There are some fabulous new foodie adventures to be had in and around the local area. From a hidden sake bar, to a hot new Vietnamese restaurant and a great new Mexican – plus more… We’ll keep adding to this very exciting list of new cafes and restaurants!

From our Facebook group to our Instagram, it’s clear among North Sydney Living followers that everyone wants to know about the area’s new cafes and restaurants. So look no further! Here’s our list of what’s new and trending in the area – if you’ve got something to add, please email us at northsydney@thelivingcollective.com.au.

Bacari, Kirribilli

Kirribilli is renowned for its charming cafes and harbour-view restaurants, and now it has a new gem to add to its dining scene – Bacari. Taking up residency in the former Kirribilli Village Café space, this Italian restaurant is the latest wine and dine destination on the lower North Shore.

Bacari draws its name from the neighbourhood Venetian Aperitivo bars, with both indoor seating and an alfresco area for the ultimate European vibes. Owner Tony Binning says, “Bacari wants to be the restaurant that every suburb wishes they had. Simple but interesting food, paired with great wine and a smart-casual atmosphere.”

Binning knows a thing or two about creating memorable dining experiences from his previous roles as the sommelier at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Savoy Grill, three-hatted Claude’s, and Aqua dining where he was recognised for the ‘Best Comprehensive Wine List’.

Helming the kitchen is former Automata, Lucio’s, and Pendolino chef, Youngjae (Jay) Cho, whose innovative and creative menu pays respects to traditional Italian simplicity.

Cho says, “Our aim is to create a casual space where guests can gather and share simple yet well-executed dishes bursting with flavour, while paired with a fantastic selection of wines.”

Bacari’s brunch menu captures the flavours of the seasons with fresh pastries like almond croissants and raspberry bomboloni; classics like avo toast with tomato chutney, mushroom bruschetta and croque monsieur; and an innovative Bolognese toastie.

The team’s must-try dishes from the lunch and dinner menu include:

  • Tuna crudo, with lemon and garlic cream, soy and chardonnay dressing
  • Spicy carbonara bucatini, with chorizo, nduja and pecorino
  • Vermouth infused tiramisu
  • Panna cotta mandarin, Kalamata olives, balsamic and thyme oil

Bacari’s compact but ever-evolving wine selection is a celebration of both Australian and international vinos. You can sip on half-price wines by the glass, $7 beer and $14 listed cocktails at Barcari’s Italian Aperitivo, available Monday to Friday from 3-5pm.

The team says, “We are looking forward to sharing some special events with both the local community and visitors. For example, on Father’s Day, we have a delightful 1.2kg Tomahawk Steak special planned, perfect for treating dad to an unforgettable dining experience. Additionally, we have more wine events lined up throughout the year, offering an excellent chance for wine enthusiasts to indulge and discover new favourites.”

Bacari opened in early August with bookings available online and walk-ins are also welcome.

“Since opening, Bacari has faced significant challenges, particularly due to the strong attachment of many locals to the old beloved and iconic Kirribilli Village Cafe…,” the team notes. “But we are committed to honouring the area’s history while also bringing something fresh and exciting to the neighbourhood.”

Where: 1/3 Broughton Street, Kirribilli

When: Brunch Mon-Sun, 8-11am; Lunch Mon-Sun, 12-3pm; Dinner Mon-Sat 5-9pm

Websitehttps://www.bacari.com.au/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/bacari.kirribilli

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/bacari_kirribilli

Image credits: Steve Woodburn

The Captain’s Balcony, Crows Nest

Prepare to embark on a whisky journey like no other as one of Sydney’s finest boutique whisky bars, The Captain’s Balcony, drops its anchor on Willoughby Road this August. Owners Akash and Isabella opened their first bar on Erskine Street, Wynyard in 2015 and are excited to embark on this new venture in Crows Nest, eight years later.

“We are first and foremost a bar, specialising in whisky,” Akash explains. “We have an eye-watering range of Japanese whisky and more from all corners of the globe (500 to begin with and more on the way), as well as craft beers, wine, boutique gins and accompanying bar snacks to soak it up.”

