Thu 21 Feb
Head to the Hills to discover North West Sydney’s top eateries, from quick lunch stops and cosy cafes to dining-to-die-for and bars that raise the bar. We believe that good food is definitely something to savour, but wasting time on less-than-great dining spots is really not on the menu. Eat your way around our foodie cheat sheet for the best of Sydney North West’s drink and dining scene.
The Baron – Matt Stone and Mike Ico have come together to bring this cracking lunch joint to the Hills. The Baron champions solid food with great taste, lovingly made using local produce. Choose from beef burgers or toasties or their epic wood-fired Smoking Gun Bagels. Plus, The Baron is fully licensed so you can pair your burger with a chilled craft beer.
Wolfe and Co – At Wolfe and Co it is all about the little details, from sourcing the best bean for your espresso to the choicest cuts of meat in your starter. The people at Wolfe and Co are proud about what they have to offer and view providing their customers with the finer things in life of utmost importance.
Youeni – For healthy eating and clean living Youeni is the green lovers favourite. Youeni set up this light and airy cafe to bring its philosophy of holistic dining to the Hills, with a menu to please clean eaters and vegans alike. The cafe offers its customers all the classic lunch options with all the possible added health benefits, without compromising on taste.
Rawsons Restaurant – Rawsons is a top choice for dining in the North West, proving club food can be fine dining – minus the fine dining price tag. Both the restaurant design and the food are all about refined simplicity. The restaurant itself is monochromatic with clean simple lines and the food reflects this same simple quality by combining the best ingredients and techniques to provide consistently good food. For your entree try the likes of whipped goats curd ricotta with scorched tomatoes, panzanella and aged balsamic, followed by a main of beef brisket or smoked salmon served with capers, rye crumbs, sour cream cheese and dill.
El Burger – The name gives you a fairly good clue as to what El Burger specialises in. These aren’t just any burgers though, these are some of the best burgers in Sydney. The menu keeps things simple with twelve succulent burgers to choose from, including burgers made with chicken, lamb, pork, veg, fish and of course the classic beef.
Rebellion Bar and Grill – The team at Rebellion Bar and Grill have put in the work to ensure their menu tastes as good as it looks. The meticulously prepared local cuisine on offer here will take you to foodie nirvana, with entrees such as almost too pretty to eat fig salad or delicately seared scallops or for something a little heartier the sweet and spicy lamb chops are definitely worth trying. The Rebellion Bar and Grill have created a menu with a selection of top wines from local and not-so-local wineries to complement meal choices.
Crooked Tailor – If The Crooked Tailor was fitting you for a suit, it’d be slim-fit all the way. The feel is very much a cosy-cramped inner-city bar that has been seamlessly transplanted it into the Hills. The sleek glass fronted bar is nestled amidst a luscious leafy courtyard and room filled with sumptuous chesterfield sofas you can easily sink into for the night. Aside from a rather extensive cocktail menu there’s also a pretty great food menu here too.
The Fiddler – Welcome to the Hill’s contemporary Irish mega-pub. Think traditional Irish pub with a bit of a sleek, outdoorsy spin on it – even the contemporary olive-green stools have a subtle shamrock insignia on them. There is a bistro, beer garden, amphitheatre and indoor cocktail bar to choose from, with the indoor section offering more of an old-timey inviting Irish pub feel to it, complete with multiple rooms and fireplaces to tuck yourself away in for the evening. The drinks on offer include an extensive choice with of course the obvious Irish pints like Guinness and Magners as well as a wine list that is largely dominated by South Australian wines.
Australian Brewery – The 20-something year old Australian Brewery is the birthplace of some of the tastiest brews, including their own pilsner, pale ale, strong Belgium golden ale, steam ale, amber lager and a dark lager - each one is helpfully marked with a boomerang shaped handle so you can easily identify the good stuff. Their Mexican lager served with fresh lime really hits the spot for ultimate summer refreshment. The interior design of the Australian Brewery has a rough-but-inviting Australian vibe to it, with exposed brick, warm lighting and raw timber. And if the brewery itself isn’t enough for you there’s also a sports bar, pokies lounge, games room and bistro serving some great pub grub.
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