Best New Sydney Restaurant & Bar Openings – Jan 2015

We kick off the first of our Sydney Restaurant and Bar Openings round up for 2015 with an extensive list of new restaurants, cool bars, hip cafes and pop ups to whet your appetite this summer.

Best New Restaurant & Bar Openings

POPteno – Porteno Pop Up Rushcutters Bay

While Porteno’s home is being rebuilt after the fire, POPteno will be open for dinner from the 28 January for dinner Wednesday to Saturday. Sydney, your Argentinian fix is back in business.

POPteno, 10 Neild Avenue, Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011

Sake Double Bay

Sake brings its quality to Double Bay in a stylish setting in The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. Sit at the sushi counter to watch the Sushi Masters display their craft or have a bespoke dish specifically crafted. Try A selection form the traditional Japanese Robata grill that has been custom built for Sake Double Bay.

Sake Double Bay, The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, 33 Cross Street, Double Bay NSW 2028

Hawker Sydney

From the people at Mamak comes Hawker, where Indian,Malay and Chinese Malay dishes are served in a simple setting where you can gather with friends. Apart from the traditional dishes there are some new ones to try like grilled stingray.

Hawker, 345 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Los Vida Sydney

Take a culinary trip through Mexico at Los Vida and enjoy dishes that you may not have seen before such as Chicharron De Queso Y Chorizo, seven different tacos and the Ancient Grain Salad to name a few. Sip on Mexican beer, Margaritas and finish with nip of  tequila or mezcal. Read our comprehensive review of Los Vida here.

Los Vida, Level 6, Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000

Coogee Pavilion Rooftop

Executive Chef Jordan Toft delivers a menu full of flavour with influences from the eastern  Mediterranean to Coogee Pavilion Rooftop. Sit outside and enjoy the waves rolling in at Coogee Beach or take a seat amongst the curios and greenery inside. Read our comprehensive review of Coogee Pavilion Rooftop.

Coogee Pavilion Rooftop, 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee NSW 2034

Tokyo Bird Surry Hills

Top notch cocktails, sake, Japanese beers and an extensive list of Japanese whiskies await you at Tokyo Bird. Sit at the bar, the communal table or the booth as the relaxed atmosphere suits couples and groups. All can be accompanied by a selection of tasty vegetable, meat and chicken yakitori. Read our comprehensive review of Tokyo Bird.

Tokyo Bird, Shop2, 226-228 Commonwealth St (entry via Belmore Lane), Surry Hills NSW 2010

Fratelli Parlamento Sydney

Fratelli Fresh has brought has brought its fresh dishes to Fratelli Parlamento opposite NSW Parliament house. With a pizzeria, bar and Cafe Sopra you will find pastas, risottos, salads and seasonal dishes to dine in or takeaway.

Fratelli Parlamento, 229-231 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Bang Surry Hills

Bang brings Bangladeshi street food to the inner city. From street snacks through to share plates and banquet menus and serving dishes like  duck egg omelette with blue swimmer crab and tandoori quail are sure to tempt. Cocktails are served with a smile and a story and the wine list is features wines from Portugal.

Bang, 3/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Dumplings & Beer Potts Point

The name gives it away. Dumplings and Beer serves a selection of dumplings and tasty dishes accompanied by a selection of Chinese teas or beers, both local and imported to match the food.

Dumplings & Beer, Shop 2, 9 Ward Avenue, Potts Point NSW 2011

Belly Bao Sydney

Belly Bao serves up Gua Bao, a Taiwanese street food that is braised pork belly in a soft taco-shaped steamed bun. Belly Bao has expanded on this and with the likes of soft shell crab and crispy tofu available, all served with homemade pickles and sauces. There is also Belly Bao chicken available served either crunchy, sticky or spicy.

Belly Bao, GOODGOD Small Club, 55 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000.

The Spice Room Sydney

The Spice Room takes a culinary journey through India delivering fragrant flavours and spices to its dishes of curries, tandoori and desserts. For lunch try the tiered Tiffin box of curry, rice and naan as delivered to the office workers of Mumbai. Available on the drinks list is a selection of Indian whiskies.

