We are a city obsessed with food. When we’re not actually eating, we’re talking about it, reading about it, taking pictures of it and sharing articles about it. Then, we’re carefully considering our next meal. Broadsheet plays a big part in the culinary conversation in Sydney (and now the rest of Australia), and it’s been interesting to dissect the data on our most-read food stories of 2015.
Looking at the list below – which is ordered from most read (by unique browsers) in the number one spot – it’s obvious we’re still all obsessed with fast food. Burger shops continue to open, doughnuts are quickly infiltrating the city via delivery and soon at dedicated cafes. What will 2016 bring? We’re looking forward to more chef collaborations and pop-ups and the continuing rise of native ingredients (including at Noma Australia), plus the move of some big Melbourne names to Sydney, including Chin Chin, Entrecôte, Shortstop Donuts and more. Will the burger bubble ever pop? We’ll let you know as soon as it happens.
Jack’s Newtown Opens - October
When we broke the news that Jack’s Newtown was opening with a distinct Shake Shack vibe, people went crazy. Lines stretched out the door for days, and Jack’s quickly ran out of food. It’s back on its feet now, but there’s no denying the pull of the burger, especially one that’s very, very similar to those at Shake Shack.
Five Points Burgers Opens - March
Five Points burgers are USA inspired in style and name. Order the Bronx, with a grilled beef patty, double cheese, pickles, bacon, tomato sauce, aioli, onion jam, mustard and iceberg lettuce, it’s a classic done extremely well. Tomislav Martinovic of The Fat Duck consulted on the menu, so it’s no surprise this spot is one of the greats.
Majestic Gourmet Grocers in Petersham - May
Who knew a grocery could attract so much attention? Housed in a building that was once a roller-skating rink and also a cinema, the concept here is an old-world, European market experience. Pick up cheese, house-made sticky chai, fresh flowers and produce.
Reynold Poernomo to Open a Dessert Bar - September
Masterchef contestant Reynold Poernomo has a gigantic following. So when news broke that he was going to open a dessert-dedicated restaurant in Chippendale, the pressure was on to create something his many fans would love. KOI was slated for a mid-November opening, but it looks like late December or early January is a more accurate date. We’re looking forward to the Moss, with charred apple, aero yoghurt, dulce de leche, matcha, pistachio sponge and green-apple sorbet.
Mary’s isn’t new. It opened in April 2013. More than two-and-a-half years later, the temple to burgers and fried chicken in Newtown (and now the CBD) is still one of the most-searched venues on Broadsheet. Look out for its takeover of Paddington’s Unicorn Hotel, opening this month.
McDonald’s Opens the Corner Café - January
What? Macca’s on Broadsheet? It happened, and our story on the fast-food giant’s design-led cafe, The Corner in Camperdown, ruffled some feathers. It’s still open, though the concept doesn’t seem to have spread to other McCafe venues. So we’re still safe. For now.
Woah, Nelly! Doughnuts - January
Janell Smith just “really wanted a doughnut”. So she taught herself how to make them. Her doughnut-delivery business is now stronger than ever , making around 1500 doughnuts a week, and it’s easy to spot her bright-pink delivery van dropping boxes of sweet goodness to locations all around town.
A Hello Kitty Diner is Coming - June
It’s actually already opened, with a menu by none other than Chur Burger’s Warren Turnbull. The diner is kitsch, but not to the degree you would expect from a novelty venue based on a cartoon cat . In fact, the design was led by the team behind Momofuku Seiobo.
Sydney’s New Bar with a View - November
Rooftop bars, we can’t get enough of them. Henry Deane cocktail bar atop the newly refurbished and reopened Hotel Palisade is glitz, gloss and glamour all rolled into one package, designed by Sibella Court. Bag one of the pink leather sofas for New Year’s Eve – it’ll be one of the best spots in town to watch the fireworks.
Sydney’s Best Pizza According to Napoli - July
There are currently only four restaurants in Sydney with accreditation from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), which was created to preserve the history and authenticity of Neapolitan pizza. This is our story on which four they are, and how they achieved their illustrious status.