers.
Have you thought about creating memories of outings like these with your family? We’ve been loving polaroid cameras lately and how quick and easy they are to take and store photos with. Amazon sell the Fujifilm one which is great, you can find it here.
Our cafe guide to Sydney suburbs starting with the letter A.
We often find ourselves in unfamiliar suburbs when out running errands or working. With this comes with not knowing where to eat, and for us this is the worst feeling ever! So we started to put a guide together of suburbs in Sydney and where we would eat if we were to go there. The list is huge so in order to share it with you, we thought it would be best to break it up in alphabetical order. So, here is part 1 with a list of suburbs starting with A. We have either been to these places and highly recommend them or did some research on top spots for unfamiliar suburbs.
We would also like to note that some suburbs are quite small and don’t have any places offering food or we didn’t find any places we would recommend in that suburb. If you see a suburb missing – that is most likely why.
Parz Coffee House
Volume 2 Cafe
The Coffee House
Simple Fresh Cafe
First Street Pantry
Cook & Co.
Mezza Roma Restaurant
We hope you enjoyed our guide for food in suburbs beginning with A in Sydney. If you know of any other places that deserve to be on this list, leave a comment below. We would recommend you keep a diary of the ones that stand out to you so you don’t forget. We’ve been eyeing off this pretty leather journal – but there are plenty more designs on amazon to look through, if you would like one.
Are you looking for a Mother’s Day high tea location in 2021? Well you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve found in previous years, We’ve needed to organise and book our Mother’s Day well in advance otherwise we end up getting a bad table or miss out completely. So, to help you out, we have created a list of our top high tea spots for Mother’s Day.
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
If you’re wanting to stay central to the Sydney CBD, Stir Stamford at Circular Quay is the place to be. They have already put their Mother’s Day 2021 high tea event online, so you can book in and get the best seats sorted now.
Sunday 9 May 2021 11.00 am – 2.00 pm or 12.00 noon – 3.00 pm $89 per person $55 per child (5 – 12 years)
What will you find on the menu? Traditional scones with jam and cream, sandwiches, sweet and savoury items. You can check out the whole menu on their website, but we think we would look most forward to the ‘Chicken Avocado Lemon & Tarragon on Brioche’ and the ‘Assorted French Macarons’.
Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath
You can’t beat the views at the Hydro Majestic as you look over the Megalong Valley. This place has so much history and is a beautiful location to spend Mother’s Day enjoying your high tea with mum.
Sunday May 9 2021 Their website currently doesn’t have any information available for Mother’s Day, other than it’s coming soon. When we have gone in previous years, for Mother’s day, they usually only have the Luxurious High Tea that’s $89 per person.
Their Wintergarden offers a premium afternoon high tea with a flute of French Champagne. Hopefully by the time you read this, they will have uploaded some more information on their website for Mother’s Day.
Crowne Plaza, Terrigal Pacific
If the beach is more your style then the Crowne Plaza at Terrigal Beach would be your best bet. You can enjoy a high tea with your mum and take in the beautiful ocean views. Their Mother’s Day high tea is online already as well, and you are able to book in now.
Sunday 9 May 2021 1.00pm – 3.00pm $72.00 per adult $35.00 per child (3- 12 years)
Your high tea will be served on a traditional tower and come with a range of delicacies and delights. The price also includes beverages including sparkling wine, wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee. You can find their full menu on their website, but we would be most looking forward to the ‘Chicken and Leek Pie’ or the ‘Pecan and Palm Treacle Cheesecake’.
Tocal Homestead, Paterson
Are you thinking a road trip may be more what you are after, Tocal Homestead is about 2 hours from Sydney, near Newcastle. This venue is stunning and won’t disappoint, especially if you love nature.
Sunday 9 May 2021 There isn’t any prices online for Tocal Homestead, but there is a phone number to contact if you are interested.
The high-tea is being organise by then on-site caterers and will be a decadent and substantial high tea to create a memorable occasion. Their service includes an array of savoury morsels, sweet treats and fresh scones, your choice of tea and also bar service, which is available on request.
The Langham, Millers Point
For a classy English experience, you can’t go past The Langham in Millers Point. They have an afternoon tea with Wedgewood experience. It is known as the birthplace of the traditional afternoon tea – from their London flagship location.
Sunday May 9 2021 They haven’t put their Mother’s Day event up yet, but usually their pricing is: $98 with a glass of Sparkling $113 with a glass of Champagne $49 for under 12
This would be one of our favourite high tea experiences. The staff here are lovely and they have a tea we have not been able to find anywhere else, the Irish Whisky. Hopefully they also upload some more information to their website shortly – so keep your eye out for that.
We hope you can enjoy your Mother’s Day with whom you decide to celebrate it with. Have you bought your mum a present yet? We’ve been eyeing off these bath bombs, and there is enough for us to steal some from mum haha!