The Spice Room, Ground Floor, The Quay Building, 2 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Parsons Bar Potts Point

With food being inspired from Europe and the Mediterranean, Parsons Bar invites you to share dishes such as pork and veal meatballs or prawn and shitake mushrooms with friends. A selection of craft beers, boutique wines and cocktails are available. There is a vintage wine ledger if you are wishing to indulge. Read our comprehensive review of Parsons Bar.

Parsons Bar, 3 Kellett Street, Potts Point NSW 2011

Billy Kwong Potts Point

Billy Kwong has opened the doors to its new home and has brought its passion and care for producing tantalizing and flavoursome dishes. Be it the seasonal menu or the daily specials from highlights at the market, Billy Kwong delivers.

Billy Kwong, Shop 1, 28 Macleay Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011

Harpoon Harry at Hotel Harry Surry Hills

Harpoon Harry at the renamed Hotel Harry offers a couple of Latin inspired places to eat. Downstairs there is Barbacoa doing slow-cooked meats with latin spices. The Paladar Dining Room explores a range of South American flavours, who can say no to a suckling pig. Cuban themed cocktails, South American wines and beers are available to accompany your meal.

Harpoon Harry, Hotel harry 44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Black Betty BBQ Surry Hills

Black Betty BBQ comes to The Forresters. Serving slow cooked meats and smoked chicken, American style. Available on Sundays from 12 pm until it’s gone.

Black Betty BBQ, The Forresters, 336 Riley Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Tokonoma Sydney

The philosophy at Tokonoma is to bring to the table the produce when it is at its peak. Signature dishes of Venison Carpaccio and Dynamite Spider Maki are amongst the menu of sushi, tempura and robata in a setting of sandstone and timber in this heritage building.

Tokonoma, Basement Level, 44 Bridge Street (Entry via Loftus Lane), Sydney NSW 2000

Arisun Express

If you like your chicken fried, head to Arisun Express for great Korean fried chicken served with some icy cold beers. There are dishes that are happening on the streets of Seoul that are available to try like pork ribs with cheese or seafood pancakes. Read our review of Arisun Express here.

Arisun Express, World Square, corner of Liverpool Lane on Liverpool Street, Sydney NSW 2000


Azoto creates liquid nitrogen ice cream to tempt our sweet tooth with flavours such as cognac with peach ice tea or Nippon Green, Japanese green tea latte with green tea mochi. Read our review of Azoto here.

Azoto, World Square, corner of Liverpool Lane on Liverpool Street, Sydney NSW 2000

LiloTang, Canberra

It’s not in Sydney but Canberra is only 3 hours’ drive away. Presentation is at the fore at LiloTang where delicate flavours abound. The star of the kitchen is the robata with the Chicken Meat Ball with Creamy Egg a must try. There is a solid sake list and a range of Japanese beers. Read our comprehensive review of LiloTang.

LiloTang, Burbury Hotel, 1 Burbury Close, Barton ACT 2600

One6Eight Balmain

Chef Leigh McDivitt is bringing back fine dining to Balmain at One6Eight with a concise menu comprising sustainable, organic produce featured in dishes such as Confit of Thirlmere chicken ravioli with 12Y.O. Glenfiddich custard or the Spiced venison leg with chocolate gnocchi.

One6Eight, 233 Darling Street, Balmain NSW 2041

Blacksmith Cafe & Bakery Surry Hills

Blacksmith sports an industrial style interior and serving breakfast with vegetarian and gluten free options, try the fuji apple bircher, and great coffee. There are salads and a range of baguettes and larger meals available at lunch.

Blacksmith Cafe & Bakery, 116 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

The Roots Next Door North Sydney

Opening next to the original Roots Espresso, The Roots Next Door is a bar that brings a range of boutiques Australian wines and cocktails as well as a selection of meats and cheeses that are prepared in front of you or some bar snacks. Then there is Prosecco Hour when you can raise a glass with a slice if cheese at the side.

The Roots Next Door, Shop 8, 2 Elizabeth Plaza, North Sydney NSW 2060

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About the author

Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke is the Co-Founder of Gourmantic. He was first carried onto a plane at 3 months old. He enjoyed it so much, most of his efforts have been to get back in them to travel. He has lived on 3 continents and in addition to his love of travel and food, he is passionate about wine, chocolate and music.

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