The Best Roasts in Sydney

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The classic roast might seem like a holdover from the past, but it’s a damn delicious one. A dish of roast meat – traditionally beef, but these days you’ll usually get a few different options – and an assortment of vegetables can of course be eaten on any day of the week, but there’s something particularly excellent about eating it on a Sunday. Add in Yorkshire pudding and a good drenching of gravy, and you’re in heaven.

So, where to find a piece of heaven in Sydney? Head to an eastern suburbs stalwart for a classic British roast, a French bistro turning tradition on its head, and an inner-city favourite where the Yorkshire pudding is as big as your face.

  • Roast chook or roast pork? That’s the question at our favourite British boozer. Both are reasonably priced at $26, which means you’ll have some extra coin for another pint.

  • The menu at Sydney’s great-grandfather pub is a masterclass in comfort food – but the hot tip is the Sunday roast. Choose crackling pork belly ($33), chicken ($32) or Japanese pumpkin ($28) with all the trimmings. Live jazz bands play in the front bar every Sunday.

  • Forry’s “Big Yorkie” is a face-sized Yorkshire pudding brimming with roast beef, crispy spuds, peas and carrots ($35). It’s executive chef Pat Friesen’s solution to an age-old problem of never having enough pudding to mop up the inevitable sea of gravy.

  • The Ducks’ roast goes two ways: grass-fed beef or classic pork ($39). The former can be made gluten-free on request. Both options come with those beef-fat roast potatoes we love, plus you can add cauliflower cheese ($6) or an extra yorkie ($3) to your plate.

  • Choose one of three roasts at Glebe’s old faithful. This one’s $34, and you can throw in the daily dessert for an extra $7.

  • This cosy British tavern’s roast of the day will set you back $34 and comes with extra gravy for mopping up afterward. Add a pig in a blanket for an extra $4. Available Monday to Saturday.

  • The beloved pub’s upstairs bistro, Chez Crix, is serving up Frenchie Sunday roasts ($38) you won’t find elsewhere – like pressed lamb shoulder and wild mushroom fricassee; whole chicken ballotine with buttered peas; and more. Mon dieu!

  • The Royal’s $27 roast is best enjoyed from the pub's gorgeous wrap-around balcony. If you’re early enough to nab a table there, you’ve officially won Sunday. Available until sold out.

  • Get a dessert with your roast ($49) at this handsome CBD brasserie. Wagyu rump or rolled pork belly with apple sauce? Basque cheesecake or raspberry trifle? You have some tough decisions to make.

  • Manly’s worst kept secret is mixing it up on Sundays with a rotating roast. The options? Perhaps porchetta, pork neck or stuffed lamb shoulder. Be sure to book between 4.30pm and 6pm for the daily happy hour.

  • The darling of the Four In Hand’s paddock-to-plate menu is the $30 Sunday roast. The added bonus of a hefty wine list makes this a solid option in the east. Book ahead if you can.

  • We love the Waratah’s Australiana take on the humble roast – featuring porchetta by Marrickville’s Whole Beast Butchery, a hasselback potato, and charry pumpkin and leek. Instead of gravy, this one’s drenched in apple and muntrie sauce ($30).

  • From Med-style plates to killer cocktails, there’s very little Rocker can’t do. Case and point: the epic Sunday roast offering. Wagyu beef rump ($33), crispy pork belly ($32) and maple-spiced pumpkin ($28) are your choices. Or go for the “big roast” featuring all three. Plus up your plate with a raft of sides, sauces and extras.

  • Promenade’s “roast by the coast” involves Wagyu rump with onion gravy ($36) or barramundi with lemon butter ($42). Plus, a choice of three trimmings – think honey-glazed carrots, creamed leeks, swede mash and friends. Try and stop us adding pigs in blankets ($9).

  • The London’s Sunday stunner comes with a choice of pork, beef or spatchcock for $29. There’s also a line-up of $12 spritzes to cure the Sunday blues.

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