“What good new restaurants should I try?”

Broadsheet’s editors field this question, or a variation on it, almost every day. While we’d just as soon recommend one of Sydney’s straight-up best restaurants or a long-standing institution, the pull of a hot new place is hard to deny.

So here it is: our edit of the best new restaurants in Sydney from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some of these places are redefining the way we eat and will go on to become classics. Others will be shorter lived. Either way, these are the spots we’re enjoying eating and drinking at right now.

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Charcoal Fish

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This Rose Bay fish-n-chipper by Josh and Julie Niland of Saint Peter fame is all about recreating the simple joy of a takeaway roast-chook dinner – but with fish. You’ll find whole, half, and quarter Murray Cod fillets crackled to perfection, luxe sides, and zero-waste cocktails courtesy of sustainable south Eveleigh bar, Re–.

670 New South Head Road, Rose Bay

Bistrot 916

Restaurant

Chef Dan Pepperell and his dream have brought a new wave of French dining to Potts Point. On the menu you'll find boudin noir (blood sausage) spring rolls, escargot pasta and steak frites. Plus, there's a drinks list by the Swillhouse Group's former sommelier.

22 Challis Avenue, Potts Point
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Itacate

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Rosa Cienfuegos makes some of Sydney's best Mexican food. At this colourful and casual all-day Mexican eatery and deli, she's serving home-style dishes: huevos divorciados, tacos, garnachas and more. Plus, there are hard-to-find Mexican pantry goods to buy.

129-133 Redfern Street, Redfern

Lucky Kwong

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A canteen-style lunch-only restaurant by celebrity chef Kylie Kwong. Named after her late son, Lucky serves Kwong's signature Australian-Cantonese food – including her famous savoury pancakes.

2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh

Acqua e Farina

Restaurant

A 15-seater in Potts Point serving just five styles of pasta, by a former Metisse head chef.

117b Macleay Street, Potts Point

Amah

Restaurant

A brilliant partnership between Ho Jiak and Mr Wong's former head chef, Loong Oon. The menu pays tribute to Oon's grandmother with soy-braised pork belly, a deceptively simple king-prawn black-pepper curry, and a nostalgic soup of hand-pounded fish balls in a delicate clear broth.

436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Porcine

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At this French bistro above P&V’s Paddington bottle shop, a 60-kilogram Berkshire pig gets delivered each fortnight. Every part of the beast is used, from the head (which becomes terrine) to the belly (bacon sangers for staff meals).

258 Oxford Street, Paddington

Pub Life Kitchen

Restaurant

After a five year closure, Pub Life Kitchen is back open in Ultimo. Come for pub classics, Serbian specialties and those legendary burgers.

Lord Wolseley Hotel 265 Bulwara Road, Ultimo

Kottoo

Restaurant

Try its namesake dish, kottu roti – a delicious, textural hash of chopped roti, curry and egg. Plus devilled beef-filled roti wraps, lacy hoppers and golden dosas, in a colourful CBD space.

50 Hunter Street, Sydney
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Bar Suze

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A European-style bistro with a particular focus on Scandinavian flavours. Come for smorgasbord (snacks) such as smoked prawns and anchovy on rye toast, as well as ricotta gnocchi and a Swedish take on the bombe Alaska.

54 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

A'Mare

Restaurant

A’Mare is impressive. Owner Alessandro Pavoni wanted to emulate the theatre of a Michelin-starred meal, without the European stiffness – there's a roving gelato cart, pesto pounded tableside and a view over water so pretty that, if you squint, you might be fooled into thinking you're in Italy.

Crown Sydney, Level 1/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Kisuke

Restaurant

A meal at this six-seater omakase restaurant is like a culinary mystery tour, where what you eat is left completely to the chef.

50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point

Fish Shop

Restaurant

An elevated fish'n'chipper from the team behind Fishbowl. Pull up a chair in the light-filled dining room for Mediterranean-inspired bar snacks, or settle on a picnic rug in the neighbouring park with takeaway boxes.

87 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach

Haco

Restaurant

Keita Abe brings Japanese like you've never seen to Surry Hills with his tempura restaurant. Sit around the centrepiece wraparound counter and order from a constantly-shifting menu.

102/21 Alberta Street, Sydney

Bar Elvina

Bar

This relaxed, taverna-style wine bar is by two hospitality veterans behind some of the country's most revered venues.Their shared love of the sea is reflected in the seafood-heavy menu and breezy atmosphere.

Level 1 50 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach

Above Par

Restaurant

Above Par is a sleek 60-seater bistro in the heart of the CBD, serving homestyle Levantine dishes from breakfast well into the evening.

215 Clarence Street, Sydney

Woodcut

Restaurant

This dazzling fine diner – from the duo behind legendary CBD restaurant The Bridge Room – was worth the wait. Each kitchen of the four kitchens here harness a different element: steam, fire, smoke and ice. From the seafood kitchen, you'll find piles of caviar and roe; and raw kingfish with lychee and grilled ginger. From the woodfire grill? There's swordfish and a 270-day-aged one-kilogram Black Market T-bone.

Level 1, Crown Sydney 1/1 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Seta

Restaurant

An ambitious, opulent multi-part Italian restaurant and bar inside Australia's first bank – with an executive chef who ran a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant. Take a seat in the main dining room, crudo bar or chef's table. There's Venetian-style bite-size snacks, 30 varieties of raw seafood and a three-metre-high wine fridge.

11 Barack Street, Sydney

Cafe Freda's

Bar

The successor to Chippendale's Freda's channels the spirit of the original late-night haunt into a buzzing sit-down bar and diner in the heart of Sydney's nightlife district.

191-195 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Alpha

Restaurant

Following a stunning makeover, this beloved Greek restaurant reopened in 2021. A handful of old favourites remain on the menu, but everything else – from the sprawling open kitchen to a tongue-in-cheek take on pigs in blankets – is brand new.

238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
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Westwood Pizza

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This tiny pizzeria, run by two ex-Bella Brutta chefs, makes just 150 pizzas a day. So order your fermented-garlic honey, 'nduja or pepperoni pizza early – they sell out fast.

245 Australia Street, Newtown

The Old Fitzroy

Bar

Woolloomooloo’s great-grandfather of a pub has an ex-Momofuku Seibo Chef in the kitchen and a celebrated indie theatre downstairs. The 150-year-old bolthole has outlasted many of its operators, but this latest incarnation – from the Odd Culture (The Oxford Tavern, The Duke Of Enmore) team – might be the best one yet.

129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo

Nomad

Bar

After a fire, a pop-up and a Covid-19 shutdown, Nomad has returned to its original Foster Street home. Enter for smoked free-range chicken, wood-roasted eggplant with flatbread, and a six-week dry-aged rib eye.

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
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