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10 Cafes in Sydney to Experience Food with a Twist

10 Cafes in Sydney to Experience Food with a Twist

If Sydney has one thing to boast other than its sightseeing and adventure offerings, it’s that it sure knows how to dine in style.

Much to the delight of foodies out there, there’s always a new café or restaurant swinging open its doors in Sydney, each with its own unique take on common dishes to stand out from the crowd. Read on to find out Destination New South Wales’ top 10 picks on where to go to experience food with a twist!


Devon Cafe

Devon Café, known for serving tongue-in cheek comfort food take on café staples, has become a favorite with locals. Though the café differs slightly from branches, this foodscape never fails to serve up a delightful assortment of Asian-fusion mains and seasonal desserts – most famous for its Japanese-inspired Breakfast with the Sakumas, a dish made up of a miso king salmon sprinkled with a smoked eel croquette and mayonnaise. For those with a permanent sweet tooth, you can opt for the ‘DD Special’, a matcha and hojicha soft serve topped with well-seasoned hot chips. If the hot-cold pairing is too much for your taste buds to take in, there are always other novelty desserts to choose from – a flaky pork floss cronut or a milk tea soft serve topped with black tapioca pearls.

Devon Cafe 
76 Devonshire St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Monday to Sunday: 7am to 3:30pm

Manly Wine

Craving mouth-watering and Instagram worthy food? Hit up Manly Wine this Spring with its recent menu additions, poké cones and kombucha cocktails (limited time only). Wrap your hands around the Hawaiian-influenced poke cones filled with a choice of rice and salad and two available protein – salmon and crispy tofu – for a scrumptious snack. Next, wash them down with three thirst-quenching and refreshing kombucha cocktails: Spring Sour, Cherry Pop and the Kombucha Mule. Aside from their specials, hit up other menu items that are worth trying, such as their roasted Spanish mackerel with heirloom beets and goats curd. Don’t forget to stop by for a lazy stroll along Manly beach afterwards – voted one of the top 25 beaches in the world on Trip Advisor.

Manly Wine 
8/13 S Steyne, Manly, NSW 2095

Monday to Sunday: 7am till late

Maybe Sammy

Cue the newly opened Maybe Sammy, a classic cocktail bar with its interior screaming 1950s Hollywood and Vegas. Though food is not the focus at Maybe Sammy, outshone by its extensive list of signature cocktails and a selection of spirits, wines and beers, it is certainly not an afterthought. Helmed by Maybe Frank’s chefs, the kitchen whips up bar food offerings that complement perfectly with their drinks, such as a delicate paper-thin blue corn taco with lavender-marinated salmon, avocado, corn and coriander, or a bagel with chunk strips of Wagyu pastrami.

Maybe Sammy 
115 Harrington St, The Rocks, NSW 2000

Tuesday to Sunday: 4:30pm to 1am

Don Taco

The owner-chef duo of Sydney’s Bar Ume and Ume Burger will be opening Don Taco inside the inner-city bar Redfern Surf Club, known for its laidback beach vibes and canned cocktails. Here, the pair will be unveiling their take on a ‘Japi-Mexi’ taco rice bowl, an Okinawan specialty of koshihikari rice topped with Tex-Mex flavours, catered for both carnivores and veggie-lovers. The chefs hope to roll out more funky assortments on their menu soon, but in the meantime, enjoy food from this holy union between the two cuisines.

Don Taco
60 Botany Rd, Alexandria, NSW 2015

Tuesday to Sunday: 4pm to 12am

Sash

Yet another ‘Japi-Mexi’ food instalment, Sash focuses on eye-searing technicolor Japanese-style pizzas, tacos and sliders, most known for its “sashizza” – an award-winning sashimi pizza. Built on either squid ink dough or oven baked rice, the toppings consist of raw fish, avocado, mango, strawberry and wasabi mayo. Bite-sized chili mayo prawn sliders and spicy tuna tacos with avocado salsa are available for sharing as well. For the afters, head for their raspberry macaron ice-cream sandwich —a dessert that’s as pretty as it is tasty.