Those eager to explore the world of whisky can set sail on a crafted tasting flight – each acting as a guided tour through various tastes, profiles, regions, and countries.

“Come for the barrel-aged Old Fashions and Negronis, then stay for the neat serves and top-shelf snacks,” Akash says.

In many ways, the opening of this Crows Nest venue is a heartfelt homecoming for Akash and Isabella who currently reside in the neighbourhood with their baby Airen.

Akash explains, “When Isabella first landed in Australia, her life revolved around Willoughby Road and North Sydney – studying English at TAFE, hospitality in North Sydney and falling in love with food, particularly Japanese food, in the many Asian eateries of the North Shore in the ’90s.”

This Asian influence runs through their bar menu with everything from wagyu cheeseburgers and K-pop spicy chicken burgers to prawn rolls and chargrilled skewers.

The couple hopes that The Captain’s Balcony, Crows Nest bar can be a “home away from home” for locals and invite them to book for private parties and events. With a bar room, a whisky room, a captain’s lounge and an outdoor courtyard, there’s a space for every mood and occasion.

The Captain’s Balcony will open in Crows Nest on Tuesday, August 8, welcoming both booked guests and walk-ins. Keep your eye out for whisky masterclasses and exclusive tastings in the future.

Where: 116 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 4 – 10.30pm
Website: https://www.thecaptainsbalcony.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecaptainsbalcony/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_captains_balcony/

Nem Kitchen, Crows Nest 

There’s a buzz already with the opening of Nem Kitchen on Willoughby Road in Crows Nest, as many locals have already tried their Cammeray restaurant and love it. Nem Kitchen has been around since 2008, and is also wowing Vietnamese food fans in their Waterloo, Glebe and North Sydney locations.

Owner Tracy Nguyen is greeting and serving patrons personally in Crows Nest, and it’s a lovely warm and welcoming interior with a lovely fit out.

Entrees to try including Quails in Butter; Beef Betel Leaf; Sugarcane Prawns and some of the best Spring Rolls you’ll find – including Hanoi Crab & Pork, Net Seafood and Vegetarian.

For mains, choose from Pho (rare beef, beef brisket, beef balls), Noodle Soups (crispy chicken, spicy hue beef, pork chop and more), Vermicelli Salads (bbq pork and spring roll, chicken and avocado, sugarcane prawn, grilled lemongrass chicken and more) and some wonderful Chefs Recommendations, including:

  • Shaken Beef Cubes
  • Spicy Butter Porkchop
  • Salt and Pepper Squid
  • Chilli & Lemongrass Chicken/Tofu
  • ‘La Vong’ Ling Fish
  • Slow Cooked Beef

There are also rice plates (seafood, sate chicken, bbq pork and more), plus they’re licensed so beer and wine are on offer, too.

Nem Kitchen

Open Hours: 11am to 9pm
Address: 96 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Ph: 0477218318

Chico’s Mexican Bar and Grill, Kirribilli

Chico's Mexican Bar & GrillKirribilli has welcomed a taste of Mexico, thanks to the brand-new Chico’s Mexican Bar and Grill. After opening in the beginning of January at the former site of Street Market Asian Tapas, it has already proven to be a hit with locals, thanks to their full bar and diverse menu. The owners, brothers Sharif and Ahmed, hail from California, grew up with authentic Mexican food at their doorstep, and after struggling to find adequate options in the area, wanted to bring that same goodness to Kirribilli. Their take on Birria tacos, slow-cooked lamb in a crispy shell and served up with Consommé dipping sauce, is one of their more unique menu items, with an offering not seen at other local venues, but certainly worth a try in Sharif’s books. They’ve been very pleased with the support shown by our community so far.

“Most of the feedback [from locals] has been ‘we’ve been waiting for a place like this to open up, this area really needed a place like this’”, co-owner Sharif said.

“Everyone has been excited about us. We’re pretty happy about that and we’re really grateful for the community.”

