Topnotch taco Tuesday
Toby Wilson’s Ricos Tacos is making its first foray east, with a month-long residency at Bondi diner Rocker. Every Tuesday between November 24 and December 15 Wilson will be taking over the kitchen and whipping up dishes he can’t prepare in his cart or truck – think kingfish ceviche tostadas; chipotle and tomato-braised-chicken tacos; and churros with lemon zest, chamomile sugar and dulce de leche for dessert. To drink, expect frozen Margaritas and Estrella beer.

A long way to the top
For the first time in its history, Bridgeclimb is offering patrons the chance to take photos from the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge using their own cameras. Every Thursday and Friday until December 11, guests will join landscape photographer Glenn McKimmin for a full day ($995) or half day ($395) of shooting some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks. The courses will give photographers access to the Gun Deck on top of one of the pylons – a spot usually off-limits to the public. The full-day option includes lunch at The Glenmore Hotel and the chance to shoot during a twilight bridge climb.

King of pastries
The latest creation at Darlinghurst cafe The Mayflower continues its tradition of crafting ultra-luxe dishes loaded with premium ingredients. This time around, it’s a decadent lobster croissant. Made with a croissant from Sonoma, it’s filled with butter-poached lobster, smoked mozzarella, gruyere, sturgeon caviar and Alba white truffle.

A taste of the coast
Alexandria diner No. 5 Restaurant and Bar is embracing ingredients foraged from the coast and using them as the base of a series of weekend lunches, running on Saturday and Sunday until December 5. Each week the menu will change, depending on what chef Emrys Jones has managed to rustle up on his expeditions with expert forager Diego Bonetto – but dishes may contain ingredients such as sea mustard, pigface and buck’s horn plantain.

Feast like an Italian
Public House Petersham is helping stretch your Christmas budget a little further with a string of bargain long lunches running from now through December. For just $25 per person share a pizza, a choice of salad or fries, and an antipasti plate that may include garlic flatbread, a variety of cheeses, pickles and olives. Make the most of the pub’s topnotch natural wine list while you’re there – it has a raft of excellent lo-fi drops by the bottle and by the glass.