Sash
82 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills, NSW 201

Monday: 4:30pm to 11pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 12pm to 11pm
Friday to Saturday: 12pm to 12am
Sunday: 1pm to 12 am

Valet by V Lounge

Hopping on to the Butterfly Pea Flower trend is newcomer Valet by V Lounge, serving up their show-stopping Beach Balls – deep-fried sweet potato mochi balls paired with a blue butterfly pea flower custard as the dipping sauce – the embodiment of a summer beach on a plate. To differentiate itself, this playful café is also introducing their liquid nitrogen infused Tiramisu bingsu and their udon topped with salted egg curry sauce that is both delicious and picture-perfect. With that, this modern Pan-Asian cafe is not only bringing Cabramatta a wide array of decadent dishes, but also the new kid on the block for Instagram lovers.

Valet by V Lounge
38 Arthur Street, Cabramatta, NSW 216

Monday to Sunday: 9am to 6pm

General Chao

Located in Sydney’s suburb of Chatswood, the kitchen of General Chao is not only busy preparing decadent culinary creations such as their Jasmine tea smoked duck dumplings and crispy caramelised pork belly salad, but also focusing on perfecting their in-house XO sauces. Featuring flavours such as black truffles, abalone, dried scallop and shrimp, jamón and gold leaf, the XO sauces are a perfect accompaniment to the dishes. Not forgetting the dessert lovers, indulge in an intriguing Shanghai Banana – a fried banana wrapped in crispy egg noodles served with coffee caramel and stem ginger ice cream, blending the flavours of east and west. For something quirky, knock yourself out with their Thai green curry ice cream. Taking inspiration from street food of pan-Asian countries and preparing it with Western techniques, General Chao is definitely a go-to on days that you would like to tantalise your taste buds.

General Chao
District Dining, 436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW 2067

Sunday to Wednesday: 12pm to 10pm
Thursday to Saturday: 12pm to 12am

Mark + Vinnys

Just when you think you know all about your pastas, hold that thought because you haven’t visited Mark + Vinny’s. This intimate restaurant has a menu full of surprises that will tantalise your senses – from a neon-blue spirulina tagliatelle made with a nutrient-dense powdered alga topped with blue swimmer crab, bottarga and pangrattato, to a ruby-red beetroot spaghettini paired with truffle and cashew crème faiche and a charcoal-black bucatini finished with a vegan sweet potato “egg yolk”. With a full menu of over 50 spritzes to offer, wash your meal down with a drink, or two. Perfect for the adventurous health-conscious millennials, this gem is the place to be. 

Mark + Vinnys
G08, 38-52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Monday to Saturday: from 6pm
Friday for lunch: 12pm to 3pm

Speedos

Just when you think you know all about your pastas, hold that thought because you haven’t visited Mark + Vinny’s. This intimate restaurant has a menu full of surprises that will tantalise your senses – from a neon-blue spirulina tagliatelle made with a nutrient-dense powdered alga topped with blue swimmer crab, bottarga and pangrattato, to a ruby-red beetroot spaghettini paired with truffle and cashew crème faiche and a charcoal-black bucatini finished with a vegan sweet potato “egg yolk”. With a full menu of over 50 spritzes to offer, wash your meal down with a drink, or two. Perfect for the adventurous health-conscious millennials, this gem is the place to be. 

Mark + Vinnys
126 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi, NSW 2026

Monday to Sunday: 6am to 5pm

Cuckoo Callay

Cuckoo Callay has surely established a name for themselves with their very own Mi Goreng chicken thigh burger – packed with maple bacon, house-made kimchi, avocado and coriander aioli on a potato burger bun. That’s definitely one way to do a burger right. This very café is the brainchild of two minds not content with providing a location for die-hard coffee lovers, nor subsidising Sydney’s impressive café eateries – but bringing together the perfection of both. You’ll find the ‘Pimp Mi Goreng’ at both outlets.

Cuckoo Callay
413-415 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Monday to Friday: 7am to 4pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Sunday: 8am to 3pm

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BC1 Newtown Train Station, Newtown, NSW 2042

Monday to Friday: 6am to 4pm
Saturday: 8 am to 4pm
Sunday: 8am to 3pm

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