Chico’s’ menu caters for a range of dietary requirements, with gluten free tortillas, vegan cheese and even Nopales (Cactus) filling for plant-based diners, or anyone looking for a taste of the desert! Their full bar also offers a range of Margaritas, Tequila and Mezcal, Wine, and Beer, with their own Cerveza on tap. Whether you’re a fan of classic Tex-Mex, or you’re ready to bring Tijuana to your tastebuds, there’s sure to be something at Kirribilli’s new dining hotspot, Chico’s!

Chico’s Mexican Bar and Grill
12 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli NSW 2061

Hours:
Tuesday 5-10pm
Wednesday – Sunday 12-10pm

0432 050 331
Instagram: @Chicos.mexican

Fiore Bread, McMahons Point

Tucked away on Blues Point Road is a little slice of Italy, where you can smell the freshly baked
bread on site before you step foot in the door.  Fiore Bread is a small bakery and deli with a wide selection of house made breads including fresh sourdough loaves, foccacia, rye, and panini.

Owner Sam Dean and partner Alberto opened Fiore Bread in May, with a small menu that has
seen them selling out by lunchtime on weekends. Fiore also sells a selection of sweet baked goods including brioche and biscotti, alongside a selection of deli items made mostly by small Australian producers.

“Its really important to us that our bread is made from top quality ingredients. The majority of
the goodies used in our fruit/nut/seeded loaves are organic,” she said.

There is limited seating outside to enjoy the Mecca coffee and daily biscuit, where you can
watch people and their dogs pass by.

“Our sourdough brioche has attracted a bit of a cult following. Buttery with a sour tinge, you
can have it plain or with mascarpone and raspberry jam.”

If baked goods are not your thing, enjoy some freshly squeezed juice and house made granola
at Fiore. Put this spot on your weekend brunch bucket list!

129 Blues Point Rd,McMahons Point
Tues – Sun 7am-3pm
w: www.fiorebread.com
Instagram: @fiorebread

SAKE BAR: EN, Neutral Bay

A hidden Japanese SAKE bar in Neutral Bay is opening on November 25th!

The owners are from Wakayama in Japan. A place that takes its SAKE very seriously.

“Wakayama is blessed with a scenic and rich natural environment. Each brewery competes for traditional techniques, using carefully selected rice suitable for sake.

“We are here to present special craft sake and a variety of cuisine to our new sake bar in Neutral Bay Sydney.”

Here’s what’s on offer:

* Plum wine, Yuzu sake, Craft sake, and many products imported from Wakayama Prefecture.

* Sushi and sashimi by legendary Chef “Tamaki”, who is the former head chef of the Suntory Restaurant.

*Food available until late – last order of snacks at 23:00pm

* Japanese-style hospitality

The snacks menu is very traditional and includes marinated squid with Yuzu, marinated octopus with wasabi, stewed beef tendon, simmered fish head with umeboshi, rice in Green Tea soup with seaweed, chefs tempura with umeboshi and more. There’s also a selection of sushi and sashimi with orders required before 9pm on the day. Pre-reservations are also required for the “famous sashimi boat” at least one day before.

Address: 79 Cheal Lane, Neutral Bay

Website:  https://www.jculturesydney.com/sake-en

For reservations:  https://booking.washokulovers.com/client/Sake_Bar_En/…

Opening hours: 7 days open from 17:30 until late

Fang Dumpling House, St Leonards & Cremorne

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Cremorne favourite Fang Dumpling House has opened another location in St Leonards. The family run business is famous for its house-made dumplings, where you can choose from 15 different types on a daily basis. Now office workers and locals can enjoy them for lunch and dinner at a new convenient location.

“We loved the location because it is so close to everything – the new apartments, the train station, offices, and the Royal North Shore Hospital, we love meeting all the locals,” says owner Bennie Fu, whose parents started the original restaurant in Eastgardens before moving to the North Shore.

