When you think of Newtown and food youre probably thinking Thai, but this suburb has plenty more to offer. From fine dining to traditional Italian, there are endless possibilities so weve put together a list of our favourites.
If you combined American food with a fine dining attitude youd get the menu at Hartsyard. They describe themselves as an inner-city homestead, and the menu is influenced equally by this hearty style of cooking and seasonal ingredients. Designed to share, the menu currently includes dishes like smoked trout with onion dip, golden beet, trout roe and potato crisps, smoked lamb ribs, and octopus with vegetables escabeche, padron peppers and aioli. Check out the cocktail menu too it features tipples like Passionfruit Punch (pisco, passionfruit, lime and vanilla) and Enmore Spritz (Casa Mariol Vermut Negre, French sparkling and fresh rosemary).
33 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042 | 02 8068 1473
Osteria de Russo & Russo recalls not the famed osterias of Italy, but the humble family-run restaurants set up up in Australia by Italian migrants in the 1970s. Like the Italians in Brooklyn, the Italians who came to Australia brought with them a strong culinary heritage that has evolved in many ways. On the menu youll find dishes like char grilled market fish with cannellini bean puree, roman beans, riberries, coastal greens and lemon myrtle, prawn and chervil mousse agnolotti with fresh peas, prawn reduction, mustard fruits and prawn head pangritata, and peach and thyme semifreddo with peach leaf, raspberry meringue, macadamia and wild rice.
158 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042 | 02 8068 5202
This is fine dining, Newtown style. What does that mean you wonder? It means raw-finished interiors, upcycled furniture, organic and biodynamic wines, an open kitchen and seasonal, sustainable ingredients. Youll discover creative flavour combinations in the form of dishes like polenta chips with gorgonzola sauce, charred brussel sprouts with pearl barley and cured egg yolk, black garlic skirt steak, and sticky fried brisket with heirloom carrots.
416 King St, Newtown NSW 2042 | 02 9557 7699
Starting life as a deli and bar, Continental soon added a bistro to appease the hungry hoards. Serving a Mediterranean style member designed to be shared, it (of course) features the best of the deli offerings as well as steak tartare with parmesan and gaufrette potatoes, grilled calamari with nectarine, purslane and almonds, crepe cannelloni with zucchini, pine nuts, feta and puttanesca, and gelato served in a tin (to match the tinned cocktails served at the bar downstairs).
210 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042 | 02 8624 3131
This Newtown restaurant has developed a cult following thanks to their penchant for doing things differently. Serving only an 8-course degustation menu (that changes with the seasons), the kitchen is a playground for Karl Firlas creative whims. Dishes are described only by their ingredients, so everything remains a bit of a mystery until its sitting in front of you. Enchanting is the perfect way to describe this unusual dining experience.
275 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042 | 02 9517 4700