The Inner West has a great reputation when it comes to brunch there are cafes aplenty to choose from. But trust us when we say that dinner time is where the real action is happening in the Inner West food scene. Heres our pick of the bunch.
Transforming an old bowling green into a productive urban farm is no small under taking. Adding a restaurant only adds to the challenge. It goes without saying that the menu here is seasonal. Currently on offer are dishes like Queen mud scallops, pea salsa and baby herbs, roasted chicken casserole with fennel pork sausage, pan roasted market fish, garden greens and beurre blanc, and Chocolate trifle, last season’s figs, pistachio ice cream. We recommend a long, relaxed meal in the spacious dining room, from where you can watch next seasons menu grow.
31A Mallett St, Camperdown NSW 2050 | 02 9194 3100
You could be forgiven for missing this unassuming restaurant and caf. A former welding shop, the industrial space now features an open kitchen, warm lighting, and a delicious menu that uses local and sustainably-sourced produce. A caf by day, Two Chaps opens its doors for dinner just two nights of the week. On Thursday and Friday evenings they serve Australian cheese and antipasti, handmade pastas and Italian-style desserts.
122 Chapel St, Marrickville NSW 2204 | 02 9572 8858
Marrickville is known as a hub for Vietnamese cuisine, and thanks to the team of Aunties in the kitchen, Hello Auntie is turning out some of the best. This restaurant looks a little different to the others in the area though thanks to the modern interior and a few twists to the largely traditional menu. The pho is a must-try, but also on the menu is a delicious banh xeo (a crispy coconut and turmeric crepe filled with onion, bean sprouts and your choice of meat or tofu) and won tons with a filling of black sesame and eggplant.
278 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204 | 02 8068 8200
One Penny Red is a true neighbourhood restaurant. Its the place you go when the fridge is bare or you just cant be bothered. At home in the former post office, the restaurant is casual dining at its best. The menu is designed to share and includes dishes like goose liver parfait with nectarine jam and olive oil loaf, roasted wild caught king prawns with bisque butter, pork chop with fennel, rosella and apple, and a coconut bombe made of young coconut sorbet, passionfruit meringue and chestnut for dessert.
2 Moonbie St, Summer Hill NSW 2130 | 02 9797 8118
Sixpenny is fine dining in the guise of a neighbourhood restaurant. Unpretentious and focussed on the produce, the serve a large and a small degustation-style menu. Think refined dishes like cherry tomatoes with clam butter and Yarra Valley trout roe, aged lamb rump with roasted leek and caramelised pumpkin juice, and cocoa ice cream with wattle seed caramel and toasted farro.
83 Percival Rd, Stanmore NSW 2048 | 02 9572 6666
Feature image credit to Acre Eatery.