The new St Leonard’s location offers dine-in or takeaway options, and Bennie says they’ve tailored the menu to suit the locals, meaning more main dishes that are quick and tasty to prepare.

The restaurant is also great for small group events, and on any day they will sell more than 100 handmade dumplings, but other popular dishes include Chinese classics black pepper beef and sweet and sour pork.

Among the dumpling choices are pan fried pork and garlic chive, steamed soy eggplant, steamed pork and prawn and garlic chive, and pan fried prawn.

“Our restaurants are named after my mother, and we hope to open more across Sydney soon, including one at Town Hall at the end of August,” Bennie said.

*New location * 100 Christie St, St Leonards
Also Shop 8-10/332 Military Rd, Cremorne
https://fangdumplinghouse.com.au

Crescent Croissanterie, Crows Nest

Image: @quietpalate Instagram

Everyone else may be holidaying in Europe but you don’t need to travel that far to try delicious French pastries. Crescent Croissanterie in Crows Nest opened in July, and its limited amounts are baked fresh every day.

Named after the croissant shape similar to a crescent moon, Crescent’s menu includes pain au
chocolat and almond croissants, to tiramisu croissants and cinnamon buns. It’s the first time owner Elly has run her own business after working for 10 years in Sydney bakeries, and says she loves the North Shore location where every croissant is baked fresh every morning.

“It’s a lovely neighbourhood! People are so kind, even though we are new in town, people are
welcoming and supporting us very well,” she said.  “Our signature item is Earl Grey custard. If you are more like a savoury person, I would recommend our house made basil pesto with cherry tomatoes and bocconcini.”

There’s something to tempt your taste buds and transport you to Paris but try to visit before
11am, and take a seat outside with a coffee to enjoy your special treat!

2/134 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Wed-Fri 7am-3pm
Sat – Sun 8am – 3pm
https://www.instagram.com/crescent_croissanterie/

The Dubliner, Cremorne

A brand new Irish pub has opened its doors on Military Road, a few doors down from the Cremorne Orpheum. Owned by a local Irishman, The Dubliner is here to bring an authentic piece of Ireland’s distinctively warm and welcoming pub atmosphere to the local community, featuring deliciously creamy pints of Guinness on tap (of course!), a range of whiskeys, spirits, wines, and classic cocktails. Hot cheesy toasties, fresh hot soup, and Irish crisps are also available all day.
Relax over a pint or meet up with the lads and ladies for cocktails; The Dubliner is a place for the community to gather.
The Dubliner is open everyday from noon. Come on down and enjoy the craic!

The Dubliner Irish Pub
2/350 Military Road, Cremorne
Website: www.thedubliner.com.au/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedublinersydney/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thedublinersydney/

 

Taqueria, Cammeray

Cammeray Square just scored itself a go-to Mexican eatery for date nights, friendly catch-ups, and celebrations. Taqueria draws inspiration from the taco trucks and hole-in-the-wall taquerias that are scattered across Mexico. The menu is stylish but still authentic to its Mexican roots.

The 8-hour slow-cooked Beef Barbacoa

Choose between traditional slow-cooked meats, fresh-cooked seafood, vegan ceviche, tostadas, tacos, and larger plates to share. There’s also a Margarita, Mezcal and Tequila Menu, along with wine, beer, spirits, cocktail and mocktail menus.

Book in for Bottomless Margaritas paired with a 6-course meal on the weekend for just $99 pp, or stop by for happy hour every Friday and Saturday from 2:30-5pm with 2 for 1 margaritas and tacos/bontanas from $5.

And forget cooking at home on Tuesday evenings with their new Taco Tuesday offering with a delicious range of tacos available for just $5 all day and night!

Address: 405 Miller Street, Cammeray, 2062

Phone: (02) 7202 0045

Opening Hours: Tue 5-9pm, Wed-Fri 12-2:30pm & 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-3pm & 5-9pm

Website: https://www.taqueria.com.au

Loulou, Milsons Point

Loulou Bistro, Boulangerie & Traiteur offers three sophisticated yet approachable and distinct offerings in a neighbourhood setting in Lavender Bay.

