The people to know
Last year Hartsyard got a new chef, Jarrod Walsh. Now he’s taken over as owner, continuing the evolution of the Newtown diner’s smaller, lighter menu, with the addition of natural wine.

The dish to try
Kerby Craig – the brains behind Bar Ume and Ume Burger – has introduced his latest creation: “taco rice”. The Japanese-Tex-Mex hybrid will be available this Friday.

Five new Italian restaurants
Alberto Lounge, Totti’s, Mary’s Pizzeria, Caffe Bartolo and Don Peppino’s are Sydney’s latest Italian staples – here’s why you should give each of them a spin.

New openings
A Sicilian-influenced restaurant with killer harbour views opens in Luna Park.

There’s now a place in Balmain where you can pick up your wine, cheese and charcuterie all at once.

And a Fat Duck chef has created the menu at Bondi Junction’s Holly.

In Darlinghurst, an old favourite moves to a new space and launches a mega new wine list.

A Japanese “beer stadium” serving 13 kinds of gyoza opens in Darling Harbour.

Food festivals
The Mary’s boys have curated a food line-up for Download Festival that’s as good as the music.

The Tomato Festival has the fruit every which way you please.

Drink this
The Icebergs team might just have converted us to box wine.