Considered among the very best of Sydney’s restaurants, Longrain’s fame goes back to 2005 when it was established as a breakthrough restaurant serving top quality Thai and Asian cuisine. Longrain has managed to maintain its reputation over the years and is today easily one of Surry Hills’ most booked restaurants. Not to be discouraged, Longrain still has plenty of room for walk-ins as they are well blessed with space. The restaurant was built into a converted food warehouse and even operates a store selling fresh produce. As for the dining experience, Longrain is biased towards sharing as the plates are varied and generous. With popularity and slick design the restaurant is buzzing every night, a perfect place for an excellent cocktail.
Longrain, 85 Commonwealth Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia +61 2 9280 2888
Probably considered by many to be in the upper price bracket, Nomad is a top notch restaurant on the Sydney dining scene that offers a varied menu inspired by the Mediterranean and North-African kitchen. The dining area is open plan and guests are invited to observe the skilled chefs at work as they prepare many delicious treats for their guests. The restaurant is highly popular, so the environment is constantly buzzing. Their menu is rather extensive but if you are feeling indecisive, you can try their famous ‘feed me’ option, where all you have to worry about is enjoying the food. Finally, it cannot be ignored that Nomad also has an absolutely phenomenal selection of Australian wines.
Nomad, 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills NSW, Australia +61 2 9280 3395
Being one of the more popular restaurants in Surry Hills, 4Fourteen offers guests a very trendy dining experience. When stepping into the restaurant you are immediately fronted with a sleek contemporary décor reminiscent of New York’s modern restaurants. The dining area is spacious and you should not have trouble finding a seat, although the restaurant does get very busy towards the end of the week. The menu consists of authentic Australian cuisine that is straightforward and beautiful in presentation. The chefs have plenty of talent and imagination so the dishes are always exquisitely fresh. Most of the plates are meant to be shared, so 4Fourteen is best enjoyed with a group of friends.
4Fourteen, 414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia +61 2 9331 5399
Nourishing Quarter, once a vegetarian/vegan underdog amongst Surry Hills’ selection of restaurants, has enjoyed immense popularity over the last few years and has transformed from an undiscovered gem into the shining start of Sydney’s alternative diet restaurants. Vegans, Vegetarians and people with gluten intolerance are well looked after in this fabulous restaurant. The menu is mostly based on different Vietnamese dishes with an added modern twist. Overall, the food in Nourishing Quarter is of such a high quality that even devoted meat eaters will leave satisfied. The look of the restaurant also deserves a mention as it is wonderfully quirky, best described as a mix between vintage and camp while remaining beautiful and refined.
Mixing good Japanese food and even better music, Jazushi offers guests a chance to enjoy live jazz performances with your meal at their restaurant on Devonshire street. The prices are reasonable and the restaurant itself has a very cool and laid back jazz theme. The menu offers mostly sushi and various side dishes, however other Japanese specialties are also on offer. With guaranteed live gigs by talented jazz musicians Jazushi is a mellow restaurant to unwind in with some lovely food and wine. If you are feeling adventurous and hungry, it is recommended that you try their rich and creamy Camembert Tempura.
Jazushi, 145 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia +61 2 9699 8977
This is a famous and much talked about Argentinian restaurant located in Surry Hills. If you have ever visited an Argentinian restaurant then you probably know what to expect. For those who are uninitiated, expect meat, lots and lots of meat accompanied by a huge and diverse vegetarian buffet. Porteño captures the feel and taste of real Argentinian cuisine exceptionally. The dining area has a large indoor fire-pit where you can see and smell the meat being cooked. Guest should keep in mind that Porteño does not accept bookings for small groups and you will have to wait for a table at their dedicated bar, which can be surprisingly enjoyable.
Porteno, 358 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia +61 2 8399 1440
Half café, half restaurant situated at the heart of Surry Hills, Rustic Pearl also offers dinner during the weekends. This place is a gem and perfect if you’re after a good breakfast or a brunch. Contrary to other popular cafés in the neighbourhood, getting a table for lunch at Rustic Pearl is manageable. The restaurant has an unassumingly cozy atmosphere and once seated, you will immediately feel at ease. The menu itself offers some amazing foods mostly inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine and the breakfast they offer are absolutely fantastic. Before leaving, be sure to try a cup of their amazing Turkish Coffee.
Rustic Pearl, 415 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia +61 406 930 083
If you are craving some Japanese food but don’t necessarily want to go to a restaurant or a sushi shop, you should give Toko a try. This is a restaurant based on the Japanese Izakaya dining style, which features a laid back atmosphere fixed somewhere between a lounge bar and a fully-fledged restaurant. Toko is actually composed of two venues right next to each other. The first is more of restaurant type affair and Nouchi Lounge is akin to a bar, although both serve hot and cold food. The service is fast and both venues are highly attractive with a unique design and spectacular lighting pieces. If you are in Surry hills for some sushi then Toko should be your first stop.
Toko, 490 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia +61 2 9357 6100
Both a wine bar and a restaurant, The Winery is a place to head to when you are after a good night with easy food and good friends. The atmosphere here is very relaxed and the restaurant offers a very pleasant indoor and outdoor dining experience. The art deco design of the building mixed with plenty of greenery is wonderfully inviting. The outdoor area is quite expansive and has a separated area for smoking guests. The clientele is fairly young and every evening there is a very lively atmosphere at the restaurant. However, during day time The Winery is somewhat of an undiscovered gem, offering an excellent space for those who want to hide away from the summer heat on a beautiful terrace. The food menu is simple and the wine list exceptional.
The Winery, 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia +61 2 9331 0833
An interesting option in Surry Hills for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike is Yulli’s wonderful Australian kitchen. Serving a fantastic selection of Australian dishes that have received gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian spin, this restaurant is definitely one of the more curious retro spots on our Surry Hills restaurant tour. Remarkably, Yulli’s also has an excellent selection of preservative-free wines and quite a large assortment of specialty beers. The restaurant itself is youthful and full of color. There is also a bar upstairs and the management often projects various independent films onto the restaurants walls, acting as a very curious backdrop to anyone’s dining experience.
Yulli’s, 417 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia +61 2 9319 6609