Dining at Loulou will transport you to the delis of Europe and the bistros of New York. In the Bistro you will enjoy classic, honest and familiar French fare, inspired by our Parisian favourites with a nod to great contemporary European bistros and bars.

In the Boulangerie and Traiteur it’s all about the best breads, croissants and other Viennoiserie, charcuterie, fromage and great wines.

Loulou
61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point
(02) 8000 7800
Website: loulou.sydney/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/loulou.sydney/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/loulou.sydney/

Uncle Paul, North Sydney

Discover a whole new level of chicken at Uncle Paul. This Korean fried chicken and street food restaurant is the second venture for owner, Sophia Lee, who also runs Denison Street’s beloved Missing Spoon.

Growing up as a Korean in Australia, Sophia was exposed to a mix of both Western and Korean food. She brings together the best of both cuisines at Uncle Paul to create a menu that can attract all cultures.

“We incorporated a lot of Western touches in our dishes to make it easier for customers to try and approach Korean food,” Sophia says. “For instance, one of our most popular items is the Korean Snack Pack range. As Halal Snack Packs are widely loved by people, we have created a Korean version with bulgogi beef, dak galbi (spicy Korean chicken) and Korean fried chicken.”

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Fast-paced service, high quality ingredients and full flavours make lunch at Uncle Paul’s ideal for office workers in North Sydney. Their flexible menu means you can personalise your order and try something new every day.

“We have a vast range of base options including rice, salad, milk rolls or chips that customers can choose to enjoy with their Korean meat or protein…” Sophia explains. “All the sauces we use are made in house including our melted cheese option that many customers like to add on their Korean snack packs.”

Uncle Paul’s Korean fried chicken is the best-seller protein, but they also have a healthier grilled chicken option and a vegetarian soy tofu that can be made gluten-free on request.

“Our Korean Fried Chicken is very popular,” Sophia says. “The crispiness of the fried chicken goes beyond and has caught the love and attention of many North Sydney residents and office workers.”

“In addition to this, we have many side dishes such as japchae (Korean glass noodles), mandu (Korean dumplings) and tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) that customers can enjoy with their food,” she adds.

Wash your snack pack down with some of their refreshing iced teas and ADES (lemonades) in flavours such as grapefruit, green grape, mango, passionfruit, and lychee.

Uncle Paul
Address: Shop 2/107 Mount St, North Sydney NSW 2060
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-2:30pm
Website: https://uncle-paul-korean-restaurant.business.site
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unclepaul_northsyd/

 

Laurel Leaf Bistro, McMahons Point

A hidden gem on the lower North Shore, Laurel Leaf Bistro has everything you could desire – from bacon and egg rolls, to squid ink pasta with ouzo prawns. Just a stone’s throw from Blues Point Road, it’s the perfect resting spot between a lovely Waverton and Kirribilli walk.

Chef Anna Constantine has quite a following with her low-fodmap-ready meals. She’s prepared these as a caterer for a number of years before opening Laurel Leaf Bistro in early 2021. Anna also specialises in GF modern Greek food like Beef Moussaka, Vegan Moussaka and her all-time famous Spanakopita wrapped in filo pastry. These can be ordered frozen for takeaway home-meals as well.

Laurel Leaf Bistro has a quaint, stylish neo-classical modern feel with Nordic accents, brilliant Columbian coffee, good tunes, ambiance and and a positive vibe. It’s also BYO, and make sure you keep an eye out on their Facebook page for the regular themed feasts.

Laurel Leaf Bistro
67 Union St, McMahons Point
0413 877 197
Website: please click here
Facebook:  Facebook.com/LaurelLeafBistro
Instagram: @laurel_leaf_bistro

Eat & Meet Italian Cucina, Mosman

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Eat & Meet Italian Cucina has recently relocated to Mosman from Gladesville, where it was a firm community favourite.

“Eat & Meet is bringing fresh produce, handmade pasta and authentic Italian ingredients to Mosman!

