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An underground party parlour, a vegan pasta joint and a diner turning two cuisines into one: here’s Broadsheet Sydney’s top restaurants of 2019 so far.

Fresh openings
A former Heston Blumenthal chef has opened an izakaya-style eatery where he uses French techniques to create Japanese flavours.

A Crows Nest favourite has been replaced with a pan-Asian hawker-style eatery.

Two hundred and fifty bottles of wine and a menu of pasta that changes daily is coming to Angel Place in the CBD.

A 10-seat degustation-only Japanese restaurant is also set to open in the CBD.

North Sydney is fast becoming a hub of great cafes. Here’s the latest.

Precinct news
A much-anticipated dining precinct – with a duo of veteran chefs attached – has opened in western Sydney.

This huge Haymarket precinct has added still more eateries to its roster. Expect Vietnamese, ramen and French-inspired flavours when it launches next month.

Old favourites, made over
A Paddington pub has been given a refresh – but its signature dish is still on the menu.

This cult gelato chain is scooping its 40 greatest hits, for one weekend only.

A cult Surry Hills diner is moving after 13 years.

Local Knowledge
The chef at this Indonesian restaurant never formally learnt to cook – nonetheless, she’s dishing up a beef rendang that’s garnered scores of fans.

Drop some cash
This might just be Sydney’s most expensive meal deal – and reason 1459 why Broadsheet Sydney editor Sarah Norris needs to become independently wealthy.

In zodiac news
Can’t decide where to eat tonight? Let your star sign guide you.