This pastel-pink ’70s Miami-style venue is the newbie by Anne Cooper and Georgia Woodyard, salad and sandwich queens who used to run Redfern cafe Scout’s Honour and are still involved in nearby bar, Bart Jr.
Although the shift to restaurant-level service and the umami-packed spice-heavy grub is a step away from their previous ventures you’ll find many of the same colourful customers at Southside because the same unpretentious, casual vibe remains.
Southside is now open for lunch and breakfast and has recently begun trading at night. For mornings, along with dahl and tacos, there’s granola, smashed avo (with green peas) and BLATs (this one substitutes bacon for guanciale), and in the evenings grilled flatbread topped with charcuterie and grilled peppers.
The potato and salmon salad tastes like a salty curry in the best possible way. It looks like a regular salad, with fresh green leaves, nuts and cabbage tendrils, but then you take a bite and you’re hit with a salty, spicy whack of flavour. The rice bowl is the same. It’s pretty, looks healthy, but tastes like a delicious nasi goreng.
The cocktails and wine list also reflects this rough focus on the Americas and is reminiscent of the venue’s colourful predecessor, The Eathouse Diner.