Best New Sydney Restaurant & Bar Openings – May 2015

With the first day of winter just around the corner, don’t sit by the heater but grab your coat and sample these new bars and restaurants.

Best New Restaurant & Bar Openings

Crow Bar

Crow Bar has a concise wine list, craft beers but the cocktail menu of Signatures, Man-tails and Classics are worth a try and check out the whisky list. The kitchen delivers with share plates from pork crackling to lamb skewers and bigger bites such as a 1 kilo twice roasted lamb shoulder to satisfy.

Crow Bar, 6 Burlington St, Crows Nest, NSW 2065

Doris and Beryl’s Bridge Club & Tea House

Looking for a nice cup of tea, black or herbal, or maybe iced tea is your fancy. You can find these as well as teas that pack a lot more punch at Doris and Beryl’s Bridge Club & Tea House. Here they are serving cocktails with tea as the base and adding spices,herbs and spirits  to enhance the tea experience. Some more chamomile-infused tequila nan?

Doris and Beryl’s Bridge Club & Tea House, 530 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042


What looks like a disused graffiti walled hideout is Thievery, a Middle Eastern Restaurant and Bar delivering a new take on traditional dishes. Try the Shanklish Empanada followed by LFC – Lebanese fried chicken and for dessert, an Ice cream Kebab. there are Lebanese beers and the flavours of the Middle East are on show in the cocktails.

Thievery, 91 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW 2037

Swine & Co

Swine & Co are moving to Surry Hills in an expanded venue with more seating, an American BBQ and aiming to have a range of over 150 whiskies. So be patient as the O’Connell St location has closed and the porcine delights make there way to Surry Hills soon.

Swine & Co, Surry Hills NSW (Coming Soon)

Mary’s at The Cliff Dive

Mary’s kitchen is settling into The Cliff Dive to deliver that great imbibing evening panacea, the kebab. The menu is variable and includes the likes of smoked chicken,   Lebanese pickles and garlic sauce and devil pork curry, mango pickle and sorrel yoghurt.

Mary’s, The Cliff Dive, 16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Twofold at Civic Hotel

Sitting in the Saloon Bar of the Civic Hotel, Twofold delivers Modern Australian fare with a nod to Greece presented by My Kitchen Rules finalists Helena and Vikki Moursellas. With the likes of Lamb Pie moussaka or handmade pork neck sausages, this is a pub menu with a twist.

Twofold, Civic Hotel, 388 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


Chef Lennox Hastie (Asador Etxebarri) brings a rustic feel to the dishes at Firedoor as the food is cooked over wood coals. With two custom-made wood-fired ovens and woods such as chestnut, ironbark and aged wine barrels enhancing the natural flavours of the seasonal produce be it shellfish, vegetables or 150 day old dry aged beef rib.

Firedoor, 23-33 Mary Street Surry Hills, 2010

Johnny Lobster

Let’s take our fish and chip shop to another level. Johnny Lobster does that by serving up quality seafood, fresh triple cooked hand cut chips and as the name says, lobster. A Lobster Roll or maybe the ‘Lobster, Chermoula Butter’, two tails and grain salad tempts. All this accompanied by Young Henry’s ale, wine or a glass of Mumm champagne.

Johnny Lobster, 48 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest NSW 2065

Bang Tang: Salad ‘n’ Roll

Though it opened late 2014, Bang Tang: Salad ‘n’ Roll has just come to our attention.  The eatery serves up healthy, fresh salads such as Coco Wow with King Prawn, pepitas and coconut wasabi dressing as well as curries and noodle dishes with a wholefood direction and full of flavour. Don’t miss the Cigar Roll, Bang Tangs crispy chicken roll.

Bang Tang : Salad ‘n’ Roll, 50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point, NSW 2011


The champions of reducing food waste due to slight imperfections and of feeding those in need, OzHarvest have opened harvested, a pop up  open until end July. Diners will be served meals from rescued food with a menu that will change weekly. Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the $15 set price will help feed 30 hungry members of our community.

Baraka Restaurant operates in this space Thursday to Saturday for dinner and Sunday lunch with proceeds going to OzHarvest.

harvested, 56 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW 2009

The Hold Manly

Leave the world behind as you step into the The Hold. This nautically decorated bar is serving up share plates of croquetas, fish tacos and smoked pork ribs with a chipotle and ale glaze. There is The Hold Punch to try if you are a group or maybe the Eat Indies Negroni with a house made chestnut liqueur. The Hold was previously Harlem on Central and reopened in December 2014.

Shop 4, Sydney Road Plaza, (mail to Shop 4, 9-15 Central Avenue), Manly NSW 2095

Bloody Mary’s

Bloody Mary’s, it’s all in the name. There is a good selection of Bloody Mary’s, all served with house made tomato juice, the Bloody Hell with Chilli Infused Vodka for one. Start the day with breakfast and there are small snacks, a meat or cheese board to share and mains such as Pan Fried Barramundi and Chilli Crab Pasta available for lunch and dinner.

332 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Waterman’s Lobster Co

Who loves lobster? Sydney does and soon to open Waterman’s Lobster Co will be serving up their personal favourite New England lobster rolls and also keeping a local flavour with Balmain Bugs and Spencer Gulf Prawns. The wines will have a chardonnay focus and there are even a few wines on tap.

5/29 Orwell St, Potts Point NSW 2011

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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.