What’s on around town
• Pistachio Papi is popping up at Botany’s Son of a Baker, bringing the lauded nutty spread to a range of limited-edition pastries. There’ll be pistachio-laden cannoli, croissants, babkas, fruit tarts, pain Suisse and more.
• Social enterprise Anything but Humble is hosting a pastry-filled weekend-long takeover at its Alexandria spot this weekend. Employee Nehad Jerada will be hand-making bites like manakish za’atar, spinach and cheese fatayer and babaganoush – each $6 – with all proceeds going towards supporting Jerada and her family following the events in Palestine.
• Ricos meets Derrel’s with the “Mexindian” taco special. This weekend at Ricos Tacos, grab the potato samosa taco dorado, where spiced pea and potato is stuffed into a tortilla, fried and served with a zesty coriander and lime crema.
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• Rozelle’s new Fabbrica Bread Shoppe has launched a bigger breakfast, offering avocado toast, granola bowls, brekkie muffins and a ripper-looking bowl of beans.
• Walsh Bay Nikkei restaurant Lima and its sister-restaurant Warike in Surry Hills are celebrating ceviche this month. Until Friday December 15, from Tuesday till Friday, the array of ceviches will be $20, with $5 glasses of wine alongside.
• Matt Moran’s Chiswick has a new head chef: Daniel Cooper. There’s a fresh menu for spring – bringing braised field mushrooms, crispy zucchini, slow-roasted lamb shoulder and more, and using just-picked produce from the kitchen garden – and live music on Saturday afternoons from 1pm till 5pm.
• Revamped Darlinghurst boozer The Taphouse now has midweek cheap eats in the mix. Mondays bring $12 pork-chop curries and $6 Philter lagers, and $18 weekday lunches include black pepper Wagyu beef and sweet-and-sour pork. Sip happily from midday till 6pm with $7.50 beers and wines.
• Italian Bondi eatery Rocker is bringing free-flowing Mimosas, sparkling, beer and rose to three slots from Thursday through Saturday. The bottomless menu brings a share-style summery menu, think arancini, antipasti and house-made rigatoni.
• A kombucha taphouse by the beach: Bower Hard Kombucha is popping up in Manly until December 10. Stop in at the digs right next to Fairy Bower between midday and 8pm for a $10 tasting flight of the fruity green-tea-based, double-ferments.
• Newtown noodle joint Rising Sun Workshop is ramping up your Sundays with The Breakfast Ramen Club. Expect 90 minutes of bottomless kimchi-spiked Bloody Marys, the bespoke Young Henry’s Bosozuku Japanese lager plus a hangover-busting bowl of bacon-topped breakfast ramen.
• Vibrant Oxford Street wine bar Paski is celebrating its second birthday – together with 10 William Street and Fredas – on Sunday November 26. Book in for pasta, Paski’s favourite wines and DJs from 5pm.
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• Local distiller Archie Rose has released a sugary new bottle: Raw Honey Gin Harvest 2022. The drop brings the honey from eight rescued hives now buzzing at the Botany distillery. The gin is sherbet-y, floral and ace in a cocktail or neat.
What we covered this week
• First look: At new Korean eatery Kwang Jang Pocha, small plates will transport you to the buzzy streets of Seoul’s famed Gwangjang Markets. A family team is dishing up braised beef short ribs, mung bean pancakes, japchae and more – plus, there’s a party-starting soju tower.
• Coming soon: Maiz Mexican Street Food is moving this summer – and the new space will be even “more traditional” than ever. It’s revamping the dining room of a now-gone diner we loved, but bringing infused mezcals and more masa than you can shake a corn husk at.
• First look: Ullo is Dee Why’s new Italo joint with ocean views and plenty of pizza. There’s a neon-lit fit-out, late-night DJs, a wide-reaching wine list and an ex-Rockpool chef in the kitchen.
• First look: Bobby’s is Cronulla’s new med-leaning diner that’s, quite literally, just off the sand. You can pop in for a quick snack in a breezy dining room, or settle in for a leisurely share-style meal – with a menu captained by an ex-Totti’s executive chef.
This week on Around Town we dive into the new digs for Sydney’s most “hectic” ramen joint, and chat about the breezy eatery down south with an ex-Merivale chef leading the kitchen. The chef at hot new Indian diner Derrel’s chats smashed samosas and family ties; plus, Spanish snacks near the harbour and an Aussie film that’s confusing Americans.