Monday’s Restaurants

You’re probably wondering why I titled this article in this way … simply because since I arrived here in Sydney I decided that every Monday – my day off from work – I would try a new restaurant.
Not all the places I’ve been I liked, so I will list only the best.

 

  • SEFA Kitchen, a trip to the Middle East

 

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I found this restaurant while I was looking for a job. Since two months, I work here and a couple of times I have been even customer.
The concept is “sharing plates”. The environment is very casual and informal, although the service is of a high standard. Wine list with a wide choice, fabulous food … Starting with the haloumi covered with honey and middle eastern spices and marinated beets on a bed of hummus; as a main course you can choose from grilled octopus, seared fillet of tuna,  soft lamb cooked for hours or even a crispy duck salad with lentils. And to finish a fantastic chocolate ganache topped with a delicious custard.
The menu also offers other dishes but these are my favorites. Also you can find every day a new special dish that vary according to the season; for example, this week was a tempura zucchini flowers stuffed with haloumi, feta and ricotta.
During the weekend they are also open in the morning and at lunch; if you’re in the Bondi area and do not know where to go, SEFA Kitchen is waiting for you!
292 Bondi Road, Bondi
– 50/60 AUD by person

 

 

  • 10 William St,  a come-back to “casa”

 

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This night, having a great desire for Italian food, I simply used Google to find the best Italian restaurants. I chose this because of the great reviews. And I do not ripento …
It is a small place on two floors with a cozy and homely atmosphere created by soft lighting and small candles. The staff is mostly Italian, and will help you in the choice of wines. The menu is not extensive – a sign of quality – and varies often; do not expect generous portions but I assure you that the flavors will take you directly to Italy.
I started with a little appetizer: buffalo mozzarella and focaccia.  Then, exceptional tagliatelle with ragù lamb and pecorino – they brought me for a moment in Tuscany; I continuated with marinated octopus slow cooked with fresh vegetables; and finally the classic tiramisu.
The only flaw is that they do not take reservations so your luck will determine the wait. Unfortunately I waited about an hour. But forgetting the wait, it is a fantastic place to try absolutely!
– 10 William St, Paddington
– 50/60 AUD by person

 

 

  • Esterdiscovering the Australian kitchen

 

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Recommended by friends who live here, it’s the perfect place if you look for the best Sydney Fish! Rated as one of the best restaurants in Australia, until today is one of my favorites.
Like many Australian restaurants, it works with the “sharing plates” concept. Accompanied by a great bottle of Spanish wine, it was a fantastic dinner.
Potato bread with butted, roasted corn with a really nice cream, ricotta gnocchi with whey and peppe, cauliflower with mint and almond sauce, sole with peas and macadamia nuts, pig buttermilk and pickled mushrooms, that’s what I ate!
Professional service in a tranquil atmosphere; remember to book in advance.
– 46/52 Meagher St, Chippendale
– 70/80 AUD by person

 

 

  • Macelleria, the fast-food of quality 

 

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It is located on the road that goes along the famous Bondi Beach. It offers a wide variety of meat; you can decide whether to pick one of their burgers or choose the type of meat you like and the way of cooking. Finally you can choose to eat in that place or take your order on the beach as the sun is setting on the horizon.
I recommend this one highly for the excellent quality of products used.
80 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
– 15/20 AUD by  person

 

 

  • Riley Street Garage

 

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I went there with some friends, a perfect evening! Friends, laughter, great food and good cocktails!
A local spacious and modern serving Australian food. The menu offers a wide selection of dishes, all well-studied in the flavors and treated aesthetically, same goes for cocktails and wines. But what I liked the most was the dessert, a tray that offered a little taste of some sweets: cheese cake with lemon and meringue, creme brulee and mango sorbet.
Not a lot to say, just a delight from appetizers to the dessert!
– 55 Riley St, Woolloomooloo
– 70/80 AUD by person

 

 

  • NOMAD,  where good food and friends are meeting

 

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The feature of this restaurant is the atmosphere: the flooring and ceiling create the impression of entering into a factory. Particular is also the open kitchen; for groups of a maximum of two persons there is the possibility to dine on the counter with a view directly onto the kitchen.
I think I ate the most delicious burrata … Not to mention the fabulous Wagyu tartare with homemade chips. And finally a chocolate mousse with raspberries, pomegranate and rose water.
If you are looking for a refined evening this is the perfect place.
– 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
– 80/90 AUD by person
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