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Another month goes by, another few really awesome places open. Such is Sydney this year, and isn't it awesome. For the most part, many of 2013's new eats have been humble, owner-operated numbers, which show the true character of the people who have dreamt these spaces up. It feels in general, a lot more personal: begone generic venues with less soul than a white dude listening to techno. Here are yet more new venues who really channel their own vibe, from cafes to modern Korean and a pop up concept that's finally found a home.
No, it's not a few doors down from 10 William Street. In fact, it isn't on a William Street anywhere. Named after a few blokes from our history (Williams Redfern, Chippendale and Hutchinson), this Redfern newby is a cafe tucked away in a bunker style set up on Elizabeth Street, Redfern, just near Great Dane and Dinosaur Design's genius seconds store. It's a Mecca for sandwich fiends, and fans of a good smoothie, and they even make their own sodas as well. Redfern's been on on the up for a while and with the addition of Three Williams and our next venue, it seems the transition from gritty periphery suburb to gentrified cool is nearly complete.
613a Elizabeth St, Redfern
(02) 9698 1111
Moon Park is a bit of a love story. Co-owner and head chef Ben Sears met his girlfriend Eun Hee Ann when they were working at iconic Woollahra restaurant Claude's. Now that the kids have grown up, they've given birth to their own restaurant concept, one that fuses Ben's pedigree under chefs like Melbourne's Andrew McConnell with his clear fascination with Korean food and culture. Think spiced buttermilk-fried chicken, adventures with kim chi (but not as you know it) and more. There is also something very refreshing about chefs who are quietly spoken, and just put their heads down and channel their talents into their work. This place isn't easy to find - it requires that you climb a whole flight of stairs to get there (situated above Jason Mowen Decorative Arts), but it's worth a visit or several.
L1 34b Redfern St, Redfern, enter on Elizabeth St
Dinner Tue-Sat, 5.30pm-late.
Lunch Sun, midday-3pm
What do you get when you throw a bunch of young talented chefs together, along with some wine-loving friends? Pinbone has been most well known as a pop up dining concept over the past few years, showcasing the talents of its core constituents Mike Eggert, Luke Powell and Jemma Whiteman, along with moonlit appearances from well known and respected friends from around the traps. The site is familiar. It's been Buzo, on Woollahra's Jersey Road for as long as most people your age can remember, and it's still owned by the crew who most recently brought you Vincent. Buzo will live on in a new location later next year, but for now, back to Pinbone. It was always pegged as a place that would be Asian (Eggert and Whiteman have both put in a good innings at Billy Kwong), but it isn't. There are Asian cues, sure, but this food is about skillfully conceived delicious stuff you can share. It's the way restaurants seem to be working at present - customise your experience by ordering things one by one, share plates with friends, or just grab a cracker glass of wine and a few snacks. This is about as cool as Woollahra could ever hope to be...but not in a lame '5 minutes from lukewarm' way.
Where 3 Jersey Rd
When Dinner Wed-Sat 6pm-late
Brunch Sun 8am-4pm