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Written by Aksel Ritenis


Dear Reader!

It’s been just over 8 weeks since Sydney restaurants closed to help control the Covid19 pandemic. Last weekend, as social distancing regulations started to ease, some reopened for just 10 hungry diners at a time. We’re hungry for more than just good food though, most of us had plenty of that thanks to awesome market boxes and delicious take away from many of Sydney’s finest. We’re hungry to be back at our favourite restaurant counters, debating the merits of interesting wines with our fave sommeliers and enjoying the latest produce discoveries from our favourite chefs. It’s time to celebrate our hospitality industry and help them rebuild the places we love to visit. Here are 5 of the restaurants I can’t wait to get back to.


Wine Bar

The bright young crew at my fave wine bar, including sommelier Louella Mathews (ex-Rockpool) and chef Jose Silva (ex-Guillaume), has turned the upstairs dining room into a 10-seater restaurant to remember.The bright young crew at my fave wine bar, including sommelier Louella Mathews (ex-Rockpool) and chef Jose Silva (ex-Guillaume), has turned the upstairs dining room into a 10-seater restaurant to remember. 8-course degustation just $100, including aperitif; don’t miss Louella’s superb wine matches for an extra $55.




Alessandro Pavoni reopens his trattoria on gorgeous Middle Harbour tonight with a $75 greatest hits sharing menu including Vitello Tonnato, Calamari Fritti, Spaghetti with prawns & bottarga and much more. Preorder your Aperol spritz to get things started, or nab the Ormeggio deck for you and 9 friends with a bespoke food and wine menu.




Ajoy and Meera Joshi have reopened Nilgiri’s dine-in with the same generous spirit that’s seen them offering free meals to those in need for the past 8 weeks. They’re serving a la carte and tasting menus and have just 2 seatings a night so regulars can take their time and relax out of their homes for a while


Macleay St. Bistro


The snails in garlic butter, moules marinières and chateaubriand Béarnaise have stood the test of time at this cosy bistro (over 30 years in fact). They’ve now reopened 7 days for lunch (from 1pm) and dinner (6pm or 8pm). Plus the Sunday roast chook for 2 is back at just $76 with roast veg and free BYO.


Long Chim


Great Thai food is a balance of flavours and textures across a range of shared dishes. Forget iso-take-away now Long Chim dine-in is back! Grab some mates to share a few snacks before a spicy curry, refreshing salad and comforting stir-fry … and something sweet to finish (ahhh! mango sticky rice). All for just $68/person starting today.

If you’re not quite ready for dine-in, remember that these restaurants are all still doing great take away. Other favourites already reopening (and doing fab take away) include Lucio’s (1-sitting lunches or dinners exclusive-use table of 10, what fun!!) ~ Yellow (vegetarian like never before) ~ Nilgiri’s ~ Anason & Efendy ~ Red Lantern ~ Maybe Frank, Buffalo Dining & Marta. Dine-in, take away, market boxes, gift vouchers … if you want a restaurant industry to enjoy post-Covid19, support them in whichever way you can. Use it or lose it!
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Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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