Multi-culture is widely represented in Marrickville, a western suburb in Sydney. No more is this seen than in the impressive and diverse list of prime culinary experiences at hand. Although neighbouring suburbs such as Newtown boast an all-star reputation for being the place to see and be seen, some of the finest eats can be found in lesser known suburbs. Escape the crowds, and delve into culinary delights at one of these top 10 restaurants in Marrickville.
Set on the busy stretch of Marrickville Road, La-or Thai nails authentic Asian cuisine in a simple, stylish, but completely unpretentious manner. Serving up hot plates of Thai and Laotian delicacies, this is one of the most popular casual date-night spots in the locale for its easy charm, divine dishes and affordable price point.
Restaurant, Italian, European, Street Food, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Pasta Made Fresh | Courtesy of Gogo Vego
Gogo Vego‘s mission is simple: to offer a wholesome, ethical alternative to the world-famous Italian dish, pasta. Gogo Vego is the brainchild of Italian chef Alessio Angione; having turned vegan, he noticed a gap in the market for quality vegan pasta — a gap he quickly filled.
Although Alessio may only be consistently sharing his fare at the Marrickville Markets every Sunday from 9am–3pm, Gogo Vego has become its own little market-restaurant institution, attracting long lines of pasta lovers dying to delve into a bowl of vegan ravioli or pumpkin fettuccine.
Steal a while in this simple and straightforward sushi joint in Marrickville. A favourite of those who know what makes great Japanese cuisine — fresh ingredients and artistry — this restaurant is always bustling with crowds diving into bowls of curry, bento boxes and slabs of hand-rolled sushi. Added bonus: Sakae is super affordable, making this restaurant the perfect place for a relaxed mid-week or weekend dinner.
Barzaari is a stylish Marrickville bistro specialising in authentic Mediterranean fare in a rustic setting with exposed brick walls and wooden accents. Centred around a wood-fired oven and charcoal barbecue, guests are transported on a culinary journey, surrounded by the tastes, smells and textures of an Eastern Mediterranean kitchen.
This modern Middle Eastern restaurant is all about serving authentic, quality food. Passion for ingredients is explicit at Chalder Eats (formerly Du Liban), and attention to detail can be seen in each and every plate that makes its way through the bustling bistro. Returning local customers are at home here and seen digging into breakfast burgers, bowls of baked egg and fresh falafel wraps.
Papaya Grill is an authentic Laotian restaurant in the up-and-coming suburb of Marrickville. Launched by two brothers of Lao heritage, Papaya Grill is a love letter to Laos, celebrating its culinary traditions and their personal ancestry. Known for its effortlessly delicious dishes which are rich in flavour, colour and texture, this joint certainly earned its way onto the ‘best restaurants in Marrickville’ list.
This boutique pizza restaurant is one of the finest dining experiences in Marrickville. Founded by the guys behind Two Chaps coffee, this vegetarian pizzeria takes speciality slices to grand new heights. The ever-changing menu features inventive, seasonal toppings, whilst the integrity of the pizza base has been redesigned, incorporating local Aussie wholegrain and inviting sourdough cultures into the mix. Seating only 35, this neat little pizza palace is usually bursting with hungry locals. Luckily, takeaway is also available for those not quick enough to snag a seat.
Pho PHD is the quintessential Vietnamese dining experience; it is fast, fun, ferocious and fantastic all round. Fare here at Pho PHD in Marrickville is made to order and is bursting with authentic flavours, fresh vegetables, a festival of colours and tonnes of texture. Simple and seldom anything but sensational, this is the ultimate destination for authentic Vietnamese fare in Marrickville.
Bar, European, Italian, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Bar | Courtesy of Lazy Bones
Primarily known as the key bar and live music venue in Marrickville, so too does Lazy Bones host a fine programme of in-house pizzas and bar bites to wash that craft beer right down. The perfect place for a date or to catch up friends, this venue is always electric, with music from local and international acts peppering a laid-back dining experience.
Restaurant, Vietnamese, Asian, Street Food, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Bar | Courtesy of Lazy Bones
This authentic little street food eatery on Illawarra Road in Marrickville is known for its killer cuisine which captures diners’ palates, transporting them to the streets of Vietnam. Super small, casual and oh so tasty, VN Street Food is regularly at capacity. Evenings are usually fit with couples sipping on classic pho, devouring hand-selected bento boxes and enjoying the summer-fresh rice paper rolls.