The winter blues may be in full swing but it’s not all bad.
Yes, you’re rocking up to work with wild, wind swept hair; a bright red nose and 55 layers on – but come dinner time, the runny nose is worth it. Sydney is no stranger to #foodporn and when she needs to, she can turn it on and up. We’ve put together a list of our top Winter Warmer meals in Sydney, tried and tested – and potentially tested again this weekend…
Winter is cold and we need something H-O-T. Enter the curry of the day, paired with a glass of Rosé. Favourites include; a ‘Penang Prawn Curry’ with coconut, spiced galangal, chilli and crispy curry leaves, a classic ‘Chicken Tikka Masala’ with a rich tomato gravy, mace and fennel and an Indonesian style curry called ‘Rendy’s Rendang’ with wild boar, herbs, grated coconut and a rice cake.
Eastside Kitchen + Bar
It’s not really winter without a roasted duck. Eastside Kitchen + Bar knows how to keep you warm this winter with their Duck Leg Confit with pickled Persimmon and stewed lentils with orange. We highly recommend pairing your Duck with the Bourbon St cocktail, the perfect blend of bourbon, creme, citrus and florals ($18).
Rockpool Bar and Grill
Think Winter and what comes to mind? Pie, duh. The traditional pie has been given a face lift, botox and a nose job – the total makeover, by the food-Gods at Rockpool. We’re talking beef and Guinness pie with mushy peas, baked in the house-made short crust pastry and using 36 month Cape Grim beef… Yes, we will be eating this again ASAP.
In an attempt to stave off winter blues, the contemporary-Asian restaurant, Chefs Gallery will serve up a warming selection of dishes, including a traditional Chicken & Sweetcorn soup served with a savoury Chinese doughnut. The soup is served in a special bowl, complete with its own fire heater – to keep it piping hot! There will also be an $8 happy hour, available every day of the week, with drinks by mixologist, Grant Collins (The Powder Keg, Gin Lane), making for the perfect meal!
Sydney’s first rooftop rosé bar, The Fernery Mosman, has been transformed into a winter escape. Head Chef, Steffen Achtmann has put a winter twist on the traditionally ‘summery’ venue with the introduction of dishes such as the Mushroom Tagliatelle, featuring wild mushrooms, mascarpone, truffle and gremolata. Pair it with a glass of mulled wine with spiced rum or the Hot Fernery Spiced Cider for the perfect winter feed.
Bekya at Tramsheds
Lets try something different, something wholesome, hearty and healthy. Something Egyptian. Meet Bekya, a Middle Eastern restaurant offering family friendly feasts. The Egyptian Koshari cannot be missed. A mix of rice, lentils, macaroni, chickpeas, crispy onions and a spicy tomato salsa.
An oldie but a goldie, of course Fratelli Fresh is here. Their winter Porchetta is something of our food dreams. The Porchetta is rolled with a mixture of parsley, chilli, dried herbs and oil. It’s then rubbed with salt and cooked in Fratelli’s very own rotisserie, in venue, before being sliced to order with its crispy crackling. Served with Bortolli beans, sun-dried capsicum, and a salsa verde which is made in house and comprises of parsley, chilli, capers, lemon zest, salt and pepper and extra virgin olive oil #omg
Bar Patron by Rockpool
You wouldn’t expect a Harbour-view bar, serving Sydney’s best Margaritas to absolutely nail a Winter Warmer. Margarita cravings aside, Bar Patron by Rockpool offers a Pozole Rojo, a traditional Mexican dish, typically served on special occasions. It combines braised pork, onion, hominy (Google it), bay, oregano and chilli. Grab yourself a Chipotle Margarita while you’re at it – thank us later.