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We’ve gathered together our top picks for a laid back dinner, BYO your favourite drop and your best company



Masala Theory – Surry Hills

If the occasion calls for fun and festive and you can handle a bit of spice Masala Theory is a colourful, trendy neo-Indian restaurant located in Surry Hills. The menu is full of traditional Indian favourites and curries updated with modern twist. These dishes are best suited for sharing so bring your girlfriends for a lively night with plenty of buzz.

Konakuara – Surry Hills

Konakuara’s food is as simple as it’s minimalist interior, specialising in authentic Japanese flavours and traditional recipes. For the Ramen connoisseurs out there they serve ‘Torigara’ style ramen made with a lighter chicken broth as opposed to the often favoured heavier pork broth. Their fried chicken also gets a good write up but if you’re so inclined there are vegetarian options available as well. The beautiful minimalist space filled with natural timbers is best suited as the backdrop for in intimate date night or smaller group catch up.

Bondi Dumplings – Bondi

You may already be quite well acquainted with Café Bondi and their healthy breaky’s but drop back in at dinner time and you’ll find Bondi Dumplings. Serving Asian-fusion cuisine with plenty of crowd pleasers like handmade dumplings (duh!) and pork belly. If the occasion calls for casual, bring that bottle along to enjoy the relaxed setting and while you’re at it get pretty good bang for your buck.


La Coppola – Redfern

La Coppola is a tiny little nook in Redfern serving traditional wood-fired pizzas and word going round is that this is the best pizza place in Sydney (we can indeed verify that it may well be!). The secret is out though, make sure that you arrive early enough to secure a table, or wait for the dinner crowds to leave and get a late night feed. The pizza’s are Sicilian style so expect a thin crust with a nice crunch to it, the perfect comfort food to pair with a rich red. You’ll definitely be fighting over the last piece.

Mekong – Chippendale

Grab the girls and head to Kensington Street in Chippendale for Mekong’s modern Indochine inspired cuisine. If you’re feeling adventurous and willing to try out different something different this one is for you. Each dish is designed to share, perfect for something a little less casual like a double date or meet up with the work crew.

APE – Potts Point

Is there a better combination than an indulgent bowl of pasta and a good wine? APE, or Artisan Pasta Espresso is a rustic and intimate little pasta bar famous for their authentic Italian recipes. Head down here for a date night and recreate your favourite childhood Lady and the Tramp dreams… although you probably won’t want to share this spaghetti!


Herring Room – Manly

Set inside an old 1920’s inspired bistro The Herring Room is a charming yet stylish spot for your next dinner date. The majority of the menu is based on seafood dishes with a few other internationally inspired dishes thrown in to mix things up. The nostalgic feel forms the perfect setting for an intimate evening.

Fourth Village Providore – Mosman

By day, Fourth Village Providore is a well stocked European inspired deli but come dinner time the chef’s put their own produce to the test, cooking up contemporary adaptations of Italian classics. A lively and warm setting and guaranteed good old comforting Italian food but be warned it fills up quickly!


Ripples – Chowder Bay

For a more formal occasion or just feelin’ a bit fancy Ripples provides waterfront views sure to impress. Open for lunch and dinner, grab a seat on the deck for a late Sunday lunch or sunset dinner with your BYO Rosé and order their famous fish and chips (said to be up there with the best in Sydney!).



Rosso Pommodoro – Balmain

If you’re west-side, Rosso Pommodoro is the fastest way to get the true Italian experience minus the airline ticket (and corkage fee I might add!). This bustling pizza bar serves Napoli style thin crust pizza and it’s laid back setting is the perfect spot to meet up with the girl gang for that overdue catch-up. You’re going to work off that Nutella calzone at the gym tomorrow anyway…






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