We’re a small local restaurant with an intimate setting, passionate about creating beautiful, affordable & great Italian dishes for everyone. Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free options available.

Top up your amazing dining experience with the wine of your choice, we are BYO so you can purchase your favourite wine from the conveniently placed bottle shop just next door.”

Eat & Meet Italian Cucina
45 Spofforth Street, Mosman
04 5086 6601
Website: https://eatandmeet.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eatmeetitaliancucina/
Instagram: @eatmeetitaliancucina

Chill Vietnamese Restaurant, Crows Nest

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If you’re wondering about the name of new restaurant ‘’Chill’ at Crows Nest, it has nothing to do with the food temperature. They love turning up the heat! Instead, the name comes from their desire to offer relaxation and enjoyment while dining. “That’s our main goal, to make you guys chill”.

The interior looks lovely, and there’s even a bookshelf for those who really want to relax. But what of the food? Well there’s nothing ”chill” about their passion for cooking here. Kevin, the owner, a head chef (and dad) says, “We aim to serve our customers with the same quality and authentic food as our family.” With a mission “to deliver the beauty of Vietnamese cuisine to customers,” there’s a lot of enticing dishes on the menu. Including: Crisp fried silken tofu, topped with beautiful homemade salted egg mayo and pork floss;  Grilled Lemongrass Porkchop; Steamed Barramundi with sweet soy sauce, ginger & shallot, Green Papaya Salad with pork & prawn in sweet & sour dressing sauce with black sesame cracker & roasted nuts, Duck Curry, Pho and more.

Address: 52 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest
Phone: (02) 9460 8937
Website: Coming soon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chillcrowsnest/
Instagram: @chill.restaurant
Cafe Lost and Found, North Sydney

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Cafe Lost and Found’s addition to Miller Street will give you much to talk about. This botanically inspired café offers a greenhouse-style indoor haven where you can enjoy your woodfire roasted coffee and munch on delicious food without feeling rushed. Part of the cafe’s charm is a retail section on one side selling antiques and plants, including the option to bring along your furry friend who’ll be treated to their own little menu! And the human menu sounds wonderful too – there’s a beautiful selection of cakes and pastries, the brunch items look like words of art and lunch is all about the three ”p’s” – pizza, pasta and platters!!

Address: 223 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Phone: 0468 883 633
Website: https://www.cafelostandfound.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-Lost-and-Found-108246004337947
Instagram: @cafe.lostandfound

Cali Press, North Sydney

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Image: Cali Press

Our buzzing suburb has just welcomed a new Cali Press store  — and a soon to be one-stop-shop for your daytime healthy meal needs. The store sits in the heart of North Sydney on 1 Denison Street so you can easily access it when you’re out and about. The menu features popular items like  ‘The Godfather’ with ‘Pacino mylk’, espresso shot, banana, vanilla bean, cinnamon, dates, almond butter and the signature ‘Berry collagen’ smoothie with real vegan collagen. For a quick-fix meal, you can also pick up one of its hearty bowls, sandwiches or avo on toast.

Address: 1 Denison St, North Sydney NSW 2060
Website: https://calipress.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calipress
Instagram: @calipressjuice

El Gringo’s Tacos, Crows Nest

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Located in the heart of Crows Nest is El Gringo’s Tacos, a new late-night taco bar that’ll make your tummy happy, especially after a solid drinking session of frozen margaritas with your mates! Your choice of taco fillings include lobster, chicken, market fish, mushrooms, lamb shoulder and grilled steak – and we love that there are these many options. There is, of course, more stuff on the menu except for tacos like crispy pork belly bites and chargrilled octopus, but what we’re most intrigued by is their latest vegan addition, a watermelon carpaccio!

Address: 16 Falcon Street, Crows Nest Sydney, NSW, Australia 2065
Phone:
 02 8959 3351
Website: https://elgringostacos.com.au/tacos
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/El-Gringos-Tacos-100773501475350/
Instagram: @el_gringostacos

 

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